Get Cozy with NextReads This Winter

Get Cozy with NextReads This Winter

by Rebecca Honeycutt (NoveList Readers’ Advisory Librarian) and Jillian Ocken (Ames Public Library)

Looking for a good book to get you through some cold days? Ames Public Library is here to help! One of the ways we connect you with books you may be interested in is NextReads e-mail newsletters. Sign up for any that interest you at, and enjoy booklist in your inbox curated by NoveList and Ames Public Library’s experts.

Here are some upcoming NextReads highlights:

  • This December, you'll find "2022 Debuts" theme lists in Teen Scene, Biography and Memoir, History and Current Events, and Horror. (And check out the accidental mini-theme of cult stories among the 2022 Horror Debuts  — truly a scary year!)
  • In January, Christian Fiction looks back with "Books You May Have Missed," while the Home, Garden, and DIY newsletter rounds up "Cookbooks You Might Have Missed."
  • For readers who prefer food for thought, keep an eye out for Temple Grandin's “Visual Thinking” and Siddhartha Mukherjee's “The Song of the Cell,” both in Science and Nature.
  • December's Mystery newsletter is rife with schemes and backstabbing – our "If You Like Knives Out" read-alike theme list coincides with “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” streaming on Netflix starting December 23.
  • This winter is a big one for speculative fiction – our Science Fiction and Fantasy newsletters will be graced by new works from N.K. Jemisin, Rebecca Roanhorse, Brandon Sanderson, Nghi Vo, and Neil Gaiman.
  • With Valentine's Day looming in February, you can expect some wintry romances in upcoming NextReads newsletters: Jake Maia Arlow's “How to Excavate a Heart” and “Whiteout” by an all-star lineup of authors in Teen Scene; plus Timothy Janovsky's “You're A Mean One, Matthew Prince” in Romance.
  • And romance readers who love titles starring the titled can look forward to Eloisa James' “The Reluctant Countess,” Minerva Spencer's “The Boxing Baroness,” and Amalie Howard's “The Duke in Question.” 
  • Finally, December's Books for Kids and Tweens recommends buzzworthy new graphic novels from Gale Galligan, Ben Clanton, and Claribel A. Ortega; and in Picture Books, animal-obsessed kids can absorb new facts from award-winning duos Candace Fleming & Eric Rohmann (“Polar Bear”) and Robin Page & Steve Jenkins (“The Bird Book”).

Sign up for NextReads now so you don’t miss out on any of these upcoming lists!

(See Rebecca Honeycutt’s post about upcoming NextReads at