Ready or not, it’s Monday! Time to kick off another week of reading. I hope you had a great weekend, and your team won the Super Bowl. Say hello to your pets for me, and please be kind to yourself as well as others, and remember that life is hard – and you are doing a great job! I’ll see you again on Thursday. – xoxo, Liberty
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Here’s this week’s trivia question: Who wrote the surreal novel Tarantula? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)
Deals, Reals, and Squeals!
Reese Witherspoon’s February book club pick is The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory.
The Wheel of Time TV series will start production in the fall.
Sady Doyle, author of Trainwreck, announced a new book.
The new adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand is headed to CBS All Access.
Representative Ilhan Omar is writing a memoir.
Netflix is adapting Spiderhead, a short story by George Saunders.
Javier Bardem joins Denis Villenueve’s Dune adaptation.
Alyssa Cole revealed the cover for Can’t Escape Love: A Reluctant Royals Novella. (HarperCollins, March 19)
And here’s the first peek at The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. It’s the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. (Nan A. Talese, September 10)
Here’s the teaser for Netflix’s adaptation of The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo.
Here’s the first trailer for Shrill, based on Lindy West’s book. (FYI: That’s Rioter Wallace Yovetich’s awesome brother, Luka Jones, playing Aidy Bryant’s boyfriend!)
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! (It will now be books I loved on Mondays and books I’m excited to read on Thursdays. YAY, BOOKS!)
Loved, loved, loved:
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob (One World, March 26)
Yes, I have mentioned this everywhere, and yes, I am talking about it again. Because it’s wonderful! Jacobs took real conversations she had with her young son about race, love, sexuality, family, and more, and illustrated them. The combination makes a heartfelt, funny, and important book.
What I’m reading this week.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Opioid, Indiana by Brian Allen Carr
The Book of Delights: Essays by Ross Gay
Book joke of the week:
The high school music teacher was quite controversial. He told his students to read band books.
Here’s a kitten picture: They are mayhem.
And this is funny.
I laughed so hard I woke my boyfriend up.
Trivia answer: Bob Dylan.
You made it to the bottom! Thanks for reading! – xo, L