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The Kiss Quotient Is Getting A Screen Adaptation, and More Book Radar!

Hello, book dragons, and welcome to August! The prospect of all the reading ahead of us is exciting. I hope to knock a bunch of books off my TBR, and I hope you get to do the same. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty

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After 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?

PS – Don’t forget we’re giving away 16 of the great books mentioned on the Recommended podcast! Enter here by August 31st for a chance to win.

Here’s this week’s trivia question: “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread” – who wrote this quote? (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan GlaserALL THE MUPPET ARMS: Amy Poehler is adapting The Vanderbeekers of 141 Street by BR contributor Karina Yan Glaser!

The Kiss Quotient is getting an adaptation!

The Expatriates, based on Janice Y.K. Lee’s book, will be a series with Nicole Kidman as an executive producer.

Aidy Bryant’s Shrill series, based on the Lindy West memoir, was picked up by Hulu. (It will also star Luka Jones, the very talented brother of BR contributor Wallace Yovetich!)

There will be a graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler‘s Parable of the Sower. And one of Lois Lowry’s The Giver too.

Sandhya Menon revealed the title to the When Dimple Met Rishi sequel.

Steven Moffat is adapting The Time Traveler’s Wife for HBO.

Priyanka Chopra in talks to join Cowboy Ninja Viking.

Holy cats, er, dogs! Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas will get a three million copy first printing.

prince of catsLakeith Stanfield will star in an adaptation of Prince of Cats.

Hillary Clinton, Steven Spielberg bringing women’s voting drama to TV.

Netflix buys Andy Serkis’ Animal Farm adaptation.

The Queer Eye Fab 5 will release a book together.

Cover Reveals

Here’s the first look at the title of the fifth book in Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. (HarperCollins, April 2, 2019)

Here’s the first peek at Tessa Gratton’s follow-up to The Queens of Innis Lear. (Tor Books, April 30, 2019)

Sneak Peeks

if beale street could talkHere’s the first trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk, adapted from the novel by James Baldwin.

Here’s the first full trailer for A Discovery of Witches.

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:

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and PiracyThe Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

This is every bit as fun and sassy as The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue! This time, Monty’s sister Felicity is the star. She is hoping to convince a doctor to help her get into medical school, which is currently for men only. A mysterious young woman tells her she can help with this plan. But then everything goes awry.

Excited to read:

as long as we both shall liveAs Long as We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Cheney

If you listen to All the Books, you know how much I loved Cheney’s seriously creepy thriller What You Don’t Know. This one is about a marriage gone wrong, and a husband who may be a killer. I can’t wait!

What I’m reading this week.

the proposalThe Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

The Wildlands by Abby Geni

Let Me Be Like Water by S.K. Perry

Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama

Nothing Good Can Come from This: Essays by Kristi Coulter

Non-book-related recommendation.

Because I spend so much time with my nose in a book, I am often late to the party on other media. Including Over the Garden Wall. It’s an animated 10-episode series from 2014 about two brothers lost in the woods. It’s streaming on Hulu right now, and I highly recommend it. It’s only 110 minutes total. I have watched it at least 20 times all the way through since learning about it last week. I may never watch anything else. I love it so.

And this is funny.

I may have snort-laughed.

Trivia answer: Alexander Pope.