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Oprah Is Producing an Adaptation of AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE, and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday, readers! It is so hot in Maine, my brains are melting out my ears. I do not know many people who aren’t experiencing sweltering heat these days. I hope it breaks soon! It was a slow news week last week, because of the holiday and vacations, but I still have a few great bookish tidbits to share with you. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


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PS – Don’t forget we’re giving away $500 of the year’s best YA fiction and nonfiction so far! Enter here by July 31st!

Here’s this week’s trivia question: What was Toni Morrison’s name at birth? (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

NOS4A2YouTube star Jahkara Smith will appear in the television adaptation of NOS4A2. (P.S. She is amazing, go watch all her videos right now!)

Fancy Nancy is going to be a television series.

The graphic novel Infidel is going to be a horror film. (I can’t remember if I already included this news in an older newsletter, but I just read the book this weekend, so I thought I’d share it.)

The Night Manager is getting a second season.

Oprah Winfrey casually dropped the news that she’s producing a film version of An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.

Cover Reveals

Here it is, the cover for The Kingdom of Copper, S.A. Chakraborty’s follow-up to The City of Brass! (Harper Voyager, January 22, 2019)

And here’s the first look at Samira Ahmed’s upcoming book, Internment! (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, March 19, 2019)

And Happily Ever After has TWO, yes, TWO cover reveals: One for Patricia Briggs and one for Anne Bishop.

Sneak Peeks

the miseducation of cameron post posterHere’s the first look at a trailer for The Miseducation of Cameron Post! (I love this book so much!)

And here’s the first trailer for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, coming to Netflix.

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

Loved, loved, loved:

cover image: black and white image of a tree trunk and rootsThe Witch Elm by Tana French (Viking, October 9, 2018)

While on the one hand I want Dublin Murder Squad mysteries every year until the end of time, I really enjoyed this break from the series. It’s about a young man named Toby who stays at his ancestral home while recovering from an assault. While he’s there taking care of his dying uncle, a skull is found in the garden, leading him to believe his past is not what it seems. I love an unearthed skeleton mystery – who could it be?!? – and to get one from Tana French is even better!

Excited to read:

spin by lamar gilesSpin by Lamar Giles (Scholastic Press, January 29, 2019)

A young DJ is found dead at her turntables and it is up to two sworn enemies to work together to find her killer. WHAT FUN. I really enjoyed Endangered by Giles, and I am constantly looking for more YA mysteries, so I am excited for this!

What I’m reading this week.

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and PiracyThe Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

The Shadowglass (The Bone Witch) by Rin Chupeco

The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland

Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen (Translators)

And this is funny.

Kelly Link, again, always.

Trivia answer: Chloe Ardelia Wofford.

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Greta Gerwig is Adapting LITTLE WOMEN and More Book Radar!

Hello, my book friends. The world hasn’t been exactly heckin’ swell lately, but I hope you are all taking care of yourselves and finding wonderful things to read. Small pleasures are everything these days. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


the forest queen coverSponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

From a New York Times bestselling author, Betsy Cornwell, a fresh, female-centered take on “Robin Hood” in which a young noblewoman, like the legendary hero, becomes an outlaw fighting for social justice. Perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Sarah J. Maas, this smart, gorgeously written take on the Robin Hood lore goes beyond the original’s focus to explore love, gender roles, the healing power of nature, and what it means to be family.


Here’s this week’s trivia question: How long did Robinson Crusoe spend on the desert island as a castaway? (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

Give Me Your Hand cover image: black background with yellow rose on fireSo many Megan Abbott projects happening.

Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children is coming to Netflix as a series.

Rebel Wilson to star in and produce an adaptation of the comic book Crowded.

A new biography on Anthony Bourdain is coming next year.

Stranger Things is getting the comics treatment.

Rioter Eric Smith announced his next book!

Amazon orders pilots of three YA novels.

And Greta Gerwig will be doing her own adaptation of Little Women.

Cover Reveals

Mackenzi Lee shared the back cover of The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. (Katherine Tegen Books, October 2)

Tahereh Mafi shared the first look at the cover of A Very Large Expanse of Sea. (Harper Teen, October 16)

Flatiron Books debuted the cover of Enchantée by Gita Trelease. (Flatiron Books, February 5)

Vivien Chien revealed the first look at the third Noodle Shop Mystery, Murder Lo Mein. (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, March 26, 2019)

Entertainment Weekly has the first look at Hafsah Faizal’s debut We Hunt the Flame. (Macmillan, May 14, 2019)

Sneak Peeks

A Discovery of witchesHere it is, the first trailer for A Discovery of Witches!

Entertainment Weekly has the first look at Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new take on Captain America.

