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Rainbow has been looking for her younger sister, Jonna, for over a year—since the monsters appeared and the world began to dry up. Rainbow asks every survivor she meets: Have you seen my sister? Then, one day, Jonna’s spotted out in the wild: filthy, but very much alive—and strong. Strong enough to knock back a towering monster with one punch. All this time, she’s been surviving. On her own. Without Rainbow. Without anyone. But there are more dangers in the world than monsters, and when the two sisters reunite, they’ll discover the secrets of this new and terrifying world firsthand.
Welcome to Check Your Shelf. In this latest iteration of weird pandemic interests, my husband sent me down a rabbit hole of watching Adam Driver’s SNL skits, and now I think I’m mildly obsessed. Can’t explain it, and I’m not going to try.
So let’s talk about books!
Collection Development Corner
The police officer involved in Breonna Taylor’s shooting returned his book advance and is now looking for a new publisher.
New & Upcoming Titles
Scholastic is releasing a set of illustrated children’s books based on the characters from Friends.
George Floyd’s aunt, Angela Harrelson, will be coming out with a book in 2022.
5 gripping new thrillers to get lost in.
What Your Patrons Are Hearing About
The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War – Craig Whitlock (New York Times, Washington Post)
NPR readers’ 50 favorite SFF books from the last decade.
Why we need ADHD representation in fiction.
How to diversify your reading, and why it’s so important.
On the Riot
New and forthcoming YA disability nonfiction.
New weekly picks to TBR.
How you know the mystery genre is still leaving out marginalized voices.
This reader’s point of view about POV in romance.
All Things Comics
Walter Mosley is writing a six-issue series featuring The Thing, which will debut in November.
New DC comics are coming to Webtoon, the South Korean webcomics publisher.
Cixin Liu’s short stories are being adapted into graphic novels.
8 must-read modern Superman comics.
On the Riot
8 of the scariest manga to keep you up at night.
Exactly how big is the Marvel Comics Universe?
17 audiobooks to make your next road trip that much more fun.
On the Riot
6 myth retellings on audio.
7 audiobooks under 7 hours to help tune out the world.
Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists
30 books about consent and bodily autonomy for toddlers and kids.
A reading list for the 20th anniversary of September 11th.
The best books about Western intervention in Afghanistan, past and present.
11 modern classics every book collection needs.
5 tense books that blend sci-fi and horror.
33 tales about campus life.
7 thrillers about the dark side of academia.
6 books about reincarnation.
On the Riot
5 YA books about being the new kid.
15 more books about Appalachia to read instead of Hillbilly Elegy.
16 of the best contemporary romance novels since 2016.
10 genre-defying memoirs you need to read.
8 thought-provoking books about adults going back to school.
10 thrilling books that take place at an amusement park.
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 created a database of upcoming diverse books that anyone can edit, and Nora Rawlins of Early Word is doing the same, as well as including information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.
I hope your own pandemic obsessions continue to bring you entertainment. Catch you on Friday!
—Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter.