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Maureen Johnson’s Got a New YA Murder Mystery Heading Our Way and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

Greetings! I am still out of town and I’m feeling very sleepy and I’ve been working a ton! But it’s all very fun and exciting, and I’m still here to give you all the juicy book deets you’re dying to know. So let’s go.

Bookish Goods

Handmade Pressed Unique Floral and Glitter Bookmarks by FloralResinTreasures

Inspired by nature, real pressed flowers, leaves, and a hint of glitter flakes are encased in resin to create this gorgeous bookmark. An added colored tassel to completes the look and functionality.

New Releases

A graphic of the cover of The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

Visit from the Goon Squad received much acclaim when it came out several years ago. Now Jennifer Egan is back with a companion novel, which you can read on its own or as a follow up to Goon Squad. BUT The Candy House received the royal treatment, audiobook wise, and is narrated by a full cast. Ah! Can’t wait!

A graphic of the cover of Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

I just finished listening to Ocean Vuong narrate his latest poetry collection on audio. Ugh, it’s so incredibly beautiful, and there’s nothing like listening to a poet narrate his work. Time Is a Mother was written after Vuong’s mother passed away, and it’s full of longing for the person he loved most.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

Since I’m still out of town for work, my husband sent me this picture of Murray buddying up to him in my absence. I’ll admit I’m super jealous! I love to travel, but I hate missing my cats.

I know I’ve said this a bajillion times before, but cherish every moment with your pets! I miss this little dude so much! Can’t wait to see him tomorrow.

And that’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by. Be well, and have a wonderful weekend.

💙 Emily

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Secret Identities, Kissing in Towers and Caves, Creepy Stuff, and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

It’s that near-the-end-of-the-week check-in time. How are we doing? Despite the fact that I’ve been absolutely swamped with work this week, I have finished a bunch of books and am feeling good about my reading life. In other words. Y’all. The slump is over.

Phew. Anyway, I hope you’re doing well, and I can’t wait to share all this book stuff for you. Truly, so much is going on. So let’s dive in!

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

Manda Collins’ Ladies Most Scandalous series continues with A Spinster’s Guide to Danger and Dukes, and here is the cover reveal! What can we expect from this novel? Collins promises “secret identities, kissing in towers AND CAVES, creepy stuff, & lots of fun.” A Spinster’s Guide to Danger and Dukes comes out on November 8th.

Here’s another exciting cover reveal: Orbit Books has shared the cover of N.K. Jemisin’s The World We Make, the second book in The Great Cities duology. Jemisin’s new book will be out on November 1st.

It’s official. We’re getting into 2023 cover reveals now. Here’s the cover reveal for Christopher Golden’s upcoming novel All Hallows, which hits shelves on January 24th, 2023.

Sandhya Menon has announced more details about her second adult rom com novel The Sizzle Paradox, which will be published under her adult romance pen name Lily Menon. This one’s out on June 14th.

And yes, even more romance news! Here’s the cover reveal for Do You Take This Man by Denise Williams. Enemies with benefits? Check. Unsanctioned aquarium fun? Yep, you got it. You can preorder this book now, and it’s out from Penguin Random House on September 6th.

Walker Scobell has landed the title role in Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Disney+’s series adaptation of author Rick Riordan’s best-selling novels.

AMC has released the first teaser trailer of the upcoming series adaptation of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire

Apple has given a straight-to-series order for The White Darkness, which is based on the nonfiction book by David Grann and will star Tom Hiddleston.

DC and WEBTOON have announced a new trio of titles that will be joining the platform later this yearVixen: NYCRed Hood: Outlaws, and Zatanna & The Ripper.

Penguin Classics is launching a Little Clothbound Classics series, which will start publishing this August. 

Netflix is adapting Nimona by ND Stevenson into a movie.

The banning of Persepolis has now inspired its own graphic nonfiction book.

Check out the exclusive cover reveal of Deanna Raybourn’s Killers of a Certain Age and read an excerpt from this action-packed thriller!

Don’t forget you can get three free audiobooks at Audiobooks.com with a free trial!

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

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Ghost Eaters by Clay McLeod Chapman

I know I just shared the cover reveal of this one last week, but what can I say? I’m really excited about this one, and I couldn’t wait to tell you all more about it. Also, yes, the cover is terrifying and I love getting to stare at it again. I hope you’re loving that too.

First, a little personal reflection. Horror has always been one of my favorite genres. When I was 10 years old, Stephen King was my introduction into real adult novels, and I felt so cool. As I got older, I became fascinated by horror and the way it examines our relationship to death unlike any other genre. Yes, of course, death is a big topic in a lot of literature, but in my humble opinion, no one looks death straight in its terrifying face the way horror does. This is what draws me to horror now in my old age (lol jk… but also not lol jk), as I start to reflect on my mortality, and even scarier, the mortality of those I love and care about.

And yes, I do have a point, and I’m getting to it, because Chapman’s Ghost Eaters is a brilliant reflection not just on death, but specifically on the horrors of grief. Because honestly, grief is scarier than death in a lot of ways. And grief can be a lot harder to accept. This book gets that.