And Patty Jenkins shared the first image of Kristen Wiig in Wonder Woman 1984.

Another new trailer for George R. R. Martin’s Nightflyers.

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

Loved, loved, loved:

sharky malarkeySharky Malarkey: A Sketchshark Collection by Megan Nicole Dong (Andrews McMeel Publishing, September 18)

I have been reading twice as many graphic novels and comic collections the last two years (because self-care) and I was delighted by this book. Her illustration style is like if Adam Ellis and Sarah Andersen had a baby. And it is worth the price of admission just for comics about her cat. They made me laugh and laugh.

Excited to read:

the bus on thursdayThe Bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett (MCD x FSG Originals, September 18)

I am a big fan of Barrett’s last novel, Rush Oh! and I am soooo intrigued by the description of this one: “Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist.” I mean. (How many calories are there in pea soup anyway?) It’s sounds weird and scary and amazing. Cannot. Wait.

What I’m reading this week.

the bear and the paving stoneThe Bear and the Paving Stone (Japanese Novellas) by Toshiyuki Horie and Geraint Howells

Passing Strange by Ellen Klages

Comemadre by Roque Larraquy (Author),‎ Heather Cleary (Translator)

Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic

It All Falls Down: A Novel by Sheena Kamal

Non-book-related recommendation.

As some of you know, I had quite a Red Bull habit. I gave it up but I did find these delicious alternatives: V8 Energy.

And this is funny.

I have kept myself happy and calm this week by watching this video repeatedly.

Trivia answer: 28 years, 2 months and 19 days.

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The First Trailer for THE HATE U GIVE and More Book Radar!

Welcome to another week of fabulous book news and reader views! I live for talking about books and getting to share this info with you each week is a delight. I hope everything in your world is marvelous as it can be and you’re reading something wonderful. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


As part of Season 2 of our podcast series Annotated, we are giving away 10 of the best books about books of 2017. Go here to enter for a chance to win, or just click the image below:


Here’s this week’s trivia question: Who discovers Narnia in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis? (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

the witchesRobert Zemeckis will direct the remake of Roald Dahl’s The Witches. (But y tho, the first one is perfect.)

A biopic about Sammy Davis Jr. is being made, based on his memoir from 1965.

Priyanka Chopra is working on a collection of personal essays and stories titled Unfinished.

Nisi Shawl announced a sequel to Everfair.

Megan Whalen Turner teased another Thief book.

America Ferrera is editing an anthology of essays about culture.

Apple is moving forward with its immigration anthology series Little America, from The Big Sick duo Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.

The Couple Next Door is being made into a film.

Lifetime orders 3 movies based on Jane Green novels, the first to star Alyssa Milano.

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll to become a television series.

Cover Reveals

Here’s the first look at the cover for This Will Only Hurt a Little, the forthcoming memoir by actress Busy Phillips. (Touchstone, October 23)

Here’s the beautiful cover of Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy Denise and Paola Escobar.

Sneak Peeks

to all the boys i've loved beforeThe trailer for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is just as adorable as you imagine it would be.

Here’s the trailer for the newest adaptation of Vanity Fair.

Here’s the first look at John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot. (I’m all for artistic license but WHERE ARE HIS GLORIOUS MUSTACHES?)

And here it is: the official first trailer for The Hate U Give!

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

Loved, loved, loved:

jack of hearts and other partsJack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L.C. Rosen (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, October 30)

A delightful, sex-positive young adult novel about a queer teen named Jack who writes a teen advice column. When he is threatened anonymously about his love life, he must uncover his mystery stalker so he can move on with his life. A wonderful new book about being true to ones self in the face of adversity and the haters.

Excited to read:

the bride testThe Bride Test by Helen Hoang (Berkley, January 29, 2019)

I read The Kiss Quotient last week and it was so adorable and hot and funny. I am 100% on board for this one, which appears to be related but not related? Either way, bring it on!

What I’m reading this week.

sawkill girlsSawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken

Salt Lane by William Shaw

The Lady Killer (Pushkin Vertigo) by Masako Togawa and Simon Grove

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

Non-book-related recommendation.

Nanette by Hannah Gadsby is streaming on Netflix now. It will make you cry and make you laugh and make you think.

And this is funny.

Another reason to visit indie bookstores: Tentacle fingers.

Trivia answer: Lucy.

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THE GOOD LORD BIRD Is Landing On the Big Screen and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday, book fans! It’s the beginning of another week filled with endless possibility. And by ‘endless possibility’, I mean ‘time to read’ of course. YAY READING. I hope everything in your world is marvelous as it can be and you’re reading something wonderful. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


fogland point coverSponsored by Poisoned Pen Press

David Hazard wanted nothing more than to forget his renegade family and the foggy New England village “on the wrong side” of Narragansett Bay where he grew up. When sudden tragedy brings him back to Little Compton to care for his grandmother during her struggle with dementia, he discovers her fragile memories may hold the key to a bizarre mystery half a century old—and perhaps to the sudden and brutal murder right next door.


PS – Don’t forget we’re giving away $500 to the bookstore of your choice! Enter here by June 21st!

Here’s this week’s trivia question: Who said it? “You can’t use up your creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

her body and other partiesHERE FOR THIS: Her Body and Other Parties to become a Black Mirror-esque series.

FX adapting The Changeling by Victor LaValle for television.

Norm Aladjem’s Letters to Mackenzie blog picked up by publisher.

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride is coming to the big screen!

Laurie Halse Anderson has a new book on the way.

And so does NPR’s Linda Holmes!

In this week’s Stephen King news: Ewan McGregor will play grown-up Danny Torrance in the Doctor Sleep adaptation.

The Wheel of Time television series in development at Amazon Studios.

Werner Herzog is bringing Fordlandia by Greg Grandin to television.

Cover Reveals

Here’s the first look at the cover for Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James! (Riverhead Books, February 5, 2019)

And Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu have written a book together: The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses). (Margaret K. McElderberry Books, April 2, 2019)

Sneak Peeks

the little stranger movie posterHere’s the official trailer for adaptation of The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. (As someone with a tattoo of a quote from this book, you can bet I’m going to see it!)

And here’s the trailer for The Children Act, based on the novel by Ian McEwan.

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

Loved, loved, loved:

ozy and millieOzy and Millie by Dana Simpson (Andrew McMeel Publishing, August 28)

I was not aware that Dana Simpson had a webcomic before Phoebe and Her Unicorn, but here it is! This is a hand-selected collection of all the best bits of the decade-long run of Ozy and Millie, according to Simpson herself. It is delightful and cute, much like Phoebe, but with foxes and a dragon instead of humans and unicorns – and that’s a good thing. Because who doesn’t want more Phoebe??!

Excited to read:

black leopard red wolfBlack Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (Riverhead Books, February 5, 2019)

The release this past week of the cover image of the first book in The Dark Star trilogy has reignited my rabid excitement for this book! Marlon James is amazing, so I expect this fantasy trilogy is going to be OUT. OF. SIGHT.

What I’m reading this week.

in an absent dreamIn an Absent Dream (Wayward Children) by Seanan McGuire

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor

Here to Stay by Sara Farizan

You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino

The Ruin: A Novel by Dervla McTiernan

And this is funny.

Stabbing people with a fork is wrong. Still…

Trivia answer: Maya Angelou.

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Donald Glover Might Play Willy Wonka, and More Book Radar!

Hello, lovely people. I know I am always excited and enthusiastic about books, but I want you to know that it’s hard out there, and I hope you are all doing well. I appreciate you all. Be kind to yourself and remember you’re important! I hope everything in your world is marvelous as it can be and you’re reading something wonderful. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


As part of Season 2 of our podcast series Annotated, we are giving away 10 of the best books about books of 2017. Go here to enter for a chance to win, or just click the image below:


PS – Don’t forget we’re giving away $500 to the bookstore of your choice! Enter here by June 21st!

Here’s this week’s trivia question: What is the name of Don Quixote’s squire in the novel by Cervantes?

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

the underground railroadBarry Jenkins will direct the series adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad.

Rainbow Rowell sent the bookish internet into a frenzy with the announcement of a new book in 2020.

J.K. Rowling says she’ll write another children’s book after Fantastic Beasts 3.

HBO orders a Game of Thrones prequel pilot.

The Gender Games by Juno Dawson will be a television show, picking up where the book leaves off.

Leslie Odom Jr., Freida Pinto, Cynthia Erivo, and Orlando Bloom join the cast of Needle in a Timestack, based on a short story by Robert Silverberg.

Donald Glover reportedly on shortlist to star as Willy Wonka in a new film.

American Gods casts new actors for season 2 characters.

Daniel Radcliffe, Bobby Cannavale, and Cherry Jones will star in Broadway’s The Lifespan of a Fact.

Knopf wins debut novel about Dr. Zhivago for seven figures.

Brian Allen Carr (omg I love him) has a new book coming in 2019.

Gwenda Bond will write the first Stranger Things book!

Michael Wolf is writing a follow-up to Fire and Fury.

James McAvoy and Clarke Peters join the BBC One adaptation of His Dark Materials.

And Lizzy Caplan will join the cast of the Are You Sleeping? adaptation.

