Book Radar

Kate McKinnon to Write a Novel and More Book Radar!

Hi, everyone!

I hope your week has been going well. Did you have a nice Valentine’s Day? After a quick little jaunt to Nashville, I’m back home in Seattle and ready to dive into another Thursday edition of Book Radar. So let’s do this.

Book Deals and Reveals

babysitters club graphic novel cover

Scholastic Graphix has announced two new comic adaptations of The Baby-sitters Club, based on the novels by Ann M. Martin. The Baby-sitters Club: Kristy and the Walking Disaster by Ellen T. Crenshaw is scheduled for a September release. The Baby-sitters Litter Sister: Karen’s Grandmothers by DK Yingst is scheduled for October. Get a first look at both of the books here!

SNL alum Kate McKinnon is writing a debut novel aimed at readers aged 8 through 12. The Millicent Quibb School of Etiquette for Young Ladies of Mad Science will be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group, on October 1.

The Color Purple, the movie musical starring Fantasia Barrino, Colman Domingo, Taraji P. Henson, and Halle Bailey, will be streaming on Max starting on February 16.

Despite a report earlier this week that the project was scrapped, Hulu’s TV adaptation of Sarah J. Maas’s romantasy book series A Court of Thorns and Roses is still a go. For now.

Tiny Reparations Books has secured North American rights to two new books by National Book Award–longlisted author LaToya Watkins. The first book, The Book of Chuck, will be published in spring 2026.

Tia Williams has sold North American rights to two new novels to Grand Central. The publisher says the first book is about “a woman employed by a search-engine company who accidentally sparks a worldwide search for the sexy stranger she made a deep connection with on a flight.”

Here’s the cover of Matt Haig’s The Life Impossible. It’s out on September 3. has released a list of new and updated words for 2024. Which words are your favorite?

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!

2024 is the tenth year of the Read Harder Challenge! Join us as we make our way through 24 tasks meant to expand our reading horizons and diversify our TBRs. To get book recommendations for each task, sign up for the Read Harder newsletter. We’ll also keep you informed about other cool reading challenges, readathons, and more across the bookish internet. If you become a paid subscriber, you get even more recommendations plus community features, where you can connect with a community of passionate, like-minded readers in a cozy and supportive corner of the internet. Sign up today!

Can’t Wait for This One!

exhibit book cover

Exhibit by R.O. Kwon (Riverhead, May 21)

If you read R.O. Kwon’s bestselling debut novel, The Incendiaries, then you’re probably already eagerly awaiting this one. R.O. Kwon’s sophomore novel Exhibit is a lot of everything I love. Complicated female relationships. Characters with intense artistic passions. And check out this amazing cover designed by Vi-An Nguyen. Because, while we should never judge a book by its cover, it never hurts to read a book with a gorgeous one.

Exhibit follows the story of Jin Han, a brilliant young photographer, and Lidija Jung, a beautiful ballerina who has left her company under mysterious circumstances. The two meet at a party and end up talking all night. As they talk, Jin and Lidija become so comfortable with one another that Jin actually reveals her biggest secret: a family curse that is meant to remain hidden at the risk of death. But now that the curse is out in the open, the two become entangled in one another’s lives, and nothing for either woman will ever be the same.

Words of Literary Wisdom

“Society wants us to look for the approval of men in everything we do. Self-care is the radical act of dressing and living for ourselves.”

Natural Beauty by Ling Ling Huang

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

a black cat and an orange cat cuddling

Today, I leave you with this cat puddle. Because there’s nothing better than a cat cuddle puddle. Enjoy.

And have a wonderful weekend, friends. Thanks for being here!