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Film Director Pedro Almodóvar Publishing Short Story Collection and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday, Book Friends!

Who among you celebrates Mardi Gras? Well, king cake season is upon us, and I’ve given up on finding a decent king cake in Seattle. They’re fine, but they’re overpriced and not quite the same as getting the real deal shipped from New Orleans. So I’m now trying to decide once and for all what my favorite New Orleans king cake is. Do you have favorites? Let me know. And if you’re curious, I can come back after Mardi Gras to let you know who won out this year. In the meantime, we’re here to talk about books. So, let’s hop to it.

Book Deals and Reveals

rani choudhury must die book cover

Check out the US cover of Adiba Jaigirdar’s Rani Choudhury Must Die. The cover features an illustration by Jani Balakumar and is designed by Samira Iravani. It’s out on November 12.

Here’s the cover of the Jewish YA novel Night Owls by A.R. Vishny. It’s out from HarperTeen on September 17.

Cosmopolitan shared the cover of Elle Kennedy’s The Dixon Rule. This book, the second in Kennedy’s Campus Diaries series, will be out on May 14.

And here’s the cover of the sapphic rom-com A Bánh Mì for Two by Trinity Nguyen. It’s out on August 27.

Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar is publishing a debut collection of short stories. The Last Dream, translated from the Spanish by Frank Wynne, will be out from HarperVia on September 24.

Author Stephanie Wrobel pays tribute to the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, in her new thriller novel The Hitchcock Hotel. Entertainment Weekly has all the details, including a cover reveal. It’s out on September 24.

FX has ordered a limited series adaptation of Patrick Radden Keefe’s book Say Nothing. Michael Lennox will direct.

Amy Adams is in talks to star alongside Jenna Ortega in the upcoming adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun. Taika Waititi is set to direct the project, which should begin filming soon.

Here are the 100 most popular romances, according to Goodreads. How many of these have you read?

Book Riot Recommends

Hi, welcome to everyone’s favorite segment of Book Radar called Book Riot Recommends. This is where I’ll talk to you about all the books I’m reading, the books I’m loving, and the books I can’t wait to read and love in the near future. I think you’re going to love them too!

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Prepare Your Shelves!

the book of love book cover

The Book of Love by Kelly Link

Friends, I am SO EXCITED to share this one with you because I am such a huge fan of Kelly Link’s weird, magical, and often unnerving short stories. And now, for the first time, we’re getting a full novel. And yeah, she is a chonky one. But this is so worth the journey. If you’ve never experienced Kelly Link before, you are in for a treat.

Laura, Daniel, and Mo are already dead, but a year after their disappearance, they mysteriously reappear at their high school in the seaside community of Lovesend, Massachusetts. But they are not alone. Their music teacher, Mr. Anabin, is there as well. He seems to know the secrets behind their disappearance and why they’ve been brought back. And he will reveal all if they complete three magical tests.

What I’m Reading This Week

notes on a silencing book cover

Notes on a Silencing by Lacy Crawford

The Last Word by Taylor Adams

Butcher & Blackbird by Brynne Weaver

Tender Beasts by Liselle Sambury

Rouge by Mona Awad

The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter

Bookish Memes

Sopranos fans, here are 12 books that would be on Carmela Soprano’s TBR. She was always one of my fave characters.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

ginger cat with perfect pink toe beans

How lucky are we to have the toe beans on full display in this photo? There’s really nothing cuter than cat beans. Murray’s are so beautiful and pink too! But we love beans of all colors here.

Anyway, I could talk about beans all day. And I have. And I will again. But for now, I’ll let you run. I hope you have an amazing week, and I’ll see you on Thursday!