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Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan Will Star in JUST MERCY and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday! I am happy to slide into your email once again with a newsletter bursting with bookish news! It’s so much fun to compile this each week. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty

PS – Don’t forget we’re giving away 16 of the great books mentioned on the Recommended podcast! Enter here by August 31st for a chance to win.


Sponsored by Nobody Real by Steven Camden, published by HarperCollins

For years, Marcie has been hitching a ride on the train of her best friend Cara’s life. Now there’s only one more summer until they’re off to college as planned. But Marcie has a secret, and time is running out for her to decide what she really wants. Thor was also Marcie’s friend—before she cast him out—and time is running out for him too. But Thor is not real. And that’s a real problem. This is the story of a teenage girl and the return of her imaginary friend, and we guarantee you’ve never read anything like it.


Here’s this week’s trivia question: Who was the first Chinese writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature? (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

pachinkoApple has optioned Pachinko by Min Jin Lee!

Rebecca Hall will direct Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga in an adaptation of Nell Larsen’s Passing.

Actor Thomas Lennon is writing a middle grade series.

Navajo artist creates Native superheroes for new comic book.

Ijeoma Oluo will appear in a film, Thin Skin, based on the play I’m Fine Now by Ahamefule Oluo.

Elizabeth Acevedo will return in May 2019 with With the Fire on High.

Michael Chabon is a producer on the newly announced Captain Picard Star Trek series.

AMC is developing an animated show based on Ken Liu’s short stories.

Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan has a drama series in development at Amazon.

And a Slaughterhouse-Five series is in development at Epix.

Patrick Wilson will star in Netflix’s adaptation of the Stephen King/Joe Hill novella In The Tall Grass.

just mercy coverBrie Larson to co-star with Michael B. Jordan in Just Mercy.

Akwaeke Emezi will publish her next two books with Riverhead.

Ruby Rose cast as Batwoman in the CW’s DC crossover and potential series.

Idris Elba joins the adaptation of Ghetto Cowboy, which is based on the novel by Greg Neri.

Tor announced three new novels from Annalee Newitz.

The hosts of My Favorite Murder are writing a book!

Lamar Giles teased some great news.

New Wheel of Time novella coming in 2019.

Cover Reveals

Sona Charaipotra announced Symptoms of a Heartbreak. (Imprint, May 21, 2019)

Justin Timberlake revealed the cover of his upcoming book, Hindsight: & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me. (Harper Design, October 30)

Here’s the first look at Sea Monsters by Chloe Aridjis. (Catapult, February 5, 2019)

Some of Dan Brown’s books are getting a makeover. They’ll be available August 21.

Sneak Peeks

bel canto posterSee the first trailer for Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, starring Julianne Moore.

Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson reunite for King Lear.

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 proposalThe Proposal by Jasmine Guillory (Berkley, October 30)

The author of The Wedding Date has done it again! This time, she perfectly captures the age of internet outrage. When Nikole’s boyfriend of five months proposes to her onscreen at a Dodgers game, she says no. He didn’t even spell her name right! But the fans are mad on his behalf, and soon the internet piles on the criticism. Luckily, Nikole meets a handsome stranger named Carlos, and he’s helping take the sting out of the outrage.

Excited to read:

miracle submarineMiracle Submarine: A Novel by Angie Kim (Sarah Crichton Books, April 16, 2019)

I saw this cover go by on Instagram and I knew I needed to read it, before I even knew what it was about! THEN I READ THE DESCRIPTION. It’s about a couple who find themselves embroiled in a murder trial after their experimental medical treatment device kills two people. This is being compared to Everything I Never Told You and Defending Jacob! YES PLEASE.

What I’m reading this week.

whiskey when we're dryWhiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison

Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Magical Negro by Morgan Parker

The River by Peter Heller

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty

And this is funny.

Bilbo Trash Panda.

Trivia answer: Gao Xingjian.

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The Kiss Quotient Is Getting A Screen Adaptation, and More Book Radar!

Hello, book dragons, and welcome to August! The prospect of all the reading ahead of us is exciting. I hope to knock a bunch of books off my TBR, and I hope you get to do the same. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


Sponsored by Penguin TeenPenguin Teen

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric. But when Caledonia’s best friend barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women have worked for?


PS – Don’t forget we’re giving away 16 of the great books mentioned on the Recommended podcast! Enter here by August 31st for a chance to win.

Here’s this week’s trivia question: “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread” – who wrote this quote? (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan GlaserALL THE MUPPET ARMS: Amy Poehler is adapting The Vanderbeekers of 141 Street by BR contributor Karina Yan Glaser!

The Kiss Quotient is getting an adaptation!

The Expatriates, based on Janice Y.K. Lee’s book, will be a series with Nicole Kidman as an executive producer.

