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Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington are GOOD AND EVIL and More Book Radar!

Happy Thursday, star slough! I hope you have been having a fabulous week. I’ve been reading books and watching a lot of Modern Family, because you know how it takes me a decade to catch up with what’s popular. Pretty soon I’m going to check out this Taylor Swift everyone is talking about! (I kid, I kid.) The real reason is that I’m an impatient little monster and prefer to watch things after every single episode is available to me.

Moving on, I I have exciting adaptation news, cover reveals, and book talk. Plus I’ve included a picture of orange gremlins, some trivia, and more! Whatever you are doing or watching or reading this week, I hope you good bob and we same place again very now. – xoxo, Liberty, Your Friendly Neighborhood Velocireader™

Trivia question time! What is the name of Xandra’s dog in Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

interior chinatown

Interior Chinatown author Charles Yu has established a prize for young Taiwanese American creative writers.

Rachel McAdams and Abby Ryder Fortson have joined the Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret movie.

Amblin Television is making a show based on Walter Mosley’s Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins series.

Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington have joined the cast of The School of Good and Evil.

Mila Kunis will star in the adaptation of Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive for Netflix.

Here’s the cover reveal for Sword Stone Table: Old Legends, New Voices, an anthology of Arthurian retellings edited by Swapna Krishna and Book Riot’s very own Jenn Northington!

Farrah Rochon announced a new book with Disney-Hyperion.

Here’s the first look at Netflix’s The Irregulars, based on the Baker Street Irregulars from Sherlocks Holmes.

The Horror Writers Association has announced the finalists for the 2020 Bram Stoker Awards.

the vanishing half

HBO has picked Aziza Barnes and Jeremy O. Harris as the writers for its potential series based on Brit Bennett’s novel The Vanishing Half.

Anthony Bourdain’s crime novel Gone Bamboo to become a TV series.

Hillary Clinton to publish a political thriller with author Louise Penny.

An animated adaptation of The Great Gatsby is in the works.

Here’s the first look at the upcoming adaptation of Lisey’s Story by Stephen King. And speaking of King, Edgar Wright will direct the remake of The Running Man.

Disney+ is making a sequel to their adaptation of Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.

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: 

Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond (St. Martin’s Griffin, October 5)

I’ve adored Gwenda Bond’s books in the past, so I am really looking forward to getting my hot (pun intended) little hands on her upcoming romance novel about a young woman named Callie who meets a Satanic cult while running her family’s escape room business and a handsome young man named Luke who offers to help drive the cult off before the bring about the destruction of the world. And it turns out Luke is perfect for this particular task, because he is the actual son of the Devil himself. So, the question is, should Callie date the hot son of the Prince of Darkness if the end of the world is a possibility anyway? INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW.

What I’m reading this week.

The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman

Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian 

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

Lightseekers by Femi Kayode

Song stuck in my head:

Dark Runs Out by Amy Stroup. (Also, I’m still really into listening to songs I loved when I was young. You can listen to a lot of them in this playlist I made!)

And this is funny:

I’ve watched this too many times.

Happy things:

Here are a few things I enjoy that I thought you might like as well:

  • Modern Family: This show makes me laugh a lot. I am a big fan of people falling down and/or getting hit in the head.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Okay, so this is in no way a happy thing, but it’s just what I need playing in the background while I do jigsaw puzzles. I have now made it to the middle of season five and I am still into it. After watching so much Murder She Wrote recently, I’m enjoying the crimes coming to them, not just happening everywhere they go.
  • Jigsaw puzzles! I have moved on to two-in-one puzzles, where you have to separate the pieces to make two entirely different puzzles.
  • Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring.

And here’s a cat picture!

I’m letting them drive these boxes even though they don’t have licenses.

Trivia answer: Popper.

You made it to the bottom! High five. Thanks for reading! – xo, L

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Hooray, It’s Time for New Books!

Hello, Tuesday friends, it’s time to get excited about new books! Can you believe February is practically over already. THAT was fast. 2021 has been flat-out amazing when it comes to new book releases. Two of my favorites of the year have already been released—The Rib King by Ladee Hubbard and We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen—and next week another of my favorites is out—In the Quick by Kate Hope Day. You’re going to love them! Also, I’ve been pretty active on Twitter lately and I’m always around on Instagram, and I love to hear from people who have loved a book I’ve recommended. 😍

I’m looking forward to a lot of today’s new releases and I hope that very soon I’ll be able to get my hands on Escaping Exodus: Symbiosis by Nicky Drayden, Love Is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann, and Nubia: Real One by L. L. McKinney and Robyn Smith.

And speaking of today’s great books, for this week’s episode of All the Books! Patricia and I discussed some of the wonderful books that we’ve read, such as The City of Good Death, Raceless, The Blizzard Party, and more. (Also, last week I didn’t notice the typo in Tirzah’s name—sorry, Tirzah! Related: Check out her upcoming book, Pride and Premeditation.)

And now, it’s time for everyone’s favorite gameshow: AHHHHHH MY TBR! Here are today’s contestants:

The Upstairs House by Julia Fine

Megan, a writer working on a book about children’s literature, has been anticipating the birth of her first child. But from the very beginning, it is not quite what she was expecting. She is sore and tired all the time, and worried that she doesn’t feel an attachment with her new daughter.

This worry only grows when Megan comes home from the hospital and her husband leaves almost immediately for a business trip. But help arrives in the form of a kind upstairs neighbor, who offers to help out with the baby. But the weird thing is that the neighbor is living in a part of the house that didn’t used to exist and the neighbor herself is children’s book writer Margaret Wise Brown—who has been dead for quite some time. (Yes, the Margaret Wise Brown, author of many books including Goodnight Moon.)

But tired and despondent as she is, Megan is grateful for the assistance, until it turns out that Margaret has unfinished business and Megan and the baby are pulled further and further into her plans. As events turn more chaotic and dangerous, Megan must decide how to free herself and her baby from the situation.

This is a great, intense story of the unrealistic expectations women are fed around giving birth and having children, and the need for further understanding and compassion around postpartum depression. (Also, this is a bit ghoulish, but did you know Margaret Wise Brown died from complications from doing a high kick while she was still recovering from surgery? I learned that in high school and it still haunts me.)

Backlist bump: The Need by Helen Phillips

Smoke by Joe Ide

This is the fifth book in the IQ series now, which seems impossible. I wanted to point it out because it’s a great series (which is being made into a television series by Snoop Dogg!)

The main character is Isaiah Quintabe, also known as IQ, a resident of one of LA’s toughest neighborhoods who uses his Sherlock Holmes-like abilities of observation and deduction to help solve cases that are written off or ignored by the police. His past cases include the death threats against a rap mogul, dangerous loan sharks and stalkers, a missing mother, and arms dealers.

In his fifth book, IQ will have to decide if he wants to break cover to help a man on the hunt for the state’s most prolific serial killer, while his partner, Dodson, has some difficult decisions to make. Some series you can read out of order, but I highly recommend starting at the beginning with this one, because a lot of plot hinges on past events. But don’t worry, it’s worth it. IQ is the great contemporary Sherlock the 21st century needs.

Backlist bump: IQ by Joe Ide

The Lost Soul by Olga Tokarczuk, Joanna Concejo (Illustrator), Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translator)

This is a beautiful, contemplative story by Nobel Pirize winner Tokarczuk, author of Flights and Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, with unbelievably outstanding illustrations by Concejo.

The story is about a man who is sad and unhappy and so he goes to the doctor, who tells him he has lost his soul. The doctor explains the nature of souls and tells the man he needs to slow his life down. The story is set in the middle of the book, with the illustrations leading up to the story in black-and-white, and the images after the story bursting with color. It’s a gorgeous book about taking time to appreciate what you have and what is around you. Remember this one when it’s time to give a graduation gift!

Backlist bump: The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins


Thank you, as always, for joining me each week as I rave about books! I am wishing the best for all of you in whatever situation you find yourself in now. – XO, Liberty

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Daniel José Older’s New YA Novel To Be Published by Rick Riordan and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday, star bits! I hope you all were able to enjoy your weekend. I had a lot of assigned reading for my jobs, so I spent the weekend up to my face orbs in words, which is just how I like it. And you’ll be hearing about some of the books that I read in the future here in this newsletter! (IT’S ALL FOR YOU, DAMIAN.) Any excuse to read books is a good excuse, but it’s even better when I get to share. And speaking of sharing, I watched an interview with Emily St. John Mandel last week and all she would say about her next novel, which she has almost finished, is that there is a time-traveling book publicist. Which is not a thing I knew I wanted until just now. I can’t wait!

Moving on: I have some exciting book news for you today and a look at an exciting dystopian novella that takes place in a submarine, plus cover reveals, a terrible pun, a cat picture, and trivia! Let’s get started, shall we?

Here’s Monday’s trivia question: Who wrote the 1959 novel To Sir, With Love, which later became a film starring Sidney Poitier? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

Jesse Plemons has joined the cast of Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of David Grann’s Killer of the Flower Moon.

Hafsah Faizal’s We Hunt The Flame is being adapted into a television series.

Daisy Ridley will star in the adaptation of The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne.

Rick Riordan’s imprint will publish its first YA novel, which will be written by Daniel José Older.

Here’s the cover reveal for Redemptor, the second Raybearer book, by Jordan Ifueko.

Here’s the book trailer for TJ Newman’s forthcoming book, Falling, which has already been bought by Universal.

Here’s the cover reveal for The Perishing by Natashia Deon.

Here’s the first look at the cover of Sarah MacLean’s new romance novel Bombshell.

Tim Burton is making a live-action Wednesday Addams series for Netflix.

Here’s the first look at the LGBTQ+ graphic novel Eighty Days by A.C. Esguerra.

Mindy Kaling’s Kaling International is adapting Sanjena Sathian’s Gold Diggers for TV.

Paddington 3 is officially in the works.

Here’s a huge round-up of Epic Reads fall book release cover reveals.

Brit Bennett is on the cover of Time magazine as one of their Next 100 Most Influential People.

Here’s the cover reveal for Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez.

Norman Reedus is developing Edward Gorey’s Neglected Murderesses as a series for AMC.

Here’s the cover reveal of A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw.

Netflix is creating an animated musical film based on Lupita Nyong’o’s Sulwe.

Victor LaValle is writing a brand new five-issue original comic series, which will be illustrated by Jo Mi-Gyeong.

Daniel Cole’s Ragdoll is going to be made into a series.

William Corlett’s Now & Then is being made into a film.

Lily Rabe will join Ben Affleck in George Clooney’s Tender Bar, based on the memoir by J.R. Moehringer.

