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Netflix Drops Full-Length BRIDGERTON Trailer and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

Happy Monday. I think it’s time for me to open up to you about a hard truth. Something I’m almost embarrassed to share. Okay. Are you ready? Here it is. Sometimes I don’t get much reading done. There are plenty of reasons why this might happen. Work stress. An ill-advised Love Island marathon. Travel. General distraction. I won’t get into the whys, but it happens. And this past week was one of those weeks where I just didn’t get much reading done. I’m coming clean because I feel like it’s my job to read and be up on all the books for you, and look, I dropped the ball this week. But ultimately, reading should be joyous, and it was just not something I had space for this week that often. And I didn’t want to stress about it.

With that in mind, if the “What I’m Reading This Week” section of this newsletter seems really similar to the one from last week, well. You’ll know why. I hope we can move on from this and still be book friends.

For now, here’s a newsletter full of some of the things I do know about books this week.

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

making love with the land book cover

Here’s the cover reveal and an excerpt from Joshua Whitehead’s upcoming novel Making Love With the Land. This novel will be out in August.

Netflix has released the first full-length trailer for the sophomore season of the Shonda Rhimes’ hit series Bridgerton.

My Dear Henry, A Jekyll and Hyde remix by Kalynn Bayron, will be on in February 2023. And here’s the cover reveal!

Tordotcom Publishing revealed the cover of C.L. Polk’s fantasy noir novel Even Though I Knew The End. You’ll see this one hit shelves in November.

Cinedigm has picked up the North American rights to Pennywise: The Story Of IT, a feature documentary that takes an in-depth look into the creation of Stephen King’s iconic character.

Attached to its sitcom Abbott ElementaryABC has partnered with Scholastic to become the first entertainment brand to provide underfunded schools with free book fairs.

HBO has released a trailer for Atlas of the Heart, a new six-part HBO Max original documentary series from best-selling author Brené Brown.

Honoring the finest works of translated fiction from around the world, the International Booker Prize has announced its 2022 longlist.

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!

burn down rise up book cover

Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado (Sourcebooks Fire, May 3rd)

Vincent Tirado’s Burn Down, Rise Up was originally slated to release some time in early April, but with all the publishing and supplies shake ups, this book has been pushed back to a May 3rd release. But May will be here before you know it. So you know what I say? I say it’s already time for you to start preparing your shelves for this one.

Tirado’s debut novel is a young adult mystery that’s called a cross between Jordan Peele’s work and Stranger Things. We know how these buzzy comps go. This comparison is sort of accurate, but also rest assured that this book is unique enough that it doesn’t really compare to anything else. And I mean that in the best way possible.

This is the story of a group of friends determined to save their city. In the Bronx, people have started going missing, and no one can explain these strange disappearances. At first, 16-year-old Raquel tries to ignore it. After all, police only look for missing white kids. But then her crush Charlize’s cousin goes missing, and Raquel’s mother comes down with a mysterious illness that seems to be linked to the disappearances. When Raquel and Charlize team up to investigate what’s happening to the people and city they care about, they discover that all of these disappearances might be connected to an urban legend called the Echo Game.

What I’m Reading This Week

cover of tender is the flesh by agustina bazterrica

Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James

Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho

Sailor Moon: Eternal Edition 7 by Naoko Takeuchi

A Girl is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Monday Memes

IDK but this could be part of the reason I didn’t get much reading done this week.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

Over the weekend, I went home to see my family, which means getting to visit one of my favorite restaurants in the whole world! I know I mentioned The Grit cookbook around Christmas time, because it’s my go-to recipe book for whenever I’m planning a big comfort meal. But dang, there’s nothing quite like visiting The Grit in person. If you’re ever in Athens, GA, you should pop on in! My other favorite thing about my hometown (besides my family, I guess)? Jittery Joe’s Coffee.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

calico cat yawning

I love a good cat yawn action shot, don’t you? Here’s the queen Cersei, lounging on a rug and giving us her best yawn. Looks like somebody has a case of the Mondays!

And that’s all for today, friends. Talk soon? Maybe I’ll even read some books for next time.

❤️ Emily

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Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple Returns and More Book Radar!

Dear Book People,

Happy Thursday! I hope your week has been going well and that you’ve been taking care of yourself. Meanwhile, I don’t think you know (know), I’m checking books so hot, so hot, wonder if you know books on my radar (on my radar) on my radar (on my radar). [NOTE: Please sing that to the tune of “Radar” by Britney Spears. Ok thanks!] Anyway, don’t mind me. Let’s talk about books.

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

For the first time in 45 years, Agatha Christie’s iconic Jane Marple character is returning for a brand new collection of short stories, written by twelve bestselling and acclaimed authors. Here is the cover reveal, and the book comes out from Harper Collins on September 13th.

Tiffany D. Jackson revealed the cover of her upcoming novel Whiteout, written with Dhonielle Clayton, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon, the same authors who brought us Blackout. This book will be out on November 8th.

HBO Max has released the first trailer for limited series DMZ, starring Rosario Dawson and based on the DC graphic novel of the same name.

Eric LaRocca’s Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke is getting a hardcover reprint from Titan Books. The new version will include two never-before-published short stories. Here is the cover reveal!

And here’s the cover reveal for Annelise Ryan’s upcoming novel A Death in Door County! This one’s out from Berkley on September 13th.

