Book Radar

Netflix To Make Animated Series of Roald Dahl’s Books and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday to you, happy Monday to you, happy Monday, dear readers, happy Monday to you! I am in such a good mood, because books are a thing that exist.  I never get tired of them, and there is a lot of great book news out there in the world this week. I have a few wonderful things to share with you today. 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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Here’s this week’s trivia question:  George Orwell was also a participant in the civil war of which country? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

City of Ghosts by Victoria SchwabV.E. Schwab’s City of Ghosts is coming to television!

And she also announced a new standalone novel!

Netflix is adapting Matilda, The BFG, and other Roald Dahl stories into animated series.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before sequel in the works.

And Margaret Atwood announced a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale.

Recently-discovered Zora Neale Hurston book Barracoon is being developed for TV by Common.

Isaac Fitzsimon’s The Passing Playbook is coming in 2020.

The Ripped Bodice bought their first book for their Sony deal.

as long as we both shall live cover imageJoAnn Cheney’s upcoming thriller, As Long As We Both Shall Live, is coming to the big screen. (Read it, it’s so good!)

Steven Moffat is making a Dracula miniseries.

And Jonathan Lee’s novel High Dive is also being made into a miniseries.

And so is a book on video games, Console Wars by Blake Harris.

And there’s a new book of Leslie Jamison essays on the way next year!

Eric Bana will star in the adaptation of The Dry by Jane Harper.

Herman Melville novella being adapted as a sci-fi series.

Cover Reveals

We Need Diverse Books shared the cover of their new anthology coming next year: The Hero Next Door. (Crown Books for Young Readers, Jul 30, 2019)

Here’s the first look at Dear Justice League by Michael Northrop and Gustavo Durante. (DC Zoom, August 6, 2019)

And Kristen Arnett revealed the cover of her new novel Mostly Dead Things. (You can also see it below.) (Tin House, June 4, 2019)

Sneak Peeks

artemis fowl movieHere’s the first teaser trailer for Artemis Fowl.

Dolly Parton released another video for the Dumplin’ soundtrack, this time for her classic, Jolene.

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:

sweetySweety by Andrea Zuill (Schwartz & Wade, March 26, 2019)

Sweety is a mushroom-loving, headgear-wearing naked mole rat, who is looking for friends like her. Other critters who like interpretive dance and fungus identification. Being extra is lonely work. But as Sweety is going to learn, sometimes, being Sweety is also the best job. I LOVED THIS BOOK. It gave me all the feels. I wish it had been around when I was little.

Excited to read:

the oddmireThe Oddmire, Book 1: Changeling by William Ritter (Algonquin Young Readers, July 16, 2019)

The first in a new middle grade series from the author of the Jackaby series! It’s about a goblin ceremony to bring magic back to the forest that goes terribly wrong. YAY, GOBLINS. If we can’t have more Jackaby, I’ll be excited for this instead. (But, seriously, read the Jackaby series.)

What I’m reading this week.

mostly dead thingsMostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

Deep River by Karl Marlantes

North of Dawn: A Novel by Nuruddin Farah

In Our Mad and Furious City: A Novel by Guy Gunaratne

The Farm: A Novel by Joanne Ramos

And this is funny.

Reader, I bought it.

Trivia answer: Spain.

You made it to the bottom! Thanks for reading! – xo, L


It’s Almost 2019 and We’ve Got New Ears Resolution Week Content!

Hello, readers! This week, Book Riot is hosting tons of excellent content for New Ears Resolution Week, and we wanted to share it all with you to help you with your bookish resolutions.

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Start here, with our welcome post, where you’ll be able to find all of our New Ears Resolution content as it goes up throughout the week.

Today, there’s this post about the joy of poetry audiobooks for those of us looking to discover new poets, add more poetry to our to-be-read list, and experience poetry in an audibly delightful way.

If reading the classics is your 2019 jam, but you’re already feeling overwhelmed by the prospect, why not try listening to them? We’re here to help you move those daunting texts off your TBR with the help of audiobooks.

And, whatever your resolutions may be, we have a nonfiction audiobook to help you find the motivation and perspective to follow through.

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Today In Books

A Cemetery Of Banned Books: Today In Books

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A Cemetery Of Banned Books

Containing over 200 headstones a Kuwaiti artist created the piece close to Kuwait’s annual book fair to protest the government’s recent  ban on thousands of works of literature. Momhammed Sharaf had two goals as he created the piece: “The first was to shed light on the banned books,” he said. “The second is to show people that we can say ‘no’ in a very peaceful way, without manifestations, and without writing in journals.”

