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HAPPY HALLOWEEN and More Book Radar!

It’s finally here, Book Friends!

Halloween has arrived, and it’s the best time of the year. You’re getting one more round of Book Radar, Scary Style before we get back to our regular programming, so strap in! I have so much to share with you today.

Book Deals and Reveals

crook manifesto book cover

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead is back with a second novel in a planned trilogy. Crook Manifesto will be out on July 18th, 2023, and you can see the cover for the upcoming novel on Oprah Daily.

Prince Harry’s memoir, which will be entitled Spare, will be out on January 10th, and here’s the cover reveal!

Big YA cover reveal time! Here are all the exciting cover reveals for Harper Teen’s Summer 2023 YA lineup. Which one are you most excited about? Personally, I can’t wait for Becky Albertalli’s Imogen, Obviously.

International Literary Properties has acquired the literary estate of poet, social activist, novelist, and playwright Langston Hughes. ILP will manage Hughes’s work in collaboration with the Langston Hughes estate. 

FX has greenlit a new drama series based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s acclaimed novel Never Let Me Go. Never Let Me Go will air on Hulu in the U.S.

David Pomerico at Harper Voyager has paid six figures for the North American rights to Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz: Stories of the Witch Knight and the Puppet Sorcerer by Garth Nix, the internationally bestselling author known for his children’s and YA fantasy novels.

Kindred by Octavia Butler has been adapted into a series and will be premiering on Hulu. Here are the details.

Publishers in the UK say that books prices will likely rise. The increase is due to a number of factors, including material costs.

It’s Halloween, so take this quiz to figure out what horror novel you should read today.

Book Riot Recommends

I’m a Contributing Editor at Book Riot, I write the Today in Books newsletter, and I’m a Bibliologist for Book Riot’s Tailored Book Recommendations subscription service. I also have a PhD in English, so I’m basically a doctor of books. Books are my life, in other words, so in this section of the newsletter, let me share with you some upcoming books I’m super excited about. And I think you will be too!

Prepare Your Shelves!

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The Wilderwomen by Ruth Emmie Lang (St. Martin’s Press, November 15)

Wow, it’s Halloween and I’m not hyping up an upcoming horror novel? This better be good. Well, it is.

Ruth Emmie Lang’s 2017 novel Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance was such a phenomenal read, and although it’s only been, like, five years since that book came out, it really does feel like ages, doesn’t it? So much has happened since 2017 and a lot of it wasn’t good. As we near the end of 2022, we deserve a beautiful, magical, mysterious new story from this author, don’t we? Haven’t we earned it? Well, this one delivers, and I can’t wait for you all to read it when it comes out in mid-November. So prepare your shelves!

This book follows the story of the Wilder family. Zadie Wilder can see what’s coming before it happens, which means she should have known her mother Nora was going to disappear. But not even her psychic abilities could save Nora Wilder. Meanwhile, Zadie’s estranged sister Finn can’t see the future, but she has an uncannily good memory, and is even able to remember the memories of others. One day, Zadie gets a memory of a woman singing a song she recognizes. It’s a song about a bird. Zadie knows this memory must belong to her mother, which means she must still be alive somewhere.

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What I’m Reading This Week

cover of The Women Could Fly by Megan Giddings

The Women Could Fly by Megan Giddings

The Family Game by Catherine Steadman

The Witch and the Tsar by Olesya Salnikova Gilmore

Uzumaki by Junji Ito

This Thing Between Us by Gus Moreno

Halloween Memes

This Spirit Halloween costume meme that’s going around is great and everything, but why not just go as what you truly are this Halloween?

Stuff That Makes Me Happy

Okay, I don’t know what you’re doing for Halloween, but I have the coolest plans. Yeah, I’m staying home and getting online with my friends and playing Monster Prom Roadtrip. I’m so excited! Monster Prom games are so fun, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting this one.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

Here’s Remy in his favorite little part of the cat tree. I love him. And he’s sort of a black cat, so I figure a picture of Remy is perfect for Halloween, right?

What do you think? Do tuxedo cats count as black cats? Let me know.

And I guess I’ll see y’all in November. I’m sad.

Emily

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GOSSIP GIRL Meets HUNGER GAMES and More Book Radar!

Hi Book Friends!

How are we doing? It’s Thursday and it’s almost Halloween. What are your Halloween plans? I’m going to watch some scary movies and read some scary books this weekend, and then on Monday, I’m thinking I might hit up a NaNoWriMo kickoff party. Because if October is all about everything Halloween, November is all about getting some serious writing done. Anyone else participating in NaNoWriMo in November? Let’s hold each other accountable! Anyway, let’s talk books.

Book Deals and Reveals

Gossip Girl meets Hunger Games in Joelle Wellington’s debut novel Their Vicious Games, and just check out the cover! This YA mystery thriller is out in summer 2023.

Nikki May’s Wahala will be out in paperback soon! And here is the cover reveal for the upcoming paperback, which will be out from Doubleday Books in February 2023.

Literary Hub‘s got the exclusive cover reveal of Stephen Buoro’s debut novel The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa, which will be published by Bloomsbury in April 2023.

And check out the gorgeous cover for Ann Aguirre’s The Only Purple House in Town! This book is set for release on July 11th, 2023.

Peloton instructor Emma Lovewell’s memoir Live Learn Love Well: Lessons from a Life of Progress Not Perfection, will be out on May 2, 2023, and here is the cover reveal.

Last week when Roxane Gay spoke at Lesbians Who Tech, the author announced that her podcast, The Roxane Gay Agenda, will be returning in November. You can subscribe to the podcast on Luminary to hear the first new episode as soon as it comes out.

Netflix has revealed the streaming date for the upcoming adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s The Lying GameThe six-episode show debuts on Netflix globally on January 4, 2023.

Image Comics‘ bestselling series Geiger, created by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, is being adapted for television by Justin Simien alongside Johns for Paramount Television Studios.

The Young Adult Library Services Association has announced their Teens’ Top Ten YA Books of 2022, voted on by teenagers in 16 book groups.

And Barnes & Noble Booksellers chose the 11 books that they have “felt the most pride in recommending to readers of all interests through the year.”

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Can’t Wait for This One!

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A House with Good Bones by T. Kingfisher (Tor Nightfire, March 28 2023)

You know it’s almost Halloween. We’ve talked about it. So you know I had to tell you about one of my most highly anticipated horror novels of 2023. Seriously. Can’t. Wait. Especially because I just read (and really enjoyed) this author’s 2022 horror novella What Moves the Dead.

A House with Good Bones is about Sam Montgomery, who is really worried about her mother. Out of nowhere, Sam’s mom is acting jumpy and nervous, and she’s starting to make strange changes to the family home on Lammergeier Lane. Sam wonders if her mother’s behavior has anything to do with her late grandmother. And as shocking family secrets are revealed, Sam will discover that she’s not wrong. Now Sam struggles to uncover the truths behind their family home before Lammergeier Lane completely consumes her.

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Fave Horror Books & Movies

As I said, Halloween is almost here, and I’m going to be participating in the Weekend-Ween Readathon this weekend. I’ll also be watching some scary movies. Just to share my excitement with you a bit more, I thought I’d share some of my favorite horror novels and horror movies. Because seriously this is the best time of the year, and we have to savor these last moments.

My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

My favorite horror novels:

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

The Shining by Stephen King

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

My fave from this year: Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey

My favorite horror movies:

Us (Jordan Peele)

Hereditary (Ari Aster)

The Witch (Robert Eggers)

Jennifer’s Body (Karyn Kusama)

Evil Dead 2 (Sam Raimi)

Some big faves from this year:

Bodies, Bodies, Bodies (Halina Reijn)

Barbarian (Zach Cregger)

And one more people need to watch: His House (Remi Weekes) — it’s on Netflix! Do it this weekend!

Disclaimer: I’m not saying these are THE BEST, but these are my own personal faves. And there are a ton I love that aren’t listed here. So if you don’t agree, make your own list. Respectfully.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

calico cat on lap

I was playing some JackBox Games with friends last night, and this sweet calico girl jumped up on my leg. I just wanted to share Cersei’s cute face with you all today.

Anyway, I hope your weekend in amazing. And I will talk to you again on HALLOWEEN! OooooOOOooOooooooooOOO.

Emily

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Rick Riordan Returns to the PERCY JACKSON Series Next Fall and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

It’s Monday, and it’s BOOK TIME! For some reason, October is nearly gone, so we’re going to try to keep things extra scary for this week’s Book Radar. Let’s take advantage of the Halloween season while we can, am I right? OK. Let’s do this.

Book Deals and Reveals

a man called otto movie poster

Here’s the trailer for A Man Called Otto, based on the book A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. The film is scheduled for a wide release in theaters in early 2023.

Nearly a decade after the release of The Blood of OlympusRick Riordan is returning to the popular Percy Jackson series next fall. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Chalice of the Gods will go on sale on September 26, 2023.

Loved Tirzah Price’s Pride & Premeditation and wanted more from Lizzie and Darcy? You’re in luck! Tirzah Price has signed a two-book deal for a new Lizzie and Darcy series, which will follow the couple as they investigate murder cases in 19th century London and navigate their complicated romantic relationship.

Crown will be publishing A Message from Ukraine by president Volodymyr Zelensky. The book will be released globally by Penguin Random House on December 6th.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu has been cast in the series adaptation of Ben Mezrich’s novel Seven Wonders at Prime Video

Oprah Daily has the exclusive book cover reveal of The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese, the New York Times bestselling author of Cutting for Stone. The Covenant of Water is expected to release on May 2, 2023.

What’s going on with Kindle? See what changes are coming to return policies, file formats, and ebook lending at Amazon.

Since we’re trying to make sure we catch every single moment of Halloween season this October, here’s a roundup of all the new horror novels that came out this month.

And if you love YA, here are three new YA horror books to add to your TBR.

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Prepare Your Shelves!

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White Horse by Erika T. Wurth (Flatiron Books, November 1)

Okay, y’all. Yeah, we’re in the last week of October. And yeah, it’s sad. But I’m going to keep reading horror well into November, and I hope you will too. White Horse is one of my most anticipated horror novels of the year, and I think you’ll be excited about it too. And November 1st is right around the corner. So you know what that means. It’s time to prepare your shelves for this amazing book.

Thirty-five year old Kari James is an Indigenous woman living in Denver, CO. She’s spent most of her life willfully ignorant of her past, but everything changes when Kari’s cousin Debby finds an old family bracelet that once belonged to Kari’s mother. The bracelet calls up the ghost of Kari’s dead mother, but that’s not all. Something else more sinister and monstrous is awakened as well. Now Kari must dig up her past to discover what happened to her mother all those years ago, even if no one else is able (or willing) to help her.

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What I’m Reading This Week

the family game book cover

The Family Game by Catherine Steadman

The Witch and the Tsar by Olesya Salnikova Gilmore

The Getaway by Lamar Giles

Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Monday Memes

This is for everyone who loves Halloween, loves Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and hates when men tell them to smile.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

orange cat cuddling

Today was my first day back home, and I think Murray, my little orange boy missed me. This is him cuddling me while I worked today. I enjoyed Hawaii, but I’ll take cuddling with my cat any day. That’s how much I love my cats!

