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ūüéČHappy New Year!!! ūüéČ I hope that everyone enjoyed the past week. I know I did! I did a lot of television watching – Monk and The Expanse – and lots of reading, of course. I read The Hand on the Wall, the last book in Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious trilogy, and it was AWESOME. And I kicked off 2020 at midnight on New Year’s Day with Drifts by Kate Zambreno, because her writing is incendiary and inspired and floors me again and again, and that‚Äôs what I want for my new year, too.

Not a whole lot of big news happens over the holidays, but I have a bit of fun stuff for you below. I hope that you are all well, and excited for a new year of reading. Whatever you are doing or reading this week, please remember to be kind to yourself and others. I’ll see you again on Monday! – xoxo, Liberty

Trivia question time! What author’s first book was a collection of essays about American writers like Joy Williams and Tobias Wolf, called Contemporary American Fiction? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

such a fun ageSuch a Fun Age by Kiley Reid is Reese Witherspoon’s new book club pick!

FX is developing a new limited series based on Stephen King’s Carrie.

The HBO documentary True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality is now available to watch for free, to coincide with the release of Just Mercy.

Green Eggs and Ham has been renewed for a second season on Netflix.

Barack Obama announced his favorite books of 2019.

Here’s a good recap of the RWA and their horrible ruling/reversal at the end of last year.

Here’s the first full trailer of the High Fidelity reboot with Zo√ę Kravitz. It’s based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Nick Hornby. (HOW WAS THAT 25 YEARS AGO?!!)

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:

Starling Days by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (The Overlook Press, April 7)

I really enjoyed Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s first novel, Harmless Like You, and I love The Overlook Press, who publishes my favorite living writer*, so I am DOUBLY excited to read her new novel. It’s about a young married couple navigating their way through love and mental illness. It sounds equally parts sad and beautiful.

*who is no longer publishing

What I’m reading this week.

little eyesLittle Eyes: A Novel by Samanta Schweblin

Lake Like a Mirror by Sok Fong Ho, Natascha Bruce (translator)

Wham!, George Michael and Me: A Memoir by Andrew Ridgeley

Long Story Short: 100 Classic Books in Three Panels by Lisa Brown

Save Yourself by Cameron Esposito

And this is funny.

This is actually how I spent my vacation: watching this video over and over again.

Song stuck in my head:

“This Year” by The Mountain Goats

And here’s a picture of my queen, Millay, to kick off the new year with adorableness:

Trivia answer: Nick Hornby.

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