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Welcome to Check Your Shelf. Even though I’m working Monday and Tuesday, I am officially dubbing this “The Week of Katie,” as I am off for the rest of the week in honor of my birthday. And the first thing on my birthday to-do list is SLEEP.

Attention librarians, booksellers, and book nerds! You can apply to become a Bibliologist for Tailored Book Recommendations and get paid for your bookish knowledge! TBR is a subscription-based book recommendation service where customers receive three hand-picked recommendations per quarter that are tailored to their specific reading likes and dislikes. Of special interest: bibliologists who can recommend across a variety of genres. Click here to read more and fill out an application.

Collection Development Corner

Publishing News

This was the scandal that had Publishing Twitter in an uproar last week.

Why writers are forced to become brands, and why that’s bad.

Five years of reading with Jenna Bush Hager.

New & Upcoming Titles

Hillary Clinton is publishing a new memoir this fall.

Actress Uzo Aduba is also publishing a memoir.

Here’s the cover reveal for Alexis Hall’s re-released version of Pansies, which will come out in November.

And here’s the cover reveal for Cassandra Clare’s The Ragpicker King.

Buzzy new romances to add to your beach bag.

Weekly picks from Crime Reads, LitHub, New York Times, Parade, Wall Street Journal.

July picks from Epic Reads, Kirkus, New York Times, Time.

On the Riot

The best historical fiction of 2024 so far.

The most popular new books on Goodreads in 2024, so far.

The most popular book club books on Goodreads in June.

The best new weekly releases to TBR, plus the best BIPOC and LGBTQ weekly releases.

Meet Ann Patchett, award-winning author and bookstore champion.

All Things Comics

Raina Telgemeier announces a new graphic novel for kids co-written with Scott McCloud.

8 books like Heartstopper your teen will love.

On the Riot

9 action-packed books like Helldivers 2.

9 graphic novel heroes from around the world.

Superheroes who are literally gods.

Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists


Eating the rainbow: 10 picture books about fruits and vegetables.

9 patriotic books for kids to celebrate Independence Day.

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 Edelweiss has a new catalog dedicated to diverse titles, which is managed by Early Word Galley Chatter Vicki Nesting. Check it out!

a brown tabby cat and a black and white cat sitting on a table and looking suspicious

The title of this portrait is “WHAT?! We ain’t doing nothing!”

All right, friends – back on Friday! Have a good 4th of July and enjoy your (hopeful) day off!

—Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter.