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Got a problem? He can fix it. He thought he’d seen the last of the Rakoshi, but one has survived. A particularly cunning and deadly Rakosh known to Jack as Scar-Lip. Now, Jack faces the fights of his life as he seeks to end the creature once and for all, before it ends him!
It’s another Thursday, readers, but it’s a little different this week. A lot of things are on pause because of our current global crisis. So I have a little bit of book news for you, and a few links to some things that might make you smile during this time. Also, here’s where you can learn more about COVID-19 Updates from the Bookish World. We’ll continue to update it regularly.
Whatever you are doing or watching or reading this week, I am sending you virtual hugs. I hope you are safe, and please remember to be kind to yourself and others. Thanks for subscribing, and I’ll see you again on Monday! – xoxo, Liberty
Trivia question time! What verb is the last word in the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)
Deals, Reals, and Squeals!
I have a few fabulous cover reveals today:
- I had the honor of revealing the cover of The Great Offshore Grounds, the upcoming novel by Vanessa Veselka
- Vicious Spirits, the companion novel to Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
- Rebel Sisters, the sequel to War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi
- How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao
- The Sentinel by Lee Child and Andrew Child
And some exciting book deals:
- The Candle and the Flame author Nafiza Azad is working on The Wild Ones: A Broken Anthem for a Girl Nation.
- Mary Laura Philpott, whose lovely essay collection I Miss You When I Blink is out in paperback on April 7, is writing a new collection called Bomb Shelter.
- Yusef Salaam, one of the former Central Park Five, and author Ibi Zoboi are working together on the YA novel about wrongful imprisonment called Punching the Air.
- HEX author Thomas Olde Heuvelt has a new scary book called Echo, about frightening stuff happening on mountains.
- Pamela Colloff is writing a book about America’s most prolific jailhouse informant.
- Tangerine author Christine Mangan has a new thriller in the works called Palace of the Drowned.
- And Code Name Hélène author Ariel Lawhon is writing a new novel set in Maine that is based on a true story, called The Frozen River.
Here are three YA backlist titles to read before they are made into films.
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:
The Mission House by Carys Davies
A few years ago, I read The Redemption of Galen Pike, a story collection by Davies, and I was FLOORED. Then, she released a novel called West, and I was floored all over again! She has quickly become one of my new favorite writers, and I am wildly envious of people in the UK, because they are going to get to read this way before the rest of us. We don’t even have a release date here, if at all. So, basically I am teasing myself and all of you. The description online says The Mission House is “boldly and imaginatively explores post-colonial ideas in a world fractured between faith and non-belief, young and old, imperial past and nationalistic present. Tenderly subversive and meticulously crafted, it is a deeply human fable of the wonders and terrors of connection in a modern world.”
What I’m reading this week.
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope by Shayla Lawson
Bones: Inside and Out by Roy A. Meals
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
And this is funny.
It’s funny because it’s true.
Song stuck in my head:
Pretty Pimpin’ by Kurt Vile
Here are a few things I enjoy that I thought you might like as well:
- Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring.
- This video of unnecessary bleeps featuring The Count.
- Here are livestreams of animals.
- And more cute animal pictures.
Trivia answer: Sleep.
You made it to the bottom! High five. Thanks for reading! – xo, L