Check Your Shelf

The Art of the Paperback Makeover

Welcome to Check Your Shelf. Some of my go-to resources are still coming back online after the new year, so enjoy this shorter-than-usual newsletter. I anticipate we’ll be back to our regular programming by next week!

Collection Development Corner

Publishing News

The fine art of the paperback makeover.

New & Upcoming Titles

Here’s a first look at Rebel Wilson’s upcoming memoir.

75 books by women of color to read in 2024.

Most anticipated 2024 picks from BookBub, The Millions, Paste (fantasy), Vulture.

January picks from Barnes & Noble, Kirkus.

RA/Genre Resources

Required reading: dark academia edition.

On the Riot

The most anticipated SFF for 2024, according to Goodreads.

The best new weekly releases to TBR.

Winter 2024 YA releases to enjoy this season and beyond.

January picks for mystery/thrillers, romance, SFF, horror, nonfiction, YA, children’s.

How to start reading nonfiction.

All Things Comics

On the Riot

Start the new year right with these graphic novels.

8 fantasy graphic novels for adults to lose themselves in.

Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists

On the Riot

7 cozy fantasy books to start off 2024 on the right note.

2024 is the tenth year of the Read Harder Challenge! Join us as we make our way through 24 tasks meant to expand our reading horizons and diversify our TBRs. To get book recommendations for each task, sign up for the Read Harder newsletter. We’ll also keep you informed about other cool reading challenges, readathons, and more across the bookish internet. If you become a paid subscriber, you get even more recommendations plus community features, where you can connect with a community of passionate, like-minded readers in a cozy and supportive corner of the internet. Sign up today!

Level Up (Library Reads)

Do you take part in Library Reads, the monthly list of best books selected by librarians only? We’ve made it easy for you to find eligible diverse titles to nominate. Kelly Jensen has a guide to discovering upcoming diverse books, and Nora Rawlins of Early Word has created a database of upcoming diverse titles to nominate as well that includes information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.

a black and white cat stretched out between a person's leg and the back of a couch

When I say that Dini and I have been glued at the hip recently, I’m not exaggerating.

All right, friends. I’ll be back in on Friday! Have a good week!

—Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter.