Welcome back to another Thursday! Funny how that happens. As you are receiving this, I should be on my way back from an overnight trip to Bard College to see Craig Ferguson talk about his new book. I don’t mind field trips cutting in on my reading time, as long as they are book-related. I hope whatever you’re doing, you have a great rest of your week, and remember to be kind to yourself and others. I’ll see you again on Monday. – xoxo, Liberty
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From comics rising star Sarah Graley, a fresh and funny middle-grade graphic novel featuring a girl who must save a virtual world… and her own! Izzy has an incredible secret — she can enter the world of her new video game! She meets Rae, a robot who says Izzy is destined to save Dungeon City from the Big Boss. How is this possible?! And how can she fight for this virtual world when she’s got a whole real life to keep up with: her family and her best friend, Eric. Can Izzy survive Dungeon City and save their friendship?
Trivia question time! What author once opened a coffee house and jazz bar, called the Peter Cat? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)
Deals, Reals, and Squeals!
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and La La Anthony are teaming up to make a series from Alexa Martin’s Intercepted.
Colin Firth will star in an adaptation of Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre.
HBO removed the coffee cup from S8 Ep5 of Game of Thrones.
R.L. Stine and Marc Brown signed a deal to create animated content.
Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard has a new series, Crown Lake, that will stream with Brat.
Lucasfilm unveiled all the covers and titles for The Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker publishing program.
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!)
Excited to read:
The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet (MIRA, February 25, 2020)
AHHHHHHHHHHH! I love Kelly Braffet’s novels – Last Seen Leaving, Save Me, Josie & Jack – and I’m so excited because this is going to be her first FANTASY novel!!!! There’s not much of a description yet, just that it’s about a girl who decides she doesn’t have to wait to get magical powers – she can take them. And it’s 600+ pages. I am BOUNCING with excitement!
What I’m reading this week.
The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel by Sara Collins
Slumber Party by Christopher Pike
Home Remedies by Xuan Juliana Wang
Flowers over the Inferno (A Teresa Battaglia Novel) by Ilaria Tuti, Ekin Oklap (translator)
And this is funny.
Follow that bird!
Trivia answer: Haruki Murakami.
You made it to the bottom! High five. Thanks for reading! – xo, L