Hello, hello, hello! IT’S MONDAY. But don’t fret: there’s lots of fun things to read about today! I would never let you be completely miserable on Mondays. Enjoy the rest of your week and remember to be excellent to each other! I’ll see you again on Thursday. – xoxo, Liberty
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Here’s this week’s trivia question: What children’s book author also wrote more than 800 songs? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)
Deals, Reels, and Squeals!
Ngozi Ukazu announced her follow-up to Check, Please.
Riverdale’s Asha Bromfield has sold her first YA novel.
Melissa Broder announced her next novel: Milk Fed.
The Devouring Gray author Christine Lynn Herman also announced her next book.
Noelle Stevenson is publishing a graphic memoir called The Fire Never Goes Out.
Maureen Johnson discussed the last book in her Truly Devious trilogy.
Daveed Diggs will narrate the audiobook for The Deep by Rivers Solomon.
Kylie Bunbury to star with Demi Moore in a Brave New World series.
A Dark Crystal comic book series will accompany the Netflix show.
Here’s the first peek at the cover of A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope edited by Patrice Caldwell. (Viking Books for Young Readers, March 10, 2020)
And here’s the cover of The Dragon Egg Princess, the upcoming middle grade novel from Ellen Oh. (HarperCollins, March 3, 2020)
And the first look at the new Laura Ruby: Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All. (Balzer + Bray, 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:
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht (Tor.com, September 24)
Ohhhhhh, what a deliciously disturbing little delight this is! It’s about a town called Elendhaven, which seems to be on a black moon after the North Pole split in two. And there is a creature called Johann, who has come out of the sea, and he likes nothing more than to murder. Johann teams up with a frail magician to double the evil, double the fun (and engage in an effed up courtship), and together they set about plotting horrible plots. This is like the anti-Edward Scissorhands. It’s a 160-page-long gothic grotesquerie that I wish was 1600 pages.
What I’m reading this week:
Erosion: Essays of Undoing by Terry Tempest Williams
Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen: A Novel by Dexter Palmer
Akin by Emma Donoghue
Pun of the week:
It was an emotional wedding. Even the cake was in tiers.
Here’s a kitten picture:
Farrokh sleeps like he’s dancing in A Charlie Brown Christmas.
And this is funny.
Took me a second. It’s very clever.
Trivia answer: Shel Silverstein.
You made it to the bottom! Thanks for reading! – xo, L