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October Bookish News | New Percy Jackson, Booker Prize Winner + More

October 31st, 2022

Hi Readers!

Oh my goodness a lot happened in October! So many exciting things are happening and I’m going to share as many of them with you as I can!

October Book Releases

The School For Good and Evil, Netflix
Starring: Sofia Wylie, Sophia Anne, Charlize Theron
Based on the book by Soman Chainani

Emily, Cinemas
Starring: Emma MacKay
Based on the life of Emily Bronte

Mr Harrigon’s Phone, Netflix
Starring: Jason Blum and Donald Sutherland
Based on the book by Stephen King

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Cinemas
Starring: Lucy Hale and Kunal Nayyar
Based on the book by Gabrielle Zevin

Rosaline, Disney+
Starring: Kaitlyn Dever
Based on the play by William Shakespeare (kind of, lol)

My Policeman, Cinemas (Prime November 4th)
Starring: Harry Styles and Emma Corrin
Based on the book by Bethan Robert

All Quiet On The Western Front, Cinemas
Starring: Daniel Brühl
Based on the book by Erich Maria Remarque

Movie Trailer
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
Starring: Florence Pugh

Getting Adapted:
The Radleys by Matt Haig
Starring: Damian Lewis

Getting Adapted
People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry
Starring: We Don’t Know Yet!

Booker Prize 2022 Winner!
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka

Colombo, 1990. Maali Almeida—war photographer, gambler, and closet queen—has woken up dead in what seems like a celestial visa office. His dismembered body is sinking in the serene Beira Lake and he has no idea who killed him.

In a country where scores are settled by death squads, suicide bombers, and hired goons, the list of suspects is depressingly long, as the ghouls and ghosts with grudges who cluster round can attest. But even in the afterlife, time is running out for Maali.

He has seven moons to contact the man and woman he loves most and lead them to the photos that will rock Sri Lanka.

We’re getting a new Percy Jackson book!
Rick Riordan announced he has written a new adventure starring the original trio from Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, and it’s set to come out in September 2023 in line with the TV adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
The book is set after The Blood of Olympus but before The Trials of Apollo.
Oh, and it’s called Percy Jackson and the Chalice of the Gods!

Ali’ Hazelwood’s new book ‘Love, Theoretically‘ has a cover and release date!
We’re getting the book June 13th, 2023 and it sounds like a new fake dating, hate to love classic.

What news are you most excited about this month?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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November Book Releases 2022

October 24th, 2022

Hi Readers!

It’s coming towards the end of the year so there isn’t very many new releases I wanted to share with you, but there is a few left to look forward to. As you’ll see, it’s all fantasy and non-fiction. There are some new contemporary books but I wanted to save those in a special post for blogmas as they’re all Christmas books!

All of the fantasy books are sequels as well so I’ve shared the synopsis for the first book in there series…

The World We Make by N.K. Jemisin
Releases: November 1st, Orbit

Sequel to The City We Became: Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city.
Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five.
But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.
The World We Make Synopsis

Cursed by Marissa Meyer
Releases: November 8th, Feiwel and Friends

Sequel to Gilded: Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller’s daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue.
Or so everyone believes.
When one of Serilda’s outlandish tales draws the attention of the sinister Erlking and his undead hunters, she finds herself swept away into a grim world where ghouls and phantoms prowl the earth and hollow-eyed ravens track her every move. The king orders Serilda to complete the impossible task of spinning straw into gold, or be killed for telling falsehoods. In her desperation, Serilda unwittingly summons a mysterious boy to her aid. He agrees to help her . . . for a price.Soon Serilda realizes that there is more than one secret hidden in the castle walls, including an ancient curse that must be broken if she hopes to end the tyranny of the king and his wild hunt forever.
Cursed Synopsis Here

The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson
Releases: November 15th, Tor Books

Mistborn, Book 7:For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed.
For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear while the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, a divinely invincible leader.
A brilliant thief and natural leader, Kelsier will turn his talents to the ultimate caper: one with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.
Only he’s not just planning the greatest heist in history, he’s plotting the overthrow of a divine despot.
The Lost Metal Synopsis

A Light In The Flame by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Releases: November 15th, Blue Box Press

Sequel to A Shadow In The Ember: Born shrouded in the veil of the Primals, a Maiden as the Fates promised, Seraphena Mierel’s future has never been hers. However, Sera’s real destiny is the most closely guarded secret in all of Lasania-she’s not the well protected Maiden but an assassin with one mission-one target. Make the Primal of Death fall in love, become his weakness, and then…end him.
Synopsis of A Light In the Flame

Heart of the Sun Warrior by Sue Lynn Tan
Releases: November 15th, Harper Voyager

Sequel to Daughter of the Moon Goddess: A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess, in which a young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm.
Synopsis for Heart of the Sun Warrior

Shirley Hazzard: A Writing Life by Brigitta Olubas
Releases: November 15th, Farrar Staus and Giroux

Shirley Hazzard: A Writing Life tells the extraordinary story of a great modern novelist. Brigitta Olubas, Hazzard’s authorized biographer, has drawn, with great subtlety and understanding, on her fiction (itself largely based on Hazzard’s own experience); on an extensive archive of letters, diaries, and notebooks; and on the memories of surviving friends and colleagues to create this resonant portrait of an exceptional woman.
Full Synopsis Here

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry
Releases: November 1st, Flatiron Books

In an extraordinary story that only he could tell, Matthew Perry takes readers onto the soundstage of the most successful sitcom of all time while opening up about his private struggles with addiction. Candid, self-aware, and told with his trademark humor, Perry vividly details his lifelong battle with the disease and what fueled it despite seemingly having it all.

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September Bookish News

September 26th, 2022

Hi Readers,

Some exciting and some sad news this month…

September Book Releases

Rings of Power, based on the works by J.R.R. Tolkien, started streaming on Amazon Prime.

The new Vampire Academy adaptation started streaming on Peacock.

The adaptation of Angie Thomas’s On The Come Up came out on Paramount+

Blonde, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, is to be released September 28th.

We got a first look at the Bridgerton prequel, and it looks so good!!

We got a Percy Jackson teaser, and I’m already so happy about it!

A Casting Call has gone out for Candice Carty-William’s Queenie

Heartstopper season 2 is in production!

We lost a legend. Hilary Mantel passed away at the age of 70.

Riley Sager announced his next book, and it sounds creepy…

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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30 Autumnal Book Recommendations

September 13th, 2022

Hi Readers!

I’m not sure I’ve ever anticipated Autumn like I did this year. We had such a hot Summer, and I think most of Britain has been longing for a bit of rain the entirety of August. It’s not quite sweater weather and ankle boot season, but it’s definitely starting to feel Autumnal, and my reading is reflecting that.

If you yourself are looking for books that would perfectly fit the feel of Autumn, then here are some of my absolute go to’s!

