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New Children’s Book Releases for October 1, 2019!

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

Welcome to new book Tuesday! It’s a huge list today because it’s the first Tuesday of the month AND it’s October. Lots of wonderful books out today for the fall publishing season. Take a look at this list and let me know what you’re excited about! As always, if I’ve had the chance to read one of these books and loved it, I marked it with a ❤. Please note that all descriptions come from the publisher.

Picture Book New Releases

❤ Come Next Season by Kim Norman, illustrated by Daniel Miyares

Every season is full of its own magic, every change brings new excitement, and every experience is better when it’s shared. With poetic text from bestselling author Kim Norman, brought to life by critically acclaimed illustrator Daniel Miyares, Come Next Season is a celebration of nature, adventure, and family―all year round.

❤ Ho’onani: Hula Warrior by Heather Gale, illustrated by Mika Son

Ho’onani feels in-between. She doesn’t see herself as wahine (girl) OR kane (boy). She’s happy to be in the middle. But not everyone sees it that way. When Ho’onani finds out that there will be a school performance of a traditional kane hula chant, she wants to be part of it. But can a girl really lead the all-male troupe? Ho’onani has to try . . .

❤ Home in the Woods by Eliza Wheeler

Eliza Wheeler’s gorgeously illustrated book tells the story of what happens when six-year-old Marvel, her seven siblings, and their mom must start all over again after their father has died. Deep in the woods of Wisconsin they find a tar-paper shack. It doesn’t seem like much of a home, but they soon start seeing what it could be. During their first year it’s a struggle to maintain the shack and make sure they have enough to eat. But each season also brings its own delights and blessings–and the children always find a way to have fun.

❤ Encounter by Brittany Luby, illustrated by Michaela Goade

Based on the real journal kept by French explorer Jacques Cartier in 1534, Encounter imagines a first meeting between a French sailor and a Stadaconan fisher. As they navigate their differences, the wise animals around them note their similarities, illuminating common ground.

Roar Like A Dandelion by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier

From Ruth Krauss, the celebrated children’s book author of The Carrot Seed and A Hole Is to Dig, comes this never-before-published book of witty one-liners—brought to life by Geisel Honor-winning artist Sergio Ruzzier.

Dance with a leaf.
Jump like a raindrop.
Sit in the sun and shine.

The ABCs of AOC by Jamia Wilson, illustrated by Krystal Quiles

From Advocate to Feminist, Grassroots to Queens, and Revolutionary to Zeal, The ABCs of AOCintroduces readers to values, places, and issues that relate to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s life and platform. A clear and engaging explanation of each term is paired with a stunning, contemporary illustration that will delight readers. This is an alphabet book like no other!


Early Readers and Chapter Book New Releases

❤ Carmen Sandiego: Endangered Operation

In this choose-your-own-caper story set in the world of Carmen Sandiego, you are a junior zookeeper caring for a rare newborn Amur tiger cub. VILE, in its latest plot, is stealing exotic animals to sell to a billionaire collector, and your charge is cub-napped! Carmen arrives and you decide the best way to get your cub back is to help her defeat VILE and rescue all the animals they’ve captured. Or do you? Twenty different endings to this story keep readers coming back for more adventures with Carmen Sandiego!

Little Penguin’s New Friend by Tadgh Bentley

A polar bear is coming to visit! Little Penguin has never met a polar bear, but his friends have heard they are scary, with sharp teeth and terrifying roars—and that they tell very bad jokes.

But Little Penguin knows you can’t believe everything you hear, right?


The Nocturnals by Tracey Hecht, illustrated by Josie Yee

Join Dawn, Bismark and Tobin as they set out to investigate the source of a violent jolt that fractures the earth! Along their journey, the Nocturnal Brigade meets an unfamiliar reptile—a tuatara named Polyphema—who reveals that a giant beast caused the destruction and will soon strike again. Polyphema with her special insights, is the only one who can help the Nocturnal Brigade stop this fearsome predator… but can she be trusted? With help from an owl, the jerboas, and some kiwis, the animals set a trap since surrender is not an option against this relentless beast.

Diary of a Pug: Pug Blasts Off by Kyla May

Baron von Bubbles, a.k.a “Bub,” is the self-proclaimed cutest pug on the planet! Things he loves: fashion, peanut butter, and his human, Bella. Things he does NOT love: Nutz the squirrel, baths, and the rain. When Bella enters the Inventor Challenge, Bub helps her craft the best project ever. But what happens when Nutz gets on Bub’s nerves and makes him ruin Bella’s project? If Bub wants to make it up to Bella, he’ll have to stand up to Nutz — and the rain — once and for all.