Anyway, that’s all for Monday. Let’s make the rest of October THE BEST EVER, okay? See you on Thursday for more thrills, chills, pumpkins, and book things.

Emily

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PATRICIA WANTS TO CUDDLE Takes Her First Steps to TV and More Book Radar!

Hello book friends,

I’m writing this to you from my final days in Hawaii, and I’m hoping when I get back to the mainland, fall weather will be awaiting me. I’m ready for the sweaters! The hot beverages! The cozy nights indoors with a scary book! Who’s with me? Let’s go, fall people! Or autumn, if that’s your thing. Anyway, let’s chat books.

Book Deals and Reveals

everything darkness eats book cover

Eric LaRocca has revealed the cover of their upcoming debut horror novel Everything Darkness Eats. Tor Nightfire has an excerpt of the novel here.

Here’s the cover reveal of Joya Goffney’s My Week with Him, out from Harper Teen in July 2023.

Here’s the cover reveal of Lisa Onomé’s The Melancholy of Summer. Onomé tweeted that her book is “about loneliness, awkwardness, isolation…It’s a fun time, I swear lmao.” Coming summer 2023.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who spent six years in jail in Iran, is writing a memoir with her husband Richard Ratcliffe.

Samantha Allen’s queer, genre-building horror satire Patricia Wants to Cuddle has, in the author’s words, “taken her first steps on the journey to TV.” Allen tweeted, “So thrilled to have Goddard producing, and for yet another @zandoprojects title to get snatched up by Hollywood.”

Speaking of adaptations! Wanda M. Morris announced that her novel All Her Little Secrets is being adapted into a limited drama series on Showtime.

Even more adaptation news: Award-winning French graphic novelist Enki Bilal’s sci-fi Monstre tetralogy is set to be adapted into a premium television series from Trioscope.

Hulu has placed a 10-episode order for Interior Chinatown, a series adaptation based on Charles Yu’s award-winning book of the same name.

Pop star, actor, and director Hayley Kiyoko announced on Instagram that she will be publishing a coming-of-age novel based on her hit song “Girls Like Girls” and the viral video that accompanied it.

The first images from the set of Madame Web have been released, and they show Sydney Sweeney and Dakota Johnson wearing pairs of matching Doc Martens, running around Grand Central Station in New York with co-stars Isabela Merced and Celeste O’Connor.

Harrison Ford is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stepping in as Thaddeus ”Thunderbolt” Ross for 2024’s Captain America: New World Order, starring Anthony Mackie.

Amazon has released the first trailer for its upcoming thriller series, Three Pinesbased on the best-selling mystery novel series by Louise Penny.

Jennette McCurdy — former iCarly star and author of best-selling memoir I’m Glad My Mom Died — has signed a seven-figure two-book deal with Ballantine. The deal will see McCurdy diving into fiction with a debut novel.

Honoring the finest works of fiction from around the world, the Booker Prize has announced that its 2022 winner is The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka. 

According to Bookshop.org, a “rogue” Ingram warehouse employee was swapping pro-choice book orders with Christian Focus on the Family books.

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Can’t Wait for This One!

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Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor (Riverhead, January 3, 2023)

Let’s start talking about exciting new thrillers coming out in 2023, shall we? Well, there are plenty to come, but I want to start with one I’m particularly excited about, especially since we can expect it in early January. Age of Vice is a crime thriller/family drama by Indian author Deepti Kapoor. This is her second novel, and it’s going to be a page-turner. In fact, author Marlon James wrote that this novel was “brutal, tender, and heartbreaking” and “one of the best I’ve read.” So let’s get into what this one is about.

It’s 3 a.m. in New Delhi. A speeding Mercedes drives off the side of the road and five are left dead. The car belongs to a rich man who’s nowhere to be found. The only one there to answer for what happened is a shell-shocked servant who has no answers.

What follows is an action-packed story that shifts through time and perspectives in contemporary India. The story follows the corrupt, violent, and power-hungry Wadia family through their lavish estates, extravagant parties, predatory business dealings, and political influence. In the crossfires of the Wadia family’s corrupt web of lies, three lives become dangerously intertwined. There’s Ajay the servant, Sunny the playboy heir, and Neda the curious journalist. As their stories become more connected, will they find their path to escape the world of the Wadias? Or will they ultimately be destroyed by it?

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Words of Literary Wisdom

With Halloween on the horizon, here’s a special scary edition of Words of Literary Wisdom:

“I am a horror maniac who prefers to stay at home.”
— Junji Ito

“The three types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it’s when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against your arm. The Horror: the unnatural, spiders the size of bears, the dead waking up and walking around, it’s when the lights go out and something with claws grabs you by the arm. And the last and worse one: Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It’s when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there’s nothing there…”
Danse Macabre by Stephen King

“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for 80 years and might stand for 80 more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.”
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

tuxedo cat next to a candle and a computer

In my absence, Remy has been chilling with his dad at his work desk during the day. Today, he’s really giving off those autumnal vibes, posing next to a pumpkin candle. See, Remy is ready for that fall weather too. Let’s gooo!

Okay, friends. That is all for today. Next time I talk to you, I hope to be wearing a really thick sweater and maybe some cozy socks. Think fuzzy thoughts for me (and for all of us). Talk soon!

Emily

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August 2023 Will Be a Good Month for Rom Coms and More Book Radar!

Hi Book Friends,

I considered saying “Aloha” because I am in Hawaii, but…I’m one of those people who always feels nervous about using random words from a language I don’t speak. You know what I mean? This is why I intend to become fluent in every language. I wish. Anyway, let’s talk books.

