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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

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The Fright Stuff

Finding Your Haunted Niche

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.‌

So if you’ve been subscribed to the newsletter for a while now you know that I occasionally like to break up the weekly books recs to talk about something horror-related, or horror reading-related in this case – that has caught my attention. This week it’s reader burnout, finding your niche(s) in the genre, and having that be okay.

Horror is a massive genre. We have the full complement of subgenres, and our subgenres have subgenres/categories/things. Many of which overlap! That’s a lot of ground to cover for a newbie horror reader, which I was just a couple of years ago. It can be intimidating, like approaching a series with 13 books except it’s a whole genre with thousands of books. Picking a place to start, I have found, happens in one of a couple of ways. Some new readers slide in from other related genres like dark fantasy, true crime, or thrillers. Others decide that they want to try horror and they just dive in blind and start feeling their way around. Regardless of how a horror reader gets their start, one thing remains constant: it always starts with a book, that leads to another book. Then the next thing you know, you’re a horror reader.

And in the beginning, you want to try everything. Sample every subgenre, every writing style, every format from poetry to full-length novels. And that’s good! That’s exactly how you should go at a new genre because it’s the best way to figure out what you’re going to love, what you’ll only like, and what you will definitely not want. But, like I said, it’s a lot of open ground. Eventually you have to narrow your field, or you’ll keep trying to push yourself to read everything and you’ll burn out on the genre and all the fun will go out of your reading.

Ask me how I know.

I love horror. But I may, just slightly, have over done it in the last year. And suddenly I was looking at stacks of horror in my TBR and found that I had 0 interest in like 40% of them. I thought “Well. That’s it. So much for my newsletter. I’m off horror.” Which, I’ll grant you, was a bit of an overreaction but hey. 2021. Also known as 2020: The Re-twentying.

But my problem wasn’t that I’d gone off horror. It was that, without realizing it or at least without acknowledging it, I had refined my preferences in the last two years. I had realized what I loved and wanted in horror and what I didn’t. Yet I was stuck on this idea that I had to be reading ALL the horror, and it was throwing up a roadblock because in the end I just didn’t want to. There are some horror books that I’ve read that I regretted reading because they left me feeling gross, or disturbed, and put images in my head I’ll never unread. And some people want that from their horror, and that’s great! That’s their kind of horror.

But I don’t like feeling like that, which is probably one of the reasons that – as I’ve mentioned before – I like my horror to end on an upbeat note. And thinking that I had to read horror I didn’t want to read completely killed my fun. There’s no greater thief of joy than homework reading.

I guess what I’m saying – the point of all this – is that it’s okay to cherry pick your horror. It doesn’t have to interfere with your ability to read diversely! Whatever your horror poison of choice is, more likely than not you can find diverse recs for your reading list. That’s the beauty of a big genre that grows in diversity every year! You can pick the books you want to read and ignore the rest, even if “the rest” are bestsellers and the hot picks on everybody’s lists. You don’t have to read “the next big horror novel” if it’s not your thing, even if everyone else is reading it. Sometimes we get so caught up in being professional readers, especially if you’re a blogger or a reviewer, and we feel like we have to read what’s new when it’s new even if we aren’t feeling it.

So if you are one of those people, like me, who need permission: here it is! Read what you love and you’ll keep loving the genre you read.

Fresh from the Skeleton’s Mouth

Check out this gorgeous cover art for the forthcoming spec fic anthology Unfettered Hexes: Queer Tales of Insatiable Darkness, edited by Dave Ring and set to be published by Neon Hemlock in October!

This folk horror anthology being crowdsourced over at Unbound is absolutely gorgeous The illustrations are creepy and atmospheric, and as far as collectable books go it’s definitely worth checking out. Pledging closes on April 25th, so it’s not to late to join in and pre-order your copy!

Don’t mind me, I’m just somewhat mesmerized by these Fabergé organs. Technically they’re not real – they’re digital images created as part of a pro-organ donation campaign from Brazil – but aren’t they stunning!?

Lauren Blackwood’s Within These Wicked Walls (an Ethiopian-inspired fantasy retelling of Jane Eyre) is WAY up there on my shopping list for this fall, and would you just look at this gorgeous painting of the heroine by @ArthShahverdyan. So good.

