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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.

Book Deals and Reveals

the cover of Nine Liars

Maureen Johnson, author of the Truly Devious series, has a new YA murder mystery novel coming out in December of this year. It’s called Nine Liars, and here’s the cover reveal and an excerpt.

Here’s the cover reveal of Do I Know You? by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka. This romance novel follows married couple Graham and Eliza, who find themselves pretending to be strangers. It’ll be out from Penguin Random House on January 24, 2023.

LGBTQ Reads has an exclusive cover reveal of When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb. It releases October 18th.

Hulu’s upcoming series Saint X is going through major recasting changes, including recasting the lead role. Victoria Pedretti was originally set to play the lead, but she has been replaced by Fear the Walking Dead‘s Alycia Debnam-Carey.

Blake Lively will make her feature directorial debut with an upcoming film adaptation of the graphic novel Seconds, created by Bryan Lee O’Mally.

Melanie Iglesias Perez at Atria has bought world English and Spanish rights to The Fall of Rebel Angels by Zoraida Córdova. The book is set for a fall 2023 release.

Comics legend Frank Miller is starting a publishing company called Frank Miller Presents.

Former NFL player Steve Gleason has sold his memoir Live Impossible to Knopf. Written with Jeff Duncan, the memoir tells a story of “a life-affirming story about disability and recovery, fatherhood and faith, self-transformation and the power of possibility.” Gleason’s debut memoir is slated for 2024.

Here are the most anticipated YA novels on BookTok.

Wondering what to read next? We’ve got your May horoscopes here, including book recommendations based on your sign.

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Can’t Wait for This One

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How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix (Berkley, January 17, 2023)

So full disclosure. I listed this book as one of my most-anticipated books of 2022. But here we are. The book has been pushed back to 2023, and I’m just sitting here twiddling my thumbs, wondering what’s even the point of a year without a new Grady Hendrix release. But hey. At least it’s coming, and as I mentioned recently, at least we got a cover reveal.

So why am I so excited about this book in particular? Well. As you might have realized by this point, I love horror fiction, and Grady Hendrix is one of the best horror authors writing right now. What’s more, this author keeps writing hit after hit. What I love most about his books are the fast-paced propulsive narratives, the vivid descriptions that bring the horror to life, and maybe most remarkably, that little touch of humor that will make you laugh but not enough to totally defuse the feelings of dread and fear. Really, what more could you ask for in horror fiction?

Grady Hendrix has taken on vampires, possession, slashers, devil worship, and more, but for this novel, he’s focusing on my personal favorite horror trope: ghosts and haunted houses. So yeah, this book might just scare the heck out of me, and I can’t wait.

How to Sell a Haunted House is the story of siblings Louise and Mark Joyner. The two are totally different from each other and basically never speak. But when their parents die at the end of the coronavirus pandemic, Louise and Mark are forced back together to get their childhood home on the market. Guess what though? Yeah, something is weird about the house. Before their parents dies, they taped newspaper over the mirrors and nailed the attic door shut. And that’s just the beginning of the disturbing events Mark and Louise will experience in that house.

Words of Literary Wisdom

“No matter what men think, abortion is a fact of life. Women have always had them; they always have and they always will. Are they going to have good ones or bad ones? Will the good ones be reserved for the rich, while the poor women go to quacks?”

Unbought and Unbossed by Shirley Chisholm

A Call to Action

On that note, I want to interrupt our regularly scheduled Book Radar Thursday programming to ask for your help. The fight to regulate and ban abortions affects everyone and it threatens basic human rights. It’s easy to feel helpless and defeated in times like these, and I get it. But there are still many things we can do. Aside from voting, you can donate or volunteer. The Cut has compiled a list of abortion funds you can donate to right now, sorted by state.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

a photo of a man sitting in a computer chair with a cat

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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Ernest Owens Makes a Case for Cancel Culture and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

Guess what? I’m in Virginia today. Yes, the travel continues! I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but if you’re wondering why I’ve been traveling, here’s the deal. I teach barre classes, and sometimes I get shipped off to other places to teach there. I’ve met some really fun people, and I’ve gotten to listen to a lot of audiobooks during my travels. So, so far so good. I feel very grateful to be doing this, even though I’m tired today. But not too tired to give you that good, good book content. Let’s chat.

