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Drew Barrymore Slams Razzies for Nominating 12 Year-Old Firestarter Reboot Actor

Drew Barrymore, who starred int he original 1984 film adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter, is speaking out against the Razzie Awards for nominating Ryan Kiera Armstrong, the 12-year-old star of last year’s Firestarter reboot. The Razzie awards initially nominated the child star in the category of “worst actress,” but after receiving criticism for the nomination, the awards ceremony eventually retracted the nomination and issued an apology. Barrymore told CBS Mornings, “[Armstrong] is younger and it is bullying. We do want to be cautious about how we speak to or about people because it encourages other people to join in on that bandwagon. I’m glad to see people didn’t jump on the ‘let’s make fun of her’ wave and instead said, ‘This isn’t right.’”

TikTok Star Who Was Functionally Illiterate Finds Community on BookTok

TikTok star Oliver James, who was functionally illiterate, is finding a sense of community through BookTok. “I’ve had dreams of being more than I was showing myself. I always wanted to be a motivational speaker,” James told NPR. “And I knew what I could do if I could read. And I was like, ‘If I learn how to read, no one can tell me I can’t be a speaker.'” James is now sharing his journey with over 120k followers on BookTok.

Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni to Star in It Ends with Us Movie

Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni have been cast as Lily Bloom and Ryle Kincaid in the upcoming film adaptation of Coleen Hoover’s bestselling novel It Ends with Us. Hoover shared the casting announcement in a TikTok video. “Our Lily is going to be played by Blake Lively,” Hoover said in the video. “Blake Lively, y’all. She’s my dream Lily. And then when I first met Justin Baldoni, who is directing the film for It Ends With Us, I immediately wanted him to be Ryle.”

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Kissing Books

So Long January…

Hello and welcome (back) to the Kissing Books newsletter. I’m PN Hinton, here to give you the rundown on the world of romance including new releases, recommendations, and other entertaining ways to pass your time.

It’s the last Monday of January 2023 y’all and…wow. I can’t believe the first month of the new year is already almost over. Overall, I would say it was a mixed bag. Naturally, I don’t love periods of all the lows because no one really does. However, periods of all the highs also put me on edge. That is because being the person that I am, I’m left in a perpetual state of waiting for the other shoe to drop. When there’s a mix of things, I feel it helps the day-to-day feel easier and you learn to appreciate the small things more. Of course, February is also an emotionally conflicting month for me due to it being a mix of birthdays as well as death anniversaries; so, we’ll see how that all unfolds.

You know what else is in February? Palentine’s AND Valentine’s Day! If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the bookish friend or paramour in your life, look no further than Tailored Book recommendations. After a quick survey detailing their likes, dislikes, and reading goals, our professional book nerds, also known as Bibliologists, or Bibs for short, will get to work selecting books for them. TBR has plans for every budget. Surprise your bookish boo with Tailored Book Recommendations this Valentine’s and visit

Bookish Goods

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Sleep is Good But Books Are Better T-Shirt by CottonCanTee

The accuracy of this shirt resonates so much with me. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve stayed up late to finish a book and happily suffered the consequences of my actions the next day. This comes in 16 colors, multiple sizes, and prices start at $20.00. Plus, it has an owl, which is like one of the only birds that I actually like so that makes it a winner in my book.

New Releases

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Sorry Bro by Taleen Voskuni

Shortly after a break-up following a rejected proposal, Nareh’s mother guilts her into attending the Explore Armenia event, hoping she’ll meet a nice Armenian man. However, it is Erebuni who catches Nareh’s interest and the two grow close as they go through all the scheduled events together. As they spend more time together, Erebuni helps Nareh to see the beauty in everything she is. As the end of the event looms, Nareh digs deeply to find the courage to proudly embrace everything she is: Armenian, bisexual, and head over heels for Erebuni.

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Commanded by Night by Zelda Knight

When shifter zoologist Veronica Lycan’s partner discovers a rare blood-borne disease found only in shifters, she knows that the only person who can help them out is vampire heiress Jessica. The only snag there is Jessica is also Veronica’s ex and she’s not looking forward to that reintroduction, even though she knows it’s the only way to find a cure. Will Veronica be strong enough to avoid the temptation that is her ex or will she give into the craving she can’t deny?

