Archive for December, 2023

GalleyChat Roundup, Dec. 2023

Monday, December 11th, 2023

Roundups of the December GalleyChat, held on the platform formerly known as Twitter, are below. To read the full chat, search the platform by #ewgc.

EarlyWord GalleyChat, December, 2023 — link to a spreadsheet of the titles on Google Docs. Includes quotes from comments, notes on debuts, diversity titles, and those mentioned for the first time, LibraryReads deadlines and notes on DRCs only available on NetGalley. NOTE: If you have any trouble downloading the spreadsheet, please let us know.

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

Our next chat is scheduled for Thursday, January 4th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails).

The next LibraryReads deadline is January 1, for books publishing in February. Please give special attention to our list of upcoming diversity titles.

Best Books of 2023 by Library Staff

Sunday, December 10th, 2023

December 21: Librarian Faves, The Top Ten Titles for 2023

Librarians are known for marching to the beat of different drummers in their favorite books, and 2023 was no exception. We received over 300 submissions with several surprise titles that have never graced other best-of-the-year lists. 

1. TOM LAKE by Ann Patchett (HarperCollins) and BOOKSHOPS AND BONEDUST by Travis Baldree (Macmillan) 

3. THE FOURTH WING by Rebecca Yarros (Macmillan)

4. ROMANTIC COMEDY by Curtis Sittenfeld and POVERTY, AMERICA by Matthew Desmond (both by Penguin Random House)

6. VERA WONG’S UNSOLICITED ADVICE FOR MURDERERS by Jesse Q. Sutanto (Penguin Random House)

7. IN THE LIVES OF PUPPETS by T. J. Klune (Macmillan), HOW TO SELL A HAUNTED HOUSE by Grady Hendrix (Penguin Random House), THE MAKING OF ANOTHER MAJOR MOTION PICTURE MASTERPIECE by Tom Hanks (Penguin Random House), and ALL THE SINNERS BLEED by S. A. Cosby (Macmillan).

Click here to see the entire list of over 300 entries.

December 13 UPDATE: 

Please remember to vote for your top ten favorite books of the year. Enter your books on the spreadsheet (link below), and if you notice your title is on the list, please enter it anyway, as that is how we will determine the library staff’s top ten books of the year. 

So far, the top contenders are Matthew Desmond’s POVERTY, AMERICA; Grady Hendrix’s HOW TO SELL A HAUNTED HOUSE; T. J. Lune’s IN THE LIVES OF PUPPETS, Travis Baldree’s BOOKSHOPS AND BONEDUST, and Ann Patchett’s TOM LAKE


I’m sorry to say there is no #libfaves23 this year (titles submitted by library staff via X/Twitter), but we still wanted library staff to have a way to offer their favorite titles of the year. Rather than have submissions recorded and compiled by volunteers, this year’s event is a do-it-yourself affair.

Below is a link to a Google spreadsheet where you can submit your favorite adult books published in late 2022 and 2023. If you can restrain yourself (I know it’s not easy!), please limit your submissions to ten with the titles in all caps. Submissions start Monday, December 11, and continue through December 20. On the 21st, the titles will be sorted, and we’ll see which books receive the most votes.

Librarian Faves 2023