Born Bad by C.K. Smouha and Stephen Smith

When Wolf looks in the mirror, he thinks he looks bad. And when he thinks looks bad, he feels bad. And when he feels bad … well, bad things happen. And frankly, he’s tired of being bad. But after a chat with other members of the animal kingdom, Wolf soon realizes that maybe he doesn’t have to be bad after all.

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Can’t Wait for Quintessence by Jess Redman

It’s the middle of the week, which means it’s time for Can’t-Wait Wednesday. Every week I spotlight seemingly amazing future releases that—well, that I just can’t wait for. This is a feature hosted by Tressa over at Wishful Endings, so be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants. Fair warning: don’t be surprised if you come away with an expanded TBR pile.

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Can’t Judge a Book By Its Murder by Amy Lillard

Arlo Stanley has been juggling preparations for her high school reunion with a book-signing event for a famous local writer. However, her plans are derailed when the bestselling author, Wally Harrison, is found dead in front of her bookstore. The police suspect foul play and all evidence points to one person: Arlo’s best friend and coworker, Chloe. But Arlo knows better and soon she and the other members of the Friday Night Book Club are off on their own investigation to unmask the real killer.

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State of the Stacks: Nonfiction November Edition

We’re over halfway done with this month, but perhaps my biggest book-focused highlight has been participating in Nonfiction November, which was brought to my attention by Rennie over at What’s Nonfiction. With new topics and discussions each week, it’s been a total celebration of nonfiction titles and their authors. The absolute enthusiasm from writers as they recommend a host of fantastic reads has tempted me into adding several books to my TBR pile—which begs a simple question this week:

If you had to recommend only one nonfiction book to anyone, what would it be?

Feel free to send your recommendations my way and, as always, read on for more bookish updates on this week’s State of the Stacks.

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Six Picture Books for Transgender Awareness Week

November 13-19 marks Transgender Awareness Week, a yearly tradition that precedes Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20—a day that honors the lives taken by anti-trans violence. This week is intended to promote the visibility of the entire trans community, raising awareness about their stories, experiences, and the issues they currently face.

One of the best ways to advocate for awareness of these stories is by sharing picture books. Picture books have the unique ability to take trans topics and boil them down to simple concepts, understandable to all ages. Through celebratory messages, picture books provide some of the best hope of a future that’s more inclusive than today.

Here are six picture books to check out for Transgender Awareness Week during your next trip to the library.

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Can’t Wait for A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee

It’s the middle of the week, which means it’s time for Can’t-Wait Wednesday. Every week I spotlight seemingly amazing future releases that—well, that I just can’t wait for. This is a feature hosted by Tressa over at Wishful Endings, so be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants. Fair warning: don’t be surprised if you come away with an expanded TBR pile.

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