Middle Grade New Releases

❤ Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt

Kate and Tam meet, and both of their worlds tip sideways. At first, Tam figures Kate is your stereotypical cheerleader; Kate sees Tam as another tall jock. And the more they keep running into each other, the more they surprise each other. Beneath Kate’s sleek ponytail and perfect façade, Tam sees a goofy, sensitive, lonely girl. And Tam’s so much more than a volleyball player, Kate realizes: She’s everything Kate wishes she could be. It’s complicated. Except it’s not. When Kate and Tam meet, they fall in like. It’s as simple as that. But not everybody sees it that way. This novel in verse about two girls discovering their feelings for each other is a universal story of finding a way to be comfortable in your own skin.

❤ The Bootlace Magician by Cassie Beasley

Micah Tuttle now lives at the Circus Mirandus full-time as an apprentice to the incredible Lightbender. It’s a dream come true! Micah spends most of days discovering and refining his magic, hanging out with a new baby unicorn, and making occasional trips outside to visit his best friend, Jenny Mendoza. Everything seems relatively peaceful and calm until Micah’s grandmother, Victoria, The Bird Woman, begins to seriously threaten the future of Micah’s new home. Worst of all, it’s looking like she might be successful in her evil mission to destroy the circus, especially since she has nothing to lose. Soon, it’s up to Micah and the Lightbender (with a little help from Micah’s best friend and the other magicians) to defeat Victoria and help keep the magical circus alive.

❤ The Tornado by Jake Burt

Bell Kirby is an expert at systems, whether he’s designing the world’s most elaborate habitat for his pet chinchilla, re-creating Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest inventions in his garage, or avoiding Parker Hellickson, the most diabolical bully Village Green Elementary has ever seen. Since third grade, Parker has tormented Bell, who’s spent two long years devising a finely tuned system that keeps him out of Parker’s way. Sure, it means that Bell can’t get a drink when he wants to, can’t play with his best friend on the playground, and can’t tell his parents about his day, but at least he’s safe. Until Daelynn Gower touches down in his classroom like a tornado.

A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer

When Brystal Evergreen stumbles across a secret section of the library, she discovers a book that introduces her to a world beyond her imagination and learns the impossible: She is a fairy capable of magic! But in the oppressive Southern Kingdom, women are forbidden from reading and magic is outlawed, so Brystal is swiftly convicted of her crimes and sent to the miserable Bootstrap Correctional Facility. But with the help of the mysterious Madame Weatherberry, Brystal is whisked away and enrolled in an academy of magic! Adventure comes with a price, however, and when Madame Weatherberry is called away to attend to an important problem, she doesn’t return. Do Brystal and her classmates have what it takes to stop a sinister plot that risks the fate of the world, and magic, forever?

Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Danger is never far from Audra’s family farm in Lithuania. She always avoids the occupying Russian Cossack soldiers, who insist that everyone must become Russian — they have banned Lithuanian books, religion, culture, and even the language. But Audra knows her parents are involved in something secret and perilous. In June 1893, when Cossacks arrive abruptly at their door, Audra’s parents insist that she flee, taking with her an important package and instructions for where to deliver it. But escape means abandoning her parents to a terrible fate.

The Great Brain Robbery by P.G. Bell

Suzy Smith and her friends have gathered again for the re-launch of The Impossible Postal Express. The celebrations don’t last long though, before Trollville is rocked by a violent tremor―one of a series growing more powerful by the day. It’s clear something sinister is underfoot. Nevertheless Suzy’s got a long overdue package that the Express must deliver, and it may just lead her to some answers.


❤ Weird Little Robots by Carolyn Crimi, illustrated by Corinna Luyken

Eleven-year-old Penny Rose has just moved to a new town, and so far the robots she builds herself are her only company. But with just a bit of magic, everything changes: she becomes best friends with Lark, has the chance to join a secret science club, and discovers that her robots are alive. Penny Rose hardly remembers how lonely she used to feel. But then a fateful misstep forces her to choose between the best friend she’s always hoped for and the club she’s always dreamed of, and in the end it may be her beloved little robots that pay the price.

