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Get Your First Look at THE WHEEL OF TIME and More Book Radar!

Fellow Book Fiends,

We’ve somehow made it to Monday again, and I’m so proud of us. I know that Monday is always a long day for me, and maybe it is for you. And of course, it’s the first day of the week, which can make it seem like it lasts forever. But I’m trying to take back Mondays, okay? It’s a great time to reset, refocus, and start the week off strong. I’m one of those weird people who loves New Year’s Day, and Monday is like New Year’s Day of the week. You know? No? Too optimistic?

Monday’s also a perfect day to look at what’s up in the world of books, so I’ve got a bunch of book deals, reveals, and other book stuff for you to look forward to! And don’t forget to stay for the cat pic!

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

four aunties and a wedding

Jesse Q. Sutanto’s Dial A for Aunties is getting a sequel, and here’s the cover reveal for the new book, entitled Four Aunties and a Wedding!

Disney Branded TV announced on Twitter that they’ll be developing a film adaptation of Janae Marks’ From the Desk of Zoe Washington.

On Thursday, I told you Akata Woman was coming. Now, Tor.com has revealed the cover of Nnedi Okorafor’s third novel in the Nsibidi Scripts series. So exciting.

Picturestart and Lionsgate Television are teaming up to adapt Squad, an upcoming graphic novel by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Lisa Sterle.

Amazon’s Wheel of Time series kicks off in November. But for now, you can get a first look at the series over at Entertainment Weekly.

Double cover reveal! Mindy McGinnis has revealed the redesigned cover for the paperback release of The Initial Insult and the cover for its sequel The Last Laugh, out on March 15, 2022.

Webtoon, a moblie comics platform, is teaming up with DC to create digital comics set in the DC superhero universe.

Here’s another highly-anticipated cover reveal: Ibi Zoboi’s novel Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler.

Based on the results of a listener poll and the thoughtful consideration of a panel of judges, NPR has announced the 50 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of the past decade.

Here’s the first full trailer for Foundation, Apple’s adaptation of the Isaac Asimov trilogy.

Anthony Mackie is officially picking up the shield to star in Captain America 4.

Global publisher Quarto is reorganizing its management team as COO Ken Fund prepares to retire.

Tim Robbins has just joined the cast of Apple TV+’s series adaptation of the dystopian novel Wool.

Here’s the cover reveal of Heather O’Neill’s upcoming book When We Lost Our Heads, out in February 2022. Heather O’Neill tweeted, “Can’t wait for you to meet all my lovely murderesses.”

Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor has signed on to a new project: the TV adaptation of the novel Exciting Times.

Book Riot Recommends 

I’m a Contributing Editor at Book Riot, I write the Today in Books newsletter, and I’m a Bibliologist for Book Riot’s Tailored Book Recommendations subscription service. I also have a PhD in English, so I’m basically a doctor of books. Books are my life, in other words, so in this section of the newsletter, let me share with you some upcoming books I’m super excited about. And I think you will be too!

Prepare Your Shelves!

Nothing But Blackened Teeth

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw (Nightfire, October 19, 2021)

I don’t know if it’s because fall is so close that I can almost taste the pumpkin spice in the air (we are team pumpkin spice here, by the way). But for whatever reason, I’m really in a horror and thriller mood lately. Nothing But Blackened Teeth is the perfect horror novella to read this fall if you too are in the mood to get into some creepy, atmospheric reads.

And since this is a dark, atmospheric book, let’s set the scene first: an abandoned Heian-era mansion with a dark history. It’s said to be built on the bones of a ill-fated bride, and the walls are packed with the remains of sacrificed girls who keep the bride company. The perfect place to hold a romantic wedding, right? Well, the group of friends at the center of this novella think so anyway. They’ve all traveled to Japan for a destination wedding, and the bride and groom have their hearts set on exchanging their vows at this haunted mansion. Shockingly, what starts off as a night of food, drinks, and fun amongst friends… gets a lot more sinister. Lurking in the shadows is a ghost bride with dark desires.

Reading this book is like journeying though a real-life haunted house. Was that a creaky floorboard or the wails of the dead? Did you really just see what you thought you saw out of the corner of your eye? This is how Nothing But Blackened Teeth will make you feel. Get ready for twists, shocks, and surprises, all in a taut 124 pages.

