New Books

First Tuesday in July New Books Megalist!

YAY, NEW BOOK DAY! It’s the first Tuesday of the month – how is it already July?!? – which means there’s a bunch of new titles out today. I’ve got a big list for you below, and you can hear about a few of these books on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about amazing books we loved, such as Made for Love, In the Days of Rain, and Thank You for Arguing.

Before we get started, I have to ask: have you heard about Book Riot’s new podcast Annotateda documentary series about books, reading, and language? IT’S SO GOOD. It’s like This American Life but with books! The next five episodes in the series will come out every other week, and you can subscribe to Annotated in Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, or in your podcast player of choice. DOOOOOOOO IT!

This week’s newsletter is sponsored by The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.

In this hilarious 18th-century romp, bisexual lord Henry “Monty” Montague’s roguish passions are far from suitable for a gentleman. But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his vice-filled days are ending. His father expects him to take over the family’s estate, and Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend, Percy. So Monty vows to make this trip one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But a reckless decision turns their journey into a harrowing manhunt and calls everything into question, including Monty’s relationship with the boy he adores.

out in the openOut in the Open by Jesús Carrasco

Made for Love by Alissa Nutting

The Architecture of Loss by Z. P. Dala

An Oath of Dogs by Wendy Wagner

Thank You for Arguing, Third Edition: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion by Jay Heinrichs

In the Days of Rain: A Daughter, a Father, a Cult by Rebecca Stott

Draw Your Weapons by Sarah Sentilles

Chasing Down a Dream by Beverly Jenkins

lost boyLost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing by Margot Livesey

The Reason You’re Alive by Matthew Quick

Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

The Graybar Hotel: Stories by Curtis Dawkins

Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner

Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake by Garbage

queen of bebopQueen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan by Elaine M. Hayes

The Tower of the Antilles by Achy Obejas

Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas

Who is Rich? By Matthew Klam

Sungrazer by Jay Posey

We Shall Not All Sleep by Estep Nagy

Devastation Road by Jason Hewitt

South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby

The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo by Ian Stansel

thousand star hotelThousand Star Hotel by Bao Phi

The Reluctant Queen: Book Two of The Queens of Renthia by Sarah Beth Durst

Woolly: The True Story of the De-Extinction of One of History’s Most Iconic Creatures by Ben Mezrich

Scandalous Ever After (Romance of the Turf) by Theresa Romain

All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan

A Stone of Hope: A Memoir by Jim St. Germain, with Jon Sternfeld

The Man of Legends by Kenneth Johnson

Words on the Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

The Little Book of Big History: The Story of the Universe, Human Civilization, and Everything in Between by Ian Crofton and Jeremy Black 

Around the Way Girl: A Memoir by Taraji P. Henson (paperback)

The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams (paperback)

On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor (paperback)

That’s it for me today – time to get back to reading! If you want to learn more about books new and old (and see lots of pictures of my cats, Millay and Steinbeck), or tell me about books you’re reading, or books you think I should read (I HEART RECOMMENDATIONS!), you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’!

Stay rad,


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This Week In Books

High School Pulls Extreme Right-Wing Reading List: This Week in Books

Get Out of Here With Your Reading List

I’m not even going to name any of the extreme right-wing books assigned to students taking an AP Government class in an Alabama high school. The reading list, assigned by teacher Gene Ponder (who ran an unsuccessful 2010 campaign as a Republican candidate for Alabama lieutenant governor), was pulled from Spanish Fort High School’s curriculum after it went viral. One look at the list and you’ll see why it prompted the mother of a student in said class to post it in a private Facebook group for local progressives. After retracting the list, the Baldwin County superintendent said it had not been approved by the school system … but the list has been around and assigned for three years. Applause to Julia Coccaro, a senior and founder of the Spanish Fort High School Democrats, who said, “The point of AP is to teach how to think, not what to think. I’m going to fight for that.”

