By the Book: A Novel of Prose and Cons: “A smart, engaging romance.” – Booklist. The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez: “A marvelous, magical mystery.” – David Bowles, author. The Boy in the Red Dress: “A twisty Jazz Age mystery with a diverse cast of characters.” – Kerri Maniscalco, author. What Happens Next: “A stellar debut!” – Laurie Morrison, author. Keep My Heart in San Francisco: “Romantic and chock-full of vintage quirk.” – Jenn Bennett, author. Shielded: “Beautiful, wondrous, and enchanting.” – Dana Swift, author
Happy Monday, friends. I hope you had a good weekend and got some time to relax, in spite of everything going on. I managed to read a lot of books and do more jigsaw puzzles. Doing jigsaw puzzles in my house is harder than it sounds, because my orange tomcats would like to eat the pieces. So I am on defense while trying to solve the puzzles.
If you haven’t already heard, Parasite and Onward are available to stream now. I loved Parasite, totally worth the hype, and I enjoyed Onward, even though it’s really just a shameless grab for your feels and made me wish I still played World of Warcraft!
You know how this goes by now: There’s not much more going on in the book world right now than delays and cancelations, but I do have a few exciting things to tell you. And here’s where you can learn more about COVID-19 Updates from the Bookish World. We continue to update it regularly.
Whatever you are doing or watching or reading this week, I am sending you virtual hugs. Please try and enjoy the rest of your week as best you can, and remember to stay inside and wash your hands. We’re going to be okay, eventually. I’ll see you again on Thursday. – xoxo, Liberty
Here’s Monday’s trivia question: Who were the two British women crime writers in the House of Lords in 1998? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)
Deals, Reels, and Squeals!
Here’s the cover reveal for Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky) by Rebecca Roanhorse.
And here’s the first look at the cover for Jack, Marilynne Robinson’s upcoming novel.
Gary Dauberman will direct the adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot.
The L.A. Times Book Prizes ceremony will be virtual this year.
And here’s the second episode of Goodnight with Dolly.
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!
Excited to read:
Post-Apocalypto by Tenacious D, Jack Black, Kyle Gass (Fantagraphics, September 15)
I only just learned of this book’s existence about ten minutes ago, but I’m immediately excited. It’s a graphic novel from rock band Tenacious D, and it comes with accompanying audio. I am so here for it. And, yes, that is Jack Black the actor, and yes, his band is honestly awesome. (I saw them live many, many years ago and it ruled.)
What I’m reading this week:
A Deadly Education (The Scholomance) by Naomi Novik
A Good Marriage: A Novel by Kimberly McCreight
When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole
I’m Your Huckleberry: A Memoir by Val Kilmer
Memorial by Bryan Washington
Pun of the week:
How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh? Ten-tickles.
Here’s a cat picture:
Zevon is so chill.
And this is funny.
Trivia answer: P.D. James and Ruth Rendell.
You made it to the bottom! Thanks for reading! – xo, L