Today In Books

The New National Book Award for Translated Literature: Today in Books

This edition of Today in Books is sponsored by Amazon Publishing, publishers of The Upside Of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane.

National Book Foundation Announces Award for Translated Literature

The National Book Award for Translated Literature will be awarded at the 69th National Book Awards this November, honoring both author and translator. The National Book Foundation’s statement said the award “aims to broaden readership for global voices and spark dialogue around international stories.” The Foundation came to the decision to add this new award category through a unanimous vote by its Board of Directors.

Russell Simmons Dropped From Oprah’s Spirituality Book

Oprah Winfrey and the publisher of The Wisdom of Sundays decided to drop Russell Simmons’ contributions to the spirituality book. Simmons was recently accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. The book was originally published last fall; future editions will not include Simmons’ passages on meditation, the soul, and abundance and wealth. Ms. Winfrey recently delivered, and received praise for, her speech on the #MeToo movement at this year’s Golden Globes.

Sean Spicer Will Write A Book To “Set The Record Straight”

…This summer, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer will release The Briefing, a book about his tenure with the Trump administration. Spicer served as the White House press secretary for the Trump administration until July when he resigned; he was later replaced by current White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The book’s tagline promises to shed “new light on the headline-grabbing controversies of the Trump administration’s first year.”


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Check Your Shelf

FIRE & FURY Burns Up The Charts, Great Christian Audiobooks, and More Librarian Must-Reads

Welcome to Check Your Shelf! This is your guide to all things book talk worth knowing to help librarians like you up your game when it comes to doing your job (& rocking it).

Libraries & Librarians

Book Adaptations in the News

Books in the News

By The Numbers

Award News

Pop Cultured

All Things Comics


Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists


Bookish Curiosities 

Level Up

Do you take part in LibraryReads, the monthly list of best books selected by librarians only? Whether or not you read and nominate titles, we’ll end every newsletter with a few upcoming titles worth reading and sharing (and nominating for LibraryReads, if you so choose!). Links here will direct to Edelweiss digital review copies.

  • They Come in All Colors by Malcolm Hansen (May 29, 2018): A story about a biracial teen boy and his experiences with racial tensions that alternates between New York City and the deep south.
  • The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar (May 1, 2018): The pitch for this one is “the novel that is to Syria as The Kite Runner is to Afghanistan.”
  • So Close To Being The Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by Retta (May 29, 2018): It’s Retta — Parks and Recreation star for those who don’t know — and her book of essays sounds like a collection circulating winner for fans of the show and beyond.


How cute is this “Love Your Librarian” tote? $15 on Etsy. Priceless for toting your library goods.



Thanks for hanging out! We’ll see you back here in two weeks with another edition of Check Your Shelf.

–Kelly Jensen, currently reading Mothers of Massive Resistance by Elizabeth Gillespie McRae


February New Releases!

Hey there audiophiles,

What are y’all listening to? I’m working through Dan Harris’ Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics. Here is the thing: every year for the past…many years, I have made exactly one New Year’s Resolution: to start a meditation practice. And every year, I get to January 3rd and realize it’s been two days since I even thought about the resolution, much less made an attempt to keep it. But I’m about halfway through listening to this book and I have actually attempted to meditation a number of times since starting. So if you, like me, have wanted to start a meditation practice but haven’t managed to make it work, I’d pick this book up.

Sponsored by audiOMG!

It’s always exciting when a favorite author starts a new series, but when that series blends romance, murder, and a mysterious family of eligible bachelors, it’s time to get double excited!  

Enter MOONLIGHT SINS from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Julia’s starting over with a new job—and a steamy, one-night encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent . . . her new employer. Despite her best efforts, she draws closer to the mysterious man as a menacing presence in her new place of employ threatens the de Vincents and an unknowing Julia.

Last week to enter our library cart giveaway! Enter here.

New month, new releases!

There are tons of new releases that I’m excited about this month, so let’s dive right in.

Back Talk: Stories by Danielle Lazarin; narrated by Reba Buhr

I’ve always been a big fan of short stories collections but didn’t start listening to them on audio until I borrowed If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black (very good, by the way) from my public library a few years ago. But they make for great listen–-especially because you can get through a whole story while you’re at the supermarket or walking the dog (without needing to invest a whole 7 hours like you might with a novel.

