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Hooray, It’s Time for New Books!

It’s Tuesday again, and I am so happy to be here again with all my bookish friends! How are you all doing today? It’s another great day in new book release paradise. Feral Creatures, the sequel to Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton is out today, and my new favorite Instagram comic has its first collection out: Dinosaur Therapy by James Stewart and K Roméy. Plus there’s new books from Louise Penny and Sarah MacLean. And I want to get my hand on the children’s book about Guillermo del Toro: Kid del Toro (Lil’ Libros) by Chogrin Muñoz and Pakoto Martinez. (Have you ever seen The Devil’s Backbone? SO SCARY.)

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 Feral Creatures, Bad Witch Burning, Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir, and more.

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

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Erin’s Diary: An Official Derry Girls Book by Lisa McGee  

It’s finally available on this side of the pond. If you love Derry Girls, the show about five Catholic high school students and their families set amid the political conflict of Northern Ireland in the 1990s, then you will definitely love this book! It is jammed packed with images of the show, with hilarious diary entires from Erin, written by the show’s creator, plus Erin’s doodles and poetry and illustrations. It will help get you through the long wait for season 3 of Derry Girls, which isn’t expected until at least 2022. Another way to occupy the time is to look up the actual ages of the actors playing teenagers (WOW), watch Nicola Coughlan in Bridgerton, and check out Siobhan McSweeney on the most recent season of The Great Pottery Throw Down.

Backlist bump: The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

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The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

This is an amazing, sprawling epic, following generations of a Black family from the early 1700s to present day. It is a strong novel about the women of this family and the trauma and hardships they endure. The main focus of the book is Ailey Garfield, a young Black woman who grows up in the northern part of the country with her parents and two sisters. This novel is a powerful look at racism, slavery, trauma, family, friendship, and more. The book is so big, I feel it difficult to write more about the plot succinctly, but please don’t let my failings—or the book’s 800 pages!—dissuade you from picking it up. It’s full of history and mentions of important works, and is sure to be on a lot of 2021’s best books of the year lists!

(CW for racism and racialized violence, sexism, violence, sexual violence, death, and more.)

Backlist bump: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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Bombshell: A Hell’s Belles Novel by Sarah MacLean 

And perennial Book Riot favorite Sarah MacLean is back with the first in a fabulous, feminist series of romance and intrigue. I can’t say too much about it without spoiling it, so you’re going to have to trust me. I can tell you it’s about a young woman named Lady Sesily Talbot, who uses her scandalous reputation to her advantage to do…not what you would expect. And there’s Caleb Calhoun, a young man who has tried to resist his attraction for her, but is failing. It’s saucy and super smart, with hot sexy times on the page! You can always count on MacLean for a great read. Bring on the next book, please!

Backlist bump: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean.

On your mark…get set…add to your TBR!

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Beautiful Little Fools by Jillian Cantor (Harper Perennial, January 4, 2022)

Okay, I am going to start out this recommendation by saying something that always surprises people, but it is what it is: I don’t find The Great Gatsby interesting. And that’s okay! Not every book is for every person. I do, however, like Jillian Cantor, so I went ahead and read this novel anyway…and I think it’s excellent! She has taken the women of The Great Gatsby, maybe changed the end of Fitzgerald’s classic, and made an excellent historical mystery!

First you need to remember spoilers for a century-old classic: At the end of The Great Gatsby, George Wilson kills Jay Gatsby and then himself. But in Beautiful Little Fools, a detective finds a diamond pin in the bushes by the pool, and has a strong suspicion that the shootings didn’t go down the way they first appear to have happened. His suspects: Daisy Buchanan, known love of Jay Gatsby; her best friend, the golf pro Jordan Baker; and Catherine McCoy, suffragette and sister-in-law of the deceased Tom Wilson.

Told in alternating chapters between the three women and the investigating detective, this is a Jazz Age mystery of romance and betrayal that looks at Jay and Daisy’s early romance, Jordan’s time on the golf circuit, and Catherine’s fights for women’s freedom and independence. And it teases the question: what really happened at Gatsby’s pool? I really dug it. I thought Cantor did an excellent job staying true to these characters while giving the story an updated feel, and I found the story compelling and believable.

(CW for mentions of sexism, homophobia, chemical use and abuse, abuse by a partner, war, sexual assault, car accident violence, and murder.)

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This week: I’m currently reading Memphis by Tara Stringfellow, and I still have to finish Night Shift in my Stephen King reread. (While fun, this reread is not a top priority.) Outside of books, I just watched all of the episodes of Housebroken that are available, which I found okay but think it has more potential, and the song stuck in my head is Drive by R.E.M. And as promised, here is a cat picture! “It’s right behind me, isn’t it?” —Farrokh


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. And yay, books! – XO, Liberty ❤️

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Hooray, It’s Time for New Books!