Erin and Silas have been in a tumultuous, on-again, off-again relationship for years. Erin knows that Silas is reckless and that her relationship with him is toxic, so she decides to end things with once and for all. But then she learns that Silas has died of an overdose, and what’s more, apparently Silas had discovered a drug that would allow him to see the dead. Erin doesn’t believe in ghosts, but in her grief and guilt for abandoning Silas, she agrees to a pill-popping “séance” to ease her pain. Unfortunately for Erin, it appears as if the drug is real, and once she attempts to step into the real world, her visions of the dead refuse to let her go. Are the bloody and brutal images she sees all around her the effects of some powerful drug? Or is something more sinister at play?

Words of Literary Wisdom

“I loved that the complexities of my emotions were understood by authors writing hundreds of years ago, I loved looking at their texts and trying to understand what they were aiming to do, to pull my own meaning from them, to point out what others didn’t see or notice—the repetition of blue imagery, the recapitulation of motifs of separation. I was good at that.”

Vladimir by Julia May Jonas

Q1 Reading Wrap Up, Anyone?

So I know this section of the newsletter is normally dedicated to everything that’s going on in the book community, and yeah, we’re going to get back to that. But I’ve been watching and listening and reading a lot of people’s Q1 reading wrap-ups, now that we’re deep into April.

So yeah, that means that somehow the first quarter of the year is over. And again, I find myself asking… How? Literally how? But all that aside, I thought since I enjoy looking at other people’s quarterly wrap-ups, you might be interested in hearing a bit about mine.

In Q1 (January, February, March) of 2022, I read 26 books, which puts me on track to finish 100 books this year (my personal goal). I would have read more, but as I’ve said, I was in the middle of a major reading slump throughout most of March.

I don’t want to spend too much time harping on my least favorite books of the quarter. Even though I know some people want the tea, I figure we should keep this newsletter positive! My favorite books from my Q1 reading were: Wahala by Nikki May, My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones, and Razorblade Tears by SA Cosby. Although I read a lot of 2022 releases, oddly enough only one of those three faves is a 2022 release. Also, despite the fact that I read across several genres, all three of those books are giving thriller vibes. Why am I like this?

What are my goals for Q2? Obviously, to read more books. And maybe read more good books in a wider variety of genres, now that I’m examining my favorites. Do you have any specific goals for Q2? Let me know! And if you have a Q2 wrap up video or blog post or something, please share!

What I’m Watching This Weekend

This is cheating, because I’ve already watched this, but if you haven’t seen Everything, Everywhere, All At Once yet, GO NOW! And then please hit me up so we can talk about it because i have so many feelings. I laughed. I cried. I have a new favorite movie of 2022 (so far).

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

shocked calico cat

Here’s Cersei rolling around on a rug. She loves showing off all her beautiful calico spots. Isn’t she beautiful, even when she’s making her weird, shocked face?

Cersei is wishing you a good weekend with lots of reading and downtime and rest and relaxation, because isn’t that what we all deserve? (if you think you don’t, trust me… you do!)

Talk soon!

💙 Emily

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Here’s the Cover of Celeste Ng’s OUR MISSING HEARTS and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

How was your weekend? Nothing new to report here, except… I don’t want to jinx it, but maybe my reading slump is over? I’m starting to feel optimistic about my reading goals for the month, and I feel like I might actually get a good deal of reading done. I’m back in the game! Maybe. I don’t want to announce it and ruin it. But I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of April goes. How is April going for you? Feel free to let me know! And now, let’s talk about books some more.

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

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We’ve finally got a cover for Celeste Ng’s highly anticipated new novel Our Missing Hearts! This one’s coming out in October.

Another exciting cover reveal: Penguin Teen has revealed the cover of Malinda Lo’s A Scatter of Light, a coming-of-queer-age story and companion novel to Last Night at the Telegraph Club.

Can’t get enough cover reveals? Have another. Tin House has revealed the cover of the gothic historical suspense novel The House in the Orchard by Elizabeth Brooks.

Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive cover reveal of Working Girls by Rupaul’s Drag Race stars Trixie Mattel and Katya.

Locke & Key, the Netflix series based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s comics, will end with its forthcoming third season

Netflix has added nine actors to its cast for XO, Kitty, the upcoming To All the Boys spinoff series.

HBO Max is in early development of not one but two scripted series based on the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Robert Downey Jr., who played the Holmes in the popular Guy Ritchie feature films, will executive produce both shows with Lionel Wigram.

Knopf will be publishing three new books in its Millennium series, which launched with Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The next three books in the series will be written by Swedish author Karin Smirnoff. The first one will be released on September 5, 2023.

Also, guess what? Despite the rise of “book bans” in the US, queer romance novels have never been more popular.

The International Booker Prize has announced its 2022 shortlist. The winner will be announced May 26th at a ceremony in London.

And here are the 2022 Hugo Award finalists!

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Prepare Your Shelves!

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The Memory Librarian by Janelle Monáe (Harper Voyager, April 19th)

I know that The Memory Librarian probably doesn’t need any help from me to hype it up at this point. After all, it’s a collection of queer sci-fi short stories written by the wonderful Janelle Monáe. But you know, if there’s even one reader who didn’t know about this book. If there’s that one person reading this who says to themselves, “Janelle Monáe has a book coming out this month?!” Or even, “Who the heck is Janelle Monáe?!” Well then, I am here for those people to help guide the way.