Knopf has announced it will be publishing two new novels by Cormac McCarthy in the fall. The Passenger is coming out on October 25th, and Stella Maris on November 22nd. Both titles will be published together as a box set on December 6th.

Netflix has picked up Shondaland’s murder mystery drama The Residencewhich is inspired by Kate Andersen Brower’s The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House. The show has received an eight-episode order.

The FX true crime thriller Under the Banner of Heaven, inspired by the bestselling book from Jon Krakauer, will kick off with a 2-episode premiere on Hulu on April 28th. The eight-episode series was created by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black and stars Andrew Garfield.

Flatiron Books has acquired the North American rights to Beto O’Rourke’s We’ve Got to Try, which is slated for an August release.

The Ezra Jack Keats Award celebrates emerging writers and illustrators in the world of children’s literature. Here are the winners for 2022!

The 2022 Audie Award winners were announced on Friday in a virtual gala that was live-streamed on Youtube.

More awards news: SFWA has announced the finalists for the 57th Annual Nebula Awards!

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Can’t Wait for This One

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The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackon (Harper Collins, September 6th)

Speaking of Tiffany D. Jackson, she has more than one book coming out this year to get excited about! Enjoy a winter romance in White Out when it comes out in November. But before that, pick up Jackson’s wild Carrie retelling that confronts racism in small town America. This book will hit shelves in early September.

Madison Washington is a student at Springville High, a small high school in small-town Georgia. She’s always been the target of bullying at her school, but things get much worse after her big secret is revealed: she’s biracial and has been passing as white, at the behest of her white father Thomas Washington.

After a video that reveals the high school’s racism goes viral, Springville students know they have to rehabilitate their image. Their solution? Hosting the school’s first integrated prom. But of course the students’ intentions aren’t all good. They still have a few surprises for Maddy. And when Maddy reveals another one of her well-kept secrets, she’ll have a big surprise for them as well.

This book came out of nowhere and surprised the heck out of me. Tiffany D. Jackson is quickly becoming one of my must-read authors. At this point, I’m pretty much 100% in on any of her work. Pick up this book when it comes out in the fall, and maybe you’ll be all in too.

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

Words of Literary Wisdom

“Stories are critical. The minute we fall silent, someone will fill the silence for us.”

— A Girl Is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

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.

All this talk of Tiffany D. Jackson got me thinking about authors on Instagram. Tiffany D. Jackson has been posting some pretty great content over on Instagram lately. For instance, I had to applaud this video.

Another one of my favorite authors on Instagram is Akwaeke Emezi. Best of all, they have an Instagram account for their cat Güs PonPon. So if your favorite thing about Book Radar is the cat picture at the end, maybe follow this account for all the cute cat pics.

Do you follow any authors on Instagram? Who are your personal favorites? Let me know!

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

black cat on cat tree

I am obsessed with this cat. Everyone, if you’re new here, this is Phantom, and he’s the sweetest cat you’ll ever meet. He’s also wild as heck and he chirps and he’s very tiny. I call him Nugget because he is the littlest of our three cats. By far.

Anyway, if you knew all of that already, I hope you enjoyed hearing it again!

And that’s all I have for you today, friends. Have a wonderful weekend!

❤️ Emily

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BULLET TRAIN Movie Releases First Trailer and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

It’s Monday, and I don’t know… I have a good feeling about this week. At the very least, I feel like we’re going to get a lot of reading done, people. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what truly matters? Anyway, let’s talk books.

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

the boy with the bookstore cover

The Nerd Daily has revealed the cover of Sarah Echavarre Smith’s upcoming rom com novel The Boy with the Bookstore. Who doesn’t dream of falling in love with a boy with a bookstore?

Bullet Train, the film adaptation of Kotaro Isaka’s international best-selling thriller Maria Beetle (Bullet Train), has released its first trailer.

Here’s the cover reveal of Airplane Mode: An Irreverent History of Travel by Shahnaz Habib. This book will be available everywhere on January 10th 2023!

Oscar nominee Arian DeBose has been cast in Sony’s upcoming Marvel movie Kraven the Hunter

After opening its first bookstore in November 2015, Amazon will be closing all of its 24 physical bookstores.

Stephen King is returning to beloved character Holly Gibney in his recently announced upcoming novel Holly.

Pantheon has purchased the North American rights to Laila Lalami’s sixth novel, The Dream Hotel. The novel is set in the near future and follows “a museum archivist who gets detained after a predictive algorithm uses her dreams to determine she will commit a crime.”

Disney+ has greenlit its first Dutch drama series Nemesis, which will be an eight-episode adaptation of the best-selling crime novel of the same name by Simon de Waal.

Sketches of fantastical creatures by Dr. Seuss that have never before been published will see the light of day in a series of new books written and illustrated by up-and-coming authors and artists.

Wondering what the most popular children’s books are in each state? Surprise. The results are very white.

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Prepare Your Shelves!

Booth Book Cover

Booth by Karen Joy Fowler (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, March 8)

Make some shelf room right away, because this one’s out tomorrow. Booth is bestselling author Karen Joy Fowler’s examination of the family behind one of the most intimate figures in American history: John Wilkes Booth. And while this isn’t the first book to ever explore the history of the Booth family, this is probably the best one. Disclaimer: I’m not, like, an expert on books about John Wilkes Booth or anything, but this is probably the best book about the Booths.

