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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Romance, Focus on Sports, and Focus on Travel

The special September 1 & 15 double issue of Booklist is now live. We are twice as excited for this issue’s spotlight on romance with focuses on sports 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 a core collection on the ever-expansive romance genre, compiled by Booklist reviewer John Charles; prolific author Tiffany D. Jackson’s Writers & Readers column, in which she reminiscences on first love; and Heather Booth’s list of listen-alikes for You Say It First, by Katie Cotugno and read by Jorjeana Marie and Kirby Heyborne, which will surely give you all the feels. Plus, Michael Cart charts the rise of LGBTQ+ YA romances in the latest Carte Blanche.

Our focus on sports inspires Ronny Khuri to serve up a trend-alert list of blazing sports-themed YA romances. Also in this issue, Booklist reviewer Miriam Aronin interviews author Arthur A. Levine and illustrator Kevin Hawkes about their latest title, The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol. Finally, it’s time to grab a blank TBR list: Taylor Crossley has amassed all upcoming youth titles in our annual Fall Youth Preview.

The September 1 & 15 double issue of Booklist is live on Booklist Online, where you’ll find all of these new features and columns, along with 501 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 1&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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