The Memory Librarian is not only one of my most anticipated books of the year, but it is plenty of other peoples’ as well. And why is that? Because Janelle Monáe has proven herself as an innovative voice with many talents. She’s a critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter. She’s an actor. She’s a fashion icon. And she’s an activist. Just to name a few of the many things that make her a really cool human.

The Memory Librarian is like a literary tie-in for Monáe’s high-concept album Dirty Computer, set in a world in which thoughts can be erased or controlled. This collection expands on the totalitarian existence imagined in Dirty Computer. And to fully flesh out this sci-fi world, Monáe is also collaborating with several talented contributors, including Yohanca Delgado, Eve L. Ewing, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Danny Lore, and Sheree Renée Thomas—just to name a few.

This one is coming out in one week, so prepare your shelves, and strap in for a wild ride.

What I’m Reading This Week

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Time is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

The Peregrine by J.A. Baker

Vladimir by Julia May Jonas

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Monday Memes

This meme format is an oldie but a goodie. Make it about books, and it’s just so, so relatable.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

I don’t know if I’ve really talked much about it here, but I’m a huge sucker for all things astrology. I’m a Libra Sun, Capricorn Moon, Gemini Rising. How about you? Anyway, I feel like a good 1/4 of my Instagram feed is all astrology stuff and astrology memes. So as you can imagine, I was really excited to see these Bridgerton astrology memes on Buzzfeed Books. I figure there are a lot of astrology/Bridgerton fans in this world, so hopefully this will make other people happy as well!

And Here’s A Cat Picture

orange cat on yoga mat

‘Round here, there are a lot of cats on yoga mats. Any time the yoga mat hits the floor, the cat hits the yoga mat. I have some pretty cool videos from this session in which Murray found ways to interact with me and challenge me while I got my workout on. The bonus of at-home workouts, am I right?

Anyway, this mat is fine, but I’m in the market for a new yoga mat, so if you have a fave, let me know about it.

Alright, that’s all, y’all. Let’s go kick Monday’s butt! Talk soon!

💙 Emily

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iCarly Alum Jennette McCurdy to Release Memoir in August and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

The weather continues to be horrible here. Lots of rain, heavy winds, flash floods, and potential tornados. We hate that for me. But luckily for you, come rain or shine, I’m still able to deliver you all of the book-related info you’re craving. The only thing that would keep me away would be if a tornado comes for my house and spirals me up. Which, scarily enough, is not totally out of the question. But hey! Until that happens, book buddies, I’m here for you. So let’s talk books.

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

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If you loved All Her Little Secrets, Wanda M. Morris has another exciting thriller coming out later this year, and here’s the cover reveal! Anywhere You Run will be out from William Morrow on October 25th.

iCarly alum Jennette McCurdy has written a memoir about her time as a child star. The Nickelodeon star’s book, entitled I’m Glad My Mom Died, will be out from Simon & Schuster this August.

Gin Phillips’ Family Law will be out in paperback in May, and here’s a look at the paperback cover.

Here’s the cover reveal for Avery Flynn’s witchy romance novel Witcha Gonna Do. This one’s out in December.

Loan Le at Atria Books, along with Sarah St. Pierre at S&S Canada, preempted world rights to National Magazine Award–nominated journalist Mai Nguyen’s debut novel Sunshine Nails.

The hit thriller series You has begun filming its fourth season in London.

Colin Kaepernick has shared a first look at his children’s book I Color Myself Different.

Weeks after reports that Britney Spears had signed a multimillion-dollar deal to write a tell-all memoir, the pop star confirmed Monday that she is currently writing a book.

The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical made history on Sunday night when the show creators Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear won the Grammy for best musical theater album

Join Stella Parton and a slate of authors whose books have been challenged for a National Read-In event today, Thursday, April 7th.

These are the 10 books the American Library Association reports as being the most banned or challenged titles of 2021.

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Can’t Wait for This One

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House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson (Penguin Random House, October 4th)

Alexis Henderson’s House of Hunger is another book that I’ve been waiting patiently to tell you about just as soon as an official cover reveal dropped. Well, the cover was revealed earlier this week, and now I’m all fired up to tell you about this one. If you’ve read Henderson’s The Year of the Witching, you’re probably already excited about this one too!

Marion Shaw was raised in poverty and longs to escape the difficulties of city life. But she sees no way out. That is, until she comes across a strange newspaper ad: “WANTED – Bloodmaid of exceptional taste. Must have a keen proclivity for life’s finer pleasures. Girls of weak will need not apply.

Although she knows little about the position or the far north where she will have to travel, the applies, hoping this could be the opportunity for change she’s been hoping for. Soon, Marion becomes the newest bloodmaid at the notorious House of Hunger, where Countess Lisavet who presides over a court of hedonism. Marion is eager to please her mistress, who is both charismatic and terrifying. But when her fellow bloodmaids begin to go missing, Marion realizes she must learn the rules of House of Hunger or her own life will soon be at risk.