It all starts in 1822, when Mary Ann and Junius Booth move into a secret cabin thirty miles northeast of Baltimore. There, they start a farm, have ten children, and raise their family. Junius is an acclaimed Shakespearean actor and is away from home for a good portion of the year, leaving Mary Ann to care for their ten children. As the world around the Booths begin to change and the country is on the brink of secession and civil war, the family starts to emerge from their hidden lives to become one of the country’s leading theatrical families. But along with the Booth family’s triumphs come many scandals.

Interspersed with the story of the Booths, Fowler also gives readers a look inside the life of Abraham Lincoln, who at the start of the story is a state congressman in Illinois. Of course, eventually the story of the Booths will tragically collide with Lincoln’s. Even though readers will know where Lincoln’s story will eventually end, this isn’t a story about John Wilkes Booth and Lincoln’s assassination. This is the story of a family and a country in conflict and on the precipice of change.

What I’m Reading This Week

Moon Witch, Spider King book cover

Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James

Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho

The Atmospherians by Alex McElroy

Sailor Moon: Eternal Edition 7 by Naoko Takeuchi

A Girl is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Monday Memes

I have to say the Phenomenal Books Instagram account has really been killing it with the bookish memes. Here’s one I shared on my own personal ‘gram because it definitely hit home. And so now I’m sharing it with you!

Other Things That Make Me Happy

This has been out for a while, but I always return to it when I want to play a game and I need a good laugh. Yes, it’s Monster Prom. If you don’t know what this game is yet, omg yay I get to tell you about it. It’s a dating sim where you play a monster attending a special monster high school. By the end of the school term, you have to get one of the other monsters to go to the prom with you. And what’s even cooler is that this can be played as a multi-player game, which is really unusual for a dating sim. Heads up: the jokes in this game are 100% NSFW, so proceed with caution.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

black cat on a chair

Remember how Murray was curled up all sweet on the chair last week? Well, this is Phantom’s take. Is this comfortable for you, Phantom?

Whatever. It’s cute either way.

And that’s all for today, friends. I hope you have a wonderful week and all your dreams and hopes for the week come true.

❤️ Emily

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THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM Given New Life in New Hardcover Edition and More Book Radar!

Hi Book Friends!

I’m back home after a short journey to New York, and, oh, it’s suddenly March? Who let that happen? I hope everyone is doing okay, given how truly difficult and unsettling the world continues to be. I know there’s nothing I can say to make things better, but I also just want to acknowledge that things are scary. And sometimes at moments like this, it can feel like the small stuff like books don’t really matter. But books are one of the joys that make life worth living, so as long as there are still words to read, I’m going to keep writing about them. And I thank you for being here to read with me. I’m sending you hugs and best wishes and hopes for happier days.

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

Tordotcom Publishing is releasing a brand-new hardcover edition of Victor LaValle’s award-winning novella The Ballad of Black Tom in September 2022.

Many publishing institutions in Europe are condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. And Ukrainian publishers are speaking out about how Russia has been conducting a proxy war for a generation by attempting to undermine the success of the country’s national publishing industry.

LGBTQ Reads has an exclusive cover reveal of A Dash of Salt and Pepper by Kosoko Jackson. This novel is out from Berkley in December.

An Outlander prequel is in the works at Starz, with showrunner Matthew B. Roberts set to pen the script for the series.

Jamie Lee Curtis has written an eco-horror graphic novel, adapted from a script for the actress’ directorial debut film. The graphic novel Mother Nature will be published by Titan Comics, cowritten with filmmaker Russell Goldman, and illustrated by Karl Stevens.

Fiona Barnett’s debut novel The Dark Between the Trees has been acquired by Rebellion Publishing and will be published in October. And here’s the cover reveal!

Paramount+ has greenlit a series adaptation of Beth O’Leary’s novel The Flatshare.

Author, producer, and literary agent Shawanda Williams has announced the launch of Black Odyssey Media, a new publishing venture dedicated to books focused on the Black experience.

Sarah Jessica Parker is launching her new SJP Lit imprint at Molly Stern’s new Zando publishing house.

Here are the 2022 PEN American Literary Award Winners.

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Can’t Wait for This One

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The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Ray, July 19th)

At this point, Silvia Moreno-Garcia is an insta-read author for me. If she has a new book coming out, it’s going straight to the top of my TBR pile. And not simply because her books are a good. The best thing about Silvia Moreno-Garcia is that you’re never sure where her stories will take you. With Mexican Gothic, readers got a chilling gothic tale. Gods of Jade and Shadow, inventive historical fantasy based in Mayan mythology. Velvet Was the Night, a political noir thriller. With The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, Silvia Moreno-Garcia is serving a “dreamy reimagining of The Island of Doctor Moreau set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Mexico.”

Carlota Moreau is the only daughter of evil genius Doctor Moreau. She has spent her life growing up in a distant estate, safe from the hardships of the Yucatán peninsula. With the assistance of Montgomery Laughton, the doctor spends his days creating hybrids, creatures that are part animal and part human. These science experiments, financed by the wealthy and powerful Lizaldes, are going perfectly according to Doctor Moreau’s plans. But then the abrupt arrival of Eduardo Lizalde, the son of Doctor Moreau’s patron, threatens to unravel everything.

With this atmospheric new novel, Moreno-Garcia is once again entering new storytelling territory, mixing horror, science fiction, and fantasy. If somehow you’ve made it this far in your reading life without reading one of this author’s novels, The Daughter of Doctor Moreau is the perfect excuse to to finally pick up one of her books.