Cover Reveals

Here’s the cover for The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale (Margaret McElderry Books, January 22, 2019)

Nnedi Okorafor shared the cover of the upcoming Binti omnibus. (DAW Books, February 5, 2019)

Here’s Two Can Keep a Secret, the follow-up to One Of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. (Delacorte Press, January 8, 2019)

And the gorgeous cover of Cindy Pon’s Ruse, the follow-up to Want. (Simon Pulse, January 22, 2019)

Sneak Peeks

sharp objects show posterHere’s the official trailer for HBO’s Sharp Objects adaptation.

Here’s the first trailer for Widows, based on the novel by Lynda La Plante.

And the first trailer for Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines film.

And the first look at Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander in the new The Girl… movie.

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

Loved, loved, loved:

fruit of the drunken treeFruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Doubleday, July 31)

Inspired by the author’s own experiences, this is the story of seven-year-old Chula, who lives a carefree life with her sister in a gated community in Bogotá. But when a young woman from the guerilla-occupied section of the city is hired as her family’s live-in maid, Chula begins to learn about privilege and the encroaching violence, crime, and conflict that is taking place beyond the walls.

Excited to read:

seventeen by hideo yokoyamaSeventeen: A Novel by Hideo Yokoyama, Louise Heal Kawai (Translator) (MCD, November 13)

I am a big fan of Yokoyama’s huge police procedural, Six Four, so I can’t wait to get my hands on his new one. It’s about an air disaster in 1985 and an unsolved mystery seventeen years later. I am also a fan of this new wave of books coming out that take place during the years I was growing up (Every Other Weekend, You All Grow Up and Leave MeMarlena) because I can’t remember anything special about those years myself but I love reading about them and going, “OH YAH I FORGOT ABOUT THAT.”

What I’m reading this week.

record of a spaceborn fewRecord of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers) by Becky Chambers

Accidentally Like a Martyr: The Tortured Art of Warren Zevon by James Campion

A Gentleman’s Murder by Christopher Huang

Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Non-book-related recommendation.

Look at cute animals pictures. I’ll start you off: Here is a kitten named Chai, and omg, she is the cutest.

And this is funny.

Rakesh Saytal is revealing a different story from his childhood every day in June for Pride Month.

Trivia answer: Sancho Panza.

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Catherynne Valente’s Space Opera is Getting Screen Time, and More Book Radar!

Happy June, readers! It’s not a huge news day, as most of publishing turned its attention to BookExpo last week, but I still have some great book-related news and recommendations for you! Because I love you and I like you. I hope everything in your world is marvelous and you’re reading something wonderful. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


Sponsored by Hangman by Jack Heath, new from Hanover Square Press.

An addictive debut thriller starring an FBI consultant with a peculiar taste for crime and punishment…

A boy vanishes on his way home from school. His frantic mother receives a ransom call: pay or else. Enter Timothy Blake, an FBI consultant with a knack for solving impossible cases but whose expertise comes at a price: every time he saves a life, he also takes one. But this kidnapper is more cunning and ruthless than any he’s faced before. And he’s been assigned a new partner within the Bureau: a woman linked to the past he’s so desperate to forget.


PS – Don’t forget we’re giving away $500 to the bookstore of your choice! Enter here by June 21st!

Here’s this week’s trivia question: What was Maurice Sendak’s original title for Where The Wild Things Are?

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

space operaOoooo! Space Opera by Catherynne Valente is going to be a music-themed film!

Charles Melton joins Yara Shahidi in The Sun Is Also a Star.

Zack Snyder says The Fountainhead is his next project. (Y tho?)

Joe Hill’s Locke & Key series will find a home at Netflix.

Comic relief is the thing with feathers: Hailee Steinfeld to star in Emily Dickinson comedy series.

Timothée Chalamet, Robert Pattinson, Joel Edgerton, Ben Mendelsohn, and Lily-Rose Depp will star in The King, based on Shakespeare’s Henry the IV and V.

Cover Reveals

Teen Vogue scooped the exclusive first look at Dealing in Dreams from Lilliam Rivera. (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, March 5, 2019)

Here’s the first look at Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s upcoming novel Nine Perfect Strangers. (Flatiron Books, November 6)

Megan Mullally revealed the cover of The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, the book she cowrote with her husband, Nick Offerman. (Dutton, October 2)

And here’s the first peek at the US cover of Haruki Murakami’s Killing Commendatore. (Knopf, October 9)

And Penguin Teen just revealed the cover of Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte. (Penguin Teen, February 26, 2019)

And lucky attendees at BookExpo got the first look at Samantha Shannon’s upcoming epic novel, The Priory of the Orange Tree. (Bloomsbury Publishing, February 26, 2019)

Sneak Peeks

Here’s the first trailer for the Ursula K. Le Guin documentary.

