What's Up in YA

THE DARKEST MINDS Hits Theaters, Upcoming Spring 2019 Titles, and More YA Book News

Hey YA Readers: It’s time for all the news you can use.

“What’s Up in YA?” is sponsored this week by Recommended.

We’re giving away 16 of the books featured on Recommended! Click here, or on the image below to enter:

I didn’t round up YA news last week in the Thursday newsletter, but that didn’t mean the news stopped. It’s been a busy two weeks in the world of YA!

Impressive emoji take on Harry Potter.


This Week’s Book Mail

I will win no awards for the photo itself, but do enjoy learning more about these titles (starting at the left pile and going down).

Scream All Night by Derek Milman

You May Now Kill The Bride by RL Stine (This was totally delightful if you love campy horror AND I SO DO).

The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I by Caroline Mackler

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Caroline Mackler (the two Mackler books showed up after Eric and I had talked about the delayed sequel phenomenon on Hey YA last week)

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

We Regret To Inform You by Arial Kaplan

This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow

The Resolutions by Mia Garcia

This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson

Four Three Two One by Courtney Stevens

Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack

Seafire by Natalie Parker

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

These Rebel Waves by Sarah Raasch

The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (I read this back when it came out, but the movie tie-in edition cover — despite usually being The Worst — is actually pretty great!)

Now You See Her by Lisa Leighton and Laura Stropki

How We Learned To Lie by Meredith Miller

Proud: Young Reader Edition by Ibtihaj Muhammad (This’ll be my next YA read).

First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great by Sandra Neil Wallace, Rich Wallace, and illustrated by Agata Nowicka

Crash: The Great Depression and the Fall and Rise of America in The 1930s by Marc Favreau (Quite good! This is a comprehensive, but totally approachable, read about the Great Depression. It does a good job of highlighting racial inequalities in a way often overlooked in the history of this time. My only quibble is that the end doesn’t then tie into recent economic recessions and how much they mirror what happened in the 30s — but perhaps that’s because it’s so easy to see right there in the text itself).


A Blast From The Past

A few posts from the Book Riot YA archives from Augusts past worth a revisit:



Thanks for hanging out & we’ll see you again next week!

— Kelly Jensen, @veronikellymars on Twitter and Instagram.

Unusual Suspects

Dead Cheerleaders, Modern Noir, And A Quiet Mystery

Hi mystery fans! This week I have dead cheerleaders, modern noir, and a quiet mystery for you. Is it too macabre to say, “Enjoy!”?

Against Nature by Casey Barrett cover imageSponsored by Against Nature, a Duck Darley thriller from author Casey Barrett.

Perched in an airy penthouse above the corrupt streets of Manhattan, unlicensed P.I. Duck Darley has settled into an unlikely domestic routine with a wealthy divorcée and her precocious eight-year-old son. But old nightmares return when a desperate text from Cass Kimball, the former partner Duck once took a bullet to protect, lures him back into sworn-off vices and the sinister world of professional sports . . .

Excellent Modern Noir

Dead Soon Enough by Steph ChaDead Soon Enough (Juniper Song, #3) by Steph Cha: This is the third in this really good amateur-sleuth-turned-PI series, which stars a young woman in L.A. solving crimes with her dark stained view of the world–and I hope there is more to come in the series. Song takes on the case of a missing woman, which ends up going into strange-town real quick because of the client’s unique situation. She’s hired to find Lusig’s missing friend, a woman outspoken about the Armenian genocide. But the person who actually hires Song is Lusig’s cousin Rubina, because Lusig is Rubina’s surrogate at the moment, and Rubina fears Lusig trying to find what happened to her friend is putting Rubina’s unborn child in danger. Still with me? It’s a complicated family web of drama that is deliciously bonkers while also realistic to how complicated family relationships can be. Song finds herself way over her head, dealing with the clients and the case, as once again Cha wrote a mystery with a massive nod to the noir genre but cemented it very much in the modern world. (I recommend the entire series because I love Juniper Song, and watching her progress from amateur to licensed PI, but this one can be read as a standalone.)

