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Welcome to Read This Book, a newsletter where I recommend one book that should absolutely be put at the top of your TBR pile. Recommended books will vary across genre and age category and include shiny new books, older books you may have missed, and some classics I suggest finally getting around to. Make space for another pile of books on your floor because here we go!

Today’s pick is some nonfiction that came out last year that should be considered required reading for anyone who considers themselves a feminist. The term “feminism” can evoke so many different thoughts and feelings in each of us and this book aims to expand our thinking.

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

Content warnings for anti-Blackness, eating disorders, and domestic violence. There are definitely a number of heavy subjects in this book but that is part of the point: there are all kinds of difficult things we absolutely must talk about when we talk about feminism. Each chapter discusses the different ways in which “mainstream” feminism has failed and continues to fail so many women who are not white, cisgender, able bodied, affluent, and straight.

While some of the chapters focus on Black women and the author’s experience as a Black woman, they also expand to include a variety of the intersections of identity at which any one of us may exist. A few of the focuses include hunger & food insecurity, eating disorders in the Black community, education access, housing access, colorism, maternal mortality, gun violence, and more.

The chapter on gun violence is particularly powerful, as gun violence isn’t often immediately considered a feminist issue. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 1 in 4 women have been victims of severe physical violence and The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%. Gun violence in certain areas is keeping girls from going to school. Not only are women victims of gun violence, but also the mothers, wives, and sisters of victims.

This book allows for such great opportunities for readers to step back and examine our own feminist views and learn where they can be expanded and where we each may have some work to do to better include all women. It is a must-read for anyone considering themself a feminist and/or an anti-racist.

That’s it for now, book-lovers!


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Today In Books

MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM Adaptation News: Today in Books

Grady Hendrix Novel ‘My Best Friend’s Exorcism’ Getting A Movie Adaptation With Elsie Fisher Starring

Fans of Grady Hendrix, rejoice! His hit novel My Best Friend’s Exorcism, is going to be a movie, and casting is set with production already underway! The story follows two teenage girls whose friendship is tested when one of them becomes possessed by a demon. It’s set in 1988, during “Satanic Panic” and it’ll be sure to appeal to fans of Stranger Things as well as Hendrix readers!

Amanda Gorman ‘Humbled And Honored’ To Debut At No. 1 On USA TODAY’s Bestseller List, A Poetry First

National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman continues to break records by debuting at the the number one slot on USA Today’s bestseller list, a feat not accomplished by anyone else in nearly 20 years. A print edition of The Hill We Climb, which contains the poem she performed at Joe Biden’s inauguration earlier this year, is now available with a foreword by Oprah Winfry.

Kennedy Ryan’s ‘Hoops,’ ‘All the King’s Men’ Acquired By Traveling Picture Show Company

Romance series getting picked up for adaptation is a thing we love to see, and two of Kennedy Ryan’s series are getting the limited series treatment! In her All the King’s Men series, a group of women are dedicated rot electing officials who support causes they’re passionate about, including social justice and racial justice. The Hoops series (start with Hook Shot) is a series of romances set in the world of NBA. Both series star strong, nuanced women of color, which will hopefully contribute to some much-needed representation on small screens.

Today In Books

Watch Trailer for LOCKE & KEY/SANDMAN Crossover Comic: Today in Books

The 21st annual Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists Have Been Announced

The New York Public Library has announced the 2021 Young Lions Fiction Awards Finalists. Founded in 2001 by Ethan Hawke, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, Rick Moody, and Hannah McFarland, the Young Lions Fiction Award celebrates the works of talented young authors. The finalists this year are Little Gods by Meng Jin, Pew by Catherine Lacey, Temporary by Hilary Leichter, Real Life by Brandon Taylor, and How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zheng. Have thoughts on who you’d like to see win? Join the conversation on social media using #NYPLYoungLions.

Watch Trailer for Locke & Key/Sandman Crossover Comic

The comic book crossover of many comic lovers’ dreams, Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell and Gone, is launching later this month. But you can watch a trailer for the Locke & Key/Sandman Crossover Comic right now. The comic book series is written and illustrated by Locke & Key creative team Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, with the blessing of Neil Gaiman, co-creator of The Sandman.

Brooklyn Public Library Launches “Whispering Libraries”

Brooklyn Public Library has launched “Whispering Libraries” throughout Brooklyn. The program, which can be found near all 10 branches of BPL, is a curated listening experience that is meant to reflect the spirit of the neighborhoods that each branch serves—Bay Ridge, Brownsville, Bushwick, Clarendon, Flatbush, Kensington, Kings Highway, New Utrecht, Park Slope, and Sheepshead Bay. Additionally, the program will include a special program at BPL’s Center for Brooklyn History. The project launched on April 1st and will continue into the summer months. Find out more information about the project here.

Dead Women Poets Are Not Your Punchline

Sylvia Plath and other women poets like her have become a sort of cultural joke, symbolizing angsty teen girls who take themselves too seriously. It’s time to face our biases and reclaim these poets’ complicated literary legacies.



