New Books

August New Books Megalist!!!

Holy cats, it’s August already! That means it’s time for another new books megalist. As usual, the first Tuesday of the month has an amazing number of new releases out today (plus the new Harry Potter just came out!!!), so I like to try and share a bunch with you. And on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about some more great new releases out today, such as The Trees, The Fire This Time, and I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This.

before the fallThis week’s newsletter is sponsored by Before the Fall by Noah Hawley.

From the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics’ Choice, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo comes the thriller of the year.

On a foggy summer night, eleven people depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the plane plunges into the ocean. With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members, the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens and odd coincidences point to a conspiracy. Was it merely by chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work? Events soon threaten to spiral out of control in an escalating storm of media outrage and accusations. Amid pulse-quickening suspense, the fragile relationship between the crash’s two survivors glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.

compartment no. 6Compartment No. 6 by Rosa Liksom (Author), Lola Rogers (Translator)

Carousel Court by Joe McGinniss Jr.

Still Here by Lara Vapnyar

How I Became a North Korean by Krys Lee

I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This: A Memoir by Nadja Spiegelman

Dragonmark by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Trees by Ali Shaw

The Senility of Vladimir P. by Michael Honig

christodoraChristadora by Tim Murphy

Paradime by Alan Glynn

Land of Enchantment by Leigh Stein

The Story of Egypt: The Civilization that Shaped the World by Joann Fletcher

I Shot the Buddha (A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery) by Colin Cotterill

The Chosen Ones by Steve Sem-Sandberg (Author), Anna Paterson (Translator)

The King’s Revenge: Charles II and the Greatest Manhunt in British History by Don Jordan, Michael Walsh

Peacock & Vine: On William Morris and Mariano Fortuny by A. S. Byatt

a wife of noble characterA Wife of Noble Character by Yvonne Georgina Puig

Sick On You: The Disastrous Story of The Hollywood Brats, the Greatest Band You’ve Never Heard Of by Andrew Matheson

Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was by Sjón (Author), Victoria Cribb (Translator)

City of Sedition: The History of New York City during the Civil War by John Strausbaugh

Half Wild: Stories by Robin MacArthur

The Humorless Ladies of Border Control: Touring the Punk Underground from Belgrade to Ulaanbaatar by Franz Nicolay

american heiressAmerican Heiress : The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin

Wild Sex: The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom by Carin Bondar

Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

The Regulars by Georgia Clark

barbara the slutBarbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes (paperback)

Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah by Anna Badkhen (paperback)

Purity by Jonathan Franzen (paperback)

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin (paperback)

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman (paperback)

YAY, BOOKS! That’s it for me. If you want to learn more about books (and see lots of pictures of my cats), or tell me about books you’re reading, you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’!

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What's Up in YA

Disability Representation, YA Political Correctness, & Adaptations Galore

Welcome to August, YA fans!

harmony coverThis week’s newsletter is sponsored by Harmony from Europe Comics. 

One day, Harmony wakes up in an unfamiliar basement having completely lost her memory. All she now knows of the world is the name of her “host,” the mysterious voices in her head and a newly discovered talent for telekinesis. She’s going to have to get her memory back pretty quickly in order to face the dangers that await her. There are so many unanswered questions, and the fight has only just begun…


Let’s take this week’s newsletter as a giant catch-up on recent YA news, interesting pieces from around the web, and adaptation updates. There has been a lot of exciting and thought-provoking linkage that’s hit my radar lately, and I hope you find a thing or two or ten that’s interesting.



  • Sarah J Maas fan? You’ll be treated to 6 (!!) more books in her Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as 2 more in her Throne of Glass series. Wowza.





  • I really appreciate how The Guardian encourages teenagers write pieces. This one, about whether or not YA is too politically correct, has been on my mind for a few weeks now. The piece struggles to separate the idea of political correctness and diversity, suggesting that some authors do the second by relying too heavily on the first but….I don’t see it. I think through my adult eyes and my experience in reading YA for many, many years, I don’t see the push toward political correctness, nor do I see the push for diversity (a phrase I loathe!) as a means of checking some boxes. In order to have YA that explores the vastness of teenhood and teen experiences, there needs to be YA that explores topics that are, for the lack of a better phrase, “politically correct.” But “political correctness,” is a bs term. It means not being an asshole and/or embracing the idea that other people’s lives and choices are valid and worth listening to. I think what this piece is trying to get at is that we should consider the idea that YA could benefit from more conservative characters and situations. And if that’s the case, I’ll still argue that those books are there. What’s not there, and what never should be there, are books which are offensive, degrading, and hurtful to entire classes of people. We have a long way to go, though, considering how frequently we’re still seeing books where characters “play Indian.”