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

Journalist Ernest Owens’ debut novel The Case for Cancel Culture will be out from St. Martins Press on February 21st, 2023, and here is the cover reveal.

LAIKA, the studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman, have announced that their next stop-animation project currently in production is based on the book Wildwood by the Decemberists lead singer and songwriter Colin Meloy.

Starscape has acquired, at auction, P. Djèlí Clark’s middle grade debut Abeni’s Song. Publication is planned for summer 2023.

HBO Max has handed a straight-to-series order for Noonan’s, a spinoff of its animated Harley Quinn series.

Netflix has canceled its superhero series Raising Dion after two seasons.

Here’s the cover reveal of Rafael Frumkin’s CONfidence, which will be available for preorder in June!

Andy Serkis will be directing a film adaptation of Elizabeth McCracken’s literary romance The Giant’s House.

Check out Stephen King’s unsettling new story “Finn” on Scribd.

There’s a woman-owned, exclusively romance bookstore opening up in Canada! The bookstore is called Happily Ever After, and while they’re online only for now, their tweet promises that “we will be popping up all over Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area throughout the year!”

Book Riot Recommends

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Prepare Your Shelves!

siren queen by nghi vo book cover

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo (May 10th, Tordotcom)

I know talked this one up a little bit when the cover was first revealed way, way back. But now Nghi Vo’s new novel is coming out next week, and so it seemed like high time to sing this author’s praises once again. If you’ve never read a Nghi Vo novel before, you’re in for a treat. The worlds she creates in her fiction—whether fantasy or more closely connected to home—are wildly inventive. And her prose is stunning. What more could you ask for?

Set during the golden age of Hollywood, Nghi Vo’s latest novel Siren Queen is the story of Luli Wei, a beautiful and talented young actress who is hungry for stardom. But roles for Chinese American women in Hollywood are limited. And Luli lives in a world where the monsters of Hollywood are not figurative. They are very, very real. The movie business runs on a system that sacrifices young starlets like Luli. It’s a system that deals in blood bargains and ancient magic. But Luli doesn’t care. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to see her face on movie screens—even if it means becoming a monster herself.

See what I mean about her worlds being inventive? I promise you’ve never read a story about old Hollywood like this one. Honestly, there’s no story about anything that’s quite like this one, but you get the idea.

What I’m Reading This Week

just like home book cover

Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey

Queerly Beloved by Susie Dumond

Sundial by Catriona Ward

A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

Monday Memes

Love Sex and the City? Love reviewing books? Me too. You get me. So like me, you’ll love this series of memes “Things I’ve Said in Book Reviews: SATC edition.”

And Here’s A Cat Picture

orange cat cuddling

It’s been a whole week since y’all have gotten a Murray pic, so here he is!

This a look at my typical work day, folks. Me, sitting at my computer, and Murray snuggling in my lap, requiring me to hold him with both arms which means… this newsletter is written with my pinky so as not to disturb the kitty. Y’all get it.

Alright, well… I’m going to go. You can hang here a little longer, but… I’m leaving. See you next time! Thanks for hanging with me on a Monday!

💙 Emily

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Joan He’s Epic YA Fantasy STRIKE THE ZITHER Gets A Cover Reveal and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

How are things for you this Thursday? I’m back home, and I’m just so happy to be reunited with my sweet cats who have been very cuddly and sweet since I got home. For all my people who have pets, are your pets happy to see you when you get back from a trip? Or do they give you the cold shoulder for abandoning them? Let me know. And now, let’s talk books.

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

strike the zither book cover

Joan He’s upcoming novel is Strike the Zither, the first book in a new epic YA fantasy duology, and earlier this week, Text YA & Kids revealed the cover. You’ll be able to pick up this one in November.