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

Words of Literary Wisdom

“I didn’t become a cult leader to be kind.”

The Atmospherians by Alex McElroy

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.

In light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many people have taken to social media to share relevant reading lists of books that can help us understand the conflict. If you’re looking for more books to help you understand what’s going on, check out this list from Book Riot.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

orange cat sleeping

I know I just shared a picture of Murray on Monday, and generally speaking I like to spread the love. But today, Murray was sleeping on my office chair like this, and I couldn’t stand it. I had to take a pic and share it. I hope you’ll understand.

And that’s all for now! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Take care of yourself. Be kind to others. Pet your cats and dogs. And we’ll talk soon!

❤️ Emily

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Hayao Miyazaki’s SHUNA’S JOURNEY Gets an English Translation and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Nation,

Greetings from New York! I made it here in one piece, and I’m still bringing you all the book-related stuff you’d expect on a Monday. So buckle up and let’s get this show on the road.

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

shuna's journey book

Nearly 40 years after Hayao Miyazaki published Shuna’s Journey, the graphic novel is finally getting an English translation.

Here’s the cover reveal for Jo Kaplan’s When the Night Bells Ring, which hits shelves on October 11th.

Apple TV+ has released its first trailer for it’s upcoming series adaptation of Pachinko, based on the critically acclaimed novel by Min Jin Lee.

Bron Studios has acquired the rights to JJ Bola’s The Selfless Act of Breathing. Playwright Keenan Scott II will adapt the book for the screen.

In a recent webinar, speakers said the paper shortage is likely to get worse before it gets better. They also offered up a few ideas for how publishers can cope with the challenge.

Actor Ben McKenzie and journalist Jacob Silverman have teamed up to write a book taking a critical look at the world of cryptocurrency. The book, Easy Money, was acquired by Abrams Press.

The New Yorker is collaborating with Celadon, a division of Macmillan Publishers, on a book edition of the House Select Committee’s planned report on the January 6th siege of the U.S. Capitol.

The Nerd Daily has an exclusive cover reveal for Catherine Arguelles’s debut middle grade novel Flip Turns. This one’s out from Jolly Fish Press on September 13th.

You Are a Star, Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Dean Robbins and illustrated by Sarah Green, is the first book in a new Scholastic children’s picture book biography series. It was released earlier this month.

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Prepare Your Shelves!

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Run Towards the Danger by Sarah Polley (Penguin, March 1st)

You’ve probably heard of this author. Sarah Polley is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, director, and actor. Now this triple-threat is gearing up to become a quadruple-threat as she taps into her exquisite storytelling abilities for this collection of essays. Run Towards the Danger is already getting tons of positive reviews (so it’s not just me!) so this is one you’ll definitely want to pick up when it comes out tomorrow!

I know I say this all the time but… where has the time gone. March 1st is tomorrow? Dang, 2022, slow down.

Anyway, Run Towards the Danger is a book of six essays in which Polley explores personal memories from her past while also acknowledging and unpacking the fallibility of those memories. Polley tells stories from her life, ranging from moments of stage fright to high-risk childbirth to struggling in the aftermath of a concussion. Furthermore, the author looks at how these moments from her past echo in her adult life. As Polley writes, the past and present are in a “reciprocal pressure dance.”

What I’m Reading This Week

cover of fiona and jane by jean chen ho

Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho

The Atmospherians by Alex McElroy

Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly

Sailor Moon: Eternal Edition 7 by Naoko Takeuchi

Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

A Girl is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

By the way, there’s still time to check out our limited edition Wordle-inspired merchandise!

Monday Memes

If you love mysteries, solve this one. Feel free to send me your theories. Wrong answers only.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

By the time you read this, I will have gone to see Hasan Minhaj’s stand-up show at Radio City Music Hall. I already know it’s going to make me happy because I love him. But because I can’t exactly share that experience with you, here’s the next best thing. His special Homecoming King on Netflix is pretty much my favorite stand-up special ever. If you’ve never seen it, check it out, and I hope you enjoy!

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

cat shouting with books

Here is an action shot of Murray in mid-meow. Also there are books in this picture, so if for some reason you’re not feeling the cat, I also give you books.

But if you don’t love this cat, don’t tell me about it. Because that would make me sad.

Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful week! Stay safe! Treat yourself to something! Remember you are doing good things.

❤️ Emily

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Nalini Singh Reveals Cover of New Psy-Changeling Trinity Novel and More Book Radar!

Hi Book Friends!

Happy Thursday! Today, I’m heading to New York to see some friends and I’m low-key just over here calculating how much reading I’ll realistically be able to get done on the flight. Does that make me super nerdy or just boring? I don’t know. But I feel you fellow books people will get me on this one. Anyway, I hope you have fun weekend plans coming your way, and in the meantime, let’s talk books.

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

storm echo book cover

Nalini Singh has revealed the cover of her new novel in the Psy-Changeling Trinity series, Storm Echo. This book is coming out in July!

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting Grady Hendrix’s new novel How to Sell a Haunted House, you’ll have to wait a bit longer. Hendrix tweeted that the novel has been pushed back to January 2023.

Here’s the cover reveal of Disney’s Prince of Song & Sea, a retelling of The Little Mermaid from the prince’s perspective.

