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YA (and MG) Galleys To Read Now

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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Yesterday’s YA GalleyChat give us even more reason to tackle our TBR piles (just a few of the covers, above).

We were also introduced to the Librarian Rap by  Kirby Heybourne, the audiobook narrator for Scowler audiobook (RH/BOT), which he performed at ALA’s Odyssey Awards ceremony (we’ve seen people pandering to the crowd, but this takes it to a new level — watch out, John Green):

We also discovered that there is a new trend among library marketers, book jacket nail art:

Holm Nail Art  Fangirl Nail

Left — Books on Tape nail art for the upcoming The Fourteenth Goldfish, Jennifer Holmm (RH Young Readers; RH.Listening Library; 8/26). Right —  Macmillan Library Marketing’s tribute to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

The Fourteenth Goldfish was one of the favorites of the book chat, with readers urging other librarians to download it from Netgalley or Edelweiss, calling this middle grade title, “both complex and easy to read.”

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Another middle grade title getting raves, also available as an e-galley, was Kat Yeh’s The Truth About Twinkie Pie.

The star among the YA titles was Mortal Heart, (HMH Young Readers, 11/4/14), the conclusion to Robin LaFevers’ His Fair Assassin trilogy, which is showing “much love” from 35 peers, 22 of them librarian, on Edelweiss. one of the highest ratings we’ve seen, especially for a book that won’t be published for another four months. One librarian said that a teen boy begged her for it on hands and knees yesterday. It’s coming in November, but you can request eGalleys now.

To read about the other titles that were hits with the group, check our downloadable spreadsheet — EarlyWord YA GalleyChat, 7/15/14  — click on the links to check for eGalleys.

Please join us for the next YA GalleyChat on August 19, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., ET (4:30 for virtual cocktails). More details here.


GalleyChat, Tues., July 8 — #ewgc

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Join us for the next GalleyChat, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. EDT (3:30 for virtual cocktails).

The next YA GalleyChat is on Tuesday, July 15, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. EDT (4:30 for virtual cocktails). #ewyagc

GalleyChat, Tues., June 3

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

This month’s Galleychat has ended. Join us for the next one on Tuesday, July 1, 4 to 5 p.m. EDT (3:30 for virtual cocktails).

May GalleyChat – A Few (out of many) Good Books

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Ed Note: To help you sort through (or add) to your TBR piles, below is GalleyChatter Robin Beerbower’s picks of the titles brought up during our most recent GalleyChat. Join us for the next GalleyChat, Tuesday, June 3rd, 4 to 5 p.m., EDT — #ewgc.

May 6th’s chat was chock-full of so many appealing books we may all need to take a long vacation this summer so we can read! Chatters brought up over 80 books in a variety of genres and since there is no way I can summarize everything, two collections were created on Edelweiss — one for titles with e-galleys, including new titles by Philippa Gregory, David Mitchell, Ann Hood, and Sarah Waters. (remember to log in. Otherwise, you won’t be able to see the download buttons).

List for May 6 GalleyChat with E-Galleys

The other list includes titles which are not available as e-galleys (this is fluid, however, so you may find that some now have download buttons).

List for May 6 GalleyChat without E-Galleys 

Below are a few titles that rose to the top of the GalleyChat pile:

that night

One of my “go-to” books for library patrons who want a thriller is Chevy Stevens’ debut, Still Missing, and her most recent book, That Night (St. Martin’s, June) has been mentioned multiple times over the past few GalleyChats. This is a top-notch psychological thriller that was so relentless I had to stop reading a few times to catch my breath. If you would like an e-galley, Talia ( will hook you up.

Based on the 23 “much love” recommendations on Edelweiss, JoJo Moyes’ quirky love story One Plus One (Penguin/Pamela Dorman, July) is destined to be a summer “must-read.” Arizona librarian and regular GalleyChatter Melissa Samora said Moyes is quickly becoming a favorite author and loves the characters she creates.

How can a reader resist comments such as “I wonder how to describe The Quick without giving away the surprise?” (Marie Andrienne) and the reply “Know exactly whatquick you mean; it is a puzzlement for me as well.” (Lucy Lockley)? So it seems there is nothing else to say about the Victorian thriller The Quick by Lauren Owen (Random House, June) except to add that three librarians said it was a very intriguing and surprising book. It is also included the the just-published New Republic‘s Summer Reading Guide which also alludes to twists and turns and warns, “Read it with the lights on.”

GalleyChat regular Janet Lockhart, Wake County (NC) collection development librarian, brought up The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills, a memoir that recounts Mills’ friendship with the author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Janet said, “This is a fascinating peek into the life of a notoriously private person, done in a respectful and delicate manner.” Lee is currently in the news for reinstating her lawsuit against her hometown’s museum (and for finally approving the e-book release of To Kill a Mockingbird, which may bring interest in finding out she is “really” like.

I”m out of time but stay tuned for more amazing titles librarians have loved. Please friend me if you would like to keep in the loop of what I’m anticipating on Edelweiss.

Y.A. GalleyChat, Today, May 20

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

This edition of YA GalleyChat is now over. Join us next time, Tuesday, June 17, any time between 5 and 6 p.m. (virtual cocktails, 4:30)

An archived version of this chat is on Storify.

GalleyChat Tues, May 6

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Today’s GalleyChat has ended. Join us for the next one, Tuesday, June 3, any time from 4 to 5 p.m. EDT (3:30 for virtual cocktails).

