We’re Celebrating Women’s Suffrage Today!

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and we’re celebrating over at Book Riot! Join us for a day dedicated to exploring voting rights in everything from YA novels to poetry, a deep dive into the history of pockets, international suffrage efforts, and more.

Here we go!

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The Kids Are All Right

Picture Books About Bad Days

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

Happy August! The weeks are churning along, and our lonely summer is full of both good and bad days. Thankfully, there are quite a few picture books that deal with bad days which has helped us all cope with unexpected situations and disappointments.

Soaked! by Abi Cushman is about a Bear who is looking forward to a fun day with his friends. But it is a wet, dreary day and Bear cannot possibly have fun with Badger, Rabbit, and Moose when he is soaked and miserable. But his friends have some ideas about how to turn the day around. Will Bear join them?

Rita and Ralph’s Rotten Day by Carmen Agra Deedy and Pete Oswald is a story of two friends who always get together to play under the apple tree. They play games and have fun, until one day a new game goes awry. Just when it seems nothing will ever be right again, a surprising thing happens. The old friends try something new, that isn’t new at all. Something they’ve done a hundred times…

Saturday by Oge Mora is a sweet picture book about a mom and her daughter who look forward to their day together on Saturday. They have plans to go to story time and the salon and have a picnic and go to a puppet show. But Saturday doesn’t go as planned. Story time is cancelled. Rain ruins their post-salon hair styles as well as their picnic. Can they save their Saturday, or is it ruined forever?

The Rough Patch by Brian Lies is a Caldecott award winning picture book about Evan and his dog. They spend their day together tending the garden and eating ice cream. But when Evan’s dog dies, Evan is heartbroken and destroys his garden. Weeds take over, and the end of a tangled vine reveals a pumpkin. Evan ends up bringing the pumpkin to the county fair, where unexpected surprises await him.

What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at

Until next time!

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Today In Books

Why iPhone & iPad Don’t Allow Amazon eBook Purchases: Today In Books

Why Apple iPhone & iPad Don’t Allow Amazon eBook Purchases

Congress has called leaders of giant tech companies to answer questions in an investigation on antitrust issues, leading to internal documents from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google to be released by the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee. In them is Steve Job’s emails discussing his decision of not allowing iPhone and iPad users to purchase ebooks in Amazon’s apps: “[i]t’s time for Amazon to decide to use our payment mechanism or bow out [of the App Store]”.

Michael Cohen Can Write Tell-All

Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, who was imprisoned after pleading guilty to criminal tax evasion and campaign finance violations, had been released on medical furlough. He was then sent back to prison, but a judge ruled that it had been retaliatory over him writing a tell-all book about Trump and sent him back to home-confinement. Now Cohen has reached a new deal where he is free to speak to the media and write the book, which “he has said includes ‘graphic and unflattering details’ about Trump’s behavior.”

Booker Prize-Longlisted Author Arrested

Tsitsi Dangarembga, whose novel This Mournable Body has just been long listed for the Booker Prize, was arrested in Harare, Zimbabwe at anti-corruption demonstrations. One hour before tweeting that she was being arrested she posted “Friends, here is a principle. If you want your suffering to end, you have to act. Action comes from hope. This the principle of faith and action.”

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The Fright Stuff

Winter Horror, It’s Better Than AC (Almost)

Hello Ghouls and Spirits, I’m Jessica Avery and I’ll be delivering your weekly brief of all that is ghoulish and grim in the world of Horror. Whether you’re looking for a backlist book that will give you the willies, a terrifying new release, or the latest in horror community news, you’ll find it here in The Fright Stuff.

This week’s horror is brought to you by the deep freeze of winter. Why am I taking you to the dark, cold depths of winter in the middle of July? Because (depending on which hemisphere you’re in) it’s summer, and summer this year has not been kind. In fond memory of the mercury in the thermometer that hasn’t seen 60 when the sun is out in what feels like an age, let’s talk about some horror that might just make us grateful for the heat.

the winter people jennifer mcmahon coverThe Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

A freezing Vermont winter, a small town full of legends and suspicious disappearances. Nineteen-year-old Ruthie, her younger sister, and her mother Alice live in a house haunted by one of West Hall, Vermont’s darkest mysteries, the disappearance and death of Sara Harrison Shea. When Alice vanishes, and Ruthie uncovers a hidden copy of Shea’s diary, she finds that history is threatening to repeat itself and she may be the only one who can stop it.