That’s A Lot of Dead Cheerleaders (TW statutory rape/ suicide)

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas cover imageThe Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas: I 100% picked up this book because of the cover design and then I realized it was written by the author of Little Monsters which I really enjoyed (Review). If you were also a fan, you’ll be happy to know Thomas has once again written a solid mystery with, for me, just the right amount of reveals/twists. The town of Sunnybrook has five dead cheerleaders. Two were murdered, two died in a car accident, and one died by suicide. Now five years later one of the deceased cheerleader’s younger sister finds herself with more questions than answers as she, and a new friend, do some very ill-advised sleuthing–including in her stepfather’s office. Did I mention he’s a police officer who seems to know more than he’s ever shared with her about the cases, including her sister’s?… It’s a real page-turner.

Searching For Answers: Is Her Father Innocent Or A Monster? (TW date rape)

A Double Life by Flynn Berry cover imageA Double Life by Flynn Berry: This was a good quiet mystery that I didn’t realize my brain needed after I’d read too many twisty-twist-with-another-twist-well-that-jumped-the-shark thrillers in a row. And I’m not knocking those thrillers, because I like them, but sometimes too much of one thing in a row requires a change of speed before you get fried out. Plus, I’m always a fan of mysteries that aren’t full of bells and whistles but, rather, let you get to know a character and slowly watch a mystery unravel as it builds into tension and the solve. In this case, Claire, a London doctor, is visited by police who think they may have once again found her father. Slowly it’s revealed what her father is suspected of, Claire’s life of never knowing whether he’s a wrongfully accused man or a monster, and her decision to finally go get some answers… (I really enjoyed the audiobook as the narrator, Fiona Hardingham, really placed me in Claire’s mind and world.)

Recent Releases

My Midnight Years by Ronald Kitchen cover imageMy Midnight Years: Surviving Jon Burge’s Police Torture Ring and Death Row by Ronald Kitchen,Thai Jones, Logan McBride (TBR true crime memoir)

Against the Claw (A Lobster Shack Mystery #2) by Shari Randall (TBR cozy mystery)

The Widow Spy: My CIA Journey from the Jungles of Laos to Prison in Moscow by Martha D. Peterson, Laural Merlington (Narrator) (Currently my audiobook)

This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us by Edgar Cantero (I enjoyed his mystery Meddling Kids and have this one queued up as my next audiobook.)

a gentleman's murderA Gentleman’s Murder by Christopher Huang (Just started reading: Historical mystery that already sold rights for adaptation.)

Requiem by Geir Tangen (TBR: Scandinavian thriller)

Sunburn by Laura Lippman (Paperback) (Slow-burn modern noir: Review)

Y Is For Yesterday by Sue Grafton (Paperback) (The last in her Alphabet series since she passed away–*cries in books forever.)

And hello new Book Riot giveaway: You can win 16 awesome books featured on the Recommended podcast! And that is a seriously beautiful list of books.

Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. And here’s an Unusual Suspects Pinterest 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.

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Today In Books

Happy 38th, Harry: Today in Books

We’re giving away our favorite Books of 2018…so far. Go here to enter for a chance to win, or just click the image below. Good luck!

Happy 38th, Harry!

Snapchat wished Harry Potter a happy 38th birthday with a Bitmoji lens. Snapchatters hopped onto their broomsticks for rounds of Quidditch through the new augmented reality feature. It looks like it’s still available, so choose your House, and catch that Golden Snitch!

The Rise of “Brainy Books”

The Guardian wrote about the rise of “brainy books,” that is, “’long-tail’ nonfiction titles, often works on politics, economics, history or medicine that attempted to synthesise or challenge received thinking on the subject.” The Bookseller was the first to notice the publishing phenomenon, which it called the “brainy backlist,” and the piece notes the enduring success of Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari as an example. Here’s their list of the best brainy books of this decade, led by Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge.