This announcement for Jessica Lewis’ forthcoming book, right? Oh 2022 why are you so far away?

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

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The Kids Are All Right

Great New Chapter Books!

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

There are a handful of great new chapter books (and one going out in October that I just had to put on your radar) that I want to share with you today! Chapter books are great for newly independent readers who need books that aren’t too intimidating. These books also include illustrations, which I LOVE! (And can we admire the fact the Newbery Medal winner Erin Entrada Kelly also illustrated her new chapter book?)

The Dragon Thief by Zetta Elliott, illustrated by Geneva B

This is the follow-up story to the hugely popular Dragons in a Bag book! Fans of fantasy will love this one! Jaxon has to return three baby dragons to the realm of magic but when he gets there, only two dragons were left in the bag. Kavita, Jaxon’s best friend, has stolen the third dragon, thinking she was doing what was best for the baby dragon, but now every time she feeds it, the dragon grows and grows! Kavita is definitely in over her head, and Jaxon needs all the help he can get to find Kavita, outsmart a trickster named Blue, and return the baby dragon to its true home.

Ivy and Bean Get to Work! by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Fans of Ivy and Bean, rejoice! It’s the 12th book in this charming series, and this time it’s Career Day at Emerson Elementary School. All the students have to choose what they want to be when they grow up, and best friends Ivy and Bean already have that all figured out. At least, they thought so, until they met Herman the Treasure Hunter. Now everyone in the second grade is looking for treasure—and finding it. Everyone except Ivy and Bean, that is. They need to get out their shovels and turn up some treasure on the double!

Aven Green Sleuthing Machine by Dusti Bowling (April 13, 2021, Sterling)

I was first introduced to Aven Green through the middle grade book, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus. In this new series for younger readers, third grader Aven Green, who was born without arms, finds herself confronted with not one, but two mysteries to solve! When her teacher’s lunch bag disappears and then Aven’s great-grandmother’s dog goes missing, Aven needs to summon all of her sleuthing powers to solve the mysteries.

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly (May 21, HarperCollins)

I love Marisol Rainey! This wonderfully spunky character is sure to capture your heart. Marisol’s family is different from any of the other families she knows in her small Louisiana town. Her mother was born in the Philippines and her father works and lives part-time on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. But Marisol is ready for the summer, even though she has to figure out how to get annoying Evie Smythe to leave her alone and how to gain to courage to climb the big tree in her backyard.

One Smart Sheep by Gary D. Schmidt and Elizabeth Stickney, illustrated by Jane Manning (October 26, 2021, HMH Books for Young Readers)

This adorable book is filled with full color illustrations. Wilson was Abigail Atwood’s friendliest, woolliest, and smartest sheep. He was also a very a curious sheep, which gets him into trouble when he climbs into the back of a piano movers’ truck and ends up alone in the big city. Can Wilson find his way home?


What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time!
Karina

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Today In Books

25 Stephen King Short Films to be Shown at Virtual Festival: Today in Books

The 2nd Annual National Antiracist Book Festival will be Held Saturday, April 24

Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research will be holding its 2nd Annual National Antiracist Book Festival on Saturday, April 24. This virtual book festival “is the first and only book festival that brings together, showcases, and celebrates the nation’s leading antiracist writers and helps to prepare the writers of tomorrow.” Events will take place all day, including topically-organized panels featuring writers such as Pulitzer Prize finalist Tommy Orange (There There), New York Times bestselling author Kiley Reid (Such a Fun Age), co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter Alicia Garza (The Purpose of Power), and many more. There will also be writers workshops facilitated by leading book editors and literary agents. For a full list of events and registration details, check out the event page.

25 Stephen King Short Films to be Shown at Virtual Festival

The Stephen King Rules Dollar Baby Film Festival will be streaming 25 short films adapted from the works of prolific author Stephen King. The virtual event is entirely free and will run from April 23rd to the 25th. The films include adaptations of King’s short stories, such as “Popsy,” “The Woman in the Room,” and “The Last Rung on the Ladder.” Additionally, the festival will include exclusive interviews and discussions with the filmmakers. You can find the full schedule on the Barker Street Cinema website.

