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GalleyChat Roundup, Jan., 2021

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Reminder — Today, Tuesday, 1/12, 2 pm ET, author Willy Vluatin will be interviewed on HarperCollins FaceBook Live session. Sign up here.  His upcoming book, The Night Always Comes received particularly high marks from GalleyChtters (see comments here).

Roundups of all the titles from January’s chat are below. To read the full chat, search Twitter by #ewgc.

GalleyChat, Jan 2021 — downloadable spreadsheet, including excerpts from notable tweets, notes on debuts, diversity titles, those mentioned for the first time as well as LibraryReads deadlines,

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

Our next chat will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Click here for the schedule of upcoming chats.

The next LibraryReads deadline is Feb. 1, for books publishing in March. Please give special attention to our list of diversity titles for LibraryReads consideration.

Most Recommended Titles of 2020

Friday, January 1st, 2021

At this time of year, book coverage turns from the favorites of the previous year to most anticipated of the new year. The Washington Post manages to look both ways, “What to read in 2021 based on what you loved in 2020.”

We’re using this transitional weekend to test our book knowledge against the compiled list of titles from the #libfaves20 Tweetfest. With over 625 titles, it’s quite a challenge. Don’t get discouraged, though. Even GalleyChatter Robin Beerbower, one of the most widely-read people we know, was surprised to find how many were new to her, including two of the top ten titles.

Nanette Donohue Champaign (IL) Public Library put it well, “…it made me happy to see such a diverse top ten. There really is something for every reader on the short list, whether you enjoy realistic fiction or fantasy, horror or romance, it’s reflected there. Library folks really do read widely!”

It’s not about how many titles you know, but what new discoveries you make.

Looking ahead, our next Galley Chat will be held on Thursday, Jan. 7th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Click here for the schedule of upcoming chats.

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.”

GalleyChat as Ordering Tool

Monday, January 14th, 2019

We’ve long touted GalleyChat as a great way for librarians to prioritize their TBR lists. During last week’s chat, we learned that it’s also useful for anticipating public demand. As one librarian put it, “Honestly, just buy everything recommended here. These people read!” Another added, ” …librarians who don’t have time for a lot of acquisitions work could just go straight down the #ewgc list & not go wrong.”

Keep that in mind as you review the summaries of the titles discussed duing last week’s chat, in two versions:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, Jan. 2019— downloadable spreadsheet, with info. on which are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, notes from the tweets and LibraryReads deadlines

Edelweiss catalog — Same titles as above, but with covers and full publisher marketing information

Check your holds on the following soon to be released titles, one a debut and the other a second novel, a potential breakout. Heed comparisons to The Woman in the Window (which, by the way, was also touted early on GalleyChat),


Michaelides, Alex, The Silent Patient, (Macmillan/Celadon Books; 2/5/19), DRC Edelweiss, NetGalley

A debut that has had GalleyChatters buzzing for months, comparing it to The Woman In The Window. The author was just featured as a “hot-tipped” authors for 2019 by Ithe UK’s Observer. UPDATE: More librarians have chimed in. The Silent Patient is the favorite title on the LibraryReads list for February.

Ward, Annie, Beautiful Bad, (Harlequin/Park Row, 3/18/19) DRC Edelweiss, NetGalley

Holds are  “going crazy” in some areas for this title, also with The Woman In The Window comparisons.
You may not be familiar with the author, whose first book, The Making of June, appeared 17 years ago. As Publishers Weekly notes in its inspiring story about how the second novel cam to be, the first “fared as many debut novels do: good reviews, few sales.” On the other hand, the new book sparked a heated bidding war, which then continued to Hollywood. Film rights were acquired in Sept, The author will be featured at ALA in Seattle, United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, Sunday, January 27, 2–4 p.m.

Join us for the next GalleyChat on Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Details here.

Librarian Favorites, 2018

Friday, December 21st, 2018

The results are in for #libfaves18.

The list is most interesting for its range, around 875 titles, a testament to how widely librarians read.

Browsing the list, you are certain to make new discoveries as well as being reminded of favorites or titles you meant to read.