Book Riot Live

A Reading Guide for Book Riot Live, Part 2

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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! You can read Part 1 here.

Welcome to Night ValePublicist Gregory Henry: Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
For lovers of the podcast and newbies alike, finally there is the Welcome to Night Vale novel! Follow the adventures of pawn-shop owner Jackie Fierro, PTA treasurer Diane Crayton, and Diane’s son Josh as they seek to unravel the mysteries of King City and the man in the tan jacket. Hilarious terror sure to ensue.




Where You LiveJill McDonough: Where You Live
A funny, tender, and genuinely funny poetry collection. In love-poems, conversations, intimate jokes, from a hundred parties, five prisons, and three beloved bars, McDonough helps you better see “Where You Live.”






The Impossible Knife of MemoryLaurie Halse Anderson: The Impossible Knife of Memory
Hayley Kincaid is trying (but mostly failing) to be an average teen. Between dealing with her father’s PTSD, learning how to live in just one place, attending high school, and falling for a guy for the first time, it’s tough to feel normal. This gorgeous novel looks hard at trauma, healing, and the power to change.




Conversation SparksRyan Chapman: Conversation Sparks
Ever wished you had a pocketful of trivia to pull out at parties? Never fear, Ryan Chapman is here — with Conversation Sparks. Over 350 fascinating, little-known facts, including: any month beginning on a Sunday will have a Friday the 13th; there are more cell phones in the world than toothbrushes; and now-retired Twinkie flavors (banana cream).



A Rogue by Any Other NameSarah MacLean: A Rogue by Any Other Name
Kicking off the Rule of Scoundrels series, A Rogue by Any Other Name follows heroine Penelope Marbury: the perfect, proper lady who is adrift in disappointed love and boredom. Enter the Marquess of Bourne, a ruthless scoundrel and rogue who may finally have met his match.






All Our Pretty SongsSarah McCarry: All Our Pretty Songs
Inspired by both the myth of Orpheus and the band Nirvana (classical and pop culture combo FTW!), All Our Pretty Songs follows lifelong friends Aurora and our unnamed narrator as they discover a world beyond our own — one that they might not be able to escape. Full of raw emotion and magic both, this is a story that goes far beyond romantic love.




Tiny Pretty ThingsSona Charaipotra (with Dhonielle Clayton): Tiny Pretty Things
Three very different, very talented students at an exclusive ballet school in Manhattan find themselves locked in a competition for pre-eminence that spirals beyond garden-variety bullying. Gigi, Bette, and June discover sides to themselves and their classmates that they never could have predicted. Tense, fascinating, and excellently plotted.






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