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--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.

New Release Spotlight--June 5, 2018
Sometimes, there are just too many good books! This post is one day later than usual because I did not anticipate the huge number of new releases this week. What is it about the first week of June that has all the publishers releasing books like mad? And, this isn't even the full list. I left off about 10 books because the list was just getting way too long.

New Release Spotlight--May 29, 2018
I guess the week of Memorial Day isn't a big one for new book releases! I've found a few this week, but not much really stands out except maybe the highly-anticipated release of Legendary, the sequel to Caraval and Holly Jolly Summer, which has ignited a kerfuffle about the author's politics on Goodreads.

New Release Spotlight--May 22, 2018
Last week, the students and teachers at my school got a free day off due to a planned power outage on the street in front of our school. It was like getting a snow day in May! Though this is not typical in Shanghai, there is another day planned this week for low power. We have school this time, and our school has dubbed it "Electricity Awareness Day." The only thing we are supposed to run is our air-conditioning (because it's getting hot in Shanghai!).

This week's Spotlight focuses more on YA than MG. It's just a sparse week for middle grade releases.

New Release Spotlight--May 15, 2018
What's going on this week in Shanghai? Not much! We still have six weeks left of school, the temperature (and humidity!) has cranked up considerably this week, my 13-year old son has started a homemade vegan cookie business, and my six-month old puppy is chewing anything that sort-of fits in his mouth.

As for books, I've found 22 Spotlight-worthy new releases this week. Two of this week's releases, What I Leave Behind and Girl Made of Stars, also appear on my "My Silence Does Not Mean Yes" booklist from a couple of weeks ago.

New Release Spotlight--May 8, 2018
It's a long Spotlight list this week, and about a third of them are shaded in purple. Last week was big for the Middle Grade books, but this week, the Young Adult titles look incredible!

New Release Spotlight--May 1, 2018
This week's Spotlight features 20 new titles. Pay special attention to the middle grade section, where I have highlighted several titles in purple this week. The purple-highlighted books are titles that have consistently positive reviews. If your library is limited on funds (and whose isn't?), the purple-shaded books are a great place to start. Interestingly, two of this week's YA books, Tradition and Deep Dark Blue, complement today's #metoo movement and the recent guilty verdict of comedian Bill Cosby. Right now, I just happen to be reading Louise O'Neill's Asking for It, which is about the rape of a drunk, drugged girl at a high school party. All very eye-opening and needed in today's high schools.

New Release Spotlight--April 24, 2018
I've almost made it through April! This week is especially busy because my 13-year old son got to show off his drama skills in the Language and Literature Festival on Monday. I also have a slam poet visit tomorrow (Harry Baker) and an author/musician visit on Friday (Stan Cullimore). So three days of five this week are big events. It's exciting and exhausting to host authors coming to China from other countries, but my students will love it. It's always worth it in the end. Next week, I'll post photos from each visit. For now, here's this week's Spotlight, which features a huge number of sequels for both YA and Middles! [Lots of sequels in this week's Spotlight!]

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.


  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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