Asian Authors Challenge the West’s Dominance of Fantasy

OZY explored the rise in interest in epic fantasy centered around East Asia written by Asian authors. The article pointed to Jin Yong’s Legends of the Condor Heroes trilogy, which is getting its first English translation, as well as Ken Liu’s The Grace of Kings and JY Yang’s Tensorate series, among other books that have found recent success in the West. And it notes some factors that may be encouraging the publication of these works, including the shift from paper to digital submissions, which makes it easier for international authors to submit their work, according to Carl Engle-Laird, associate editor at Tor Publishing.

In The Club

In the Club Aug 1

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

This newsletter is sponsored by Epic Reads.

an illustration of a woman in an orange dress standing on top of a green island. the outline of the island is also the profile of a face.Jennifer Gilmore deftly explores the role that chance and choice play in shaping the lives of two teenagers separated by sixteen years, but whose lives are intertwined.

BEFORE: When Bridget imagined her life at sixteen, it didn’t look like this. She didn’t think that her boyfriend would dump her for another girl. And she certainly didn’t think that she would be pregnant.

AFTER: Ivy doesn’t know much about her birth mother. She knows that she is now the same age Bridget was when she placed Ivy for adoption. She knows that Bridget was the one who named her. And she knows that fifteen years ago Bridget disappeared from Ivy’s and her adoptive moms’ lives.

August is Women in Translation month, and there are a bunch of ways you can participate.
Book group bonus: This is where I give a shout-out to Basma Abdel Aziz’s The Queue, translated by Elisabeth Jaquette. It’s short, it’s beautifully written and translated, and there is a TON of fodder for discussion!

Book club field trip! There are many book adaptations coming to theaters near you this summer. Related: did you know it’s common for writers to adapt other writers’ works for the screen?
Book group bonus: It blows my mind that Faulkner co-wrote the screenplay for The Big Sleep with one of the writers of The Empire Strikes Back. If ever there was a wacky read-along/watch-along to do, it’s that.

Adventure time: If you’re looking to have some armchair hijinks, this list of adventure novels can help you out.
Book group bonus: You can learn a lot about a person from their ideal adventure. Jungle treks, cave spelunking, the Grand Canyon, space? Have each member spill the details on theirs.

Read more plays: I just finished a reread of Twelfth Night, since it was this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park in my neighborhood, and it reminded me how much I enjoy plays. This list of Arab plays that read like novels is therefore perfectly timed!
Book group bonus: I cannot recommend highly enough reading a play and then going to see it performed. Find something in your area and dive in.

Read like writers: Emily Temple crunched 68 interviews with authors about which books they recommend, and tallied the top results.
Book group bonus: Here’s where I pitch our podcast Recommended, which is 100% interesting book people and authors talking about their own favorite books. You could have a lot of fun doing a read-along, and seeing how your group’s opinions match up to the recommender!

Simon and Schuster wants to help you out with book club — they’re hosting a bunch of discussions in various places online.
Book group bonus: Does your group ever read along with online programs? It might be an interesting thing to add to the mix — or to talk about why you don’t want to.

Gender is a spectrum, and if you’d like to read more authors who identify as non-binary then we’ve got a list for you!
Book group bonus: Here’s a piece from NatGeo outlining some of the recent science and cultural studies about gender; it’s a good starter-read for discussion.

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

The Stack


Today’s The Stack is sponsored by The Magnetic Collection at Lion Forge

Each morning, an old fisherman heads to sea, leaving his doting wife at home, awaiting his return. When he doesn’t return one evening, the village assumes his death. His wife refuses to give up hope. She consults a fortune teller who sees his visage in a crepe . . . alive in Cuba. Convinced her husband is still alive, she sets off on an improbable mission to save him.

Completely wordless, this heartwarming adventure is a testament to the power of sequential storytelling and the power of love itself. A Sea of Love is in stores now from Lion Forge!


The Kids Are All Right

New Children’s Book Releases for July 31, 2018!