Indie Bookstore Takes on Anti-Feminist Trolls and Wins

It was anti-feminist trolls versus Australia’s literary community and guess who won? After the Australian feminist author of Fight Like a Girl, Clementine Ford, announced that she’d signed a contract to write her second book, indie Brisbane bookstore Avid Reader decided to share the happy news on Facebook. The nasty comments and one-star reviews followed, with one troll crying out that the store promotes “misandrism.” Enter fans of the store and of Ford, arriving in great numbers to give Avid Reader more than 2,700 five-star reviews, far outweighing the one-stars from “‘men’s rights’ swamp monsters.” And Avid Reader’s responses to the comments on the page? On point.

Don’t Hate on Hufflepuffs

Amazon released data showing that, in terms of sales, Hufflepuff merchandise came in last place after Gryffindor, Slytherin, and Ravenclaw (in that order), all part of the Harry Potter franchise. It seems damning, and the article certainly makes it sound that way, but Hufflepuffs might simply be rare, precious doves. On a side note, and unsurprisingly, data also showed Dumbledore is the only character in the franchise to feature in the top five most highlighted passages on Kindle.

Emma Watson Takes Up Book Fairy Role Once More

Earlier this year, it was books like Mom & Me & Mom, The Color Purple, and My Life on the Road in London and New York, and around the world. Now, Emma Watson, Book Fairy, is hiding copies of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale around Paris. Previously, Watson teamed up with Book Fairies to leave feminist books for readers to find in surprising places as part of an International Women’s Day event; she’s also hidden books for her book club Our Shared Shelf.

Thanks to Random House, publisher of Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam, for sponsoring this week’s newsletter.

Who Is Rich? is a warped and exhilarating tale of love and lust, a study in midlife alienation, erotic pleasure, envy, and bitterness in the new gilded age that goes far beyond humor and satire to address deeper questions: of family, monogamy, the intoxicating beauty of children, and the challenging interdependence of two soulful, sensitive creatures in a confusing domestic alliance.


Win a Piles of Twelve New Books from Sherman Alexie, Al Franken, Noah Hawley, and More!

Last week, Book Riot launched a new podcast series called Annotated, a documentary podcast series about books, reading, and language (if you like This American Life, Planet Money, or Invisibilia, you’ll be familiar with the format).

Hachette is the exclusive sponsor of all six episodes of this first season, and they are giving away prize packs of all twelve books sponsoring the podcast this season to three winners.

The prize pack includes:

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And we hope you’ll check out the first episode of Annotated: “Is It 1984 Yet?” It’s about the resurgence of interest in George Orwell’s 1984 and the story of how 1984 came to be in the first place.

The next five episodes in the series will come out every other week, and you can subscribe to Annotated in Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, or in your podcast player of choice.

Find out more about Annotated here, or just click our fancy logo for the show below:

The Kids Are All Right

American Independence Day Picture Books

Hey Kid Lit friends,

I will have a recap of the American Library Association’s Annual Conference next week, but with American Independence Day coming up I thought I would drop some independence-themed picture book recommendations.

Annotated presented by Hachette Book Group is Book Riot’s new audio documentary series about books, reading, and language.

The first episode, “Is it 1984 yet?” traces the recent rise of the not-new 1984 to the number one spot on Amazon’s best-selling books list. Jeff and Rebecca explore the backstory of 1984, from how it became stock high school reading to its CIA-supported appearance on the silver screen, to how, seemingly, a January 22nd news interview thrust it back into our collective consciousness as the example of a political nightmare.

Annotated can be downloaded for free from Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or your podcatcher of choice.

Blue Sky, White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus, illustrated by the amazing Kadir Nelson, is a stunning picture book celebrating images of our nation, from the American flag to Ellis Island to civil rights protesters. Mr. Nelson’s artwork brings such life and humanity to America’s history, and for me it’s a must-have-on-my-bookshelf type of book.