What really sold me on this title was the blurb for author Eileen Pollack: “Thank God, a collection of stories about women who don’t hate themselves, don’t hate other women, don’t hate their bodies, don’t hate their husbands, or even their ex-husbands . . . women who are simply, like me, trying to figure out what it means to be alive, to be in love, to be daughters, parents, siblings, wives, citizens, human beings.”

The Birdwoman’s Palate by Tiffany Tsao;  translated by Laksmi Pamuntjak; narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden

“Aruna is an epidemiologist dedicated to food and avian politics. One is heaven, the other earth. The two passions blend in unexpected ways when Aruna is asked to research a handful of isolated bird flu cases reported across Indonesia.” With three of her friends, a co-worker, a “foodist,” and a celebrity chef, Aruna’s adventures lead to her understand both her country and herself in a new way.

Dead People Suck : A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed written and narrated by Laurie Kilmartin

As a society, we are not great at dealing with death. We all have or will experience the death of someone close to us and, sooner or later, we’re all going to experience experience it. From the publisher, “Whether you are old and about to die, sick and about to die, or with a loved one who is about to pass away or who has passed away, there’s something for you. With chapters like ‘Are You an Old Man with Daughters? Please Shred Your Porn’, ‘If Cancer Was an STD, It Would Be Cured by Now’, and ‘Unsubscribing Your Dead Parent from Tea Party Emails’, Laurie Kilmartin guides listeners through some of life’s most complicated moments with equal parts heart and sarcasm.”

Devotion written and read by Patti Smith

I will listen to Patti Smith read anything. ANYTHING. Have I talked about how much I love Just Kids in this newsletter? It’s excellent. So would I listen to Smith read her 2017 book about “her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections?” UMMM, YES PLEASE.


A False Report
: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller, Ken Armstron; narrated by Ken Armstrong, Hillary Huber, T. Christian Miller

“On August 11, 2008, 18-year-old Marie reported that a masked man broke into her apartment near Seattle, Washington, and raped her. Within days police and even those closest to Marie became suspicious of her story: details of the crime didn’t seem plausible…police swiftly pivoted and began investigating Marie.” Marie broke down and confessed to lying about the incident.

Only she wasn’t lying. In what sounds like the plot of a movie, two years later a detective was investigating a different sexual assault case when it brought her back to Marie’s case. “Based on investigative files and extensive interviews with the principals, A False Report is a serpentine tale of doubt, lies, and a hunt for justice, unveiling the disturbing reality of how sexual assault is investigated today – and the long history of skepticism toward rape victims.”

WHAT IN THE WHAT? I’m shocked I hadn’t heard about this before now but I CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on it.

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border written and narrated by Francisco Cantú

The Mexican-American border has always been home to Francisco Cantú. After he joins the Border Patrol, however, he sees the secrets and tragedies of the border more intimately. “Plagued by nightmares, Cantú abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when a friend, a regular at the café where he now works, travels back to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantu discovers that the border and its stories have migrated with him.”

So many of us talk about the politics around the border without really understanding the people who spend their lives trying to get from one side to the other. I think it would behoove all of us who haven’t had that experience to listen to those who have.

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin; narrated by Kivlighan de Montebello

This sounds very intense and very good. Zach is in first grade when a gunman rampages the halls of his school, killing 19 people and shattering a close-knit community. “While Zach’s mother pursues a quest for justice against the shooter’s parents, holding them responsible for their son’s actions, Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and art. Armed with his newfound understanding, and with the optimism and stubbornness only a child could have, Zach sets out on a captivating journey towards healing and forgiveness, determined to help the adults in his life rediscover the universal truths of love and compassion needed to pull them through their darkest hours.”

There were 11 school shootings in January of this year. This issue, sadly, isn’t going anywhere. Perhaps literature, if not our reality, knock some sense into us about the trauma of gun violence.

Yeesh, that was a dark note to end on, sorry, y’all. But feel free to be in touch on twitter at msmacb or at and I’ll try to have some very uplifting audiobooks news next time!