Book Deals and Reveals

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Okay this book cover is so cute, and I’m in love. What do you think? My Roommate is a Vampire is a debut romantic comedy from Jenna Levine, out from Berkley on August 15th, 2023.

Another great romcom coming in August: here’s the cover reveal of The Boy You Always Wanted by Michelle Quach. Out in August 2023 from Katherine Tegen Books.

One more romcom, you say? Check out Jessica Joyce’s You, With A View. An enemies-to-lovers road trip romance, on sale July 11, 2023!

Here’s a new thriller coming out from Atria Books: Megan Collins’ next book Thicker Than Water is “about two sisters-in-law who believe they have a perfect, unshakeable friendship until the man who connects them is accused of a brutal crime and they find themselves on opposite sides for the very first time.” Out July 2023!

SJ Sindu’s got a new middle grade fantasy novel coming out, and here’s the cover reveal! Shakti is on sale on May 2, 2023.

Six-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams has been spotted on the set of her upcoming film Nightbitchbased on the debut novel of the same name by Rachel Yoder.

Penguin Random House and We Need Diverse Books are teaming up with former first lady Michelle Obama to launch the Michelle Obama Award for Memoir

In a new piece for Huffpost, George M. Johnson, author of the second-most banned book in the U.S., All Boys Aren’t Blue, reflects on what their book being banned taught them about “telling your truth.”

Brett Haley will be directing 3000 Pictures’ adaptation of People We Meet on Vacation, based on Emily Henry’s New York Times bestseller. Yulin Kuang is adapting the screenplay. Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey and Isaac Klausner are producing.

Here are the winners of the 2022 Harvey Awards, which highlights the best comics, graphic novels, manga, and comic creators.

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Prepare Your Shelves!

seven empty houses book cover

Seven Empty Houses by Samanta Schweblin (Riverhead Books, October 18th)

Y’all! This is coming out tomorrow, and I’m so excited. And you should be too. In other words, prepare your shelves. Right now. Seven Empty Houses is a short story collection from Samanta Schweblin, author of bangers like Little Eyes and Fever Dream and Mouthful of Birds.

In her latest short story collection, Schweblin tells seven stories about seven strange (and yes, empty) houses. They’re all empty in different ways. Some are devoid of love. Some don’t have any furniture. Or any people. But in every case, something always creeps in: trespassers, a ghost, a list of things to do before you die…you get the idea. According to O, the Oprah Magazine, Seven Empty Houses is a “blazing new story collection that will make you feel like the house is collapsing in on you.”

Oh, and no big deal, but this book just made the National Book Award longlist for best book in translation! Okay, it is a big deal. Let’s all read this one together and then talk about how great it was.

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What I’m Reading This Week

Our Wives Under the Sea book at the beach

Oh hey! Look at me. I’m at the beach reading books. Here’s what I brought with me.

Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

The Witch and the Tsar by Olesya Salnikova Gilmore

The Getaway by Lamar Giles

Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar

Monday Memes

For real though why didn’t I think to do this at my bachelorette party?

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

Well I’m not at home, so I asked Ben to send me a picture of the cats, and this is what I got. Murray and Remy are eating their breakfast and looking at the camera like “DAD! Why are you taking a pic of us right now?” But he did his best, and they’re still cute.

And that’s all for today! I hope you have a wonderful week, and we’ll catch up again on Thursday, as always! Much love!

Emily

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Black Sirens, Murder, Mystery, and More Book Radar!

Hello Book Friends!

By the time you read this, I will be in Hawaii and…it will be my birthday. Yes, hi. Welcome to the special Birthday Edition (TM) of Book Radar. And my birthday (October 13th) also happens to fall on Treat Yourself Day (the best day of the year)! So it’s not just a special day for me. It’s a special day for everyone. So with that in mind, I hope you’re treating yourself. And I hope you enjoy today’s newsletter!

Book Deals and Reveals

Have you been eagerly awaiting the third installment of Disney Hyperion’s Meant to Be collection? Well, here’s the cover reveal! Zoraida Córdova’s Kiss the Girl is hitting shelves on August 1, 2023.

And here’s the cover reveal for Sing Me to Sleep, Gabi Burton’s upcoming novel, featuring “Black sirens, fae, murder, mystery, and a swoony prince.” Coming June 27, 2023!

A unique first edition of Jane Austen’s Emma has become the most expensive of the author’s works ever sold after being bought for £375,000

Oprah Daily has the exclusive cover reveal of Rachel Heng’s new novel The Great ReclamationThis one is out from Riverhead Books on March 28, 2023.

Hulu’s Devil in the White City adaptation is running into some production issues. First, Keanu Reeves exited the project. Then, a week later, TÁR director Todd Field left the adaptation. Field was set to direct the whole series.

Here’s a first look at the film The People We Hate at the Wedding, based on the 2016 Grant Ginder novel of the same name. The movie hits Prime Video on November 18th.

Filmmaker John Waters is returning to directing for the first time in 18 years for an adaptation of his 2022 novel Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance.

Jessica Simpson’s memoir Open Book is being adapted for television. Freevee, an ad-supported streamer backed by Amazon, handed out a pilot order for Open Book, which will be a half-hour scripted comedy inspired by the memoir.

The series adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Kindred will be released on December 13th.

The nominees for the 2021 Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced! The awards aim to recognize “outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.”

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Can’t Wait for This One!

Chloe and the Kaishao Boys book cover

Chloe and the Kaishao Boys by Mae Coyiuto (Putnam, March 7th, 2023)

Someone said this book was Loveboat, Taipei meets When Dimple Met Rishi, and I was sold. Count me all the way in.