Independence Cake: A Revolutionary Confection Inspired by Amelia Simmons, Whose True History is Unfortunately Unknown by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Giselle Potter, is a sweet picture book about Amelia Simmons, the author of America’s first cookbook and the first one to incorporate native ingredients into her recipes. The pictures are reminiscent of 18th century portraits, which adds to it’s charm. This is a delightful read. (Plus: there’s a recipe!)

We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Christopher Myers, is filled with beautiful prose and thought-provoking illustrations. Filled with quotes from famous Americans, this book recognizes diverse voices and their contributions to history and freedom. Although a picture book, it contains information that might be better understood if used as a read-aloud to third graders and up.

Long May She Wave: The True Story of Caroline Pickersgill and Her Star-Spangled Creation by Kristen Fulton, illustrated by Holly Berry, is the true story of the flag that inspired America’s national anthem. Caroline Pickersgill came from a family of the best flag makers, and she worked on the flag that flew over Fort McHenry. When the British attack Baltimore in 1814, Caroline waits to see if their flag still waves. I loved the illustrations for this one, done in Holly Berry’s signature bold illustrations.

New Picture Book Releases!

Ladybug Girl’s Day with Grandpa by David Soman and Jacky Davis
“When Lulu and Grandpa visit the museum, Lulu wants to see it all! Grandpa suggests exploring bit by bit, but Lulu can do it all—she’s Ladybug Girl! But there is so much to see. Even Ladybug Girl may never see it all. Then Grandpa shows her something extra special: the butterfly room! Inside, Lulu slows down. She looks and listens. And she realizes that Ladybug Girl can be like a flower if she holds very still and thinks flower thoughts. When a shining blue butterfly lands on her finger, she understands that even if she can’t learn everything in one day, she can learn so much from each moment, if she only takes the time to look around.”

Imagine That! by Yasmeen Ismail (July 3, Bloomsbury)
“Lila might seem quiet, but that’s because she’s off on a pretend adventure . . . Only Lila can see that she’s wrestling an octopus, racing along in a winged chariot, and flying with birds over a noisy jungle. But playing by yourself can get lonely. So Lila’s grandpa decides to join her–because using your imagination is even more fun when you play together.”

New Middle Grade Releases!
There are so many great middle grades releasing this week! Here are some of my favorites:

Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen (July 4, Aladdin)
“After a botched escape plan from her boarding school, Abigail is stunned to discover the school is actually a cover for an elite spy ring called The Center, along with being training grounds for future spies. Even more shocking? Abigail’s mother is a top agent for The Center and she has gone MIA, with valuable information that many people would like to have—at any cost. Along with a former nemesis and charming boy from her grade, Abigail goes through a crash course in Spy Training 101, often with hilarious—and sometimes painful—results. But Abigail realizes she might be a better spy-in-training than she thought—and the answers to her mother’s whereabouts are a lot closer than she thinks…”

Katana at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee (July 4, Penguin Random House)
“Sword-wielding Katana isn’t like most high school students—but with classmates like Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Supergirl, Super Hero High isn’t like most high schools! In addition to training to be a super hero, Katana also follows the noble warrior traditions of the Samurai. Now a mysterious presence has given her the responsibility of guarding a hundred ancient Samurai swords—but why her, and for what purpose? With the help of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Ms. Martian, and some of her other super friends, she intends to find out. But she just made captain of the fencing team, she has a huge school project due, and a villain with ties to her family’s past seems to be amassing an army.”

Overboard! (Survivor Diaries) by Terry Lynn Johnson (July 4, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)
“Eleven-year-old Travis and his family are on a whale watch off the coast of Washington when disaster strikes. The boat capsizes, throwing everyone into the ice-cold chaotic waves. Separated from their families and struggling to stay afloat, Travis and twelve-year-old Marina must use all of their grit and knowledge to survive.”