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

Loved, loved, loved:

cover image: young black woman wearing sunglasses and a tan scarf wrap around hair.My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Doubleday, November 20)

Oooooo, this book packs a lot in less than 200 pages. Korede is a nurse in Nigeria. She is also the person she calls when her gorgeous younger sister Ayoola needs help cleaning up her mess. And by “mess,” I mean “bodies”. So far, three of them. Korede’s loyalty lies with her sister, so she always helps hide the evidence, but her loyalties are tested when the doctor Korede has loved from afar starts dating Ayoola. On the surface a thriller, this is actually a smart novel about beauty standards, sexism, and violence against women.

Excited to read:

lost soul be at peaceLost Soul, Be at Peace by Maggie Thrash (Candlewick, October 9)

YESSSSSSSSS! A follow-up to Honor Girl! This one is about a period of depression Thrash experienced in eleventh grade. She did a tremendous job being so honest and smart about awkward situations, scary feelings, and real life in Honor Girl, I’m sure this one will be fantastic as well! I can’t wait to read it.

What I’m reading this week.

the witch elmThe Witch Elm by Tana French

If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim

Treeborne by Caleb Johnson

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Non-book-related recommendation.

I just started watching The Terror on AMC and WHOO is it great. I haven’t actually read the book by Dan Simmons (WHO AM I?!?) but I am hella-enjoying this show about British explorers in the Arctic in the mid-19th century who are trapped in the ice and being pursued by…something. Possibly. It’s so creepy! Plus it has my boyfriend Ciarán HindsI’m pretty sure he and Tobias Menzies are contractually obligated to appear in the same shows every few years.

And this is funny.

And now it’s stuck in your head too.

Trivia answer: Where the Wild Horses Are.

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Idris Elba to Star In and Direct THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday! If you’re in the States, that means it’s a holiday for you today. Whether you are working or have the day off, I hope you get lots of time to read books today. I have a ton of exciting book-related news for you, and I hope everything in your world is marvelous and you’re reading something wonderful. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


Sponsored by Claire Messud’s The Burning Girl, now on sale in paperback from W. W. Norton.

Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace. But as the girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship. The Burning Girl is a complex examination of the stories we tell ourselves about youth and friendship, and straddles, expertly, childhood’s imaginary worlds and painful adult reality―crafting a true, immediate portrait of female adolescence. A New York Times bestseller and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.


PS – Don’t forget we’re giving away $500 to the bookstore of your choice! Enter here by June 21st!

Here’s this week’s trivia question: In Percy Jackson & the Olympians, what is the Greek name for Percy’s pen/sword?

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

a visit from the goon squadJennifer Egan is working on a companion book to Visit From the Goon Squad.

Morgan Parker has sold a YA novel.

Random House Children’s to publish book by Parkland students.

Idris Elba to star in and direct The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Netflix.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries set for a movie adaptation.

HBO’s Watchmen pilot casts Regina King, Don Johnson, four more.

The Vampire Diaries is getting a spinoff show.

The Hate U Give movie has a release date!

George R.R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon to become an animated film.

the house of the spiritsThere’s a new adaptation of The House of Spirits in the works. (Won’t be hard to beat the first one imo.)

John Malkovich to play Hercule Poirot in The ABC Murders.

Netflix lands Dee Rees’ political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted, based on the book by Joan Didion.

Lisbeth Salander to return in new comic book series.

The Firefly crew returns in a brand new book series.

The Baby-Sitters Club series being shopped for a TV adaptation.

There is a new Sarah Gailey novella on the way!

And a new book from Zan Romanoff!

Felicity Huffman acquired the rights to The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats, the 2009 novel by Hesh Kestin.

Cover Reveals

The cover to Michelle Obama’s memoir has been revealed! (Crown, November 13)

Here’s the first look at Spin, a thriller about hip hop and death, on the way from Lamar Giles. (Scholastic Press, January 29, 2019)

Mackenzi Lee shared the epigraph for A Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.

Sneak Peeks

down a dark hallHere’s the first look at Down a Dark Hall, (loosely) based on the novel by Lois Duncan.

And here’s the full trailer for Mowgli, the live-action version of The Jungle Book directed by Golem Andy Serkis.

Here’s the first trailer for Christopher Robin, about a grown-up CR in need of help from his old friends Pooh and the gang.