First, one of my favourite genre’s to read this time of year, some gothic classics.

The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins

Walter Scott receives directions from a mysterious women he later discovers escaped from an asylum.
If you like something a little unsettling, with intrigue and plot twists, I would highly recommend this book. It’s Victorian Gothic at it’s finest.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The Paris Opera is being terrorised by the Angel of Music.
I’m sure a lot of you will have watched the musical by now, but the book is also worth a read.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Dorian Gray stays youthful and beautiful, his portrait does not…
This book starts off bright and Summery, but the darkness soon consumes Dorian Gray and turns this into a gothic masterpiece.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane finds a job as a governess at Thornfield, the home of Mr Rochester.
It starts off on a cold, rainy day, and it never really warms up. It’s got a creepy manor, mysterious characters, and shocking twists. All the vibes for a perfect Autumn read.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Gothic obsessed Catherine often lets her imagination run away with her, which gets her into all sorts of trouble.
This one is more of a comedic look at the gothic genre. Don’t take it seriously. Austen was just having a bit of fun when she wrote this.

If you want something a little more supernatural, here are some perfect for you:

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue belongs to a family of clairvoyants, and they predict that when she kisses the boy she loves, he will die.
Need I say any more?

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Lyra sets out to find her best friend Roger after he goes missing.
Now especially is the perfect time to pick up these books if you haven’t already because the final season is soon to air! If you like the sound of witches, animal sidekicks and talking polar bears wearing suits of armour, you should absolutely be reading this series.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This follows a wandering circus of acrobats, ice gardens, and magicians.
I found this a bit of a slower book, but with the most beautiful writing. It would make the perfect companion once the nights start getting longer.

Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Tessa Gray arrives in London, only to be abducted when she steps off the boat.
It feels kind of redundent to recommend CC books, but I just had to mention these. Set in Victorian London, these books give me all the Autumnal feels.

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

If you’re looking for something with a bit more fantasy, then how about one with elves, wizards, and the odd Hobbit?
There is no cosier book than Lord of the Rings. They get dark, yes, but the characters are so easy to love and the settings are so vaste and beautiful.

Or, if you’re particularly looking for something with ghosts, here are a few I’d recommend:

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

The ghost of Yadrial’s classsmate appears and they set out to find his murderer.
This book might have ghosts, but it isn’t spooky. It’s cute and charming, but definitely has those darker Autumnal vibes.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

A group of strangers stay at Hill House and experience paranormal activity.
This is a bit of a slower ghost story and I didn’t personally find it creepy, but the writing was wonderful.

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Maggie inherits a house that is famous for being haunted.
This one succeeded in creeping me out so much I had to sleep with the light on. I recommend not reading this when it’s dark, unless that’s what you’re looking for!

The Woman In Black by Susan Hill

Personally, I did find the movie scarier. But this book has some gorgeous writing and a really traditional ghost story feel to it.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The ghost of Hamlet’s father appears before him and tells him the truth of his death.
This is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, the characters especially as so well done.

A huge Autumnal trend right now is Dark Academia. I really haven’t read many myself, but here are a few I have which I would recommend.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

A group of college students are burying a body, and then we go back to the moment they all meet in a classical studies class.
This book is so over recommended when it comes to Dark Academia, but I can’t have you thinking I haven’t read it, or wouldn’t recommend it!

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Two university students want to cheat death, and find it unlocks a terrible power within them.
These books brilliantly explore jealousy, the anti-hero, and the corruption of greed and power.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Obsessed scientist Frankentein tries to bring a corpse back to life and creates a monster, or does he?
This is the OG Dark Academia.

I also associate chillier weather with historical fiction. Here’s a few I would recommend for Autumn:

The Manningtree Witches by A.K. Blakemore

Follows the witch trials that occured in Manningtree.
This is a dark story and the whole book feels dark and eerie. It’s very atmospheric.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

A plot to steal a woman’s inheritance in Victorian England.
This book feels gritty and dirty. The writing is so immersive it will take you to the streets of Victorian London.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Thomas Cromwell serves as chief minister to Henry VIII as he seeks divorce from Catherine of Aragon.
I know some find this a hard book to get into because of the writing, but when you do you’ll be blown away. If you’re still struggling, I highly recommend the audiobook.

Finally, here are some mysteries to keep you entertained on rainy days.

The Unseen World by Liz Moore

For all her life, it’s just been Ava and her excentric, computer obsessed father.
What will captivate you about this mystery is that it is more about the people involved. It’s got some of the most beautiful, heartbreaking relationships and bond between mother and daughter.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

The main protagonist of this novel is never given a name herself. Forever feeling overshadowed and haunted by her new husbands ex wife.
This one is set in a manor house with suspicious characters and unsettling mysteries.

Agatha Christie

I really haven’t read enough Christie. I’ve read a few Poirot and, of course, And Then There Were None. I always get the urge to pick up more this time of year.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Set in a boarding school with a dark past.
I personally wasn’t a huge fan of this, but it’s so Autumnal, I just had to mention it. For me this book would have been perfect if there hadn’t been a romance because the mystery and the setting were top notch.

Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Holmes, Private Detective of 221B Baker Street and his sidekick Dr Watson solve mysteries across Britain.
I count any classic mystery as a ‘cosy mystery’, and what better time to pick up one of those than in Autumn? The TV Show also feels very Autumnal.

Not everyone would associate romance with Autumn but there are definitely some that fit the feel of this season…

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Years ago Anne rejected the man she loves, years later he reappears in her life.
I actually really can’t think of a season Austen isn’t perfect for, but this one features a blustery November trip to the coast, so it definitely has those Autumnal feels.

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Only Blue knows Simon is gay, until someone reads his emails.
This is autumnal because it’s set around the festive season. There’s even a Halloween party!

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

After a near death experience Chloe Brown decides to time to live.
This had all the warm fuzziness of a comfort romance, I loved all of the characters, and it’s set in the Autumn months.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath goes to college with anxiety and an obsession with Simon Snow fanfiction.
It’s been a few years but I remember finding this book so cute and cosy.

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August Bookish News | Percy Jackson & Aristotle and Dante film news!

August 27th, 2022

Hi Readers!

August Book Releases

The cast of Percy Jackson celebrated his birthday in style! They were also spotted filming around New York!

Benjamin Alire Saenz has given the Aristotle and Dante adaptation a thumbs up!

He took to twitter to let fans know he has seen a screening of the film, and is pleased with what he saw. This is one of most incredible books I have ever read, and it’s so exciting to see it’s been made into a movie! Better yet, Lin Manuel Miranda worked as a producer on it. And we already know everything he touches turns to gold!

We got a first look at the next ‘Hunger Games’ film, based on the prequel story The Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes.

Kit Young and other cast members shared the official poster with an October release date for School of Good and Evil, adapted from the books by Soman Chainani.

