Indie Next List

April edition

It’s time to spring ahead and refresh your TBR list with these fantastic recommendations from indie booksellers!

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the April Indie Next list. You can request many of these titles on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the ABA site

If you are a bookseller, you can nominate titles for the Indie Next list via NetGalley, and receive special access to new galleys via the Digital White Box program. Sign up today!

Additional Indie Next titles:

Varina by Charles Frazier
Stray City by Chelsey Johnson
Blue Self-Portrait by Noemi Lefebvre
Waiting for Tomorrow,by Nathacha Appanah
Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith


Reader Spotlight

The NetGalley community is rich with Librarians, Booksellers, Educators, Media, Reviewers and Bloggers who excel at helping books succeed and promoting a love of reading. We like to take a moment to highlight these members and share their stories with you.

This week’s spotlight is on. . . Kate Fais, a Young Adult Librarian at the NYPL Bloomingdale Branch in NYC!

Featured Librarian: Kate Fais

Library: New York Public Library, Bloomingdale Branch, New York City

Role: Young Adult Librarian



When (and how) did you decide to become a librarian?

I’ve wanted to be a librarian since I was five years old – and then one of my older cousins told me I had to read every book in the library. I was terrified of the Goosebumps series, so I did briefly consider other jobs.

Is there anything that your library does especially well that you’d love to continue and possibly expand?

My branch has an amazing weekly teen writing group that meets on Thursdays. It really is the best hour of my week! We have a wonderful volunteer who leads the workshop – the kids and I just love her. The teens have actually come in during random days of the week asking if Writing Club is that day! I’m also lucky to be part of an amazing team of young adult librarians with the New York Public Library. Every year we have the Anti-Prom at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (the Library on 42nd Street with the lions!), and the teens (and the staff!) have a blast.

You served on NYPL’s Best Books for Teens 2017 committee. Can you speak a little bit about this and other initiatives you’ve worked on to expose teens to great literature?

Serving on the Best Books for Teens committee was an absolute dream. Imagine, each month you meet with almost twenty of your peers for three hours to just talk books. I’m lucky enough to be serving on the committee for 2018 this year, and because of NetGalley, I’ve been able to read a good number of titles before their release dates.

Additionally, I have great relationships with the middle schools in my area. I always try to sneak in several booktalks whenever I have class visits! Plus, I just started hosting a monthly Free Book Friday for my teens – teens have the opportunity to come to the library and take home as many books (finished published copies and galleys) as they like, to keep forever. At my last Free Book Friday, as one of my teens was flipping through Grendel’s Guide to Love and War, I learned that they are a BIG fan of Beowulf and totally ships Hrothgar and Grendel.

In my prior job at Cold Spring Harbor Library, I also volunteered with the Authors Unlimited conference which connected teens with YA authors, and was a fact-checker for the Suffolk County (NY) Battle of the Books.

When it comes to motivating your patrons to read and enjoy reading, what techniques or strategies have you found to be most effective?

I’m a big believer in just stopping a book if it’s not gelling for you. Why torment yourself? I always encourage people to take home several books at a time, especially if they’re not sure what they’re in the mood for. One of their selections is bound to stick.

Do you have a favorite moment when you provided someone with a book?

It’s actually when they come back, find me, and tell me how much they absolutely adored the book I paired them with.

What is the most requested title in your library right now?

Holds wise, Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff. I actually have a copy checked out, but I have too many other things to read!

Has having access to digital galleys affected the types of titles you recommend to your patrons?

I think I’ve been able to actually read more galleys since they’re digitized! I take the subway each day to get to and from work, and honestly, it’s a lot easier to read from my phone when I can’t sit! Additionally, digital galleys are soooo much easier for me to travel with. I’m the kid who got in trouble for bringing fifteen hardcover books in her suitcase to Florida, so having a ream of digital galleys when I’m on the train, plane, or waiting in line for something has been a life-saver.

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Reader Spotlight

The NetGalley community is rich with Booksellers, Educators, Librarians, Media, Reviewers and Bloggers who excel at helping books succeed and promoting a love of reading. We like to take a moment to highlight these members and share their stories with you. This week’s spotlight is on. . . Nicole Hadley, a teacher from Ann Arbor Adventist Elementary School (a one-room schoolhouse!).