Happy Tuesday, book lovers, and a big welcome to all the people joining me from Book Radar for the first time! To celebrate this new change in my work schedule, I have added a couple new bits to the bottom of the newsletter. You’ll now find the “On your mark…get set…add to your TBR!” section, where I’ll included an upcoming book each week that I have read and loved. (You know how I can never talk enough about books!) You’ll also find a cat picture, and some other miscellany. I’m also thinking of overhauling the monthly megalist, so WATCH THIS SPACE.

Moving on to today’s books: I am excited to get my hands on several new releases. At the top of my to-buy list are Cazadora (Wolves of No World) by Romina Garber and Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be by Nichole Perkins. And speaking of today’s great books, for this week’s episode of All the Books! Tirzah and I discussed some of the wonderful books that we’ve read, such as Velvet is the Night, Never Say You Can’t Survive, Chasing the Boogeyman, and more.

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

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All In: An Autobiography by Billie Jean King

I was really interested to read this memoir, mostly because I really knew nothing about Billie Jean King (probably because when I was little, the Billie Jean I was into was the 1985 Legend of Billie Jean movie). This is King’s story of her life as a groundbreaking, world class athlete, and champion not only of tennis but many important causes, such as civil rights, feminism, and LGBTQ rights. She discusses her many public moments, such as her “Battle of the Sexes” match with Bobby Riggs, her eating disorder, the nonstop sexism on the circuit, and coming out at age fifty-one. It’s a fascinating look into the life of a legend.

Backlist bump: Seeing Serena by Gerald Marzorati

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Redemptor (Raybearer Book 2) by Jordan Ifueko

Yes, this is a sequel, but the first book, Raybearer, is so freaking good that I had to draw your attention to it again. I mean, this one is also fantastic, but let me tell you about Raybearer, in case you haven’t read it yet. Tarisai was raised in isolation from a young age, kept away from other people and her town, and looked after by servants. She occasionally sees her mother, a distant and cold woman called The Lady, who is waiting for Tarisari to be old enough so she can send her to be one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. Once this happens, The Lady can start dismantling their rule from the inside, or so she thinks. She wants Tarisari to kill the Crown Prince. But when the time comes to move to the kingdom and put her mother’s plan in motion, Tarisari discovers she likes her time at the palace, and the people around her. Will she follow her mother’s orders, or learn to stand on her own?

Backlist bump: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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The Smashed Man of Dread End by J.W. Ocker

And last, but not least, here is a delightful—and scary!—book about a young girl whose family moves to a new home, and she discovers there is something terrible in the basement. Noe isn’t thrilled about having to change homes or schools, but it might help her to put a terrible slumber party incident behind her. On her first day at her new home, the neighborhood children warn her not to go in the basement, but Noe is a sleepwalker, and awakens mid-stroll to find herself down there anyway. And what she sees is the stuff of nightmares! (I don’t want to tell you what it is because I thought the monster was SO creepy and effective!) It’s up to Noe and the other neighborhood kids to figure out a way to rid their cul-de-sac of evil once and for all. But can they do it? This is a fun Stranger Things-esque scary middle grade story. I am not usually a fan of parents not believing children when they tell them something is wrong, but the point of this monster is that only children can see it, so it adds an extra scary layer to the story!

Backlist bump: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

On your mark…get set…add to your TBR!

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Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn (Pamela Dorman Books (January 18, 2022)

If you want something funny, smart, and wonderful to read, then January can’t come soon enough for you! This is a delightful Bridget Jones-ish story about Yinka, an Oxford-educated British Nigerian woman who believes in true love, even if it means waiting a long time to find it. Unfortunately, her meddling mother and aunties don’t think it’s happening fast enough. Yinka’s sister is having a baby and her cousin just got engaged, and it has really turned the heat up on Yinka, whose family literally prays that she finds a husband. Her family makes Yinka feel bad about herself, and it frustrates her.

Yinka is happy to have her career and her freedom, but does think that finding someone to love would be nice. She recently got out of a relationship, and her heart is still bruised. She’s not thrilled with her family trying to set her up with strangers, but she’d really like a date to her cousin’s upcoming wedding—especially since she found out her ex is going to be there. So she decides she’s going to go about finding a boyfriend the smart way: with a spreadsheet. But life has a way of surprising you, even when you think you have it all planned out.

This is an utterly charming novel full of heart. I loved the witty banter, especially with her would-be suitors, and I loved Yinka’s best friend Nana. The book is peppered with text messages and actual spreadsheets. And like Bridget Jones, there are a lot of funny, awkward mishaps, but there’s also an important message about societal and cultural pressures and independence. Hooray for Yinka!