Until next week,


Kissing Books

Bitch Media and BuzzFeed write Two Very Different Articles

Happy February, KB! Do you have enough tea, coffee, and mexican hot cocoa to get through the next month or so?


Just when I thought it was going to be a quiet week in the romance world, an article went up on Bitch Media (which is usually pretty awesome). It was an interview with debut author Jasmine Guillory, and neither she nor her interviewer presented themselves as very knowledgeable about the state of romance historically or now. How? For one, they talk about a limited number of black women writing romance and neither mentions Beverly Jenkins or Brenda Jackson in their discourse. They also seem to think authors like Farrah Rochon, Cheris Hodges, Donna Hill, and countless other women haven’t been writing romance for years. No major publishing houses have been publishing romance by black authors? UM. The MOST MAJOR publisher of romance has (well…”has” until they officially kill it) an imprint dedicated to publishing romance by and about black folks. A google search could have helped with that.

Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet

The riveting conclusion to the Kingmaker Chronicles

The destiny Catalia “Cat” Fisa has spent her entire life running from has finally caught up with her. To become Queen of Thalyria, Cat and her dedicated husband Griffin Sinta will have to go to war with the severely oppressed Fisa—and it’s violent alpha…Cat’s homicidal mother. When Cat’s magic refuses to work like it should, she has to unleash the power she’s been afraid of. And when her misuse of the God’s gifts lands her in Tartarus, a land reserved for eternal punishment, Cat will have to accept herself—past, present, and future—if she wants any chance of making it out alive.

If you want a few other takes on it:

There’s probably more. Send me to the awesome takes.

(PS, while the article is not great, The Wedding Date is still fantastic. Not revolutionary, no. But it’s still good, and you should read it. There are good things there, including the hero having a BFF who actually makes sense.)

Conversely, Jaime Green has written a spectacular, well-researched article for BuzzFeed. There are some really good takes, and some awesome quotes from people like Sarah MacLean, Tracey Livesay, and Maya Rodale. I’ll warn you: it’s hella long. But it’s so damn good.

If you’ve listened to Episode 1 of When in Romance (!!!) You’ve heard some of my (and Trisha’s) feelings about the current discourse on romance and consent. We missed the female pain article, but Bree has some really good commentary on expectations of female pleasure and pain (and if you’ve read Beyond Shame or anything else she’s written as half of Kit Rocha, you know she delivers).


On a more fun note, these are the the thought processes romance authors have to work through. I love it.   

And speaking of The Ripped Bodice, they are doing guest recs, and Sil from The Book Voyagers has some amazing ones!


Elise Marion’s Chained is free! I will admit, I was completely drawn to the cover and know very little about the book. But it’s free, so…

HeartShip by Amy Jo Cousins is 99 cents right now!

Wrapped Up in You, the LGBT short that just got picked up by PassionFlix, is also 99 cents.

Lena Hart’s His Flower Queen, the first in the Queen Quartette, is free too!

Over on Book Riot

Did I mention that When in Romance has launched?

Paranormal spinoffs? Yes please!

Lacey turned to romance novels thanks to the political climate, and we’re glad. We don’t need to tell you about how romance can make you feel better in this terrible time, but hey, something to give your friends!

Do you have a ridiculous TBR at home? I’m totally going to try this method of getting through it.


I don’t read a lot of friends-to-lovers stories, but I want to. I just occasionally have trouble with the dynamic, and I’m not certain why.Well, I know why: I love enemies-to-lovers stories. They are part of my foundational romance reading, and my favorite dynamic. But it was fun to read a couple childhood-nemesis-to-lovers stories this past week. They’re not quite enemies, but they’re not really friends. These two are also both historicals that aren’t Regency, so that was really fun.