The two leads for Disney+’s upcoming adaptation of The Spiderwick Chronicles was cast.

The Readings Prize, a book prize for Australian Literature, released this years shortlist.

The Times released a list of the 50 Best Books of the Last One Hundred Years, put together by a panel of writers including Anne Enright and David Mitchell.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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September Book Releases 2022

August 15th, 2022

Hi Readers!

We’re well into the second half of the year, but there are still some really exciting releases to look forward to! This is especially a good month for any greek myth retelling fans out there…

Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie
Releases: September 27th, Riverhead Books

From the acclaimed author of Home Fire, the moving and surprising story of a lifelong friendship and the forces that bring it to the breaking point.

Zahra and Maryam have been best friends since childhood in Karachi, even though–or maybe because–they are unlike in nearly every way. Yet they never speak of the differences in their backgrounds or their values, not even after the fateful night when a moment of adolescent impulse upends their plans for the future.

Three decades later, Zahra and Maryam have grown into powerful women who have each cut a distinctive path through London. But when two troubling figures from their past resurface, they must finally confront their bedrock differences–and find out whether their friendship can survive.

Love Untold by Ruth Jones
Releases: September 29th, Bantam Press

Grace is about to turn ninety. She doesn’t want parties or presents or fuss. She just wants to heal the family rift that’s been breaking her heart for decades.

But to do that she must find her daughter Alys – the only person who can help to put things right.

And when she finds her – if she does – she risks betraying granddaughter Elin. Who is far less forgiving of the past, with its hurts and secrets and lies. Meanwhile Grace’s great-grand-daughter Beca is oblivious to all these worries, too busy navigating the highs and lows of teenage life and keeping secrets of her own.

All families have their problems. And most of them get resolved. But Grace’s problem is thirty years old. And she doesn’t have time on her side.

So is it too late for her to make peace? Or is reconciliation still within reach?

Girl Friends by Holly Bourne
Releases: September 8th, Hodder & Stoughton

From the day they first meet as teenagers Fern and Jessica are best friends. Despite their differences, they are there for each other throughout everything, navigating the difficulties of growing up and fitting in. That is until Jessica crosses a line that Fern can’t forgive.

But now, more than ten years later, Jessica has unexpectedly reappeared in Fern’s life.

A lot has changed for them both – but can their relationship be different now they are older? Is it possible for either of them to rewrite the role that they have been cast in? Or will their shared history ultimately be doomed to repeat itself again?

Lark & Kasim Start A Revolution by Kacen Callender
Releases: September 27th, Faber Faber

Lark Winters wants to be a writer, and for now that means posting on their social media accounts––anything to build their platform. When former best friend Kasim accidentally posts a thread on Lark’s Twitter declaring his love for a secret, unrequited crush, Lark’s tweets are suddenly the talk of the school—and beyond. To protect Kasim, Lark decides to take the fall, pretending they accidentally posted the thread in reference to another classmate. It seems like a great idea: Lark gets closer to their crush, Kasim keeps his privacy, and Lark’s social media stats explode. But living a lie takes a toll—as does the judgment of thousands of Internet strangers. Lark tries their best to be perfect at all costs, but nothing seems good enough for the anonymous hordes––or for Kasim, who is growing closer to Lark, just like it used to be between them . . .

In the end, Lark must embrace their right to their messy emotions and learn how to be in love. 

The Winners by Fredrik Backman
Releases: September 27th, Atria

Two years have passed since the events that no one wants to think about. Everyone has tried to move on, but there’s something about this place that prevents it. The residents continue to grapple with life’s big questions: What is a family? What is a community? And what, if anything, are we willing to sacrifice in order to protect them?

As the locals of Beartown struggle to overcome the past, great change is on the horizon. Someone is coming home after a long time away. Someone will be laid to rest. Someone will fall in love, someone will try to fix their marriage, and someone will do anything to save their children. Someone will submit to hate, someone will fight, and someone will grab a gun and walk towards the ice rink.

So what are the residents of Beartown willing to sacrifice for their home? Everything.

The American Roommate Exchange by Elena Armas
Releases: September 6th, Simon & Schuster

Rosie Graham has a problem. A few, actually. She just quit her well paid job to focus on her secret career as a romance writer. She hasn’t told her family and now has terrible writer’s block. Then, the ceiling of her New York apartment literally crumbles on her. Luckily she has her best friend Lina’s spare key while she’s out of town. But Rosie doesn’t know that Lina has already lent her apartment to her cousin Lucas, who Rosie has been stalking—for lack of a better word—on Instagram for the last few months. Lucas seems intent on coming to her rescue like a Spanish knight in shining armor. Only this one strolls around the place in a towel, has a distracting grin, and an irresistible accent. Oh, and he cooks.

Lucas offers to let Rosie stay with him, at least until she can find some affordable temporary housing. And then he proposes an outrageous experiment to bring back her literary muse and meet her deadline: He’ll take her on a series of experimental dates meant to jump-start her romantic inspiration. Rosie has nothing to lose. Her silly, online crush is totally under control—but Lucas’s time in New York has an expiration date, and six weeks may not be enough, for either her or her deadline.

Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson
Releases: September 27th, Doubleday

1926, and in a country still recovering from the Great War, London has become the focus for a delirious new nightlife. In the clubs of Soho, peers of the realm rub shoulders with starlets, foreign dignitaries with gangsters, and girls sell dances for a shilling a time.

The notorious queen of this glittering world is Nellie Coker, ruthless but also ambitious to advance her six children, including the enigmatic eldest, Niven, whose character has been forged in the crucible of the Somme. But success breeds enemies, and Nellie’s empire faces threats from without and within. For beneath the dazzle of Soho’s gaiety, there is a dark underbelly, a world in which it is all too easy to become lost.

With her unique Dickensian flair, Kate Atkinson gives us a window in a vanished world. Slyly funny, brilliantly observant, and ingeniously plotted, Shrines of Gaiety showcases the myriad talents that have made Atkinson one of the most lauded writers of our time.

All The Broken Places by John Boyne
Releases: September 15th, Doubleday

1946. Three years after a cataclysmic event which tore their lives apart, a mother and daughter flee Poland for Paris, shame, and fear at their heels, not knowing how hard it is to escape your past.

Nearly eighty years later, Gretel Fernsby lives a life that is a far cry from her traumatic childhood. When a couple moves into the flat below her in her London mansion block, it should be nothing more than a momentary inconvenience. However, the appearance of their nine-year-old son Henry brings back memories she would rather forget.

Faced with a choice between her own safety and his, Gretel is taken back to a similar crossroads she encountered long ago. Back then, her complicity dishonoured her life, but to interfere now could risk revealing the secrets she has spent a lifetime protecting.