Aidy Bryant’s Shrill series, based on the Lindy West memoir, was picked up by Hulu. (It will also star Luka Jones, the very talented brother of BR contributor Wallace Yovetich!)

There will be a graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler‘s Parable of the Sower. And one of Lois Lowry’s The Giver too.

Sandhya Menon revealed the title to the When Dimple Met Rishi sequel.

Steven Moffat is adapting The Time Traveler’s Wife for HBO.

Priyanka Chopra in talks to join Cowboy Ninja Viking.

Holy cats, er, dogs! Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas will get a three million copy first printing.

prince of catsLakeith Stanfield will star in an adaptation of Prince of Cats.

Hillary Clinton, Steven Spielberg bringing women’s voting drama to TV.

Netflix buys Andy Serkis’ Animal Farm adaptation.

The Queer Eye Fab 5 will release a book together.

Cover Reveals

Here’s the first look at the title of the fifth book in Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. (HarperCollins, April 2, 2019)

Here’s the first peek at Tessa Gratton’s follow-up to The Queens of Innis Lear. (Tor Books, April 30, 2019)

Sneak Peeks

if beale street could talkHere’s the first trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk, adapted from the novel by James Baldwin.

Here’s the first full trailer for A Discovery of Witches.

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

This is every bit as fun and sassy as The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue! This time, Monty’s sister Felicity is the star. She is hoping to convince a doctor to help her get into medical school, which is currently for men only. A mysterious young woman tells her she can help with this plan. But then everything goes awry.

Excited to read:

as long as we both shall liveAs Long as We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Cheney

If you listen to All the Books, you know how much I loved Cheney’s seriously creepy thriller What You Don’t Know. This one is about a marriage gone wrong, and a husband who may be a killer. I can’t wait!

What I’m reading this week.

the proposalThe Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

The Wildlands by Abby Geni

Let Me Be Like Water by S.K. Perry

Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama

Nothing Good Can Come from This: Essays by Kristi Coulter

Non-book-related recommendation.

Because I spend so much time with my nose in a book, I am often late to the party on other media. Including Over the Garden Wall. It’s an animated 10-episode series from 2014 about two brothers lost in the woods. It’s streaming on Hulu right now, and I highly recommend it. It’s only 110 minutes total. I have watched it at least 20 times all the way through since learning about it last week. I may never watch anything else. I love it so.

And this is funny.

I may have snort-laughed.

Trivia answer: Alexander Pope.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Making a Series About Bob Fosse and More Book Radar!

It’s the beginning of another week and you know what that means: reading, full steam ahead! I had the privilege of attending an event with Rebecca Makkai last week. Her new novel, The Great Believers, is easily one of the best books of the year. I thought I’d mention it, in case you were looking to read a beautiful heart punch. Me, I can’t read enough of ’em! Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty

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!


Sponsored by Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley.

It’s late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.


Here’s this week’s trivia question: What bestselling book contains only 50 unique words?(Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

a gentleman's murderA Gentleman’s Murder by Christopher Huang is going to be a series. (The book is out tomorrow!)

Roxane Gay let it drop on Twitter that she is writing an advice book and also has a new comic project.

G. Willow Wilson has a new book coming in 2019!

The Shirley Jackson story, The Lottery, will be a film. (Pleeeeeease let it be called For Those About to Rock.)

This week in Stephen King adaptations: From a Buick 8.

There’s a book on the way from the March for Our Lives founders.

Edgar Ramirez in talks with Netflix to adapt the graphic novel The Last Days of American Crime.

Netflix is also adapting the graphic novel Daybreak.

fosse biography coverLin-Manuel Miranda, Michelle Williams, Sam Rockwell team for series about Bob Fosse.

And in more LMM news, he will be in the adaptation of His Dark Materials. And a filmed performance of Hamilton is headed to the big screen.

The series based on Altered Carbon has been renewed for a second season, this time with Anthony Mackie.

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella to become a feature film.

Marie Lu weighed in on new Legends adaptation news.

Tiffany D. Jackson announced a new book for 2019.

White Tears by Hari Kunzru is going to be a limited series!

The Ray Bradbury estate inked a deal to make all the things.

daisy jones and the sixReese Witherspoon snagged the rights to the new Taylor Jenkins Reid book Daisy Jones & The Six.

And Nicole Kidman grabbed the rights to the new Liane Moriarty novel Nine Perfect Strangers.

Several cast members have been announced for the adaptation of Megan Abbott’s Dare Me.

Regina King discussed the Watchmen remake.

Veronica Roth is writing a novel for adults.

Julianna Margulies to star in The Hot Zone series about Ebola outbreak.