Because of Miss Bridgerton
Julia Quinn

While it’s nice to see the callbacks to the older Bridgerton novels (which actually take place a generation later), it’s even nicer to read a story set in the Georgian period in England. They’re talking about the war with the colonies and giant dresses; it’s quite lovely. And of course we have Billie Bridgerton, eldest daughter and proxy-heir until her younger brother reaches his majority. She loved managing the property and also running about in trousers, which is what she’s in when she finds herself trapped on a cottage roof after running up a tree after a cat. Who comes to find her is none other than George Rokesby, the boring eldest brother of the clan; the one Billie likes least—and the feeling is mutual. But when both find themselves stuck on the roof…well, they get to know each other a little better, and continue to do so once they’re back on the ground. It’s pretty darling.

Josephine [and the Soldier]
Beverly Jenkins

This book was originally published by Avon as Josephine and the Soldier but was republished by KimaniTRU (Harlequin’s response to a need for diverse teen romance) as just Josephine in 2009. While Josephine is seventeen, her would-be beaux are older. Towards the end of the Civil War, Josephine Best and her family live in a black community in Michigan, just outside Detroit. There is an influx of wounded soldiers staying at the boarding house in town, and one of them sets his cap for Jo. Their budding courtship is jostled by the arrival of Adam Morgan, childhood friend of Jo’s brother Daniel. Also wounded in the war, Adam takes refuge with the Best family while he recuperates. Since Jo had hardly begun puberty when they last saw each other, Adam is taken aback by the beautiful, capable woman she’s become; she runs her own business and is as determined and headstrong as her mother. Jo, meanwhile, has to figure out if she prefers George, the gentle, sure-thing beau who has more of a traditional outlook on life, or Adam, the known ladies man who is bound to break her heart.

Josephine is the second in a duology; its precursor, Belle [and the Beau], is similarly precious and features another determined, capable young woman.

I realized that I’d done myself a huge disservice by not recording “enemies to lovers” as a goodreads tag when I finish a book, but I’ve found a couple more for you to try if you like these two:

A Summer for Scandal by Lydia San Andres

An Unnatural Vice by KJ Charles

My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin

Okay, that’s enough to start with. How about some

New and Upcoming Releases

Awaken Me by Farrah Rochon

HeartOn by Amy Jo Cousins

The Bittersweet Bride by Vanessa Riley

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Tempest by Beverly Jenkins (is FINALLY OUT YAY)

That’s definitely enough until next week! As usual, catch me on Twitter @jessisreading or Instagram @jess_is_reading, or send me an email at if you’ve got feedback or just want to say hi!

Today In Books

First Look at THE HATE U GIVE Adaptation: Today in Books

This edition of Today in Books is sponsored by Page Street Publishing, publishers of It Should Have Been You by Lynn Slaughter.

First Look At The Hate U Give Adaptation

Photos from the film adaptation of Angie Thomas’s critically-acclaimed debut novel, The Hate U Give, were released by director George Tillman, Jr. The cast includes Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Lamar Johnson, Algee Smith, Issa Rae, Sabrina Carpenter, Anthony Mackie, Kian Lawley and Common. Click here to check out the photos.

Kwame Alexander Launches Imprint Highlighting Diverse Stories

The Crossover author has launched Versify to support stories that other publishers might not consider commercial enough to pick up. Some forthcoming titles from the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt imprint include White Rose, a YA novel in verse telling the true story of the Nazi resistance leader Sophie Scholl, and Vamos!/Let’s Go! the first in a bilingual picture book series by illustrator Raul Gonzalez.

Boston Public Library Crowdsources Digitization Of Anti-Slavery Collection

The Boston Public Library is calling on the public to help catalog and digitize 40,000 documents from their Anti-Slavery collection. The manuscript correspondences document the abolitionist movement throughout New England. The BPL launched a website to make handwritten items from the collection available for volunteers from the public to transcribe into machine readable text. Check out the full article to find out more about how you can help.


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Unusual Suspects

A Haircut Saved a Woman from the Death Penalty in the 1920s!

Hello mystery fans! I’ve got delightful, noir, and morbid for you this week thanks to my reading being all over the place. Hope you’re well, reading tons, and ready for February! And if you’re feeling lucky don’t forget to enter to win a library cart!

Sponsored by Page Street Publishing

Living in her sister’s shadow has never been more dangerous.

Five months ago, Clara Seibert’s twin sister was murdered. Struggling under the weight of newfound and unwanted attention, the only thing that makes Clara feel normal is ghostwriting an advice column for her school’s newspaper—until she starts receiving threatening emails in her staff inbox.