Here’s the cover reveal for Cherie Priest’s Grave Reservations.

HBO is adaptating Roger Zelazny’s Roadmarks.

Here’s the cover reveal for The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker.

Anna Friel will star in the adaptation of Karen Hamilton’s The Perfect Girlfriend.

Here’s the cover reveal for Shoot the Moonlight Out by William Boyle.

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!)

Loved, loved, loved: 

We Shall Sing a Song into the Deep by Andrew Kelly Stewart (Tor.com, March 9)

The beginning of the first sentence of the pitch for this was “A Canticle for Leibowitz meets The Hunt for Red October…” and I was like “I’M IN.” A Canticle for Leibowitz is my favorite sci-fi book, and I don’t hear it mentioned that often, so of course I had to read this.

Here’s the three-word elevator pitch: monks in submarines. That’s the whole premise and I loved it. So it’s the future and there’s been a horrible nuclear war that has decimated the planet. People have taken to boats to avoid the poisoned lands, and an order of monks spend their days and nights aboard a submarine that has been outfitted with the last nuclear bomb. They have been on the submarine for years; its electrical wiring is a mess, the other mechanical parts are faulty, and all the monks are suffering from scurvy and radiation poisoning and other ailments.

When the book starts, we meet Remy, a Chorister, who is one of the young boys charged with singing in church aboard the submarine. Except only the dying caplain (like captain and chaplain, get it?) of the boat knows that Remy is actually a girl. He rescued her from a vessel years ago, and had to keep her secret because no girls or women are permitted aboard. And she is also the only one he trusts to hide the key that unlocks the nuclear bomb.

But then the caplain dies, and his power-mad replacement is hellbent on releasing the last bomb and ending everything, and even resorts to using Remy’s best friend as a pawn to try and get what he wants. Can Remy save her only friend and keep the key out the hands of the new caplain?

I thought this was perfectly paced and it seemed entirely plausible. Although submarines stress me out—it also made me feel claustrophobic!

(Content warning for murder, physical violence, drowning, a nuclear apocalypse, radiation poisoning, child abuse, and starvation.)

What I’m reading this week.

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia 

Lightseekers by Femi Kayode

Redemptor (Raybearer Book 2) by Jordan Ifueko

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

Ten Low by Stark Holborn

Groan-worthy joke of the week: 

I could tell a joke about pizza, but it’s a little cheesy.

And this is funny:

Great, another thing I’m going to be wondering about instead of sleeping.

Happy things:

Here are a few things I enjoy that I thought you might like as well:

  • The Great North: From the creator of Bob’s Burgers; it’s kind of like a Bob’s Burgers but set in Alaska, complete with the youngest child wearing an animal costume at all times. But it’s cute and I’ll keep watching. Bonus: Nick Offerman does one of the voices.
  • Warehouse 13: All five seasons are streaming on Peacock! Of course, rewatching this is going to lead to a rewatch of The Librarians, for sure.
  • Gravity Falls: It’s never enough, no, it’s never enough. Also: GRAPPLING HOOK.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Okay, so this is in no way a happy thing, but it’s just what I need playing in the background while I do jigsaw puzzles. I have now made it to the middle of season five and I am still into it. After watching so much Murder She Wrote recently, I’m enjoying the crimes coming to them, not just happening everywhere they go.
  • Jigsaw puzzles! Yup, still puzzling.
  • Numberzilla. Still not tired of this game.
  • Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring.

And here’s a cat picture!

I should livestream cat wrestling from my house and make a million dollars. Spoiler: Zevon always wins. He always starts it and he always wins.

Trivia answer: E. R. Braithwaite.

Remember that whatever you are doing or watching or reading this week, I am sending you love and hugs. Please be safe, and be mindful of others. It takes no effort to be kind. I’ll see you again on Thursday. – xoxo, Liberty

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A New Novel from Amor Towles and More Book Radar!

Happy Thursday, kittens! Or should I say puppies—hooray for the release of the first Cruella trailer! I know people have mixed feelings about the casting, but I think it looks like super fun and I LOVE the costumes and aesthetics! I hope it’s as delicious as it looks.

On top of the Cruella trailer today, I have exciting adaptation news, cover reveals, and book talk. Plus I’ve included a picture of my gray goblin, some trivia, and more! Whatever you are doing or watching or reading this week, I hope you good bob and we same place again very now. – xoxo, Liberty, Your Friendly Neighborhood Velocireader™

Trivia question time! What is Jay Gatsby’s real name and where was he born? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas is getting her own YA novel.

Here’s the scoop on The Lincoln HIghway, the new novel from Amor Towles.

Here’s the first trailer for the Cruella movie starring Emma Stone. (Did you know 101 Dalmatians was written by Dodie Smith, who also wrote I Capture the Castle?

Alice Wong’s upcoming memoir has sold to Vintage.

Simone Ashley will star in the second season of Bridgerton.

Here’s the cover reveal of The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale.

Here’s the cover reveal of Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco.

Here are the winners of the 2021 Southern Book Prize.

And the Aspen Institute announced the five finalists for the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize.

Here’s the first look at V.E. Schwab’s new superhero comic.

You can check out the first excerpt from Anthony Bourdain’s posthumous guidebook.

Vincent Cassel, Eva Green and Oliver Jackson-Cohen will star in the new Three Musketeers movies.

