The Pond Book News #35 – Kansas City Jazz, Speculative Anthologies & Zombies: This Week’s Bookish Best!

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Welcome to Issue #35!

The trees are whispering…

Friends, welcomeSprout the sparrow, doing a curtsy with their eyes closed and a smile on their face. Their cape swooshes in the wind with their arm extended in their curtsy. to another exciting week of The Pond Book News! Every Sunday, The Quiet Pond brings you a fresh issue of book news to catch you up on the week’s lineup of diverse book releases, cover reveals, book news, and sometimes more! 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. Onward to the news!

Book Releases This Week [April 12th – April 18th]

Girls Save the World in This One by Ash Parsons

June’s whole life has been leading up to this: ZombieCon, the fan convention celebrating all things zombies. She and her two best friends plan on hitting all the panels, photo ops, and meeting the heartthrob lead of their favorite zombie apocalypse show Human Wasteland.

And when they arrive everything seems perfect, though June has to shrug off some weirdness from other fans—people shambling a little too much, and someone actually biting a cast member. Then all hell breaks loose and June and her friends discover the truth: real zombies are taking over the con. Now June must do whatever it takes to survive a horde of actual brain-eating zombies—and save the world.

This book is set to be a contemporary filled with delightful nerd culture references, girl gangs, and just sheer fun from the first page till the last. Zombies at a fan convention sounds like such a crazy premise, and I am so here for this!

Releases on April 14th. Add this book on Goodreads!

Book News

Cover Reveal: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

This textured, almost ivory-like cover belies a story filled with kingdoms and magic and intrigue, and the fact that it’s by an Asian author with what seems to be East Asian influences is even better. Definitely keeping an eye on this one!


Cover Reveal: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

OOOH, friends, look how glittery and shiny this cover is! Rebecca Roanhorse is perhaps best known for her novel Trail of Lightningwhich I’ve heard is an absolutely unputdownable mix of Native American mythology and a dystopian setting that was intoxicating. I can’t wait to see what the author has next up her sleeve!


Cover Reveal: Mexican folktale retelling: jazz clubs and magic by Desideseria Mesa

Oh yes, hello, a new highly anticipated release! This cocktail of historical and folktale retelling infused with music and magic sounds entirely up my alley, and I so want to time travel into the future when we can get more information on it.


Book Announcement: Sapphic love and jealousy in a new romance contemporary from Hannah Moskowitz

I’ve heard many, many great things about Hannah Moskowitz’s writing, and I still have to check out Sick Kids in Lovebut if literally all the reviews are to be believed, we are in for something great here, something sweet, and something wonderfully queer.


Book Announcement: Speculative Latinx anthology with an all-star lineup, edited by Zoraida Córdova

Can we get a HECK yeah? This already looks to be brilliant! I genuinely could not ask for a cooler lineup to explore Latinx identity through SFF, and I am already counting down the days until we can get more information on this book. Cover reveal when?


Book Announcement: Trans contemporary YA novel in verse forthcoming from Robin Gow

This looks already poised to win my heart, and I am fully prepared to dive headfirst into a love story told in verse between two queer, trans teens. The theme of untold stories from the queer community is absolutely an evergreen one too, and I am so interested to find out more how this book will tackle this!


Book Announcement: Laura Silverman’s forthcoming YA workplace rom-com

Aww, this premise sounds adorable! Laura Silverman previously wrote You Asked for Perfect, which was a YA contemporary about academics and anxiety, and she’s definitely proven herself a voice to be heard in the YA romance scene right now!

Book Community Spotlight

Book blogger: Nadia at Headscarves and Hardbacks

You might know Nadia from the Ramadan Readathon that she hosts every year (and is happening this year VERY soon as well, from April 23 to May 23)! She is a British-Muslim writer and blogger, and her blog is so clean and adorable. I absolutely love her cute little header. She is a very passionate advocate for Muslim representation in books, and I think her two most recent posts—a list of nearly 50 new books by Muslim authors releasing this year, and a blog tour ARC review of The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah—are super indicative of her work as a blogger! Go and give her (and the #RamadanReadathon) some love this week, friends!

Follow Nadia on her book blog, Twitter, and Goodreads!


Bookstagrammer: Dominique at Livre Cafe

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#BookReview So, I’m trying this new thing where I avoid reviews before I read a book, so I had no idea what to expect going into Colson Whitehead’s #NickelBoys. Had I known how heartbreaking this book would be, I would have probably preferred to read this during the warmer months… you know… to avoid seasonal depression or whatever. . . This book tells the story of Elwood, a studious boy who wrongfully gets sent to a boys reform school during Jim Crow. The reform school is based off of the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida, where the boys who attended lived in constant, inescapable fear under extreme unspeakable acts of abuse. Of course after understanding the basis of this historical fiction, I went into a Google worm hole learning about the real reform school. Ummmm save yourself the heartache and don’t do that right after you’ve read the book and downed 2 glasses of wine. Trust me. . . While I won’t give too much away in this post, I will say that the ending took a sharp and unexpected turn. Colson Whitehead is a genius storyteller. He tied every single lose end. I appreciate that quality in a writer. I think it’s a talent that is difficult to master. . . . I will be doing an in-depth review for this book on the blog Monday. I’ll definitely be reading something a little less heavy next just to rebalance my spirit. . . Have you read Nickel Boys yet? Share your thoughts! The people want to know. . . . #colsonwhitehead #bookstagram #askareader #literature #growth #blackgirlsread #blackmenread #atlbookclub #virtualbookclub #goodeeads #igreads #goodblackreads 📸 @shotbytpg

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This photo is the ultimate plant/book aesthetic of my dreams, and Livre Cafe’s entire feed is absolutely filled with lush greenery and even more gorgeous books! Dominique, the founder of this online community-slash-book club dedicated to the representation of BIPOC voices in literature, has truly created something special here that’s definitely worth an afternoon checking them out.

Follow Livre Cafe on their bookstagram, Twitter, and website!


Booktuber: Saajid from Books are My Social Life

Saajid is a Muslim-Carribean booktuber, and has the most valid takes I’ve ever heard on booktube, period. His video about diversity and what representation really means makes some TRULY excellent points that I think are worthy of discussion in the community, especially with regards to how visibility in a piece of media doesn’t necessarily equal representation, and how we also need to be more aware of intersectional identities even with ownvoices books. If you watch even just one YouTube video today, friend, make it Saajid’s video. His rundown of his favorite books of 2019 also has hilarity and sass in SPADES, and I definitely recommend his channel in general if you’re looking for good books and an equally good laugh today!

Follow Saajid on his booktube channel, Twitter, and Instagram!

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