Chloe is a Chinese Filipina girl in Manila who recently got off the waitlist at USC. She’s so close to realizing her dream of becoming an animator in the United States. But her family has other plans for her.

Before she gets ready to leave home, Chloe’s auntie insists on planning for her a traditional debut for her 18th birthday. Chloe’s father is intent on finding her the perfect escort for the event, a nice boy that might convince Chloe to stay closer to home for college. And so Chloe’s father keeps setting her up with one kaishao — or arranged date — after another. When Chloe actually ends up falling for one of them, will everything go according to plan? Or will she say goodbye to love to follow her dreams?

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Words of Literary Wisdom

“I used to think there was such a thing as emptiness, that there were places in the world one could go and be alone. This, I think, is still true, but the error in my reasoning was to assume that alone was somewhere you could go, rather than somewhere you had to be left.”

Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

Treat Yourself!

Looking for some bookish goods to treat yourself to on this wonderful Treat Yourself Day? Here are some great bookish ghost goods perfect for the Halloween season. And here’s some fall-ready bookish fashion.

And if you love Reading Rainbow as much as I do, then be like me and get this stuff ASAP. I got the Reading Rainbow coffee mug because all I do is drink coffee all day every day. I also got this super cute “Take A Look, It’s in a Book” t-shirt. So if you want to be twinning with me, grab that stuff, or check out their other cute officially licensed Reading Rainbow merch.

And no, Reading Rainbow did not pay me to share this stuff. I just legit love Reading Rainbow.

Treat Yourself!

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

a cat curled up with it's eyes closed on a person's legs

Ben and I were watching The Luckiest Girl Alive on Netflix, and I know the title of that movie is ironic and everything, but I think Cersei might actually be the luckiest girl alive. Just look at how cozy she looked while we were watching the movie.

BTW, before you ask, I never read Jessica Knoll’s The Luckiest Girl Alive, so you will have to tell me how the book was. The movie was…ok. I love Mila Kunis though.

Okay, that’s it! Hope you have a good Treat Yourself Day/my birthday.

Emily

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Eric LaRocca Announces Debut Novel and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

Happy Monday! This is the week I leave for Hawaii, so the next time you hear from me, it’ll be from the beach (probably). I’m excited to go, but also kind of bummed to be leaving the PNW fall weather. I’ve been enjoying all the crunchy leaves. How about you? How is your fall going? You wanna hear about some book stuff? Let’s go.

Book Deals and Reveals

Nigeria Jones Book Cover

We have some exciting cover reveals to start this week off. Check out the cover of Ibi Zoboi’s upcoming novel Nigeria Jones. The cover design is by Nettrice R. Gaskins. This one is coming at you on May 9, 2023!

Scary mermaids? Heck yes. Tor Nightfire calls Cassandra Khaw’s horor novella The Salt Grows Heavy “dark and deliciously twisted.” Feast your eyes on it here. It’s out on May 2, 2023.

Eric LaRocca’s debut novel is coming soon! The author tweeted a picture of the ARC, writing, “It feels really weird to hold an ARC of my debut novel for the first time. I feel like I might unravel from all this joy???” We can expect a cover reveal in the next two weeks.

If YA romance is more your thing, then get excited about Ananya Devarajan’s debut YA romance novel Kismat Connection. Here’s the cover reveal. This one’s releasing from Inkyard Press on June 13, 2023.

Another cover reveal from Inkyard Press: A Song of Salvation by Alechia Dow. The author tweeted, “Wanna read a space adventure featuring a reincarnated god, a grumpy pilot & a beloved space dj with lots of intergalactic action?” Um, yes please. A Song of Salvation hits shelves on July 11, 2023.

According to an anonymous source, Al Pacino is in talks to sell his first memoir to Penguin Press.

Speaking of memoirs, actress and Red Table Talk host Jada Pinkett Smith will be publishing a currently untitled memoir in 2023.

Netflix’s feature film adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder, directed by Sebastián Lelia and starring Florence Pugh, has released its first trailer. The wonder will be out on the streaming platform on November 16th.

Paramount+ has shared a first look at the adaptation of their new drama series The Flatsharebased on the bestselling novel by Beth O’Leary.

The 2022 National Book Awards finalists were announced for the award’s five categories. Find out which books made it.

The Swedish Academy has awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature to acclaimed and beloved French writer Annie Ernaux.

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Prepare Your Shelves!

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We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds (Roaring Book Press, November 29)

Here’s a YA debut coming out in November that I think everyone is going to be talking about. And just look at that cover! I’m absolutely in love. Teen Vogue called this one “a gripping portrayal of the South’s inherent racism and a love story for queer Black girls.” Intrigued? Read on.

Seventeen-year-old Avery Anderson’s life is turned upside down when she’s forced to leave DC and move with her family to live with her terminally ill grandmother, Mama Letty, in Bardell, Georgia. The tensions between Avery’s mom and Mama Letty make things uncomfortable as soon as they get there, and whenever she tries to find out more about what’s going on between them, she gets turned away.

But not everything is terrible in Avery’s new life. She makes two new friends: her next door neighbor Simone Cole and Jade Oliver, the daughter of the town’s most prominent family. As the three girls become closer, Avery and Simone’s friendship starts to grow into something more. And the mystery of Jade’s mother’s death has Avery looking into the dark, racist history of Bardell. Meanwhile, Mama Letty’s health continues to deteriorate, and Avery will ultimately have to decide if her hunt for the truth is worth destroying the friendships and connections she’s built for herself in Bardell.