(CW for mentions of infidelity, racism, death of a family member, body shaming, and disordered eating.)

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This week: I’m currently reading Marion Lane and the Deadly Rose by T.A. Willberg and I’ve made it to Night Shift in my Stephen King reread. Outside of books, I’m rewatching Veep, I’ve gotten back into cryptograms, and the song stuck in my head is Ring the Bells by James. And as promised, here is a cat picture! Just when you think Zevin sitting in a bowl can’t get any sillier, he leans out the side.

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. And yay, books! – XO, Liberty ❤️

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KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON Gets John Lithgow and More Book Radar!

Happy Thursday, kittens! This is it, my last Book Radar for the foreseeable future. But don’t forget, you can still join me each week for the New Books newsletter, which I’ll be updating with additional stuff starting next week (please do sign up!), and the All the Books! podcast, and you can always find me on Instagram and Twitter. I talk about books in all those places! Thank you to Emily for taking over, and a big thank you to everyone for tuning in here each week. Book people are the best people. ❤️ (And Kaye, I can still text you cat pictures!)

Moving on to today’s newsletter and book talk: I have a lot of fun news, including adaptation deals, a lot more book cover reveals, and a look at my most anticipated novel of 2022. Plus I’ve included a picture of my big orange turkey, some trivia, and more! I hope you goodbob and we same place again very now. – xoxo, Liberty, Your Friendly Neighborhood Velocireader™

Trivia question time! Velvet Was the Night, the upcoming novel by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, is set in the capitol of Mexico, which is…? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

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The Turnout by Megan Abbott is the new Read With Jenna book club pick.

Here’s the cover reveal for Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy.

Keah Brown has written a comic for DC Comics.

John Lithgow has joined the cast of Killers of the Flower Moon.

Here’s the cover reveal of Sisters of the Forsaken Stars by Lina Rather.

Denne Michele Norris has been named the new editor-in-chief of Electric Literature.

Check out the animated series The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf trailer.

Don Winslow’s City on Fire release has been pushed to 2022.

Here’s the cover reveal of A River Enchanted (Elements of Cadence Book) by Rebecca Ross.

Vince Vaughn will star in the series adaptation of Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen.

Here’s the cover reveal of Our Little World by Karen Winn.

Here are 10 of the most anticipated 2021 fall middle grade releases.

Here’s the cover reveal of Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor.

Here’s a round up of August book club picks.

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: 

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To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday, January 11, 2022)

For my last newsletter, I had to choose this book, because I am desperate to read it! And as if I wasn’t excited enough to read the new book from the author of A Little Life, it sounds like it’s going to be very David Mitchell-y! It’s set in an alternative America and spans THREE centuries in New York, where people’s lives can be lived a little differently that our reality. But it still sounds like there will be lots of complicated relationships and love and loss, just like A Little Life. I cannot wait to sink into this novel—and it’s another big one, it’s 720 pages! MY BODY IS READY.

What I’m reading this week.

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The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang

Marion Lane and the Deadly Rose by T.A. Willberg 

Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

The Book of Ebenezer le Page by G.B. Edwards 

Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey by Florence Williams

Song stuck in my head:

Driftin’ (feat. Han Han) by Lex Junior. I heard this in a popsicle commercial and it makes me want to boogie. (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:

Where is the lie? (And more Ted Lasso humor.)

Happy things:

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

  • Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring. (Why do I include this every time? Because it’s really that helpful.)

And here’s a cat picture!

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Should I wait until Thanksgiving to eat this turkey?

Trivia answer: Mexico City.

Thank you for being a part of this experience, and please be sure to visit me at my other projects, which I listed in the introduction. Have lots of fun with Emily, and I will see you soon! ❤️ xoxo, Liberty

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Hooray, It’s Time for New Books!

Happy Tuesday, book friends! Who is excited about books today? *raises hands* *raises feet* *falls over* I had a delightful week off, which I spent reading new books and watching old television. And also reading old books—I am a few more books into my Stephen King reread. (Not as many as I’d like, but The Stand was one of his first books and it’s over 1300 pages, lol.) In all, I’d give my vacation 10/10, would do again. But I am also happy to be back here with you, talking about books. 😊

Moving on to books: I am excited to get my hands on a lot of today’s releases. At the top of my to-buy list are Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP by Mirin Fader and Dark Waters by Katherine Arden. And 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 Spirits Abroad, The Manningtree Witches, Gone for Good, and more.