the hunger alma katsu coverThe Hunger by Alma Katsu

The Donner Party. The pinnacle of snow-bound terror. And Alma Katsu, with her gift for haunting historical horror, takes this grim tale and spins it into an elegantly terrible new nightmare. The party makes their way into the mountains plague by disaster and the gut feeling that something terrible is stalking them. When the group becomes stranded, struggling to survive the elements, and members of the party begin to disappear, fear and suspicion grow.


white is for witching helen oyeyemi coverWhite is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Ever since Lily died, her husband Luc and her twin children Miranda and Eliot have lived with both their grief, and the strange happenings inside their home. Whatever lurks inside the Silver house strains against the walls until they groan, and turns its rooms and hallways into a threatening, shifting maze. In the garden apples grow out of season. Miranda is more sensitive to the spirits than her father and brother, she can feel the women in the walls. Then she disappears.


the shuddering ania ahlborn coverThe Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn

Blizzards in Colorado never bode well. I mean Stephen King wrote two separate books about the evil that lurks in a Colorado mountain blizzard. But Ania Ahlborn gives that terror new form in her winter creature feature, The Shuddering. Twins Ryan and Jane Adler used to spend happy days at their parent’s cabin when they were kids. During a snowboarding party at the Colorado cabin with some of their friends, a last fling before the cabin is sold, a blizzard strands the group. Inside interpersonal tensions mount, and outside monsters lurk in the snow, waiting to strike.


taaqtumi arctic horror anthology Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories

Taaqtumi (an Inuktitut word meaning “dark”) is an anthology of own voices horror short stories from Northern writers. Featuring award winning authors Richard Van Camp, Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, Aviaq Johnston, and more, Taaqtumi is made up of tales of the darkness and the cold. From zombies to mysterious doors to post-apocalyptic towns deep in the Arctic, these tales of terror on the ice are not to be missed.


August Releases

clown in a cornfield adam cesare coverClown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare

Clowns will always be the worst. And Frendo – mascot of the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory – is particularly creepy. Baypen used to be the heart of Kettle Springs, the tiny town Quinn and her father moved to for a fresh start, but then the factory closed. Kettle Springs is dying, split between those who want to see the town thrive again and the youth who are just biding their time until they can get out. That’s when Frendo the Clown goes berserk, determined to remake Kettle Springs anew, minus all those troublesome, ungrateful kids.


harrow lake kat ellis coverHarrow Lake by Kat Ellis

When Lola Nox’s father is attacked in their home, he sends her away to the safety of her estranged grandmother’s house in Harrow Lake, the eerie little town where her father filmed his most famous horror movie. But things are not what they seem in Harrow lake. The locals are obsessed with the film that made their town famous, people are disappearing left and right, and Lola is certain that something is stalking her as she tries to get to the bottom of the town’s dark mysteries.


the living dead george romero daniel kraus coverThe Living Dead by George Romero and Daniel Kraus

I couldn’t very well leave this book out of the August releases when it promises to be one of the top books of the year. The zombie plague of George Romero’s beloved Dead series walks again, bringing together a range of characters in a battle for their lives against the undead. Told in a series of interconnected stories, reaching from a Midwestern trailer park to a US aircraft character, The Living Dead is, as expected from Romero, as much about the struggles of humanity as it is about the rising dead.

Fresh from the Skeleton’s Mouth: 

Lookout and Chernin have announced that they will be adapting R.L. Stine’s YA horror series, The Babysitter, for TV! It’s one of a number of Stine adaptations currently in the works.

The Ladies of Horror Fiction announced the winners of their inaugural 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards. Congratulations to all the winners! Also, this list makes a pretty good TBR killer.

Both Off Limits Press and Nightfire have hinted that they’ll be dropping information about new books next week! Follow now to make sure you don’t miss the latest horror news!

Speaking of Nightfire Books, over on their blog Nicole Hill has created a list of 6 Horror Short Stories That Haunt Us, and the books in which you can find them, if you’re looking to add a little short fiction to your reading list.

Over on Book Riot, Blair Carpenter is revisiting the Scary Books that Doomed Millennials as Kids. It’s a feast of horror nostalgia for all those of us who spent our formative years reveling in the macabre.

Until next time, you can catch me on twitter at @JtheBookworm, where I try to keep up on all that’s new and frightening. See you there!

What's Up in YA

1, 2, 3, 4: YA Books By Their Number Title

Hey YA Readers!

Let’s have some fun to launch our new week and month with a look at YA books with numbers in the title. This edition will be a little longer than normal because I want to see if we can get our count to ten (we can!) and maybe in a future issue, we’ll see how much higher our count can get.