“It should have been you…but soon.”

Neo-Noir! (Trigger Warning: domestic abuse/ rape/ suicide)

Dragonfish by Vu Tran: If you’re looking for noir that explores modern issues and/or are a fan of dark literary works, this was a great read. There are two running stories at once, past and present: one of a woman explaining her immigration from Vietnam through a series of letters, and the other is Robert, a cop obsessed with his ex-wife Suzy. He’s obsessed enough to drive to Vegas to threaten her current husband, but nothing goes as planned and soon the reader is plunged into the dark world these characters navigate in. The exploration of Suzy through the eyes of the men in her life who never quite understand her is one of those things I’ve been unable to shake since reading this novel.


*Oprah you-get-a-car voice* Meryl Streep joins Big Little Lies season 2! Dying to find out what kind of mother-in-law she’ll be… (If you haven’t seen the show or read the book probably stay away from news for spoiler reasons.)

Rioter Tirzah Price has 10 Short Mystery Audiobooks for you.

I added to my Feminist Historical Mysteries list.

Sabella Nitti was saved from the death penalty in the 1920s thanks in part to a bob haircut. And if you didn’t know that characters in Chicago were based on real women–including Nitti–here’s another read. If Nitti’s story interests you: Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago by Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi

Stana Katic talks about her exit from Castle and her new Amazon show Absentia.

Bridget Lawless has created the Staunch Book Prize to award a thriller novel “in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.” (That may leave a real small pool of entries!) In related news author Amy Bloom seems to be writing a thriller next.

The drama/thriller Killing Eve, based on Luke Jennings’ novellas and starring Sandra Oh, will be premiering in April on BBC America. Here are the first look photos.

See the trailer for the graphic novel Babylon Berlin by Arne Jysch, Volker Kutscher (adaptation of the novel Babylon Berlin) AND THEN watch the trailer for the European television series adaptation that is now streaming on Netflix. (1930s Noir detective)

For fans of ’70s detectives, Megan Abbott, and/or Alison Gaylin here’s the trailer for the graphic novel Normandy Gold. (A Little Q&A with the authors)

Modern Mystery Nodding at the Old School Mysteries:

Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1) by Maureen Johnson:  Set in an elite school, Ellingham Academy, where the brightest and most creative students are invited to learn. Stevie Bell is thrilled to attend her first year. She’s there to escape the family she has nothing in common with and, most importantly, to put her mystery solving passion to work by solving the case from the ’30s where the school’s founder’s wife and daughter were kidnapped. Except, Bell may have gotten in over her head seeing as she’s now got a recent death at the school to also solve! Entertaining while cleverly nodding at old school mysteries– but be forewarned–you’ll be left standing on a cliff until the next in the series releases. (If you like video reviews here’s Rincey on Rincey Reads)

If Your Favorite Scenes in Procedurals Is The Morgue and You Enjoy Morbid Things (Trigger Warning: suicide/ child death)

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty: After witnessing a traumatic event at the age of eight, Doughty became terrified of death which manifested into OCD as she tried to ensure her and her family would never die. This eventually lead to her path of working in a crematorium and trying to change the way we talk about, and fear, death. Her dark humor, frankness, curiosity, and facts of death throughout history and different cultures makes this morbid topic eye opening, fascinating, and interesting. And she does a fantastic job narrating the audiobook.

Recent Releases:

Among the Ruins (Rachel Getty & Esa Khattak #3) by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Paperback) (review)

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (Paperback) (review)

August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones (Paperback) (review)

Final Girls by Riley Sager (pseudonym for Todd Ritter) (Paperback) (review)

The Thirst (Harry Hole #11) by Jo Nesbø (Paperback)

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (Paperback) (Literary Mystery)

Abbott #1 by Saladin Ahmed, Sami Kivelä (Awesome start to a new series about a journalist in ’70s Detroit fighting sexism and racism to get the truth reported.)

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (Paperback) (Author of the books Bones was adapted from.)

