Today In Books

Indie Bookstore Fights Back: Today in Books

This edition of Today in Books is sponsored by CubHouse, an imprint of Lion Forge.

Indie Bookstore Fights Back

James Jenkins and husband Ryan Cagle, co-founders of Valancourt Books, have filed a lawsuit in federal court, “arguing that the Copyright Office’s demand violates the publisher’s right to free speech and its right to ‘just compensation’ for taken property.” The independent, print-on-demand publisher specializes in reprinting long-lost works, including queer literature. But the U.S. Copyright Office demanded one copy of 240 different books from the publisher’s collection for free. “If we don’t send the books, the Copyright Office says they will fine us out of existence,” said Jenkins.

A Harry Potter-Themed Mixology Course

Please, someone in New York, attend the Harry Potter-themed mixology class for me. The Cauldron, a pop-up bar and mixology course, is opening in NYC in September. The Kickstarter-funded London pop-up was so successful back in March, that the organizers took it to the states. Here’s hoping it spreads across the country.

The Guardian’s “Unimpressive” Alt Nobel Coverage

The Guardian has come under fire for its coverage of the alternative Nobel Prize in Literature shortlist released this week. Two women–Maryse Condé and Kim Thúy–and two men–Haruki Murakami and Neil Gaiman–are on the shortlist. But The Guardian focused on the two men, pushing the women to the bottom of the piece and mentioning them as “completing the shortlist.” The New Academy Prize in Literature was created in the wake of a sex abuse scandal that postponed the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018.


End-of-Fummer Audiobooks Week Special Edition

Heya audiophiles,

As the summer comes to a close (*sob*), we at Book Riot want to make sure you’ve got all the audiobooky content you could want. If you haven’t had a chance to check out what’s been happening in Book Riot audiobooks world for this week’s End-of-Summer Audiobooks Week, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered:

Sponsored by Macmillan Audio

Macmillan Audio records the best fiction and nonfiction available for both adults and children from Macmillan’s publishers, in addition to publishing original productions and titles from other publishers.

Mary Kay McBrayer wrote about SOUTHERN AUDIOBOOKS WITH NARRATORS WITH DECENT ACCENTS. No fake twang here: the narrators of these Southern audiobooks are the real deal.

Because we are not ready to say goodbye to poolside fun just yet, Rioter Ashley has 8 GREAT POOLSIDE AUDIOBOOKS.

Audible has a giant sale right now: until September 2nd, members can purchase over 200 titles for $5.95 each. With so many titles available, how do you know where to start?  Rioter Alex is here to help you navigate the best of their massive selection: THE BEST OF AUDIBLE’S “AS YOU WISH” SALE.

There are few things more awkward than hopping in the car with the whole family only to realize the audiobook you selected is not exactly…family friendly. Spare yourself uncomfortable road trips with Emily Martin’s list of all-ages audiobooks that you can play in the car without worrying about that terrifying experience of listening to a sex scene with your parents/kids. 12 ALL-AGES AUDIOBOOKS.

Want some true crime? A classic? Want to learn something new? There’s a Robin Miles audiobook for that (and everything else). Check out Rioter Laura’s post, A ROBIN MILES AUDIOBOOK FOR EVERY MOOD.

Eventually, you’ll have to swap the beach bag for the school bag and Holly Genovese has a list to help soften the blow. Here are campus novels and fall-tastic audiobooks to get you back in the mood for back-to-school. HIT THE (AUDIO)BOOKS: BACK-TO-SCHOOL LISTENS.

Rioter Aimee has your middle-grade needs covered with twelve middle-grade audiobooks written and read by own voices authors and performers for when you want to hear own voices as well as read them. Check them out here: 12 OWN VOICES MIDDLE-GRADE AUDIOBOOKS.

There are some books that are just better on audio and if you are mystery or thriller fan, Jamie has the list for you. These books are absolutely better on audio, so get them in your ears. MYSTERY AND THRILLERS THAT ARE BETTER ON AUDIO.

If you didn’t get into Moby-Dick when you read it in school, try it again in Anthony Heald’s sardonic audiobook narration. Check out the best classics on audio here: 5 CLASSICS THAT GAIN NEW MEANING WHEN YOU LISTEN TO THE AUDIOBOOK.

