Well, our family made it through the first month of Kindergarten. And to anyone who doesn’t have kids and is wondering “the whole family goes to kindergarten?”, believe me – it’s a family affair. My worst nightmares did not come true, though! She didn’t come home crying and/or bleeding, she didn’t get on the wrong bus and end up at some stranger’s house, and she wasn’t abducted by space aliens disguised as teachers. So, that’s a win.
Speaking of buses, there’s plenty of books coming out this fall! (I didn’t have a better segue, sorry). I couldn’t pick all 593,720, so here’s 5 of my favorite books to be released this October (many of which are coming out tomorrow!):
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Released on October 6th, published by St. Martin’s Griffin.
Part mystery, part fantasy, part love story, Rainbow Rowell has weaved in just about everything. Simon ( also the character from Fangirl) is struggling with this thing called life. No girlfriend, a missing roommate – he just wants to enjoy his last year at the Watford School of Magicks.
Although Carry On is being released as a young adult book, Rainbow’s work can really be enjoyed by anyone. I’m young at heart, so that counts. Her themes are realistic and relevant, and capture the poignancy of life. Plus, her hair is amazing. And so are her books.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling. Illusrated by Jim Kay. Released on October 6th
Can’t get enough Harry? Neither can about half the world. The author that started it all, J.K. Rowling, is worth an impressive 910 million dollars, and established a Harry Potter franchise that’s worth 15 billion dollars. Yup, with a B. In 2007, more than 11 million copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows were purchased in just 24 hours. And on the 6th, to further these unfathomable numbers, an illustrated edition of The Sorcerer’s Stone will be available for your viewing pleasure. Even if you’re not a Potterhead, this book can be appreciated by anyone. Jim Kay beautifully captures the dark life that Harry endures with his muggle family. Just wait til you see Hogwarts – it’s impressive.
The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories by Anthony Marra. Released on October 6th by Hogarth Publishing.
Anthony Marra is one of the few authors that I’ve kept close tabs on since the release of his first book, anxiously awaiting the release of another masterpiece. His 2013 debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena chronicles the civil war in Chechnya from 2004. Their barbaric warfare reminds us that the tragedies of human conflict are still very relevant. Marra handles his characters with unmatched grace and fortitude. In his newest book, Marra weaves varying characters and themes of love, loss and war in a series of nine short stories. I’ve not yet read this one (I wasn’t one of the lucky ones to receive an advanced reader copy), but I will soon! And you should, too.
Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book, by Johanna Basford. Released on October 27th by Penguin Books.
Johanna Basford is the artist that started it all. Adult coloring books have boomed since her release of Secret Garden back in 2013. Once it built momentum, adults young and old have flocked to their nearest bookstore to color their hearts out. Basford’s illustrations are intricate and ethereal, but still give the colorer* plenty of creative flexibility. Admittedly, I’ve always colored. It’s relaxing yet still productive (in the sense that there’s an end product). It’s relatively cheap, too. I’m looking forward to digging out my blue colored pencils and coloring in this one!
*(not technically a word yet, but I’m sure Webster is working on it)
The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff. Released on October 27th by Little, Brown and Company.
Did you know that the Salem Witch Trials is the only event in American history that solely involves women? I didn’t know that, either. And I learned it from the first paragraph of this book. This 500-page tome is in true Stacy form – dense with fascinating facts and well-researched history. Happily, Schiff has mastered the art of relatable story telling – no dry textbook style here. Stacy Schiff is well known for her 2006 Pulitzer Prize winning book Cleopatra – of which I happen to own a beautiful signed copy. Her meticulous writing and thorough research makes her one of the best historical writers of our time. Pick up The Witches just a few days before Halloween – oOoOoO. (That’s my creepy ghost sound).
That’s it for today! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books in the coming weeks.