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
Releases: September 1st, Knopf

Winter, 1561. Lucrezia, Duchess of Ferrara, is taken on an unexpected visit to a country villa by her husband, Alfonso. As they sit down to dinner it occurs to Lucrezia that Alfonso has a sinister purpose in bringing her here. He intends to kill her.

Lucrezia is sixteen years old, and has led a sheltered life locked away inside Florence’s grandest palazzo. Here, in this remote villa, she is entirely at the mercy of her increasingly erratic husband.

What is Lucrezia to do with this sudden knowledge? What chance does she have against Alfonso, ruler of a province, and a trained soldier? How can she ensure her survival.

Lessons by Ian McEwan
Releases: September 13th, Knopf

When the world is still counting the cost of the Second World War and the Iron Curtain has closed, eleven-year-old Roland Baines’s life is turned upside down. Two thousand miles from his mother’s protective love, stranded at an unusual boarding school, his vulnerability attracts piano teacher Miss Miriam Cornell, leaving scars as well as a memory of love that will never fade.

Now, when his wife vanishes, leaving him alone with his tiny son, Roland is forced to confront the reality of his restless existence. As the radiation from Chernobyl spreads across Europe, he begins a search for answers that looks deep into his family history and will last for the rest of his life.

Haunted by lost opportunities, Roland seeks solace through every possible means—music, literature, friends, sex, politics, and, finally, love cut tragically short, then love ultimately redeemed. His journey raises important questions for us all. Can we take full charge of the course of our lives without causing damage to others? How do global events beyond our control shape our lives and our memories? And what can we really learn from the traumas of the past?

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurlan
Releases: September 7th, Park Row

Meet Chloe. First-year student, ordinary, legging-wearing, girl next door…and psychopath.

Chloe is part of a secret clinical study of young psychopaths run by the university’s Psychology Department. Most psychopaths aren’t criminals, but when a string of murders on campus causes upheaval, Chloe’s private vendetta is sidelined. Partnered with fellow study participants she can’t trust – and distracted by typical university life – Chloe has to walk the line between hunter and prey.

The Witch In The Well by Camilla Bruce
Releases: September 8th, Transworld

When two former friends reunite after decades apart, their grudges, flawed ambitions, and shared obsession swirl into an all-too-real echo of a terrible town legend.

Centuries ago, beautiful young Ilsbeth Clark was accused of witchcraft after several children disappeared. Her acquittal did nothing to stop her fellow townsfolk from drowning her in the well where the missing children were last seen.

When author and social media influencer Elena returns to the summer paradise of her youth to get her family’s manor house ready to sell, the last thing she expected was connecting with—and feeling inspired to write about—Ilsbeth’s infamous spirit. The very historical figure that her ex-childhood friend, Cathy, has been diligently researching and writing about for years.

What begins as a fiercely competitive sense of ownership over Ilsbeth and her story soon turns both women’s worlds into something more haunted and dangerous than they could ever imagine.

Ithaca by Claire North
Releases: September 6th, Orbit

This is the story of Penelope of Ithaca, famed wife of Odysseus, as it has never been told before. Beyond Ithaca’s shores, the whims of gods dictate the wars of men. But on the isle, it is the choices of the abandoned women—and their goddesses— that will change the course of the world.

Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes
Releases: September 15th, Mantle

Medusa is the only mortal in a family of gods. Growing up with her sisters, she quickly realizes that she is the only one who gets older, experiences change, feels weakness. Her mortal lifespan gives her an urgency that her family will never know.

When desire pushes a God to commit the unforgivable, Medusa’s mortal life is changed forever. Her punishment is to be turned into a Gorgon: sharp teeth, snakes for hair, and a gaze that will turn any living creature to stone. Appalled by her own reflection, Medusa can no longer look upon anything she loves without destroying it. She condemns herself to a life of solitude in the shadows to limit her murderous range.

That is, until Perseus embarks upon a fateful quest to fetch the head of a Gorgon . . .

The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik
Releases: September 27th, Del Rey

Book Three In The Scholomance Series
Saving the world is a test no school of magic can prepare you for in the triumphant conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Deadly Education and The Last Graduate.

Almost singlehandedly–although backed by an increasingly large cadre of genuine friends–El has changed the nature of the Scholomance forever. But now that she is back in the real world, how will the lessons she learned inside the school apply? Will her grandmother’s prophecy come true? Will she really spell the doom of all the enclaves forever?

As the quest to save her one true love ramps up, however, El is about to learn the most significant lesson of all–the dire truth on which the enclaves and the whole stability of the magical world are founded. And being El, she is not likely to let it lie….

Fairy Tale by Stephen King
Releases: September 6th, Hodder & Stoughton

Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself—and his dad. Then, when Charlie is seventeen, he meets Howard Bowditch, a recluse with a big dog in a big house at the top of a big hill. In the backyard is a locked shed from which strange sounds emerge, as if some creature is trying to escape. When Mr. Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie the house, a massive amount of gold, a cassette tape telling a story that is impossible to believe, and a responsibility far too massive for a boy to shoulder.

Because within the shed is a portal to another world—one whose denizens are in peril and whose monstrous leaders may destroy their own world, and ours. In this parallel universe, where two moons race across the sky, and the grand towers of a sprawling palace pierce the clouds, there are exiled princesses and princes who suffer horrific punishments; there are dungeons; there are games in which men and women must fight each other to the death for the amusement of the “Fair One.” And there is a magic sundial that can turn back time.

Kingdom of the Feared by Kerri Maniscalco
Releases: September 27th, Little Brown

Book Three In Kingdom of the Wicked Series
Emilia is reeling from a shocking discovery about her sister, Vittoria. But before she faces the demons of her past, Emilia yearns to claim her king, the seductive Prince of Wrath, in the flesh. She doesn’t just desire his body; she wants his heart and soul-but that’s something the enigmatic demon can’t promise her.

When a high-ranking member of House Greed is assassinated, damning evidence somehow points to Vittoria as the murderer. Now, Emilia will do anything to get to the bottom of these accusations against the sister she thought she knew.

Together, Emilia and Wrath play a sin-fuelled game of deception to solve the murder and stop the unrest that’s brewing between witches, demons, shape-shifters, and the most treacherous foes of all: the Feared. Emilia was warned that when it came to the Wicked, nothing was as it seemed. But have the true villains been much closer all along?

The Ballad of Never After by Stephanie Garber
Releases: September 13th, Hodder & Stoughton

Sequel to Once Upon A Broken Heart
After Jacks, the Prince of Hearts, betrays her, Evangeline Fox swears she’ll never trust him again. Now that she’s discovered her own magic, Evangeline believes she can use it to restore the chance at happily ever after that Jacks stole away.

But when a new terrifying curse is revealed, Evangeline finds herself entering into a tenuous partnership with the Prince of Hearts again. Only this time, the rules have changed.Jacks isn’t the only force Evangeline needs to be wary of. In fact, he might be the only one she can trust, despite her desire to despise him.

