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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Romance and Travel

The September 15 issue of Booklist is now live, and as the old song goes, “Have Love, Will Travel.” We are screaming excited for this issue’s joint Spotlight on Romance and Travel. Inside, we have top-10 lists of both the year’s best romance debuts and the year’s best romance novels for adult and youth readers. Be sure to also check out two woo-worthy subscriber-exclusive core collections: one is a list of atypical leading romance heroes, compiled by Booklist reviewer John Charles; and the other is a list of youth titles that find romance amidst STEAM-related tinkering and exploration, curated by Julia Smith. Plus, Michael Cart catches the lovebug in the latest “Carte Blanche.”

Lest you thought we forgot, the Spotlight on Travel also has us swooning. Annie Bostrom has collected another fabulous list of Fall Travel Guides to get you on your globe-trotting way. And as Heather Booth can attest in her latest “Listen Up” feature, audiobooks can be a wonderful traveling companion, too. To top off this already spectacular issue, we announce the Best Travel Guide of 2020—and in our latest “Booklist Backlist,” Sarah Hunter includes picks for beloved picture books so beautiful they can adorn the walls.

The September 15 issue of Booklist is live on Booklist Online, where you’ll find all of these new features and columns, along with 310 new reviews. Most articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered for access, you can take care of that today!

You can also find the complete magazine online! Booklist’s digital edition of the September 15 issue is live. It’s a great way to explore the magazine from your iPhone, iPad, tablet, Samsung Galaxy, or any other internet-connected device. With the digital issue, subscribers will now get print, online, digital, and archival access to the 22 Booklist and four Book Links issues each year! Visit



About the Author:

Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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