Here’s the latest in YA adaptation news to know about:



  • The final film in the “Divergent” franchise won’t be hitting theaters. It will instead go to television and have the option for a miniseries to go along with it. This article at Salon is interesting, though I don’t think it necessarily conveys some of the other issues I’ve seen mentioned in this changeup. Namely, the second and third films in the series didn’t pull in a lot of money (see the YA newsletter from May on this), breaking up a trilogy into four parts has a lot of challenges to it (including the fact that a “hot” franchise in 2012 is going to look different in 2017…and teenagers who might have been 14 when the books hit are no longer 14 later on), and, perhaps on a shallower level, a lot of critics have gotten tired of white girls on the big screen (and, perhaps, tired of Woodley playing so many of the roles in these films). The Salon piece does talk about the challenges this change presents in terms of seeing powerful female leads on the big screen, which is worth considering. Though, if you keep an eye on rights acquisition news, it looks like there’s going to be more of them coming….more of them written by female authors….and a wider range of genres represented.









And here are a few pieces from Book Riot the last couple of weeks to check out:







Thanks for reading. As always, if you’ve seen something about YA lately that’s interested you or you want to say something about what I’ve shared here, you can always hit the reply button. “What’s Up in YA?” will hit your inbox in another two weeks, with a bit of a focus on what we’ve been reading and raving about this year so far.

If you want to, click here to share your favorite YA reads this year. I’ll use what you share here, as well as what was shared with me a couple of weeks ago, to compile your recommendations.


Audiobooks!: July 28, 2016

AllIsNotForgottenThis week’s Audiobooks! newsletter is sponsored by All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker.

Wendy Walker’s blockbuster new audiobook All is Not Forgotten begins in the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut, where everything seems picture perfect. Until one night when a young woman is attacked at a local party. The attack reveals fault lines within the close-knit community, and the quest to find the monster who invaded their town—or perhaps lives among them—drives this psychological thriller to a shocking conclusion. Dylan Baker—whose acting credits include appearances in the Spider-Man film series, The Good Wife, and The Americans—performs this gripping tale of one town’s search for the truth.

Hello again, audiobook fans! Lately I’ve been really into dark and twisty crime novels and lighthearted romantic comedies — I guess the common denominator is entertainment. I hope you’re being entertained by some great listens this summer, too. And if you’re stuck on what to listen to next, maybe you’ll get some ideas from today’s newsletter <3

We Need Diverse Voices

HomegoingAs the need for diverse books grows ever more apparent, I often find myself thinking about diverse voices on audiobooks, too. I’m actively working to be inclusive with my reading choices, and this includes my listening choices. And I’ve come to love the immersive experience of hearing the vast range of inflections, cadences, and accents of all the characters who are represented in inclusive audiobooks.

Mary Burkey from Booklist Online recently talked about this to several people behind the scenes, and I was fascinated to learn that many studios employ a full-time research staff and linguist to get the details right. Sometimes they also work with the author to find and cast the perfect person to tell the story, and music and soundscapes are a big piece of the puzzle, too. Check out Mary’s piece at Booklist for the full scoop as well as oodles of suggested listens.

I’ll Listen to Mr. Darcy All Day Long

When I started listening to a lot of audiobooks, one of the weird things that happened is that I started a mental To-Be-Read list of not just authors that I wanted to check out, but narrators too. I started picking up on names that have been recommended by my audio buddies, shown up in reviews, and won awards. This week I finally got to cross narrator Katherine Kellgren off my audio TBR, and she was just as stellar as I’d hoped she would be!

Katherine Kellgren reads Austenland by Shannon Hale, in which a wealthy matriarch bequeaths a Mr. Darcy-obsessed woman with an all-expenses-paid trip to a Pride and Prejudice themed retreat where guests and actors spend a month in period costume as Regency era characters. (With bonus smooching for guests on the platinum package.) The story itself is frothy, funny, and smart, but it was Kellgren’s performance that really made it for me. She’s a super versatile voice actress, and her entire cast of characters was hilarious — the dour Regency hostess, the hot Irish gardener, the rich American trophy wife whose fake accent is more Alabama than England, the standoffish but frustratingly handsome (because of course) nephew, etc. etc. Kellgren’s performance of Austenland is entertaining, sweet, and perfect for the upcoming dog days of summer.

10 Audiobooks for the Rest of Your Life

BadFeministBook Riot’s Head Honcho (aka Editor-in-Chief) Jeff O’Neal suggests 10 great listens not only for recent graduates, but for the rest of us, too. “Whatever comes next is the beginning of what will be the bulk of their lives,” he writes. “In short, there is a lot of living left to do.

“Some cover things school probably should have covered, some are reminders of things they probably learned, and some are things that might actively contradict what most of them were taught.” Read on for Jeff’s picks to prepare you for whatever comes next.

The Frank O’Hara Poems That Inspired Mad Men

Lunch_Poems_FINALI’m in Mad Men withdrawal, and I can’t believe the final episode aired a little over a year ago. Somehow it feels like it was both longer and shorter ago. I just got a little pick-me-up, though, because Mad Men’s creator, Matthew Weiner, just recorded a brand new audiobook of Frank O’Hara’s lovely Lunch Poems! Weiner credits Lunch Poems as a major influence on his creative vision for Mad Men — bask in his performance of the poem “Lana Turner” here.

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Award-Winners All Over the Place at Book Riot Live

Two of our speakers will be included in this year’s Best American Science-Fiction and Fantasy; one of them helped her library win a 2016 NYC Neighborhood Library Award; one of them won the 2016 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Futuristic Romance; and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Keep an eye on the line-up here!