Featured Educator: Nicole Hadley

School & grade level(s): Ann Arbor Adventist Elementary School, grades 1-8


When (and how) did you decide to become an educator?

I decided to be an educator in 2011. In 2011 I completed a B.A. in English at Andrews University. I decided to go to SE Asia to teach English. While in SE Asia, I fell in love with teaching. I returned to the US in 2012 and in 2013 I began a certification program. I began teaching full time in 2014. My first students in SE Asia taught me that I can be a good teacher. Each class is different as is every day. I

Can you describe your classroom/school?

I work in a one room school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This year I am teaching grades 1, 3, and 5. The main classroom is where we spend most of our time learning. When we have hands on activities we go to our computer lab where there is most space. The gym is for recess and PE. We also have a choir and art room. I have eight students who all contribute to each other’s learning. My classroom has bulletin boards and posters that each student can gain from.

I have many books that my students can read during free time. I try to find books that cover a variety of interests.

Is there anything th
at your school does especially well that you’d love to continue and possibly expand?

My school does a great job of providing opportunities for students that most small private schools are unable to offer. My students have the opportunity of having French, Danish, Art, Computers, Choir, PE and chapel once a week in addition to their core classes. My students have the opportunity to give back to others in need. They receive quality lessons and those lessons are hands-on when possible.

When it comes to motivating your students to read and enjoy reading, what techniques or strategies have you found to be most effective?

I try to find books that are of interest to my students whether the books are physical books, or e-books checked out from the library. When it comes to book reports I find creative book reports that requires the students to put their knowledge of the book into practice.

In addition to teaching, you also blog about books – do you find that reviewing books helps you better incorporate them into your lesson plans? If so, how?

I am able to incorporate the books I review into my lesson plans. My students enjoy reading the books I receive from NetGalley. Sometimes I allow my students to choose the books we read together.

*Check out Nicole’s blog, A Window into Books!

Do you have a favorite moment when you provided a student with a book?

A favorite moment when I provided a student with a book was when I gave one of my first graders an e-books and he read the entire book. The student then proceeded to ask for more books like it.

Are there any upcoming book(s) that you’re excited about recommending?

I am excited about the upcoming book The Marvelous Mustard Seed.







If you could invite any author to your school, who would it be, and why?

I would invite Lois Lowry. She is one of my favorite authors. I respect her as a person and as an author. I think my students would enjoy a visit from her, as much as myself.

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NetGalley UK’s Top Ten Books, April 2018

As we decided which ten titles to include this month, we all agreed April certainly was the cruellest month. There were so many exciting books to consider that it provoked some fierce debate – some of which is still raging!

Though we were sad not to be able to include Gayle Forman’s I Have Lost My Way, Circe by Madeline Miller and Skybound by Rebecca Loncraine, we think this is one of the strongest months yet. Enjoy!


Dear Mrs Bird
A J Pearce
UK Edition

You may well have seen Dear Mrs Bird rather a lot on NetGalley—and there’s a reason for that: we all think it’s a marvellous, wonderful book. And it’s not just us: NetGalley members love it too. Which is why we think this is going to be one of the best debuts of the year.

London, 1940. Emmy Lake types letters for Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine. Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But Emmy is about to rebel…

Irresistibly funny, charming and moving, this is a book to tell everyone about.

The One Who Wrote Destiny
Nikesh Shukla
Atlantic Books
UK Edition

The eagerly anticipated new novel from the editor of The Good Immigrant is a brilliantly constructed, wonderfully moving and bitingly funny novel of three generations of one family. Ranging from Kenya to Keighly, from death to life, from love to racism, The One Who Wrote Destiny will be one of the most popular and important novels of the year

Jo Nesbo
UK Edition

Hogarth’s series of reworkings of Shakespeare plays by contemporary writers has been a huge success, but Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth is something different – a seering crime drama that does real justice to the source material. Inspector Macbeth is a cop with a past – and a glittering future. But his vaulting ambition could be his undoing..