What I’m Reading This Week

Velvet Was The Night cover image

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo

The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

Bookish Meme Corner

This book meme is the Mondayest book meme to ever Monday. You’ll see what I mean. The struggle is real.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

I’m finally watching The White Lotus on HBO Max. And yes, it is so good! If you’ve watched it already, no spoilers. I’m only on episode 2, and I hear there’s a big twist!

Love a good book/card game crossover? Check out the game Marrying Mr. Darcy. We recently leveled up our game and got the undead expansion pack, which adds an undead plague to your Jane Austen shenanigans. There’s also a really fun Emma expansion pack, because Emma is the best.

Purrli: It’s a purring cat right at your fingertips. Thanks to Liberty for sharing!

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

orange and black cat snuggling

Look at Murray. He is the ultimate office desk cat, isn’t he? Murray is our middle child, but don’t worry. We still give him plenty of attention. I mean. Just look at those pink toe beans. How can you say no to pink toe beans?

You can’t. Unless you’re a monster.


You did it! You made it through Monday’s Book Radar! I hope all of your new-week resolutions come true. ❤️ Emily

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LeVar Burton Wants to Read Your Stories and More Book Radar!

What a week it’s been, book friends. I hope you’ve been taking care of yourself and giving yourself moments to breathe amidst any stress or chaos you might be personally feeling.

I know Thursday isn’t technically the beginning of the weekend, but it certainly feels that way to me, so around here, we’re going to start thinking about weekend plans on Thursday. What’s my weekend looking like? Lots of cuddling with cats, drinking iced coffee, and reading. As you can see, I’m going to be very busy. I hope you’ve got fun reading plans as well! And in the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about books today.

— xoxo, Gossip Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

seasonal fears cover

Here’s what you all came here to know: from now until 8/31, you can submit a short story for LeVar Burton to read on his podcast LeVar Burton Reads. Hop to it, creatives!

Tordotcom Publishing has revealed the cover of Seanan McGuire’s Seasonal Fears, a companion novel to Middlegame.

Speaking of our hero LeVar Burton, the actor will be hosting the 2021 National Book Festival Broadcast on PBS.

Nnedi Okorafor has announced the title of the final book in her Nsibidi Scripts Series: Akata Woman. Cover reveal coming soon!

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has started a monthly book club with Literati called The Call In.

MGM has landed the rights to Lisa Taddeo’s Animal. Plan B is set to produce the film adaptation as part of its overall deal with MGM.

After 46 years, Judy Blume’s Forever is finally becoming an audiobook.

Hachette is buying Workman publishing, an independent publisher known for titles What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Brain Quest.

The Shirley Jackson Award winners have been announced!

Author Ashley C. Ford is starting a newsletter.

AMC is working on an adaptation of Anne Rice’s Lives of the Mayfair Witches series.

Here’s the cover reveal of The Tobacco Wives, a debut historical novel from Adele Myers.

Book Riot Recommends 

I’m a Contributing Editor at Book Riot, I write the Today in Books newsletter, and I’m a Bibliologist for Book Riot’s Tailored Book Recommendations subscription service. I also have a PhD in English, so I’m basically a doctor of books. Books are my life, in other words, so in this section of the newsletter, let me share with you some upcoming books I’m super excited about. And I think you will be too!

Can’t Wait for This One

The Undertakers by Nicole Glover

The Undertakers by Nicole Glover (Mariner Books, November 9, 2021)

This author only has one novel currently out (The Conductors), but I already feel confident enough to say this: Nicole Glover is the absolute master of genre mixing. Glover’s Murder and Magic series is the perfect mix of fantasy, alternate history, and murder mystery. And she doesn’t cut any corners here. This is 100% a fantasy series. The world-building is incredibly detailed and unique. This series is also totally satisfying from an alternative history/historical fiction perspective. The world of this book is set in an alternate version of post-Civil War Philadelphia. The characters and storyline are heavily influenced by this setting and its real historical background. And if you’re looking for an intriguing mystery, you’re going to get that too. This isn’t a little bit of everything. It’s everything of everything, and Glover makes it all fit seamlessly together.