Instead of a love spell wreaking havoc on Evangeline’s life, a murderous spell has been cast. To break it, Evangeline and Jacks will have to do battle with old friends, new foes, and a magic that plays with heads and hearts.Evangeline has always trusted her heart, but this time she’s not sure she can.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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July Bookish News | Booker Prize and Trailers

July 28th, 2022

Hi Readers!

Lots of exciting trailers were released this month for upcoming adaptations, and we got the Booker Prize longlist!

July Book Releases

Where The Crawdads Sing Theatre

Based on the novel by Delia Owens
Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones

Persuasion Netflix

Based (kind of) on the book by Jane Austen
Starring Dakota Johnson

I have not watched this and I am avoiding it like the plague, my dispair growing deeper at each line of dialogue I hear about. Some might like this different take on an Austen book, but there’s one I thing I can’t stand and that is modern language in period pieces…

Disney+ are working on adapting the Eragon books for TV.

We got a trailer for Sandman (Netflix)

We got a trailer for the new adaptation of Vampire Academy (which I did not know was a thing!)

We got the official trailer for the Lord Of The Rings tv show

A teaser trailer for season 5 of The Handmaids Tale

And we got a release date for the adaptation of Angie Thomas’s On The Come Up.

A couple of days ago the Booker Prize longlist was announced and I wasn’t surprised that I hadn’t heard of a lot of them, but I was surprised that none of the books from the Women’s prize were on it, especially The Island of Missing Trees. I might try and pick up a few of these though, especially the few that were already on my raider.

New Emily Henry book ‘Happy Place‘ has been announced and it’s all about a second chance romance. It will be released April 25th, 2023.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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July Book Releases 2022

June 27th, 2022

Hi Readers!

Here are some of the exciting releases coming in July.

Delphi by Clare Pollard
Releases: July 28th, Fig Tree / August 2nd, Simon Schuster

I am sick of the future. Up to here with the future. I don’t want anything to do with it; don’t want it near me’

It is 2020 and in a time more turbulent than any of us could have ever imagined, a woman is attempting to write a book about prophecy in the ancient world.

Navigating the tightening grip of lockdown, a marriage in crisis, and a ten-year-old son who seems increasingly unreachable, she becomes fixated on our many forms of divination and prediction: on oracles, tarot cards and tea leaves and the questions we have always asked as we scroll and click and rage against our fates. 

But in doing so she fails to notice the future creeping into the heart of her own home. For despite our best intentions – our sacrifices and our bargains with the gods – time, certainty and, sometimes, those we love, can still slip away …

Honey And Spice by Bolu Babalola
July 5th, William Morrow & Company

Kiki Banjo is an expert in relationship-evasion.

In fact, she has made it her mission to protect the women of Whitewell University from the dangers of players and heartbreak, supplying advice, tips and essentials to paying men no mind on her student radio show, Brown Sugar.

And then Kiki meets distressingly handsome newcomer Malakai Korede, who threatens to tear apart the community of women she’s fought so hard to protect.

Kiki publicly declares Malakai the ‘Wasteman of Whitewell’ on Brown Sugar and brings a stop to her girls chasing his attentions. But when she and Malakai suddenly find themselves shackled into a fake relationship to salvage their respective reputations and save their academic futures, she is in danger of falling for the very wasteman she warned her sisters about.

With her heart compromised and defences weakened, Kiki has to learn to open herself up to the perils of love… and face up to a past that forced her to close down in the first place.

Love Me, Love Me Not by Kirsty Capes
Releases: July 7th, Orion Fiction

Lucy Banbury is fine. Until she isn’t…

Lucy Banbury isn’t the sort of person that everyone gets along with – she’s prickly and secretive, and she likes things ordered ‘just so’. But things couldn’t be going better for her – she swims three times a week, she’s on the cusp of a huge promotion at work and she’s dating someone perfect on paper.

But when she discovers at a family wedding that she’s adopted, her whole world is shattered. Those cracks she’s taken years to plaster over are beginning to surface and she’s not sure how much longer she can keep all her secrets hidden, all whilst pretending to be someone she’s not…

Because how can you pretend to love your life, when nobody loves you?

Blue Hour by Sarah Schmidt
Releases: July 7th, Tinder Press

She thinks of blue mountain, her favourite place. ‘We’re going somewhere where we can be safe.We never have to come back here.’

As the rest of the world lies sleeping, Eleanor straps her infant daughter, Amy, into the back of her car. This is the moment she knew must come, when they will walk out on her husband Leon and a marriage in ruins since his return from Vietnam. Together, she and Amy will journey to blue mountain, a place of enchantment and refuge that lit up Eleanor’s childhood.

As the car eats up the miles, so Eleanor’s mind dives back into her fractured relationship with her mother, Kitty. Kitty who asked for so much from life, from love, from family. Kitty who had battled so hard to prise her husband George out of the grip of war. Kitty, whose disapproving voice rings so loud in Eleanor’s head.

Square One by Nell Frizzell
Releases: July 7th, Bantam Press



A fulfilling and successful career
A healthy, long-term relationship, maybe even an engagement ring
A house (or at least a flat) of her own

Single after breaking up with someone she’s not sure ever loved her
Flooded with wedding invitations and pregnancy scan pictures from friends
Unable to afford to live on her own, moving in with her (also single and dating) father

Everyone moves at different paces, but Hanna’s life is in reverse. With the pressure to keep up and her dad’s insufferable musings on Tinder, will she be able to figure out what she really wants?

The Museum of Ordinary People by Mike Gayle
Releases: July 7th, Hodder & Stoughton

Still reeling from the sudden death of her mother, Jess is about to do the hardest thing she’s ever done: empty her childhood home so that it can be sold.

But when in the process Jess stumbles across the mysterious Alex, together they become custodians of a strange archive of letters, photographs, curios and collections known as The Museum of Ordinary People.

As they begin to delve into the history of the objects in their care, Alex and Jess not only unravel heartbreaking stories that span generations and continents, but also unearth long buried secrets that lie much closer to home.

I’m Sorry You Feel That Way by Rebecca Wait
Releases: July 7th, Quercus

For Alice and Hanna, saint and sinner, growing up is a trial. There is their mother, who takes a divide and conquer approach to child-rearing, and their father, who takes an absent one. There is their older brother Michael, whose disapproval is a force to be reckoned with. There is the catastrophe that is never spoken of, but which has shaped everything.

As adults, Alice and Hanna must deal with disappointments in work and in love as well as increasingly complicated family tensions, and lives that look dismayingly dissimilar to what they’d intended. They must look for a way to repair their own fractured relationship, and they must finally choose their own approach to their dominant mother: submit or burn the house down. And they must decide at last whether life is really anything more than (as Hanna would have it) a tragedy with a few hilarious moments.