Black Panther Actor’s Role Left Him Needing Therapy

Michael B. Jordan discussed how his role as Killmonger in Black Panther was the first character he was unable to leave on set when finished. After realizing he was isolating himself and feeling depressed he sought professional help. We’re glad he was able to seek help and is openly speaking about his experience.

Muppet Arms Ready?

The CW will be adapting Victoria Schwab’s City of Ghosts into a one-hour series. Even if I didn’t already love Schwab I’d be 100% in for a show set in Scotland following a student of paranormal psychology.


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What's Up in YA

📚 Packing That TBR List With YA Greatness

Time to prepare your TBR, YA fans!

“What’s Up in YA?” is sponsored by Once A King and HMH Teen.

Aodren: A lonely, young king, searching for a way to dismantle his father’s dark legacy.

Lirra: A girl with the power to control the wind, torn between duty and following her dreams.

For twenty years, Channelers—women with a magical ability—have been persecuted in Malam by those without magic. Now King Aodren wants to end the bloody divide and unite his kingdom. But decades of hatred can’t be overcome by issuing decrees, and rumors of a deadly Channeler-made substance are only fueling people’s fears. Lirra has every reason to distrust Aodren. Yet when he asks for help to discover the truth behind the rumors, she can’t say no. With Lirra by his side, Aodren sees a way forward for his people. But can he rewrite the mistakes of the past before his enemies destroy the world he’s working so hard to rebuild?

We’ve talked about so much great YA over on Book Riot in the last month. Let’s catch up with the lists and thoughts from on site this week, followed by a look at some of the awesome new books coming soon that you’ll want to get excited about.


Have you tuned into Hey YA, the all-YA book podcast hosted by Eric Smith and myself? If not, hop over and give a listen. Our latest episode is a guide to great YA books for gifting this season (or, you know, for reading yourself).


Recent Book Mail

Here’s a huge stack of recent YA books that have hit my door step. There are finished, currently-available books in here (including the gorgeous movie-packaged edition of Dumplin’) as well as a ton of upcoming 2019 reads. Listed from top to bottom. Also, it’s not you — the image is slightly crooked so I could get all of the books in one shot and without all of the other stuff that was piled on my table #realtalk.


Song of the Abyss by Mikila Lucier

Impossible Music by Sean Williams

Every Moment After by Joseph Moldover

Dissenter On The Bench by Victoria Ortiz

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

In Another Life by CC Hunter

Never Evers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Dumplin‘ by Julie Murphy

Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski

Bright Burning Stars by AK Small

Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner

If I’m Being Honest by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley

Happy Messy Scary Love by Leah Konen

The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

Bookish Boyfriends: The Boy Next Door by Tiffany Schmidt

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

In The Key of Nira Ghani by Natasha Deen

Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith


Also received in the mail, but not pictured (yet!) was Laurie Halse Anderson’s SHOUT, out in March. Not pictured because I’m just about done with it and my tear stains are still a little too fresh for photographing.


Thanks for hanging out & we’ll see you on Thursday with another preview of some awesome 2019 YA you’ll be excited about.

— Kelly Jensen, @veronikellymars on Twitter and Instagram

True Story

Memoirs, Microhistories, and Micro-Length Nonfiction

Hello again, nonfiction readers! This week has felt, to me, like a week for catching up and catching my breath before the sprint to the holidays and the end of 2018. News has been pretty slow – other than the announcement of a new Margaret Atwood (SQUEEEE!) – and the pace of new books has slowed too.

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In the spirit of slowing down, just for a moment, I thought it made sense to use this week’s newsletter to catch up on some of the great nonfiction content we’ve been publishing over at Book Riot.

But first, I wanted to point you towards one of my favorite year-end books roundups. NPR’s Book Concierge is a collection of 300 of the year’s best books recommended by the editors and writers at NPR. I’ve only gotten to browse it a little bit, but I’ve already come across books that completely missed my radar or I’d forgotten about. I love that, and can’t wait to dig in more.

Back over at the Riot, here’s what we’ve been working on:

Curious about the differences between biography and memoir? We broke down down some of the defining characteristics and has some great recommendations.

Illness and death seem to be on our minds. One Rioter shares the books she’s reading right now to understand those topics, and another rounded up five recent memoirs about struggling with illness. On a similar heavy note, here are nine memoirs about recovering from trauma.

Get a snapshot of women’s lives around the world with the most recent edition of The Women’s Atlas. We’ve got some fascinating and horrifying facts from the book to pique your interest.

If you need a break from reading nonfiction, a true crime podcast might be a perfect filler. We’ve got 18 of them to check out (especially ones that are great for people who also love mysteries).

No one likes to think about money, but we all have to do it. Rioter Aisling shares some of the best books she’s read on managing your finances that are perfect for the average person.

