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Happy Thursday, star bits! The world feels a little brighter today, and I am excited to “spend” a little time with you, talking about bookish stuff. It has been hard to concentrate on reading this week, but I have been plugging away at it anyway, because I am loving The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. It is over 800 pages long, but so far, is entirely worth it. I’ve also been pecking away at about a dozen more titles. I can no longer remember what it was like when I used to practiced book monogamy!
Moving on, today I have exciting adaptation news, cover reveals, and book talk for you. Plus a picture of Farrokh, looking all regal. Whatever you are doing or watching or reading this week, I am sending you love and hugs. – xoxo, Liberty, Your Friendly Neighborhood Velocireader™
Trivia question time! What classic children’s novel has the alternate title of How Toys Become Real? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)
Deals, Reals, and Squeals!
Lambda Literary announced that applications are now open for four cash prize opportunities for LGBTQ writers.
Netflix is teaming up with Ibram X. Kendi to adapt his anti-racism books.
The US Postal Service Literary Arts series will release a stamp honoring Ursula K. LeGuin later this year.
Here’s the cover reveal for Carefree Black Girls: A Celebration of Black Women in Pop Culture by Zeba Blay.
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:
When the Reckoning Comes by LaTanya McQueen (Harper Perennial, August 3)
I attended a publisher event this week with several Harper authors who have novels coming this year, and this is the one that I was most excited about. It’s a horror novel about a young Black woman named Mira who returns to her southern hometown to attend a wedding for an old friend. The site of the wedding? Woodsman plantation. And while Mira is haunted by terrible memories from when she was young, the plantation is literally haunted by the spirits of slaves. It is supposed to be a creepy horror novel and a powerful indictment of the how this country still clings to parts its racist history.
I know that I REALLY want to read this because after the event, I went to mark it down on my “get this as soon as possible” list, and discovered I had already marked it down. I hope to get my hot little hands on it really soon.
What I’m reading this week.
All’s Well by Mona Awad
The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois: a Novel by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell
The Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy by Paul Myers
Song stuck in my head:
And this is funny:
This tweet deserves an award.
Here are a few things I enjoy that I thought you might like as well:
- She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: People have recommended this show to me a zillion times, so I am finally giving it a try.
- Jigsaw puzzles! I got a puzzle caddy! It means I can now do puzzles and stop without finishing them and not have to worry about the cats eating pieces, because I can fold the caddy up and tuck it safely away.
- Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring.
And here’s a cat picture!
My little glamourpuss.
Trivia answer: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.
You made it to the bottom! High five. Thanks for reading! – xo, L