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It’s a spectacular new collection of Hatsune Miku artwork from official Vocaloid character illustrator, KEI! Hatsune Miku is a world famous vocal synthesizer and cyber celebrity, and this volume presents some her best illustrations. Joining Miku are her friends Luka, Rin & Len, Meiko, and Kaito. It’s a full-on Vocaloid celebration!
It’s Thursday, and time to talk books! BUT FIRST: I just started watching Elementary (I am usually 2-10 years behind on media LOL) and I loooooooove it. It is exactly the fun, ridiculous, murder-y goodness I was hoping for. I was looking for a good crime show because I have moved from my weeks-long horror book phase into a mystery phase. Mystery will always be my first and favorite genre. I hope you’re reading something great this week, whether it’s a mystery, a romance, or anything else that has words and pages. READING IS THE BEST. Please remember to be kind to yourself and others. I’ll see you again on Monday! – xoxo, Liberty
Trivia question time! What classic novel was published under the pseudonym Currer Bell? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)
Deals, Reals, and Squeals!
Here’s the first look at HBO’s adaptation of Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country.
Today is full of cover reveals! Our very own BR contributor Adiba Jaigirdar has a book coming out next year, and we’ve got the cover reveal!
And here’s the first look at Astrid Scholte’s upcoming standalone YA novel, The Vanishing Deep.
And here’s the cover of Maria Dahvana Headley’s Beowulf: A New Translation.
One more: The cover of Super Host, the upcoming debut novel from Kate Russo.
And here’s the cover of He Started It by Samantha Downing.
Author Carolina Ortiz announced a queer Jane Eyre!
Netflix has already renewed The Witcher for a second season.
Sarah Michelle Gellar will star in a limited series adaptation of Sometimes I Lie, based on the novel by Alice Fenney.
The pilot of the adaptation of The Peripheral by William Gibson has been picked up for a series.
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:
Wooooooooo, I just learned about two titles coming next year from Riverhead Books that I cannot wait to get my eyeballs on! The first is Little Eyes: A Novel by Samanta Schweblin (March 5, 2020). As you’ve probably heard me say, I am OBSESSED with her novel, Fever Dream, and her collection of stories this year, Mouthful of Birds, is amazing. The description of her new novel is incredible: it’s about stuffed animal camera pets called “kentukis”. “These creatures can reveal the beauty of connection between farflung souls – but they also expose the ugly humanity of our increasingly linked world. Trusting strangers can lead to unexpected love and marvelous adventure, but what happens when the kentukis pave the way for unimaginable terror?” I mean omg, right?!?
The other is The Vanishing Half: A Novel by Brit Bennett (June 2, 2020). It seems like her first novel, The Mothers, came out so long ago! I loved that book and cannot wait to see what she has for us next. The description says it’s “about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.”
Both books sound remarkable, and I am almost equally excited to see what the covers are going to look like. COME ON, 2020, HURRY UP AND GET HERE.
What I’m reading this week.
Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland
Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration by Giles Whittell
Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao
Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall
I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories by Laura van den Berg
And this is funny.
Book tours are stressful.
Song stuck in my head:
“Young Blood” by The Naked and Famous
Trivia answer: Jane Eyre.
You made it to the bottom! High five. Thanks for reading! – xo, L