Akemi Dawn Bowman
Ink Road
UK Edition

A huge hit in 2017 with readers in the US, Starfish looks set to be a 2018 YA sensation in the UK. Kiko dreams of attending her dream art school, Prism; but is left devastated when she is rejected. Then a childhood friend suggests visiting her on the West Coast. It’s a chance for Kiko to discover what she wants to be, and who she is. Heartbreaking and illuminating.

Ordinary People
Diana Evans
Chatto & Windus
UK Edition

The highly-acclaimed, award-winning author of 26a returns with her first novel in nine years – and it is worth the wait. Acute, tender and insighful, Ordinary People tells the story of two couples at a crossroads, battling the daily pressures that can change lives. It is a bravura novel of identity, love and family – with a cracking soundtrack to boot.

The Lido
Libby Page
UK Edition

Acquired in a frenzy of interest just before last year’s London Book Fair, The Lido is a compelling and uplifting tale of inter-generational friendship. Rosemary (86) and Kate (26) don’t appear to have much in common. But both love outdoor swimming at their local lido. When the lido is threatened with closure, the two women swing into action…

The Man I Think I Know
Mike Gayle
Hodder & Stoughton
UK Edition

Mike Gayle is one of the funniest and most perceptive writers around – and his latest is his very best yet. Compared to Jojo Moyes and Ruth Hogan, The Man I Think I Know is a touching and wise story of two men bound by the past and unsure of their future – and how their friendship is tested by the world. Witty, warm and uttterly compelling.

The Overstory
Richard Powers
William Heinemann
UK Edition

Richard Powers is one of America’s most intriguing, intelligent and unusual novelists, and this is his masterpiece. Already being touted as a Man Booker Prize frontrunner, The Overstory is a ranging, deeply felt exploration of our relationship with nature, and the delicate balance we strike with it.

The Wolf
Leo Carew
UK Edition

There are many pretenders to George RR Martin’s throne, but Leo Carew’s debut novel – the first in the Under the Northern Sky series – shows him to be a worthy adversary. A great war has come to the land under the Northern Sky, and two very different ways of life are about to do battle. Bold, fresh and captivating.

A Grand Old Time
Judy Leigh
UK Edition

A breakout from an old people’s home. A road trip beginning in Dublin and continuing through the UK and on to France. A disapproving son in hot pursuit. Things are certainly changing for 75-year-old Evie Gallagher. But is there one last surprise on the cards? Riotously funny, genuinely touching and inspiring.

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Cover Love

We’ve rounded up another batch of book covers that we love, and we hope you will too. We’ve also gathered all of your cover votes from this month, and your most loved cover is…The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell!

Click on each cover to read the full book description, request (or wish for) the title, and cast your vote for the cover. If you’ve read these titles, don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your friends & followers.

Want to continue gazing upon gorgeous covers? Check out our Cover Love series!


Seven Librarians Share the Reasons They Love Libraries

*Originally published on, an editorially independent division of NetGalley.

February 14th is the day we celebrate love in all its many forms, including the love of libraries. Here at Bookish we’ve been known to swoon over our local libraries. In fact, we are so tongue-tied about our own love for them that we decided to consult the people who adore libraries so much that they have devoted their careers to them. To celebrate Library Lovers’ Day we’ve asked seven librarians to tell us why they love libraries.

Share your love of libraries in the comments below!

“I love libraries for so many reasons. First, the library made me a writer—childhood hours spent reading library books taught me how to write a sentence, how to understand my fears and experiences, and how to tell my own story. I value the library as a pure community space unaffected by the exigencies of commerce—no one expects me to buy anything or to limit my time; I can simply hang out and read. Furthermore, the library is a democratic institution: Its resources belong to all and are accessible by all. At the library, we can find information that helps us live, learn, dream, and be more engaged citizens—for a mere few tax dollars per month. Value-added bonus: The library profession is committed to protecting everyone’s First Amendment right of freedom of speech, thought, and inquiry. Libraries are badass, radical, and crucial. How can people not love them?” —Stella Beratlis, reference librarian at Modesto Junior College and author of Alkali Sink