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

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Everything I Have Is Yours: A Marriage by Eleanor Henderson

I am a big fan of Henderson’s novels, so I was excited to read this memoir. It’s about her marriage and her husband’s chronic illness. It’s a beautiful, heart-rending story of young love, a long marriage, and the usual bumps in the road in any relationship. But Henderson’s husband got sick, alarmingly ill, and for years it baffled doctors and sent him into a dark place. Henderson writes eloquently and honestly about how hard love can be at times, how hardship takes its toll on a relationship, and what is worth fighting for.

Backlist bump: Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson

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Ghost Girl by Ally Malinenko

I don’t know what has shifted, but I am super into ghosts lately. Not like real ghosts, please don’t send any to my house, but ghost stories. This is a great middle grade debut about a young girl named Zee Puckett (what a name!) who becomes the object of ridicule and nicknamed ‘Ghost Girl’ after she tells her classmates she thinks she saw a ghost after a storm strikes their town. Her classmates can mock her all they want, the truth is that strange things are happening, people are missing, and Zee and her friends Elijah and Nellie are going to get to the bottom of it, with or without any help.

Backlist bump: Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

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Radiant Fugitives by Nawaaz Ahmed 

And this one came out last week, but I thought it was worth mentioning! It’s a fabulous debut novel about three generations of a Muslim Indian family. Seema was exiled from her family by her father after telling them she was a lesbian. She has been living a mostly successful life in California without them, but when she finds herself nine months pregnant and alone, she reaches out to the people she loves: her mother and sister. The women travel to be with her, but family is complicated, and the weeks leading up to the baby’s birth will be filled with secrets, misunderstandings, and heartbreak. It’s a powerful story about love and forgiveness, told from the point of view of Seema’s baby.

Backlist bump: Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu

Say it with me now: YAY BOOKS. 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 New Hanya Yanagihara Book Cover and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday, star bits! I am back from vacation and I have some personal news to share: this will be my last week writing the Book Radar newsletter. After over four years, as sad as it makes me, I am stepping down as the captain of this ship. But don’t worry, I am not going anywhere! I will still be hosting All the Books!, writing the weekly New Books newsletter, writing posts for the site, etc. But I needed to streamline my work hours a bit. And it was a hard decision, because all of my jobs are so much fun!

So I am handing the reins over to longtime contributing editor Emily Martin! She is awesome and knows a lot about books! She will be keeping up all the news and fun stuff, and yes, cat pictures. There must be cat pictures! And for you New Books readers, I will be adding an upcoming title at the bottom of the newsletter each week, and yes, a cat picture.

Moving on to today’s newsletter: I have exciting news for you! I also have a look at one of next year’s most anticipated novels, plus cover reveals, a terrible joke, a cat gathering, and trivia! Let’s get started, shall we?

Here’s Monday’s trivia question: Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith takes place in what country? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

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Colson Whitehead’s Sag Harbor is going to be an HBO Max series, with help from Laurence Fishburne.

Here’s the cover reveal of To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara.

Vanessa Hua announced her new book: Forbidden City, coming in 2022.

National Book Award winner Kacen Callender also announced a new book!

Ramon Rodriguez will join Aubrey Plaza in Hulu’s adaptation of Olga Dies Dreaming by Xóchitl Gonzalez.

Here’s the cover reveal of Black Love Matters: Real Talk on Romance, Being Seen, and Happy Ever Afters edited by our very own Jessica P. Pryde!

Take a look at the first official trailer for Y: the Last Man.

Kerry Washington will star in the adaptation of the memoir Rockaway: Surfing Headlong into a New Life by Diane Cardwell.

Tillie Walden is collaborating on a new children’s book.

Jasmine Guillory announced that she is writing a Disney princess book about Belle.

Here’s the first look at Emily Henry’s next book, Book Lovers.

The Hunger Games prequel will start shooting next year.

I really, really need this book: Magic, Lies, and Murder Pies.

Twitter has since suspended the fake Cormac McCarthy account they first verified without checking the usual requirements needed to get a blue checkmark.

Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series is being adapted for television.

Here’s the trailer for Cinderella with Camila Cabello and Billy Porter.

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: 

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Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf, April 19, 2022)

Oh hello, beautiful novel. I am sorry to tease you, since this book isn’t out until April of next year, but this is my new favorite Emily St. John Mandel! It’s a time travel story, set in a few different time periods, most of which are in the future, which I LOVED. In the future, we’ve colonized other moons and planets, and people travel around like it’s no big thing. There are several characters, including a disillusioned young man in Canada in 1912; an author in the future touring for her bestselling book about a plague when an actual pandemic breaks out; and a visit with a character from The Glass Hotel, set in the present day. The common thread is a strange glitch in time that several people experience throughout out history.