❤ Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy

Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco wasn’t sure what to expect when her parents announced they were getting a divorce. She never could have imagined that they would have the “brilliant” idea of living in nearly identical houses on the same street. In the one house between them lives their eccentric neighbor Miss Flora Mae, the famed local advice columnist behind “Miss Flora Mae I?” Dividing her time between two homes is not easy. And it doesn’t help that at school, Sweet Pea is now sitting right next to her ex–best friend, Kiera, a daily reminder of the friendship that once was.

❤ The Other, Better Me by Antony John

Lola and Momma have always been a team of two. It hasn’t always been easy for Lola, being one of the only kids she knows with just one parent around. And lately she’s been feeling incomplete, like there’s a part of herself that she can’t know until she knows her dad. But what will happen—to Lola, to Momma, to their team of two—if she finds him?


The Disaster Days by Rebecca Behrens

Hannah Steele loves living on Pelling, a tiny island near Seattle. It’s a little disconnected from the outside world, but she’s always felt completely safe there. Which is why when she’s asked one day to babysit after school, she thinks it’s no big deal. Zoe and Oscar are her next-door neighbors, and Hannah just took a babysitting class that she’s pretty sure makes her an expert. She isn’t even worried that she left her inhaler at home. Then the shaking begins.

❤ I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

All her life, Edie has known that her mom was adopted by a white couple. So, no matter how curious she might be about her Native American heritage, Edie is sure her family doesn’t have any answers. Until the day when she and her friends discover a box hidden in the attic—a box full of letters signed “Love, Edith,” and photos of a woman who looks just like her. Suddenly, Edie has a flurry of new questions about this woman who shares her name. Could she belong to the Native family that Edie never knew about? But if her mom and dad have kept this secret from her all her life, how can she trust them to tell her the truth now?

Embers and the Ice Dragons by Heather Fawcett

Ember St. George is a dragon. At least she was before her adoptive father—a powerful but accident-prone Magician—turned her into a human girl to save her life. Unfortunately, Ember’s growing tendency to burst into flames at certain temperatures—not to mention her invisible wings—is making it too dangerous for her to stay in London. The solution: ship Ember off to her aunt’s research station in frigid Antarctica.

The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Jean Horwitz

Dastardly deeds aren’t exactly the first things that come to mind when one hears the name “Clementine,” but as the sole heir of the infamous Dark Lord Elithor, twelve-year-old Clementine Morcerous has been groomed since birth to be the best (worst?) Evil Overlord she can be. But everything changes the day the Dark Lord Elithor is cursed by a mysterious rival. Now, Clementine must not only search for a way to break the curse, but also take on the full responsibilities of the Dark Lord.

The Whispering Wars by Jaclyn Moriarty

The town of Spindrift is frequented by all kinds of Shadow Mages and charlatans.

It’s also home to the Orphanage School, where Finlay lives with Glim, Taya, and Eli. Just outside town is the painfully posh Brathelthwaite Boarding School, home to Honey Bee, Hamish, and Victor, Duke of Ainsley. When the two schools compete at the Spindrift Tournament, the stakes are high, tensions are higher, and some people are out to win at any cost. Before long, the orphans and the boarding school kids are at each other’s throats.


Graphic Novel New Releases

❤ Sunny Rolls the Dice by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Sunny’s just made it to middle school . . . and it’s making her life very confusing. All her best friend Deb wants to talk about is fashion, boys, makeup, boys, and being cool. Sunny’s not against any of these things, but she also doesn’t understand why suddenly everything revolves around them. She’s much more comfortable when she’s in her basement, playing Dungeons & Dragons with a bunch of new friends. Because when you’re swordfighting and spider-slaying, it’s hard to worry about whether you look cool or not. Especially when it’s your turn to roll the 20-sided die.

❤ Survivors of the Holocaust: True Stories of Six Extraordinary Children by Edited by Kath Shackleton, illustrated by Zane Whittingham

This extraordinary graphic novel tells the true stories of six Jewish children and young people who survived the Holocaust. From suffering the horrors of Auschwitz, to hiding from Nazi soldiers in war-torn Paris, to sheltering from the Blitz in England, each true story is a powerful testament to the survivors’ courage. These remarkable testimonials serve as a reminder never to allow such a tragedy to happen again.