Cover Reveals

Here’s the first look at Sally Thorne’s 99 Percent Mine. (William Morrow, January 29, 2019)

And Valerie Jarrett shared the cover of her forthcoming memoir Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward. (Viking, April 2, 2019)

And here’s the first peek at I’m Telling the Truth But I’m Lying: Essays by Bassey Ikpi. (HarperCollins, February 19, 2019)

Sneak Peeks

to all the boys i've loved beforeJenny Han shared the first full trailer for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Angie Thomas shared the official poster for The Hate U Give.

Here’s the trailer for Far From the Tree, a documentary based on the book by Andrew Solomon.

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:

little by edward careyLittle by Edward Carey (Riverhead Books, October 23)

I have been a big fan of Carey’s for some time now. And with good reason! This is a tremendously ambitious tale about an orphan in Revolutionary Paris, who grows up to become Madame Tussaud (of wax museum fame.) It is an unusual, endearing delight!

Excited to read:

dig by as kingDig by A.S. King (Dutton Books for Young Readers, March 26, 2019)

I am so excited about this because I am a HUGE fan of King! (If you’ve ever seen my book bathtub photo, that’s one of her books that I’m reading.) She is so smart and compassionate, and I wish she were in charge of everything.

 

What I’m reading this week.

a study in honorA Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell

America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

Spin by Lamar Giles

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

If Only by Jennifer Gilmore

And this is funny.

This kid gets it.

Trivia answer: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.

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N.K. Jemisin Has a Collection Coming This Fall and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday, readers! San Diego Comic Con was this past week, which means there’s always some great book-adjacent news, which I have included below. I hope your summer is going swimmingly and you have tons of fabulous stuff to read. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


Sponsored by Alfred A. Knopf, publisher of Cherry by Nico Walker.

Hammered out on a typewriter, Cherry is a breakneck-paced debut novel about love, war, bank robberies, and heroin.

Cleveland, 2003. A young man falls hard in love and gets married—just before flunking out of school and joining the Army. But he’s unprepared for the grisly reality that awaits him as an Army medic. When he returns from Iraq, his PTSD is profound, and the drugs on the street have changed. Hooked on heroin, desperate for a normal life, and running low on cash, he turns to the one thing he thinks he could be really good at—robbing banks.


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: In 1950, the first drive-through windows were established for book returns in what city? (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

a suited, helmeted figure stands in a field surround by tall trees, with planetary rings showing in the skyMOAR MURDERBOT! Martha Wells is writing a novel.

N.K. Jemisin has a short story collection coming in the fall!

Amber Tamblyn joins the cast of Y: The Last Man.

Lin-Manuel Miranda announced Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You, a joint project with Jonny Sun.

In news surprising to no one, Andy Weir’s Artemis will be a film.

There’s going to be a podcast based on Sadie by Courtney Summers.

They Called Us Enemy, a graphic novel memoir of George Takei’s childhood in American internment camps, is coming this summer.

Nnedi Okorafor is writing a comic about Black Panther’s Sister Shuri.

good omensTypecasting: Frances McDormand will play God in Good Omens.

Seanan McGuire is writing Spider Gwen.

Shonda Rimes is doing a series for Netflix based on books by Julia Quinn. (And seven other series!)

Becky Chambers is writing a pair of novellas.

Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles in the works at Hulu.

Netflix is planning a bunch of stuff with Mark Millar.

Batwoman series in development at CW.

Cover Reveals

Here’s the first look at A Deadly Divide, the fifth book in the Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak series by Ausma Zehanat Khan. (Minotaur Books, February 12, 2019)

And the cover for Justina Ireland’s Lando book was revealed at the SDCC. (Disney Lucasfilm Press, October 2)

Here’s the cover of Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken. (I AM SO EXCITED.) (Ecco, February 5, 2019)

Megan Whalen Turner revealed the cover for Return of the Thief, the final installment in the Queen’s Thief series. (Greenwillow Books, March 19, 2019)

Dutton revealed Phoebe Robinson’s new memoir, Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay.

Sneak Peeks

boy erased posterHere’s the first trailer for Boy, Erased, based on the memoir by Garrard Conley.

The trailer for Titans was released at the SDCC.

And so was the trailer for Aquaman.

And also the first peek at Wonder Woman 1984.

Annnnnd also the new trailer for Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald.

Here’s a peek behind the scenes as they make Good Omens.

And the first full trailer for George R. R. Martin’s Nightflyers.

And here’s a (partial) first look at the cast of Umbrella Academy, coming to Netflix in 2019.

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:

wild milk coverWild Milk by Sabrina Orah Mark (Dorothy a Publishing Project, October 1)

I read this over the weekend during the 24-in-48 readathon, and loved it. It’s a tiny book of unusual short stories. (I loved a weird book – go figure!) It’s perfect for fans of George Saunders. And I love everything Dorothy a Publishing Project releases.