Director Jon M. Chu has announced on social media that his upcoming adaptation of Wicked will be split into two films.

HBO has nabbed the rights to Dave Eggers’ novel The Every and is now developing a series based on the book, adapted by Rachel Axler.

Earlier today, Palestinian-Canadian author Jackie Khalilieh tweeted the announcement of her debut novel Something More, out from Tundra books in 2023.

Fantasy Cafe has got the cover reveal for Davina Evans’ new queer fantasy novel Notorious Sorcerer. This one will be released on September 13th by Orbit Books.

Netflix has announced the release date for its adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel Persuasion. The film is scheduled to make its debut on the streaming platform on July 15th.

In the latest issue, “Avengers #55,” Marvel Comics has officially replaced Black Panther in their ongoing “Avengers” run with Nighthawk.

Mariner Books has purchased Benjamin Stevenson’s Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone, a novel that’s being described as a “blend of classic and modern murder mystery” and “Knives Out and Clue meet Agatha Christie and The Thursday Murder Club.”

Flatiron books bought North American rights to Erased by Anna Malaika Tubbs, author of The Three Mothers. Flatiron says this book is “an examination of and reckoning with the history of patriarchy in America.”

Demon Slayer has released a trailer teasing the new season based on the popular manga series.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before author Jenny Han has signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios.

Warner Bros. has announced that its upcoming feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot will be released on September 9th.

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Can’t Wait for This One

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Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales (Wednesday Books, December 6th)

There are so many things that make this book jump to the top of my most-anticipated list. First and foremost, there’s the title, which… if you read this title and don’t immediately start singing “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift, then I don’t know if you have a soul. DO YOU THINK YOU’RE BETTER THAN ME?

Phew, anyway. Other things that make this book a must read: It’s romance novel involving a reality tv show—even better, a reality tv DATING show. There’s the whole dating-a-royal thing happening. There’s messy break-ups. It’s an enemies-to-lovers story. Oh, and most importantly, this is a sapphic romance. Sign me up!

Okay, I’ll tell you the plot. It’s been two years since Maya dumped her boyfriend Jordy after he cheated on her. But the guy just won’t get out of her life. She has no interest in him whatsoever anymore and just wants to be rid of him. So why the heck would Maya accept an invitation to be a contestant on Second Chance Romance, a new reality show in which Jordy will re-date his ex-girlfriends in an effort to find “the one that got away”? Revenge, of course. Maya knows if she can just make it to the end, she can reject Jordy and publicly humiliate him.

The only problem with Maya’s plan? Skye, the beautiful, charismatic girl Jordy cheated on her with. How is she supposed to live with this girl for six weeks? (Hint: it’s fine, they’ll fall in love probably)

Words of Literary Wisdom

“You chide yourself for walking too far ahead, for regressing into ’80s song lyrics territory so soon. But then he says, ‘The supermassive black hole at the center of the milky way recently sparked 75 times brighter over the course of a 2 hour period, and twice as bright as it’s ever been in the 20 years astronomers have been monitoring it.’

By now you’re used to him talking Science, but you’re not sure where he’s going with this. ‘One theory,’ he continues ‘is that the event was caused by a star about 15 times bigger than the sun getting close to the edge of the black hole disturbing some gasses, heating things up, increasing the infrared radiation from the edge. But get this, we observed that star getting close to the black hole about a year before we observed the affects on the black hole.’

‘That just shows how vast the universe is, how enormous the distance,’ you say.

‘Exactly! Distances, plural. The distance between the star and the edge of the black hole, and the distance between the black hole and Earth. So, I say all of this to say that sometimes wheels are set in motion long before the spark is manifest. Is that the same thing as fate? I don’t know but…I do know that rare brilliant events take time.'”

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

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.