The story is melodic and sad, and so fascinating. The future sounds like the world now: scary and worrying and also hopeful. I loved how ESJM pulled all the threads together and the ending was *chef’s kiss*. It was the perfect number of pages, too, which sounds weird but it’s true. I can’t wait for everyone to be able to read it!

(CW for mass illness and death, war, suicide, and murder.)

What I’m reading this week.

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The Verifiers by Jane Pek

The Caretakers by Amanda Bestor-Siegal

These Toxic Things: A Thriller by Rachel Howzell Hall 

The Book of Ebenezer le Page by G.B. Edwards 

Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey by Florence Williams

Groan-worthy joke of the week: 

How do you make 7 even? Remove the ‘S’.

And this is funny:

I wish this was my name, tbh.

Happy things:

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

  • Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring. (Why do I include this every time? Because it’s really that helpful.)

And here’s a cat picture!

three cats, one gray and two orange, standing and sitting in front of a door

I was down in our basement doing laundry when my husband took this picture of my children waiting for me to come back upstairs.

Trivia answer: Vietnam. (Seriously, read this book.)

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 for my last Book Radar newsletter for the foreseeable future. ❤️ xoxo, Liberty

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First Tuesday of August Megalist!

Happy Tuesday, readers! If all has gone according to plan, I am presently relaxing on my reading vacation as you read this. It’s like a regular vacation except I don’t go anywhere, I just stay home and read as much as I can. I gathered up a HUGE pile of books in preparation, and I hope when I return next week that I will have a ton of great books to tell you about in the weeks to come. I hope you’re reading something wonderful right now too!

Now, for today’s bonanza of books: I loved several of today’s books, but there are still soooo many more on this list that I can’t wait to check out, like The Night Singer by Johanna Mo, The President and the Frog by Carolina De Robertis, Savage Tongues by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. And as with each first Tuesday megalist, I am putting a ❤️ next to the books that I have had the chance to read and loved. You can also hear about several new releases on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Danika and I discussed When the Reckoning Comes, The Dead and the Dark, Damnation Spring, and more. Okay, get ready to click your little hearts out, because here come the books! – XO, Liberty

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Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson ❤️

Blind Man’s Bluff: A Memoir by James Tate Hill

Her Heart for a Compass by Sarah Ferguson 

The Husbands by Chandler Baker

Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Paper Concert: A Conversation in the Round by Amy Wright

All’s Well by Mona Awad ❤️

Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara

Palm Beach by Mary Adkins

The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee

The Mismatch by Sara Jafari

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When the Reckoning Comes by LaTanya McQueen ❤️

Warmth: Coming of Age at the End of Our World by Daniel Sherrell

The Perfume Thief by Timothy Schaffert 

We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz ❤️

The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad 

The Turnout by Megan Abbott ❤️

So We Meet Again by Suzanne Park 

Songs for the Flames: Stories by Juan Gabriel Vasquez ❤️

Did I Say You Could Go by Melanie Gideon

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy

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Dangerous Play by Emma Kress

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould ❤️

Sisters in Arms: A Novel of the Daring Black Women Who Served During World War II by Kaia Alderson

The Night Singer by Johanna Mo

The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert by Shugri Said Salh

The Quiet Zone: Unraveling the Mystery of a Town Suspended in Silence by Stephen Kurczy

The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

Losing Eden: Our Fundamental Need for the Natural World and Its Ability to Heal Body and Soul by Lucy Jones

Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas

Sugar Town Queens by Malla Nunn

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Ghosts by Dolly Alderton ❤️

The People We Keep by Allison Larkin

Billy Summers by Stephen King

Paris Is a Party, Paris Is a Ghost by David Hoon Kim

Radiant Fugitives by Nawaaz Ahmed ❤️

The Godstone by Violette Malan  

Tin Camp Road by Ellen Airgood

The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell by Brian Evenson ❤️

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

Afterparties: Stories by Anthony Veasna So ❤️

I Kissed a Girl by Jennet Alexander

cover of The President and the Frog by Carolina De Robertis

The President and the Frog by Carolina De Robertis

We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation by Eric Garcia

Immediate Family by Ashley Nelson Levy

Savage Tongues by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi 

We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange

Something New Under the Sun by Alexandra Kleeman ❤️

Pilgrim Bell: Poems by Kaveh Akbar

Horse Girls: Recovering, Aspiring, and Devoted Riders Redefine the Iconic Bond by Halimah Marcus

Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka

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Agatha of Little Neon by Claire Luchette ❤️

Mercury Boys by Chandra Prasad

A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee 

Meant to Be: If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Waiting for the Waters to Rise by Maryse Condé and Richard Philcox

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

Seanan McGuire’s WAYWARD CHILDREN and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday, my little book dragons. And happy August, somehow. I would like July back, please, because THAT WAS SO FAST. As you read this newsletter today, I am on vacation and hopefully reading, or at least relaxing, and most likely talking to my cats. (They never talk back, they’re so rude.) While I am out, the amazing Jamie Canavés will be here to fill in for Book Radar on Thursday—a big thank you to her in advance. If you aren’t already familiar with Jamie, she writes the Book Riot mystery newsletter Unusual Suspects!

