Book Radar

THE WIZARD OF OZ Will Be a New TV Series and More Book Radar!

Helloooooooo, readers! (If that is your real name.) I have been reading up a storm the past couple of weeks, and I feel so much better. (Reading: It does a body good.) I have a lot of fun stuff to share with you today that will hopefully improve your Monday. Because Mondays, amirite? I hope you’re reading something wonderful. And please be kind to yourself as well as others, and remember that life is hard – you are doing a great job! I’ll see you again on Thursday. – xoxo, Liberty

Book Radar is sponsored by the spring debuts of the Class of 2k19 books: 20 authors, 20 MG and YA novels debuting in 2019.

THE FEVER KING: “Lee’s science-based, gritty world melds perfectly with the timely political intrigue of the twisting, devastating plot.” – Emily Suvada
THE QUIET YOU CARRY: “Barthelmess’ story shows us a character who is trembling, yet defiant. Her message: Quiet no more.” – Nikki Grimes
IF YOU’RE OUT THERE: “Part Holmesian mystery, part love story, and funny as hell, this is an exploration of friendship that unfolds with pitch-perfect pacing.” – David Arnold
THE TRUE HISTORY OF LYNDIE B. HAWKINS: “Full of Southern toughness and mountain charm, her fierce and funny voice […] is a beautiful picture of broken humanity.” – Kirkus starred review

Here’s this week’s trivia question: What book took Robert J. Waller two weeks to write, and topped bestseller lists for seven months? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi AdeyemiRick Famuyiwa will direct the Children of Blood and Bone adaptation.

Will Smith is writing a Fresh Princess children’s book series.

The Wizard of Oz novels are being made into a series.

And so is The Marrow Thieves!

Actress, comedian and screenwriter Casey Wilson has sold her first essay collection.

The Haunting of Hill House has been renewed for a second season. is publishing the novella Finna by Nino Cipri, about wormholes in IKEA.

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah is being made into a series for Netflix.

David Oyelowo joined the cast of the Peter Rabbit sequel.

Cover Reveals

Here’s the first look at the cover of Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher. (Berkley, November 12)

And the first peek at The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott. (Crown, October 8)

And here’s Rene Denfeld’s companion novel to The Child Finder: The Butterfly Girl. (Harper, October 1)

And here’s the first look at Toil & Trouble: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs. (St. Martin’s Press, October 1)

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:

gideon the ninthGideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Tor Books, September 10)

This book is my new obsession. I’ve never read anything like it! It’s about Gideon the Ninth and Harrowhark Nonagesimus, the Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House. Harrowhark has been invited by the Emperor to compete against other Houses in a series of trials. The winner becomes immortal. As a necromancer, Harrowhark needs a cavalier, so she brings Gideon, her nemesis, because she is an excellent swordswoman. I am not doing this book justice, so I’ll just say it’s funny, and gross, and sweet, and scary, and hella-inventive. There are ghosts and skeletons and monsters. It’s SO RAD. I’ve already read it twice! I want to get it tattooed on my face, I love it so.

What I’m reading this week.

wanderersWanderers by Chuck Wendig

Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang

Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley

Pun of the week:

Thanks for explaining the word “many” to me, it means a lot.

Here’s a kitten picture: Zevon likes to sleep headless.

And this is funny.

Seems reasonable.

Trivia answer: The Bridges of Madison County.

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