Words of Literary Wisdom

“I watch and work up my rage at men, who can be villainous to all, but virtuous to some. Watching them be kind to children should make me think of them as better men, but it make them worse, for no other wicked is more wicked than choosing with who you dole out kindness.”

Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James

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 I don’t know that I’ve ever thought about this before, but it was brought to my attention that April 30th marks the point in the year where we are halfway to Halloween. With that in mind, seems like a good time for a horror/thriller-themed Read-A-Thon, yes? Over on YouTube, gabbyreads and oliviareadsalatte are hosting Spring Fling-O-Ween. What does that mean? It means reading a bunch of books and getting into the half-Halloween spirit from April 27th-30th. Check out gabbyreads’ video for all of the details.

This Read-A-Thon falls between my trip to New York and my trip to DC, so I feel like this is the perfect time for me to settle in and get some reading done. Will you play along with me?

What I’m Watching This Weekend

Remember how I was watching Bridgerton last weekend? Yeah, well, obviously I finished that already. If you’re like me and everyone else in the world who already watched every episode of Bridgerton Season 2, you might be looking for more Regency-era content. And if you’re complete trash for reality tv like I am, then you’ll want to check out The Courtship. Is it good? Well, it’s Bridgerton meets The Bachelorette, so… you’ll just have to decide for yourself.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

tiny black kitten cuddling

I keep coming across more Phantom pictures I want to share with you all, so here’s another one.

I’m still missing this tiny little black bean so much. He was such a good cuddle buddy and he would be the perfect reading companion on a rainy day like today.

Also my face is in this one, so apologies if you were not prepared. I promise to keep this to cat content only from here on out.

Anyway, if it’s raining where you are, stay dry. Read a book. And until next time, have a safe, fun, and restful weekend.

💙 Emily

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Get Haunted by Clay McLeod Chapman’s GHOST EATERS and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

Somehow it’s April? How did anyone let that happen? Somehow we’re all the way through 1/4 of 2022, and my brain is still in 2019. Oh well, I guess on the positive side, with each passing day, we get more and more exciting book news. And I am here to share that with you!

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

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Night Worms has reviewed and revealed the cover for Clay McLeod Chapman’s upcoming horror novel Ghost Eaters! The novel is described as “a terrifying supernatural page-turner that explores ghosts, grief, and god complexes.” This one will be out in September.

And here’s the cover reveal of A Merry Little Meet Cute, the first book in the Christmas Notch series from Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah has announced his debut novel Chain-Gang All-Stars, which will be out in spring 2023.

Here’s a first look at Hell Bent, the sequel to Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House. This highly anticipated book is coming in January, 2023.

Today also as a first look at Jasmine Guillory’s new novel Drunk on Love, which will be out on September 20, 2022.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before author Jenny Han’s first YA romance book trilogy The Summer I Turned Pretty is being adapted for TV, and Entertainment Weekly has a first look at the upcoming Amazon Prime series.

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen has sold a currently untitled cookbook to Clarkson Potter. The title is set for a spring 2024 release.

HBO’s long-awaited Game of Thrones prequel finally has a release date. The network has announced that House of the Dragon will premiere on August 21st.

Andrew Garfield and Daisy Edgar-Jones will be starring in Hulu’s true crime series Under the Banner of Heaven, based on the 2003 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer. And Hulu has now released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming series

The spinoff Bridgerton prequel about a young Queen Charlotte was originally announced in May 2021, and now Netflix has released the cast list.

The Authors for Ukraine Auction is raising money for CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund, which will provide emergency supplies of food, water, and other supplies and assistance to Ukrainians. The auction runs March 29 to April 12 and includes signed books from more than 170 authors.

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Prepare Your Shelves!

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How to Be Eaten by Maria Adelmann (May 31st, Little, Brown, and Company)

Okay, look. I know How to be Eaten isn’t the first fairy tale-adjacent book I’ve recommended here. Clearly I’m a big fan of fairy tale reimaginings and retellings. But I’m certainly not the only one. There’s something fascinating about reexamining stories we have known for our whole lives. And even so, I promise you How to Be Eaten is a fairy tell reimagining unlike any other you’ve ever experienced.

Set in present-day New York City, How to Be Eaten follows a support group of five women who meet in a basement to discuss their past traumas. You’ll probably note the fairy tale similarities right away, but here they are: there’s Bernice, who is recovering from her time dating a crazed blue-bearded billionaire. Then there’s Ruby, who is traumatized by that one time she was eaten by a wolf, even though now she wears his coat. Next is Gretel who was held captive in a house made of candy. Meanwhile, Ashlee is the winner of a dating show who’s not quite sure she really got her fairy tale ending. Then there’s Raina, and as for her story, you’ll just have to wait and see!

How to Be Eaten is an intriguing take on what it means to exist in the world as a woman in the 21st century and trauma in the digital age. It’s also just a really entertaining read. This one comes out at the end of May, but you know we’ve talked a lot about how fast these months are going by. May will be here before you know it, so prepare your shelves!