This list of 50 must-read microhistories is a must-read post. This is one of my favorite sub-genres!

We’ve also got a list of memoirs by diverse dancers, a collection of books I didn’t know I needed until this post went up.

Want to read something fast? Try one of these 50 short nonfiction books you can polish off in a day or two. These seem perfect for an upcoming holiday weekend. Or try one of the great essay collections that came out in 2018. Or snag a YA nonfiction book that came out this fall. Those are a lot of books you can read pretty quick!

And with that, it’s time to call it a week. Thanks again so much for reading! You can find me on Twitter @kimthedork, and co-hosting the For Real podcast here at Book Riot with questions and comments!

Unusual Suspects

Mystery Writers of America Asked To Reconsider Award

Hello mystery fans! I’ve got for you some news, book talk, deals, books I’m excited for, and a couple things you can watch now as we slide into the weekend. Hope you have a good book with you!

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From Book Riot And Around The Internet

The Witch Elm cover imageRincey and Katie are back discussing The Goodreads Choice Awards, Tom Cruise no longer being Jack Reacher, and a spoiler-filled chat about The Witch Elm by Tana French on the latest Read or Dead.

Louise Penny Gives Readers a Sneak Peek at Her Latest, Kingdom of the Blind

Megan Abbott’s Work Diary: ‘My Psychiatrist Notes How Tired I Look, Which Is Great’

The New ‘Dirty John’ Book By Host Christopher Goffard Contains SO Many Fascinating True Crime Stories

Meet The Mystery Author Who Wants Readers To Draw On Her Book Covers

Adaptations And News

as long as we both shall live cover imageAll the muppet arms for this announcement: As Long As We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Chaney (Junuary 15, 2019) sold the rights and will be adapted into a film! This is gonna be the thriller of 2019, and my advice is to know nothing about it and read it before there’s too much talk because it’s a hell of a page-turner!

Writer Linda Fairstein’s past as a prosecutor overseeing the Central Park Five case causes award controversy and the conclusion, Mystery Writers of America Withdraws Fairstein Award

We have the first winner for the Staunch prize, the award created last year for a thriller “in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.”

Watch Now

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn cover imageIf you don’t have an HBO subscription you can now watch the Gillian Flynn adaptation for Sharp Objects on DVD. (TW addiction/ self harm/ rape)

And speaking of Gillian Flynn, she co-wrote Widows with Steve McQueen which you can go watch now in theaters. It stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson. Watch the trailer.

Kindle Deals

Force of Nature cover imageForce of Nature (Aaron Falk #2) by Jane Harper is $2.99!!!!!!! If you haven’t been reading this excellent Australian mystery series you should really run to it with open arms. (Review) (TW eating disorder)

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson is $1.99, which is perfect timing because the sequel, The Vanishing Stair, will publish in January! The first in the series is a delightful mystery set at an elite school, filled with nods to classic mysteries while remaining modern–Full review.)

Some Upcoming Books I Excitedly Got Galleys Of This Week

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths cover imageThe Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (March 5, 2019) Atmospheric thriller–sold!

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins (May 21, 2019) This sounds so freaking good: A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her employer and his wife in this astonishing historical thriller that moves from a Jamaican sugar plantation to the fetid streets of Georgian London. (I REALLY wanted to put the cover here because I love it buuuuuuut I don’t see it yet anywhere publicly and I didn’t want to spoil if there is going to be a cover reveal article somewhere.)

Scrublands by Chris Hammer (January 8, 2019) Give me all the Australian crime. Please, and thank you.


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

Mystery Writers of America Withdraw Linda Fairstein As A Grand Master: Today In Books

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The Good the Bad and the Duke_Cover

Mystery Writers of America Were Asked To Rethink Award Nominee

After announcing that Linda Fairstein, along with Martin Cruz Smith, would be receiving the 2019 Grand Master Award at this year’s Edgar Awards many people asked them to reconsider Fairstein. Linda Fairstein was the prosecutor in the Central Park Five case where five black teenagers were wrongly convicted. “The Five served six to 13 years in prison before their convictions were vacated following the confession of a serial rapist, confirmed by DNA evidence, in 2002. Fairstein has never apologized or changed her position on their guilt.” After consideration Mystery Writers of America withdrew Linda Fairstein’s Grand Master award. You can read their statement here.

Waterstones Book Of The Year Goes To

Normal People by Sally Rooney! The British book retailers award, created in 2012, usually goes to books that are bestsellers leading up to Christmas. Read more about Rooney’s novel and the runner ups.

Exciting Adaptation News

JoAnn Chaney’s thriller As Long As We Both Shall Live, publishing January 15th, already sold its film rights. As someone who read an ARC of the book, I promise this is exciting. It’s going to be a huge thriller in 2019, and it’s perfect for film adaptation.