Still waiting for your Hogwarts letter (WHO ISN’T?!)? Rioter S.W. Sondheimer has good news: there are plenty of other magical mystery sci-fi and fantasy schools to choose from. Take a look (and then a listen) here: MAGIC, MYSTERY, AND MATH: 5 AUDIOBOOKS ABOUT SCI-FI AND FANTASY SCHOOLS.

Love true crime? Looking for your next great listen? Beth put together just the list for you! Here are ten awesome true crime audiobooks that will keep you on your toes: 10 OF THE BEST TRUE CRIME AUDIOBOOKS.

Rioter Ashlie is an elementary librarian and devoted bookish mother. So she knows what she’s talking about when she shares her tips for using audiobooks to pad out family reading time during lazy summer days. BONDING WITH MY SONS OVER AUDIOBOOKS.

And up just today: a quiz to help you find your next romance audiobook, 12 great YA audiobooks from this year, and short nonfiction audios for your next roadtrip!

I hope you find some new favorites in this plethora of audiobook lists and recommendations. Summer may be on it’s way out, but being magically transported through the power of audio is here all year around.

As always, you can say hello and let me know what you’re listening to or anything else audiobook related on twitter at msmacb or email at

Until next week,




Win the Best Books of 2018…So Far!

We just clicked over the half-way point of 2018, and we here at Book Riot have named our favorite books of 2018…so far. And we are giving away all of them to somebody! And it could be you! Go see the full list of what you could win, and then fantasize about a giant stack of books to take you through to 2019.

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

What's Up in YA

📚🎥🎮”Read, Watch, Play”: Kendare Blake’s Entertainment Recommendations

Hey YA readers: This is an exciting newsletter and I can’t wait to share.

“What’s Up in YA?” is sponsored by A Room Away From The Wolves by Nova Ren Suma.

Nova Ren Suma, the New York Times #1 bestselling author of The Walls Around Us, returns with a mesmerizing gothic novel about the dark secrets teenager Bina discovers when she runs away to Catherine House in New York City. As nightmare and memory tangle, she will be forced to face the terrible truth of why she’s come here and what it will cost for her to leave. A Room Away from the Wolves is a spellbinding ghost story about who deserves a second chance, how we lie to ourselves and those around us, and what lengths girls go to in order to save each other.

Before the newsletter, a quick announcement: we want to hear about your reading habits! Hop over to our fall reading survey and share, share, share.

And now: a fun, fun piece from Kendare Blake.

Kendare Blake continues to grow as a YA author, racking up accolades, critical acclaim, and devoted readers. The next book in her “Three Dark Crowns” series hits shelves tomorrow, September 4, and it’s called Two Dark Reigns.

I asked Kendare to share some of her favorite books, movies, and video games; I was not sad to find myself adding so many new things to my “do, see, try” lists. While you wait for that next book, you can enjoy these things in the mean time . . . and immediately after you immerse yourself in Two Dark Reigns.

Without further ado, Kendare Blake!



Are you a bookworm? Do you like to play video games? Do you also like to watch…things…on the moving picture talk box? You do? Me too! So I thought it would be fun to do a little round of Read, Watch, Play, where I pair delightful combinations of books, video games and movies/tv shows. Ready? Here we go!

If you like: Epic quests through dangerous territory + Norse mythology then you should:

Read: The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke. It’s a genderbent Beowulf retelling about a band of mercy-killing girls who decide to give up the mercy-killing and grab themselves some glory, by undertaking a quest to slay a fearsome monster. Come for the blood and axes, stay for the salt marsh witches and the girl-gang bravery.

Watch: Vikings on the History Channel. The bloody trajectory of Ragnar Lothbrok and his family, from everyday, regular Viking to warring Viking royalty will have you raising your mugs of mead and singing…one of those songs you sing with mead.

Play: God of War. The new one, for PS4. It plunks Kratos right down in the midst of Norse Country and pits him against gods and beasts and maybe the World Serpent? It also gives him a son to teach the ways of the warrior and makes for some fun dual combat. I called this game “Teamwork with Man Friend.” Kratos would obviously be the Man Friend. So I guess that makes his kid…Teamwork?