The Conscious Kid has an exclusive cover reveal of New York Times bestselling author Joanna Ho’s debut YA novel The Silence that Binds Us.

Britney Spears has signed a tell-all book deal with Simon and Schuster. The book deal is said to be worth as much as $15 million.

50 Cent’s production company has optioned the rights to Christopher Priest’s Xerø comics, a DC Universe comic series about Trane Walker, a Black assassin who has the ability to disguise himself as a white man, which allows him to get close to his targets and escape unnoticed.

George R.R. Martin’s superhero anthology series Wild Card is becoming a Marvel comic.

Elliot Page is currently working on a memoir entitled Page Boy, in which the famous actor will cover everything from his Oscar-nominated film career to becoming a prominent transgender person. Flatiron Books announced that the memoir would be published in 2023. 

Having weathered two trying years, American independent presses are looking past the pandemic and finding themselves hopeful about 2022.

Olivia Colman has been cast in the FX/BBC limited series adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel Great Expectations.

Z2 comics is publishing a sequel to the Tori Amos-inspired Comic Book Tattoo, called Little Earthquakes: The Graphic Album

Tom Hanks has been cast in the American adaptation of A Man Called Ovebased on the 2012 novel by Fredrik Backman.

Netflix has picked up the rights to Marc Olden’s Black Samurai novels, with the intent of adapting the material into film

In honor of Black History Month, 10 Black authors—including Angie Thomas, Jason Mott, Alyssa Cole, and Mateo Askaripour—have chosen 10 books written by Black authors that they recommend.

Make sure to get your own Read Harder Book Journal from Book Riot to track your reading for the year!

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Can’t Wait for This One

cover of Upgrade by Blake Crouch

Upgrade by Blake Crouch (Ballantine Books, July 12)

How is it that none of Blake Crouch’s novels have been made into movies yet? Crouch’s sci-fi stories are action-packed, cinematic page-turners that seem perfect for the big screen. And yet here we are, anticipating another Blake Crouch novel in 2022 and still no Crouch movies in sight. Apparently, Dark Matter is being developed into a series for Apple TV+, but we have very few details right now, so we’ll just have to wait and see. But trust me. If you haven’t read Dark Matter yet, this is going to be an exciting watch.

Well, thankfully we at least have a release date for Crouch’s new novel. Upgrade is coming out in July 12th. Here’s the deal. Logan Ramsay has been infected by a virus. But as Logan starts to feel better and healthier, he realizes something unexpected is happening to him. He’s feeling smarter with each passing day, and he soon realizes that the virus has genetically modified him. He’s becoming something more, something better than human. But what do these new powers mean? And what will happen if these powers get into the wrong hands?

Blake Crouch’s sci-fi stories are inventive and fun, and this one looks like it’s going to be more of what fans of his work already love. This one will probably soon be added to my list of books that should be movies. Mark my words!

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Words of Literary Wisdom

“When the people you love are gone, it’s the things they’ve touched that keep them alive in your mind.”

Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

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.

Have I talked to y’all about “squeecore” yet? Wow, people just love adding “core” to things, don’t they? Well, in case I haven’t brought it up before, “squeecore” is a new “movement” in SFF. And it’s pretty divisive as a term and as a sub-genre. Why? Well, check out this discussion of squeecore, featuring several BookTubers, to find out more.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

a black cat and orange cat resting on a cat tree

Here’s a picture of Phantom and Murray relaxing after a rowdy meeting of the Bad Boys Club. Bad Boys Club meetings usually involve running around, chasing each other, knocking things over, and just generally getting into trouble. Obviously after all of that, the club members get pretty tuckered out and need nap time.

Anyway, that is all for today! I hope you have a pleasant weekend, and I’ll see you next time, friends.

❤️ Emily

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Taylor Jenkins Reid Announces New Novel and More Book Radar!

Hi Book Friends!

How are you doing this Monday? And how did your reading go this weekend? Feel free to reach out and let me know, and in the meantime, I’ve got book news for you.

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

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Goodreads has revealed the cover of Lore Olympus: Volume 3. Rachel Smythe’s graphic novel, which is a contemporary re-imagining of Greek mythology, is hitting U.S. shelves on October 11th.

There’s still time to check out our limited edition Wordle-inspired merchandise!

Surprise! Carrie Soto is back in Taylor Jenkins Reid’s next novel, which she announced on Instagram last week. Reid’s latest novel will be out in August. In the meantime, you can read more about the book and preorder it here.

Young adult literature lovers: here’s the official list of Harper’s Fall 2022 YA Cover Reveals. Lots of great books to add to your TBR!

James Gunn’s DC action comedy Peacemaker is coming back for a second season on HBO Max.

Here’s the cover reveal for The Dragon’s Promise, Elizabeth Lim’s sequel to the New York Times bestseller Six Crimson Cranes. Lim teases, “Be ready for more dragons and magic and adventure!” This book comes out on August 30th.

From Olivia Abtahi, the author of Perfectly Parvin, comes a new YA novel entitled Azar on Fire. It’s the story of Azar Rossi, who sets out to win her local Battle of the Bands contest. Get a sneak peek and see the cover reveal here.

Here’s the cover reveal for contemporary thriller JACKAL by Erin E. Adams. This one’s out in October from Bantam Dell.

Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny are producing an upcoming movie adaptation of their novel State of Terror. Clinton and Penny will serve as executive producers on the project in collaboration with Hell or High Water producer Gigi Pritzker’s independent media company Madison Wells.

