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“Children of Blood and Bone” Is Now A Part of Disney

Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone is being adapted into a film for Disney. The rights were acquired by Fox 2000 first, but now that Disney and Fox have merged, the film will be under Disney as well. It is being produced by Lucasfilm, which has brought Star Wars and Indiana Jones to Disney. Children of Blood and Bone is the first film that Lucasfilm is producing for Disney that isn’t apart of those franchises.

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Kay Oyegun is trying to get a deal so she can write the screenplay. Oyegun is one of the writers and producers for the NBC show, This is Us and she’s a writer for the OWN Network’s show, Queen Sugar. She is also the writer for the show Assisted Living, that was picked up by Paramount Studios. Fingers crossed she will be picked to write  the screenplay for this fantastic book.
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The book tells the story of a young girl named Zeile, who is on the run with a runaway princess and her brother. They’re on a journey to bring back magic before the crown prince gets rid of magic for good. Zeile must also learn to control her magic and the crown prince must come to term with his magic abilities. Tensions rise and feelings form, and Zeile, might be the greatest danger they face.
Adeyemi signed a seven figure deal with Macmillan Children Publishing for the book series. The novel was one of  the biggest YA debut publishing deals. Fox, even acquired the rights to it before it was even published. Now you know this book is good!
You can read it right here! And the sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance.
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What You Should Read Based on Your Favorite TV Show

I know, how could anyone possibly find the time to read when there is all this great television?! With so many distractions, it can be tough to fit books into your day, no matter how beneficial they can be. Luckily for you, I’ve compiled a list of what you should read based on your favorite show to make the transition positively seamless. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

If you liked Succession, you’ll love ‘The Darlings’ by cristina alger 

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Like Succession, this book will make you feel much better about your own (likely low stakes) family drama. Attorney Paul Ross has married into the billionaire financier Darling family, reaping the glamorous benefits including a gig as the head of the legal team at his father-in-law’s hedge fund, but when sudden tragedy triggers a huge financial investigation Paul must decide between his family and himself. Taking place over the course of a Thanksgiving weekend in New York City, The Darlings offers a thrilling peek into the lives of the wealthy and powerful that you won’t want to miss.

 

If you liked Euphoria, you’ll love ‘Tweak’ by Nic Sheff

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The transition from child to adulthood is tough already… throw in a crushing drug addiction and you’ve got some heart-wrenching material. Like protagonist Rue in the hit HBO series, Nic Sheff has been struggling with dependency from a young age. Real, shocking, and often sad, this memoir takes you deep into the throughs of relapse and recovery in the land of temptations, California. Bonus: this book also inspired the Amazon movie Beautiful Boy starring the incredible Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, which is definitely worth checking out too.

 

 

If you liked Once Upon A time In Hollywood, You’ll love ‘The Girls’ by Emma Cline

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Okay, technically Once Upon A Time is a movie, but I couldn’t not include this book. I’m just looking for any excuse to share it. Besides, there are plenty of shows about the Manson family that this applies to as well. The fictional book revolves around a young outcast and her involvement with the infamous Californian cult in the summer of 1969. Though its plot is interesting enough on its own, the novel is plump with juicy language and thought-provoking observations: “All that time I had spent readying myself, the articles that taught me life was really just a waiting room until someone noticed you- the boys had spent that time becoming themselves.” I urge you to read this with my whole heart.

 

If you liked Stranger things, You’ll love ‘Meddling kids’ by Edgar Cantero

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Bound by the memories of their 70’s childhood detective club, four adult friends decide to return home and put an end to the case that’s been haunting them for years since… that of the Sleepy Lake Monster. Ultimately a tale of trauma and closure, Cantero lightens the load with Hardy Boys-Esque nostalgia and nutty horror-comedy. This is pretty much Scooby-Doo for grown people.

 

 

If you liked This is us, you’ll love ‘Far From The Tree’ by Robin Benway

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Perfect for fans of the sweet and sappy NBC drama, Far From The Tree deals with all sorts of touchy topics like alcoholism, teen pregnancy, adoption, and the foster care system. Beginning with adopted only-child Grace, who is inspired to find her birth family after giving her own child up for adoption, the bestseller follows three estranged biological siblings on their journey to reunite. Each sibling goes through unique chapters of development, just like our favorite “Big Three” on This Is Us, and the novel (perhaps unrealistically) overflows with a comforting optimism despite the odds.

 

 

If you liked insecure, you’ll love The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl’ by Issa Rae

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If you can’t get enough of leading Insecure actress and creator Issa Rae, I don’t blame you. Thankfully, she’s written a book of personal essays to keep us satisfied between episodes. From dancing and dating to body image and hairstyles, Rae covers what it’s like to be uncool in a world that deems black as cool. Lighthearted, honest, and always hilarious, you will have no choice but to devour this in one sitting.

If you can manage to drag yourself away from glorious series binging for just a moment, I swear that’s all it will take to get sucked into one of these great novels! You’ll certainly be entertained, and you may even learn something. Happy reading, bookworms!

 

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Chrissy Metz

‘This is Us’ Actress Chrissy Metz Releases Self Love Memoir

Chrissy Metz is widely known for her emotionally riveting performance as Kate on NBC’s hit show This is Us

 

For two seasons, viewers have watched Metz’ phenomenal performance as her character has worked to overcome childhood self doubt and achieve her ambition of becoming a recognized singer.

 

Now, Metz is bringing her message of self-love to print, with the brand new release of her memoir, This is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today.

 

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After fans spoke of their ability to relate to her character’s “humor, depth and vibrance,” Metz came up with the idea of writing a memoir in order to show the underlying struggles she has faced which helped to mold her performance as Kate Pearson. 

 

On the back cover of This is Me, Metz wrote a message to prospective readers:

 

I decided to share my struggles and triumphs. I want you to join me on my journey not just of self-acceptance, but of becoming the person we are meant to be. To move forward, I first had to look back to my early years in Gainesville, Florida. When my father left us, my life slowly devolved into the survival mode of trailer-park living. My mother married a new man, and at first I thought it was a new start, but instead it became a nightmare of humiliation over my weight. I started keeping secrets, whether it was about eating my feelings or my first love, a boy who truly cared for me but only when no one was watching.

 

In This Is Me, I want to give you an action plan for fulfilling your destiny and passion. I want to be that best friend in your head, sharing the are-you-kidding-me, I-wish-I-was moments that only come from being honest in giving life advice from my personal experience.

 

 

Spanning her rocky relationship with her father, who is no Jack Pearson, to her personal issues with weight which she used to relate to her character, Metz’ memoir promises to breach sensitive topics with the hopes of inspiring readers.

 

“I thought if I’m vulnerable and if I’m really honest with my feelings, it could help other people to do so as well,” Metz told The Today Show.

 

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If there is one lesson fans can take away from her book, it is that they are enough.

 

“You’re enough just as you are, you don’t have to do anything special or extra,” Metz told TV Insider. “We’re all going through this journey, doing the best we can, but if someone doesn’t want to date you anymore or cuts you off on the road, it doesn’t have anything to do with you.”

 

“I think, sometimes, we take things so personally and then it stifles our growth or it really paralyzes us moving forward.”

 

Hear, hear. Metz’ memoir, This is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today will be released today and is currently available for purchase on Amazon.

 

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