Spy Seal Vol 1 by Rich Tommaso (MI5 but with anthropomorphic animals)

The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce #9) by Alan Bradley (Great series starring a smart, precocious girl who loves chemistry and doesn’t fear dead things.)

Killer Choice by Tom Hunt (Currently reading: would you kill a “bad guy” for a stranger offering you the money you need to save your wife’s life?)

Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. And if you like to put a pin in things here’s an Unusual Suspects board.

Until next time, keep investigating! And in the meantime come talk books with me on Twitter, Instagram, and Litsy–you can find me under Jamie Canaves.

In The Club

In The Club Jan 31

Welcome back to In The Club, a newsletter of resources to keep your book group well-met and well-read. Let’s dive in.

Here We LieThis newsletter is sponsored by Here We Lie by by Paula Treick DeBoard, new from Park Row Books.

Megan Mazeros is a girl from a modest Midwest background, and Lauren Mabrey is the daughter of a senator from an esteemed New England family. Complete opposites on paper, the two become roommates at a private women’s college and forge a strong friendship. The summer before senior year, Megan joins Lauren’s family on their private island off the coast of Maine, as a last hurrah before graduation. But late one night something unspeakable tears their friendship apart. Many years later, Megan publicly comes forward about what happened, revealing a horrible, long-buried truth.

And the nominees are: The National Book Critics Circle finalists for 2017 have been announced! If you like reading from award lists, and you want awards that include nonfiction, fiction, etc., then this list is one to check.

Need something quick and crime-filled? We’ve got some short mystery audiobook recommendations for your group.

What are colonial and post-colonial literature? We break it down for you in this Read Harder recommendations post.

Also for your Read Harder challenge: We’ve got suggestions for romances by/about POC!

And while we’re talking about romance, Lacey paired romances with The Good Place characters. What more do I need to say?

Page to screen and beyond: Call Me By Your Name has all of the buzz, both for the novel and the movie. You could build a book club around those two, but why not expand? We’ve got a reading list for after you’ve seen the movie.

Love unusual narrators? So does Rioter Steph, and here are some of her favorites. (May I add The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James, which is partially narrated by an elephant?)

How about some poetry? Here are a few collections that will broaden your expectations of what the medium can be like.

And speaking of poetry, here are some LGBTQ poets we believe are unmissable.

Last but not least, here’s a reminder that this is your last week to enter our library cart giveaway, in honor of our new library-focused newsletter Check Your Shelf.

And that’s a wrap: Happy discussing! If you’re interested in more science fiction and fantasy talk, you can catch me and my co-host Sharifah on the SFF Yeah! podcast. For many many more book recommendations (including the occasional book club question!) you can find me on the Get Booked podcast with the inimitable Amanda.

Your fellow booknerd,

More Resources: 
– Our Book Group In A Box guide
– List your group on the Book Group Resources page

Riot Rundown TestRiotRundown


Today’s Riot Rundown is sponsored by Viking.

A love story across the ages about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live. Tom Hazard has a secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history–performing with Shakespeare and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life. How to Stop Time is a wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn, we just might find happiness.

The Stack


Today’s The Stack is sponsored by Wires and Nerve, Volume 2 by Marissa Meyer.

The world of the Lunar Chronicles comes alive in this thrilling continuation of Wires and Nerve. Iko—an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder—has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.

And to show he’s serious, Steele is taking hostages.


Win a Copy of WALKING THE BONES by Randall Silvis!


We have 10 copies of Walking the Bones by Randall Silvis to give away to 10 Riot readers!

Here’s what it’s all about:

The bones of seven young girls, picked clean and carefully preserved… that’s all Sergeant Ryan DeMarco knows about the unsolved crime he has unwittingly been roped into investigating during what is supposed to be a healing road trip with his new love, Jayme.

DeMarco is still reeling from the case that led to death of his best friend months ago and wants nothing more than to lay low. Unfortunately, the small southern town of Jayme’s idyllic youth is not exactly a place that lets strangers go unnoticed—especially strangers who have a history of solving violent crimes. And if there’s anything DeMarco knows, it’s that a killer always leaves clues behind just waiting for the right person to come along and put all the pieces together.

Go here to enter for a chance to win a copy, or just click on the cover image below. Good luck!