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

Striking a Chord | SELF-esteem

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While the musical experience is typically an aural one, there’s something to be said for reading about one’s appreciate for the medium. Here are a few odes to music available on LJ’s SELF-e platform.

2017 Gumbo | What We’re Reading

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We’re reading: aloud, long-form journalism, parental nightmares, New Orleans novels, Wild Westerns, Richard III rewrites, Brooklyn books, whodunits, a raconteur’s remembrances, & more Lippman!

Reading Carrie Fisher | In the Bookroom

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To celebrate Fisher as a writer, I have gone back into Library Journal‘s Book Verdict vault and pulled up our reviews of her novels and memoirs. For librarians, these would make a nice display counterpoint to DVDs of the actress’s films and stage performances.

Spotlight | Katherine Arden, LibraryReads Author, January 2017

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Rooted in Russian history and folklore and told in language as extravagantly beautiful as the fire bird itself, Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale brings us Vasilisa Petrovna, a village girl with royal bloodlines and more mysterious, magical antecedents who saves her corner of medieval Russia and effectively all humankind.

Reviewers of the Year 2016

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A huge thank you to all our contributors, and special recognition to those who made this year even more outstanding. Interested in joining the LJ reviewing team? Click on the article for further details.

Regular & Irregular Books of the Season | What We’re Reading

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New and seasoned “What We’re Reading” contributors discuss the books on their minds this week.

Books to Screen: Maria Semple’s “Today Will Be Different”

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Academy Award winner Julia Roberts is set to star in the TV adaptation of Maria Semple’s sophomore novel

Busting & Building Bubbles | What We’re Reading

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The “What We’re Reading” crew on books that extend outside their comfort zone, aka bubble-busting books. A few bubble-building books creep into the narrative too…

Beyond the Winners | SELF-esteem

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This year’s Indie Ebook Awards brought forth some amazing submissions, but sadly not all of them could be winners. Here are a few notable titles worth putting on your SELF-e reading list.

So You Think You Want To Review? Expert Advice from a Seasoned Editor

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Henrietta Verma discusses her new book, offering advice for librarians on writing, reviewing, and leadership