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 Tuesday.

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

New Release Spotlight--August 14, 2018
Welcome back to Shanghai! I am so glad to be back and to enjoy this last week off before teachers (including me) start back to school on Monday.

It's a big list this week, with almost no sequels but loads of YAs, middle grades, and picture books. From Langston Hughes to Bonnie and Clyde to a Swedish shipwreck, there is something for everyone this week. Standouts include The Looking Glass, So Done, Finding Langston, and The Rough Patch. Hope this week is going great for you all, especially those of you who have already started back to school!

New Release Spotlight--August 7, 2018
This time next week, I'll be back in Shanghai! I can't wait to snuggle with our 9-month old puppy Cisco, who has been at puppy training for the past few weeks. He's a bundle of energy and thirty pounds of wiggles, licks, and tail-smacks!

This week's NRS is a meaty one and a nice change from the past few weeks. There is one title on this list that has a whopping FIVE starred reviews! Reminder: My picks for the week are shaded in purple.

Shanghai and Cisco, I'll see you soon!

New Release Spotlight--July 31, 2018
We have about a week and a half left in Texas, and we have finally gotten a short break from the summer sizzle. The high today is 94, but in Texas in late-July, we're happy to get anything below 100! This week, I'm excited to go to a reunion for a school I worked at from 2004-2008. It was where I opened my very first library, and I was pregnant with my now 13-year old son at the time. It looks like a lot of people aren't able to make it to the reunion, but I am really excited to see the people who do come.

This week's NRS has fourteen new titles, one of which is the sequel to Spirit Hunters. I read SH a couple of weeks ago and loved it. It's a great choice for middle graders looking for a creepy scare. I like it so much that I recently added SH to my Halloween Read-Alouds list.

New Release Spotlight--July 24, 2018
Welcome to Dallas, Texas, where the high for the past three days has been a record-breaking 109 or 110 degrees! And it feels like it--I can feel my skin cooking every time I step outside. Ugh! We'll sweat it out in Dallas for two more weeks, then we head to Chicago for the last leg of the trip before we head home to Shanghai.

Once again, this week's list is pretty skimpy with only seven titles. It will pick up a lot in August and September, just in time for Back to School. Stay cool, Texas!

New Release Spotlight--July 17, 2018
I have had a great visit this week in my hometown of Roanoke, Virginia. We stayed in our first-ever AirBNB, and I don't think I'll ever stay in a hotel again after experiencing an AirBNB. The most fun this week was going "flat-footin'" at the Friday Night Jamboree at the Floyd Country Store in Virginia. For those of you not from Appalachia, "flat-footin'" is a type of dance set to bluegrass music. It was awesome! I even managed to get my husband and kids and my little 2-year old cousin out on the dance floor.

Once again, this week's list is a little slim with only ten titles. Coming at you next week from the face of the sun (also known as Dallas, Texas)!

New Release Spotlight--July 10, 2018
We made it to the USA! I am currently in Connecticut, but we leave tomorrow morning for my hometown of Roanoke, Virginia! I can't wait to see my mom and some childhood friends. We also get to stay in our very first AirBNB. The first two titles on this week's list--Spinning Silver and Fawkes--have the most gorgeous covers, don't you think?

New Release Spotlight--July 3, 2018
By the time this post goes live, I will be miles above the earth, probably catching up on my movie-watching! Yes, it's finally summer break, and we are headed to the USA for the next six weeks. We'll land in Chicago, go through Customs, and then get right back on a plane to Connecticut. I've packed light (we buy a lot in the US), bought a bunch of vegan snacks, charged up all the electronics, and loaded up the Kindle. I can't wait to see my sisters, my Dad, and my nieces and nephew! My posts over the next few weeks may be a bit sporadic, but I'll try to at least keep the New Release Spotlights coming on Tuesdays. Next week's list looks pretty lengthy, so we'll see how I do!

New Release Spotlight--June 26, 2018
It's finally the last week of school here in Shanghai! The weather is hot and ridiculously-humid (like 95 degrees with 90% humidity, no joke). In one week, our sweet-but-naughty puppy goes to puppy camp-n-train while we fly off for six weeks in the USA. First stop: Connecticut to visit my sisters, nieces, nephew, brother-in-law, and my dad. I can't wait to see everyone!

New Release Spotlight--June 19, 2018
Can you believe I am STILL in school? We still have 8 more school days to go! This is the latest I've ever been in school, and it feels weird. At least we don't start until the last week of August. Many international schools in Shanghai are already out of school, but they go back two weeks before we do. It all works out to about the same number of days, but it really feels like this year is dragging on.

It looks like June isn't such a big month for new releases. I only found 13 new titles this week. Don't miss the two picture books at the bottom of this post!

New Release Spotlight--June 12, 2018
It seems June is a good month to release YA romances! Five of this week's nine new YA titles are romances, and the rest are realistic fiction. The middle grade selections vary widely, from historical fiction to nonfiction to fantasy to mystery. I've only selected one picture book this week, a redesign of an older picture book that you may already have in your library.


  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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