Hey Kid Lit friends,

Hello from the Philly airport, where I am stranded after my flight got cancelled. Fun times! At least I can soothe my soul by telling you about the new books coming out today. The book descriptions are from Goodreads, but I’ll add a ❤ if I particularly loved a title.

July 31st is the last day to enter! We’re giving away $500 of the year’s best YA! Click here, or on the image below to enter:

Picture Book New Release

❤ Bigger Than You by Hyewon Kyung

A group of young dinosaurs builds a seesaw and takes turns playing on it until the bossy, big, and TERRIBLE Tyrannosaurus interrupts their game in a fit of temper. All ends well, though, when Mom steps in and encourages a peaceful and a productive end to the conflict.

Middle Grade New Releases

❤ Spirit Hunters: The Island of Monsters by Ellen Oh

Harper Raine faces new challenges ahead when her parents take the whole family to a remote tropical island for vacation. As Harper starts to have visions of the resort’s history of disappearances and discovers more about the island’s dark and fabled past, she must use her newly acquired spirit hunting talents to save everyone on the island from murderous spirits on the attack.

The Land of Yesterday by K.A. Reynolds

After Cecelia Dahl’s little brother, Celadon, dies tragically, his soul goes where all souls go: the Land of Yesterday—and Cecelia is left behind in a fractured world without him. Her beloved house’s spirit is crumbling beyond repair, her father is imprisoned by sorrow, and worst of all, her grief-stricken mother abandons the land of the living to follow Celadon into Yesterday. It’s up to Cecelia to put her family back together, even if that means venturing into the dark and forbidden Land of Yesterday on her own. But as Cecilia braves a hot-air balloon commanded by two gnomes, a sea of daisies, and the Planet of Nightmares, it’s clear that even if she finds her family, she might not be able to save them.

Courage by Barbara Binns

Ever since T’Shawn’s dad died, his mother has been struggling to keep the family afloat. So when he’s offered a spot on a prestigious diving team at the local private swim club, he knows that joining would only add another bill to the pile. But T studies hard and never gets into trouble, so he thinks his mom might be willing to bear the cost… until he finds out that his older brother, Lamont, is getting released early from prison. Luckily, T’Shawn is given a scholarship, and he can put all his frustration into diving practices. But when criminal activity increases in the neighborhood and people begin to suspect Lamont, T’Shawn begins to worry that maybe his brother hasn’t left his criminal past behind after all. And he struggles to hold on to the hope that they can put the broken pieces of their damaged relationship back together.


Backlist Book Recommendations

Picture Book Recommendation: Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Ho Baek Lee

Bee-bim bop (“mix-mix rice”) is a traditional Korean dish. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry child tells of helping her mother make bee-bim bop: shopping, preparing ingredients, setting the table, and sitting down to enjoy a favorite meal. The enthusiasm of the narrartor is conveyed in the whimsical illustrations, which bring details from the artist’s childhood in Korea to his depiction of a modern Korean-American family. The book includes Linda Sue’s own bee-bim bop recipe!

Note from Karina: My kids and I adore this book! The rhythm and language are perfect, and I love that there is a recipe in the back. 

Middle Grade Recommendation: Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Eleven-year-old Melody is not like most people. She can’t walk. She can’t talk. She can’t write. All because she has cerebral palsy. But she also has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school, but NO ONE knows it. Most people—her teachers, her doctors, her classmates—dismiss her as mentally challenged because she can’t tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by her disability. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.

Note from Karina: Sharon M. Draper does a fantastic job with this story, depicting the protagonist with authenticity and strength. A wonderful, wonderful book.


Around the web…

The Most Anticipated Children’s and YA Books of Fall 2018, via Publisher’s Weekly

Libraries Are Better Stewards of Taxpayer Dollars Than Corporations, via Publisher’s Weekly

Can You Pass the Hardest Harry Potter Quiz?, via Book Riot

50 Must-Read Mystery Books for Kids, via Book Riot


I’d love to know what you are reading this week! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at

Until next week!

Ginger Pye in Acadia National Park in Maine, where my family and I traveled for vacation this month! It’s so beautiful up there.