Moving on: I have exciting news for you today! I also have a look at a fabulous upcoming fantasy novel, plus LOTS of cover reveals, a terrible pun, a silly upside-down cat, and trivia! Let’s get started, shall we?

Here’s Monday’s trivia question: What sport is the subject of Megan Abbott’s thriller Dare Me? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

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Paramount Pictures has acquired the rights to Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series.

A Jaws-themed musical may be opening in 2022.

Here’s the cover reveal of The Blood Trials by N. E. Davenport.

Delroy Lindo will star in the Anansi Boys adaptation.

Here’s the first look at John Le Carré’s final novel.

Here’s the cover reveal of The Two Wrong Halves of Ruby Taylor by Amanda Panitch.

Tracey Ullman will narrate the next David Sedaris book.

Here’s the cover reveal for It Dies with You by Scott Blackburn.

Leslie Odom Jr. and Ellen Burstyn will star in the new Exorcist film trilogy.

The PBS children’s show Arthur is ending with its 25th season.

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Octavia Butler’s Fledgling to be adapted for HBO by Issa Rae, Lovecraft Country writers.

Here’s the cover reveal of Chloe Cates Is Missing by Mandy McHugh.

Snowpiercer has been renewed for a fourth season.

And Sweet Tooth has been renewed for a second season.

Here’s the cover reveal for Scorpica by G.R. Macallister.

DeWanda Wise will star in Showtime’s Three Women adaptation with Shailene Woodley.

Here’s the cover reveal of 1,000 Coils of Fear by Olivia Wenzel.

Here’s the cover reveal of The League of Gentlewomen Witches, the sequel to The Wisteria Society for Lady Scoundrels by India Holton.

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: 

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Forging a Nightmare by Patricia A. Jackson (Angry Robot, November 23)

There’s one thing I want to tell you about this book right up front. One, I read it without reading the description so I was pleasantly surprised a bunch of times, so if you want to experience that as well, stop reading now.

Still here? Okay! So this is a dark urban fantasy novel about an FBI agent who is sent to investigate a serial killer whose victims all have six fingers and six toes, believed to be Nephalims, or fallen angels. Michael Child’s search for a murderer leads him to a Marine sniper, Anaba Raines, who is not who she first appears to be. And he also uncovers something shocking about himself.

But Michael isn’t going to have much time to process all this new information, because he’s almost constantly fighting with holy and unholy beings. If you ever wondered what it would be like if Good Omens was mashed up with The Black Stallion, with a dash of Loki, then this is the book for you! It’s funny and dark (heads up that the opening scene is super gruesome) and pretty much filled with non-stop action. I loved the characters, especially Anaba, and also all the appearances made by characters from religion and mythology. I hope we get another book in this world!

What I’m reading this week.

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Chorus by Rebecca Kauffman

Yonder by Jabari Asim

The Stand by Stephen King

Nuclear Family by Joseph Han

Mercy Street by Jennifer Haigh

Groan-worthy joke of the week: 

How does the moon cut his hair? Eclipse it.

And this is funny:

It’s an accurate description.

Happy things:

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

  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? I discovered eight seasons streaming on HBO Max, so I am indulging my lifelong crush on Ryan Styles.
  • Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring. (Why do I include this every time? Because it’s really that helpful.)

And here’s a cat picture!

orange cat lying upside down on a bookcase full of agatha christie books

Zevon is the most relaxed, possibly boneless, cat I’ve ever met.

Trivia answer: Cheerleading.

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 Monday. xoxo, Liberty

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Book Radar

The First Trailer for the DEXTER Revival and More Book Radar!

Happy Thursday, star bits! What’s the rumpus? Have you been watching LeVar Burton as the guest host on Jeopardy this week? I love him so much. If I ever met him, I would totally act like Troy on Community. I bet every book lover feels the same way. Also, I forgot how much I love Jeopardy. And now that we have cable, I can tape every episode and fill up the DVR and never get around to actually watching them. I am living the dream!