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There are just a few days left for our returning-attendee discount. Take $30 off your weekend pass or $15 off your day pass, through July 31, with coupon code CLASSOF15. See you in November!

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This Week In Books

The End of the World for Dystopian YA?: This Week in Books


The End of the World for Dystopian YA

The incredible popularity of dystopian YA seems to have come to an abrupt end. News came last week that the last movie in the Divergent series will suffer that most inglorious of cinematic endings—going straight to television. New book releases in the genre are down markedly, with no breakouts since Divergent in 2011. The Divergent movie franchise got off to a solid start with the first two installments, but box office results for the third movie were weak. The series apparently will wrap up with the TV finale of the series followed by a TV spin-off series. It’s unclear at this point if the stars of the first three movies will return or if series author Veronica Roth will be involved in the TV series. (Between this and The Hobbit, I hope this spells the end of splitting books into multiple movies.)

Also of note: Divergent author Veronica Roth’s new book, Carve the Mark, will be released in early 2017 with an initial print run of 2 million copies.


The Romance Juggernaut

In an in-depth presentation at Romance Writers of America last week, Author Earnings provided a motherlode of insights into the romance industry. Anyone who knows anything about romance readers knows that they read a ton of books, but the numbers are truly staggering. Romance has been a clear winner in the ebook and self-publishing revolutions, with more than 89% of romance purchases happening digitally and self-published titles being more than 50% of all romance sales.

And perhaps the most stunning number: 45% of all paid ebook downloads on Amazon are romance titles. The next time you hear someone decry ebooks or self-publishing, remember what a boon they have been for the romance community.


Hero of the Week: John Harris

Ohio Librarian John Harris decided to spend a few days outside the Republican National Convention last week just handing out books. His message was simple and non-partisan: “literacy is awesome.”



This Calls for a DrinkHave you ever wondered what wine would pair perfectly with your favorite book? Diane McMartin can help with that. The Certified Sommelier and author of This Calls for a Drink! will be pairing wine with select other Book Riot Live speakers’ books and hosting a discussion and reading with them on Friday, November 11, 7 p.m. at the Strand’s Rare Book Room. Tickets are live now, and include admission to the event, refreshments, and a $15 gift card to the Strand Bookstore!

New Books

Death and Gymnastics, the Devil in Ohio, and More New Books!

NEW BOOK TIME! There are GREAT new books out today, including Supernova, the sequel to Lightless, which I am SOOOOO excited about. (Run, don’t walk, to Lightless if you haven’t read it yet!) And on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about some more great new releases out today, such as The Unseen World, Good as Gone, and Gemini.

maud's lineThis week’s newsletter is sponsored by Maud’s Line by Margaret Verble.

Now in paperback, this Pulitzer Prize finalist chronicles the life and loves of a headstrong and magnetic heroine and belongs on shelves alongside Jim Harrison and Sherman Alexie.

Eastern Oklahoma, 1928. Maud Nail lives on an allotment parceled out by the U.S. Government to the Cherokees. Maud’s days are filled with hard work and simple pleasures but often marked by violence and tragedy. Her prospects for a better life are slim, but when a book-peddler shows up at her door, she finds herself facing a series of high-stakes decisions that will determine her future and those of her loved ones.

you will know meYou Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

Katie and Eric Knox have devoted their whole lives to helping their gymnast daughter, Devon, achieve her dreams of making the Olympics, even if it has meant giving up their own dreams. But when a violent death rocks their small community, they are about to learn they may not know their neighbors – or each other – as well as they thought they did. We are in the age of the always-amazing Abbott. Her books are contemporary tales of family and society with delightfully nasty twists and turns. And you can expect to see a couple of them on the screen in the coming years!

Backlist bump: Dare Me by Megan Abbott

the summer that melted everythingThe Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniels

The inhabitants of Breathed, Ohio are experiencing a summer heatwave like the town has never seen before. So it only makes sense that the devil would find it a great place to live. He shows up in the guise of Sal, a thirteen-year-old boy who claims he was invited there by someone in town. The son of a local prosecutor takes him home, suspecting he’s just a troubled runaway. But when word gets out that the devil may be in Breathed, tensions and temperatures will rise, and soon the town will find itself enveloped in full-blown hysteria. A fantastic Jackson-esque debut about rumors, fears, and beliefs.

Backlist bump: The Weirdness by Jeremy Bushnell

infinite homeInfinite Home by Kathleen Alcott

Now in paperback: A group of unusual tenants in a Brooklyn brownstone have been living quiet lives together, each dealing with their own problems and pains, but when their kind elderly landlord’s mental capacity begins to weaken, the tenants are faced with eviction when her greedy estranged son takes over the building. They have always found solace in each other, but now must decide what they will do back out in a world that has always treated them cruelly. It’s a beautiful story of living on the outside of society and what it means to choose your own family. (Also, does the cover make anyone else want to play Q-bert? No? Just me?)

Backlist bump: The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets by Kathleen Alcott

YAY, BOOKS! That’s it for me. If you want to learn more about books (and see lots of pictures of my cats), or tell me about books you’re reading, you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’!

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