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

We’re not even a full month into the new year and I’m already feeling like I’m slacking on my reading. I know, I know! It’s not a contest and even if it were one, my competition is me. I get that. But I also have a bad habit of starting multiple books at once and then getting distracted by other books and starting them, too. This is how I end up with five books on my “Currently Reading” shelf at one time.

Now, that can get tricky. Especially in situations where two of the books have characters with the same name. But more on that in Thursday’s recommendations. Regardless of outliers like that and feeling overwhelmed, I still enjoy it and am constantly adding more to TBR pile.

With that in mind, today’s recommendations are books that are follow-ups to ones I’ve read in the past and thoroughly enjoyed and hopefully will get to “soon.”

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Sabbatical by Katrina Jackson

Dr. Toni Ward is really looking forward to the summer break before her sabbatical year and turning everything university-related off in her brain. As the week before said season begins, she begins to notice that her colleague Mike was acting strangely around her and that she was finding herself becoming increasingly attracted to him. Over the summer, she discovers that Mike has just been waiting to show her he was so much more than the lovable cornball she previously knew him as, and that there may be a non-work related future in store for them.

First book: Office Hours

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The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon

Personal trainer Taylor needs a regular, well-paying gig that will allow her to pay all the bills that have been piling up around her. When former football player Jamar comes to her for training to help get back into the NFL, it seems like a golden opportunity. The only catch is that no one can know what they’re doing. So when they’re erroneously outed as a couple, they lean into those roles only to find out that fake dating only works if there are no real feelings hiding underneath.

First book: The Boyfriend Project

And that’s all for today. I’ll be back in your inboxes on Thursday with a fresh new edition. In the meantime, you can find me floating around on Twitter @Pscribe801. Until then, happy reading and stay hydrated.

What's Up in YA

Frothy History, Hitting the (Bookish) Gridiron, and More YA Book Talk: January 30, 2023

Hey YA Readers!

We’ve reached the last few days of the first month of the new year. I hope it is off to the start you want, and if it’s not, remember there are 11 more to look forward to. And, worse case scenario, we’ve always got books.

SPEAKING of a new month coming: are you looking for the perfect Valentine’s gift for your bookish boo? Consider gifting Book Riot’s Tailored Book Recommendations. Your val/gal/palentine will tell our professional booknerds about what they love and what they don’t, what they’re reading goals are, and what they need more of in their bookish life. Then, they sit back while our Bibliologists go to work selecting books just for them. TBR has plans for every budget. Surprise your bookish boo with Tailored Book Recommendations this Valentine’s and visit

Bookish Goods

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Just One More Chapter Magnetic Bookmark by EmilyCromwellDesigns

Thinking ahead to Valentine’s Day, how adorable is this bookmark? Two lil pups on a bicycle built for two…and two tons of books. Snag this lil gem for under $5.

New Releases

It might be a “quieter” week in new hardcover releases this week compared to the previous few but there are SO many great books this week in the YA world. I’m highlighting one I’ve read and one I’ve not yet read (& if you want to hear about another great one from me, I’m talking about The Black Queen + The Davenports on this week’s episode of All The Books, which drops tomorrow).

Want the full list of new books out this week? Dive on in!

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The Davenports by Krystal Marquis

If you want a frothy, delicious historical novel featuring an all-Black cast at the beginning of the 1900s in Chicago, do not look further. This book DELIVERS and then some.

Inspired by the very real Black entrepreneur CR Patterson, this book imagines what it would be like to be the daughters of a successful businessman at the time, and in addition to the two sisters’ voices, we get to know another daughter of wealth, as well as the assistant of the Davenport daughters. All of the girls have dreams and passions which fall outside of what is expected of them, and all four seem to be falling for people who are outside of their appropriate circles, too. So what happens when they seek to get what they want, rather than what’s expected of them?

This is the first in a proposed series but you can read it entirely as a stand alone…and know there might be more to come from these compelling and engaging characters.

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Promise Boys by Nick Brooks

This is the second of two powerhouse mysteries/thrillers by and about Black people hitting shelves today (the other is the one mentioned above, The Black Queen). If you want a book marrying The Hate U Give with One of Us Is Lying, dive in.

The Principal Moore Method is the standard by which the boys at Urban Promise Prep School are to subscribe. There are strict rules, meant to help turn boys into men and help boys of color to escape the fate of so many others in their communities.