Accomplished: A Georgie Darcy Novel by Amanda Quain
Releases: July 26th, Wednesday Books

Sixteen-year-old Georgiana Darcy returns to Pemberley Academy for her junior year, hoping to atone for last year’s incident with Wickham by rebuilding her reputation, rejoining the marching band, and setting up her older brother Fitz with his. college classmate Lizzie Bennet.

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
Releases: July 5th, Knopf

This is not a romance, but it is about love

Two kids meet in a hospital gaming room in 1987. One is visiting her sister, the other is recovering from a car crash. The days and months are long there. Their love of video games becomes a shared world — of joy, escape and fierce competition. But all too soon that time is over, fades from view.

When the pair spot each other eight years later in a crowded train station, they are catapulted back to that moment. The spark is immediate, and together they get to work on what they love – making games to delight, challenge and immerse players, finding an intimacy in digital worlds that eludes them in their real lives. Their collaborations make them superstars.

This is the story of the perfect worlds Sadie and Sam build, the imperfect world they live in, and of everything that comes after success: Money. Fame. Duplicity. Tragedy.

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow takes us on a dazzling imaginative quest as it examines the nature of identity, creativity, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play and, above all, our need to connect: to be loved and to love.

Finding Mr Perfectly Fine by Tasheem Abdur-Rashid
Releases: July 7th, Zaffre

Last week I turned 29. Along with the usual homemade Victoria sponge, helium balloon and Selfridges gift vouchers, my Mum’s birthday present to me was the threat that if I’m not engaged by my 30th birthday, she’s sending me off to the Motherland to find a fresh-from-the-Desh husband.

When Zara’s Mum puts together the most archaic of arranged marriage resources (not exactly the romcom-worthy love story she had envisioned for herself), she is soon exhausted by her family’s failed attempts to set her up with every vaguely suitable Abdul, Ahmed and Farook that they can find. Zara decides to take matters into her own hands. How hard can it be to find a husband at twenty-nine?

With just a year to go, time is of the essence, so Zara joins a dating app and signs up for speed dating. She meets Hamza, a kind British Egyptian who shares her values and would make a good husband. Zara knows that not all marriages are based on love (or lust) at first sight but struggles with the lack of spark. Particularly when she can’t stop thinking of someone else . . .

As her next birthday looms, and family pressure intensifies, Zara knows she must make a decision, but will she make the right one?

The It Girl by Ruth Ware
Releases: July 12th, Gallery/Scout Press

April Coutts-Cliveden was the first person Hannah Jones met at Oxford.

Vivacious, bright, occasionally vicious, and the ultimate It girl, she quickly pulled Hannah into her dazzling orbit. Together, they developed a group of devoted and inseparable friends—Will, Hugh, Ryan, and Emily—during their first term. By the end of the second, April was dead.

Now, a decade later, Hannah and Will are expecting their first child, and the man convicted of killing April, former Oxford porter John Neville, has died in prison. Relieved to have finally put the past behind her, Hannah’s world is rocked when a young journalist comes knocking and presents new evidence that Neville may have been innocent. As Hannah reconnects with old friends and delves deeper into the mystery of April’s death, she realizes that the friends she thought she knew all have something to hide…including a murder.

The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell
Releases: July 21st, Century / August 9th, Atria

LONDON. Early morning, June 2019: on the foreshore of the river Thames, a bag of bones is discovered. Human bones.

DCI Samuel Owusu is called to the scene and quickly sends the bag for forensic examination. The bones are those of a young woman, killed by a blow to the head many years ago.

Also inside the bag is a trail of clues, in particular the seeds of a rare tree which lead DCI Owusu back to a mansion in Chelsea where, nearly thirty years previously, three people lay dead in a kitchen, and a baby waited upstairs for someone to pick her up.

The clues point forward too to a brother and sister in Chicago searching for the only person who can make sense of their pasts.

Four deaths. An unsolved mystery. A family whose secrets can’t stay buried for ever …

Joan by Katherine J. Chen
Releases: July 5th, Hachette

Girl. Warrior. Heretic. Saint?

France is mired in a losing war against England. Its people are starving. Its king is in hiding. Yet out of the chaos, an unlikely heroine emerges.

Reckless, steel-willed and brilliant, Joan has survived a childhood steeped in both joy and violence to claim an extraordinary – and fragile – position at the head of the French army. The battlefield and the royal court are full of dangers and Joan finds herself under suspicion from all sides – as well as under threat from her own ambition.

With unforgettably vivid characters and propulsive storytelling, Joan is a thrilling epic, a triumph of historical fiction, and a feminist celebration of one remarkable – and remarkably real – woman who left an indelible mark on history.

Four Treasures Of The Sky by Jenny Zinghui Zhang
Releases: July 28th, Michael Joseph

Daiyu never wanted to be like the tragic heroine for whom she was named, revered for her beauty and cursed with heartbreak. But when she is kidnapped and smuggled across an ocean from China to America, Daiyu must relinquish the home and future she imagined for herself.

Over the years that follow, she is forced to keep reinventing herself to survive. From a calligraphy school, to a San Francisco brothel, to a shop tucked into the Idaho mountains, we follow Daiyu on a desperate quest to outrun the tragedy that chases her.

As anti-Chinese sentiment sweeps across the country in a wave of unimaginable violence, Daiyu must draw on each of the selves she has been-including the ones she most wants to leave behind-in order to finally claim her own name and story.

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Releases: July 19th, Del Rey

Carlota Moreau: a young woman, growing up in a distant and luxuriant estate, safe from the conflict and strife of the Yucatán peninsula. The only daughter of either a genius, or a madman.

Montgomery Laughton: a melancholic overseer with a tragic past and a propensity for alcohol. An outcast who assists Dr. Moreau with his scientific experiments, which are financed by the Lizaldes, owners of magnificent haciendas and plentiful coffers.

The hybrids: the fruits of the Doctor’s labor, destined to blindly obey their creator and remain in the shadows. A motley group of part human, part animal monstrosities.

All of them living in a perfectly balanced and static world, which is jolted by the abrupt arrival of Eduardo Lizalde, the charming and careless son of Doctor Moreau’s patron, who will unwittingly begin a dangerous chain reaction.

For Moreau keeps secrets, Carlota has questions, and in the sweltering heat of the jungle, passions may ignite.

The House of Fortune by Jessie Burton
Releases: July 7th, Picador

Sequel To The Miniaturist

Thea Brandt is turning eighteen, and is ready to welcome adulthood with open arms. At the theatre, Walter, the love of her life, awaits her, but at home in the house on the Herengracht, winter has set in – her father Otto and Aunt Nella argue endlessly, and the Brandt family are selling their furniture in order to eat. On Thea’s birthday, also the day that her mother Marin died, the secrets from the past begin to overwhelm the present.