I know I’ve hyped a lot of Read-A-Thons lately, but they’re seriously my favorite, and this is another one that’s a must for me! I love the YouTube channel With Cindy, and she is hosting an Asian Read-a-thon in May, in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

THIS YEAR the Read-a-thon is themed around the film Everything, Everywhere, All at Once, which is basically my new favorite movie. So if I don’t participate in this Read-a-thon, who am I? And since I’m doing it, you should too!

Want to know all of the details? Here’s a doc with everything you need to know. Happy reading!

What I’m Watching This Weekend

This weekend, I feel like I’m going to be reading-focused, but there are two new movies in theaters that I’m dying to see: The Northman and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. So maybe I’ll get to see one or both? I don’t know. But these are two of my most highly anticipated movies of the year.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

grey and white kitty in a cat bed

One of my favorite things about traveling is getting to visit with other kitties! This is Indigo, everyone, and she’s a sweet little girl. So glad I got to visit with her earlier this week.

Anyway, that’s all for today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I can’t wait to catch up with you again on Monday.

💙 Emily

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Grady Hendrix is Ready to Sell You A Haunted House and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend. I’m flying back home and I’m sleepy, but on the positive side, I got a lot of reading done on the flight. Oh, here’s a question for you. The woman next to me on the flight asked me about what I was reading. If you saw someone reading on a plane, would you ask them about what they’re reading, or do you have a strict “leave people alone” policy while traveling? Let me know. And now let’s talk books.

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

Nerdist has an exclusive reveal of the cover for Grady Hendrix’s highly anticipated book How to Sell A Haunted House

Honey Boy director Alma Har’el is set to direct her passion project, the feature adaptation of Walter Tevis’ Nebula-nominated science fiction novel Mockingbird.’

Comics legend Alan Moore’s first short story collection Illuminatons is coming out on October 11th from Bloomsbury. You can check out the cover for the new book on Entertainment Weekly‘s website, along with some teases from the author about his favorite parts.

Here’s a preview of Sarah Pinborough’s new novel Insomnia .

Barcelona is honoring Gabriel Garcia Marquez with a new library.

HBO has released a full trailer for the six-episode series The Time Traveler’s Wife, which debuts on May 15th.

The Guggenheim Museum just welcomed an award-winning poet Taylor Johnson into their first Poet-in-Residence position

Charles D. King’s MACRO has set the Reginald F. Lewis biopic based on his autobiography Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?

The nonprofit organization We Need Diverse Books Offers (WNDB) has established the Educators Making a Difference Grant program to help combat efforts to ban books across the US.

Here’s how the book industry has turned its own racism into a marketable product, according to Tajja Isen, author of Some of My Best Friends: Essays on Lip Service.

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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!

Prepare Your Shelves!

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Black Tide by K.C. Jones (Tor Nightfire, May 10th)

Horror is definitely not just for the month of October anymore.Thank goodness. There’s so much stellar horror coming out this year that I’m so excited to share with you. So even though two highly anticipated horror novels from Stephen Graham Jones and Grady Hendrix were pushed back until 2023, fret not, my horror fans. This is still going to be a good year. And if you love character-driven horror, Black Tide is going to be one you’ll want to prepare your shelves for, because it’s coming out next month.

Black Tide is a sci-fi horror novel that’s described as Cujo meets The Quiet Place. After a drunken one-night stand, Mike and Beth awake the next day to discover a shocking astronomical event has caused widespread destruction. Little do they know that this was only the beginning. Stranded on the empty Oregon coast, their emergency calls unanswered and screams echoing all around them, these two strangers must trust in each other in order to survive an apocalyptic nightmare.

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

What I’m Reading This Week

A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger

The Fervor by Alma Katsu

Time is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

Monday Memes

Book of the Month posted this and I’m here like… wait I drink iced coffee all year round.

And Here’s A Cat Picture

shy calico cat

Today, we’ve got a picture of Cersei Anne being her shy girl self. I love her so much and I’ve missed her! Can’t wait to kiss this sweet girl face when I get home.

Hug your pets! They are precious angels, all of them!

And have a wonderful, amazing, incredible week. Talk to you Thursday!