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Today In Books

Stacey Lee’s THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL Developed As Series: Today in Books

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall Launches Second Season of Instagram Book Club

Camilla has always loved reading, and earlier this year she launched her Instagram book club to share her enjoyment of books with others during lockdown. Now, she’s announced a second season of her Instagram book club, which includes the following books: The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman, Girl by Edna O’Brien, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, and The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain. Season 2 begins Friday, April 16th, and you can follow along over at Instagram at The Reading Room.

Stacey Lee’s The Downstairs Girl Developed As Series

Bound Entertainment is collaborating with author Stacey Lee to develop her novel The Downstairs Girl into a series. Lee will serve as an executive producer on the project alongside Ha and Jamie Lai. In a statement, Lee said, “The Downstairs Girl was a treat to write, and I’m honored to collaborate with Bound Entertainment to bring it off the page and onto the screen!”

Loyalty Books Announces Virtual Reading & Fundraiser in Support of AAPI Community

Save the date! On Saturday, April 17, Loyalty Books is hosting a virtual reading and fundraiser in support of the AAPI community. While they’re still finalizing their full lineup, they have announced that readers will include Nicole Chung (All You Can Ever Know), Preeti Chhibber (Marvel Avengers Assembly), Cinelle Barnes (Monsoon Mansion), Cat Chow (Seeing Ghosts), and R.O. Kwan (The Incendiaries). All ticket funds will go to Advancing Justice | AAJC. Profits from book sales linked to the event will go to Red Canary Song and Stop Asian Hate. The event will be held virtually via Crowdcast, and you can sign up here.

2021 PEN America Literary Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards were announced on Thursday. Check out all the winners, get all the details about the awards, and/or watch the full online ceremony here!

Kissing Books

Laughter All Around

Hello again! I hope that you got plenty of rest, reading, and relaxing done over the weekend. Also that you’re ready to face this week like the bad-ass that you are! I know that I am ready to face the challenge of this week. A lot of that is because I was able to get my first vaccination last week through my partner’s job. He got it at the same time so we were able to rough the waters (as it were) together. 

Up until the moment where it was actually injected, I’ll admit that I was on the fence about whether or not to get it. Historically, there is a lot of deep-rooted mistrust from people of color towards the medical field. Between the Tuskegee Experiment and Henrietta Lacks, the feelings there are rightfully warranted. Hell, I don’t even go to the doctor for myself even though I’m always right on time for my son. I know that I need to get better at it though, especially with my entire family’s health history. 

In fact, they’re the reason I decided to get it done. I realized that it would help get one step closer to being able to meet with my family for holidays. I miss that so much. A lot of the elders in my family have already gotten at least one dose themselves, if not a full vaccination. I figure if they were able to get over their own concerns, which run deeper than mine, then I figured I could bite the proverbial bullet as well. 

Speaking of vaccinations…

Romance Related Fun

Romancelandia has been fairly tame lately (furiously pounds on all the wooden furniture nearby). One pure thing that happened for us though is that a challenge went around for romance authors. It was the “being vaccinated does NOT mean” with various romance novel plot points. It was great seeing everyone dig into their bag of tropes o’tropes and come up with a unique answer. I’m not sure if Kate Clayborn came up with this or simply shared it, but since it is where I first stumbled across it, I’ll share that thread here.

Keeping with the fun Twitter trends, Really Reading Romance also threw down this gauntlet. The replies were varied on this one and hilarious. Seriously take a moment to look through some of the replies or re-tweets. It took me a moment to figure out my own opinion on this but I came up with one for books and movies. Okay, here goes. *deep breath* 

I’m not a fan of sports romances. At all. I’ve tried multiple times to get into a few but it’s just not for me. Personally, I have an issue with the idolatry that we give athletes, even the truly philanthropic ones. Of course, I’ll recommend and hype them up since I know I’ve done that before. However, chances are I am doing that at the advice of a fellow book dragon whose opinion I trust a lot and not from personal experience. 

My movie related take is that My Best Friend’s Wedding is not a rom-com. It’s a movie about a woman who acts like an entitled, spoiled brat when the ‘back up’ man that she never wanted is suddenly unavailable and tries to break up an obviously happy couple. Best part of that movie (apart from the singing scene) was the brutal verbal reality slap Rupert Everett’s George gives her at the end by reminding her no one is chasing her. Truth hurts, ma’am.

In the hustle and bustle of life and this last year, a lot of us still forget to take the time to stop and be goofy. Sometimes all you can do is laugh. Whether it’s with your partner, kids, friends, or extended family, be sure to take the time to be silly.

From Book Riot and Around the Web

I readily co-sign all the books that Jess listed here and will be ready with the popcorn and adult beverage when/if it happens!

Here are some of the romance novel based movies that are currently in the works.

If you love second chance romances, here are some books to add to your likely already massive TBR recommended by Rioter Brooke.

Do you like a bit of crying with your romance? If so, then here are some recommendations for you.

Check out debut author Ruby Barrett’s (see more info below) take on the Cinnamon Roll Character.