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What I’m Reading This Week

the witch and the tsar book cover

The Witch and the Tzar by Olesya Salnikova Gilmore

Uzumaki by Junji Ito (for the Halloween vibes)

The Getaway by Lamar Giles

Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

Scorched Grace by Margot Douaihy

Hokuloa Road by Elizabeth Hand

Monday Memes

This week, my favorite meme comes from Book Riot’s Instagram account. I couldn’t help but share this one because it’s 100% my definition of self-care.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

orange cat in a box

Anyone with a cat is probably familiar with pictures like this. Cats and boxes go together like peanut butter and jelly. I’m finally, finally, getting to unpacking the last few boxes from our move, and Murray is loving the empty box carnage.

And that’s a wrap on this Monday’s Book Radar! I hope you have a wonderful week, friends.

Emily

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Brandon Taylor’s THE LATE AMERICANS is Coming in May and More Book Radar!

Hi Book Friends!

Happy Thursday, everyone. We’re so close to the weekend I can almost feel it. It feels like sitting in my chair, cuddling cats, and reading books. What do you have going on this weekend? And more importantly, are you ready to hear about all the book things? Let’s go!

Book Deals and Reveals

the queens of new york book cover

Here’s the cover reveal of E.L. Shen’s debut YA novel The Queens of New York, out from Harper Collins on June 6th.

LGBTQ Reads has the exclusive cover reveal of The Song of Us by Kate Fussner. This queer middle grade novel-in-verse retelling of “Orpheus and Eurydice” is out from Katharine Tegan Books on May 30, 2023.

Meanwhile, Oprah Daily revealed the cover of Brandon Taylor’s new novel The Late Americans. This novel debuts in May 2023.

And here’s the cover of the anthology The Lyric Essay as Resistance: Truth from the Margins, edited by Zoë Bossiere and Erica Trabold. This book is out from Wayne State University Press in March 2023.

Amazon’s The Rings of Power has started filming its next season at Bray Studios, just outside London.

Following the premiere of its series adaptation of Anne Rice’s Interview with the VampireAMC has released the teaser trailer for its next Anne Rice adaptation: Mayfair Witches.

In the new book Black Hollywood: Reimagining Iconic Movie Moments by Carell Augustus, over 65 black actors are reimagining iconic Hollywood movie moments.

Historical map animator Ollie Bye has created a map which shows the spread of writing across the world from the oldest known writing systems in Mesopotamia all the way to today.

Marvel has released the full trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and the new trailer reveals the new Black Panther who will replace King T’Challa, following the untimely death of Chadwick Boseman.

In partnership with the Academy of American Poets, Andrews McMeel Publishing will release 100 Poems That Matter on December 6, 2022.

Hulu has given a series order to Under the Bridge, based on Rebecca Godfrey’s 2005 true crime book.

Alice Braga (Queen of the South) and Jimmi Simpson (Pachinko) will be joining as leads opposite Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Connelly in Dark Matter, an adaptation of Blake Crouch’s acclaimed sci-fi novel.

New month, new October horoscopes and book recommendations! Check out titles from Celeste Ng, Veronica Roth, and more.

It’s never too early to see what book festivals have been announced for 2023! Here are 10 confirmed general, YA, and children’s book festivals.

We’ve got your Riot Roundup for the quarter. Rioters are sharing the great books they’ve read last quarter, from new releases and upcoming reads to backlist picks.

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I’m a Contributing Editor at Book Riot, I write the Today in Books newsletter, and I’m a Bibliologist for Book Riot’s Tailored Book Recommendations subscription service. I also have a PhD in English, so I’m basically a doctor of books. Books are my life, in other words, so in this section of the newsletter, let me share with you some upcoming books I’m super excited about. And I think you will be too!

Can’t Wait for This One!

the foxglove king book cover

The Foxglove King by Hannah Whitten (Orbit Books, March 16, 2023)

I’ll be totally honest. It’s been a while since I’ve been super excited about a new epic fantasy series. But The Foxglove King comes from Hannah Whitten, author of For the Wolf and For the Throne. This is the first book in the Nightshade Kingdom trilogy, which the author described as “very bonkers and very fun and weirdly very funny.” Okay. Sign me up.

Ten years ago, Lore (who was thirteen at the time) escaped a cult in the catacombs beneath the city of Dellaire. For these past ten years, she has done her best to try not to be found. But that’s difficult when her death magic, called Mortem, keeps her tied to the city. To keep herself relatively safe and sheltered, she works running poisons. But after a run goes wrong, Lore’s power is revealed.

Lore is then taken by the Presque Mort, a group of warrior-monks sanctioned to use Mortem working for the Sainted King, King August. The king has a task for Lore: Entire villages on the outskirts of the country have been dying overnight, and Lore must use her magic to find out what happened to them. If she refuses, she will die. This book promises magic, forbidden romance, intrigue and more, and I’m excited to check it out!

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Words of Literary Wisdom

“‘I have anxiety’ is a full and complete statement. I don’t have to explain the what and why to you!”

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

What’s Up in the Book Community?

My iPhone is constantly telling me I spend too much time staring at my screen, which is honestly so rude. But this means I spend a lot of time scrolling around the online book community: BookTube, Bookstagram, BookTok, BookLinkedIn (JK. That’s not a thing…I don’t think). You get the idea. Don’t have the time, energy, or the will to do all of that yourself? No problem. I got you. In this weekly section of Book Radar, we’ll take a look at something cool, interesting, and/or newsy that’s going on in the book community.

Remember when Gillian Flynn announced the Gone Girl cruise? Were you wondering what actually happened on that cruise? You’re in luck, because this YouTuber went on the cruise and is back to give us the details.