Moving on to today’s newsletter and book talk: I have a lot of fun news, including adaptation deals, a lot more book cover reveals, and a look at an upcoming Groundhog Day-ish novel I am excited to read. Plus I’ve included a picture of one of my shelved cats, some trivia, and more! I love writing these newsletters and I appreciate your support so much. Whatever you are doing or watching or reading this week, I hope you goodbob and we same place again very now. – xoxo, Liberty, Your Friendly Neighborhood Velocireader™

Trivia question time! What late author’s recently released collection of letters covers her college years through her death at age forty-eight? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

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Octavia Butler’s Parable Of The Sower is being adapted as a film.

Here are the new Eisner Award winners!

Here’s the first look at Michaela Coel’s new book Misfits.

A Milne estate-sanctioned Winnie-the-Pooh prequel is on the way.

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will direct a film adaptation of The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem.

Here’s the cover reveal of Whitesands: A John Dark Case by Johann Thorsson.

Judy Heumann’s memoir Being Heumann is being made into a film.

Here’s the red band (read: NSFW) trailer for the Stephen King-inspired series Chapelwaite.

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And speaking of Stephen King, Pam Grier has joined the Pet Sematary prequel.

The 2021 Booker Prize longlist has been announced.

Here’s the first official trailer for the Dexter revival.

And here’s the first trailer for the last season of The Walking Dead.

Here’s the cover reveal of Erika Robuck’s new novel, Sisters of Night and Fog.

Here’s the cover reveal of Only a Monster by Vanessa Len.

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: 

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End of the World House by Adrienne Celt (Simon & Schuster, April 19, 2022)

I don’t think I can properly convey just how excited I am about this upcoming novel! I loved Celt’s last two books, The Daughters and Invitation to a Bonfire. And how can I resist a blurb that calls it “Groundhog Day meets Ling Ma’s Severance“??! It’s about best friends whose friendship has become challenging now that one has moved away. To try and save their friendship, they take a vacation together to Paris. But on a special private tour of the Louvre, they become trapped in the museum and forced to relive the day over and over. SIGN ME UP NOW, PLEASE. I can’t wait to read this!

What I’m reading this week.

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The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould 

Spirits Abroad: and Other Stories by Zen Cho

Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen

The Shining by Stephen King

Bibliolepsy by Gina Apostol


Song stuck in my head:

After the Curtain by Beirut. I love this song! Thank you to the last episode of season one of Miracle Workers for reminding me. (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:

Everything is funnier with cats.

Happy things:

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

  • Ted Lasso: I REPEAT: SEASON TWO HAS STARTED!!!!!!
  • Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring. (Why do I include this every time? Because it’s really that helpful.)

And here’s a cat picture!

orange cat sitting on the shelf of a bookcase

Zevon gets excited whenever there’s an empty bookcase shelf for even a minute. He can sense them from anywhere in the house.

Trivia answer: Shirley Jackson.

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 Tuesday! (Tues-yay?) How was your weekend? Did you read anything good? Is anyone out there watching the Olympics? I dragged my old bones out of bed at the very early hour of 8am (lol) on Sunday to watch the USA play France in basketball. I honestly think it was the first time I’ve watched a summer Olympic event since Flo-Jo was competing. (She was so awesome.💔)

Moving on to books: I am excited to get my hands on a lot of today’s releases. At the top of my to-buy list are How to Find Your Way in the Dark by Derek B. Miller, The Minister Primarily by John Oliver Killens, and Summer Fun by Jeanne Thornton. 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 Not a Happy Family, I Am Not Starfire, A Song Everlasting, and more.

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

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Godspeed by Nickolas Butler

I’m a big fan of Butler’s work, and this one continued to hold my admiration. I love his gritty midwest storylines. This one is about three down-on-their-luck carpenters who are offered a ridiculous amount of money to finish building a house in the mountains outside of Jackson, Wyoming. The catch? The project must be finished in an almost impossible amount of time. Despite their reservations—Why wasn’t the house completed by the original builders? Who is the mysterious owner?—the men decide to take on the project, but bad luck and tragic consequences follow. It’s a frantic, dark tale of friendship and greed. It’s perfect for fans of Daniel Woodrell, Michael Farris Smith, and David Joy.

Backlist bump: The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler

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Breathing Fire: Female Inmate Firefighters on the Front Line of California’s Wildfires by Jaime Lowe

And for you fans of nonfiction that cover an aspect of the world you’ve never considered before, this is a fascinating, devastating book. The size of California’s wildfires and the number of days they burn grows each year. Roughly 30 percent of the on-the-ground crews fighting the fires in the state now are inmates. Lowe spent years interviewing dozens of women who risked their lives for the state, as well as captains, family and friends, correctional officers, and camp commanders. She discusses the dangers of the work, for which the inmates earn a dollar a day, and the politics involved in such a program.