Here’s the cover reveal for Battle Of The Bands edited by Lauren Gibaldi and Eric Smith.

Joe Alwyn, Jemima Kirke, Alison Oliver, and Sasha Lane have been cast in Hulu’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends.

Here’s more information about the True Blood reboot.

And more information on the upcoming season of Lovecraft Country.

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: 

Hairpin Bridge by Taylor Adams (William Morrow, June 15)

If you ask me what my favorite thriller of the past five years is, I will answer so fast your head will spin: No Exit by Taylor Adams. I loooooved that book. It’s a locked-room thriller set in a rest stop visitor’s center during a blizzard. Five strangers who have been stranded by the storm are weathering (teehee) an evening together when one of them discovers a child locked in a van outside. Which means the kidnapper is one of her sleepover friends—but how do you figure out who is a dangerous criminal and still get through the night without alerting them to the fact that you know?

That book is like Die Hard in a rest stop. I still think about it often. So imagine my delight when I got my hands on a copy of the new book from Taylor Adams! It’s about a young woman who is on a quest to learn the truth about the death of her twin sister, which involves a dangerous, creepy bridge in Montana. Unfortunately, I don’t have time in my reading schedule for this until next week—sob!—but you bet I’ll be picking it up as soon as I can!

What I’m reading this week.

Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh 

Ten Low by Stark Holborn

Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan

Dead Dead Girls (A Harlem Renaissance Mystery) by Nekesa Afia  

The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin

Song stuck in my head:

Homegrown by Haux. (Thanks a lot, Superstore.) (Also, I’m still really into listening to songs I loved when I was young. You can listen to a lot of them in this playlist I made!)

And this is funny:

Silly stuff makes me laugh.

Happy things:

Here are a few things I enjoy that I thought you might like as well:

  • Warehouse 13: All five seasons are streaming on Peacock! Of course, rewatching this is going to lead to a rewatch of The Librarians, for sure.
  • Gravity Falls: It’s never enough, no, it’s never enough. Also: GRAPPLING HOOK.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Okay, so this is in no way a happy thing, but it’s just what I need playing in the background while I do jigsaw puzzles. I have now made it to the middle of season five and I am still into it. After watching so much Murder She Wrote recently, I’m enjoying the crimes coming to them, not just happening everywhere they go.
  • Jigsaw puzzles! I have moved on to two-in-one puzzles, where you have to separate the pieces to make two entirely different puzzles.
  • Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring.

And here’s a cat picture!

Millay is in the hot spot.

Trivia answer: James Gatz and North Dakota.

You made it to the bottom! High five. Thanks for reading! – xo, L

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Hooray, It’s Time for New Books!

Happy Tuesday, readers! I hope you had a great weekend. You are never going to believe this but I spent my weekend—get ready—reading books. Haha, JK, that’s a regular weekend for me. Bonus: I read something I really enjoyed that I can share with you today! I’m excited about a lot of today’s new releases and I hope that very soon I’ll be able to get my hands on Jaguars’ Tomb by Angélica Gorodischer, the reissue of No More Lies by Dick Gregory, and The Mission House by Carys Davies.

Speaking of today’s great books, for this week’s episode of All the Books! Torzah and I discussed some of the wonderful books that we’ve read, such as The Memory Theater, First Comes Like, The Echo Wife, and more.

This one is for you, Cassie: And now, it’s time for everyone’s favorite gameshow: AHHHHHH MY TBR! Here are today’s contestants:

Soulstar (The Kingston Cycle Book 3) by C. L. Polk 

This is the third book in a series, but because I love this series so much, I wanted to make sure that I either 1) let you know the third one was coming out or 2) introduced you to this excellent series! It’s set in an alternate Edwardian England, where magic is real and witches exist.

In the first book, we meet Miles Singer, a magic-marked human who has been hiding out as a doctor in a veteran’s hospital after the war. Er, for reasons. He has been successful in keeping his identity—and his abilities— a secret until a dying patient is brought in and reveals Miles’s identity. Now Miles must figure out who the patient was and how he knew the truth. Luckily, a handsome stranger is willing to give Miles help with his investigation.

The next books revolve around related characters from the first book, and all are excellent. If you love an alternative history fantasy series, I cannot recommend this one enough!

Backlist bump: Witchmark (The Kingston Cycle, 1) by C. L. Polk

The Witch of Eye by Kathryn Nuernberger

And speaking of witches: this is a fascinating, brutal collection of essays about the terrors visited upon the (almost entirely) women who have been accused of witchcraft over the centuries. Nuernberger divides each chapter into the story of a specific victim from history and examines the hypocrisies, horrors, and ignorance that led to each of their demise, along with stories of women in her own life and her observations of the world. Make no mistake, it is hard to read sometimes, but Nuernberger has done an engrossing job discussing their deaths as tied to the beauty and terror of nature. This book will not be for everyone, but I am glad I read it.

(CW for graphic descriptions of the torture and death of people accused of witchcraft.)

Backlist bump: Witches of America by Alex Mar

How to Order the Universe by María José Ferrada, Elizabeth Bryer (translator)

And this is the book I mentioned on All the Books as wanting to read. I took the time over the weekend to fit it in, and I thought it was great!