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

Loved, loved, loved:

the dreamersThe Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (Random House, January 15, 2019)

We’re only half way through 2018 but I’m pretty sure I’ve already read my favorite book of 2019. Set in a small college town, The Dreamers is a gorgeously heartbreaking story about a wildly contagious illness that causes people to fall asleep and not wake up. Its origins are unknown and as scientists work to figure out the mystery and find a cure, the town around them falls apart. This book put me in a trance and wrapped itself around my brain. It is so beautifully written. I was a huge fan of KTW’s first book, The Age of Miracles, and I loved this one even more!

Excited to read:

my brother's husband volume 2My Brother’s Husband, Volume 2 by Gengoroh Tagame (Pantheon Graphic Novels, September 18)

In the first volume, we learn about Yaichi a single dad living with his daughter, Kana, in Tokyo. When Yaichi’s estranged twin brother Ryoji dies, Ryoji’s husband, Mike, comes to visit them. As Kana endlessly questions “Uncle Mike” about his life in Canada and the details of his marriage to an uncle she never met, Yaichi slowly comes to realize what caused the rift between him and his brother, and how having Mike around is helping them both to heal. It is an incredibly charming book that I highly recommend you read before the second one comes out! As for me, I was delighted to learn about a second volume and I cannot wait to read it!

What I’m reading this week.

baby teethBaby Teeth by Zoje Stage

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Beloved Poison by E.S. Thomson

The Day the Sun Died by Yan Lianke

An Easy Death by Charlene Harris

Non-book-related recommendation.

OMG ARE YOU WATCHING KILLING EVE???? Two words: Sandra Oh. The season finale was last night, so you can binge the whole thing now, start to finish. Get on it. (Er, unless excessive violence and bloodshed is not your thing, then maybe skip it. That’s cool, too.)

And this is funny.

Here’s Mark Oshiro with a little funny/scary wordplay based on his wonderful new novel Anger is a Gift.

Trivia answer: Anaklusmos (or Riptide) 

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Elisabeth Moss is Going To Play Shirley Jackson, and More Book Radar!

Helloooooooooo! Welcome to another week filled with books and…well, books, because let’s be honest, what else do you need, right? I have a ton of exciting book-related news for you today. I hope everything in your world is marvelous and you’re reading something wonderful. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty

PS – Don’t forget we’re giving away $500 to the bookstore of your choice! Enter here by June 21st!


Sponsored by The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Magicians are pitted against one another to make the next big discovery in Charlie N. Holmberg’s fascinating new read in The Paper Magician series.

Alvie Brechenmacher came to London to study under world-renowned magician Marion Praff. Little did she know she would make a discovery that could change the world of magic forever. Now a rival is after the plans, and in the high-stakes world of magical discovery, not everyone plays fair . . .

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Charlie N. Holmberg returns to the enchanting world of The Paper Magician.


Here’s this week’s trivia question: What famous author drowned after his boat sank and was later cremated on a beach in Italy?

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

ms marvelRiz Ahmed and Mindy Kaling want to write a Ms. Marvel movie together.

There’s a documentary about Ursula K. Le Guin on the way.

Kristen Stewart is adapting Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Chronology of Water.

Sharp Objects gets a premiere date.

Beastie Boys announce massive 600-page book.

Clifford the Big Red Dog returning to TV in 2019.

Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg to star in a Shirley Jackson thriller.

Queer Eye fashion expert Tan France to publish memoir.

Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio are talking about reteaming for a Ulysses S. Grant biopic, based on the book by Ron Chernow.

Stephen King & Joe Hill’s In the Tall Grass to become a film at Neflix.

Sarah J. Maas to release her first adult fantasy series.

Cover Reveals

Fest your eyes on Sangu Mandanna’s young adult novel, A Spark of White Fire. (Sky Pony Press, September 4)

Here’s the first peek at Tear Me Apart, a new thriller by J.T. Ellison! (MIRA, August 28)

Scholastic rolled out a preview of the new edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. (Scholastic, October 9)

And here’s the new Marissa Meyer’s book, Archenemies, the sequel to Renegades. (Feiwel& Friends, November 6)

Sneak Peeks

the passageHere’s the full trailer for The Passage, based on the trilogy by Justin Cronin.

SyFy released the trailers for Nightflyers and Deadly Class.

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

how to love a jamaicanHow to Love a Jamaican: Stories by Alexia Arthurs (Ballentine Books, July 24)

The hot short story collection of July! Featuring vibrant, poignant stories about Jamaican immigrants and their families back home, full of love, identity, resentment, and ghosts. This debut has already had its praises sung by Zadie Smith, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Carmen Maria Machado, Naomi Jackson and more!

the mere wifeThe Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley (MCD, July 17)

A modern retelling of the literary classic Beowulf, set is suburbia. Willa leads a privileged life in a gated community with her husband and her son, Dylan. Dana is a war veteran living in a cave outside town with her son, Gren. When Gren escapes his home and runs off with Dylan, the women living in two very different worlds meet. This is wildly inventive!