What I’m Watching This Weekend

Okay, so I don’t want to speak too soon, but I started watching Interview with the Vampire…and it’s really good so far. Definitely going to be adding that to my weekend viewing roster. Have you checked it out already? Let me know your thoughts!

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

tuxedo cat yawning with headphones

Well, while I’m waiting to relax in my reading chair this weekend, Remy is keeping it warm for me. And with those headphones, I guess he’s listening to some audiobooks. What do you think he’s listening to, friends? My guess is The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward.

And that’s all I’ve got for you this Thursday. I hope you have an amazing day and an amazing weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week!

Emily

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Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro’s THE SUN AND THE STAR Gets Release Date and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday (and HAPPY OCTOBER)!

It’s finally our time, y’all. October is like my Christmas. Yes, the whole month. I’m so excited about it getting here, and then when it’s finally here, I’m so sad it’ll be gone soon. So let’s try to drink it in while it’s here. I’m really going to try to savor every day. I’ve already had my first pumpkin spice latte. I’m watching all the scary movies. I even bought autumnal socks. We’re here. Let’s go.

Book Deals and Reveals

she is a haunting book cover

Tor has shared the cover and an excerpt from Trang Thanh Tran’s atmospheric horror debut She Is a Haunting. It’s coming out on February 28th, 2023 in both the US and UK from Bloomsbury YA.

Rachel Howzell Hall has shared the cover of her upcoming fantasy novel The Last One.

In honor of My Policeman hitting theaters on October 21, Penguin has released a new film tie-in cover of the novel.

Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai is producing a film adaptation of Elaine Hsieh Chou’s acclaimed book Disorientation.

The cover and release date has been revealed for the upcoming Nico di Angelo adventure from Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro. The Sun and the Star will be out on May 2, 2023.

Lord of the Rings: the Rings of Power debuted at the top of Nielsen’s SVOD charts, outdrawing House of the Dragon among streaming users. This is the first Prime Video series to capture the number 1 overall ranking on the Nielsen chart.

Sandra Proudman announced that she is editing a new book Relit: 16 Latinx Remixes of Classic Stories. This is a YA SFF anthology coming in winter 2024.

A.C. Wise’s Wendy, Darling has been optioned for television. Wise tweeted, “It might not get developed, but I’m sure as heck keeping my fingers crossed and having fun daydreaming about it!”

TIME Magazine has named the people who made its Time100 Next list for 2022. Here are the authors who made the list.

In July, an app called Tertulia was launched, promising streamlined book discovery. How does it stack up against existing bookish apps?

Marvel fans: here’s every Marvel Studios movie and Disney+ project coming in 2022 and beyond.

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I’m a Contributing Editor at Book Riot, I write the Today in Books newsletter, and I’m a Bibliologist for Book Riot’s Tailored Book Recommendations subscription service. I also have a PhD in English, so I’m basically a doctor of books. Books are my life, in other words, so in this section of the newsletter, let me share with you some upcoming books I’m super excited about. And I think you will be too!

Prepare Your Shelves!

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Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun (Atria Books, November 1)

Halloween isn’t even here yet, but it’s already time to start thinking about what holiday rom coms you want to add to your TBR this year. And if you enjoyed Alison Cochrun’s debut novel The Charm Offensive, then you’ll be excited to know she’s back with a cute holiday romance. So prepare your shelves, because this one is out less than a month from now! And hey, I fully believe the moment Halloween is over, you’re totally okay to start celebrating the holidays. So November 1st is really the ideal time to start reading this book.

One year ago, Ellie Oliver was on top of the world. She’d recently moved to Portland, was working her dream job in animation, and she even met a woman at a bookstore with whom she immediately felt a romantic connection. But the next day, all of that was undone with a betrayal and the loss of her job soon after.

Now Ellie feels adrift, working at a coffee shop and living in the tiniest apartment imaginable. That’s when her coffee shop’s landlord approaches her with a plan: a marriage of convenience that will give him his recent inheritance and help alleviate some of Ellie’s financial stress. The two plan to spend the holidays in a cabin together to really solidify the “relationship” and make it seem real. But then Andrew introduces Ellie to his sister, who happens to be the woman she met a year ago at that bookstore.

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What I’m Reading This Week

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The Getaway by Lamar Giles

Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

Hokuloa Road by Elizabeth Hand

Scorched Grace by Margot Douaihy

The Verifiers by Jane Pek

The Man Who Could Move Clouds by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Monday Memes

We love a good Jane Austen meme, and this is an excellent one. And so relatable.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

The reading chair continues to be a favorite among the kitties. I love seeing these two guys getting so cuddly with each other on the reading chair.

And that is all for Book Radar on this fabulous October Monday. I hope you have a wonderful week. Enjoy an autumnal beverage. Look at some fall leaves if that’s happening in your part of the world. Wear a sweater.

See you Thursday!

Emily

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Here’s a First Look at HIS DARK MATERIALS Season 3 and More Book Radar!

Hi Book Friends!

It’s Thursday, and we’re soooo close to October that I can smell it. It smells like a pumpkin spice candle. And if you don’t like pumpkin spice, stay mad, haters. Anyway! With October basically here and Libra season upon us, I have to say I am in such a good mood. I wish it could be October all year round, but I guess we wouldn’t appreciate it as much if we had it all the time. So I’m just going to try to enjoy it while it’s here. Hope you’re all enjoying it as well. And on that note, it’s Book Radar time, so let’s goooooo!

Book Deals and Reveals

It’s fun to start off with a really exciting cover reveal. Like this one: the cover for Chuck Tingle’s upcoming novel Camp Damascus. This one’s coming at you on July 18, 2023 from Tor Nightfire.