Kitten Construction Company: A Bridge Too Fur by John Patrick Green

Marmalade and her crew of construction kittens are in high demand! Their latest assignment (and biggest job yet) is to build the new Mewburg bridge. But with the bridge comes the one thing that cats hate most of all―water! As the team struggles to face their fears and do their jobs, they are forced to get help from some unlikely allies. . . slobbery, car-chasing DOGS.

The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid by Kirk Scroggs

My name is Russell Weinwright and if you think you’ve got problems in middle school, try being a half kid, half algae swamp creature who’s terrible at sports! It’s not easy. I eat sunlight for lunch, I’ve got duck weed for hair, and I think a frog might be living in my tree trunk arm. I’m literally pond scum!


Nonfiction New Releases
*PB denotes picture book; MG denotes middle grade book.

The Brain Is Kind Of A Big Deal by Nick Seluk (PB)

This funny and factual picture book from Heart and Brain creator Nick Seluk explains the science behind everything the brain helps you do: keeping your heart beating, telling you when you are sleepy, remembering stuff, and more. The brain is in charge of everything you do, every minute of every day for your entire life. That’s kind of a big deal.

❤ The Unstoppable Garrett Morgan by Joan DiCicco, illustrated by Ebony Glenn (PB)

“If a man puts something to block your way, the first time you go around it, the second time you go over it, and the third time you go through it.”
Living by these words made inventor and entrepreneur Garrett Morgan unstoppable! Growing up in Claysville, Kentucky, the son of freed slaves, young and curious Garrett was eager for life beyond his family’s farm. At age fourteen, he moved north to Cleveland, where his creative mind took flight amidst the city’s booming clothing-manufacturing industry.

Her Own Two Feet: A Rwandan Girl’s Brave Fight to Walk by Meredith Davis and Rebeka Uwitonze (MG)

Rebeka Uwitonze was born in Rwanda with curled and twisted feet, which meant she had to crawl or be carried to get around. At nine years old, she gets an offer that could change her life. A doctor in the US might be able to turn her feet. But it means leaving her own family behind and going to America on her own. Her Own Two Feet tells Rebeka’s inspiring story through her eyes, with the help of one of her hosts.

Big Cats by Nic Bishop (MG)

With breathtaking full-page images, Sibert Medal-winning photographer Nic Bishop introduces readers to a variety of beautiful and stealthy big cats. The simple, engaging text presents both basic information and captivating details about the appearance, habits, and remarkable abilities of these amazing felines. An index and glossary are included, along with an author’s note detailing his research and the fun stories behind the photographs.

Animals: Witness Life in the Wild Featuring 100s of Species

More than 1,000 animal species are profiled in this truly stunning, all-new information book. Packed with the latest expert information across the world of natural history research along with eye-catching photographs, Animals includes short, educational feature spreads that include top 10 lists as well as deep dives into themes affecting all the nature on our planet, from habitats to life cycle and from migration to conservation.


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New Books

First Tuesday of October Megalist!

RABBIT, RABBIT. What a week to be alive! A new Susanna Clarke was announced; the cover for the second Gideon the Ninth book was released; I’m going to interview Erin Morgenstern and Tamsyn Muir later this week. This is the happiest I have been on a Monday (which is when I am writing this) in a while! However, I am always happy on Tuesdays, because it’s new release day! That means I have a great big list of titles coming out today, and you can hear about some of these and more amazing books on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about Royal Holiday, The Library of the Unwritten, A Tall History of Sugar, and more.

(And like with each megalist, I’m putting a ❤️ next to the books that I have had the chance to read and loved. It has been slow reading for me the last few months, so I haven’t read as many as I wished, but I did get to a few of today’s books. And there are soooo many more on this list that I can’t wait to read!)

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis  ❤️

Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt

Fake Lake (Drawn & Quarterly) by Adrian Norvid

Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity by Felicia Day

Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Gene Roddenberry

The Greater Freedom: Life as a Middle Eastern Woman Outside the Stereotypes by Alya Mooro

Pigs by Johanna Stoberock

Angel Mage by Garth Nix

She Was Like That by Kate Walbert

take the micTake the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance by Bethany Morrow

White Bird: A Wonder Story by R. J. Palacio

Sarah Jane by James Sallis

Cursed by Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller

The Shape of Night: A Novel by Tess Gerritsen

Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Typhoon by Wesley Chu

What Linnaeus Saw: A Scientist’s Quest to Name Every Living Thing by Karen Magnuson Beil

Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) by Eve Rodsky

I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

face itFace It by Debbie Harry

Crossfire: A Litany for Survival by Staceyann Chin

Everything Must Go (BreakBeat Poets) by Kevin Coval and Langston Allston

Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright by Paul Hendrickson

A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are by Flynn Coleman

Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Children of King Edward Longshanks by Kelcey Wilson-Lee

Baby by Annaleese Jochems

Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer

Into Captivity They Will Go by Noah Milligan

things we didn't talk aboutThings We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl: A Memoir by Jeannie Vanasco  ❤️

Empire of Lies by Raymond Khoury

Me & Other Writing by Marguerite Duras

Rebel: A Legend Novel by Marie Lu

The Closer I Get by Paul Burston

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby  ❤️

Dry County: A Novel by Jake Hinkson

Love and I: Poems by Fanny Howe

Aurora Blazing: A Novel (The Consortium Rebellion) by Jessie Mihalik

The End and Other Beginnings: Stories from the Future by Veronica Roth

You Don’t Know Me: The Incarcerated Women of York Prison Voice Their Truths by Wally Lamb and The Women of York Prison

i'm not dying with you tonightI’m Not Dying with You Tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

Right after the Weather by Carol Anshaw

Reinhardt’s Garden by Mark Haber

Geometry of Shadows by Giorgio de Chirico, Stefania Heim (translator)

Trolls by Stefan Spjut and Agnes Broome

Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery by Kelley Armstrong , Rachael Caine, et al.

The Topeka School: A Novel by Ben Lerner

Roll with It by Jamie Sumner

The Lying Room: A Novel by Nicci French

frankisssteinFrankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

Takes One to Know One: A Novel by Susan Isaacs

One Night Gone: A Novel by Tara Laskowski

Whispers of Shadow & Flame (Earthsinger) by L. Penelope

The Library of the Unwritten (A Novel from Hell’s Library) by A. J. Hackwith  ❤️

Animal (Bagley Wright Lecture Series) by Dorothea Lasky

Fake (Point Paperbacks) by Donna Cooner

Creep by Eireann Corrigan

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

dear sweet peaDear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy

The Butterfly Girl: A Novel by Rene Denfeld

Toil & Trouble: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

The Book of Daniel by Aaron Smith

The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher

Weird Little Robots by Carolyn Crimi, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)

A Tale of Magic… by Chris Colfer

Full Throttle: Stories by Joe Hill  ❤️

The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl by Theodora Goss

a tall history of sugarA Tall History of Sugar by Curdella Forbes  ❤️

The Ingenious Language: Nine Epic Reasons to Love Greek by Andrea Marcolongo and Will Schutt

A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son by Sergio Troncoso

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

I Will Never See the World Again: The Memoir of an Imprisoned Writer by Ahmet Altan and Yasemin Congar

Kitchen Curse: Stories by Eka Kurniawan and Annie Tucker

Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow

Stealing Green Mangoes: Two Brothers, Two Fates, One Indian Childhood by Sunil Dutta

here we areHere We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares by Aarti Namdev Shahani

Nothing that Is, The: Essays on Art, Literature and Being (Essais Series) by Johanna Skibsrud

Crier’s War by Nina Varela

Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America by Kate Pickert

Daughters Of Nri by Reni K Amayo

A Pilgrimage of Swords by Anthony Ryan

Houses Under the Sea by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight by Aliette de Bodard

maybe he just likes youMaybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee

Yours, for Probably Always: Martha Gellhorn’s Letters of Love and War 1930-1949 by Janet Somerville

Trinity Sight: A Novel by Jennifer Givhan

Monstress Volume 4 by Marjorie Liu (Author), Sana Takeda (Artist)

Degrees of Difficulty by Julie E. Justicz

Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud by Tom Mueller

Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia

Cilka’s Journey: A Novel by Heather Morris

The Bootlace Magician by Cassie Beasley

future tense fictionFuture Tense Fiction: Stories of Tomorrow by Charlie Jane Anders, Madeline Ashby

The Hanky of Pippin’s Daughter by Rosmarie Waldrop

Bloody Genius (A Virgil Flowers Novel) by John Sandford

That’s it for me today! If you want to learn more about books new and old, or tell me about books you’re reading, or books you think I should read (I HEART RECOMMENDATIONS!), or see pictures of my cats (How do I make them stop growing?!?), you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’!

Thanks so much for reading!


