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Hello, Thursday friends! I hope you are having a good week. I have been reading books! I decided a couple of weeks ago that I was watching too much television this year. Sitting on the living room couch to read makes it so tempting for me to just—*click!*—turn on the television. And then all of a sudden, it would be eight hours later and I had watched 20 episodes of Taxi, lol. So I moved some books around and made space for a comfy chair in my office. It has already increased my reading time! And as a bonus, the cats can’t work up enough speed to run across my face in my office, so I don’t have to wear my safety goggles while I’m reading. (Laugh, but it’s true!)
Now, on to shop talk: I have a bunch of fun book-related stuff for you today, plus a photo of the aforementioned offending felines. And as always, it is a delight and an honor to spend this time with you. Whatever you are doing or watching or reading this week, I am sending you EXTRA love and hugs. And please be mindful of others. It takes no effort to be kind. I’ll see you again on Thursday. – xoxo, Liberty, Your Friendly Neighborhood Velocireader™
Trivia question time! Who wrote The Adventures of Pinnochio? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)
Deals, Reals, and Squeals!
Zoraida Córdova announced her debut novel for adults.
Disney is rebooting Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
The 2020 Bad Sex in Fiction award has been canceled.
The 2020 Goodreads Choice winners have been revealed.
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:
Second Place: A Novel by Rachel Cusk (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, May 4, 2021)
I am a big fan of Cusk’s Outline trilogy, which I feel still deserves a lot more attention. And yesterday I found out she has a new novel coming in the late spring of next year! This one is about a woman who is visited by a famous artist. It examines their relationship to art and each other, and how it brings out the best of them, as well as their demons. MY BODY IS READY.
What I’m reading this week.
Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi
To Be Honest by Michael Leviton
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
The House Uptown by Melissa Ginsburg
Song stuck in my head:
And this is funny:
Teenagers are brutal.
Here are a few things I enjoy that I thought you might like as well:
- Prep & Landing. Somehow I had never heard of these Christmas specials until this week. They’re adorable! I’m a big fan of the disgruntled Santa’s helper trope.
- They Can Talk comics. I’m always down for animal jokes.
- Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring.
And here’s a cat picture!
I recently got a convertible chair for my office so I can loaf around (read: nap) in my favorite room after I finish work, but Farrokh and Zevon treat it like their dorm room and hang out when I pull out the bed.
Trivia answer: Carlo Collodi.
You made it to the bottom! High five. Thanks for reading! – xo, L