Happy Monday, book lovers! I attended the fall conference for the New England Booksellers Association last week and, WOW, are there amazing books on their way next year! I can’t wait to talk about them over the coming months. (You can see my haul on Instagram.) Today, I have lots of fabulous book-related bits. Enjoy your upcoming week, be kind to yourself as well as others, and remember that I love you and I like you. – xoxo, Liberty
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In fifteenth-century France, the convent of St. Mortain provides sanctuary to girls seeking refuge from the cruelty of the outside world. But sanctuary comes at a price—and each of Death’s Handmaids pay it in blood. Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph, and Mortal Heart make up the New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy: where romance, magic, and political intrigue collide. Fans of Marie Lu’s The Young Elites and Kiersten White’s And I Darken will love this seductive dark fantasy collection.
Here’s this week’s trivia question: Who coined the phrase ‘Wars of the Roses’?
Deals, Reals, and Squeals!
Zoe Kravitz will star in the High Fidelity reboot. (Her mom was in the original!) (Also, how is this book 23 years old already??!?)
From the “I Didn’t See That Coming” files: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be on the writing staff of the Veronica Mars revival. (This totally counts as book news, since he’s also an author. Plus, it’s mind-blowing.)
The Editor by Steve Rowley will be made into a film.
Guillermo Del Toro and Cornelia Funke are writing a Pan’s Labyrinth book.
Lindy West announced a new book: The Witches Are Coming!
Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay may become an opera.
The Female Persuasion will be made into a film and Nicole Kidman will be a producer.
Eva Green & Eve Hewson to star in BBC Two’s adaptation of The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.
The CW is developing a series based on The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks.
Paul McCartney announced his children’s book, Hey Grandude.
And What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli is going to be a film.
Here’s the first chapter of Gwenda Bond’s upcoming Stranger Things book about Eleven’s mother.
Here’s the first trailer for Dark Phoenix, the new X-Men movie.
We Need Diverse Books shared the first look at Just South of Home by Karen Musing. (Simon Kids, May 7, 2019)
Holy xenomorphs! Here’s the first look at Alien: Echo, a young adult novel set in the Alien-verse. (Imprint, April 9, 2019)
Tor.com revealed a million (okay, nine) amazing upcoming covers, including Sylvain Neuvel and Seanan McGuire.
Here’s the gorgeous cover of With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. (HarperTeen, May 7, 2019)
Here’s the first look at Sarah Gailey’s upcoming novel Magic for Liars. (Tor Books, June 4, 2019)
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 so you can add them to your TBR!
Loved, loved, loved:
Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Ballentine Books, March 5, 2019)
I loved this rocking novel of a 1970s rock band in California and the story of their meteoric rise and the truth behind why they split up. And the cover gives me Almost Famous/Exile in Guyville vibes.
Excited to read:
Boy Swallows Universe: A Novel by Trent Dalton (HarperCollins, April 2, 2019)
Each time you attend a book convention, the reps always have a book they are putting in people’s hands immediately. This year, the amazing HarperCollins rep pushed this debut Australian novel at me before I had even finished stepping to the table, and it sounds a bit like A Fraction of the Whole, another Australian novel I love, so I am 100% on board to read this one.
What I’m reading this week.
The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood by Maureen Stanton
Insurrecto by Gina Apostol
The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy) by S. A Chakraborty
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
And this is funny.
Helen Ellis, with the obvious answer.
Trivia answer: Sir Walter Scott.