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What I’m Reading This Week

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Reprieve by James Han Mattson

Cold by Mariko Tamaki

The Peregrine by J.A. Baker

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James

Vladimir by Julia May Jonas

Monday Memes

Okay so this isn’t really a book meme this week, but this felt appropriate for a Monday. Especially for my cat people.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

I know I talk a lot about KittenLady’s Instagram account, but I actually follow a lot of foster kitten accounts on Instagram. And I try to donate to them as much as possible! What can I say? I love cats. If you love cats too, here are two more of my favorites: fostersxyz and fosterkittenlove. I get so invested in these kitten’s story, and they warm my heart and bring me joy!

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

It’s officially tornado season down here. And last week, we were hit with a tornado warning. Because Cersei and Murray aren’t the best of friends, my husband Ben hid in one bathroom with Cersei. And I was in the other bathroom with Murray.

Thankfully, Ben had the smart idea of putting Murray’s favorite blanket in the tub to keep him relaxed. It worked like a charm. So here’s Murray snuggling up with his blanket in the tub while the storm rages outside.

And of course, we made it out alive, and I am thankfully here to tell the story.

Let’s hope for no more tornados any time soon though, right?

Until next time!

💙 Emily

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Stephen King’s IT Prequel Series in the Works and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

I know it’s officially spring and that’s supposed to be exciting and all, but does anyone else just have really bad allergies? I feel like I’m writing you this message through a weird allergy haze, but if you’re there with me, welcome. Let’s take this journey together as I count down the days to fall. Sorry to all my spring/summer fans out there.

Let’s just talk about one thing we can all agree on. Books. Books are good. Here is the hot book gossip.

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

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There’s no such thing as too many Pride and Prejudice retellings! Here is the cover reveal for Nikki Payne’s multicultural retelling Pride and Protest. This one’s out from Berkeley in November.

HBO Max is developing a prequel series to the It film franchise. The working title is Welcome To Derry.

Doubleday has obtained the U.S. rights to Kate Atkinson’s Shrines of Gaiety. The novel is slated for a September 27th release date.

Roxane Gay has announced the first three titles for her imprint Roxane Gay Books

Lit Hub has the exclusive cover reveal for Talia Lakshmi Kolluri’s What We Fed to the Manticore, which will be published by Tin House this September.

And here’s the cover reveal for Bridget Farr’s new YA novel, The Truth About Everything. This book follows the story of “homeschooled” teenager Lark who is secretly attending high school, against the wishes of her conspiracy-theorist-Doomsday-prepping parents. This one is out on October 11th.

Nicole Kidman has shared the first look trailer of her Apple TV+ anthology series Roar, based on the short story collection by bestselling author Cecelia Ahern.

Tor Nightfire is publishing Johnny Compton’s Black Southern Gothic novel The Spite House. The book, which is being called The Others meets A Head Full of Ghosts, is scheduled to release in February 2023.

Tupac Shakur wrote a booklet of haikus when he was 11, and it’s now being auctioned, starting at $140,000.

Lualhati Bautista, a Manila-based Filipina writer, may become the first Filipina to be published by Penguin Classics.

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Can’t Wait for This One

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The Witch and the Tsar by Olesya Salnikova Gilmore (Ace Books, September 6)

This debut novel has been on my personal TBR for what feels like ages, but since Paste revealed the cover last week and provided us with an excerpt of the upcoming novel, I figured it was probably time I shared The Witch and the Tsar with all of you. If you love the idea of a good retelling mixed with real-life history, I think you’ll be just as excited about this one as I am.

The Witch and the Tsar is a historical fantasy novel that retells the story of one of Slavic folklore’s most famous figures, the Baba Yaga. But of course, the woman of this story is more complicated than any witch you might have heard about in those old tales. Yaga is a half-goddess who is feared and shunned by mankind because of her powers. But when her old friend Tsarista Anastasia comes to her hut asking for help, Yaga must finally step out of the shadows of legend to protect the land she loves.

We follow Yaga’s journey to Moscow as she witnesses a country being torn apart as Tsar Ivan (Ivan the Terrible) grows more and more unstable. Meanwhile, the tsaritsa has been struck with a mysterious illness that no one can cure. Yaga longs to protect her country, but what she doesn’t know is that an angry goddess wishes to ruin Russia, and she is the one that is behind all of this destruction.

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Words of Literary Wisdom

“Fear releases power. Man might be more tolerable, less fractious and smug, if he had more to fear. I do not mean fear of the intangible, the suffocation of the introvert, but physical fear, cold sweating fear for one’s life, fear of the unseen menacing beast, imminent, bristly, tusked and terrible, ravening for one’s own hot saline blood.”

The Peregrine by J.A. Baker

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.

As you’re probably aware, a whole movie was produced that was fully based on a Twitter thread. So if we can base movies off of tweets, why shouldn’t we also base our reading choices off of the tweets we enjoy? Since you’re reading this section of Book Radar because you love books and you’re curious about social media (probably), then I think you’ll love this post from Tracy Shapley Towley: Did You Like That Tweet? Then Read This Book.

What I’m Watching This Weekend

I feel like this needs no explanation. I guess we’re all watching Bridgerton this weekend, right? Unless you finished it already. If you’re watching, how do you feel about this season compared to season 1? Are you missing Regé-Jean Page as much as I am? Feel free to reach out and let me know!

