If you want to be one of the first people to see a new movie, you need to make plans to go to the theater on Thursday night when most new movies are in theaters for the first time. If you want to be one of the first people to read a new book, you need to show up at your local bookstore on Tuesday when new release books are on the shelves for the first time.
When we bought a bookstore 18 months ago, the idea of new books being released every Tuesday was very exciting to me. It didn’t take long to figure out that making sure the right books were in the stack of new books each week required two things– a lot of planning and an ability to predict the future. In the last 18 months, there have been about 70 Tuesdays. Each time I make one of these stacks, I feel the excitement. I know each stack is lesson helping me learn how to choose the books that fit our community of readers. I am still working to master the art of curating the perfect stack of new release books, but each week as I look at the #newbooktuesday stack, I feel a little sense of accomplishment. When I stacked the books up for this week’s photo, I couldn’t help noticing the titles. They were chosen months ago–before the Thanksgiving Turkeys were carved, Christmas trees were decorated, and New Year’s resolutions were made, yet many of them seem perfect for where we are today. My name is Angela, and I believe in miracles. I know that there is joy in falling sometimes, and when all else fails grace can be found in the rubble. I look forward to seeing who picks up these great new books and gives them a new home.
Some weeks we miss a few good ones and have to add them later. Here are a few great titles that should have been in last week’s stack.