Mindy Kaling, Amazon Publishing, and Amazon Studios are launching Mindy’s Book Studio, a boutique story studio that will publish books selected by Kaling from emerging and established diverse voices.

Entertainment Weekly has a first look at Maggie O’Farrell’s upcoming novel novel The Marriage Portrait, including an exclusive cover reveal and a peek at the first page of the book.

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Prepare Your Shelves!

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Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield (Picador, March 3)

Recently, I read Cherie Dimaline’s Empire of Wild. And I’m always thinking about Annihilation, specifically the film directed by my dude Alex Garland, but also the book by Jeff VanderMeer is great as well. I know, it’s blasphemy to say I like a movie better than a book, but I’m living my truth. Anyway, what’s my point? I think Empire of Wild, the film version of Annihilation, and this book Our Wives Under the Sea fall under my new favorite book genre. And that genre is: Romantic partner returns after mysteriously disappearing, but is not the same as they were before. Chilling!

In Julia Armfield’s debut novel Our Wives Under the Sea, Leah finally returns to her wife Miri after a deep-sea mission that ended in disaster. Miri is relieved she finally has her wife back, but it soon becomes clear that (you guessed it) Leah is not the same person she was before the mission. Whatever happened to Leah on that deep sea vessel, and whatever it was that she was doing down on the ocean floor, some part of that has come back with her. Miri desperately wants to return to the life they had before, but she can feel her wife slowly slipping away from her.

What I’m Reading This Week

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Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

Cherish Farrah by Bethany C. Morrow

Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly

Sailor Moon: Eternal Edition 7 by Naoko Takeuchi

Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

Monday Memes

I do yoga in my office where I keep all the books. So most of the time when I’m on my mat, I’m looking at all the books on my shelves and thinking about what I’m going to read next. I have so many books on my shelves I haven’t yet “discovered,” but I enjoy having them there. I wonder if my favorite book is hidden somewhere in those shelves. So this comic really resonated with me.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

Atlanta Season 3 is coming back on March 25, so I’ve been rewatching the show this week. It makes me very, very happy. And since they just announced Season 4 is going to be the last season, I’m trying to really soak it in. If you haven’t watched Atlanta yet, please please watch it! This is one of the best shows on right now.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

orange cat close up with freckles on his nose

I don’t know if you can see this, but Murray has freckles on his nose. I’m completely obsessed with them. I took this close up of his face so I could just marvel at his cute little freckles. I hope you like them too! He’s worked very hard on them.

Anyway, that is all for today, everyone. Thanks for stopping by Book Radar on this fine Monday. I will see you soon. Have a wonderful week.

❤️ Emily

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Lamar Giles’ THE GETAWAY Gets a Cover Reveal and More Book Radar!

Hi Book Friends!

It’s Thursday, which means somehow another week is drawing to a close and it’s time to start looking towards the weekend and our reading goals. My goal for this weekend is to finish up a bunch of books so that by the end of the weekend I can get to 20 books for the year (so far). How many books have you read this year so far? Are you meeting your goals? Exceeding them? Do you hate making book goals? Let me know. I always love to hear.

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

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Here’s the cover reveal for The Other Side of the Tracks, a debut YA novel from Charity Alyse. The author tweeted, “Daydreamers and activists, both brave and afraid, this is for you!” This one’s out on October 25th.

Another cover reveal: this is the cover reveal for Into the Glades, a new middle grade novel from Laura Sebastian. This one is also out on October 25th.

Netflix has released the first trailer for the second season of BridgertonThis season, which is based on the novel The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn, will premiere on March 25th.

Jenna Bush Hager’s Read with Jenna Book Club is expanding to a production company in partnership with Universal Studio Group.

Apple TV+ has released its first trailer for Shining Girls, starring Elisabeth Moss. The upcoming series is based on the 2013 sci-fi thriller The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes.

Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City, has just signed an overall deal with Sugar23 for TV, film, and other performing rights

Amazon studios is developing a small-screen version of the iconic sci-fi franchise Blade Runnerwith original director Ridley Scott signed on as executive producer.

Valentine’s Day might be over, but these red-hot book recommendations from romance authors? Always in season.

The Cybils, or the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards, are awarded to children’s and YA books in a variety of genres and formats, as voted on by book bloggers. Here are this year’s winners!

In celebration of National Library Lover’s Day, the Horror Writers Association (HWA), in partnership with United for Libraries, Book Riot, and Booklist, has announced the fourth annual Summer Scares reading list.

Make sure to get your own Read Harder Book Journal from Book Riot to track your reading for the year!

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Can’t Wait for This One

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The Getaway by Lamar Giles (Scholastic Press, September 20)

Ohhhhhhh my gosh. I cannot contain my excitement. So the cover reveal for Lamar Giles’ newest YA novel has just dropped, and it looks so, so good. I was not even aware this book was coming out until the cover reveal jumped up at me. So I was surprised. Disarmed. Overwhelmed.

Why am I so excited? I truly feel like Lamar Giles’ Not So Pure and Simple is one of the most underrated YA novels I’ve ever read. Like, it is so, so good, and I recommend it to anyone who will listen to me and why aren’t more people talking about this book? Now Giles’ latest novel is a YA horror situation? This is so up my alley it’s like it was written for me. But this isn’t all about me. Lamar Giles is one of those authors who I feel like I can trust enough to write well across genres, and I feel confident in recommending him to all sorts of readers. So not only am I excited about this for myself, but I feel pretty sure you should be excited about it too.

