Five Favorite: New Book Resources

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous topics, click here.

As a librarian, keeping up-to-date on new releases is part of my job. (At least, that’s what I tell myself when I spend hours perusing review journals and websites!) So, here are my favorite ways to stay abreast of the (tens of) thousands of books that get published every year.

  • Book websites:
  • EdelweissNetGalley: online interactive digital frontlist book discovery tools
  • Franzen Comes Alive: Liberty is a reading machine (I don’t know anyone, online or off, who reads as much as she does). She co-hosts All the Books! as well as pulling together a weekly newsletter of, like, twenty books. (Seriously, every week.)
  • Goodreads: membership to the number one social media site on books has its perks — like monthly new releases; get an email sent to your inbox or just browse by genre or authors you already have on your shelves.
  • Review Journals:
    • Baker & Taylor’s Forecast: a monthly publication promoting forthcoming hardcover and paperback book titles
    • Kirkus Reviews: book reviews and recommendations from the most trusted voice in book discovery
    • Library Journal: previews of upcoming titles; access to timely reviews of books, audiobooks, DVDs, and other media; author interviews; conference updates; and other opinion and analysis from LJ staffers and contributors
    • Publisher’s Weekly: a weekly news magazine focused on the international book publishing business and offering feature articles and news on all aspects of the book business, bestsellers lists in a number of categories, industry statistics, and pre-publication book reviews

Have your own favorite ways to learn about new books? Let me know!

Five Favorite: Book-related Podcasts

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

Okay, so, I love podcasts. They can be entertaining, informative, eye-opening – anything, really, which is why it’s so hard to wade through the thousands (upon thousands) of podcasts out there to find the one (or five, or ten) that will keep you engaged for 50 (or even 500) episodes. Because I love to read and am interested in the book world, I listen to a lot of podcasts focused specifically books, book news, and authors; here are my five favorite. (Can you tell I like Book Riot???)

AllTheBooksAll the Books!: All the Books! is a weekly show of recommendations and discussions about the most interesting and exciting new book releases; hosted by Rebecca Schinsky and Liberty Hardy of BookRiot.com.

BookRiotBook Riot – The Podcast: Book Riot – The Podcast is a weekly news and talk show about what’s new, cool, and worth talking about in the world of books and reading; hosted by a combination of Jeff O’Neal, Rebecca Schinsky, and Amanda Nelson of BookRiot.com, and guests.

DearBookNerdDear Book Nerd: Dear Book Nerd is a bi-weekly advice show about life, love, and literature; hosted by Rita Meade of BookRiot.com and guests.

LitUpThe Lit Up Show:  The Lit Up Show discusses books, writers, life, love and all things literary in an exploration of how what we read reflects how we live; hosted by Angela Ledgerwood and Emily Gould of TheLitUpShow.com

ReadingLivesReading Lives: Reading Lives features hour-long conversations with guests about their reading lives: the books and reading experiences that have been memorable, transformative, and meaningful; hosted by Jeff O’Neal of BookRiot.com.

Have your own five favorite book-related podcasts? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!