J.B., Ramón, and Trey follow these rules, but when Principle Moore turns up dead, they are the prime suspects to the police. Now the three of them need to work together to clear their names and unearth the real killer.

For a more comprehensive list, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

I like sports books, even as someone who is not a big fan of actually watching many of them. Since we’re coming up on the next Superbowl, let’s take a look at a few great YA books with football at the core.

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Kneel by Candace Buford

Inspired by true events but wholly its own story, Buford’s novel follows Rus, who knows his only shot of getting out of his small town is through football. He’s a varsity tight end, working to get that scholarship that’ll give him a bright future.

But his best friend is arrested and kicked off the team for something he didn’t do, and Rus can’t stand for it. So he takes the knee during the national anthem and becomes the new target of hate throughout town.

He knows, though, if he doesn’t do it and doesn’t lead, then more kids like him and is best friend will be victims of an unjust system.

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Backfield Boys by John Feinstein

Feinstein is a sports journalist and has published several sports-themed mysteries for teen readers, particularly younger teen readers. In Backfield Boys, readers meet Tom and Jason, two football players with tremendous skills and promise. So when they are called back to an elite sports camp on scholarship and the coach decides to make Tom — who is Black — a receiver and Jason — who is white — the quarterback (a reversal of their actual skill sets), alarm bells sound for both of them.

Suspecting racial bias, the duo begin to compile the evidence that this decision needs to be rectified, putting their futures, their game, and their scholarships on the line for justice.

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Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler

Want a f/f football romance? Comin’ atcha.

When the high school football quarterback dies in a carwreck, he’s replaced by Jack Walsh. Jack, as in Jaclyn. Now the community is not only grieving, they’re raging about a female taking the key role on the team.

For Amber, cheer captain is her dream. But the only way she can achieve that is through hard work…and joining in the campaign to get Jack removed from her role as QB.

Problem: what if Amber and Jack are falling for one another?

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Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School by Steve Sheinkin

And, of course, one of the reasons I love sports books is the nonfiction about teams which have gone the distance despite the odds. In Sheinkin’s book, he explores the story of the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, often believed to be where the true sport of football emerged in 1907. The book looks at how two legends of the sport, Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner met there and helped create a powerhouse team with a population of students subjugated to violence and discrimination by the government (and, of course, many of their own neighbors).

A few more YA football books for your TBR include Game Change by Joseph Monninger, Sidelined by Kara Bietz, Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning, Cracking the Bell by Geoff Herbach, Seton Girls by Charllene Thomas, and the forthcoming nonfiction comic Colin Kaepernick: Change The Game.

As always, thanks for hanging out. We’ll see you on Thursday with your YA paperback releases and YA book news.

Until then, happy reading!

— Kelly Jensen

The Fright Stuff

Bloody Bloody Backlist: Terrifying 2016

Hey‌ ‌there‌ horror fans, ‌I’m‌ ‌Jessica‌ ‌Avery‌ ‌and‌ ‌I’ll‌ ‌be‌ ‌delivering‌ ‌your‌ ‌weekly‌ ‌brief‌ ‌of‌ ‌all‌ ‌that’s‌ ‌ghastly‌ ‌and‌ ‌grim‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌world‌ ‌of‌ ‌Horror.‌ ‌Whether‌ ‌you’re‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌backlist‌ ‌book‌ ‌that‌ ‌will‌ ‌give‌‌ you‌ ‌the‌ ‌willies,‌ ‌a‌ ‌terrifying‌ ‌new‌ ‌release,‌ ‌or‌ ‌the‌ ‌latest‌ ‌in‌ ‌horror‌ ‌community‌ ‌news,‌ ‌you’ll‌ ‌find‌ ‌it‌ ‌here‌ in‌ ‌The‌ ‌Fright‌ ‌Stuff.

Bloody Bloody Backlist is back again! This weeks’ selection is from the horror shelves of 2016, a year that both produced terrifying books and was a bit terrifying in its own right, all things considered. But hey, when the outside world is a mess, what better way to get by than with some good ‘ol horror to remind you that things could actually get worse!

Before we jump into just some of the fantastic horror books that prove at least something good came out of 2016, however, just a reminder: If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for either Palentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day this year, Book Riot offers a Tailored Book Recommendations service that you can gift to friends and family! TBR has plans for every budget, so if you’re interested click here for more information.

Okay! Let’s get creepy.

Bookish Goods

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Scary Book Lover Mug by FancifulCreationsCo

I have a rather serious mug collecting problem. I have… too many. More than one person could possibly need, really. Do I really need all those mugs? I suppose not. Do I continue to use the same two mugs despite all the mugs I own? Yes. But hey, what’s one more? Because this “I Read Scary Books” mug, with its delightfully creepy spiderweb design, is too fun to pass up. So go forth and spread the good word about scary books!


New Releases

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The Drift by C.J. Tudor

I’m a huge fan of cold weather horror and “the world might be ending” horror, so obviously I’m excited for CJ Tudor’s new book, The Drift, about three people who find themselves facing down a deadly threat in the midst of a violent snowstorm. Hannah is on the run from her boarding school when she ends up trapped in an upended coach in the midst of the storm along with a handful of other passengers. Meg wakes up in a cable car high above the storm with no idea how she ended up there, or why. Only that the car is heading for some place called “The Retreat.” And Carter lives in an abandoned ski chalet, working to manufacture the virus vaccines that he and his group trade for the supplies they need to survive. But their generator’s on its last legs, there’s a killer storm raging on outside, and something even more dangerous may be stalking the corridors of the chalet itself. Each of our three players is one part of the equation, and only together will their stories reveal the greater evil lurking in the background that might destroy the world as they know it.

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Vampire Weekend by Mike Chen

I am absolutely living for our current vampire revival. Please, give me all your vampire stories, the more the better. The vampires in Mike Chen’s new book, Vampire Weekend, aren’t your typical fangy folks, though. In fact, they didn’t get any of the fun perks. No batting out, no flying, no floating, no turning into a waft of smoke or haunting the dreams of your latest conquest. Just bags of donated blood and working the night shift. But Louise Chao makes the best of it, even if it’s lonely. She gave up her family years ago, literally leaving them behind as the years ticked by. Still, at least she’s got her passion for punk rock to keep her company. That is, until the night a teenage relative turns up on her doorstep. As nice as it is to finally feel a connection to someone else again, things take a turn for the complicated when Ian discovers what she really is and asks for a favor that Louise isn’t sure she can grant.

For a more comprehensive list, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

I mean, how could I even try to talk about 2016 and leave out what is, to this day, one of my favorite horror books. My Best Friends Exorcism was the first of Hendrix’s books that I read, and he has definitely become an instant-buy author for me in the years since. This book is gross, hilarious, nostalgic, and just fantastic. Abby and Gretchen are best friends, and have been since they were little kids. Until, that is, a strange acid-induced incident the summer before their junior year throws their friendship into jeopardy. No one really knows what happened to Gretchen that night in the woods, not even Abby. But when Gretchen’s behavior beings to change, becoming increasingly frightening and violent, Abby is forced to accept the one possible explanation that presents itself: Gretchen is possessed.

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Book one of Zoraida Córdovas’ Brooklyn Brujas series also came out in 2016! A bit horror, a bit fantasy, Labyrinth Lost is about a young bruja named Alex who hates magic, even though her immense abilities mean that she’s the most powerful witch of her generation. Determined to rid herself of her magic, Alex performs one final spell to banish her power forever. Something goes horribly wrong, and before Alex can end the spell, her whole family vanishes. The only person left standing when the dust settles is a brujo called Nova, who’s the last person she would trust to help her. But if Alex wants to fix her mistake and rescue her family from Los Lagos — the strange land to which she accidentally banished them — she has no choice but to follow Nova out of her world and into the dark in-between.

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Monstress, Vol 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu, Illustrated by Sana Takeda

I’m so glad to get to include a graphic novel pick this month! This last year has really given me a new appreciation for graphic novels. An alternative history story that merges horror and steampunk fantasy in a matriarchal 1900’s Asia, Monstress is one of those graphic novels that is as beautiful as it is captivatingly written. Sana Takeda’s art is breathtaking and I can’t wait to see more of it. Monstress is about a girl struggling through the midst of a war. The key to her survival may rest in the mysterious psychic connection she shares with a powerful monster. But only if together they can evade the forces that would use that connection against them.

As always, you can catch me on twitter at @JtheBookworm, where I try to keep up on all that’s new and frightening.

Book Radar

DAISY JONES AND THE SIX Releases Teaser and More Book Radar!

And just like that… it’s Monday again.

Hope you had a good weekend, book friends. Somehow, we’re at the end of January and it feels like it’s lasted a whole year while at the same time it feels like it zipped by. January is the weirdest time. Anyway, let’s make the last Book Radar of the month a good one. I’ve got quite a lot of book stuff to share with you today.

Book Deals and Reveals

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Are you as obsessed with this book cover as I am? Here’s the cover reveal of Kat Dunn’s Bitterthorn. You can pick up a copy of this one from Andersen Press on May 4.

Yes, I’ve got more cover reveals for you. Here’s the cover reveal of The Princess of Thornwood Drive by Khalia Moreau. The author tweeted, “Get ready for sisterly bonds, Trinidadian folklore, one hell of an adventure and a fight for justice!” It’s coming on September 19.

Better late than never! Christine Yu’s Up to Speed: The Groundbreaking Science of Women Athletes is out May 16, and the author has finally shared the cover.

And we’ve got a new Nghi Vo novel coming! Tordotcom Publishing has shared the cover for the upcoming standalone adventure in Vo’s Singing Hills Cycle. It’s called Mammoths at the Gates, and it’s out on September 12.

Here’s the cover reveal of Damned if You Do by Alex Brown, a new novel pitched as a queer Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a touch of Filipino folklore. It’s out from Page Street on September 5.

We have another cover reveal! Check out Eric Smith’s With or Without You, a new YA novel “about two lovestruck teens working in rival cheesesteak trucks.” It’s out on November 7 from Inkyard Press.

Amazon Prime Video’s upcoming series adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones and the Six has released its first teaser trailer. The series will premiere on March 3.

Vanity Fair is giving us a first look at the upcoming series adaptation of The Power by Naomi Alderman. The series, starring Toni Collette, is coming out on Amazon Prime in March.

Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni have been cast as Lily Bloom and Ryle Kincaid in the upcoming adaptation of Colleen Hoover’s bestselling novel It Ends With Us.

Never-before-seen photographs taken by Paul McCartney during the rise of Beatlemania in 1963 and 1964 are to be published in a new book this summer. The book is entitled 1964: Eyes of the Storm and will be published by Penguin Random House.

These ten moments from Spare are among the weirdest in this bestselling and highly anticipated memoir from Prince Harry.

Book Riot Recommends

Hi, welcome to everyone’s favorite segment of Book Radar called Book Riot Recommends. This is where I’ll talk to you about all the books I’m reading, the books I’m loving, and the books I can’t wait to read and love in the near future. I think you’re going to love them too!

Prepare Your Shelves!

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The Spite House by Johnny Compton (Tor Nightfire, February 7)

I have been excitedly awaiting this book for a while now, and it’s finally out next week. So prepare your shelves, because this debut novel is going to be a good one.

Johnny Compton’s The Spite House has been compared to The Babadook and Head Full of Ghosts. Eric Ross has left his wife, his house, and his mysterious past behind and is on the run with his two daughters. Leaving everything else behind in Maryland, Eric is desperate to find work and a safe space for himself and his daughters. No easy feat when you can’t provide references and you’re constantly worried your past is going to catch up with you.

So when Eric comes across an ad for a caretaker for the Masson House in Degener, Texas, he thinks he and his daughters might have finally found refuge. But there’s one big catch: the Masson House is thought to be one of the most haunted places in Texas. The owner is looking for proof of paranormal activity. All they have to do is stay in the house and keep record of everything they witness there. But Eric is not afraid. In fact, he feels drawn to the secrets of the house. If it is as haunted as people say it is, maybe exploring it will help him uncover his own secrets and the dark power that seems to cling to his family.

What I’m Reading This Week

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Motherthing by Ainslie Hogarth

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

Severance by Ling Ma

Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White

Spare by Prince Harry

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Monday Memes

Okay, I love these playlists. I would love to see people do this same thing for other books. Let’s go.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

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This picture looks so sad, but it’s not what it looks like. We got Murray a new cat carrier, and he just loves sleeping in it. So now we’re just leaving it out and letting him curl up in there when he wants to. It’s actually pretty cute.

Anyway, I hope your January was great. I’ll catch you back here on Thursday… which is February. Wild.


The Kids Are All Right

Books About Love, Cool Bookish Neon Sign, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

I am writing this newsletter in the aftermath of the Monterey Park shooting in California that killed 10 people and wounded 10 others. I went to a school in Monterey Park when I was in first grade. It was there where I learned how to read my first words — a truly magical time. My teacher taught us how to wrap wontons for the Lunar New Year. My heart goes out to that community and to everyone who has been affected by gun violence.

Bookish Goods

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Bookish Neon Light by atinyleaf

A sweet light that changes color by remote control. It also looks wonderful on the wall when it’s not lit up! $48

New Releases

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The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

The Folio Society produces some of the most beautiful editions of books, such as The Neverending Story that comes with metallic printed endpapers (!), eight full-page illustrations (!), and a gorgeous slipcase (!). This is a perfect gift book, and be sure to check out The Folio Society’s other gorgeous children’s books such as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, A Christmas Carol, and A Wizard of Earthsea.

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Hello, Opportunity by Shaelyn McDaniel, illustrated by Cornelia Li

There is something so charming about the Mars rovers, and Opportunity in particular has won the hearts of millions of people around the world. I teared up when reading this book about the creation, launch, and mission of the Opportunity Mars Rover! Expected to fulfill a three month mission, Oppy explored Mars for 15 years.

For a more comprehensive list, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

I think it’s a good day to talk about picture books where love is at the center.

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Keyana Loves Her Family by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow

Keyana wants to plan a backyard soiree…all by herself! But things keep going wrong no matter how hard she tries, and she realizes that getting help from others is a gift, especially when she has a family who loves her and wants to support her.

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The Love Letter by Anika Aldamuy Denise, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins

I love this cheerful, fun book about a hedgehog who comes across a letter. But it’s not just any letter, it’s a love letter! He goes about his business feeling oddly cheerful, and the letter somehow gets into the hands of Bunny, and then Squirrel finds it…you see where this is going? I adore these delightful illustrations and the humor.

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How to Send a Hug by Hayley Rocco and John Rocco

Hayley loves giving hugs, and she is darn good at it, too. But the one person she can’t hug all she wants is her grandma, and that is why she has to send her hugs through the mail. This sweet book is right up my alley because it involves mail, and you all know how much I love mail…

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A Pinch of Love by Barry Timms and Tisha Lee

Baking is a joy, especially when you’re always taught to add a pinch of love to the cookies you’re making. Giving out those cookies can brighten anyone’s day, and it can even be a powerful way to make change in your community.

Speaking of love, if you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s gift, try Tailored Book Recommendations. Tell our professional booknerds about what your loved ones enjoy and what they don’t, what they’re reading goals are, and what they need more of in their bookish life. Then, they sit back while our Bibliologists go to work selecting books just for them. TBR has plans for every budget. Visit

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What are you reading these days?

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Happy reading!


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Today In Books

A First Look at THE POWER Starring Toni Collette: Today in Books

Eve L. Ewing Becomes the First Black Woman to Write Main Black Panther Series

Chicago writer, scholar, and organizer Eve L. Ewing will be the first Black woman to pen a Black Panther comic under its titular series. “I’m bowled over at the opportunity to write such a marquee character. I see it as a big responsibility,” Ewing said in an interview with Comic Book. “Black Panther is a tremendously important legacy character for Marvel fans, but moreover, the character has become one of the most important icons in pop culture for people of the African diaspora all over the world.” Ewing says in the forthcoming comic series, she plans to elaborate on T’Challa’s story, and show a side of the powerful Wakandans, “as you’ve never seen them before.” Ewing’s opening Black Panther arc is set to release in June.

New York Public Library Acquires Joan Didion’s Papers

The New York Public Library has acquired Joan Didion and husband Gregory Dunne’s joint personal literary archives. The purchase includes letters, photographs, manuscripts, family records, and other materials that span the whole of Didion’s life and “trace the individual and collaborative work of one of postwar America’s most productive and glamorous literary couples.” The library expects Didion and Dunne’s archives to become one of its most heavily used collections.

Here’s a First Look at The Power Starring Toni Collette

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Read Harder 2023 Task #19: Read A Nonfiction Book About Intersectional Feminism

It’s time for Read Harder Task #19, which means we’re deep in the Read Harder challenge list for this year already. How has your challenge planning been going? Are you one of those people who picks all of your books ahead of time or do you sort of make it up as you go?

