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--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!

New Release Spotlight--November 20, 2018
From now until after the new year, the weekly New Release Spotlights will be much smaller. This isn't my choice; it's because publishers tend to release fewer books between Thanksgiving and the New Year. There will still be some releases each week, but it isn't anything like it was back in September and October. If you prefer the super-long New Release Spotlights, you'll love January!From now until after the new year, the weekly New Release Spotlight will be much smaller...

New Release Spotlight--November 13, 2018
This week, our library is hosting our second author visit in less than a month! We are so excited to meet Horrible Science author Nick Arnold, who will present several school visits in Shanghai this week and next. Be sure to check my MrsReaderPants Facebook page for photos!

We have 16 new book releases this week. Don't miss new titles from favorite authors including Robin Talley, Courtney Stevens, and Jessica Brody. We're almost to Thanksgiving, y'all!

New Release Spotlight--November 6, 2018
It's a weird week for our area of Shanghai because we have an international import expo going on very close by. Streets are closed, and so are schools. Chairman Xi is also in town, so there is extra security everywhere. We've just decided to say home and play Wii golf and eat pretzels (literally what we're doing right now).

Lots of new titles this week, including many picture books! Don't miss new titles from Brandon Sanderson, CJ Lyons, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and Erin Dionne.

New Release Spotlight--October 30, 2018
Despite a few hiccups, our school's author visit with Ying Chang Compestine went very well last week. I posted some photos on my MrsReaderPants FaceBook and Instagram pages over the weekend. I would post them here, but internet access in Shanghai is very spotty right now, and I'm not able to upload the photos to my blog. The internet issues will probably last a couple of weeks. Once the Shanghai Import Expo ends on November 10, things should be back to normal.

New Release Spotlight--October 23, 2018
It's almost November--can you believe it? In just a couple of days, I will be hosting author Ying Chang Compestine! I am very excited to meet her and see her presentations. In next Tuesday's spotlight, I'll share some photos of her visit and let you know how it went!

This week's list is a little short, only 11 titles and no picture books. I can't wait to read The Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason and of course, Lu has already been requested by a couple of my students. And since I loved Bad Romance, I'm likely to read Imagine Us Happy.

New Release Spotlight--October 16, 2018
Finally, a small break in the number of new releases this week! This week's list is about half as long as it was in each week of September and early-October. Two titles really grab my attention this week. The first is A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. It's about a Muslim-American girl facing discrimination and stereotypes in the year following 9/11. The other title that I can't wait to see is Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill, which reminds me of a science version of How They Croaked.This week's new releases for kids and teens include realistic fiction, romance, and some great new narrative nonfiction.

New Release Spotlight--October 2, 2018
I thought October might bring me a break in the huge new release lists, but as you can see from the length of this post, I was very wrong. I've spotlighted 22 titles, with another 24 sequels and other new releases. The book I most want to read on this list is Everlasting Nora, mainly because of its setting. It's about a young girl who lives with her mother in Manila North Cemetery, which doubles as a shanty town for Manila's homeless. Sounds really interesting!


  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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