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We’re giving away five copies of The Prince of Nowhere by Rochelle Hassan to five lucky Riot readers!

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Roda isn’t afraid of the monsters that roam the wilds of the Aerlands. But when she rescues an injured crow on the instruction of her secret pen pal, Anonymous, she’s surprised to learn she’s brought one of the so-called monsters home. Because her crow is really a shape-shifting boy named Ignis.

Ignis doesn’t remember where he was going before he crashed. But Anonymous brought him and Roda together for a reason—and the only way to find out what Anonymous wants is to follow the trail of baffling clues in Roda’s letters.

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We’re giving away three Advance Reader Copies of The Friendship Pact by Jill Shalvis, plus three copies of book one in The Sunrise Cove series, The Family You Make by Jill Shalvis, to three lucky Riot readers!

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Alone in the world, Tae Holmes and her mother April pretty much raised each other, but as Tae starts asking questions about the father she’s never met, April, for the first time in her life, goes silent. To make matters worse, Tae soon finds herself face-to-face with Riggs Copeland. She hasn’t seen the former Marine since their brief fling in high school, and while still intensely drawn to him, she likes her past burned and buried, thank you very much. Hence their friendship pact.
But when April oddly refuses to help Tae track down her father, it’s Riggs who unexpectedly comes to her aid. On a hunt to unlock the past, the two of them find themselves on a wild ride and learn a shocking truth, while also reluctantly bonding in a way neither had seen coming.

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We’re giving away five copies of Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments by T.L. Huchu to five lucky Riot readers!

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When Ropa Moyo discovered an occult underground library, she expected great things. Instead of getting paid to work magic, however, she’s had to accept a crummy unpaid internship. And her with bills to pay and a pet fox to feed. Then her friend Priya offers her a job on the side. Priya works at Our Lady of Mysterious Maladies, a very specialized hospital, where a new illness is resisting magical and medical remedies alike. Her sleuthing will lead her to a lost fortune, an avenging spirit and a secret buried deep in Scotland’s past.

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We’re giving away three copies of This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel to three lucky Riot readers!

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From the national and USA TODAY bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold comes a dark, thrilling novel about two sisters—one trapped in the clutches of a cult, the other in a web of her own lies.

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We’re giving away five copies of Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan to five lucky Riot readers!

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Ana is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a high school that graduates the worlds best marine scientists, and underwater explorers. Ana’s parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family she’s got left is her brother. Ana’s freshman year culminates with the class’s weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it’ll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change their lives.

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We’re giving away one copy of Louise Erdrich’s new book The Sentence to one lucky reader!

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From National Book Award winner Louise Erdrich: Revolving around a small independent bookstore in contemporary Minneapolis, The Sentence follows a turbulent year in the life of a strong though vulnerable Ojibwe woman named Tookie.
After serving part of an outrageously long sentence, Tookie, who “learned to read with murderous attention” while in prison, naturally gravitates toward working at a bookstore. There she joins a dedicated community of artists and book lovers and begins to build a new life for herself.

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The New Hanya Yanagihara Book Cover and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday, star bits! I am back from vacation and I have some personal news to share: this will be my last week writing the Book Radar newsletter. After over four years, as sad as it makes me, I am stepping down as the captain of this ship. But don’t worry, I am not going anywhere! I will still be hosting All the Books!, writing the weekly New Books newsletter, writing posts for the site, etc. But I needed to streamline my work hours a bit. And it was a hard decision, because all of my jobs are so much fun!

So I am handing the reins over to longtime contributing editor Emily Martin! She is awesome and knows a lot about books! She will be keeping up all the news and fun stuff, and yes, cat pictures. There must be cat pictures! And for you New Books readers, I will be adding an upcoming title at the bottom of the newsletter each week, and yes, a cat picture.

Moving on to today’s newsletter: I have exciting news for you! I also have a look at one of next year’s most anticipated novels, plus cover reveals, a terrible joke, a cat gathering, and trivia! Let’s get started, shall we?

Here’s Monday’s trivia question: Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith takes place in what country? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

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Colson Whitehead’s Sag Harbor is going to be an HBO Max series, with help from Laurence Fishburne.

Here’s the cover reveal of To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara.

Vanessa Hua announced her new book: Forbidden City, coming in 2022.

National Book Award winner Kacen Callender also announced a new book!

Ramon Rodriguez will join Aubrey Plaza in Hulu’s adaptation of Olga Dies Dreaming by Xóchitl Gonzalez.

Here’s the cover reveal of Black Love Matters: Real Talk on Romance, Being Seen, and Happy Ever Afters edited by our very own Jessica P. Pryde!

Take a look at the first official trailer for Y: the Last Man.

Kerry Washington will star in the adaptation of the memoir Rockaway: Surfing Headlong into a New Life by Diane Cardwell.

Tillie Walden is collaborating on a new children’s book.

Jasmine Guillory announced that she is writing a Disney princess book about Belle.

Here’s the first look at Emily Henry’s next book, Book Lovers.

