As winter approaches, many of us long for the warmth and comfort of curling up with a good book. When working in the public library, however, you might be too busy — more likely to be running a winter reading program or rejiggering the desk schedule for the holidays.  

That means you might not have time to keep up with the latest releases, but with NextReads newsletters (included in every LibraryAware subscription), you can get a quick snapshot of what’s new…and so can your patrons. Whether they want to cozy up with a romance, find a kids’ book to entertain the whole family, grab a bestseller for company on their holiday travels, or learn something new during a winter break, there’s a NextReads newsletter that delivers high-quality, professionally curated recommendations directly into your readers’ inboxes. 

Here’s a sneak preview of some upcoming NextReads recs for long winter nights: 

  • Get the drift with a cool snow-themed list in December’s Picture Books newsletter.

  • Celebrity-watchers will be excited by famous names such as Willie Nelson and Henry Winkler in the line-up for Biography and Memoir, not to mention books by actors Richard Armitage (Geneva, in Thrillers and Suspense) and Mark Harmon (Ghosts of Honolulu, in History and Current Events).  

  • Interested in (and/or scared of) AI? Nature and Science offers facts via Kashmir Hill’s Your Face Belongs to Us, while Fantasy and Science Fiction offers futuristic snarkiness with Martha Wells’ latest Murderbot book, System Collapse

  • Look for high-profile follow-ups in Nicola Griffith’s Menewood (sequel to Hild) and Stephanie Land’s Class (which follows Maid), featured in Historical Fiction and Biography and Memoir, respectively. 

  • If it’s high-profile authors you’re after, you’ll find them across several newsletters. This winter ushers in new books from Tananarive Due, Cory Doctorow, Ali Hazelwood (her first young adult book!), Nnedi Okorafor, Jojo Moyes, and Rebecca Makkai. 

  • Got a new — or newly independent — reader in your life? In January, you’ll want to check out the roundups of easy readers in Picture Books and early chapter books in Books for Kids and Tweens. 

  • Finally, if you already spend time thinking about the Roman Empire, why not dive in with Mary Beard’s Emperor of Rome, featured in History and Current Events? 

  • With 2024 on the horizon, it’s a good time to look back at highlights from 2023. This winter, you'll find a handy “Books You May Have Missed” theme list in Mystery, plus "2023 Debuts" theme lists in Biography and Memoir, History and Current Events, and Teen Scene. 

And those are just a snowball’s worth of the recommendations avalanche you’ll find in NextReads. To make the most out of the 100+ hand-crafted book recommendations NextReads provides each month, be sure to subscribe and offer your patrons opportunities to do the same, both online and in person.  

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Rebecca Honeycutt is a Senior Readers' Advisory Librarian at NoveList. She is currently reading Barely Floating by Lilliam Rivera.