If you like: learning the art of a master assassin and diving deep into the history of a place, then you should:

Read: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. It’s the story of Mia, orphaned but bent on bloody revenge, and her path to becoming one of the most badass killers her country has ever seen. Filled to the brim with fascinating footnotes on the history of the world, and also with smartass shadow animals.

Play: Assassins Creed. But not the one about the Revolutionary War. Or Black Flag.

Watch: Assassins Creed. Haha, I’m just kidding. No one should ever watch that.


If you like: Dragons, and folks caught up in a destiny far larger than themselves, + more dragons, then you should:

Read: The Last Namsara by Kristin Ciccarelli. Can the greatest dragon slayer somehow also be the greatest dragon whisperer? That would seem unfair, but trust me, it ends up making sense.

Watch: Dragonheart. Because who doesn’t want a dragon with the voice of Sean Connery. That dragon will eat you shaken, not stirred.

Play: Dragon Age: Inquisition. A sprawling RPG that let’s you take on the role of mage or rogue or warrior, that has a really good narrative. Come for the monster fighting, stay for the possibility of sleeping with an elf. They are wily bedmates, I hear.


If you like: Dreamlike fantasies with intensely beautiful worldbuilding + wow so many colors! Then you should:

Read: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor. A half-god girl with blue skin and red hair hides away with her similarly colored brethren in the hopes that the humans below will not one day murder them. And a regularly shaded librarian with an uncanny knack for figuring things out embarks on a quest to a world he thought to be legend. Maybe to save it. Maybe not.

Watch: The Neverending Story. I know there are not that many colors in it, but it is mightily fantastic. Follow it up with like, Finding Nemo if you’re craving some blues and oranges.

Play: Final Fantasy X. I find it the prettiest installment in the franchise, and one of the best stories as well. The animations for summoning your fancy guardian force friends are not to be missed.


And finally, if you like pioneer stories with plucky heroines + the possibility of dying of dysentery, then you should:

Read: Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson. A girl who can sense the presence of gold tries to make it west for the gold rush, to escape her horrible uncle and to follow the only boy she cares about in the world. Come for the gold, stay for the wagon trains.

Watch: I don’t know, maybe old episodes of Little House on the Prairie? I recommend the one where Pa plays a fiddle. That probably doesn’t narrow it down much. Maybe the one where Laura kicks Nellie in the face.

Play: The Oregon Trail. Or, if you don’t have a floppy disk drive, then Horizon: Zero Dawn. It has a similarly plucky heroine who must mine the wilderness on her quest to find answers about why she is an outcast from her tribe. Come for the robot dinosaurs (ROBOT DINOSAURS!) stay for the engaging storyline.


Thanks for hanging out, and we’ll see you Monday!

— Kelly Jensen, @veronikellymars on Twitter and Instagram

Today In Books

First Trailer For Elena Ferrante Adaptation: Today in Books

This edition of Today in Books is sponsored by Flatiron Books, publishers of 13 Minutes by New York Times bestselling author Sarah Pinborough.

First Trailer For Elena Ferrante Adaptation

HBO released its first official teaser trailer for the series adaptation of My Brilliant Friend, the first book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels. The story follows friends Elena and Lila as they try to make their way out of a rough Naples neighborhood and restrictive home lives. Watch the teaser.

Traditional Publishers Are Selling Way More Nonfic

Forbes reported that “adult non-fiction revenues are soaring above fiction revenues and have been widening the gap for the past five years.” This, with a note that these numbers only account for traditionally published books, leaving out fiction and non-fiction from indie self-publishing. In other words, these numbers do not signal the death of adult fiction.

3 Members Return To Nobel Prize Body

Three members who quit the Swedish Academy (the Nobel literature prize body) amid a sex-abuse scandal are returning. Sara Danius, Kjell Espmark, and Peter Englund will rejoin the body, saying differences with a member aren’t as important as the Academy itself. Espmark said they’re ready to help out with the election of new board members.


And don’t forget, we’re giving away a stack of books from Season 2 of Recommended, in honor of the upcoming third season of the podcast! Click here to enter.