Dear Netflix: Adapt These Queer Black Multicultural Romances

Dear Netflix: Please adapt these romance novels by and about queer Black people. We need them right now. Please and thank you.

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We’re giving away $100 to spend at the children’s bookstore Books of Wonder! All you have to do is sign-up for our Kid Lit Giveaways newsletter, and get notified whenever we’re giving away free kids’ and middle grade books! Click here or the image below to enter now!

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Check Your Shelf

THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES Gets All the Attention

Welcome to Check Your Shelf. For those of you following along with the saga of my injured finger from Tuesday’s newsletter, I’m happy to report that it’s healing quite nicely and I no longer need to wear a bandage 24/7. The cut itself looks quite small, and there’s a part of me that wants to insist that no, really, I swear it was bleeding all over the place, I’m not just being a big baby for nothing!

Anyway, let’s library.


Libraries & Librarians

News Updates

ALA asks the Biden administration to include specific funding for libraries in the American Jobs Plan.

Tennessee state legislators have introduced a bill that would ban any books that “promote, normalize, support, or address lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or transgender issues or lifestyles” from Tennesse schools. The bill passed out of committee last week, so if you live in Tennessee, now is a good time to contact your state representatives.

Georgia school librarians are alarmed by proposed legislation that seeks to remove them from decisions about which books students can (or can’t) read at school.

The most frequently banned books of 2020 include a lot more titles focused on racial inequality.

Cool Library Updates

Public programming with virtual murder mysteries.

“Whispering libraries” are coming to Brooklyn this summer.

Worth Reading

7 library changes that this librarian hopes will stick around after the pandemic.

Banned books in Florida prisons.

You don’t have to be cool to promote your library to teens!

Book Adaptations in the News

Tessa Thompson launches a production company and is set to executive produce adaptations of Who Fears Death and The Secret Lives of Church Ladies.

Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page will not return for season two.

A To All the Boys spinoff series is in the works.

Ken Follett’s The Evening and the Morning is being developed as a TV series.

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen is also being developed as a TV series.

Sarah Michelle Gellar is starring in the upcoming Amazon series, Hot Pink, which is based on the book What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold.

Amanda Seyfriend has replaced Kate McKinnon to play Elizabeth Holmes in the Hulu series The Dropout.

Casting update for Station Eleven, The Good Nurse, and Matilda.

Vanity Fair has a piece about “The failure of American Gods and the trouble with Neil Gaiman,” in response to the news that American Gods has been canceled.

Books & Authors in the News

A Cincinnati firefighter wrote a children’s book to inspire and empower young girls.

The many faces of Ramona Quimby.

Numbers & Trends

A rare 1938 Superman comic book has sold for a record $3.5 million at auction.

Award News

The winners of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Awards have been announced.

Deesha Philyaw wins the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for The Secret Lives of Church Ladies.

James McBride wins the inaugural Gotham Book Prize.

The British Science Fiction Association Award winners have been announced.

The winners of the Windham-Campbell Prize have been announced.

Here are the shortlists for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction and the 2020 Aurealis Awards.

Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous

NPR wants your mini poems to celebrate National Poetry Month!

On the Riot

Visiting the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.

An English professor’s perspective on hating poetry.

Beginner mistakes to avoid during a 24-hour readathon.

A guide to Lord of the Rings special edition sets.


All right. Everyone’s fingers still attached? Good. Let’s keep it that way. Have a safe weekend, everyone!

—Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter.

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Swords and Spaceships

Swords and Spaceships for April 9

Happy Friday, shipmates! It’s Alex, with some pre-orders you should totally check out and some sci-fi newsy links. Colorado’s moving into one of my most favorite parts of the year–cold at night, warm enough for a bike ride during the day, and we’re getting rain! Trust me, that last item is very exciting. I’ll be able to put my plants outside soon, and make the cats happy because they can have one of their windowsills back. Hope that spring is bringing some equally lovely days your way. Stay safe out there, and I will see you on Tuesday!

