Summer’s almost over, and Autumn draws ever so closer. The weather here in Oklahoma has been quite lovely over the past few days, so lovely that I could even wear a cardigan to work this morning! And with the cool blustery weather and scattered leaves comes an awesome line up of new book releases. My preorder list on Amazon is outta control right now, and here are the many reasons why…
I read Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? (And Other Concerns) earlier this year, and it was so. good. Mindy is just a ball of self-deprecating hilarity that I can’t wait to get more of in Why Not Me?–it comes out TODAY and I’m number 5 on the hold list at the public library, so here’s hoping I get that lovely message saying “Your hold has arrived” sooooon……
Earlier this summer, I devoured Jenny Lawson’s first and utterly funny book, just in time for the arrival of her second book, Furiously Happy, on September 22nd. If you’re not on the Internet with any regularity, Jenny Lawson is The Bloggess, a hysterical blog about one woman’s life in Texas. Jenny has a sharp, twisted sense of humor that I love. Here’s to another hysterical book!
You’ve already seen me gush about Claire Vaye Watkins’ first book Battleborn, and it’s a bit of an understatement that I am looking forward to her first full-length novel, Gold Fame Citrus. It takes place in a future, waterless California where the denizens of the land are known as “Mojavs,” and focuses around two people, Luz and Ray, as they struggle to survive. September 29th, hurry up and get here, please and thank you.
Last winter was the season of Rainbow Rowell. In 2 months, I finished Fangirl, Landline, Attachments, and Eleanor & Park. Rainbow Rowell writes such realistic characters that at times it feels like they’re sitting in the room with me. Carry On is a sort of extension of Fangirl, as it focuses on the 2 characters in the thinly-veiled Harry Potter-esque book series that Fangirl‘s main character, Cath, writes fanfiction about. Note that Carry On is not meant to be seen as Cath’s fanfiction, even if the characters originated from fictional fanfiction. Either way, I am excited for the next installment of my Rainbow Rowell lovefest on October 6th.
Now for a book by authors I have not read before. One of my librarian pals on Twitter mentioned She Walks in Shadows in a convo about the best book I’ve ever bought for my place of work, and this short story collection sounds amazing: short horror stories with a Lovecraftian bent all written by women. Yes, yes, y’all. It’s being delivered to my Kindle on October 13th, a day I also happen to be spending on an airplane en route to Omaha. A first: I never have my flight reading planned out this far in advance!
Last, but far from least, is Welcome to Night Vale. In a sore oversight, it was not until fairly recently (read: the last 2 weeks) where I got into the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. It’s everything I love: takes place in the American Southwest, Lovecraftian, and extremely tongue in cheek humor. One of my staff said that I have seen the light, and to that I say: all hail the light. Alll haiiill. October 20th.
Needless to say, the completion of my Goodreads challenge will be SO easy now!