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

a white calico cat siting on top of a black couch

It’s been a while since my shy calico girl Cersei was featured, so here she is! This is her favorite place to sit when she isn’t hiding. She loves the top of the couch.

Anyway, that is all for today, friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week, same time, same email inbox.

💙 Emily

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WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING Trailer Has Dropped and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

How was your weekend? I got a whole lot of reading done and I got to hang out with cats, so all in all, it wasn’t too bad. Now that we’re hopefully feeling refreshed and ready to take on our week, let’s talk books.

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

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Oprah Daily has revealed the cover for Zambian American author Namwali Serpell’s new novel The Furrows, out from Hogarth in September.

V. Castro will reveal the backstory of Aliens character Private Vasquez in a new book titled Aliens: Vasquezset to be published by Titan Books on October 25th.

The Nerd Daily has revealed the cover for The Girl In The Castle by James Patterson and Emily Raymond. This book releases on September 19th!

CJ Connor has announced a new queer mystery series, “full of board games, silly puns, family in all its forms, and queer joy (y’know, as joyful as a murder mystery can be).” The first novel in the series is titled Board to Death.

Liz Tigelaar, the creator of Little Fires Everywhere, is set to adapt Taylor Jenkins Reid’s bestselling novel The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo for Netflix. 

A new Ivo van Hove stage adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining is in the works for a 2023 West End debut, and Ben Stiller in talks to play the role of Jack Torrance

Kacen Callender has an adult romance novel Stars in Your Eyes, out from Forever in fall 2023.

The official trailer for Where the Crawdads Sing, adapted from Delia Owen’s bestselling 2018 novel, has just dropped

During confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Senator Ted Cruz accidentally boosted sales of two anti-racist books.

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Prepare Your Shelves!

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Woman, Eating by Claire Kohda (Harpervia, April 12th)

Just when you think every angle of vampire fiction has been explored already. Just when you think vampires are soooo over. Just when you think you couldn’t possibly find a book that would deliver a new and exciting vampire story, a book like Woman, Eating comes along to totally revive the genre. I’m trying to think of good vampire puns about coming back to life, but I’m missing the obvious here. So I’ll just say [insert your favorite vampire puns here], and let’s move on.

Woman, Eating is the story of Lydia, a bi-racial half-vampire, half-human who is on her own for the first time after growing up under the watchful eye of her overbearing mother. Now Lydia is hungry, and she yearns to try the foods her Japanese father liked to eat. But delicious foods like sashimi and ramen are off limits for Lydia. After all, what she really thirsts for is blood.

This is Lydia’s coming of age story. It’s a story of a young woman coming to terms with what it means to be an adult, what it means to be an artist, and what it means to be human. And of course, the fact that Lydia is a vampire complicates these moments of self-exploration.

What I’m Reading This Week

Book cover of Cold by Mariko Tamaki

Cold by Mariko Tamaki

Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho

Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

The Peregrine by J.A. Baker

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition 7 by Naoko Takeuchi

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Monday Memes

This one’s for all my people who grew up identifying with Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Hello to my people.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

happy orange cat

Last night, I curled up on my couch, wrapped myself in my Sailor Moon blanket, and watched Love Island Australia. Then this little cutie curled up with me, and I couldn’t get over the sweet look on his face. So of course I had to share!

We love you, Murray! You are the sweetest kitty!

Anyway, thanks for joining me today. I hope you have a great week!

💙 Emily

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Here’s the Cover Reveal of Katherine Dunn’s TOAD and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

Today has been a rainy day and there was a tornado warning in effect from 9am to 7pm. So what did that mean for me? Lots of reading on the couch with the kitties as I listened to the rain. So now I feel really inspired to talk to you about books. Let’s do this.

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

toad book cover

Here’s the cover reveal of Katherine Dunn’s previously unpublished novel TOAD.

The Literary Hub has the exclusive cover reveal for Pulitzer-winning author Elizabeth Strout’s latest novel Lucy by the Sea, which will be published by Random House this September.

Here’s the cover reveal for Your Body is Not Your Body, an anthology of New Weird Horror to benefit trans youth in crisis.

Jason Katims has rounded out the ensemble cast for Dear Edward, an Apple TV+ drama series based on the novel of the same name by Ann Napolitano.

Here’s the cover reveal for Rose Egal’s genre-bending debut novel The Sevenfold Hunters, out in October from Page Street.

Constance Wu, star of HustlersCrazy Rich Asians, and Fresh Off the Boat, has written a memoir that will be published this fall, and Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive cover reveal.

Here’s an excerpt from Ashley Poston’s upcoming YA novel The Dead Romantics. This one hits shelves on June 28th.

Booker-prize-winning Nigerian author Been Okri has rewritten his 2008 novel Starbook. The new version, complete with a new title and cover, will be published this summer as The Last Gift of the Master Artists.

Dolly Parton is returning to the big screen for an upcoming feature film adaption of Run, Rose, Run.

Adina Porter (Underground) and Clark Backo (Letterkenny) have been cast to star opposite LaKeith Stanfield in Apple TV+’s upcoming drama series based on Victor LaValle’s bestselling novel The Changeling

Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda—the brains behind Monstress—have announced their next comic collaboration. The Night Eaters is “a contemporary Asian American horror story and urban fantasy.”

