Book Riot Live

A Reading Guide for Book Riot Live, Part 1

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Jenn Northington

Director, Editorial Operations

Jenn Northington has worked in the publishing industry wearing various hats since 2004, including bookseller and events director, and is currently Director of Editorial Operations at Riot New Media Group. You can hear her on the SFF Yeah! podcast nerding out about sci-fi and fantasy. When she’s not working, she’s most likely gardening, running, or (obviously) reading. Find her on Tumblr at jennIRL and Instagram at iamjennIRL.

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You’ve got your tickets for Book Riot Live, and you’ve started perusing the programming, but you want to read up a bit before November. Where to start? I have some thoughts about that!

North of Beautiful by Justina ChenEditor Alvina Ling: North of Beautiful by Justina Chen
Terra Cooper looks like an All-American poster girl — except for the port-wine stain birthmark on her cheek. Jacob is a Goth boy with his own imperfections. Their meeting sends Terra on a journey that upends everything she thinks she knows about herself. A coming-of-age story that encompasses family, beauty, and love.





TopazBeverly Jenkins: Topaz
Kate Love is an aspiring newspaperwoman who finds herself in hot water; Dixon Wildhorse is the lawman who comes to her rescue. Politics, wagon trains, peril, love, and shoot-outs!






Dshadowshaperaniel Jose Older: Shadowshaper (out June 30, 2015)
In a rapidly-falling-apart New York, teenager Sierra Santiago discovers unexpected powers and a mission to save the world. An awesome meld of art, Caribbean legend, and urban fantasy.






Feminst Ryan GoslingDanielle Henderson: Feminist Ryan Gosling
You may have seen them on your computer screen, but do you have them for your coffee table? This compliation of “Hey Girl” and feminist theory mash-ups are a must-have for every critical theory/pop-culture fan.




Ellia Bisker: “Written” by Manuel Gonzales
A short story inspired by a photo of Ellia Bisker, taken from a music video. It’s a beautiful loop of creativity! Bonus: Manuel Gonzales also has a book of short stories called The Miniature Wife, if you want even more of his stellar writing.

Control PointMyke Cole: Control Point (Shadow Ops #1)
Lieutenant Oscar Britton plays everything by the book. It’s his job to find and contain people who manifest magic powers, and he’s good at his job — until he becomes one of those people. Everything he thinks he knows about his government and himself? Pretty much untrue. This is just the start of a kick-ass, action-packed, magic-and-guns-and-alternate-dimensions series.





The Killing MoonNK Jemisin: The Killing Moon
The Gatherers, magic harvesters and priests of the goddess of Gujaarah, keep the peace and punish the corrupt as necessary. But the priest Ehiru discovers that someone is using magic for their own nefarious purposes, and as he searches for the perpetrator he discovers a far deeper plot than he thought possible. The first of the two-book Dreamblood series, this is an incredibly rich and beautifully imagined high fantasy.




What We See When We ReadPeter Mendelsund: What We See When We Read
What *do* we see when we read? Esteemed cover designer Mendelsund plunges into this question in an exploration that utilizes both words and images to tease out how visualization works.







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