It’s a Paper Moon-esque story set in Pinochet-era Chile, and follows seven-year-old M. She is extremely intelligent and precocious and is fascinated by her father’s work. D is a traveling salesman who sells tools, and M convinces him to write her excuse notes for school and instead take her with him on his sales calls. This works to D’s advantage, because people are less likely to say no or yell at him in front of a little kid. M also uses this to her advantage to extort toys from her dad.

Their arrangement works so well that he even lends her out to another salesman to help with his visits, and M is raking in the loot. But everything changes when their friendship with a photographer named E leads to tragedy. It’s a really bittersweet story of a girl’s love for her dad and the things in life that even the most intelligent children don’t understand when they are young.

(CW for violence and death, homophobic language and racist remarks, and children smoking cigarettes.)

Backlist bump: Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans


Thank you, as always, for joining me each week as I rave about books! I am wishing the best for all of you in whatever situation you find yourself in now. – XO, Liberty

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THE GILDED ONES Is Being Adapted and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday, star bits! I am soooooooo excited to hear the news about the new Redwall adaptation. Not because I’m a big Redwall fan—I’ve never actually read the books. (Don’t @ me.) No, it’s because it’s being developed by the creator of Over the Garden Wall, one of my very favorite shows of all time. I have seriously watched it at least 100 times since discovering it two years ago, and I plan to watch it at least another 100 this year. (And then I’m going to burgle your turts!)

Moving on: I have some exciting book news for you today and a look at an incredible upcoming gothic horror book and a bunch of cover reveals, plus a terrible joke, a cat picture, and trivia! Let’s get started, shall we?

Here’s Monday’s trivia question: What classic children’s book contains only 50 unique words? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

Namina Forna’s YA fantasy novel The Gilded Ones is being made into a film. (I looooved this book.)

Here’s the cover reveal of Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora edited by Saraciea J. Fennell.

Netflix’s Redwall adaptation is being made by the creator of Over the Garden Wall (which is the greatest thing—watch it!)

Here’s the first look at Leila Slimani’s In the Country of Others.

Huda Fahmy has sold a graphic novel based on her life, called Huda F Are You.

Here’s the cover reveal of Mine by Delilah Dawson.

The first winner of The Novel Prize has been announced.

Here’s the cover reveal of This is Our Rainbow, an all-LGBTQ+ middle grade anthology edited by Katherine Locke and Nicole Melleby.

Dang it! I wasn’t interested in watching the Game of Thrones prequel until they added Rhys Ifans.

And speaking of GoT, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are developing the Richard Powers novel The Overstory for Netflix.

Here’s the cover reveal of Well Matched by Jen DeLuca.

Claire Danes will replace Keira Knightley as the star in the adaptation of Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent.

Diamond White will voice the lead role in Disney Channel’s animated series Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.

Here’s the cover reveal of A Soft Place to Land by Janae Marks.

Abby Jimenez’s The Happy Ever After Playlist is being made into a film.

Rebekah Weatherspoon has a YA romance novel on the way.

Lily Gladstone has joined the cast of Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon.

Latinx in Publishing is launching two fellowships.

Here are the the finalists for the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards.

Here’s a preview of the final season of Shrill.

Here’s the cover reveal of Witch Please (Fix-It Witches) by Ann Aguirre.

Jamie Chung and Oscar Wahlberg have joined the cast of Dexter.

Jessica Goodman’s They Wish They Were Us is being made into a series.

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!)

Loved, loved, loved: 

The Death of Jane Lawrence: A Novel by Caitlin Starling (St. Martin’s Press, October 1)

This was so awesome! I was a big fan of The Luminous Dead, Starling’s super-claustrophobic space cave diving book, and let me tell you—this is nothing like it. Except that it’s also intense and amazing! It’s like Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell meets Mexican Gothic meets Crimson Peak.

Set in the early 20th century, it’s about Jane Lawrence, a young woman with a head for numbers who has decided that marriage is much like math—it is a problem to be solved. She makes a list of the eligible men in her town and decides that the handsome young doctor, Augustine Lawrence, is the best fit. So she proposes a marriage business arrangement, in which it is a marriage of convenience and she also works as his accountant.

There are definite sparks between Jane and Augustine, and she proves to be useful in a medical emergency as well, and so though he wants to say no (for reasons we are not aware of yet), he agrees to the marriage. But Augustine tells Jane he has one rule on which he will not budge: she can never spend a night with him at his family estate, and must instead live alone in the lodgings over his surgery. It is an odd request, but since this is an unconventional arrangement anyway, Jane agrees.

Buuuuuuuuuut this rule lasts for less than an hour once they are wed when, through a series of errors and accidents, Jane winds up Augustine’s derelict family estate, and she soon learns just why it is that Augustine doesn’t want her there.

This blood-soaked book was chilling from beginning to end, with great reveals and an intense romance, plus lots of ghosts, gore, and guts! I loved Jane and her no nonsense approach to everything that comes her way, even when it’s fantastical. And I loved the setting and the unique ghost tale. I would LOVE to see this adapted into a movie or limited series.

Heads up that this is super bloody! Content warnings for graphic descriptions of death, loss of a spouse, illness, body horror, gore, war, miscarriage, and violence.

What I’m reading this week.

Dead Dead Girls (A Harlem Renaissance Mystery) by Nekesa Afia  

The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin

Feral Creatures by Kira Jane Buxton

The Seven Doors by Agnes Ravatn, Rosie Hedger (translator)

The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox

Groan-worthy joke of the week: 

When does a joke become a “dad joke?” When it becomes apparent.