Because I have only read a handful of these, I’m using descriptions from the ‘Zon. I’m going to try to include not just the titles you’ll be familiar with, but also some which have fallen under the radar. 

This One Summer by Mariko and Jill Tamaki

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens – just a couple of years older than Rose and Windy – is caught up in something bad… Something life threatening.

It’s a summer of secrets, and sorrow, and growing up, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake — Note: this is the second book in a trilogy, so skip the description if you want to avoid any spoilers.

Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne.

Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the mainland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a specter they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn.  

Jules, too, is in a strange place—in disguise. And her only confidants, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep.

This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more to do with than anyone could have guessed—or expected.

Three Sides of a Heart edited by Natalie C. Parker

You may think you know the love triangle, but you’ve never seen love triangles like these.

A teen girl who offers kissing lessons. Zombies in the Civil War South. The girl next door, the boy who loves her, and the girl who loves them both. Vampires at a boarding school. Three teens fighting monsters in an abandoned video rental store. Literally the last three people on the planet.

What do all these stories have in common?

The love triangle.

These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don’t want to miss.

This collection, edited by Natalie C. Parker, contains stories written by Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagan, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, EK Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff.

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

An enthralling fast-paced mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.

Category Five by Ann Dávila Cardinal

Category Five is a new supernatural YA thriller from Ann Dávila Cardinal, set against the backdrop of a post-hurricane Puerto Rico.

After the hurricane, some see destruction and some smell blood.

The tiny island of Vieques, located just off the northeastern coast of the main island of Puerto Rico, is trying to recover after hurricane Maria, but the already battered island is now half empty. To make matters worse, as on the main island, developers have come in to buy up the land at a fraction of its worth, taking advantage of the island when it is down.

Lupe, Javier, and Marisol are back to investigate a series of murders that follow in the wake of a hurricane and in the shadow of a new supernatural threat.

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

When Leo and Naomi are drafted, along with twenty-two of the world’s brightest teenagers, into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever changed. Overnight, they become global celebrities in contention for one of the six slots to travel to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—and establish a new colony, leaving their planet forever. With Earth irreparably damaged, the future of the human race rests on their shoulders.

For Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, this kind of purpose is a reason to go on after losing his family. But Naomi, an Iranian-American science genius, is suspicious of the ISTC and the fact that a similar mission failed under mysterious circumstances, killing the astronauts onboard. She fears something equally sinister awaiting the Final Six beneath Europa’s surface.

In this cutthroat atmosphere, surrounded by strangers from around the world, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo. As the training tests their limits, Naomi and Leo’s relationship deepens with each life-altering experience they encounter.

But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

In Seven Ways We Lie, a chance encounter tangles the lives of seven high school students, each resisting the allure of one of the seven deadly sins, and each telling their story from their seven distinct points of view.
The juniors at Paloma High School all have their secrets, whether it’s the thespian who hides her trust issues onstage, the closeted pansexual who only cares about his drug-dealing profits, or the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal. But it’s Juniper Kipling who has the furthest to fall. No one would argue that Juniper—obedient daughter, salutatorian, natural beauty, and loyal friend—is anything but perfect. Everyone knows she’s a saint, not a sinner; but when love is involved, who is Juniper to resist temptation? When she begins to crave more and more of the one person she can’t have, her charmed life starts to unravel.
Then rumors of a student–teacher affair hit the fan. After Juniper accidentally exposes her secret at a party, her fate falls into the hands of the other six sinners, bringing them into one another’s orbits. All seven are guilty of something. Together, they could save one another from their temptations—or be ruined by them.

Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw

Mads is pretty happy with her life. She goes to church with her family, and minor league baseball games with her dad. She goofs off with her best friend Cat, and has thus far managed to avoid getting kissed by Adam, the boy next door. It’s everything she hoped high school would be… until all of a sudden, it’s not.

Her dad is hiding something big―so big it could tear her family apart. And that’s just the beginning of her problems: Mads is starting to figure out that she doesn’t want to kiss Adam… because the only person she wants to kiss is Cat.

Kiss Number 8
, a graphic novel from writer Colleen AF Venable and illustrator Ellen T. Crenshaw, is a layered, funny, sharp-edged story of teen sexuality and family secrets.