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Today In Books

NY Library Card Gives Free Access to 33 NYC Museums: Today in Books

We’re giving away $500 of the year’s best YA! Click here, or on the image below to enter:

NY Library Card Gives Free Access to 33 NYC Museums

A new initiative is allowing members of the New York, Brooklyn, and Queens Public Libraries to sign up for a Culture Pass giving them free access to more than 33 New York City museums. This includes the Met, Morgan, Whitney, Frick, Guggenheim, and MoMA. Use it if you’ve got it, and learn more here.

Parable of the Sower Getting Graphic Novel Adaptation

The team that just won an Eisner for the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Kindred will be back together to adapt Butler’s Parable of the Sower. Writer Damian Duffy and artist John Jennings are taking on the dystopian sci-fi novel, but no word yet on a release date.

IKEA Creates In-Store Reading Rooms

IKEA is creating reading rooms in its Wembley (London) store in partnership with the Man Booker Prize (please make this happen worldwide, please, please?). The reading rooms will be open between July 31 and August 5, and visitors can take home a free book, but all slots must be booked online in advance. “As the boundaries between our work and home lives become more blurred, it’s become harder to switch off. Our homes aren’t the haven they once were. Yet reading for just six minutes a day can be enough to reduce stress levels by more than two-thirds,” the company stated on its website.

New Books

Hooray, It’s Time for New Books!

Happy Tuesday! I just returned from Print: A Bookstore in Portland (Maine) where I recorded this week’s episode of All the Books live! in! person! with Rebecca. We also ate donuts and looked at books. It was great fun! I have some wonderful books to recommend today and you can hear about several more great titles that we discussed on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about Brother, No One Tells You This, A Gentleman’s Murder, and more.

Sponsored by Doubleday Books

In a dingy office, the door bears the names of A. Kimrean and Z. Kimrean. Private Eyes. Behind the door there is only one desk, one androgynous PI. A.Z., as they are collectively known, are brother and sister. He’s pure misanthropic logic, she’s hedonistic creativity. The Kimreans have been locked in mortal battle since they were in utero…which is tricky because they, very literally, share one single body. This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us is a brilliantly subversive and comic thriller celebrating noir detectives and action movies, that can only come from the mind of Edgar Cantero.

PS – Don’t forget we’re giving away $500 of the year’s best YA fiction and nonfiction so far! Enter here by the end of today, July 31st!

fruit of the drunken treeFruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

This is the story of seven-year-old Chula, who lives a carefree life with her sister in a gated community in Bogotá. But when a young woman from the guerilla-occupied section of the city is hired as her family’s live-in maid, Chula begins to learn about privilege and the encroaching violence, crime, and conflict that is taking place beyond the walls. Set during the height of Pablo Escobar’s reign of crime and inspired by the author’s own experiences, this is a wonderful debut novel.

Backlist bump: Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

the descent of monstersThe Descent of Monsters (The Tensorate Series) by JY Yang

The third book in the Tensorate series is here! And it is as wonderful as the first two books. (Actually, as much as I loved the first two, I love this one even MORE.) This time there’s an escaped experiment (MONSTER!), a lot of carnage, and an investigator who must figure out what really happened. I love these wildly imaginative stories so much! And unlike a lot of series, you don’t have to have read the first books to follow the story. (But I HIGHLY recommend them as well.)

Backlist bump: The Black Tides of Heaven (The Tensorate Series) by JY YAng

the shortest way homeThe Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker

A charming novel about a woman taking control of her own story. Hannah thought she had her perfect life planned out with her boyfriend, set to begin right after  they finish grad school. But then she is offered a marketing job during a visit to her family’s winery – and realizes she kinda wants to take it. Suddenly she’s questioning what it is she thought she wanted from life and forging a new path for herself. The Shortest Way Home is a delightful debut about taking chances and making your own happiness.

Backlist bump: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

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,



Win $500 of the Best YA of 2018!