Nella is desperate to save the family and maintain appearances, to find Thea a husband who will guarantee her future, and when they receive an invitation to Amsterdam’s most exclusive ball, she is overjoyed – perhaps this will set their fortunes straight. And indeed, the ball does set things spinning: new figures enter their life, promising new futures. But their fates are still unclear, and when Nella feels a strange prickling sensation on the back of her neck, she wonders if the miniaturist has returned for her . . . 

A Darkness At the Door by Intisar Khanani
Releases: July 21st, Hot Key Books

Book 3 in Dauntless Path series

I’ve been cursed, betrayed, and sold into slavery – but the truth I carry can’t be allowed to die.

Only Rae knows the extent of the corruption at the heart of the kingdom of Menaiya, from the noble lord who betrayed her, to the Circle of Mages whose wards protect the slavers from discovery. Injured and imprisoned on a slave ship, Rae’s options are quickly running out. When a desperate escape attempt goes terribly wrong, she finds herself indebted to a terrifying Fae sorceress.

Now Rae will not rest until she has rescued her fellow prisoners and freed her land from the darkness that has taken hold. To succeed, she’ll need every ally she can find-including Bren, the thief who may have stolen her heart. But Bren is hiding his own bloody secrets, and the curses that encircle Rae have sunk their claws into her mind. With her debts coming due and time running short, all the truths in the world may not be enough to save her kingdom, or herself.

Hooked by A.C. Wise
Releases: July 12th, Titan Books

Once invited, always welcome.
Once invited, never free.

Captain James Hook, the immortal pirate of Neverland, has died a thousand times. Drowned, stabbed by Peter Pan’s sword, eaten by the beast swimming below the depths, yet James was resurrected every time by one boy’s dark imagination. Until he found a door in the sky, an escape. And he took the chance no matter the cost.

Now in London twenty-two years later, Peter Pan’s monster has found Captain Hook again, intent on revenge. But a chance encounter leads James to another survivor of Neverland. Wendy Darling, now a grown woman, is the only one who knows how dark a shadow Neverland casts, no matter how far you run. To vanquish Pan’s monster once and for all, Hook must play the villain one last time…

Lore Olympus: Volune Two by Rachel Smythe
Releases: July 5th, Del Rey Books

Persephone was ready to start a new life when she left the mortal realm for Olympus. However, she quickly discovered the dark side of her glamorous new home—from the relatively minor gossip threatening her reputation to a realm-shattering violation of her safety by the conceited Apollo—and she’s struggling to find her footing in the fast-moving realm of the gods.

Hades is also off-balance, fighting against his burgeoning feelings for the young goddess of spring while maintaining his lonely rule of the Underworld. As the pair are drawn ever closer, they must untangle the twisted webs of their past and present to build toward a new future.

The Darkening by Sunya Mara
Releases: July 5th, Clarion Books

Vesper Vale is the daughter of revolutionaries. Failed revolutionaries. When her mother was caught by the queen’s soldiers, they gave her a choice: death by the hangman’s axe, or death by the Storm that surrounds the city and curses anyone it touches. She chose the Storm. And when the queen’s soldiers—led by a paranoid prince—catch up to Vesper’s father after twelve years on the run, Vesper will do whatever it takes to save him from sharing that fate.

Even arm herself with her father’s book of dangerous experimental magic.

Even infiltrate the prince’s elite squad of soldier-sorcerers.

Even cheat her way into his cold heart.

But when Vesper learns that there’s more to the story of her mother’s death, she’ll have to make a choice if she wants to save her city: trust the devious prince with her family’s secrets, or follow her mother’s footsteps into the Storm.

Heat Wave by T.J. Klune
Releases: July 19th, Tor

Final book in the Extroadinaries series

Nick, Seth, Gibby, and Jazz are back in action bringing justice, protection, and disaster energy to the people of Nova City.

An unexpected hero returns to Nova City and crash lands into Nick’s home, upturning his life, his family, and his understanding of what it means to be a hero in the explosive finale of the thrilling and hilarious Extraordinaries trilogy by New York Times bestselling author TJ Klune.

These Twisted Bonds by Lexi Ryan
Releases: July 19th, Clarion Books

Final book in These Hollow Vows Duology

Brie finds herself caught between two princes and two destinies while the future of the fae realm hangs in the balance.

After Abriella’s sister was sold to the fae, she thought life couldn’t get any worse. But when she suddenly finds herself caught in a web of lies of her own making ­- loving two princes and trusting neither – things are not quite as clear as she once thought.

As civil war wages in the Court of Darkness, Brie finds herself unable to choose a side. How can she know where she stands when she doesn’t even know herself anymore? In this darkly romantic thrill ride, the more Faerie is torn apart from the inside, the clearer it becomes that prophecies don’t lie and Brie has a role to play in the fate of this magical realm – whether she likes it or not.

Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen
Releases: July 26th, Delacorte Press

There’s always a price for defying destiny.

Violet is a prophet and a liar, influencing the court as Seer with her cleverly phrased – and not always true – divinations. Honesty is for suckers, like the oh-so-not-charming Prince Cyrus, who plans to strip her of her title once he’s crowned.

After the king asks her to falsely prophesy Cyrus’s love story for an upcoming ball, Violet awakens a dreaded curse about the prince’s future bride. Her wits may protect her in the cutthroat court, but they can’t protect her against fate – nor the doomed attraction growing between her and the prince . . .

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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June Bookish News | Women’s Prize For Fiction, Persuasion Trailer + More

June 15th, 2022

Hi Readers!

This is coming a bit early this month, but that’s because the Women’s Prize winner was announced yesterday and I’m too excited to share my opinion! There’s also been a lot of exciting developments in adaptations the past few weeks.

Here are my picks for the most exciting releases coming out in June.

Paperback Releases:

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Season 3 of Umbrella Academy Netflix

Comes Out June 22nd
Based on the graphic novels by Gerard Way.
Starring Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, & Aidan Gallagher

Love & Gelato Netflix

Releases June 22nd
Based on the novel by Jenna Evans-Welch
Starring Susanna Skaggs, Tobia De Angelis, and Owen McDonnell

The Summer I Turned Pretty Amazon Prime Video

Releases June 17th
Based On The Novel by Jenny Han
Starring Lola Tung, Christopher Briney, and Gavin Casalegno

Everything I Know About Love BBC

On the BBC IPlayer now.
Based on the memoir by Dolly Alderton
Starring Emma Appleton and Bel Powley

We Have A Trailer For Persuasion!

On my first watch of this, my initial reaction was, what is this?

Now I’ve given it some time to process, and I think I could enjoy this movie, if I forget it’s Jane Austen. This isn’t a faithful adaptation, Anne is so out of character, and I’m pretty sure the word ‘exes’ hadn’t been coined yet… But for some reason Hollywood has decided that Austen is boring and they need to spice it up a bit. We’ll see how that turns out…

We got a teaser trailer for the new Hunger Games based on Suzanne Collin’s prequel Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

I don’t know anyone who wants this, but it’s happening. It’s been given a release date of November 2023, but no news on cast yet.