Excited to read:

question markThe True Queen (A Sorcerer to the Crown Novel) by Zen Cho (Ace, March 12, 2019)

There isn’t a cover image yet for this one, but I was THRILLED to hear that the second book has been announced! (And curious that it’s paperback when the first one was in hardcover first.) To celebrate, go read Sorcerer to the Crown right now, even if you’ve already read it.

What I’m reading this week.

mirage coverMirage: A Novel by Somaiya Daud

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival by Jabari Asim

Dream Country by Shannon Gibney

JELL-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom

And this is funny.

I laugh every. single. time. (NSFW for curse word in the accompanying comment.)

Trivia answer: Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Trevor Noah’s Follow-up to BORN A CRIME, and More Book Radar!

Another Monday is upon us readers! I have been spending my summer eating tacos, reading books, and watching Rick and Morty and Gravity Falls over and over. This may be my best summer yet. I hope you are all enjoying the season as well and have tons of fabulous stuff to read. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


Sponsored by: Wicked Cow

Everyone thinks Lulu is a bulldog, but she knows that can’t be true, because Lulu is a Rhinoceros—that is what she sees staring back at her when she looks in the mirror. But sometimes, being yourself can be a difficult road to walk. And just when all hope seems lost, Lulu finds a small friend that makes a big difference in her life when she realizes that the courage to be herself has been inside of her all along.


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: In 1948, James Baldwin left the United States and moved to what country? (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

y the last manDiane Lane to star in FX drama pilot based on Y: The Last Man.

Pose star Indya Moore is set to star in a modern retelling of Frankenstein called Magic Hour.

The fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series by “Robert Galbraith” has been announced.

PBS Masterpiece will adapt Jane Austen’s unfinished novel Sanditon.

Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge will be a film.

Actor Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock) is writing his first book and it’s about a gay Indian-American teen growing up in Indiana!

After a long ten years, we’re getting new Umbrella Academy! (ASFKLAFJKKL!)

Karin Slaughter’s forthcoming novel, Pieces of Her, will be a television show.

three wishesAnd Liane Moriarty’s Three Wishes is also getting the television treatment.

Anya Taylor-Joy will star in the film adaptation of Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat.

Netflix to adapt The Letter For The King, the classic Dutch novel.

I have nothing to link to but I wanted to share: I just learned that Alexis Coe is writing a biography about George Washington and it’s called You Never Forget Your First. LOLOLOLOLOL!

Cover Reveals

Here’s the first look at Storm of Locusts, the follow-up to Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse! (Saga Press, April 23, 2019)

Here’s the cover of Jeff Zentner’s third book, Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee. (Crown Books for Young Readers, February 26, 2019)

Sophie Hannah revealed the US and UK covers of her upcoming nonfiction book, How to Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment―The Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life. (Scribner, January 1, 2019)

Here’s the first look at Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy. (jimmy patterson, March 5, 2019)

And the first peek at Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith. (HMH Books for Teens, March 5, 2019)

Sneak Peeks

the bookshop movie posterCheck out the trailer for The Bookshop, the film adaptation of the novel by Penelope Fitzgerald.

Here’s the trailer for Season 6 of Orange is the New Black. (How is it 6 already??!)

And here’s the trailer for Colette, with Keira Knightley in the title role.

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: a bunch of polaroid photos put together to show a woman's face zoomed in to her eye, nose, and mouthPieces of Her by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow, August 21, 2018)

I can’t believe I didn’t start reading Slaughter until just last year. She is EXCELLENT at what she does and I am such a big fan now. This one is excellent, about a daughter who learns a secret about her mother’s previous identity. The rights have already been swooped up, so yay adaptation! Also does anyone else see Fairuza Balk when they look at the cover? No? Just me then?

Excited to read:

untitled trevor noahUntitled by Trevor Noah (Spiegel & Grau, May 7, 2019)

The announcement of a new memoir from Noah, the host of The Daily Show, is so new it doesn’t even have a title or a cover yet! I hope it picks up where Born a Crime left off, because I’d love to hear him tell the story of how he became famous.

What I’m reading this week.

hullmetal girlsHullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

A Room Away From the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma

Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

The Exene Chronicles by Camille A. Collins

Non-book-related recommendation.

I wish I could take you all for tacos at Barrio in Portsmouth, because they are all I want to eat for every meal now. They have been open for two weeks and I have already had been six times. Cleveland, you have five Barrio locations in your city. The rest of you, I’m sorry. But they are so good, I had to mention it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

And this is funny.

Punnnnnnnnnnnnny.

Trivia answer: France.

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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


Sponsored by: Wicked Cow

Everyone thinks Lulu is a bulldog, but she knows that can’t be true, because Lulu is a Rhinoceros—that is what she sees staring back at her when she looks in the mirror. But sometimes, being yourself can be a difficult road to walk. And just when all hope seems lost, Lulu finds a small friend that makes a big difference in her life when she realizes that the courage to be herself has been inside of her all along.


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.