“What makes a library? For me, it is a place of ongoing conversation and communication. It’s a space where everyone in the community is welcome to participate in those talks. When I first began working at libraries, I thought mostly about collection development. I thought about what the library housed, not who it served. Now I’d say I think about librarianship the way I think about the world around me. I want it to succeed because I want my community to succeed. Libraries are spaces that give back infinitely—they are one of the only places you can go that are dedicated to figuring out what you need, even if you aren’t sure what that thing is. Libraries are bastions of information, certainly, but they are also repositories of community service.” —Kristen Arnett, access services librarian and circulation supervisor at a law library in Florida and author of Felt in the Jaw

“I am not the first to love libraries, and won’t be the last—thank god for millennials! Beyond the more obvious reasons to love libraries (love of reading, free programs for adults and children, free wifi, and so on), I really love libraries for their grit, tenacity, and revolutionary, rebellious spirit! Not what you think of when you think about your public library? Ditto. Until I began to learn more about the quiet, unassuming chutzpah libraries have shown since their inception. Libraries exude an incongruous mix of innocence and hope with a serious rage-against-the-machine attitude. Within these walls exist the librarians—protectors of books, intellectual freedom fighters, and guardians of patrons’ rights. Imagine a world where Harry Potter was successfully banned. You can thank a librarian that these treasures are still on the shelves. Libraries have been at the forefront of the battle for net neutrality, fighting for equal access to the internet. And right out of the pages of a superhero comic comes the real life story of the Connecticut Four—four librarians who, under a gag order as well as threat of imprisonment, steadfastly fought the federal government’s unwarranted, overreaching demand for personal and private information on patrons. Libraries provide refuge to those in need, from assisting homeless populations every day to helping victims during catastrophic events. Many librarians are now being trained to administer Narcan to help in the opioid crisis. And fearless libraries have kept their doors open to the public during the Ferguson unrest of 2014, the Baltimore protests of 2015, and even during the civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama. By providing this refuge, libraries create a gathering place where communication can occur, information can be shared, and community can grow. With what seems like an ever-shrinking amount of empathy and understanding among humans, libraries provide an opportunity for people to interact with each other in person, and to subsequently gain awareness about the others sharing this planet alongside us. By doing so, libraries help build a more resilient people. I am Groot. (I love libraries.)” —Erin Tuomi, assistant director at the Newbury Town Library

“One winter morning in 2005, I locked myself out of my house. I’d just driven my daughter to school and was still in pajamas and slippers under my parka. No spare key in the garage, under a rock, at a neighbor’s. My husband wouldn’t be home till 7:30. My wallet was on the kitchen island next to the house key. Frazzled, I wondered where I could go to kill the hours without imposition or expense or—most crucially to me— embarrassment. The answer was obvious: my local library. There, a friend on staff chuckled sympathetically at my predicament, offered me coffee, spare socks. I meandered through the dusty stacks, slipping into the forgotten pleasure of aimless perusing, and narrowed in on Seamus Heaney’s verse translation of Beowulf. I sat by a glass door with a view of woods, nodded good morning to some cheery seniors, bundled my parka closer, and got lost until I had to pick up my girl. Now I work at that library and love the idea of the place as refuge as well as resource. A place of welcome, no matter how unwashed, half-dressed, needful, frantic, demanding, snobbish, chatty, nervous, exuberant, or miserable a patron is. A place to get safely lost.” —Eileen Frankel Tomarchio, staff librarian at a New Jersey library

“I think I fell in love with libraries before I understood what they were, before I could tap their limitless potential just by wandering their square footage and running my finger along the books’ spines. You see, there is a black and white photograph of me sitting on my father’s lap at his desk at his library. I am about three years old, and he is young and his beard is big and puffy like a lumberjack’s. My father was a librarian at a year-round school for severely physically handicapped children and in the summer he would take me to work with him so that I could play with the kids while he worked. I remember how he welcomed each child as he or she entered the library. I would stare and take in in, and even feel a little jealous of how loved he made those kids feel.” —Olivia Gatti, librarian at Brooks School

