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: February 12, 2019
Not to sound like a sourface, but this week's list is just average compared to last week's. We do, however, have one picture book this week that received four starred reviews. Middle grades are least-represented this week. Lots of YA and picture books, but only a couple of new books in-between. The one that sounds most interesting to me? To Night Owl From Dogfish because it reminds me of The Parent Trap!

New Release Spotlight: February 5, 2019
It really is a good thing I'm off this week because the New Release Spotlight is HUGE this week. I've spotlighted 24 titles, but that is not nearly all of this week's new releases. Most of the titles on this list received at least one starred review, and many received multiple stars. One middle grade title this week has six starred reviews!

New Release Spotlight: January 29, 2019
This week is a big one for new releases, with most titles receiving at least one starred professional review. If you subscribe to Junior Library Guild, you'll find many of this week's books on upcoming JLG shipments. Be sure to double-check your JLG shipments so you don't accidentally double-order. I've included JLG information in the "Stars and Awards" section for each book, but as the JLG website isn't so easy to search, it is entirely possible I missed a title or two.

New Release Spotlight--January 22, 2019
This week is a little slow, with only 11 books on the list. I am excited to order Ship of Smoke and Steel and The Storm Keeper's Island for the library, and as I'm a huge fan of Katie McGarry, I'm sure I'll read Only a Breath Apart at some point.

New Release Spotlight--January 15, 2019
This week, I've found thirteen titles worth a look for your libraries. It's not as exciting as last week's list, but there are still several "purpled" titles that received two or more starred reviews. I will be adding Genesis Begins Again, 96 Words for Love, The Gilded Wolves, and Stain to my next book order. I also think Echo North will do well with my Shiver fans.

New Release Spotlight--January 8, 2019
I'm seeing stars this week! After a two-week hiatus from my weekly Spotlights, it's finally January! I have my work cut out for me on the New Release Spotlights this month. January is always a big month for new book releases, and you won't believe the number of starred reviews on this week's list.

New Release Spotlight--December 18, 2018
December continues to be a slow month for new releases. I found only seven new releases this week, and next Tuesday (Christmas Day) looks equally sparse. I'm not even sure if I'm going to bother with a New Release Spotlight next week since the list will be so short. We'll see.

New Release Spotlight--December 11, 2018
So this is our last week of school before the holiday break! I am so excited to NOT go anywhere this year. For the first time in four years, we will actually have our family Christmas morning on Christmas morning, something we are all excited about.

I'm kind of surprised at the number of dark YA thrillers releasing this week! All three titles I found for YA deal with murder, kidnapping, and revenge. The dark themes fit better into late-October than two weeks before Christmas. Still no new Christmas releases for teens...sigh.

New Release Spotlight--December 4, 2018
I'm trying a new format for the New Release Spotlight this week. I hope it looks a bit cleaner and is even more helpful than before. I wanted to add more space and provide room to say all that I need to say for each book. I'm now including number of pages and a quote from reviewers for each book. Several titles also include readalikes. And don't miss this week's giveaway at the bottom of the list!

New Release Spotlight--November 27, 2018
Only three more weeks until Winter Break, and boy, am I ready for it! We are excited to put up our Christmas tree this weekend, even as we worry that our crazy pup Cisco will likely growl at it or even knock it down! I also bought some cotton batting and snowflake cutting and decorating materials for the library--we are going to turn it into a winter wonderland this week! Oh, the glitter!


  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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