Let’s make 2021 better than 2020. A good place to start? The Okra Project and blacklivesmatter.carrd.co


News and Views

The 2020 BSFA Award Winners have been announced

Science Fiction Representations of Cyborgs in Kim Ch’o-yŏp’s“My Space Heroine”

WorldCon 2021 has changed hotels and moved its dates to December 15-19

Nerds of a Feather did some Nebula and Hugo Award predictions

Philip K. Dick’s complete short stories are getting a Folio Society edition

Samuel R. Delaney received a lifetime achievement award from the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

The return of the return of MST3K!

WandaVision creator explains why it was never really Agatha all along

30-year-old Soviet TV adaptation of The Lord of the Rings surfaces on YouTube

A Scientist Taught AI to Generate Pickup Lines. The Results are Chaotic.

A great thread about horror in space, spurred by a very silly take

Is science fiction holding back climate action?

Game of Thrones’ 10th Anniversary Celebrations Hope You’ve Forgotten the Final Season

…no, we’re way past April 1. And… peeps are getting their own movie?

On Book Riot

This week’s SFF Yeah! podcast is the SFF mixtape

What kind of SFF hero are you?

This month you can enter to win your own library cart, a year of free books, $100 to spend on comics, and a $100 Books of Wonder gift card.

Free Association Friday

To be honest, I’ve been avoiding Twitter lately because every time I open it, I see the newest anti-trans, gender-policing attack legislation getting pushed through in various states. It’s making me really tired, y’all. So how about a little list of some upcoming books (and one previously released that I missed somehow) by trans and nonbinary authors? Pre-orders are love, and these books look pretty awesome! As a bonus, there’s two more books fit for this list that’ll be coming out on Tuesday–you’ll see them then.

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The Witch King by H. E. Edgmon (June 1)

Wyatt is a witch from the realm of Asalin, where he was betrothed to a fae prince, Emyr, who was also his best friend. But after losing control of his magic, Wyatt flees to the human world to find himself and escape his past… until Emyr hunts him down, still intent on seeing their engagement through so he doesn’t lose his throne.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon (May 4)

A pregnant woman escapes from a religious compound to give birth to her twins in the woods. But cults don’t let go easily, and she’s forced to fight against that community and the outside world to defend her family–a battle that begins an uncanny metamorphosis of her body that can only be understood by facing the past.

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Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel by Julian K Jarboe

A short story collection that ranges from fairy tales to Catholic cyberpunk, all with a healthy dose of body horror and queer fabulism.

The Scratch Daughters by Hannah Abigail Clarke (September 14)

Sequel to The Scapegracers. As the loss of her magical soul drives her to desperate measures, Sideways Pike still has to keep her coven together, deal with her evil ex, and maybe throw some hexes at toxic men while she’s at it.

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The Sisters of Reckoning by Charlotte Nicole Davies (August 10)

Sequel to The Good Luck Girls. Now that the Good Luck Girls are free, most have crossed the border to pursue new lives, while Aster tries to help more girls escape. But when she finds out about a new welcome house opening, she decides that helping individuals isn’t enough. She hatches an ambitious and dangerous plan to free all dustbloods, and calls upon her friends to make it a reality.


See you, space pirates. If you’d like to know more about my secret plans to dominate the seas and skies, you can catch me over at my personal site.

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True Story

Top-Selling Nonfiction of 2020

I try to highlight some weird or obscure nonfiction on here when I can, but what if we just went all in on popular nonfiction? That seems fun, right? So I looked at the top 100 selling books and did some cherry picking because I can. Enjoy!

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A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Of course of COURSE this is on here. Obama’s 700+ page memoir is the first in a two-volume set. This volume goes from Obama’s early years through the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011, so before he was elected for his second term. According to Wikipedia, Obama took the longest of any president writing a memoir since it started being a regular “thing” with Calvin Coolidge. But it’s a massive book, so we get it, Obama. We get it.

Untamed cover by Glennon Doyle

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Doyle’s previous books include Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior. Her most recent memoir “is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live.” She discusses her divorce, her marriage to Abby Wambach, and their blended family. The book is divided into three sections: Caged, Keys, and Freedom. It’s all about empowerment for women and finding courage. My wife loves this book.