The second book in the series, The Undertakers, is out in November. The Undertakers continues the story of Hetty Rhodes and her husband Benjy, two people practicing celestial magic and solving crimes in the city that the Philadelphia authorities are likely to ignore. In this book, Hetty and Benjy investigate the death of Raimond Duval, a victim of one of the many fires that have erupted in the city recently. The more they look into the case, the more suspicious the circumstances surrounding Raimond’s death are. And they discover a powerful Fire Company is actually allowing homes within the Black community to burn to the ground.

One of my favorite things about this series is that each book is pretty self-contained. So if you read The Conductors, you’re getting a full mystery story, from beginning to end, with a definite conclusion. With this next book in the series, we’re getting another full story that can stand on its own, but we’re also getting to learn more about the characters we love and the world they live in. I’m especially excited to learn more about the magic systems in this world as the series continues.

Words of Literary Wisdom

“I judge people two ways—on how they treat animals, and on what they like to eat. If their favorite food is some kind of salad, they are definitely a bad person. Anything with cheese, they are probably OK.”

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

What’s Up in the Book Community?

My iPhone is constantly telling me I spend too much time staring at my screen, which is honestly so rude. But this means I spend a lot of time scrolling around the online book community: BookTube, Bookstagram, BookTok, BookLinkedIn (JK. That’s not a thing… I don’t think). You get the idea. Don’t have the time, energy, or the will to do all of that yourself? No problem. I got you. In this weekly section of Book Radar, we’ll take a look at something cool, interesting, and/or newsy that’s going on in the book community.

So what’s going on this week? Well.

On Monday, I told y’all about the OwlCrate scandal. In case you missed it, the book subscription box announced on Instagram that they would be selling Harry Potter merch once again (and now, a few days later, they’ve reversed that decision). Overall, the Bookstagram community was not happy about this choice. For a thorough, thought-provoking, and funny overview of how that conversation went down, I highly recommend checking out BookTuber Jesse’s video about the controversy over at Bowties & Books. And definitely hang around and check out some of their other videos. They’re great!

Your Weekend Reading Soundtrack

If you’ve got weekend reading plans, you need a good soundtrack. I put this one together for you, and it’s giving me good mid-August vibes. I hope you enjoy! 🎶 🎵🎧

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

an orange and white cat next to an orange and white pillow

On Monday, I introduced you to Murray and Phantom. Today, it’s time to meet cat #3: Cersei! Her full name is Cersei Anne Boleyn Lannister. Sometimes I call her Cersei Anne for short. And although I just called her cat #3, she’s the one we’ve had longest, so she’s still #1!

She loves this BB8 pillow because it looks like her. Orange and white. One of a kind!


It’s been fun, everyone. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I look forward to delivering you more book news and other such things next week!

❤️ Emily

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Akwaeke Emezi Cover Reveal and More Book Radar!

Hello fellow book lovers! Happy Monday.

I’m new here, so I think I have to start this newsletter with a proper introduction. I’m Emily, and as of today, I am now your official guide for all things new and exciting in the world of books. I want to thank Liberty (and all of you) for the warm welcome. I’m so excited to be here, and I can’t wait to share all of my book joy with others who adore books just as much as I do.

I’ve got a lot of good stuff planned for your newsletter-y enjoyment today. Yes, including a cat picture. So let’s dive right in to what’s good in books.

Book Deals and Reveals

bitter by akwaeki emezi

Here’s the cover reveal for Akwaeke Emezi’s new middle grade novel Bitter.

Penguin Random House has partnered with poet Amanda Gorman to launch the Amanda Gorman Award for Poetry.

American hero Dolly Parton has written a novel Run, Rose, Run, coming out in 2022.

Surprise! Prince makes a cameo in the new movie-inspired Batman ’89 comic.

Speaking of Batman, Robin is now canonically bi-sexual in the new Batman: Urban Legends comic.

Scholastic is releasing a new series of children’s books based on the TV show Friends.

Here’s the cover reveal for singer/songwriter John Darnielle’s upcoming novel Devil House.

Anti-critical race theory parents are fighting The Hate U Give.

Akashic Books has acquired world rights to The Reservoir by author and actor David Duchovny.

Owlcrate has reversed its decision and will reintroduce Harry Potter items in boxes.

Here’s your guide to all the new Marvel movies coming out in 2021 and 2022.

And Shveta Thakrar revealed the cover and title for her upcoming novel The Dream Runners.