And this is funny:

I never turn my camera on.

Happy things:

Here are a few things I enjoy that I thought you might like as well:

  • Modern Family: I have watched the first episode now—I’m in.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Okay, so this is in no way a happy thing, but it’s just what I need playing in the background while I do jigsaw puzzles. I have now made it to the middle of season five and I am still into it. After watching so much Murder She Wrote recently, I’m enjoying the crimes coming to them, not just happening everywhere they go.
  • Jigsaw puzzles! Yup, still puzzling.
  • Numberzilla. Still not tired of this game.
  • Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring.

And here’s a cat picture!

This is what happens when you fold them and put them away before they’re completely dry.

Trivia answer: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.

Remember that whatever you are doing or watching or reading this week, I am sending you love and hugs. Please be safe, and be mindful of others. It takes no effort to be kind. I’ll see you again on Thursday. – xoxo, Liberty

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A WIZARD OF OZ Remake and More Book Radar!

Oh, hey, would you look at that—it’s Thursday again! That means it’s time to receive more bookish goodness in your inbox! I have traveled alllllllll the way to the last page of the Internet to find you some exciting adaptation news, cover reveals, and book talk. Plus I’ve included a picture of my little orange monsters, some trivia, and more! Whatever you are doing or watching or reading this week, I hope you good bob and we same place again very now. – xoxo, Liberty, Your Friendly Neighborhood Velocireader™

Trivia question time! Which writer had a well-publicized “Ten Rules of Writing” that included “Never open a book with weather” and “Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip?” (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

Oona Out of Order is getting the adaptation treatment.

Holly Black’s Curse Workers trilogy is being released in one special edition.

Here’s the cover reveal of Zoraida Córdova’s The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina.

Here’s the first look at Danny Trejo’s upcoming memoir, Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, And Hollywood.

Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty is going to be a series.

Andrea Beaty announced Aaron Slater, Illustrator.

Flight attendant’s first thriller is at the center of a bidding war.

Miramax has optioned a short story from Alice Munro.

Here’s a peek at the first chapter of Leigh Bardugo’s Rule of Wolves.

A Wizard of Oz remake is in the works.

Rob Delaney and Alice Eve have joined the adaptation of The Power.

HBO Max is creating a series based on Leslie Lehr’s memoir A Boob’s Life: How America’s Obsession Shaped Meand You.

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: 

The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin (Little, Brown and Company, June 1)

In this upcoming debut novel, a Chinese American assassin is on a mission to find the men who kidnapped his wife and exact his revenge.

I love a Western, and I love a revenge story, but it’s really this endorsement from Jonathan Lethem that sold me on this book: ““In Tom Lin’s novel, the atmosphere of Cormac McCarthy’s West, or that of the Coen Brothers’ True Grit, gives way to the phantasmagorical shades of Ray Bradbury, Charles Finney’s The Circus of Dr. Lao, and Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love.” I mean. How can I resist? I can hear someone mention Geek Love from a mile away, like sharks sense blood in the water. Someone give me this book now, please and thank you.

What I’m reading this week.

Feral Creatures by Kira Jane Buxton

The Seven Doors by Agnes Ravatn, Rosie Hedger (translator)

The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox

The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You: Stories by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Something New Under the Sun by Alexandra Kleeman 

Song stuck in my head:

Leave Me Alone by New Order. (Also, I’m still really into listening to songs I loved when I was young. You can listen to a lot of them in this playlist I made!)

And this is funny:

Very important koala information.

Happy things:

Here are a few things I enjoy that I thought you might like as well:

  • Superstore. Mateo is my new favorite character crush. I’m almost finished all the seasons and I think I’ll watch Modern Family next.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Okay, so this is in no way a happy thing, but it’s just what I need playing in the background while I do jigsaw puzzles. I have now made it to the middle of season five and I am still into it. After watching so much Murder She Wrote recently, I’m enjoying the crimes coming to them, not just happening everywhere they go.
  • Jigsaw puzzles! I have moved on to two-in-one puzzles, where you have to separate the pieces to make two entirely different puzzles.
  • Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring.

And here’s a cat picture!

Chillin’.

Trivia answer: Elmore Leonard.

You made it to the bottom! High five. Thanks for reading! – xo, L

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New Books

Hooray, It’s Time for New Books!

It’s Tuuuuuuuuuesday! That means there are oodles of great new books being released out into the world today. I am most eager to get my hands on The Velocity of Revolution by Marshall Ryan Maresca, A Tip for the Hangman by Allison Epstein, and Nuestra América by Claudio Lomnitz. Especially since I have nothing to read. 😉

Speaking of today’s great books, for this week’s episode of All the Books! Vanessa and I discussed some of the wonderful books that we’ve read, such as The Gilded Ones, Kink, The Witch’s Heart, and more.

And now, it’s time for everyone’s favorite gameshow: AHHHHHH MY TBR! Here are today’s contestants:

In the Shadow of the Moon: America, Russia, and the Hidden History of the Space Race by Amy Cherrix

My goal this year (and every year, it seems) is to read more nonfiction. I have not been very successful, but I did get to read this story of the United States and Russia and their race to the moon. I learned a lot about the men behind the first rockets into space that we didn’t learn in school—like how one of the engineers was a former Nazi officer—and their bitter rivalry. Outer space itself in general kind of weirds me out if I think about it for too long, but reading about the science and politics and dirty secrets surrounding mankind trying to visit it was just my speed.