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How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

This was on so many antiracism lists last year, so it’s not a huge surprise it was one of the top sellers! Kendi talks about antiracism as “a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism” and “points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other.” He relates how racism creates false hierarchies in society and makes everything actively worse. So we should stop that.

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Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer Prize–winning Wilkerson’s new book was a big, big release of last year. Despite America’s proclamation of being based in the notion that all people are created equal, all people are not treated equally. Wilkerson posits that there is a hidden caste system, which can be defined through eight pillars, including divine will and bloodlines. You know. The things people have used for millennia to say why they’re inherently better than other people. This came out last August, which both feels forever ago and “what, only eight months ago?”

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

This one surprised me, so I looked into it! For those of you in the know, forgive me, but I was shocked to see this has been a NYT bestseller for a full decade, so it made the top nonfiction list for 2020. All the reviews are very either “this book immediately changed my life” or “this book is garbage nonsense!” So sounds like something to arrive at your own opinion about!


For more nonfiction new releases, check out the For Real podcast which I co-host with the excellent Kim here at Book Riot. If you have any questions/comments/book suggestions, you can find me on social media @itsalicetime. Until next time, enjoy those facts, fellow nerds.

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Unusual Suspects

Justin Theroux Will Star in Thriller Adapted From Uncle’s Novel

Hello mystery fans! It’s time for news, roundups, some of my reading, and lots of Kindle deals.

From Book Riot and Around the Internet

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7 Great Mysteries and Thrillers on Audio

8 of the Best Ecological Thrillers for Your TBR

Liberty and Danika chat about new releases including Rioter Tirzah Price’s first in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries, Pride and Premeditation, on the latest All the Books!

‘The Lincoln Lawyer’: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine Joins Netflix Legal Drama Series

Kellye Garrett talked about the manuscript she’s working on and yes.please.now.

The 60 Hottest New (and Upcoming) Mysteries & Thrillers

The Top 13 Crime Drama Shows on Netflix

The True Story of This Is a Robbery’s $600m Art Heist, and What Happened Next

Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse Trailer Delivers Violent Spy Thrills

Justin Theroux Tries to Ditch the U.S. Government in New Trailer for ‘The Mosquito Coast’ (based on the same titled 1981 novel by Justin Theroux’s uncle, Paul Theroux)

‘Northern Spy’ Is Reese’s Book Club Pick

Hello, gorgeous cover for upcoming thriller starring a Black lawyer: All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris

Giveaway: a year’s subscription to TBR at the hardcover level!

Giveaway: Win a $100 to Spend on Comics!

Giveaway: Enter to Win Your Own Library Cart: April, 2021

A Bit Of My Week In Reading

For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing

Holy revenge, Batman! This is a delicious page-turner with so many layers of revenge, you won’t soon forget. I absolutely loved watching how this unfolded starting with a jerk teacher at a prep school who thinks it’s his job to punish others into being better… I’m super excited about this one so mark your calendars for July 20th.

I just got the audiobook for Femi Kayode’s Lightseekers, which gives the investigator role to a psychologist in Nigeria looking into a crime that involved the killing of three students by a mob.

And I am suuuuuper excited for this upcoming cozy mystery: Mango, Mambo, and Murder (A Caribbean Kitchen Mystery #1) by Raquel V. Reyes. The sleuth is the star of a Cuban-American cooking show, so I’m drooling already.

Kindle Deals

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Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

If your checklist has dark, fictional serial killer, and page-turner, pick up this thriller from Hillier for $2.99! (Review) (TW: rape scenes/ domestic violence/ pedophilia off page)

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Looking for history and true crime? For $1.99 you got it!

Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg

If you want to travel to the 1950s and wonder what is under London, here’s a fun secret organization murder-mystery for $2.99! (Review) (TW past suicide mentioned kind of as reveal, brief detail)

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

If you can read brutal true crime memoirs, this was the first true crime memoir I read that I found to be an excellent read and it’s currently $2.99. (Review) (All the trigger warnings)

Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Why yes the retired NBA player is an author of a Sherlock series, and you can check it out for $2.99!

Who Is Vera Kelly? (A Vera Kelly Story) by Rosalie Knecht

If you’re looking for a recent in history historical and a character-driven spy story, here you go for $2.99! (TW child abuse/ suicide)


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