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--April 17, 2018
Last week's Spotlight was heavy on YA and light on MG books. Though this week is pretty light on new releases overall, it's the middle grade books taking the spotlight. One in particular to notice: Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

New Release Spotlight--April 10, 2018
Phew! Lots of YA amazingness on this week's (slightly late) Spotlight! April is seriously kicking my butt! We have so many activities happening at school that I can barely breathe. I am really looking forward to a much calmer May.

New Release Spotlight--April 3, 2018
Aah, finally spring break! Time to open the windows, take 90-walks, enjoy my coffee while it's still hot...and work on massive textbook order for school? And complete an IB online class? Sadly, yes. I had sworn up and down that I would not work on these two projects over spring break, but there is just no way I'm ever going to finish either of them during school hours. I hate that I'm having to do this during my break, and I am promising myself that it won't ever happen again. At least both will be out of my life by the end of April. Hurry up, May!

New Release Spotlight--March 27, 2018
I knew this week's New Release Spotlight would be a scramble to prepare on time. It's the week before spring break, and work has just been a mess this week. I thought about just skipping this week, but looking over the list, there were way too many that deserved a place on the Spotlight. So, the list is a little late this week, but I think it's totally worth it!

New Release Spotlight--March 20, 2018
Two more weeks of school before our spring break, and I cannot wait! We do not plan to go anywhere this time, and we are looking forward to staying in Shanghai. In the meantime, I will be very busy at school with textbook ordering, PYP Exhibition ramping up, an online IB course, finalizing arrangements for three author visits in April, Scholastic book orders coming in, and our new weekly Kahoot trivia games at lunch. At least Battle of the Books was last Friday, so that is one thing we can mark off the to-do list! I always think spring flies by because it is just SO BUSY!

New Release Spotlight--March 13, 2018
This week gives us fewer new releases than usual, and I've only highlighted one title in purple. So it goes sometimes, I guess. I do plan to read Twelve Steps to Normal, and Radical Element will be a great addition to our small (but slowly growing!) short story collection. And don't miss Like Vanessa, which looks like a unique addition to middle grade libraries.

New Release Spotlight--March 6, 2018
This week's New Release Spotlight features a LOT of starred reviews. I have "purpled" eight titles below, more than a third of this week's new releases!

New Release Spotlight--February 27, 2018
This week, I am giving away new hardcover copies of two books on this week's list! Click on the post link and go to the purple-highlighted titles to enter. One giveaway closes March 2, and the other closes March 6. USA entries only, please (as required for Amazon giveaways).

New Release Spotlight--February 20, 2018
Of all the books on this week's list, it's a picture book that catches my eye the most. The book is My Best Friend, and I found ZERO reviews on it, not even on Goodreads or in a Google search. It's about a boy (who has cancer?) who befriends Death. If you have read this title or have any insight, I would love to hear about it, either via email or in the comments below. I have a slower time getting new books in China, so unless Brooklyn Public Library buys it for OverDrive, it may be my USA trip this summer before I actually get to read it.

New Release Spotlight--February 13, 2018
This week's new release list includes a new YA space opera (yay!), a companion/sequel to Bronx Masquerade, a transgender graphic novel, plus several cute middle grade choices.


  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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