Backlist bump: Hidden Figures: Young Readers’ Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

This is a cute debut young adult novel about two Vietnamese-American teens whose families own competing restaurants. Bao Nguyen and Linh Mai both work hard for their parents, even if their parents won’t admit it. The two have always steered clear of one another, but after an accidental meeting, they are beginning to wonder what caused the rift between their families. And there’s something else—they’re totally into one another. How will their parents react to their children being involved with someone from a competing pho restaurant, when they aren’t generous with their affection and understanding on a regular day? (Fun fact: Loan Le also works in publishing and is the editor of Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan, one of my favorite novels of the year.)

Backlist bump: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Dreyer’s English (Adapted for Young Readers): Good Advice for Good Writing by Benjamin Dreyer

I just realized all my picks today are young adult books, but I can’t help it because these are the ones I liked best! I loved the adult edition of Dreyer’s English and I think it’s genius to have one for budding writers. It makes so much sense to help young writers as they’re starting out, and Dreyer is the King of Grammar, so he’s the perfect person to teach them! He’s also hella witty and funny. I am all for more Dreyer’s English everything: Dreyer’s English bath bombs, Dreyer’s English air fresheners, Dreyer’s English pet shampoo, Dreyer’s English breakfast cereal—bring it on.

Backlist bump: STET! Dreyer’s English: A Game for Language Lovers, Grammar Geeks, and Bibliophiles by Benjamin Dreyer


Thank you, as always, for joining me each week as I rave about books! I am wishing the best for all of you in whatever situation you find yourself in now. – XO, Liberty

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Book Radar

Samantha Irby Joins the Sex and the City Writer’s Room and More Book Radar!

Oh, hey, it’s snowing again in Maine. Meet the new weather, same as the old weather. I don’t mind it, because it’s so pretty and I don’t have to go outside, so I can just sit inside with my books and look at it. Related: I have hit the pandemic wall. I cannot wait until we can all leave the house again and go wherever we want, so I have more exciting things to talk about besides the weather.

Moving on: Last week was so full of book news that it used up a lot of the supply, because there weren’t nearly as many this week. I guess every week can’t have a bazillion news stories. Still, I have a little exciting book news for you today and a look at an incredible upcoming horror book, plus a terrible joke, a cat picture, and trivia! Let’s get started, shall we?

Here’s Monday’s trivia question: Who is the protagonist of Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

The Obamas are bringing three novel adaptations to Netflix, including Exit West with Riz Ahmed.

Samantha Irby has joined the writer’s room for the upcoming seasons of Sex and the City.

Here’s the first look at Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s upcoming novel, Velvet Was the Night.

Emma Stone is re-teaming with Yorgos Lanthimos for an adaptation of Poor Things by Alasdair Gray.

Here’s the first look at the adaptation of Alissa Nutting’s Made for Love with Cristin Milioti and Ray Romano.

Paramount is fighting with the Capote estate to remake Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Starz is making The Serpent Queen, a drama based on the book Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda.

The Brandy and Whitney Houston version of Cinderella is finally going to be streaming.

Fox is developing a one-hour CIA thriller based on Alma Katsu’s Red Widow.

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!)

Loved, loved, loved: 

When the Reckoning Comes by LaTanya McQueen (Harper Perennial, August 3)

Holy cats, this book knocked the top of my brain right off! I watched LaTanya McQueen discuss this novel in a Zoom meeting a few weeks ago and was immediately excited to read it, because it sounded fantastic. But it even exceeded my expectations!

When Mira is a teen, she and her friend, Jesse, decide to investigate the dilapidated ruins of a plantation in their town. The horrifying stories about the owners of the plantation and the people enslaved there have been passed down for generations. What Mira sees there, and what happens next, ends with Jesse being arrested for murder. Up until that time, Mira and Jesse and their friend, Celine, have been thick as thieves, growing up the poorest kids in town and bonding over their mutual struggles.

As soon as high school is over, Mira flees town. But now her former best friend, Celine, is asking Mira to return for her wedding—which is being held at the renovated plantation. Against her better judgement, Mira agrees to attend, partially in the hopes of reuniting with her first crush, Jesse, who she has also not seen since school ended. But the stories Mira’s mother told her about their own relatives being enslaved on the plantation are fresh in Mira’s mind, and when she begins to see things she can’t explain soon after arriving at the wedding, she knows that the rumors must be true. The horrors of history have come back—and people are going to have to pay.

This book is taut and intense and the pages just fly by! It is an important look at historic injustices, racism, the horrors of slavery, and accountability. I loved the complexities of the characters and how real the novel felt, even with the supernatural elements. And every few chapters is an “interstitial”, in the voices of the murdered enslaved people who haunt the plantation, that will break your heart. Make no mistake, this is a flat-out horror book, but one everyone should have to read, to remind us of all the people who suffered and the repeated attempts to erase our country’s past and the lives lost.

(CW include murder, physical violence, racism and racialized language, abuse, torture, sexual assault, and gore.)

What I’m reading this week.

Something New Under the Sun by Alexandra Kleeman 

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling

The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You: Stories by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

The Corpse Flower by Anne Mette Hancock

The Brittanys by Brittany Ackerman

Groan-worthy joke of the week: 

Why did the football coach go to the bank? To get his quarterback.

