Welcome to Issue #19!
The trees are whispering…
Friends, welcome to another exciting week of The Pond Book News! We are a little late today, but Sprout and the Pond are still working hard to bring the magic to your inbox. If you’re seeing this, that means the magic worked! Within is a fresh issue of book news to catch you up on the week’s lineup of diverse book news and cover reveals, all of which important and amazing. We also feature three incredible people in the book community every week, to highlight the important work that readers do in celebrating the books they love.
Similar to last week, this week’s issue is a little different because we don’t have any new books releasing at the tail end of the year, but we’re making up for it by bringing you the coolest book deals & cover reveals on the block! So thank you for your patience friend, and onward to the news!
Title Reveal: The third and final book in The Poppy War trilogy now has a title!
The ICONIC series is coming to a close next year, friends! I haven’t gotten the chance to delve into it myself yet, but I know that The Poppy War is very special and beloved around these parts, and I’m excited for the finale to cap off Rin’s epic saga. Sprout will be here to update you for when the cover is revealed too, so keep your eyes on this space! 👀
Cover Reveal: King of the Rising by Kacen Callender
AH, isn’t this cover gorgeous, friends? I love the composition and simplicity of it, and how well it pairs with the cover of the previous book! There isn’t a blurb for this book yet, but Queen of the Conquered is a Carribean-inspired fantasy about one girl’s quest for vengeance against the royals who murdered her family, which sounds absolutely thrilling, and I’m appalled that I haven’t put it on my TBR. Hopefully I’ll get to dig into this series soon!
Cover Reveal: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
This is a cover you don’t want to miss, my friends! I adore so much about this book and its cover already—the verdant shade of green wallpaper, the gorgeous off-shoulder evening gown, the woman of color front and center! I adore gothic escapades, and the premise sounds entirely up my alley. Definitely keeping an eye on this as a 2020 release!
Cover Reveal: Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest
I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for illustrated covers, and seeing an adorable couple of color front and center like this is doing things in my soul, friends. The site says that this book is about a “disgraced starlet named Evie who enlists the help of a cute delivery boy when her eccentric grandma goes missing in New York City”, which sounds like such a fun time!
Book Announcement: A genre-blending story about identity and being a mixed-black transracial adoptee by Shannon Gibney
Ooof this book already sounds like it’s going to pack a punch, and I’m ready. Representation of transracial adoptees is so rare in YA literature, and I’m so glad we’re getting more #ownvoices stories recently. I hope this book turns out to be exactly the book people need, especially if they’re looking for rep in this area!
Book Announcement: A delightful YA about matchmaking in a Korean-American family forthcoming from Meredith Ireland
Anyone would give a good chuckle at that blurb, I think, because I certainly did! This is our second adoptee story this week, this time for what is undoubtedly going to be the most adorable romcom of the century. I can’t wait to for more news to come about this book, but I already know that I’m adding this to my TBR posthaste!
Book Announcement: An adorable picture book about black girl hair and space forthcoming from debut author-illustrator Yesenia Moises
This picture book sounds absolutely precious, and I’m excited that more POC author-illustrators are getting the chance to tell their fantastic art/stories to the world! I love that little black girls are also getting the chance to see their beautiful hair represented in the literature they read too—it’s about dang time!
From Page to Screen: Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones and the Six gets original series adaptation!
Daisy Jones fans rejoice! This adaptation looks to be filled with some really amazing people, and now I really need to read the book so I can watch the series, huh. The author’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was one of my favorite books of the year, and I heard that this book uses a lot of the same formula so I am EXCITED to read it eventually!
Book Industry Announcement: A trailblazing Native-focused imprint launching at HarperCollins!
This is such AMAZING news! There is a real real gap in the industry for Native-focused stories written by Native authors, and this is but a tiny step towards addressing this long-running issue. I’m definitely keeping this imprint on my radar for the future, and I can’t wait to see shelves filled with the vibrant stories that it will publish.
Book Community Spotlight
Book blogger: Karina from Afire Pages
Karina is a dear friend of the Pond, and make no mistake, even if she is taking a break currently, Karina is absolutely prolific when she carves out time for her blog! I’m always super impressed by everything she’s accomplished. If you have some time to dig into something a little denser and more informative, I think Karina’s Biblionomics series definitely deserves a read. This is a massive research project she undertook earlier this year tying together her economics degree and her love for books, and the first installment is a study about what drives people to buy books beyond their price tags. Karina also is a dedicated blog tour runner for ownvoices books that focus on ownvoices readers, so definitely check out her blog if you’re a diverse reviewer and interested in supporting diverse books too!
Bookstagrammer: Wulan from twinkling.chapters
Wulan is a Muslim bookstagrammer from Indonesia, and her feed is absolutely transcendent. I’m so in love with her aesthetic and the way she takes her photos—fairy lights have a big potential to become garish when they’re used too overtly, but Wulan manages to make the lights warm and quiet and cozy. I also love all the soft textures she uses too!
Booktuber: Chelsea from TheReadingOutlaw
Chelsea is queer, one of Cuddle and Joce’s BEST friends, and works as a lovely YA librarian! So she’s obviously already super cool, but her booktube channel is also filled with diverse books and relaxed, lowkey videos. As the current artist-in-residence for marginsbox, I naturally gravitated towards her marginsbox unboxing while perusing her channel, and watching it made me elated that the box is going to so many places! If you’re looking for something a little quicker as a short pick-me-up, Chelsea’s latest Saturday Snapshot video feels like catching up with an old friend as well (not to mention format also feels like a great journaling exercise too).