Shelf Care, Episode #3.5: Rebecca ‘n’ Rave

We know what you’re thinking: it’s not time for another episode of Shelf Care: The Podcast yet! Au contraire, listeners. Because Susan Maguire and Rebecca Vnuk, Executive Director of Library Reads, have teamed up for a very special bonus episode, inspired by the ALA Annual Read ‘n’ Rave panel, a program (modeled off the BookExpo Shout ‘n’ Share and launched by Rebecca herself) that unites collection development librarians, irresistible galleys from the exhibit floor, and of course, readers. To hear what Susan, Rebecca, and others are raving about this summer, check out the miniepisode and show notes (complete with Booklist reviews) below—and subscribe to Booklist’s Shelf Care on iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app.

Episode #3.5: Rebecca ‘n’ Rave

Show Notes

Knowing all about good books before they come out is just one of many rabbits librarians keep in their magic hat. (Another tool: strained metaphors!) In this Very Special Bonus Episode of Shelf Care: The Podcast, we peel back the curtain on one of the ways librarians get advanced buzz on good books: The Booklist Read ‘n’ Rave.

We are joined by Rebecca Vnuk, Executive Director of Library Reads, who put together Booklist’s first Read ‘n’ Rave lo those many years ago. She and host Susan Maguire talk about how Read n Rave started and what makes a good Read ‘n’ Rave pick. Most importantly, they rave about some upcoming titles that they’re real psyched about.

Here’s what we talked about:

Booklist’s Read ‘n’ Rave at ALA Annual, 2019

Shout ‘n’ Share at Book Expo, 2019

All-star Read ‘n’ Ravers: Becky Spratford and Kaite Stover




The Books About Which We Raved

Never Have I Ever, by Joshilyn Jackson

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, by Randall Munroe

Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America, by Nefertiti Austin

The Giver of Stars, by Jojo Moyes

The Nanny, by Gilly Macmillan



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