Jay is loving his life at Karloff Country, one of the world’s most famous resorts. He’s got good friends, a great family, and a job he loves, working after school at the property’s main theme park. The world outside might not be going so great, but inside the resort, people can escape from their problems. Little does Jay know what’s really going on. When the richest and most powerful families arrive and don’t leave, employees discover that the resort has been selling shares in an end-of-the-world oasis. As the world ends outside, the most powerful people in the world can remain safe and taken care of. And Jay and the rest of the resort’s employees will be the ones to care for them, whether they like it or not.

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Words of Literary Wisdom

I don’t have a quote from a book I’m currently reading that I want to share this week, so I thought I’d return to an old favorite.

“I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding on as hard as they can, but in the end it’s just too much. The current’s too strong. They’ve got to let go, drift apart. That’s how it is with us. It’s a shame, Kath, because we’ve loved each other all our lives. But in the end, we can’t stay together forever.”

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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.

My favorite thing this week has been watching people on Booktube talk about whether or not books on BookTok are worth the hype. Here are some examples:

What are your opinions on these books? Worth the hype? Why are these the books that are getting all the love? I find viral books fascinating.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

black cat sitting on a person's lap next to a copy of The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward.

Don’t you love it when you recommend a book to a friend and they actually read it? Even better: you recommend a book to a friend, they actually read it, and they send you a picture of their cat sitting with them while they read the book.

When something that miraculous happens to you, you have to share the photo evidence. So with permission, I am sharing with you this picture of Chucky, the beautiful black kitty who’s loving the black cat rep in The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward. Thanks for sharing, Ellis! And of course I hope you’re loving the book.

That’s a wrap on Book Radar for this week. I hope you have a lovely weekend. Stay safe. Stay warm. Read many, many books.

❤️ Emily

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Check Out This Sapphic Retelling of JEKYLL AND HYDE and More Book Radar!

Hello friends and Happy Valentines Day!

I don’t know if it’s become clear yet, but I love pretty much all holidays, and Valentine’s Day is no different. How am I celebrating today? Honestly, I’m going to the dentist. Very romantic right? I hope you’ve got something fun planned for the holiday if that’s what you’re into. And if not, well, I hope you find joy today anyway. And if you don’t find joy today, that’s okay too because toxic positivity is the worst.

Let’s talk books, maybe?

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

Here’s the cover reveal for L.K. Steven’s The Society for Soulless Girls, a sapphic and supernatural retelling of Jekyll and Hyde. This one’s coming out from Electric Monkey in July.

Goldy Moldavsky is teasing her latest novel Lord of the Fly Fest. She tweeted, “Whatever you think this is going to be… just you wait.
8.30.22.” So… I guess we’ll just wait.

Check out this cover reveal for Everyone Hates Kelsie Miller, an upcoming YA rom com from Meredith Island coming this October.

Horror author Joe Hill is teaming with Walden Media to develop a series based on his 2016 novel The Fireman.

Gregg Hurwitz has sold the North American rights to his next three entries in the bestselling Orphan X series to Keith Kahla at Minotaur in a seven-figure deal.

Hulu has announced that the third season of Love, Victor will be its last season.

More Hulu news! The streaming platform has released its first teaser trailer for Conversations with Friendsa 12-episode series based on Sally Rooney’s debut novel of the same name. 

Disney+’s Beauty and the Beast TV spinoff has been put on hold amid delays with creative elements and scheduling.

And last but not least: here are all of the book club picks for February 2022.

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Prepare Your Shelves!

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Sundial by Catriona Ward (Tor Nightfire, March 1)

I’ve only mentioned it 100 times, but in case you’re new here, Catriona Ward’s The Last House on Needless Street was my favorite book of 2021. As soon as I finished it, I knocked Sundial up to the very top of my to-read list for 2022. Now that the release date for this one is almost here, I’m happy to report that Sundial does not disappoint, and I’m excited for everyone to read it.

In this psychological horror novel, we follow Rob, who escaped her childhood home Sundial in search of a normal life. Now she has a husband, two kids, and a house in the suburbs, but the fears of what she’s left behind remain. And in her oldest daughter Callie, who collects bones and talks to imaginary friends, Rob sees echos of her past.

Sundial is a chilling horror novel that will play tricks with your mind, but it’s also a heart-wrenching family drama centered around one of the most dysfunctional families you’ve ever read about. Aside from that, much like The Last House on Needless Street, it’s best to go into Sundial knowing as little as possible. The story will surprise you, it will unsettle you, and it will be one you won’t soon forget.

What I’m Reading This Week

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Cherish Farrah by Bethany C. Morrow

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly

The Worm and His Kings by Hailey Piper

Sailor Moon: Eternal Edition 7 by Naoko Takeuchi

Monday Memes

Okay, this isn’t really a book meme, but for those of you who are here for Valentine’s Day and also love horror (my people!): these valentines are perfect for you. I especially love the Midsommar one.

And here’s one that should please everybody. Does this sound like an ideal vacation or what?

Other Things That Make Me Happy

Today is the day of love, so how about checking out some good romantic books and movies? Paste Magazine put together this list of the Best Romantic Comedies of All Time. Do you agree with their picks?