Season Two Of Shadow & Bone finished filming!

Rick Riordan gave us some Percy Jackson casting news as filming got underway.

Red, White & Royal Blue got it’s main leads. Taylor Zakhar Perez is Alex Claremont-Diaz Nicholas Galitzine is Henry Fox-Mountchristen-Windsor.

I’ve seen a lot of people not happy with this casting, and whilst I haven’t read the I do agree. They look too old for the role and I’m tired of straight actors being cast into gay roles.

We got our first teaser poster for The School For Good & Evil

A film adapted from the novel by Soman Chainani and starring High School Musicals (tmts) Sofia Wylie, Shadow & Bone’s Kit Young, and Charlize Theron.

We also got a poster upcoming adapation for Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, which is releasing in August.

The Women’s Prize For Fiction 2022 Goes To…

The Book Of Form And Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki!
Not my number one choice (The Island of Missing Trees). Or my number two choice (Sorrow and Bliss). But I guess it’s my number three choice by default as I wasn’t able to read the other three on the shortlist.

I had a rocky time reading this book, but my full thoughts are in my review here.

Costa announced it would no longer be hosting the Costa Book Awards.

This award, which ran for 50 years, has been a huge boost for the nominated and winning books. So far Costa hasn’t given an explanantion as to why and there hasn’t been any news as to whether is could be sponsered by anybody else, but hopefully they can as losing this will be a big blow to the industry.

Imogen Hermes Gower is ready to be published again.

It’s been four years since her super hyped debut The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock was released and Gower found the experience ‘discombobulating’. But she’s possibly ready to dip her toes in again, and I for one will be here when she’s ready.

Matthew Perry Has Finished Writing His Autobiography

I’m not usually a fan of celebrity books, but I am quite excited for this one.

We Had A Beautiful Cover Reveal For Sarah Underwood’s Lies We Sing To The Sea

This is a beautiful book and I am all here for a sapphic Odyssey retelling!

What do you guys think of this years Women’s Prize winner? And are you excited, or devastated about the new adaptation of Persuasion?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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Ten Bookish / Literary Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

June 13th, 2022

Hi Readers!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of bookish content. I consume it everywhere I can, but it’s only recently I’ve discovered the bookish side to podcasting.

Podcasts have been around for a while now, but I’ve always been a bit ‘oh those aren’t for me’ about them, because I really never had the right opportunity for listening to podcasts. I don’t have a long commute and if I do listen to something through my earphones, it’s normally music.

But I’ve recently been going back and editing my entire blog, and I’ve also started knitting, and for both these things I want to listen to something and I was getting a bit sick of listening to the same playlist over and over. Eventually I thought I would give podcasts a try and I found some pretty amazing ones, and I wanted to share them with you…

You’re Booked

This is hosted by Daisy Buchanan, author of The Sisterhood and Insatiable. It’s a literary podcast which is writer focused. She visits their homes and has a nosy through their bookshelves, and learns about their reading history and how they made a career out of writing.

This podcast is perfect if you want to know more about the author behind your favourite books. She has some incredible guests including David Nicholls (author of One Day), Dolly Alderton (author of Ghosts) and, my personal favourite, Elif Shafak (author of The Island of Missing Trees).

There are over 100 episodes so far, and each and every one has been interesting, engaging, and funny. It’s also added many, many more books onto my TBR. Not just books they’ve talked about, but books that were written by some of the guests, because I enjoyed their discussion so much and I want to hear more from them.


This podcast is more focused on moments during the writing process. It talks to authors, discussing subjects such as ‘beginnings‘ and ‘success‘. They also have authors on to discuss their books and writing process, like Dolly Alderton and her book Ghosts.

I will say with this one there sometimes isn’t much discussion about writing or books, but it depends on the topic. They also have these external audio clips come in from Waterstones Events that have nothing to do with the topic (and does cause you to adjust the volume on your earphones). But the hosts are funny and it definitely has some interesting things to say.

On The Road With Penguin Classics

This is a podcast dedicated to classics. It was created by author Henry Eliot in collab with Penguin, and you can definitely tell it has a bit more of a budget than the others as it has music, is very well edited and is recorded around different literary locations. It’s still pretty new, but so far he’s discussed popular classics such as Mrs Dalloway and Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, but also lesser known ones like George Eliot’s The Mill On The Floss, Lady Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World.

I really enjoy podcasts that dive deep into specific books, but of course I can really only listen to the episodes of the books I have read, otherwise I won’t really know what they’re talking about.

Literary Disco

This one is hosted by three old friends who have literary debates about any topic under the sun (book related). They have a funny dynamic that only people who have known eachother a long time can have.

I don’t always agree with what they say. They have big personalities and don’t hold back on their opinions. But it’s fun to listen to their discussions.


This podcasts aim is to discuss the ‘backlist books’ of authors. The lesser known, lesser read books that may have escaped readers attention in favour of the authors most famous work.

They discuss books from authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Oscar Wilde and Daphne Du Maurier. But many of the books they’ve discussed I have never heard of, which I like. They don’t just talk about books that have been discussed a hundred times. They literally give new life to old books.

Black Chick Lit

This podcast is hosted by two friends. They do a combination of book chats for specific books, and also discussions about anything bookish. They’re funny and they don’t mince their words, but they also have a lot of insightful things to say about black literature, and the problems they find in diverse representation.

This podcast is fun and entertaining, but leaves you also with new views and understandings you might never have considered before.

So Many Damn Books

Hosted by Christopher and Drew, and comes with over 160 episodes ready for you to listen to. They have discussions about all kinds of bookish topics, including some specific book discussions, and some more general talks, and a pretty catchy theme tune.

I like that a lot of their episodes are shorter than other podcasts out there, with many of their episodes around the 30 minute mark. They also have this ability to make you want to read everything they talk about, which is a bit detromental to my TBR…

Literary Friction

If you’re a fan of adult literary fiction, this podcast has some guests which will get you pretty excited. They have authors such as Sally Rooney, Dolly Alderton, Daisy Johnson, Otessa Moshfegh and Sarah Perry discussing bookish topics connected to their newest releases.

What I like is that, whilst they’re normally on the podcast to promote their book, they don’t really talk about it much, so you don’t need to have read it to listen to the episode. But you do learn why they wrote and how they came to write the themes that they did.

All The Books!

Hosted by Book Riot. They discuss new releases and backlist books, narrowing them down and giving specific book recommendations based on what their listeners are interested in reading.

Books and Boba

This is a podcast dedicated to Asian and Asian American writers. They discuss the books, have authors as guests to discuss their works, and does a monthly episode where they go through the exciting book news of upcoming Asian and Asian American books to look forward to.

Have you listened to any book podcasts recently?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X