I’m definitely a “make a TBR list at the beginning of the challenge” type person. So when I was trying to decide what nonfiction book about intersectional feminism I was going to read for this challenge, these are the ones that made the list for me. Some of these books have been on my TBR for years. Some of these are brand new to me. Some older classics, like This Bridge Called My Back, are books that definitely deserve a reread.

But let’s back up for a second. Maybe right now you’re asking, “What is intersectional feminism?” The term “intersectionality” comes from activist and professor Kimberlé Crenshaw and is defined as “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.”

So with that in mind, all of the books on this list a confronting the intersectionality between being a woman while also being a part of other disadvantaged groups; for example, people of color, those with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, just to name a few.

Okay, now that we’re on the same page, here’s a list of intersectional feminist nonfiction reads for your consideration.

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This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

If you haven’t read This Will Be My Undoing yet, make this the one. Just saying. Jerkins’ collection of linked essays explore what it’s like to be a Black woman in contemporary culture. These essays give insightful commentary on pop culture, black history, misogyny, racism, the the problems with the predominantly white, mainstream version of feminism that marginalizes women of color.

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Trans by Juliet Jacques

In July 2012, Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surgery at the age of 30. This memoir chronicles her journey to define herself and find her true identity in a world where gender politics is ever changing. Trans interweaves the personal with the political, exploring how liberal and feminist media reactions and responses to trans politics all while also tracing Jacques’ own road to self-discovery.

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Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

As the subtitle suggests, Mikki Kendall’s Hood Feminism directly confronts mainstream feminism and points out all of the people and issues that the movement has traditionally left out. Kendall argues that food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. And yet the focus of the feminist movement is hardly ever about the basic survival of the many. Rather, it focuses on furthering the privileges of a few. How, Kendall asks, can everyone stand in solidarity with the feminist movement when women are being oppressed by other women?

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Against White Feminism by Rafia Zakaria

The face of feminism has long been upper middle class white women, who are seen as the “experts” of the feminist movement. In Against White Feminism, author Rafia Zakaria, an American Muslim woman, attorney, and political philosopher, calls for a reconstruction of feminism that focuses on women of color. In the face of white feminism’s long-standing connection to colonial, patriarchal, and white supremacist ideals, this book offers a counter-manifesto.

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Can We All Be Feminists? edited by June Eric-Udorie

Can We All Be Feminists? is an anthology of intersectional feminist essays by 17 writers from diverse backgrounds: Soofiya Andry, Gabrielle Bellot, Caitlin Cruz, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Brit Bennett, Evette Dionne, Aisha Gani, Afua Hirsch, Juliet Jacques, Wei Ming Kam, Mariya Karimjee, Eishar Kaur, Emer O’Toole, Frances Ryan, Zoé Samudzi, Charlotte Shane, and Selina Thompson. Despite each of these authors commitment to gender equality, they all struggle with feminism and the way it ignores other aspects of their identities, such as race, religion, sexuality, gender. Each essay seeks to answer the question: Can we all be feminists?

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This Bridge Called My Back edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa

If you’re looking to read a classic book about intersectional feminism, This Bridge Called My Back is not to be missed. Originally released in 1981, this book is an anthology featuring several different perspectives from women of color through personal essays, criticism, interviews, testimonials, poetry, and visual art. Each work reflects on evolving definitions of feminism that are adapting to include the issues important to women of color in the United States and throughout the world.

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Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis

Women, Race, & Class is another must-read classic for anyone looking to read more intersectional feminist works. Here, Civil Rights icon Angela Davis provides a thought-provoking history of how whiteness and privilege has influenced the social and political landscape of traditional feminism. Ultimately Davis argues that racist and classist biases continue to undermine the ambitions of the feminist movement, from the abolitionist movement to present day.

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The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

Activist Sonya Renee Taylor believes that radical self-love has the power to change the world, and she’s showing readers how to find that self-love in her bestselling book The Body is Not an Apology. When we are able to set aside indoctrinated body shame, we are free to interrupt the systems that perpetuate body shame and oppression against all bodies, such as racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia. 

While this isn’t an exhaustive list of all of the intersectional feminist nonfiction out there, hopefully this will get you started on the path to finding the book that will work for your personal Read Harder Challenge! And if you want more ideas, here’s even more intersectional feminist nonfiction for your reading list. Good luck in the challenge this year, friends!

Click here for the full Read Harder 2023 task list, and for previous recommendations, click here.

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