“Outside of the high school library I run, I spend many of my hours at Central Library, part of the Brooklyn Public Library. I take photos to celebrate the library as sacred space, where one can both confirm who they are and become someone else. What I love the most about the library is the people, because without the people, a library is a building full of information without purpose. I love that the library is where my mother took English as a second language (ESL) classes and where she wrote her first poem in English. I love the people who inhabit the art section and sit and draw and collage or make watercolor paintings. I love the people who build forts of books around them and consult well-worn stacks of notes, presumably writing a book or a manifesto or nothing at all. I love the men and women studying for nursing or civil service exams. I love that the library is one of the last public spaces anyone can go and take, take, take without giving a cent. In my writing and in my life, I seek the unexpected in the everyday and the library never disappoints.” —Adalena Kavanagh, librarian at Sunset Park High School Library

“It is hard for me to articulate why I love libraries. They have always been in the background of my life. I grew up in my hometown’s public library. I attended story time as a kid, joined a mother-daughter book club as a teen, and even worked as a page in high school. I worked in my college library, interned at an antiquarian society, and helped friends start an anarchist collective library. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to pinpoint the moment that libraries became the foundation of my life, walking through Georgetown’s library where I work now, watching students frantically typing and dust motes floating through shafts of sunlight. I love the people, the conversations, the constant opportunities for learning—but I know that isn’t why I stayed. I love the fight for patron privacy, the fierce commitment to fair dissemination of information, the care and concern for all members of our community—but I think for me it’s something even simpler. I love the structure and order, the noble attempt to classify the intangible. I first fell in love with the Dewey Decimal System, its arcane largess able to contain nonfiction multitudes. I’ve grown to love the Library of Congress Classification System, with its rigid yet ever-modernizing classifications. I love archival finding aids, homebrewed special library systems, comic-shop pull lists, the color-coded books in my own home. Books contain everything we know, everything we’ve seen, everything we are, and naive and arrogant, we can’t stop trying to find ways to organize that. Every day I head into the stacks to track down a book, and every day I uncover new knowledge by proximity. The structure leads to discovery, to the words I hear hundreds of times a year in my job, that ‘I was looking for this book but then I found this one’ moment that opens doors. It encapsulates a very human need to understand each other, to draw connections, and at the core, that’s what I love about libraries.” —Dana Aronowitz, access specialist at Georgetown University Library



Indie Next List

March edition

As we look ahead to spring, we’re turning to booksellers for these titles to watch.

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the March Indie Next list, drawn from the recommendations of indie booksellers throughout the US. You can request many of these titles on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the ABA site

If you are a bookseller, you can nominate titles for the Indie Next list via NetGalley, and receive special access to new galleys via the Digital White Box program. Sign up today!

Additional Indie Next titles

Don’t Skip Out on Me: A Novel by Willy Vlautin
(Harper Perennial, 9780062684455)

Sunburn: A Novel by Laura Lippman
(William Morrow, 9780062389923)

Promise: A Novel by Minrose Gwin
(William Morrow, 9780062471710)

Registers of Illuminated Villages: Poems by Tarfia Faizullah
(Graywolf Press, 9781555978006)

Speak No Evil: A Novel by Uzodinma Iweala
(Harper, 9780061284922)

Census: A Novel by Jesse Ball
(Ecco, 9780062676139)

Tomb Song: A Novel by Julián Herbert
(Graywolf Press, 9781555977993)

Some Hell: A Novel by Patrick Nathan
(Graywolf Press, 9781555977986)

A Long Way from Home: A Novel by Peter Carey
(Knopf, 9780525520177)

Library Reads

LibraryReads List

March 2018

With ALA Midwinter fast approaching, we’ve got you covered when it comes to titles to watch.

LibraryReads has announced the top ten books available in March 2018 that librarians across the country love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the LibraryReads site.

If you are a librarian, you can nominate titles for the LibraryReads list via NetGalley – learn more here!

Additional LibraryReads titles:

Sunburn: A Novel, by Laura Lippman
(William Morrow, 9780062389923)

Tangerine, by Christine Mangan
(Ecco, 9780062686664)

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