YA GalleyChat — #ewyagc

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Our next YA GalleyChat will be held on Tuesday, May 20. Join us, any time between 5 to 6 Eastern (4:30 for virtual cocktails).

YA GalleyChat, Jan. 21

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

After the jump, below, you’ll find a Storified version of our most recent YA GalleyChat, filled with titles to look for at Midwinter.

Join us for the next YA GalleyChat on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Eastern, (4:30 for virtual cocktails)

Our next adult GalleyChat is on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern, (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details on how to join each here.


Promote LibraryReads!

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Help your readers discover librarians favorite titles for the month. Incorporate LibraryReads marketing materials in your newsletters, on your Web sites and in print, downloadable here.

Marketing Materials

OnLine Chat with Derek Sherman

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

YA GalleyChat Today; #ewyagc

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Chat has ended — please join us for the next one, on June 18, 4 to 5 p.m., Eastern.

Live On-Line Chat with Anton DiSclafani

Monday, May 13th, 2013

GalleyChat Today, 4 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Join us for today’s GalleyChat, from 4 to 5 p.m., Eastern (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Hashtag #ewgc [more info on how to join here].

We’ll be chatting about the books librarians are looking forward to for the fall.

Below are a few of the titles that came up during our August chat (all are available on Edelweiss):

The End of Your Life Book Club, Will Schwalbe (RH/Knopf 10/2) — The sure-fire success of the fall. When the author’s mother learns she is dying of cancer, the two of them create their own private book club. Through books, they are able to talk more honestly about what matters the most to each of them.

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, Susannah Cahalan (S&S/Free Press, 11/13)  – Memoir  by a young New York Post reporter who suddenly wakes up strapped down in a hospital.

Killer Librarian Mary Lou Kirwin (S&S/Pocket Books) — This one comes with an irresistible tag line: “When she checks in, someone always checks out..”

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic David Quammen, (W.W. Norton 10/1) — Scary science, sure to be heavily covered in the media this fall.

Live Chat with Scott Hutchins, A WORKING THEORY OF LOVE

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

GalleyChat Today!

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Join us for today’s GalleyChat, from 4 to 5 p.m., Eastern (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Hashtag #ewgc [more info on how to join here].

We’ll be chatting about the books librarians are looking forward to for the fall.

Last month, GalleyChatters were buzzing about dozens of titles (remember, this group saw Gone Girl coming back in March), including:

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan, (Macmillan/FSG, 10/2) —  several GalleyChatters said this is their favorite of the year so far. It was also selected by most of the panelists during BEA’s Librarian  Shout ‘n’ Share panel, with GalleyChat regular Kaite Stover giving it this book talk:

Clay, a recently downsized web & graphic designer takes a job at an obscure San Francisco bookstore run by an otherworldly and old world mannered gentleman, Mr. Penumbra. The bookstore is patronized by an unusual clientele, a secret biblio-society. They “check out” books using bookstore member cards and return the books at their leisure. Clay’s job is to work the graveyard shift, fetching books and recording every minute detail of a customer’s appearance, mood, and conversation in a giant logbook.

In an effort to assist the business end of the bookstore and yank it into the iAge, Clay creates a data visualization program that tracks the bookstore’s customers’ borrowing patterns. Assisted by fellow techno-geeks, Clay is about to discover the purpose of the bookstore and hopefully thwart the cabal trying to destroy the bookstore and Mr. Penumbra.

This hip literary Easter egg hunt will appeal to fans of careful plotting with quirky characters in a page-turning story that asks which is more immortal, print books or ebooks?

The End of Your Life Book Club, Will Schwalbe, (RH/Knopf, 10/2; RH Audio; BOT AudioThorndike Large Print) — Request Digital ARC from Edelweiss – there’s high expectations for this one, which Kaite Stover also booktalked at the BEA Shout ‘n’ Share panel:

It should come as no surprise that this book will be on every book groups’ list this year. An unsentimental portrait of a man’s love for his funny, wise, loving mother as she undergoes chemo treatments and their shared passion for books and reading.

Both mother and son recognize one of the most valuable traits of books, “they help us talk. But they also give us something we all can talk about when we don’t want to talk about ourselves.”

Each chapter is titled after a book that Will’s mother, Mary Anne, has read and loved. While telling the story of his mother’s treatment, the family’s reactions, and his own responses to the reading, Schwalbe deftly works in the most discussable elements

The Cutting Season, Attica Locke, (Harper; 9/18; Dreamscape Audio; HarperLuxe) —  Request Digital ARC from Edelweiss – There was strong enthusiasm for this new mystery, which follows the author’s debut, Black Water RisingIt was also presented at BEA’s Shout ‘n’ Share, by Cuyahoga’s Wendy Bartlett,

The Cutting Season has the best opening line of any book this fall, “It was during the Thompson-Delacriox wedding, Caren’s first day on the job, that a cottonmouth, measuring the length of a Cadillac, fell some twenty feet from a live oak on the front lawn, landing like a coil of rope in the lap of the bride’s future mother-in-law.”

Not enough people know about this author. Her settings remind me of Dave Robicheaux’s Louisiana in the James Lee Burke books. She writes outstanding literary thrillers à la Dennis Lehane [ed note: Lehane also sees it that way; it's the first pick in his new line of books, designated by the burst on the cover] or some Laura Lippman’s standalones. If your customers don’t know Attica Locke, here’s the chance to turn them on to a great new talent. Grab some backlist copies of her debut, Black Water Rising and create a display with The Cutting Season.