Book Riot Recommends 

I’m a Contributing Editor at Book Riot, I write the Today in Books newsletter, and I’m a Bibliologist for Book Riot’s Tailored Book Recommendations subscription service. I also have a PhD in English, so I’m basically a doctor of books. Books are my life, in other words, so in this section of the newsletter, let me share with you some upcoming books I’m super excited about. And I think you will be too!

Prepare Your Shelves!

book cover of My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones (Gallery, August 31, 2021)

Since this is my first time writing for Book Radar, I had to start this off with my most anticipated book of 2021: My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones. That title! The cover art! We are here for it.

Last year when I read Stephen Graham Jones’ The Only Good Indians, I was completely unprepared. There were several moments in this book where I had to slap the pages closed and shout, “WHAT THE HECK DID I JUST READ?” And I mean that in the best way. I’d never read a book like it before, and I still can’t get the images from that book out of my head. No spoilers here if you haven’t read that one yet (YOU ABSOLUTELY SHOULD). But it goes without saying that whatever this author wrote next, I was on board.

Thankfully for me (and all you other Stephen Graham Jones fans out there), this author keeps busy. I didn’t have to wait long to get my hands on My Heart is a Chainsaw. This novel is a homage to slasher films of the 1970s and 80s. To escape from her abusive father, a mother who wants nothing to do with her, and a town in which she feels like an outsider, Jade Daniels disappears into the imaginary world of horror movies. But when a dead tourist’s body is found in Indian Lake, Jade begins to wonder if the horrors on the screen are bleeding into real life. Can her encyclopedic knowledge of horror films save her?

If you’re going into this book expecting another predictable slasher thriller, think again. Stephen Graham Jones would never do that to you. Yes, this is a thrilling horror story, but it’s also a critique of Indigenous displacement and gentrification. And a thoughtful examination of racism, sexism, and the “final girl” trope in horror.

What I’m Reading This Week

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder

#FashionVictim by Amina Akhtar

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Bookish Meme Corner

I love memes. Do you love memes? Here’s a bookish meme that made me smile. Perfect for anyone in need of a Parks & Rec/Shakespeare crossover.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

Hey, have you seen The Green Knight (starring the wonderful Dev Patel) yet? If not, you should! And if you’re worried about going to see it in theaters, guess what? A24 is making the film available to stream for one night only! I think this calls for a rewatch for me.

If you love Sailor Moon and social justice and are not yet following Sailor Moon Wisdom on Instagram, do it now! You’ll love it.

Purrli: Because the Internet has a cat, and shout out to Liberty for bringing this wonderful website into our lives.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

orange and black cat snuggling

Meet Murray and Phantom! I actually have three cats, but getting a pic of all three of them together is rare, so you’ll have to wait and meet the other one next time. Murray is the orange cinnamon roll, and Phantom is the tiny panther. Also, it was Phantom’s birthday this past Saturday. He’s officially one year old! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PHANTOM!


Thank you for joining me for all the books, cats, and more! See you Thursday for even more Book Radar! It’s been fun. ❤️ Emily

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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!

The Turnout cover image

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: 

cover of to paradise by hanya yanagihara

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.

cover of The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang

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!

orange cat sitting on a brown cutting board

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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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!

cover of sag harbor by colson whitehead

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: 

Sea of Tranquility cover

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.

cover of The Verifiers by Jane Pek

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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LOVE, VICTOR Gets A 3rd Season And More Book Radar!

Hello Radar readers! I am not Liberty. Thought I should get that out of the way, but don’t worry she’s just on vacation eating books. I’m Jamie Canavés and while I don’t have puns, or naughty cats made out of liquid, I do have an angry goat trapped in a dog at war with a raccoon. Anyhoo, let’s do books!

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

cover for Kalamata's Kitchen

The fourth book in Kalamata’s Kitchen, about culture and cuisine, has published from Random House Books for Young Readers.

Announcing Nona the Ninth, a New Addition to The Locked Tomb Series From Tamsyn Muir!

‘Black Widow’ Legal Battle: Inside the Fallout After Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney

Crime novelist Mo Hayder dies aged 59 from motor neurone disease

In the happiest of news: ‘Love, Victor’ Renewed for Season 3 at Hulu

Margaret Cho joins upcoming film “described as a modern gay take on ‘Pride and Prejudice.'”

Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine to Be Sold to Media Company Backed by Blackstone

Brendan Fraser Joins Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon

Buffy the Vampire Slayer gets a YA sequel trilogy from Disney Books

Read an excerpt from Stephen King’s new thriller Billy Summers

‘Lord of the Rings’ Amazon Series Sets Premiere Date, Drops First-Look Image

The adaptation of the Elena Ferrante’s novel The Days of Abandonment will no longer move forward at HBO after Natalie Portman stepped down.

Book Riot Recommends

I write Book Riot’s Unusual Suspects newsletter and am Tailored Book Recommendations‘ Administrative Coordinator so I am always looking at upcoming books, and generally squealing about them, and getting my hands on galleys when I can.

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These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall

I’m currently reading These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall (September 1st) and you may be like “wow, jumping the gun you haven’t even finished yet” but she’s an automatic read author for me and I’m loving it. It is many things I like already: a murder mystery; a great balance between the mystery and the lead’s personal life; an interesting job–think making virtual scrapbooks where you can ask to recall a memory from your life and have it projected for you with the narrated story from that day and the images. There are definitely some “past is gonna come get some people” vibes going on right now and I love it.

While you wait, Rachel Howzell Hall put out a great standalone PI mystery last year, And Now She’s Gone, about a missing woman case where things aren’t adding up right. She also has a procedural series worth marathoning that follows homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton out in LA, Land of Shadows.

What I’m reading this week.

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A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria

My Sweet Girl by Amanda Jayatissa

Slippery Creatures (The Will Darling Adventures #1) by K.J. Charles

Secret Identity by Alex Segura

And that’s it for me but I’ll leave you with something that made me laugh.

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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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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!

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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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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: 

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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

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Viola Davis Memoir On the Way and More Book Radar!

Welcome to the almost-end of the week, book friends. I hope you’ve been having a great one so far. I myself was excited Monday by the announcement of a new Emily St. John Mandel book. But that excitement was nothing compared to how excited I was when I actually got the book a little later that day. I was like “AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.” No, really. You probably heard me. 😂

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 essay collection I am excited to read. Plus I’ve included a picture of my orange monsters and their Muppet twins, 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 recent YA fantasy novel takes place in Allward? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

Marjan Kamali’s The Stationery Shop is being developed for HBO.

Here’s the cover reveal for The Merciless Ones, the sequel to The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna 

Viola Davis has written a memoir, which will be released in 2022.

Knopf announced that a new novel is coming in 2022 from Emily St. John Mandel: Sea of Tranquility.

Patricia Highsmith’s diaries will be available to the public for the first time.

Byung-hun Lee will produce and star in Maureen Goo’s I Believe In A Thing Called Love for Netflix.

Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, is publishing a memoir.

Ocean Vuong has a new collection of poetry coming in 2022: Time is a Mother.

Reese Witherspoon’s newest YA pick for her book club is The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee.

Charlize Theron will have a hand in helping develop The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix for HBO Max.

Here’s the cover reveal for Nuclear Family by Joseph Han.

Here’s the first trailer for The Last Duel, based on the book by Eric Jager.

The winner of the Tonight Show Summer Reads is The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz.

Here’s the cover reveal for Heartbroke by Chelsea Bieker.

Here’s the cover reveal for Diamond Park by Phillippe Diederich.

Here’s the cover reveal of Sundial by Catriona Ward.

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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Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives by Mary Laura Philpott (Atria Books, April 12, 2022)

Mary Laura Philpott is one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter, and I loved her last essay collection I Miss You When I Blink. So I was wildly delighted to learn she has a new essay collection on the way. It will deal with events of the last year, plus Frank the Turtle, a turtle who started visiting Philpott’s yard a couple years ago. No lie, he crawls up to her home and knocks on the door. He is a regular visitor now, and even has a lady friend. And that’s really Frank on the front cover! You can read about the cover shoot here. And in the meantime, check her out on Twitter and read her last book. I promise, she is a funny delight.

What I’m reading this week.

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Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

Mirror Girls by Kelly McWilliams

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

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King 

Far from the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson

Song stuck in my head:

The Greatest by Sia. (Stupid cable commercial.) (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:

A glimpse of me in the future.

Happy things:

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

  • 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!

image of two cats above an image of the Muppets' Waldorf and Statler

My little furry Waldorf and Statler. It’s funny because it’s true.

Trivia answer: Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard.

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