New Releases and Deals

Here are some of the new releases headed our way this week, including a few under the radar ones:

Hot Copy by Ruby Barrett (debut) 

Love So Beautiful by Angel Mystique 

Earn Your Extra Credit by Meghan Quinn

How to Catch a Duke by Grace Burrowes

The Marriage He Demands by Brenda Jackson

And here are some deals to help fill out your digital shelves:

Love Always, Wild by A.M. Johnson is available for $1.99

Holiday Brides by Farrah Rochon, Stefanie Worth, and Jewel Amethyst can be snagged for $1.49

Everything But a Groom by Holly Jacobs is also $0.99

Six More Minutes: New-Year Bae Solutions by A.C Arthur can be picked up for $1.99

That’s it for now. As always you can follow me @PScribe801 over on Twitter. Until next time friends!

Book Radar

The New Mythic Heroes Anthology from Rick Riordan and More Book Radar!

It’s Monday!!! Wow, that was fast. I hope everyone had a successful weekend of reading. I managed to get a few new books under my belt, and I watched a couple of documentaries on Netflix. (Why didn’t anyone tell me there was a He-Man documentary???) My plans for the week are to read more books (of course), find more wild documentaries to watch, and to keep watch on the burrows under the bushes in my yard to see if there are any baby woodchucks yet!

Before I jump into today’s newsletter, I want to thank you for joining me each week. Wring Book Radar is so much fun, and I appreciate everyone who reads it. (Socially distanced hugs for you all!) And if you’re so inclined, it would be a great help if you shared the sign up link with other people you think would enjoy it too. Your support means a lot to me, and I thank you.

Moving on: I have some exciting book news for you today and a look at a fun space opera, plus cover reveals, a terrible pun, a naughty orange gremlin, and trivia! Let’s get started, shall we?

Here’s Monday’s trivia question: Who wrote the ten-volume novel Jean-Christophe? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

The cover of The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Stacey Lee’s The Downstairs Girl to be developed as a series.

Here are the 2021 Young Lions Fiction Award finalists.

And here are the winners of the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards.

Here’s the first look at I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness, the new novel by Claire Vaye Watkins.

Two books by Kennedy Ryan are going to be made into limited series.

Here’s the cover reveal of The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities: New Stories About Mythic Heroes edited by Rick Riordan.

Here’s the final trailer for The Woman in the Window with Amy Adams.

Here’s the cover reveal of People from My Neighborhood: Stories by Hiromi Kawakami and translated by Ted Goossen.

Here’s the trailer for the new adaptation of The Mosquito Coast.

Tom Holland will star in a new series based on The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes.

And Benedict Cumberbatch will star in a remake of The 39 Steps.

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 so you can add them to your TBR! (It will now be books I loved on Mondays and books I’m excited to read on Thursdays. YAY, BOOKS!)

Loved, loved, loved: 

You Sexy Thing by Cat Rambo (Tor Books, September 7)

I had been trying to get my hands on this for months, ever since I read that it was like “Farscape meets The Great British Bake Off.” And now I have read it, and it is indeed great! But I would say it is more like Farscape meets the movie Big Night.

Niko Larson is a former Admiral in the Grand Military of the Hive Mind. She now runs a restaurant, The Last Chance, with several others who had been under her command at the TwiceFar space station on the edge of the galaxy. When the book opens, the restaurant is getting ready to receive a very important food critic, whose glowing recommendation could launch their restaurant into the stratosphere. So of course, it’s going to be one of those days. While trying to get the foods needed to impress the critic, Niko also receives a mysterious package, and a huge party including Niko’s former boss requests a last-minute reservation that she can’t turn away. Could anything else go wrong?

Yes, it can! Because just as dinner gets underway, the space station is attacked and Niko and her crew wind up on a sentient spaceship called You Sexy Thing. The ship thinks Niko and her crew are stealing it, so it charts a course for the galactic prison. Niko and her crew have four days to convince the ship not to take them to jail, while also dealing with the contents of that mysterious package AND an evil space pirate. Will they ever get back to their restaurant?

This book is a lot of fun. It wasn’t quite as silly as I was expecting from the description, and the plot was a lot more intricate, but it was still plenty funny and fun! There’s lots of wisecracks, action, ghosts, pirates, aliens, politics, and foodie talk. Niko’s crew is comprised by beings from other worlds, including a 12-tentacled alien, a Jawa-like little priest with a big prophecy for Niko, and rambunctious twin brothers who shape-shift into lions. There’s also a lot of backstory involving Niko and her time in the Hive Mind, and a particular incident.

If you like space operas, talking ships, and lots of outer space action, this is a perfect read to mark down on your TBR now!

(CW for space violence and action, war, and death.)

What I’m reading this week.

Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford

Bath Haus by PJ Vernon

The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu

The Maid by Nita Prose

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

Groan-worthy joke of the week: 

Why do bees have sticky hair? Because they use a honeycomb.

And this is funny:

I wish my cats would do this.

Happy things:

Here are a few things I enjoy that I thought you might like as well:

And here’s a cat picture!

There is no place in my house that Zevon hasn’t conquered.

Trivia answer: Romain Rolland.

Remember that whatever you are doing or watching or reading this week, I am sending you love and hugs. Please be safe, and be mindful of others. It takes no effort to be kind. I’ll see you again on Thursday. xoxo, Liberty