This has been an excellent year for young adult books, and we want to give you $500 of 2018’s best, hand-picked by our own former YA librarian Associate Editor Kelly Jensen.

Go here to enter (and to see the full list of titles in the prize), or just click the image below. Good luck!

Book Radar

Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Making a Series About Bob Fosse and More Book Radar!

It’s the beginning of another week and you know what that means: reading, full steam ahead! I had the privilege of attending an event with Rebecca Makkai last week. Her new novel, The Great Believers, is easily one of the best books of the year. I thought I’d mention it, in case you were looking to read a beautiful heart punch. Me, I can’t read enough of ’em! Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty

PS – Don’t forget we’re giving away $500 of the year’s best YA fiction and nonfiction so far! Enter here by July 31st!

Sponsored by Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley.

It’s late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

Here’s this week’s trivia question: What bestselling book contains only 50 unique words?(Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

a gentleman's murderA Gentleman’s Murder by Christopher Huang is going to be a series. (The book is out tomorrow!)

Roxane Gay let it drop on Twitter that she is writing an advice book and also has a new comic project.

G. Willow Wilson has a new book coming in 2019!

The Shirley Jackson story, The Lottery, will be a film. (Pleeeeeease let it be called For Those About to Rock.)

This week in Stephen King adaptations: From a Buick 8.

There’s a book on the way from the March for Our Lives founders.

Edgar Ramirez in talks with Netflix to adapt the graphic novel The Last Days of American Crime.

Netflix is also adapting the graphic novel Daybreak.

fosse biography coverLin-Manuel Miranda, Michelle Williams, Sam Rockwell team for series about Bob Fosse.

And in more LMM news, he will be in the adaptation of His Dark Materials. And a filmed performance of Hamilton is headed to the big screen.

The series based on Altered Carbon has been renewed for a second season, this time with Anthony Mackie.

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella to become a feature film.

Marie Lu weighed in on new Legends adaptation news.

Tiffany D. Jackson announced a new book for 2019.

White Tears by Hari Kunzru is going to be a limited series!

The Ray Bradbury estate inked a deal to make all the things.

daisy jones and the sixReese Witherspoon snagged the rights to the new Taylor Jenkins Reid book Daisy Jones & The Six.

And Nicole Kidman grabbed the rights to the new Liane Moriarty novel Nine Perfect Strangers.

Several cast members have been announced for the adaptation of Megan Abbott’s Dare Me.

Regina King discussed the Watchmen remake.

Veronica Roth is writing a novel for adults.

Julianna Margulies to star in The Hot Zone series about Ebola outbreak.

Cover Reveals

Here’s the first look at Sally Thorne’s 99 Percent Mine. (William Morrow, January 29, 2019)

And Valerie Jarrett shared the cover of her forthcoming memoir Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward. (Viking, April 2, 2019)

And here’s the first peek at I’m Telling the Truth But I’m Lying: Essays by Bassey Ikpi. (HarperCollins, February 19, 2019)

Sneak Peeks

to all the boys i've loved beforeJenny Han shared the first full trailer for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Angie Thomas shared the official poster for The Hate U Give.

Here’s the trailer for Far From the Tree, a documentary based on the book by Andrew Solomon.

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

Loved, loved, loved:

little by edward careyLittle by Edward Carey (Riverhead Books, October 23)

I have been a big fan of Carey’s for some time now. And with good reason! This is a tremendously ambitious tale about an orphan in Revolutionary Paris, who grows up to become Madame Tussaud (of wax museum fame.) It is an unusual, endearing delight!

Excited to read:

dig by as kingDig by A.S. King (Dutton Books for Young Readers, March 26, 2019)

I am so excited about this because I am a HUGE fan of King! (If you’ve ever seen my book bathtub photo, that’s one of her books that I’m reading.) She is so smart and compassionate, and I wish she were in charge of everything.


What I’m reading this week.

a study in honorA Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell

America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

Spin by Lamar Giles

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

If Only by Jennifer Gilmore

And this is funny.

This kid gets it.

Trivia answer: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.