In the Bookroom

A collaborative blog covering books, media, and publishing, including early previews of the hottest titles by Library Journal's review staffers, and op-eds and guest blogs by notable contributors. Follow us on Twitter: @LJReviews

Degenerates, Royals, Monsters, and the Zerelli Sisters | What We’re Reading & Watching

Some best books picks from the “What We’re Reading & Watching” crew, along with musings about what’s on our bookshelves and screens right now.

A Movable Literary Feast | Albertine Prize Short List Announced

Book lovers and Francophiles gathered at the historic Payne Whitney mansion in New York City to celebrate the announcement of the shortlist for the 2018 Albertine Prize, a reader’s choice award for the best Francophone fiction translated into English and published in the United States over the past year.

Indie Ebook Winners Talk Royal Intrigue | SELF-esteem

This year marked the introduction of an overall honoree in LJ’s Indie Ebook Awards. In addition to winning in the romance category, Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese’s A Queen from the North deservedly snagged the title of Best Indie Ebook of the Year. An alternative British history where the Yorks and Lancasters never stopped fighting, it tells the tale of a political marriage between Prince Arthur and Lady Amelia Brockett—with a touch of magic and an absorbing slow-burn romance. Here, the authors go into depth about the book’s origins, their tag-team writing process, and being successful in self-publishing.

LJ Talks to Mira T. Lee | Debut Spotlight

In Mira Lee’s first novel, Everything Here Is Beautiful, the author calls on characters from her short stories, filling out the lives of sisters Miranda and Lucia. Here, Lee discusses crafting these women, her own sibling experiences, and more.

You Might Also Like… | LJ Notable Books of 2017

After selecting the LJ Best Books, we’re ready to recommend other notable publications of 2017

Met & Unmet Expectations | What We’re Reading & Watching

A pre-holiday roundup of what the LJ/School Library Journal and alumni of same are reading and/or watching

Q&A: Mark Robison & Lindley Shedd Francoeur, Editors of Audio Recorders to Zucchini Seeds

Animal skulls, musical instruments, and power tools aren’t what many patrons expect to see when they enter the library. But, as editors Mark Robison and Lindley Shedd Francoeur point out in their book Audio Recorders to Zucchini Seeds: Building a Library of Things, nontraditional collections are becoming more popular.

Indie Ebook Award Winners 2017

The third annual LJ Indie Ebook Awards has now come to a close. Committees of librarians—plus the authors of some of last year’s winners—volunteered their time to evaluate hundreds of submissions and determine the best ebooks self-publishing has to offer in Sf/Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, and YA. These books—and many others—can be found in SELF-e, a subscription-based digital discovery platform for indie fiction. Congratulations to all of the honorees, including our first-ever overall winner.

Meet the LJ Reviewer | David L. Faucheux

Reviewer David Faucheux talks about self-publishing, the challenges of reviewing for Library Journal and his life in Louisiana.

Spotlight on Mary Balogh | LibraryReads Author

The third title in Mary Balogh’s “Westcott” series, Someone To Wed moves up the line to the newly minted Earl of Riverdale, Alexander Westcott. Via email, LJ asked the author about her latest work.