What I’m reading this week.

cover image: young black woman wearing sunglasses and a tan scarf wrap around hair.My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Dodging and Burning: A Mystery by John Copenhaver

Riddance: Or: The Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers & Hearing-Mouth Children by Shelley Jackson

Useful Phrases for Immigrants by May-lee Chai

Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge by Becky Aikman

Non-book-related recommendation.

If you listen to All the Books, you know that I have a Red Bull addiction, which is bad, because it is terrible for you. I gave it up in January, and have since been drinking tea (yuck) for my caffeine. But last week, I bought a Hi-Ball Organic Energy Drink at the health food store. IT WAS DELICIOUS. I had the Blood Orange, and it tasted like a mimosa without the buzz but with the BZZZZZZZZ! I have found my new caffeine god.

And this is funny.

One of the cutest/most mortifying bookseller misunderstandings ever.

Trivia answer: Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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Tomi Adeyemi’s Follow-Up to CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE and More Book Radar!

Welcome to the beginning of another week that is filled with bookish possibility! Today I have a ton of exciting book-related news for you. I hope everything in your world is marvelous and you’re reading something wonderful. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty

Here’s this week’s trivia question: What popular character first appeared as the protagonist of an 1883 children’s novel by Italian author Carlo Collodi?


Sponsored by Vault Comics

NYT best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson and TV writer-producer Steven L. Sears collaborate with artist Mike Ratera to bring to life this sci-fi story about space exploration, aliens, and war. Joe Human is taken to a harsh P.O.W. camp on a distant planet where he will be examined, tortured, and forced to endure experiments that rip into his very mind, as the alien Krael seek to answer the question: What is human? At 192 pages, this full-length hardback graphic novel also offers an original novella written by Anderson and Sears with art by Nathan Gooden.


Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

dietlandAMC greenlights Dietland companion talk show hosted by Aisha Tyler.

Sherlock Holmes 3 coming to theaters Christmas of 2020.

Justina Ireland is writing a Star Wars book!

Fox will be home to The Passage, starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar. 

How To Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran to be a feature film.

Tomi Adeyemi announced the title and release date of the second Legacy of Orisha book!

Kate Walsh has joined The Umbrella Academy cast.

There’s going to be a new Friday Night Lights film.

Hulu has ordered a limited series based on John Green’s Looking for Alaska.

Here’s all the latest news on the Captain Marvel movie.

Corbin Bernsen and Annette O’Toole join Marvel’s The Punisher At Netflix.

little womenVanity Fair takes a look at the new Little Women adaptation.

Film rights have sold to The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan, a thriller due out July 3 in the US.

Chelsea Clinton to publish children’s book for young activists, Start Now!

Cover Reveals

Jacqueline Woodson revealed the cover and an excerpt of Harbor Me. (Nancy Paulsen Books, August 28)

And here’s the gorgeous cover of Roshani Chokshi’s new series, The Gilded Wolves. (Wednesday Books, January 15, 2019)

And the cover for Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok Banker is so beautiful. (John Joseph Adams, May 7, 2019)

All today’s covers are so gorgeous! Here’s the first peek at Unholy Lands by Lavie Tidhar. (Tachyon Publications, October 16)

Sneak Peeks

deadpool 2 posterHere’s the most recent trailer for Deadpool 2 (featuring David Beckham).

Deborah Harkness revealed the first images of the Bishop/Mather family from the Discovery of Witches adaptation.

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

a blade so blackA Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney (Imprint, September 25)

This is a badass retelling of Alice in Wonderland set in Atlanta, where Alice is a warrior who fights monsters in the dream world of Wonderland. When her mentor is poisoned, she must travel deep into the heart of Wonderland for the antidote, but can she retrieve it before she loses her head? I thought I was tired of Alice retellings but this one changed my mind. It’s awesome.

bad man by dathan auerbachBad Man by Dathan Auerbach (Doubleday, August 7)

Five years after Ben’s little brother Eric disappeared, Ben gets a job working in the grocery store where Eric was last seen. Right away, he can tell there is something wrong with the store, and after wondering all this time what happened to Eric, Ben is quite certain he’s going to be sorry to learn the answer. I read this at bedtime because I’m a masochist, apparently. If you enjoy being creeped out, mark this one down now!

What I’m reading this week.

furybornFuryborn by Claire Legrand

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

Blood Highway by Gina Wohlsdorf

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

Non-book-related recommendation.

These two wrap-ups about the Met Gala by authors Genevieve Valentine and Patricia Lockwood (and her mom) are the funniest things you’ll read this week.

And this is funny.

Have you seen Alistair, Colin Dickey’s dog? He is the cutest.

Trivia answer: Pinocchio.

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THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE is Hitting the Big Screen and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday, readers! I enjoyed a lovely vacation and read a ton of great books that I will be sharing all over Book Riot and the internet in the coming months. But I am also happy to be back! Today I have a bunch of fabulous book-related news for you. I hope everything in your world is marvelous and you’re reading something wonderful. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


Sponsored by Endling #1: The Last by Katherine Applegate, the bestselling author of The One and Only Ivan!

Byx is the youngest member of her dairne pack, a rare doglike species. Rumored to have remarkable abilities, dairnes have been hunted to near-extinction in the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra. When her pack is lured into a trap and wiped out, it seems Byx may be the last of her species: an endling.

As Byx sets out on a quest to find a safe haven—and perhaps even another of her kind—she meets new allies, who each have their own motivations for joining her. They begin as strangers and grow to be their own kind of family, and together they will uncover a secret that will threaten the existence of not just the dairnes, but every other creature in their world.


P.S. Don’t forget that Book Riot is giving away 15 of the year’s best mysteries so far! Enter to win here.

Here’s this week’s trivia question: What classic novel features the villainous Cathy Ames?

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

scary storiesGuillermo del Toro is making a film of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark!

Reese Witherspoon announced her first book: Whiskey in a Teacup.

Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 3 is going to happen.

Cherie Dimaline’s award-winning novel, The Marrow Thieves, is coming to the small screen.

Series based on The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is in the works.

Hulu has renewed The Handmaid’s Tale for a third season.

Octavia Spencer is turning Are You Sleeping? into a series (which is being produced by Reese Witherspoon.)

Yesssssssss: Lydia Millet’s Sweet Lamb of Heaven is going to be a film.

the gentleman's guideAnd so is Mackenzi Lee’s Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue!

Sony Pictures Television acquires Wattpad story Death Is My BFF.

Jenny Slate, Alex Sharp, Zach Galifianakis, Gillian Anderson to star in the adaptation of Rebecca Dinerstein’s The Sunlit Night.

Jasper Fforde announced a new book: Early Riser.

Hold on to your Achilles tendons: John Lithgow has joined the Pet Sematary remake.

Roomies by Christina Lauren in getting a big screen adaptation.

Cover Reveals

Alyssa Cole shared the cover for An Unconditional Freedom, the last book in the Loyal League series. (Kensington, February 26, 2019)

Leigh Bardugo revealed the cover for King of Scars! (Imprint, January 29, 2019)

Josiah Bancroft shared the cover for The Hod King. (Orbit, December 4)

Check out the gorgeous hardcover editions of the Binti trilogy! (Tor.com, July 24)

Happily Ever After has the cover reveal of Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers. (HMH Books for Young Readers, February 5, 2019)

Here’s the first look at Sarah Pinsker’s collection Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea. (Small Beer Press, March 2019)

And The Mary Sue debuted the cover of In An Absent Dream, the fourth book in Seanan McGuire’s Hugo and Nebula Award-winning series The Wayward Children. (Tor.com, January 8, 2019)

Sneak Peeks

a simple favorHere’s the first trailer for A Simple Favor, based on the novel by Darcey Bell.

Here’s the first look at Strange Angel, about rocket scientist and occultist Jack Parsons, and loosely based on the book by George Pendle.

Here’s the new trailer for Ant Man and The Wasp.

Here’s a peek at Kiernan Shipka at Sabrina, from the upcoming Netflix series.

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

clock danceClock Dance by Anne Tyler (Knopf, July 10)

A new Anne Tyler novel is a thing I live for. I find reading her to be like being enveloped in a warm, fuzzy blanket. Her writing is so lovely and calming. This new novel is about a older woman, who has lived a relatively safe and uneventful life, who makes an impulsive decision to fly across the country, based on an unexpected phone call from a stranger.

a thousand beginnings and endingsA Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman

Fifteen wonderful stories reimagining the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia, written by such amazing authors as Renée Ahdieh, Sona Charaipotra, Preeti Chhibber, Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Cindy Pon, and Alyssa Wong. This beauty was compiled by the team behind We Need Diverse Books.

What I’m reading this week.

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Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach

This Body’s Not Big Enough for the Both of Us by Edgar Cantero

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung

The Wicked King by Holly Black

Non-book-related recommendation.

Two words: Collateral is worth watching for Carey Mulligan’s performance alone. Her acting is jaw-dropping.

And this is funny.

Author Sam Sykes has made up his own titles for some seriously dark episodes of Friends.

Trivia answer: East of Eden by John Steinbeck.