Today In Books

New Harry Potter Collection At Pottery Barn: Today In Books

New Harry Potter Collection At Pottery Barn

If you’re looking for holiday gifts (for yourself or others), or want to spruce up your home with some Harry Potter nostalgia, Pottery Barn has got you covered. From throw pillows to twinkly lights–there’s even a floating candle (if you got mucho money)! Check out the magical collection here.

Dolly Parton Signs Book Deal

According to Page Six, a source revealed to them that Dolly Parton signed a book deal with Chronicle Books and Recorded Books. Her selection of publisher is reportedly due to her interest in wanting a term license so the audiobook rights can return to her in the future. I just care that we’re getting a Dolly Parton audiobook!

PRH Audio Releases Free Professionally-Read Version of the Ukraine Whistleblower Complaint

Penguin Random House Audio has released Saskia Maarleveld reading the Whistleblower Complaint that was released by the House Intelligence Committee. You can listen to it for free here.

Check Your Shelf

All the Coverage for KNOW MY NAME, Plus Forking Great Reads and a New Book From The Bloggess

Welcome to Check Your Shelf! This is your guide to help librarians like you up your game when it comes to doing your job (& rocking it).

Collection Development Corner

Publishing News

New & Upcoming Titles

What Your Patrons Are Hearing About

RA/Genre Resources

All Things Comics


Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists



Level Up (Library Reads)

Do you take part in LibraryReads, the monthly list of best books selected by librarians only? We’ve made it easy for you to find eligible diverse titles to nominate. Kelly Jensen created a database of upcoming diverse books that anyone can edit, and Nora Rawlins of Early Word is doing the same, as well as including information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.

Thanks for hanging! See you on Friday!

–Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter.

Swords and Spaceships

Swords and Spaceships for October 1

Happy Tuesday to everyone, but mostly to Dr. Leon Advogato, one of the lawyers at the Order of Attorneys of Brazil. It’s Alex, with new releases and a random collection of news for your perusal. Something that’s been bringing me joy these last few days: a clip of Fayard and Harold Nichols doing their dance routine from Stormy Weather (1943).

New Releases

Future Tense Fiction: Stories of Tomorrow commissioned by Slate, New America, and Arizona State University – A collection of short fiction that focuses on emerging technologies from a wide list of excellent authors including Nnedi Okorafor, Paolo Bacigalupi, Annalee Newitz, and Deji Bryce Olukotun.

Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight by Aliette de Bodard – Aliette de Bodard’s first short story collection, which includes tales from her Xuya universe.

The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher – A young woman works to sort out the house of her dead grandmother, who was a hoarder. While cleaning, she finds her dead step-grandfather’s journal, which describes terrifying things that she begins to encounter in the woods.

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith – The Unwritten the library of the unwrittenWing is a neutral place in Hell where stories never finished by their authors live. Claire is the head librarian of these stories, mostly tasked with hunting down characters who have come to life and begun searching for their writers. But a simple retrieval goes wrong when an angel attacks…

Shadow Frost by Coco Ma – A princess on a desperate quest to save her kingdom from the demons who threaten it discovers a plot for her own assassination along the way. She and her friends must unravel this plot, with strands that lead back into their group–if the demons don’t get them first.

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis – Five girls, called “good luck girls,” are sold to a “welcome house” and branded with cursed markings. When one of them accidentally kills a man, they embark on a dangerous journey toward freedom, justice, and revenge, guided by a bedtime story passed down among their sistren.

The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl by Theodora Goss – A new adventure for the Athena Club, that wonderful pastiche of female characters who often had their agency stolen or stories not written in classic literature. After their adventure rescuing Lucina van Helsing, the monstrous gentlewomen return home to find that both Alice and Shelock Holmes have been kidnapped.

News and Views

In the wake of the discussions about awards named for Campbell and Tiptree, Jason Sanford points out another one that really needs to be discussed: Arthur C. Clarke

Wired reviews Lost Transmissions, a book about forgotten works that deserve some fan love.

Karen Gillan and Ryan Reynolds hilariously get into it in the AGBO Superhero Fantasy Football League, which has mandated trash-talking.

Chuck Tingle now has an official TTRPG: The Tingleverse: The Official Chuck Tingle Role-Playing Game. Tingle has succinctly addressed the lack of mechanics for “pounding” on Twitter.

Alex Brown’s short fiction recommendations for September.

NYT is bringing back mass market paperback and graphic novel/manga best seller lists, and they’re adding in MG and YA.

Volume 327 of Book Fetish is all about fantasy.

Gollancz and author Ben Aaronovitch (author of Rivers of London) are launching an award for British BAME [black, Asian, and minority ethnic] science fiction and fantasy authors.

Ewilan’s Quest is becoming an animated series.

io9 picked their 10 favorite films from Fantastic Fest 2019 and I am SO EXCITED.

Paul Krueger, author of Steel Crow Saga, did a Reddit AMA… which his mom crashed.

Ever wondered what Guardians of the Galaxy character you are? We’ve got a quiz for that.

Sony and Marvel have managed to reach an agreement over Spider-Man.

Thor and Lokie are heading to Serial Box in Thor: Metal Gods.

Deep math nerdery ahoy: progress on the twin primes conjecture.

See you, space pirates. You can find all of the books recommended in this newsletter on a handy Goodreads shelf. If you’d like to know more about my secret plans to dominate the seas and skies, you can catch me over at my personal site.

Kissing Books

Gretna Green is Still a Thing

Shana Tova to my practicing readers (who are probably reading this on Tuesday)! Hope you had an exciting Rosh Hashanah and that you’re ready to take on the new year. Now, let’s talk Romancelandia!

News and Useful Links

Jen wrote a three-fire-emoji article for Kirkus about the need for good criticism by non-romance people. 

Have you seen the cover for Lucy Parker’s upcoming book, Headliners? It’s pretty gorgeous. 

What’s it really like at Gretna Green? Apparently, it’s still a thing!

Smart Bitches has a new feature on their website called the Smart Bitches Book Finder, and it’s hella cool. If you’re looking for something in particular, or just curious what books have certain archetypes or tropes, it’s a great place to start. 


a young woman in leather body armor faces away from the viewer holding up a ray gun. she's facing a blue-tinted scene with a firing space ship and a Saturn-like planet in the skyHave you read Jessie Mihalik’s Polaris Rising? Now is a good time to check it out, since it’s currently 1.99! It’s also the perfect time because the sequel, Aurora Blazing is releasing this week. If you’re down for some kick-ass space princesses making deals with questionable figures in order to save themselves and potentially the universe, this is definitely the kind of thing you want to try. 

When was the last time you picked up a Westmoreland book? His To Claim, Brenda Jackson’s most recent book set amidst the lengthy universe of the Westmorelands and the people they love, is a marriage-in-trouble story! I know people love those, so grab this one for 3.99.


October is tomorrow, which means it’s officially Halloween! Beyond the start of my weekly watch of Nightmare Before Christmas between now and the new year, I’ve been thinking about what I want in a Halloween-themed story, or at least what kind of feeling I want to have while reading. And it’s a combination of fun and spooky, just like I like my Halloween to be. So this month I’m going to try reading a combination of creepy fun (with a happy ending, of course) and joyful spookiness. 

Here’s what’s on my docket:

Cover of Halloween Boo by Sarah SpadeHalloween Boo
Sarah Spade

Everyone on Twitter was talking about this book a couple weeks ago, and I had to seek it out for future reading. The way people talked about it, it sounds like a cross between Casper, Hocus Pocus, and The Spirit of Christmas, and I am always here for all of those things. There’s a girl, and there’s a ghost. She thinks her apartment is haunted, and it totally is. That’s sort of all I know, but honestly, what more do you need to know? 

cover of All I Want for Halloween by Marie HarteAll I Want for Halloween
Marie Harte

Antisocial Sadie has quite the encounter at a costume party (a month before Halloween, which, what?). When she meets him again, it turns out that he’s a washed up reality TV star—something full of motorcycles and testosterone. It sounds pretty fun, but I honestly don’t know what it’s about. 

I also use the spooky season to try out different kinds of paranormal romance! I love me some vampires and werewolves, but sometimes you just want something different, right?

cover of A Demon in Waiting by Holley TrentA Demon in Waiting
Holley Trent

I have been sitting on this one for a while, and I really need to pick it up. Virgin hero John Tate gets kicked out of a cult(?) only to be accosted by his demon father and informed he is half-incubus. There’s some role he’s supposed to play in Hell, but I’m not completely sure what it is. But to get where he needs to go, he convinces a traveler to pick him on the road, and they fall hard and fast. That’s really all I need to know. 

cover of The Widow of Rose House by Diana BillerThe Widow of Rose House
Diana Biller

When the publicist for St. Martin Griffin posed the male protagonist of this book as “Chris Hemsworth in Ghostbusters but a tad smarter” I knew this was going to be something I wanted to check out. There are ghosts…maybe? But there are also other things going on as Alva, the titular widow, takes advantage of her new independence and works through some issues from her past. 