💙 Emily

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Betty Gilpin’s ALL THE WOMEN IN MY BRAIN Gets A Cover Reveal and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

Greetings from Northampton, MA! That’s right. I’m on the move once again. I hear there are some really great bookstores here, so I might be getting back on the flight with a new stack of books shoved in my carry-on. I’ll keep you posted. For now, here’s what I know about books.

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

thor love and thunder poster

Marvel has finally released the first poster and teaser trailer for the highly-anticipated Thor Love and Thunder.

GLOW, Nurse Jackie, and The Hunt star Betty Gilpin’s debut book All the Women in My Brain: And Other Concerns is coming out in November. Entertainment Weekly has a cover reveal of the upcoming title, out from Flatiron Books.

Oprah Daily has revealed the cover for Severance author Ling Ma’s highly anticipated collection of short fiction Bliss Montage. The book will be out in September.

Roshani Chokshi, author of the YA book series The Gilded Wolves, has sold her adult debut at auction to William Morrow’s Jessica Williams in a six-figure, two-book deal.

Freida Pinto, Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, and Zawe Ashton are starring in Mr. Malcolm’s Lista new Regency-era romance film is based on the book of the same name by Suzanne Allain, and Vanity Fair has a first look.

AGC Television, the TV wing of Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios, is optioning Jayne Allen’s Black Girls trilogy into a series. The trilogy includes the novels Black Girls Must Die Exhausted and Black Girls Must Be Magic. These two books are set to be followed by an as-yet unnamed third book.

Kevin Bacon and Farrah Mackenziehave signed on for roles in Sam Esmail’s Netflix adaptation of the novel Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam.

Blumhouse and Miramax’s Dracula film adaptation Mina Harker has been scrapped.

Board books are finally getting an award of their own.

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Can’t Wait for This One

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My Dear Henry by Kalynn Bayron (Feiwel & Friends, February 8, 2023)

I think I’ve made it abundantly clear that retellings of gothic classics are 100% a must-read for me. But even if you’ve never read Jekyll & Hyde, Kalynn Bayron’s remix of this classic story stands on its own. It’s dark and atmospheric, with a compelling mystery at its center.

Set in London in 1885, My Dear Henry is the story of Gabriel Utterson, a 17-year-old law clerk who has returned to London for the first time since he and his friend Henry Jekyll were expelled from the London Medical School. There have been rumors and whispers about the scandal that lead to their expulsion and about the true nature of the young men’s relationship with one another. And Henry has become incredibly distant following the disastrous events of last spring, but Gabriel isn’t ready to move on. Not without Henry. Event though Henry acts as if there’s nothing between them. Desperate to discover what has happened to his friend, Gabriel takes to watching his house and looking into his strange and mysterious friend Hyde.

You’re going to have to wait to read this queer YA retelling, because this doesn’t come out until February, 2023. But 2023 will be here before we know it (somehow), and this book will be well worth the wait!

Word of Literary Wisdom

“But sometimes remembering isn’t for yourself, sometimes you do it just to make someone else smile.”

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

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.

Friends, I’ve just started following another BookTuber who I believe deserves a lot more views. It’s Pages of Hayley! Some of my favorite recent videos of hers:

I hope you enjoy as much as I do!

What I’m Watching This Weekend

I know I’m late to the game, but I’m finally watching The Dropout. I’m enjoying it and Amanda Seyfried is great. But don’t @ me. Her greatest role of all time is still Needy in Jennifer’s Body. Where are my fellow Jennifer’s Body Stans? Be my friend.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

orange cat in cat tunnel with toys

Here’s an all-too-common picture of Murray patiently waiting for me to play with him while I work on other stuff. You see, cats don’t have jobs. They don’t understand the concept of work. So when I’m sitting at my desk working and not playing with him, he thinks I’m just being neglectful. I’ve tried to explain the concept of jobs and responsibilities to him but I don’t think it’s registered yet.

