Archive for December, 2019

GalleyChat Roundup, Dec. 2019

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

GalleyChatters gazed into their crystal balls to forecast which titles will be hot this coming spring and summer during this month’s chat.

Summaries of the chat, below, for collection development, readers advisory, and LibraryReads consideration:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, DEC, 2019 — downloadable spreadsheet, useful for creating ordering carts, includes comments from GalleyChatters, information on which titles are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, and LibraryReads deadlines.

Edelweiss Catalog — includes covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tues., Jan. 7th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details and a schedule of upcoming chats here.

Set your calendar alarms and bring a friend.

Heating up for March (LibraryReads Nominations Due Feb. 1)

Russell, Kate Elizabeth, My Dark Vanessa, (HarperCollins/Morrow, 3/10), DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley

Still hot after months of discussion (see the chat roundups from November and October), this title was originally announced as a January release. The move to March has further whetted GalleyChatters’ anticipation, as they look forward to discussing it with readers. Cari Dubiel notes, “this was a tough one to get through, but so intense and absorbing. A story of destructive love, obsession, and power plays between a woman and the much older teacher she falls for in high school.”

Jemisin, N. K. The City We Became, (Hachette/Orbit, 3/24), DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley

The DRC for this heavily-anticipted title became available just before the chat, causing GalleyChatters to immdediately place it on top of teetering TBR piles. The first in a new sereis by the author who made history by winning three consecutive Best Novel Hugo Awards, it’s been starred by all four prepub reviewers.

Wrobel, Stephanie, Darling Rose Gold,  (PRH/Penguin Berkley, 3/17); DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley

With echoes of the sad story of Munchausen by Proxy victim, Gypsy Rose Blanchard, portrayed in the series The Act on Hulu and the HBO documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest,” GalleyChatters foumd this novel creepy but riveting. Vicki Nesting, notes that it’s “One of two books coming out this spring that seem to be ‘inspired’ by the true story of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard. The other is Grace Is Gone. by Emily Elgar, (HarperCollins/Harper Paperback original, 1/20/20).

Serle, Rebecca, In Five Years, (S&S/Atria, 3/3/20); DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley

The publisher calls this  “perfect for fans of ME BEFORE YOU and ONE DAY” and several GalleyChatters agree. Andrienne Cruz describes the story, “[main character] Dannie has everything – a promising career and her boyfriend is about to propose, so it was kind of discomfitting to find herself transported 5 years down the road with another man. Is it a dream or an epiphany?”  Tracy Babiasz says she “very much enjoyed this. It’s like just a bit of magical realism so naturally integrated that you forget some things she writes about aren’t possible.”

Swanson, Peter, Eight Perfect Murders (HarperCollins/ Morrow, 3/3/2020); DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley

Cari Dubiel attests that GalleyChat favorite, “Peter Swanson never disappoints me, and I loved EIGHT PERFECT MURDERS. A love letter to the crime fiction genre, a tribute to all those writers who paved the way for us, plus the requisite chills and characters with questionable morals.” It’s compared to books by another GalleyChat favorite, author Anthony Horowitz, who chimed in, “I’m reading it and enjoying it right now.”

Librarians Pick #libfaves19

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

Thanks to all the library workers who joined this year’s RA extravaganza by voting for their top ten favorite titles of 2019, using the hashtag #libfaves19. We now have the full list of 775 titles, thanks to coordinator Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library (CA), and those who compiled each day’s votes:

#libfaves19 titles

While it’s interesting to see which titles got the most votes, our favorite approach to the list is to read the individual tweets by searching Twitter using the hashtag. Many are models of selling a book in just a few words. Reading just a few will increase your own RA skills and will also expand your reading. As Gregg Winsor, Johnson County Library (KS),  tweeted, “It’s also useful to see what genres AREN’T making your own #libfaves19 lists, and resolve to read those genres in 2020.”

Reading the tweets, you’ll also be struck by how much fun everyone seemed to be having. Corodinator Andrienne Cruz notes you can experience this year around by nominating titles for LibraryReads:
and also by joining EarlyWord’s monthly GalleyChats.