Backlist bump: Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors

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The Man Ban by Nicola Marsh

And here is an easy, breezy romance novel for those of you looking for a lighter pick today. After a terrible breakup, Harper Ryland decides to swear off dating and focus on her career. So of course, that’s when a handsome doctor appears in her life. At first, everything about Manny Gomes rubs her the wrong way, but when he appears while she’s working out of the country and she gets to know him better, Harper decides her ban doesn’t apply to international travel. But can they make things work when she returns home? (Admittedly, Harper’s ‘man ban’ doesn’t last very long, so the title is kinda silly, but the book will take your mind off the outside world for a while.)

Backlist bump: The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

Say it with me now: YAY BOOKS. 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

A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Sequel and More Book Radar!

Hooray, it’s Monday! It’s a new week, which means new books and book news. I am busy finishing up a bunch of my work before I take a vacation next week. I am pretty excited! I’m not going anywhere, but I am planning to catch up on a few backlist titles and further my Stephen King re-readathon. Right now, I am on ‘Salem’s Lot, his second novel. Only a few more to go, right? 😝

Moving on: I have exciting news for you today! I also have a look at a wonderful book about the craft of writing, plus LOTS of cover reveals, a terrible pun, my little folded orange monster, and trivia! Let’s get started, shall we?

Here’s Monday’s trivia question: Belmont Academy is the name of the private school in what recent thriller? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

Shailene Woodley will star in Showtime’s series based on Three Women by Lisa Taddeo.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is getting a manga sequel from Disney.

Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen’s podcast will be a book: Renegades: Born in the U.S.A.

Here’s the first look at Michaela Coel’s new book Misfits.

Tochi Onyebuchi is writing a Black Panther series.

Here’s the cover reveal for Chorus by Rebecca Kauffman.

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman will be a limited series.

Here’s the cover reveal of You’ve Changed: Fake Accents, Feminism, and Other Comedies from Myanmar by Pyae Moe Thet War.

There’s a new Dune trailer. And here’s a look at the HBO Max television series Dune: The Sisterhood, which is a prequel to Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming film.

Here’s the cover reveal of And Then I Woke Up by Malcolm Devlin.

The Stephen King short story Strawberry Spring is being adapted into a podcast.

Here’s the cover reveal of Believe Me by Tahereh Mafi, the fifth book in the Shatter Me series.

Here’s the cover reveal for Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur.

Watch the teaser trailer for Y: The Last Man.

Here’s the cover reveal of Runaways by Michael Seidlinger.

Here are the 2021 World Fantasy Award Finalists.

Here’s the cover reveal of In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer.

Here are the winners of the Kitschies.

Here’s the cover reveal for Omar Rising by Aisha Saeed.

Here’s the trailer for the animated series The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.

The Night Agent by Matthew Quirk will be a Netflix 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: 

cover of never say you can't survive by charlie jane anders

Never Say You Can’t Survive by Charlie Jane Anders (Tordotcom, August 17, 2021)

Despite the fact that I put tens of thousands of words down in posts and newsletters each week, for some reason I still have a hard time thinking of myself as a writer. Still, occasionally I get an urge to write even more words, words about things I made up in my brainpan. But I don’t know how to get them out of my head!

Charlie Jane Anders is a wildly successful writer, with several great books under her belt already, such as All the Birds in the Sky and Victories Greater Than Death. In this splendid book, she talks about writing but without making you feel like you’re reading a book to learn something. Instead, it feels like a cozy chat with a funny, smart, supportive friend, who is telling you stories about their life.

Anders offers anecdotes from her own life and tips to help you get your own writing started or help shape a work in progress. The world is a scary place, and Anders beautifully explains how you can help your heart and your mind get through it by using your imagination. It’s exactly what we need right now.This book was a great big sparkly kick to the gray cells. After reading it, I feel one hundred times more confident that when I am ready, I will be able to wrestle the words from my brain!

What I’m reading this week.

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The Love Con by Seressia Glass

Bibliolepsy by Gina Apostol

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel 

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream by Charles Spencer

Groan-worthy joke of the week: 

I didn’t understand the joke about boxing. I guess I missed the punch line.

And this is funny:

I feel A T T A C K E D.

Happy things:

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

  • Ted Lasso: SEASON TWO HAS STARTED!!!!!!
  • Schmigadoon: This is more delightful than I can say.
  • Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring. (Why do I include this every time? Because it’s really that helpful.)

And here’s a cat picture!

an orange cat sitting in a silver bowl with its tail flipped over its head

Hey, if Zevon is comfortable, then that’s all that matters.

Trivia answer: For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing.

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