More about the books? Here are 8 new romance novels you’ll fall in love with in 2022. Personally, I’m especially excited about One Night On the Island by Josie Silver and You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

cat hiding under yoga mat with black cat sitting on top

So my husband left his exercise mat out, and the cats decided it was a toy. Here we have Murray hiding under the mat and Phantom attacking his tail. When they get like this I usually call them the Bad Boys Club. What we’re witnessing is a Bad Boys Club meeting.

And if you’re wondering about all of those board games, well, my husband runs a board game shop, so if you’re ever looking for board game recommendations, I’ve got you covered there as well!

That’s all for now. Have a happy Valentine’s Day (and beyond)!

❤️ Emily

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Release Date for DON’T FEAR THE REAPER Pushed Back to 2023 and More Book Radar!

Good Thursday to you, Book Friends!

Anyone a big fan of Thursdays? I feel like Fridays get all the glory, but there’s something to be said about a good Thursday. After all, I was born on a Thursday. So happy Thursday!

We’ve got a fun weekend coming up, I think. Valentine’s Day is coming up, which means Galentine’s Day is this weekend, and the Super Bowl is on Sunday too. And if you’re not super excited about football, then maybe you’ll be excited to know Amazon Studios will release the first teaser trailer for its long-awaited The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series during Super Bowl LVI on Sunday. Or maybe you’re a Jordan Peele fan like me, and you’re looking forward to this trailer for Nope, which is also being released this weekend. Yes, Jordan Peele is so big now that he gets trailers for his trailers. I’m here for it.

Not excited about any of that? Well, get excited for books then. I’ve got book stuff for you.

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

cover of Don't Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones

Fans of My Heart is a Chainsaw who have been eagerly awaiting the sequel? You’re gonna have to wait a little longer. Stephen Graham Jones has announced on Twitter that the release date for Don’t Fear the Reaper has been pushed back to February 2023.

Looking for horror to read in 2022? Clay McLeod Chapman has announced his next novel, Ghost Eaters, hitting shelves in September of this year.

Here’s the stunning cover reveal for Deeba Zargarpur’s debut YA novel House of Yesterday, which will be out in November.

Iain Reid, author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things, has a new novel out in September, 2022. It’s called We Spread, and here is the cover reveal!

Another exciting cover reveal: Bolu Babalola’s debut novel Honey & Spice is out from Headline on July 21st, 2022.

The release dates of two highly-anticipated cookbooks have been set back by months after copies were lost in a shipping container collapse. So if you were looking forward to Mason Hereford’s Turkey and the Wolf: Flavor Trippin’ in New Orleans or Melissa Clark’s Dinner in One: Exceptional & Easy One-Pan Meals, you’ll have to wait a little longer!

In celebration of its 10 year anniversary, a new hardcover edition of 50 Shades of Grey is being released. You can grab your copy on April 5, 2022.

YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association (part of the American Library Association), has announced their 2022 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adult Readers list

Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library workers have been under fire for carrying inclusive books for all ages. Here’s what you can do to support them.

Make sure to get your own Read Harder Book Journal from Book Riot to track your reading for the year!

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Can’t Wait for This One

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Not Good for Maidens by Tori Bovalino (Page Street, May 3, 2022)

Okay, so. Something you should know about me. I studied Victorian Literature in grad school, and I have always loved “Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti. It is by far one of my favorite poems of all time. So when I heard there was a sapphic YA horror-fantasy retelling of this amazing book coming out soon? Welp. Shut up and take my money.

I know I just said this book is a queer retelling of “Goblin Market,” but just to be clear, the original “Goblin Market” is pretty queer. So author Tori Bovalino doesn’t have to totally reinvent the story to make this a queer story. She’s just highlighting it, focusing on it, shining a spotlight on it. Which we love. We are here for it. By we I mean me. But you should be too.

If you’re unfamiliar with “Goblin Market,” click above and read the poem. And then get excited. No Good for Maidens is the story of Lou, who never believed in superstitions or magic. Then her teenage aunt Neela is kidnapped and taken to the Goblin Market. Lou has only heard stories of the Goblin Market as a place full of dark temptation for any human who wanders there. In order to save Neela, Lou knows she will have to learn spells and tricks to keep her safe as she navigates the market. And she only has three days to do it before the market takes Neela forever.

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Words of Literary Wisdom

“A man will suffer misery to get to the bottom of truth, but he will not suffer boredom.”

Black Leopard, Red Wolf 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.

We’re all members of the book community, and there’s something we need to do right now to help our community. As you’ve probably read, book bans are on the rise. But we don’t have to just sit back and watch it happen. There are ways we can take action. A few months ago, our very own Kelly at Book Riot posted this helpful guide for how to take action against book banning. You could also consider starting your own banned book club, just like these teens. The ALA also provides information on their website all about how to fight against bans and censorship.

Your Weekend Reading Soundtrack

I know that Spotify is kind of iffy right now, so I’m going to refrain from linking to Spotify for the time being. Apologies if you’ve been enjoying the music! Just wanted to explain why this section would be going away for a little while.

For now, enjoy this Pusheen’s Valentine video instead.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

orange cat sitting on the lap of an unseen person at a desk

If you’ve wondered about my work set-up, I’m usually working at my desk with this little cutie in my lap. Murray is the lap kitty of my three cats. And isn’t he cute?

And that is all, friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Read good books.

❤️ Emily