The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline Ogburn, illustrated by Rebecca Green (July 4, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)
“For years people have claimed to see a mysterious white deer in the woods around Chinaberry Creek. It always gets away. One evening, Eric Harper thinks he spots it. But a deer doesn’t have a coat that shimmers like a pearl. And a deer certainly isn’t born with an ivory horn curling from its forehead. When Eric discovers the unicorn is hurt and being taken care of by the vet next door and her daughter, Allegra, his life is transformed.”

Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy (July 4, Penguin Random House)
“Alice is angry at having to move to Rainbow, Georgia—a too small, too hot, dried-up place she’s sure will never feel like home. Then she gets put in charge of walking her elderly neighbor’s dog. But Clarence won’t budge without Miss Millie, so Alice and Miss Millie walk him together. Strolling with Clarence and Miss Millie quickly becomes the highlight of Alice’s day and opens her eyes to all sorts of new things to marvel over. During their walks, they meet a mix of people, and Alice sees that although there are some bullies and phonies, there are plenty of kind folks, too. Miss Millie shares her family’s story with Alice, showing her the painful impact segregation has had on their town. And with Miss Millie, Alice is finally able to express her own heartache over why her family had to move there in the first place.”

Backlist Bump!

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee
I used to read this picture book all of the time with my daughters, and I thought about it again when I listened to Hillary Clinton’s closing speech at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference this past Tuesday. Hillary Clinton has a new picture book coming out on September 26, It Takes a Village, which is illustrated by Marla Frazee and has that same All the World feel. Listen to Hillary Clinton’s closing speech here. It’s powerful.

“When I got that library card, I felt like I had been handed a passport to the world.”
– Hillary Clinton

“If we’re serious about raising curious, emphatic, brave citizens, that starts with raising readers.”
-Hilary Clinton

Tumtum and Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall by Emily Bearn
I really love this set of three stories about two mice who secretly work behind the scenes by looking after Arthur and Lucy, the human children who live in the cottage. This is a great book for kids venturing into longer chapter books as the print is larger and there are pictures sprinkled throughout. It’s also split into separate stories, which makes it manageable for younger readers.

And, with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone celebrating twenty years last week, how could I not drop a mention here? Have you seen the twentieth aniversary editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by Bloomsbury UK that celebrate the four Hogwarts Houses? Take a look at all of them here. Book Riot contributors wrote Harry Potter themed posts to commemorate the day, including Alison Doherty who wrote a sweet tribute called As a Teacher I Don’t Play Favorites, Except When Kids Love Harry Potter, Ashley Holstrom who collected Lessons Harry Potter Taught Us, and Kelly Jensen’s If Hermione Granger Had Had Girl Friends…

What children’s books are you reading and enjoying this week? Find me on social media and let me know! I’m on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or send me an email at Have a great week!


Izzy is very protective about her Harry Potter.


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Riot Rundown


Today’s Riot Rundown is sponsored by The Separatists by Lis Wiehl.

Bestselling novelist and national legal and political news analyst Lis Wiehl takes us behind the anchor’s desk and into a country being torn apart.
Reporter Erica Sparks heads to North Dakota, to investigate Take Back Our Homeland, a large secessionist group threatening our Union.
When Erica discovers a potential informant murdered in her Bismarck hotel, she realizes Take Back Our Homeland might be even more dangerous than she thought. She unwittingly becomes one of the key players in the story she’s reporting. Her fear and anxiety escalate – for her family and her own life.

The Kids Are All Right


Annotated presented by Hachette Book Group is Book Riot’s new audio documentary series about books, reading, and language.

The first episode, “Is it 1984 yet?” traces the recent rise of the not-new 1984 to the number one spot on Amazon’s best-selling books list. Jeff and Rebecca explore the backstory of 1984, from how it became stock high school reading to its CIA-supported appearance on the silver screen, to how, seemingly, a January 22nd news interview thrust it back into our collective consciousness as the example of a political nightmare.

Annotated can be downloaded for free from Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or your podcatcher of choice.