Survival Colony 9 by Joshua David Bellin

Querry Genn is in trouble. He can’t remember anything before the last six months. And Querry needs to remember. Otherwise he is dead weight to the other members of Survival Colony 9, one of the groups formed after a brutal war ravaged the earth. And now the Skaldi have come to scavenge what is left of humanity. No one knows what the Skaldi are, or why they are here, just that they impersonate humans, taking their form before shedding the corpse like a skin.

Desperate to prove himself after the accident that stole his memory, Querry is both protected and tormented by the colony’s authoritarian commander, his father. The only person he can talk to is the beautiful Korah, but even with her, he can’t shake the feeling that something is desperately wrong. Whatever is going on, Querry is at the center of it, for a secret in his past not only makes him a target of the Skaldi’s wrath, but the key to the colony’s future.

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?

That was fun! 

Thanks for hanging out, and we’ll see you later this week for even more YA book talk.

— Kelly Jensen, @heykellyjensen on Instagram and editor of Body Talk(Don’t) Call Me Crazy, and Here We Are.

(Psst: if you preorder my book Body Talk, out August 18, you can snag some sweet thank yous)

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Read This Book

Read This Book: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary O’Connell-Valero

Welcome to Read This Book, a weekly newsletter where I recommend one book that I think you absolutely must read. The books will vary across genre and age category to include new releases, backlist titles, and classics. If you’re ready to explode your TBR, buckle up!

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me cover imageI’ve been meaning to gush about Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary O’Connell-Valero, but then it won multiple Eisner Awards over the weekend and now I have to tell you how much I love this book!

Content warning: statutory rape, abortion

This graphic novel is the story of Freddie, a teen girl who is in love with her girlfriend, Laura Dean. The only problem is that Laura has now broken up with Freddie three times, with no signs of remorse. Freddie writes letters to an advice columnist, desperate for insight on how to make this relationship work. But what Freddie is overlooking is that in her attempts to get Laura to stay with her, she’s neglecting her friendships–and her best friend needs her right now.

First off, the art. Oh my word, the artwork is gorgeous. It’s dreamy and romantic, but with occasional details that are odd and disparate, so you feel like you’re in a bit of a strange dream while reading, and you want to pay close attention. The style reminds me of Tillie Walden because of the line work and detail, but it’s also uniquely O’Connell-Valero.

The story is also just so engaging from the very beginning–I love how we get this all from Freddie’s perspective, but the story is framed by her letters to the advice columnist (Anna Vice, I love it) and those letters provide the background narration to the panels. I love that we’ve gotten to a point in publishing, particularly in YA, where a queer girl and her (not so healthy) relationship with another girl is given the same kind of space and grace to exist as dysfunctional heterosexual couples have had for years (decades? centuries?).

This is a book about making mistakes and falling for the wrong person, but it’s also about picking yourself back up, learning from your mistakes, and doing better. Oh, and when Anna Vice’s response finally comes–well, let’s just say that’s something I wish I could tell my own teenage self.

Obviously buy or borrow this one in print. The artwork is gorgeous, and you won’t regret it!

Happy reading!

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True Story

Sports Stories!

Ok, I usually do not read sports stories, because I do not do sports (…that’s the phrase, right), but Kim and I just did an Olympics ep of For Real and it’s got me thinking about how uplifting tales of sportery can be, so let’s look at some!

Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream by Ibtihaj Muhammad. An Olympics read! Muhammad was the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics, and the first Muslim American woman to medal. As “the only woman of color and the only religious minority on Team USA’s saber fencing squad, Ibtihaj had to chart her own path to success and Olympic glory.” I love this cover so hard.


Tessa and Scott: Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold by Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir. I’m not gonna pretend like there wasn’t a time when I was following three separate Virtue/Moir fan accounts on Instagram. So talented! So cute together! And yet not dating! They seem like they genuinely love hanging out, and they’re equally talented, so this is awesome. Also, another Olympics read!


Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers by Debra A. Shattuck. It’s like A League of Their Own except not at all. But there’s baseball! This isn’t about a specific women’s baseball team, but about early involvement by women in the nineteenth century. Shattuck “tracks women players who organized baseball clubs for their own enjoyment and found roster spots on men’s teams.” Sports or women’s history nerds, here’s your crossover read.


Heart of a Champion: An Autobiography by Michelle Kwan. Michelle Kwaaaaan! This teensy autobiography (shorter than 200 pages) is aimed at middle schoolers and was written in 1998 (can you believe that was more than 20 years ago?). Kwan has a more recent book (2009), but it’s more focused on lifestyle. This came out right around the time she won a silver medal at the ’98 Olympics in Japan and then won the ’98 World Championships. She is an icon, and if you know a middle schooler, maybe get this for them.


