Annual Conference Read ‘n’ Rave Report 2021

Annual Conference might be virtual once more, but the rave must go on: this morning, Booklist hosted the sixth installment of the Read ‘n’ Rave program, modeled after the popular Shout ‘n’ Share panels that once took place at the end of Book Expo. This annual webinar brings together a panel of collection development librarians discussing upcoming releases that absolutely must be on your radar.

This year’s panel included Montoya Barker, Public Services Librarian at the Indianapolis Public Library in Indianapolis, Indiana; Aryssa Damron, Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library System in Washington, D.C.; Nanette Donohue, Collections and Technical Services Manager at the Champaign Public Library in Champaign, Illinois; and Sarah Hashimoto, Community Engagement Manager for Jackson District Library in Jackson, Michigan. To follow are the titles they raved about, linked to their Booklist reviews when available. (Please note: when the review of a recommended audiobook is not yet available, we have linked to the review of the print title in its place.)

All Our Shimmering Skies, by Trent Dalton, narrated by Ruby Rees (HarperAudio)

All the Lonely People, by Mike Gayle, narrated by Ben Onwukwe (Hachette Audio)

The Anatomy of Desire, by L. R. Dorn, narrated by Santino Fontana, Shelby Young, Marin Ireland, JD Jackson, Dan Bittner, Vikas Adam, Gabra Zackman, Fred Berman, Darrell Dennis, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis, Hillary Huber, Lisa Flanagan, and Sharahn LaRue (HarperAudio)

The Anthropocene Reviewed, written and narrated by John Green (Books on Tape)

The Ballerinas, by Rachel Kapelke-Dale (Macmillan)

Beasts of a Little Land, by Juhea Kim (HarperCollins/Ecco)

The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times, by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams (Macmillan/Celadon)

Center Center: A Funny, Sexy, Sad Almost-Memoir of a Boy in Ballet, by James Whiteside (Viking)

Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South, by Winfred Rembert and Erin I. Kelly (Bloomsbury)

Clark and Division, by Naomi Hirahara (Soho)

Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World, by Wil Haygood (Knopf)

The Devil and the Heiress, by Harper St. George (Berkley)

Donut Fall in Love, by Jackie Lau (Berkley)

The Donut Trap, by Julie Tieu (HarperCollins/Avon)

Everyman, by M Shelly Conner (Blackstone)

The Family Roe, by Joshua Prager (Norton)

The Gift, by Zoe Maeve (Conundrum Press)

Harlem Shuffle, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)

Harrow, by Joy Williams (Knopf)

I Hate You More, by Lucy Gilmore (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Havana Year Zero, by Karla Suárez and translated by Christina MacSweeney (Charco Press)

The Heart Principle, by Helen Hoang (Berkley)

If the Shoe Fits, by Julie Murphy (Disney-Hyperion)

In Every Mirror She’s Black, by Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström (Sourcebooks Landmark)

L.A. Weather, by María Amparo Escandón (Flatiron)

A Lesson in Vengeance, by Victoria Lee (Delacorte)

The Maidens, by Alex Michaelides, narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Louise Brealey (Macmillan Audio)

Martita, I Remember You, by Sandra Cisneros and translated by Liliana Valenzuela (Vintage)

Matrix, by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books)

The Matzah Ball, by Jean Meltzer (MIRA)

The Minister Primarily, by John Oliver Killens (Amistad)

My Monticello, by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson (Holt)

My Sweet Girl, by Amanda Jayatissa (Berkley)

New York, My Village, by Uwem Akpan (Norton)

Once More Upon a Time: An Enchanting Romantic Fairy Tale, by Roshani Chokshi (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Once There Were Wolves, by Charlotte McConaghy (Flatiron)

Orwell’s Roses, by Rebecca Solnit (Viking)

The Other Black Girl, by Zakiya Dalila Harris, narrated by Aja Naomi King, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Heather Alicia Simms, Bahni Turpin (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Palmares, by Gayl Jones (Beacon Press)

Playlist for the Apocalypse, by Rita Dove (Norton)

Poison for Breakfast, by Lemony Snicket (Liveright)

Power Born of Dreams: My Story Is Palestine, by Mohammad Sabaaneh (Street Noise Books)

Queer As All Get Out: 10 People Who’ve Inspired Me, by Shelby Criswell (Street Noise Books)

Red Lines: Political Cartoons and the Struggle Against Censorship (Information Policy), by Cherian George and Sonny Liew (MIT Press) 

The Road Trip, by Beth Leary, narrated by Josh Dylan, Eleanor Tomlinson (Books on Tape)

Seeing Ghosts, by Kat Chow (Grand Central)

Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller, by Nadia Wassef (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux)

Swan Dive: The Making of a Rogue Ballerina, by Georgina Pazcoguin (Holt)

Tell Me How to Be, by Neel Patel (Flatiron)

The Throwback List, by Lily Anderson (Disney) 

Three Girls from Bronzeville, by Dawn Turner (Simon & Schuster)

Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty, by Anderson Cooper (Harper)

Water: A Visual and Scientific History, by Jack Challoner (MIT Press)

We Are The Baby-Sitters Club, edited by Marisa Crawford and Megan Milks (Chicago Review Press)

Wish You Were Here, by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine Books)

The Women’s March, by Jennifer Chiaverini (William Morrow)

Yearbook, by Seth Rogen, narrated by Seth Rogen and a full cast (Books on Tape)

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