The Hunger Games prequel will start shooting next year.

I really, really need this book: Magic, Lies, and Murder Pies.

Twitter has since suspended the fake Cormac McCarthy account they first verified without checking the usual requirements needed to get a blue checkmark.

Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series is being adapted for television.

Here’s the trailer for Cinderella with Camila Cabello and Billy Porter.

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: 

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Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf, April 19, 2022)

Oh hello, beautiful novel. I am sorry to tease you, since this book isn’t out until April of next year, but this is my new favorite Emily St. John Mandel! It’s a time travel story, set in a few different time periods, most of which are in the future, which I LOVED. In the future, we’ve colonized other moons and planets, and people travel around like it’s no big thing. There are several characters, including a disillusioned young man in Canada in 1912; an author in the future touring for her bestselling book about a plague when an actual pandemic breaks out; and a visit with a character from The Glass Hotel, set in the present day. The common thread is a strange glitch in time that several people experience throughout out history.

The story is melodic and sad, and so fascinating. The future sounds like the world now: scary and worrying and also hopeful. I loved how ESJM pulled all the threads together and the ending was *chef’s kiss*. It was the perfect number of pages, too, which sounds weird but it’s true. I can’t wait for everyone to be able to read it!

(CW for mass illness and death, war, suicide, and murder.)

What I’m reading this week.

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The Verifiers by Jane Pek

The Caretakers by Amanda Bestor-Siegal

These Toxic Things: A Thriller by Rachel Howzell Hall 

The Book of Ebenezer le Page by G.B. Edwards 

Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey by Florence Williams

Groan-worthy joke of the week: 

How do you make 7 even? Remove the ‘S’.

And this is funny:

I wish this was my name, tbh.

Happy things:

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

  • Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring. (Why do I include this every time? Because it’s really that helpful.)

And here’s a cat picture!

three cats, one gray and two orange, standing and sitting in front of a door

I was down in our basement doing laundry when my husband took this picture of my children waiting for me to come back upstairs.

Trivia answer: Vietnam. (Seriously, read this book.)

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 for my last Book Radar newsletter for the foreseeable future. ❤️ xoxo, Liberty

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“The Gay Penguins Did Not Corrupt Me”

Welcome to Check Your Shelf. I want you all to exude “I’m Speaking” energy into the weekend, next week, the next several weeks, and all the months after that.


Libraries & Librarians

News Updates

Publishers worry as ebooks fly off libraries’ virtual shelves (are we seriously starting up with this tired argument again??).

Multnomah County Library dials back its layoffs, but employees are calling out systemic racism and top-down management.

A former Austin Public Library employee is accused of stealing $1.3 million in printer toner.

Worth Reading

The struggle to diversify library staff.

Libraries could be the next hub for telehealth services.

I’m sharing this for the headline alone: “For Banned Books Week, I read the country’s 10 most challenged books. The gay penguins did not corrupt me.”


Book Adaptations in the News

We’re getting an animated adaptation of Lumberjanes!

The Obama’s production company is teaming up with Doc McStuffins creator Chris Nee to produce an animated series of Ada Twist, Scientist for Netflix.

V.E. Schwab’s new novel The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is getting a film adaptation.

The new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches will skip theaters and go straight to streaming on HBO Max on October 22nd.

Layne Fargo tweeted that her novel They Never Learn is being adapted for TV.

Warner Brothers is pushing back Dune’s release date to late 2021.

Casting updates for Between the World and Me and The Sandman.

Here’s why Hollywood’s been gobbling up book rights during the pandemic.


Books & Authors in the News

A court has ruled that the DoJ’s case against John Bolton’s book can proceed.

A group of lyricists and authors have launched the #45Lies challenge on social media, which is designed to create a rapid-response movement to fact check statements made by Trump.

Why a California school district removed and then quietly reinstated Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret just turned 50!


Numbers & Trends

Out of the top 20 books that have been banned or challenged in the last decade, half of them have featured LGBTQ themes. Perhaps not surprising, but still infuriating.


Award News

The National Book Award finalists have been announced!

Jacqueline Woodson, N.K. Jemisin, and Tressie McMillan Cottom all won 2020 MacArthur Foundation genius grants!

The Center for Fiction just announced the shortlist for its 2020 First Novel Prize.

Akwaeke Emezi said that they will not let their future novels be entered for the Women’s Prize after the prize asked them for information on their sex as defined “by law.”

Shortlists for the National Translation Awards.

The US Selfies awards have added a children’s prize to go along with its adult fiction award.


Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous

Browse the world’s strangest (and I do mean STRANGEST) books.

But what do we actually MEAN by a “book?”


On the Riot

4 ways libraries hype books virtually.

5 awesome online educational sites for kids.

This reader doesn’t remember the last time they enjoyed a book.

A brief history of writing styles, from pictures to the modern alphabet.

What would your bookish point total be on The Good Place?


Let’s get through another week together, folks. Remember to reclaim your time, and I’ll catch you on the flipside.

—Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter.