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It’s Thursday, it’s Thursday, it’s… well, I can’t think of anything that rhymes with “Thursday” so just pretend I said something clever here. There are some pretty fun things in the newsletter today, including exciting adaptation news, cover reveals, and upcoming releases. ALSO: It’s almost Take Candy from Strangers Day! Are you dressing up? I would, but that would require putting my book down and leaving the house, lol. Nothankyou. I hope you’re reading something wonderful right now, and 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
Trivia question time! What is the alternate title of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)
Deals, Reals, and Squeals!
Here’s the cover reveal for The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon. (Forever, June 9, 2020)
FINALLY: Netflix will be an animated series of Jeff Smith’s Bone comic.
Here’s the cover reveal for Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson. (Berkley, May 19, 2020)
Penguin Teen had another cover reveal bonanza.
Hulu will air the Margaret Atwood documentary.
Here’s the cover reveal of Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender. (Balzer + Bray, May 12, 2020)
Netflix is adapting Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares.
Here’s the cover reveal of Braver Than You Think: Around the World on the Trip of My (Mother’s) Lifetime by Maggie Downs. (Counterpoint, May 12, 2020)
Michael Caine and Lena Headey will star in a modern-day version of Oliver Twist.
Jandy Nelson’s The Sky is Everywhere is being adapted into a film.
Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac is being adapted for Showtime.
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:
Wow, No Thank You.: Essays by Samantha Irby (Vintage, March 31, 2020)
You’ve heard me say it before, but I’ll say it again: No one makes me laugh as much as Samantha Irby. She is a national treasure. I know many of you feel the same way. And if you’ve never read her before, check out her amazing essay collections Meaty and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life while you wait for this one.
What I’m reading this week.
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus
A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy
The Revisioners: A Novel by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
And this is funny.
I love this video. I don’t even care if it’s fake. (NSFW: swearing.)
Trivia answer: The Parish Boy’s Progress.
You made it to the bottom! High five. Thanks for reading! – xo, L