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Swords and Spaceships

Swords and Spaceships Nov 30

Hello and happy Friday, centaurs and cyborgs! Today we’re talking SF/F sub-genres, dinosaurs, Margaret Atwood news, ASoIaF, and more.

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The Empire can be seductive, particularly if you’re an aspiring young pilot… Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree both know this very well when they enroll Imperial Academy, eager to pursue their dreams. When Thane discovers the darker side of the Empire, though, and defects to the Rebellion, the pair’s lifelong friendship will be put to the ultimate test. Will Thane and Ciena’s relationship — or even they themselves — survive this galactic conflict…?

Normally I save the news for Tuesdays, but this one’s a big’un: Margaret Atwood has declared she will write a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale.

Did you know “low fantasy” was a thing? Because I sure didn’t! But I’m 100% behind the foundational concept, and a lot of those books are great reads, so I will accept this argument. (Side note: does that mean urban fantasy is a sub-genre of low fantasy?)

If you followed along with our SFF Yeah! book club for Rosewater by Tade Thompson — or if you just read it — you’ll want to check out this great interview with Thompson about his reading habits, inspirations, and what is coming next.

This is the kind of real world & SF/F crossover I live for: a newly discovered dinosaur has been named after Thanos! On purpose!! Carry on, paleontology nerds.

If you were on the fence, Chris Lough over at thinks you should DEFINITELY read Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin: “I haven’t enjoyed a Song of Ice and Fire book this much since A Storm of Swords.”

I got distracted this week, as you will see below, so instead of a review we’ve got a sub-genre round-up!

I’d never heard of hopepunk before this essay by Alexandra Rowland made the rounds in the Insiders forum, but now it has my attention. This, in particular, caught my eye:

Hopepunk isn’t pristine and spotless. Hopepunk is grubby, because that’s what happens when you fight. It’s hard. It’s filthy, sweaty, backbreaking work that never ends. It isn’t pretty, and it isn’t noble, and it isn’t nice, though I expect the natural inclination (and even my own instinctive inclination) is to make it so—to forget the word “radical” in the phrase “radical kindness,” to forget the “punk” part of “hopepunk,” which is really the operative half of the word. To forget the anger of it and let it soften, because softness is what we’re aching for. We want the world to be better—kinder, more just, more merciful. We still yearn toward noblebright, toward an honest and desperate belief that love conquers all. Except, when the other guy has more guns and fewer moral objections than we do, it doesn’t.

Have I read any hopepunk? I’m trying in my head to distinguish between this and, for example, Becky Chambers’ books — which aren’t about defeating an oppressive regime, which I think is what makes them so restful, but are about people finding kindness and family, so let’s continue to call that cozy sci-fi. But since I can’t stop thinking about it, here’s my current approximation of a (short) hopepunk reading list. These books walk the line between documenting injustice and making you believe that, truly, humanity can be kind, hope is real, and while the war is never truly over, battles can be won. Arranged in order of least-dark to wow-things-get-really-dark-wow.

Witchmark by C.L. Polk
a blue-toned city street with trees and a cobblestone road, with a silhoutte of a man wearing a bowler on a bicycle. a woman and another man are reflected on the street in the shadow of the bike.A veteran soldier-turned-doctor is fighting to save returning soldiers from a malicious form of PTSD in this Edwardian-esque fantasy. He’s also hiding from someone, when a murder victim falls into his lap. His search for the truth about the murder and his patients takes him deep into danger and conspiracy; full review here.

Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells
A young woman in a motorcycle gang on a corporate-controlled planet finds herself drawn into an intergalactic battle when her family is threatened by mysterious forces. Full review here.

The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt
a space ship and space station positioned in front of a blue planet with ringsA mercenary crew find an impossibly old spacecraft — and a survivor — and then witness the destruction of an entire space station. Their quest for justice takes them farther than they could ever have guessed. Full review here.

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria
A group of teenaged rebels plots to bring down the council that rules by prophecy and violence — and must face dissension in their own ranks. Full review here.

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
A young mother living in a near-future Toronto gets pulled into a gang’s struggle for power by her no-good ex-boyfriend, and that struggle turns out to be supernatural as well as earthly. Full review here.

The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
stone sky by NK Jemisin coverI KNOW I KNOW I don’t even have to say it, but JUST IN CASE! Full review here.

The Machineries of Empire Trilogy by Yoon Ha Lee
I don’t care if you’re tired of hearing me talk about these, they are So. Good. Full review here.

Bonus: if you need some hopepunk for your ears, Polygon has a podcast listening list.

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, or on Twitter as jennIRL.

Your fellow booknerd,