True Story

New Nonfiction about Impostors, Politicians, and Parents

Last week, 81-year-old Senator John McCain passed away after a brief battle with brain cancer. McCain’s political legacy is complicated, and I won’t pretend to be an expert, but he does leave a lifetime of work and several books to his name.

Sponsored by Elizabeth Warren: Her Fight. Her Work. Her Life by Antonia Felix.

Elizabeth Warren’s rise as one of America’s most powerful women is a stirring lesson in persistence. From her fierce support of the middle class to her unapologetic response to political bullies, Warren is known as a passionate yet plain-speaking champion of equity and fairness. In the wake of one fellow senator’s effort to silence her in 2016, three words became a rallying cry across the country:

Nevertheless, she persisted . . .

In this breakthrough biography, bestselling author Antonia Felix reveals how Warren brought her expertise to Washington to become an icon of progressive politics in a deeply divided nation, and weaves together never-before-told stories from those who have journeyed with Warren, from Oklahoma to the halls of power.

In the wake of his death, McCain’s most recent book, The Restless Wave, climbed on to several bestseller lists. The book was released in May, after McCain’s cancer diagnosis, and was again co-written by his former chief of staff, Mark Salter.

In the Christian Science Monitor, one writer remembered McCain as an “active and passionate fellow reader,” comparing him to another political bibliophile, Teddy Roosevelt. The books mentioned in the piece are overwhelmingly written by white men, but it’s still a nice angle on a memorial. (For a more diverse reading list from a politician, check out Barack Obama’s summer reading recommendations. So good.)

New Books!

And with that, let’s dive into new books coming out this week. There are a bunch of good ones.

Small Animals by Kim Brooks – On a mild afternoon, Kim Brooks made the decision to leave her son in the car while she ran into a store. A bystander called the police, setting of years of legal trouble for the family. Brooks uses that experience as a jumping off point to explore “the broader role America’s culture of fear plays in parenthood.” You can get a peek of her style in this Salon article Brooks wrote about the initial incident in 2014.

Boom Town by Sam Anderson – The subtitle of this book is what sold me on reading it… “the fantastical saga of Oklahoma City, its chaotic founding… its purloined basketball team, and the dream of becoming a world-class metropolis.” It just sounds incredibly fun.

Not Quite Not White by Sharmila Sen – As a 12-year-old, first generation immigrant from India, Sharmila Sen struggled with her “not quite-ness” – “not quite white, not quite black, not quite Asian.” This memoir is a story of her teenaged attempts to blend in with American whiteness and an argument about what that actually means.

The Imposter by Javier Cercas – In 2005, an elderly man living in Barcelona who claimed to be a Holocaust survivor was exposed as a fraud… he’d never been in a Nazi concentration camp, making his decades of honors and recognition false. This book seeks to unravel his story and understand what led to such an enormous deception.

Attention by Joshua Cohen – This book is the “culmination of two decades of writing and thoughts about life in the digital age,” a collection of assorted writings that explore a range of issues of modern life and how to exist in a world that is saturated with information.

Elizabeth Warren by Antonia Felix – Political memoirs and biographies released ahead of a possible run for president don’t usually interest me, but this one about Elizabeth Warren is probably of interest to other Book Riot readers. Reviews suggest the book is a generally positive portrayal, but I am interested in the idea of exploring the cultural and media coverage that Warren gets.

Around the Riot!

Finally, there’s been some excellent nonfiction coverage over at Book Riot lately. Here’s a round up in case you missed anything:

You can find me on Twitter @kimthedork, and co-hosting the For Real podcast here at Book Riot. Happy reading!

Swords and Spaceships

Swords and Spaceships Aug 31

Happy Friday, friends! Today we’re talking about Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews, webcomics, problematic faves, WorldCon, fairytales, and so much more.

This newsletter is sponsored by Penguin Teen.

seafire book coverAfter her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric. But when Caledonia’s best friend barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women have worked for?

What does it mean to have more women in sci-fi? This contemplative piece unpacks a lot of stereotypes and internalized misogyny in the process of answering that question.

Bones for the win: A fan looks at the ways Star Trek: The Original Series combatted toxic masculinity, and makes a compelling case.