As always, you can find me on social media @itsalicetime and co-hosting the nonfiction For Real podcast with Kim here at Book Riot. Until next time, enjoy those facts, fellow nerds.

Unusual Suspects

Millie Bobbie Brown & Jason Bateman Adapt Thriller For Netflix

Hello mystery fans! I have a bunch of links to click, news, Kindle deals, and something just fun and escape-y to watch.

From Book Riot And Around The Internet

Jason Reynolds’ Long Way Down will be a graphic novel!

Liberty and Patricia discuss The Silence of the White City by Eva García Sáenz and His & Hers by Alice Feeney on All The Books!

10 of the Most Unique Crime Reads

Kickstarter: NOIR IS THE NEW BLACK, a collection of Noir stories by Black creators

Silent City cover imageAlex Segura (Peter Fernandez PI series and The Black Ghost) chats with Robert Justice on Crime Writers of Color.

(spoilers) Samantha Downing discusses the twisty sibling dysfunction of He Started It

The Essential Tana French and here’s an entirely different order for reading her series.

Books of My Life: Karin Slaughter reflects on 2 decades of twisty thrillers

widows of malabar hill cover imageTalking character, inspiration with Sujata Massey, author of Moira’s Book Club pick ‘The Widows of Malabar Hill’

8 True Crime Books For Your 2020 TBR

A Guide to Nordic Noir

How Freelance Book Cover Illustrator Rachelle Baker Gets Her Inspiration

News And Adaptations

I want this book yesterday!: Millie Bobby Brown To Star And Produce Netflix’s Adaptation of ‘The Girls I’ve Been’; Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Films Also Producing

Billion Dollar Whale cover imageGoldman Sachs Reaches $3.9B Settlement With Malaysia Over 1MDB Corruption Case (There’s a nonviolent true crime about Jho Low: Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World)

Reese Witherspoon’s Where the Crawdads Sing Film: What We Know So Far

‘Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries’ To Become Acorn TV Original As AMC Streamer Orders Season 2

Watch Now

On Hulu: For Scooby fans, the film Daphne & Velma, directed by Suzi Yoonessi, is a prequel to the franchise live-action films and focuses on Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley who are played by Sarah Jeffery (Charmed reboot) and Sarah Gilman (Last Man Standing). Here’s the trailer.

Kindle Deals

If you’re looking to start a legal thriller series: Buying Time (Angela Evans #1) by Pamela Samuels Young is $3.99! She also has another great legal thriller series Every Reasonable Doubt which looks to be $0 right now! (Review)

If you’re looking for a historical mystery with very little violence: A Front Page Affair (Kitty Weeks Mystery #1) by Radha Vatsal is $4.99! (Review)

If you’re looking for a is-he-or-isn’t-he a monster: A Double Life
by Flynn Berry is $4.99! (Review) (TW date rape)

If you like when the mystery genre marries the horror genre: Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand is $1.99! (TW domestic abuse)

Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. See 2020 upcoming releases and 2021. An Unusual Suspects Pinterest board. Get Tailored Book Recommendations!

Until next time, keep investigating! In the meantime, come talk books with me on Twitter, Instagram, and Litsy–you can find me under Jamie Canavés.

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Today In Books

Alright Alright Alright McConaughey Writes Memoir: Today In Books

Alright Alright Alright McConaughey Writes Memoir

Matthew McConaughey has written a memoir that will release this fall. But don’t go thinking this is a standard celebrity memoir: the actor has instead turned to a diary he’s had for 35 years to recount adventures he’s had in his life. Greenlights will be out on October 20th.

Jordan Peele And Issa Rae Team Up For Adaptation

Leyna Krow’s short story “Sinkhole” will be getting the film adaptation treatment with Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw production company teaming up with Issa Rae and Universal Pictures. It’s reported that the auction for the rights had 10 bidders (!) and Issa Rae will potentially star as the story’s lead: a woman moves into a new house with her family and finds a sinkhole in the backyard…

“Utterly Joyful” Picture Book Win Children’s Book Of Year Award

Waterstones children’s book prize has gone to Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola’s Look Up! The picture book follows the adventures a Black girl, Rocket, who loves science and would like her brother–too busy looking down at his phone–to look up in the sky at the meteor shower. Adorable!

Take A Lovely Tour From Sofa City

Indulge in some armchair travel and get to know the rich literary history of Lahore, Pakistan.