Here are ten of the audiobooks coming out in the next few months that Libro.fm users are most excited about!

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Can’t Wait for This One

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Trust by Hernan Diaz (Riverhead Books, May 3rd)

The first thing that’s exciting about this book is this stunning cover. The second thing is that author Hernan Diaz’s previous novel In the Distance was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award. The third and most exciting thing about Trust? It’s being described as four books in one. It’s a novel-within-a-novel, a partial manuscript, a memoir, and a diary. This ambitious project adds up to one unforgettable story about economic disparity, capitalism, history, secrets, the power of storytelling, and more.

Everyone in New York has heard of Wall Street trader Benjamin Rask and his wife Helen. The two become incredibly wealthy in the 1920s, and with the Great Depression the couple becomes even wealthier. But the secrets around this couple and their affluence have sparked endless rumors. People wonder: How did the Rasks become so wealthy? And at what cost?

In the 1938 novel Bonds, the author tries to unpack the mystery of the Rasks, but this isn’t the only version of the story to be told. Even though this is the version that has become the most widely accepted. Somewhere between all of these stories and rumors lies the truth about the Rasks. But how does one separate facts from lies and illusions?

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Words of Literary Wisdom

“The human being is complex and I find the vile acts, contradictions, and sublimities characteristic of our condition astonishing. Our existence would be an exasperating shade of gray if we were all flawless.”

Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

What I’m Watching This Weekend

Not book-related, but I do also watch TV and movies, so I thought it could be fun to share what I’m watching.

All week, I’ve been marathoning Atlanta to prepare for season 3, which is coming out TOMORROW, Friday, March 25th. I am so excited. This is my favorite show that’s currently on tv. Do you watch Atlanta? If so, let’s chat about the season premiere this weekend!

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

an orange cat curled up on a brown leather couch next to pillows

Look, it’s my rainy day reading buddy, everyone! Murray and I got a good few hundred pages read today. I’d say that’s a good day. For me, anyway. Murray reads 400 pages a day on average.

Just kidding. Murray is a cat. He can’t read. But he is cute.

Okay, that’s all for today. Have a wonderful weekend!

💙 Emily

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Judy Blume Documentary in the Works and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

It’s Monday. We’re not quite at “happy” yet in this household, so I’m not going to say “Happy Monday” this week. And that’s okay. Why? Because toxic positivity is bad, and all feelings are valid. Anyway, I do want to thank those of you who reached out to offer condolences after we lost our sweet Phantom last week. It meant more to me than I can say, and even though I’m sad now, I feel fortunate that I get to be here talking with you about books.

So should we talk books?

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

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Here’s the cover reveal of Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things by Maya Prasad. It’s coming at you from Disney-Hyperion on October 18th!

A Judy Blume documentary is in the works from Amazon Prime Video.

The final chapter of the First Sister trilogy is coming this November. Here’s the cover reveal for The Last Hero by Linden A. Lewis!

Kevin Wilson has announced his next book, Now is Not the Time to Panic, which will be out on November 8, 2022, from Ecco Books.

Netflix is expanding its relationship with Dr. Seuss Enterprises with a deal for five new animated preschool series and specials

Seoul Street will be adapting Suzanne Park’s bestselling novel Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous for the big screen.

Alexandra Daddario has been announced as the star of AMC’s Mayfair Witches, a series adaptation of Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches series.

Del Rey has obtained the world English rights to Evelyn Skye’s adult debut novelThe Hundred Loves of Juliet, in a two-book deal. 

Netflix released a trailer this week for the upcoming series Heartstopper, based on the graphic novel series by Alice Oseman.

The National Book Critics Circle has named its 2021 Award Winners.

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Prepare Your Shelves!

insomnia book cover

Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough (William Morrow & Company, April 12th)

Alright, y’all. We’ve got less than a month before this one comes at us, so kick some books off your shelves to make some space for the latest thriller from Sarah Pinborough. I’m just kidding about the book kicking. I do not condone violence against books. Even if you’re really excited about a new book, treat your old books with care. So gently but excitedly shuffle your books around to make some space on your shelves cause here it comes…

Why am I making such a big deal about this one? If you’re a big time thriller fan, you probably already know. Sarah Pinborough’s thrillers always deliver with dark and unsettling storylines, twists and surprises, and sometimes even a bit of the supernatural. What sort of shocking reveals will her latest novel Insomnia bring? Well, I’m not going to tell you that. You’re going to have to read and find out.

Here’s the basic set up: Emma Averell is killing it at life. She’s a successful, high-powered lawyer. She also has two wonderful children and a stay-at-home husband whom she loves. But her life wasn’t always this perfect. When Emma’s mother turned forty, she suffered from debilitating insomnia that lead to a horrific incident. As a result, Emma and her sister were put into the foster care system. Now, as her fortieth birthday approaches, Emma is experiencing symptoms similar to her mother’s, and she worries she is doomed to play out a similar fate.