LET THERE BE GREAT REJOICING: we’re getting Avatar: The Last Airbender novels about Avatar Kyoshi!!!! All the muppet arms!!!!

Get more comics in your browser! I love SF/F webcomics, and this list just added a bunch more to my bookmarks folder.

Want a behind the scenes look at WorldCon 76? Alex gives the nitty gritty details on the business side of things (as well as the alt-right protest), which I always find fascinating.

I have a deep appreciation for the questions posed in this post about reconsidering problematic faves, and in particular would like to highlight this bit, which sums up so beautifully a feeling I’ve been struggling to articulate:
“I like and respect my friends better than I like the book, and I don’t feel comfortable reading a book that’s taking aim at my friends. It has lost its magic.”

Sometimes a fairytale is what you need, and we’ve got 50 retellings for kids that can scratch that itch.

I confess that I have not listened to this because it is OVER AN HOUR LONG, but if you’ve ever wanted N.K. Jemisin to tell you her world-building secrets, here’s your chance.

Which Weasley sibling are you? Take our quiz! (I am Charlie and I will be over here with my dragons.)

Reminder! Today (August 31) is the last day to enter the Recommended giveaway for 16 excellent books, which you should do right here.

Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews

a dark-haired woman holding a sword stands posed in front of a growling lion, with a city sunrise in the backgroundYou might have heard me gush about the world-building in the Kate Daniels series on SFF Yeah, or name-drop them repeatedly while talking about other urban fantasy. In case you weren’t sure: I’m a fan. The last book in the series is out this week, and it gave me All The Feelings.

Before I get into some spoilers, let’s take a moment for my top two reasons this series is worth picking up. And while I’ve heard that the first book, Magic Bites, can be hard to get through for new readers, I’m here to assure you that it’s worth it.

1: It has one of my favorite world-building premises ever, and takes place in an alternate Atlanta in which the world is subject to period, unpredictable waves of magic. While the magic is down, your car and phones work but not your spells; while the magic is up, vice versa. There are vampires and shapeshifters and demons and gods roaming the world again, and humanity is having to relearn how to deal with the supernatural.

2: It has a heroine who not only kicks ass, but learns how to be a person. The Kate Daniels of Magic Bites is just barely a human being — she’s gruff, isolated, drinking too much, and basically only good at slicing things and people and things pretending to be people to bits with her sword. But as the series progresses, Kate also grows in important ways. She acquires friends and a family of choice; she makes peace with her traumatic childhood; she begins to own her power.

And now for mild series spoilers! Avert your eyes!!! 

If you’ve been following along with me, I’m happy to report that Magic Triumphs is as satisfying a finale as I could have hoped. The stakes could not be higher — the future of Kate’s son is at stake, the Oracles are having visions of blood and fire, and Roland is just waiting to take over Atlanta and then the rest of the world. Assassins are popping up around town, the populations of entire towns are disappearing overnight, and Kate just got a weird box of ashes with a flower on it. Also her son is manifesting some startling new abilities. Kate’s life is complicated; it must be Tuesday.

The full cast — plus some suprising-to-me reappearances — is on hand for this battle to end the war, and they’re fighting on two fronts. Can they defeat the new Big Bad as well as Roland? And what (or who) will they lose in the process? Magic Triumphs showcases the same bonds of loyalty, friendship, and love that have made the last few books such an absolute delight to read. Kate and her family of choice are Ride or Die for each other, and it makes my heart explode every time.

I finished this book, patted my face dry with a tissue, and then had to suppress the urge to reread the entire series immediately. (Instead I’ll be re-reading it one book at a time for the next 10 months, and I cannot wait.) And if you’re listening, Ilona Andrews? I don’t know if the ending was intended to launch a new series, but I am here for The Further Adventures of [Redacted] and [Redacted], please and thank you.

And that’s a wrap! You can find all of the books recommended in this newsletter on a handy Goodreads shelf. 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 you can find me on the Get Booked podcast with the inimitable Amanda.

Your fellow booknerd,

Unusual Suspects

Mystery and Thrillers That Are Better On Audio

Hi mystery lovers! The season 3 teaser trailer for True Detective played after the Sharp Objects finale, and looks like I’ll be back to being a fan of the show. Here’s the trailer in case you missed it.

Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan cover imageSponsored by Forge Books


An accused killer insists she’s innocent of a heinous murder.

A grieving journalist surfaces from the wreckage of her shattered life.

Their unlikely alliance leads to a dangerous cat and mouse game that will leave you breathless.

Who can you trust when you can’t trust yourself?

Trust Me is the chilling stand-alone novel of psychological suspense and manipulation that award-winning author and renowned investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan was born to write.

From Book Riot And Around The Internet

Sadie by Courtney Summers cover imageViolence, Girls, and Power: 10 Potent Quotes From Sadie by Courtney Summers (Sadie is out next week and it should be one of the BIG books of fall, it’s excellent.)

On Sharp Objects and Not Demanding That Our Women Leads be Perfect And I really enjoyed this interview with Elizabeth Perkins (who needs to be a lead!) at Huffpost. (MASSIVE SPOILERS)

50 Must-Read Middle School Mystery Books

Mystery and Thrillers That Are Better On Audio

Speaking of audiobooks, Audible has a pretty big sale going on for members, and whatever “light customers” means, and here’s the Mystery & Thrillers sales page of books found most on Wish Lists.

Giveaway: Last chance to get 16 awesome books featured on the Recommended podcast!

Watch Now

White man in a grey sweater with bullet proof vest with an explosion in the background

John Krasinski starring as CIA analyst Jack Ryan is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. If you’re wondering why this sounds familiar, it’s adapted from Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series, which has Patriot Games and The Hunt For Red October. Watch the trailer here.

True Crime

‘I Started Having Nightmares’: Behind the Scenes of Trace, the Hit True-Crime Podcast

A New Wife, a Secret Past and a Trail of Loss and Blood: A widower met a younger woman on the street in 2013. They married soon after. Then he got to know her.

The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History: Crippled ports. Paralyzed corporations. Frozen government agencies. How a single piece of code crashed the world.

Kindle Deals

Murder at Cape Three Points by Kwei Quartey cover imageMurder at Cape Three Points (Darko Dawson #3) by Kwei Quartey is $1.99 (Ghana set, good detective series.)

The Lake House by Kate Morton is $2.99 (This is a genre mix: multi-generational saga/historical fiction/mystery)

And if you still haven’t gotten around to J.K. Rowling’s detective series, the first in the series is $2.99: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

And A Bit of My Week In Reading

The Perplexing Theft of the JEwel in the Crown by Vaseem Khan cover imageSo as soon as I was finished lamenting how I’d never get through all the reading I needed to do, my library informed me four of my holds had come through: Far From You by Tess Sharpe; An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole; Ghosted by Rosie Walsh; The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown by Vaseem Khan.

On my ereader, I’m almost finished with The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele, which is a YA thriller/missing person’s with a touch of an X-Files/Stranger Things underlining feeling. And I started Idyll Hands by Stephanie Gayle (A good small town procedural so far), and Gravesend by William Boyle (Great crime novel so far).

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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Win 16 of the Favorite Books of Our Favorite Authors!

We’re so excited to announce Season 3 of Recommended, our show where interesting people talk about their favorite books, that we decided to have a giveaway to celebrate! Mark your calendars: Season 3 will air September 5th to November 21st. Season 2 has wrapped up, and you can listen to them all on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or the podcatcher of your choice.

To tide you over in the meantime, we’re giving away 16 of the books written and selected by some of the authors from Season 2! Here is the full rundown of the books you can win!

Florida by Lauren Groff

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam

Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick

Plainwater by Anne Carson

Meridian by Alice Walker

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire

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

The Stack


Today’s The Stack is sponsored by Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic.

From the creator of the internationally bestselling and award-winning BONE series comes a charming and adorable picture book — the first to feature Smiley Bone in an adventure all his own!

On a beautiful sunny day, happy-go-lucky Smiley Bone is walking through the woods when he begins to count some friendly birds. The birds sing and climb so high that Smiley must find a fantastical way to keep up with them! With lively drawings and expressive word balloons, Jeff Smith has created a one-of-a-kind picture book that will delight the youngest readers.