And while it’s not a romance (I repeat, not a romance) I want to check out Tess Gerritsen’s The Shape of Night. People have been talking about it being similar to The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (which I love) but also a suspense thriller, so I wonder where it will toe the line. 

What do you like to read to get you in the mood for Halloween?

As usual, catch me on Twitter @jessisreading or Instagram @jess_is_reading, or send me an email at if you’ve got feedback, bookrecs, or just want to say hi!

Book Radar

Carmen Maria Machado’s DC Comic Debut and More Book Radar!

Monday? More like FUNDAY, amirite??? (NO, NOT THE FACE.) Okay, so it’s Monday, but there’s a lot to be happy about. Most of it book-related. And, would you look at that, you happen to be reading an email about book news. What a random happenstance! Please enjoy the rest of your week, and remember to be excellent to each other! I’ll see you again on Thursday. – xoxo, Liberty

P.S. Today is the last day to enter Book Riot’s giveaway of the year’s 10 best mystery/thrillers so far!

Here’s Monday’s trivia question: When Reading Rainbow left the air in 2009, it was the third-longest running children’s show in PBS history. What are numbers one and two? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reels, and Squeals! 

homegoingKnopf announced Transcendent Kingdom, a new novel from Homegoing author Yaa Gysai coming in July 2020.

Tracy Deonn announced the new title of her debut YA fantasy novel.

Here’s a preview of Carmen Maria Machado’s DC comic debut The Low, Low Woods.

The seven shortlisted debut novels for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize were announced.

LeVar Burton is hosting the 70th National Book Awards ceremony!

Tiffany Boone has been cast as a young version of Kerry Washington’s character in Little Fires Everywhere.

David Strathairn has joined Guillermo Del Toro’s adaptation of Nightmare Alley.

The Pretty Little Liars reboot has been canceled after one season.

bitter brewWilliam Knoedelseder’s Bitter Brew, about the Busch brewing dynasty, is being adapted as a series.

Addison Riecke is adapting The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine.

Caroline Mitchell’s Truth and Lies is also being adapted as a series.

And here’s a peek at three upcoming comics from Joe Hill.

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!

Excited to read:

sea wifeSea Wife: A Novel by Amity Gaige (Knopf, April 28, 2020)

I feel like Amity Gaige is one of those authors who consistently releases amazing books, yet you hardly ever hear people mention her. I hope this one catapults her into the literary spotlight. I have heard from many people that it is amazing, and I can’t wait to read it. It’s about a couple who decide to buy a sailboat and, with their young children, take to the seas.

What I’m reading this week:

quotientsQuotients by Tracy O’Neill

Will and Testament (Verso Fiction) by Vigdis Hjorth and Charlotte Barslund

The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna by Mira Ptacin

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko

Pun of the week: 

When the past, present, and future go camping they always argue. It’s intense tense in tents.

Here’s a kitten picture:







And this is funny.

Thank you, internet.

Trivia answer: Sesame Street and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, respectively.

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

Riot Rundown


Today In Books

🛸 “War of the Worlds” Trailer Drops: Today In Books

Spider-Man: Home Again

I can barely keep up with real world news, and escapist news is coming almost as fast and furiously. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is sticking around the MCU now, apparently. And the social media posts he and Zendaya shared to mark the reversal are *chef’s kiss*.

“War of the Worlds” Trailer Drops

H. G. Wells’s sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds is getting an adaptation by the BBC later this year, but you’re getting the trailer right now.

Syria’s Secret Library

Did you know in 2013 there was a literal underground library run by a 14-year-old five miles southwest of Damascus? Learn more here. And if you want to dive deeper, check out Syria’s Secret Library, the recent book that tells this remarkable story.


Win the Best Mystery/Thrillers of the Year So Far!

We’re giving away the ten best mysteries and thrillers of the year to one Riot reader!  Check out the prize list below:

Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina, Ezekiel Kwaymullina

As Long as We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Chaney

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

A Prayer for Travelers by Ruchika Tomar

Furious Hours by Casey Cep

Flowers over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger

Go here to enter, or just click the image below. Good luck!