What I’m Reading This Week

the peregrine book cover

Well, I’m keeping honest. I said last week that reading has been slow this month, and that hasn’t changed this week that much. But I’ve got a few books on the TBR for this week:

The Peregrine by J.A. Baker

Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James

Sailor Moon: Eternal Edition 7 by Naoko Takeuchi

A Girl is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Monday Memes

Do you have any friends who dog ear books? I do, and yes, it did make me question our friendship.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

If you love cat pictures, and you’re not following KittenLady on Instagram, what are you doing? Right now, you’re missing out on Chou Chou, a little cotton ball of a kitten. I’m completely obsessed with this floof.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

orange and black cat sleeping

I’ve got a throw back picture of baby Phantom and Murray I wanted to share just so you can see just how much they loved each other from day one! What perfect angels.

Aaaand… that’s all I’ve got, friends. I hope your week goes well. I hope you read good books. Pet all the cats. And I’ll see you next time.

💙 Emily

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MS. MARVEL Coming Soon to Disney+ and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

I know this is just a newsletter about books, but I’ve done my best to be honest and open with you all. And especially since I’ve shared my cats with you every week, I would feel odd if I didn’t start the newsletter today by sharing some difficult news. Earlier this week, my sweet baby kitty Phantom died unexpectedly. He was only a year and seven months old. It happened quickly. We don’t know why. The vets don’t know why. But we are all (including kitties Murray and Cersei) completely shattered by this loss.

I am so happy that I had the chance to know Phantom for the short time he was here with us. And I am so happy I had an opportunity to share him with you. He was a sweet kitty, and he will be missed more than I can express.

Anyway, you’re here for book news, so I will get to that right away. But stay til the end for one last Phantom picture. Thank you all for letting me share this bit of personal news. I hope your week has been going better than mine!

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

Earlier this week, Sergio Gomez released the cover of his next horror novel Halloween Slaughter, which will be out on October 11th.

Marvel fans, rejoice! Ms. Marvel, the MCU’s Muslim teen superhero, is coming soon to Disney+, and this week the first trailer for the upcoming series was released. Ms. Marvel will premiere on June 8, 2022.

Cora Reilly’s self-published novel A Touch of Fate will not be released as planned after being called out for ableism. Reilly says the book has been paused while she consults sensitivity readers.

Here’s the cover reveal of TJ Klune’s The Damning Stone, the fifth book in his Tales from Verania series.

Rock star and National Book Award–winning author Patti Smith has sold her latest book A Book of Days to Robin Desser at Random House.

Meg Ryan is teaming up with Netflix to direct a film adaptation of the novel A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out by Sally Franson.

Rainbow Rowell has announced her next book, a collection of short stories titled Scattered Showers. The collection is set to release on November 8, 2022.

Pride Month will see the launch of a new Poison Ivy series that will continue throughout the year. This new six-issue comic, by G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel, Invisible Kingdom) and Marcio Takara, will tell the story of Ivy leaving Gotham City and delivering “a gift to the world that will heal the damage humanity has dealt to it.” 

Bridgerton‘s Ruby Stokes has been cast to star in Lockwood & Co., a series adaptation of Jonathan Stroud’s book series.

SIMI Winery, a Sonoma County company, announced on Monday the introduction of the Editor’s Collection Rosé. This new rosé was created in collaboration with Reese Witherspoon’s book club.

The Lambda Literary Awards (or “Lammys”) have narrowed the 2022 finalists down to five finalists each in 24 categories. Here are the categories and their finalists.

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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 final strife book cover

The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi (Del Ray, June 23rd)

What can I say? I can’t help but root for a story where three strong women team up with one another to change the world. After all, that’s the dream. Women supporting women. Crushing everyone that gets in their way. Put that story in a African and Arabian-inspired fantasy world? Include a sapphic storyline? And yes, you can sign me right up.

The Final Strife is the first book in a new fantasy trilogy set in a world where a cruel empire divides its people by blood. Red is the blood of the elite. Blue is the blood of the poor. And clear is the blood of the enslaved. The Empire has begun a set of trials of combat and skill designed to find its new leaders, which means the stage is set for rebellion. Sylah, Anoor, and Hassa—women from completely different backgrounds—will band together and combine their strengths in an attempt to change the world.

This book promises romance, action, adventure, intrigue, suspense, and fabulous, imaginative world-building. I already have a feeling The Final Strife is a book everyone is going to be talking about when it comes out, so mark your calendars!

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Words of Literary Wisdom

“Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.”

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

black cat in a cat bed

To end today, I just wanted to tell you a little bit more about Phantom. We already had two cats when I saw Phantom’s picture posted on our local shelter’s Instagram back in October 2020, but I fell in love with him and had to have him. By November, I convinced my husband and we went to the shelter to get him.

Phantom was little and shy at first, and he needed surgery on one eye because of a condition called entropion. But his eye didn’t inhibit his ability to play and run around. We called it his magic eye. When he came out of his shell, he ended up being the sweetest, most wonderful cat we could have ever asked for. He had the biggest heart. Our cat Murray took to him right away and they became best friends.

Phantom loved to play. He loved trying to steal our food when we weren’t looking. He loved climbing up to the highest places. He loved cuddling up with his sibling kitties. And we loved him so, so much.

Again, thank you so much for letting me share him with you.

💙 Emily