Also, I feel like I’ve acknowledged this before, but, yes, this cat tunnel is Christmas-themed, and no, Murray doesn’t care that it’s April. Cats don’t understand holidays or months either, it turns out.

Anyway, I hope you have a lovely weekend! Talk to you soon!

💙 Emily

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A Cyborg Princess Meets Galactic Pirates in this YA Debut and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

Welcome to Monday’s Book Radar. Today, we’ve got a little bit of everything. Good news, book gossip, book recommendations, memes, cat photos, and more. You know, the usual. But the usual is still exciting, right? Especially when it comes to cat pictures. So let’s get this Monday started.

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

carrie soto is back book cover

Here’s the cover reveal for Taylor Jenkins Reid’s upcoming novel Carrie Soto is Back, which will be out August 30th.

LGBTQ Reads has the exclusive cover reveal for Born Andromeda by K.M. Watts. This debut romance, featuring a cyborg princess and space pirates, is releasing from Interlude Press on November 15th.

Next February, Tor Nightfire is releasing cosmic horror novel Sister, Maiden, Monster by Lucy A. Snyder, and here is the cover reveal

Alessandro Michele, the creative director of Gucci, has sold a currently untitled book of “fashion philosophy” to Harper Collins imprint Dey Street.

Marvel’s Disney+ series Ironheart has hired Sam Bailey and Angela Barnes as directors. Bailey will direct episodes one through three, while Barnes will helm the back half, episodes four to six.

Here are all of the book club picks for April 2022.

The winner of this year’s Story Prize is Brandon Taylor’s Filthy Animals.

A picture book about unicorns was banned in an Ohio school district.

The UnBanned Books initiative is giving anyone in the U.S. between 13-21 a free eCard that will grant them access to frequently challenged ebooks.

There may be an increase in the federal budget for libraries and a way for you to help.

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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!

Prepare Your Shelves!

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This is Not the Real World by Anna Carey (Quirk Books, May 24th)

Anna Carey’s This is Not the Jess Show was one of my favorite books of 2021. It was one of those rare books where the comps were actually accurate. Is it Black Mirror meets My So-Called Life? Absolutely. And wouldn’t you know, I love those shows, and I pretty much eat up everything 90s-related (hello, see me gush about Sailor Moon below), so I was completely, 100% the target audience for this series, and I loved every minute of the first book. If you’re a nerdy, nostalgic millennial like me, you will, too.

And yes, that’s right. I said series. This is Not the Real World, as you might have guessed, is the second book in the series, and yes, it totally lives up to the first one. If you haven’t read the first book yet, I don’t want to give away too much of the synopsis of the second, because there are definitely some surprising turns, and it helps to go in knowing as little as possible. But what I can say is that our main character Jess is on a revenge mission. And to get her revenge, Jess has teamed up with a reporter who’s investigating a series of suspicious disappearances. Now she has to play along like everything’s fine in order to get to the bottom of what’s really going on in her hometown.

I know that sounds so cryptic, but I would never dream of spoiling the wild ride that is this series. These books are just so much fun. And while many books and films try to cash in on the whole nostalgia thing, these books just feel differently. Don’t believe me? Read and find out for yourselves.

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What I’m Reading This Week

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The Fervor by Alma Katsu

Time is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

Comfort Me with Apples by Catherynne M. Valente

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Monday Memes

So I missed the 97th anniversary of The Great Gatsby by about a week, but these Great Gatsby memes really sent me.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

Y’all! My husband just got me this Sailor Moon board game, and I’m so happy about it. I love Sailor Moon. Okay, I’m obsessed with Sailor Moon. And I also love board games, so this was of course a must-have for me. I’m very happy about this.

And Here’s A Cat Picture

ginger cat sitting cutely

I’ve got another picture of Murray on a yoga mat. He’s really enjoying being my workout buddy, so who am I to deny him? Especially when he’s posing for me like this?

Anyway, hooray! We’ve made it through another Monday Book Radar. I’m proud of us. I hope you have a wonderful week, and we’ll chat same time, same place on Thursday?

💙 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!

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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!

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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