And here’s the cover of L.R. Lam’s new epic fantasy Dragonfall. This is the first book in a trilogy, and it’s out in May 2023.

Oscar winner Tom Hanks has announced his first novel, which is set to come out on May 9th, 2023 from Penguin Random House. The novel is entitled The Making of Another Motion Picture Masterpiece.

HBO is premiering the third and final season of His Dark Materials this December, and here’s a first look at the last season of the series, featuring the return of James McAvoy as Lord Asriel.

Ali Hazelwood has announced her first young adult novel Check & Matea rom com about a young woman who finds herself in a public rivalry with “the reigning bad boy of chess” after she accidentally defeats him. The novel is currently scheduled to be published in November 2023 by Putnam Young Readers.

Back in 2021, Rick Riordan announced that he would be co-writing a Solangelo novel with Mark Oshiro. Now we finally have a title for the upcoming book: The Sun and the Star: A Nico di Angelo Adventure.

The first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film Knock at the Cabin has been released. The movie, based on the novel The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay, will be released only in theaters on February 3, 2023. 

Michelle Obama has announced the the dates and cities for her six-city tour promoting her upcoming book The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times.

Amazon is changing its ebook return policy to restrict automatic returns to purchases where no more than 10% of the book has been read.

The New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon all have their own bestseller lists. Here are the combined results.

Book Riot Recommends

I’m a Contributing Editor at Book Riot, I write the Today in Books newsletter, and I’m a Bibliologist for Book Riot’s Tailored Book Recommendations subscription service. I also have a PhD in English, so I’m basically a doctor of books. Books are my life, in other words, so in this section of the newsletter, let me share with you some upcoming books I’m super excited about. And I think you will be too!

Can’t Wait for This One!

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Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert (Joy Revolution, January 3)

Book Radar has been horror and thriller heavy lately, I realize. Blame the weather. Blame the October pumpkin candle scent wafting in the breeze. But I figured it was time for a nice, refreshing rom com break. So with that in mind, let’s talk about a novel coming out in January 2023 that you’re not going to want to miss.

Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute is the first book from Nicola Yoon and David Yoon’s imprint Joy Revolution, which focuses on publishing “stories with people of color as their heroes, each searching for love and living their lives on their own terms.” I’ve been so excited to see what Joy Revolution would be publishing, and this book seems like a really strong start, especially because it comes from bestselling romance author Talia Hibbert.

This YA romance is a story about a quirky content creator and a star football player working together to survive the great outdoors. Celine Bangura is obsessed with conspiracy theories, and she isn’t afraid to share her thoughts on everything from UFOs to holiday consumption on social media. But as well-liked as she is online, she’s never been that popular at her own high school. Which is why, she supposes, her ex-best friend Bradley Graeme abandoned her for the cool kids years ago.

Now Celine and Brad usually try their best to avoid each other. Which is why Celine is surprised when she signs up for a survival course in the woods and Brad is right there with her. Now to have a chance at winning the grand prize, Celine and Brad will have to work together, and rehash their messy past in the process.

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Words of Literary Wisdom

“It was difficult and exhausting, but he quickly accepted the fact that life had to go on without her. He’d lost love, and yet the world was not the slightest bit shaken by his loss. The part of his life that had had J in it went away, leaving behind a cavity, a hollow, and still the world was unmoved. Nothing would ever fill in that empty space. But Oghi’s world would keep on spinning regardless.”

The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun

What’s Up in the Book Community?

My iPhone is constantly telling me I spend too much time staring at my screen, which is honestly so rude. But this means I spend a lot of time scrolling around the online book community: BookTube, Bookstagram, BookTok, BookLinkedIn (JK. That’s not a thing…I don’t think). You get the idea. Don’t have the time, energy, or the will to do all of that yourself? No problem. I got you. In this weekly section of Book Radar, we’ll take a look at something cool, interesting, and/or newsy that’s going on in the book community.

I have a couple of follow-ups for you all this week, from previous “What’s up in the book community?” segments. Come along with me.

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Let’s start with the good news, and let’s talk about another Halloween readathon I think you all will want to check out: The Blackoweenathon hosted by Loc’D Booktician. And if those Book recommendations for the readathon aren’t enough, here’s a whole video of recs, fresh for 2022. Enjoy!

And now some bad news. Remember back in August when I said the Bookish Box was potentially problematic? Yeah well. They’re up to more questionable things. You can see a quick breakdown of what happened over at Bookish Tea Alerts on Twitter, but there have been more developments since this was posted. You all know how much I love Book CommuniTEA, so I will let Jess Owens break it down for you. But warning that the Bookish Box tea involves ableism.

Phew that was a lot.

What I’m Watching This Weekend

Somehow I’ve powered through Love Island US, and now I have so much more time to start new shows. So give me your recs. This is a rare opportunity. Thankfully, the final season of Atlanta has started. SO PSA: If you’re not watching Atlanta, what are you doing??? Go do that now. I’m also keeping the horror movie party going. This weekend, I’m going to see Smile. I’m really tired of seeing this trailer, so I’m so happy the movie is finally out. I can’t be the only one who feels this way.

Oh! And My Best Friend’s Exorcism comes out on Friday! How could I forget?? So excited.

I guess I have a lot of movies and TV in my future, friends.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

calico cat on a couch

I know everyone’s been missing seeing Cersei Anne, so here she is, living her best couch life. Speaking of TV, Cersei looooooves the new House of the Dragon show, just FYI. Every time it comes on, she’s right up on the couch, just dying to see what those wacky Targaryens are up to this week.

Do your cats have a fave TV show? Let me know.

And that is all, friends! Have a great weekend.

Emily