And this is funny:

I love animal humor the best of all.

Happy things:

Here are a few things I enjoy that I thought you might like as well:

  • Superstore. Mateo is my new favorite character crush.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Okay, so this is in no way a happy thing, but it’s just what I need playing in the background while I do jigsaw puzzles. I have now made it to the middle of season five and I am still into it. After watching so much Murder She Wrote recently, I’m enjoying the crimes coming to them, not just happening everywhere they go.
  • Jigsaw puzzles! I have moved on to two-in-one puzzles, where you have to separate the pieces to make two entirely different puzzles.
  • Numberzilla. Still not tired of this game.
  • Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring.

And here’s a cat picture!

They’re ganging up on me.

Trivia answer: Kvothe.

Remember that whatever you are doing or watching or reading this week, I am sending you love and hugs. Please be safe, and be mindful of others. It takes no effort to be kind. I’ll see you again on Thursday. – xoxo, Liberty

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The First Trailer for MOXIE and More Book Radar!

Happy Thursday, readers! I am writing to you from Maine, as usual, where we just received over a foot of snow. It has started to shift and slide off the roof, which is making the cats wild. They act as though it must be a giant mouse up there. (Maybe they know something I don’t.) Snow noises aside, it has been a quiet week. I have read a lot of good books and recorded a new episode of All the Books (which is coming up on its 300th episode.) These days, quiet is good—I will take it!

Today I have some exciting adaptation news, cover reveals, SO many awards, and book talk. Plus a picture of my little orange monsters, some trivia, and more! Whatever you are doing or watching or reading this week, I hope you good bob and we same place again very now. – xoxo, Liberty, Your Friendly Neighborhood Velocireader™

Trivia question time! Who wrote the Swallows and Amazons series? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

Here’s the first trailer for Moxie with Amy Poehler.

Reese Witherspoon’s book club is now an app.

The 10 finalists for 2021 Evergreen Award have been announced.

Anna-Marie McLemore and Caleb Roehrig are the latest authors to be announced for the Remixed Classics series, joining Bethany M. Morrow and C.B. Lee.

Brandon Taylor announced his new book deal with Riverhead Books.

Here’s the first look at Stephen King’s upcoming novel Billy Summers.

A young adult edition of Michelle Obama’s Becoming is in the works.

An adaptation of Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks is in the works, and will be produced by and star Booboo Stewart.

Here’s the cover reveal of George M. Johnson’s next book We Are Not Broken.

Neve Campbell has joined the adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer.

Aravind Adiga’s Amnesty is being made into a film for Netflix.

Stephen Chbosky will direct the film adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen.

Eddie Izzard, Jo Joyner, and Andi Osho have joined the cast of the Harlan Coben Netflix drama Stay Close.

Here’s the cover reveal of As If On Cue by Marisa Kanter,

Here’s the trailer for season five of Queen Sugar.

LeVar Burton has been named the inaugural PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion.

Sonya Balmores has joined the cast of the new adaptation of Lois Duncan’s I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Here’s the cover reveal of June CL Tan’s Jade Fire Gold.

Jon M. Chu will direct the film adaptation of the Wicked musical, which is an adaptation of the novel by Gregory Maguire.

Here’s the cover reveal of The Body Scout by Lincoln Michel.

Zachary Levi will star in a live-action Harold and the Purple Crayon.

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: 

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling (St. Martin’s Press, October 19)

I don’t know about you, but I was a big fan of Starling’s last book, the claustrophobic thriller The Luminous Dead. I didn’t even know she had a new book on the way, so imagine my excitement when I 1) saw the announcement 2) read that it was called “Ninth House meets Mexican Gothic” and 3) read Linden Lewis’s blurb: “Starling’s gothic horror is a tale that haunts you even after you’re done. The Death of Jane Lawrence is Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell with sharp teeth and a Crimson Peak you’re scared to look in the eye.”

You’re already on board now too, right??! Well, wait, here’s more fun: The description makes it sound like a post-war England Gothic horror about a young woman who becomes engaged to a mysterious doctor. He’s dashing and wonderful, except he tells her never to visit him at his crumbling mansion. So you know she ends up at his doorstep, right? And it turns out, when he’s at home, he’s a completely different person. It’s got a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde/Bluebeard vibe going on. I want to read this right freaking now, please.

What I’m reading this week.

Impostor Syndrome by Kathy Wang

The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec

Gay Bar: Why We Went Out by Jeremy Atherton Lin

Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith

The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig 

Song stuck in my head:

Some Postman by The Presidents of the United States of America. (Also, I’m still really into listening to songs I loved when I was young. You can listen to a lot of them in this playlist I made!)

And this is funny:

I feel this, so hard.

Happy things:

Here are a few things I enjoy that I thought you might like as well:

  • Superstore. Mostly I’m watching this now for Myrtle. I loved the Halloween episode where she chased the Grim Reaper through the store.
  • Jigsaw puzzles! I have moved on to two-in-one puzzles, where you have to separate the pieces to make two entirely different puzzles.
  • Numberzilla.
  • Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring.

And here’s a cat picture!

Farrokh and Zevon, watching for the upcoming snowstorm. (Well, technically looking at me while I take their picture, but you know what I mean.)

Trivia answer: Arthur Ransome.

You made it to the bottom! High five. Thanks for reading! – xo, L