New Releases


If you've read my blog for awhile now, you probably know how much I LOVE lists! When I saw how many exciting new books were being released in May 2016 (OMG, so many!), I thought I would do a feature where I spotlighted my favorites each week. This has been so popular with my teacher and librarian readers that I've kept it as a regular weekly feature every Monday.

To save space and keep this site loading quickly, I will delete all New Releases posts after 10 weeks.

New Release Spotlight--November 14, 2017
The word for this week is: unique. We have a couple of thrillers, a couple of fantasy adventures, a dark fantasy, a romance from the POV of an autistic boy (!), an alternate present where Nazis rule, and not one but TWO bookish heroes out to save the!

New Release Spotlight--November 7, 2017
This week's new releases are a little fewer than the past couple of weeks. Enjoy!

New Release Spotlight--October 31, 2017
Happy Halloween! This week's new releases bring us several scary titles for Halloween. I think that's awesome, but why are publishers waiting until Halloween to publish scary books? Yes, my students do ask for horror titles all year long, but if you are going to release a scary book in October, why not early in October? The buzz for Halloween starts in September. These books came out today, and tomorrow, most of us will be looking toward Thanksgiving and Christmas. Who wants to read Halloween books on November 1st?

New Release Spotlight--October 24, 2017
This week has been another crazy-busy one in the library, but I at least managed to get the new releases list out on time. I also finally got my LM-NET account working (my work email doesn't like listservs, apparently), so I will once again be posting these lists to the group each Tuesday.

New Release Spotlight--October 17, 2017
This week's list features a couple of books that I have already ordered for the library. Dear Martin will be a surefire hit, plus I ordered HelloFlo, a book for girls about puberty that I'm really curious to check out.

New Release Spotlight--October 10, 2017
Phew! I finally got this week's list finished! It's been so busy this week at school that I have had no time to work on my weekly list! Lots of big releases this week, and I've already had two students asking me when I will get Turtles All the Way Down in the library. Already ordered, my darlings!

New Release Spotlight--October 3, 2017
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! I, along with most of China, am out of school this week. Rainy fall days are a great way to catch up on my reading! A couple of big sequels this week, including must-haves like The War I Finally Won and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Enjoy!

New Release Spotlight--September 26, 2017
Several creepy books for Halloween this week. We are also starting to see some new Christmas titles popping up! As usual, my "worth a look" titles are highlighted in purple.

New Release Spotlight--September 19, 2017
Patrick Ness, Kristen Cashore, and Ryan Graudin releasing new books in the SAME week? Be still my heart! I started to shade my featured picks in purple as I have done in past weeks, but there were so many good ones this week, almost all of them were purple. So, no purple shading this week.

New Release Spotlight--September 12, 2017
This week's new release list continues the September tradition of LOTS of new book releases. My featured titles are once again highlighted in purple; these are can't-miss titles that are truly a must for school and public libraries.


  1. Just wondering if you are still posting reviews. I haven't seen any in a few weeks and I miss them. Thanks

    1. Hi, Wendy,
      I haven't posted any new release lists since April 11. I've just needed a long-overdue break from blogging! I have been doing some new release posts and commentary each week on my FaceBook page if you want to follow there. I do not know when or if I will pick the New Release lists up again. It may be something where I can just spotlight my top 5 or 10 titles each week. Hope that helps!

  2. Thanks for letting me know. Of course, I understand, but I really find them so helpful. I will check your facebook page. Is it under Mrs. ReaderPants too?

  3. Hi, I was just wondering how you got a job in China? Did you actively seek it out? Thanks, Jacqui

    1. Hi, Jacqui,
      We (hubs is also a teacher) were interested in international teaching and used a headhunter company called Search Associates. We were open-minded about which country we went to; it literally could have been anywhere. If you are thinking about taking the plunge, I'd start with Search Associates and also TIE online. TIE is much cheaper (something like $40/year). Search is $225 for 3 years or until you accept a position. It went very quickly for us--we applied in mid-October and accepted a position just before Thanksgiving. Best decision we ever made!



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