Reading Lists

Autumn Book Releases

Every season makes me want to read, the difference with autumn is that now even more people empathize with me. The weather is on occasion getting colder here in the western Sierra Nevada’s, the leaves are beginning to turn, and autumn book lists are emerging.

Including mine!

Here are eight books I’m looking forward to this fall.

G’morning! G’night! Little Pep Talks for Me & You, by Lin Manuel Miranda and illustrated by Jonny Sun: What? How could this not make me happy? Take my money Lin Manuel Miranda, because I am here for whatever you want me to spend it on. Seriously though, I don’t have a cell phone (shocking, I know), and thusly do not participate in Twitter. I am completely OK with this and feel (slightly) more connected to the world because of it, which is strange, because that tech is supposed to connect you more… Anyway, he is a sparkle dusted cinnamon bun of a human and I want to support him and his creativity. Goodreads

Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World, by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell: Four different works make up the scope of this book, which include Gaiman’s commencement speech to Philadelphia University of the Arts 2012 class, the poem “Building a Chair”, “On Libraries” Neil’s defense for libraries and the inspiration they gift us with, and “Credo”, his thoughts of freedom of expression. Neil seems like he’d be the best uncle in the world, not dad- though I’m just he’s great there, too. He just gives off Cool Uncle Vibes, I guess. Goodreads

What if it’s Us, by Becky Arbetalli and Adam Silvera: One, the title is a “Dear Evan Hanson” reference to this song. And that’s wonderful. Secondly it’s a meet-cute about a Broadway fan and a guy mailing off his ex boyfriends stuff and the subsequent disaster dates they go one after that. I. Am. Ready. The description sounds like what might have happened if the Queer as Folk writers had decided to do a musical episode… *thinks about that for a moment* … *explodes into gold confetti* God, can you imagine? Goodreads

Dracul, by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker: A prequel of sorts to the OG Dracula novel, where a young Bram Stoker and his sister Mathilda investigate the reappearance of their old nurse, years later in Paris. I have a love/hate relationship with Dracula (the novel)- on one hand it’s terrifying- the ship scene, Mia’s bedroom scene, when Dracula lizard-crawls his way down the side of his castle. On the other hand… it’s dry and rambling. But I do love vampires, I prefer them attractive, dangerous, and with little to no moral compass. It’s hard to find the right balance, and I think I’d be approaching this more as a horror story and less of a vampire story, if that makes any sense. I’d consider Interview with the Vampire to be a vampire story, but not horror, if that helps clarify. Goodreads

Isola, Volume 1, by Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl, and Msassyk: A queen succumbs to an evil curse and the only cure for it is found on an island half a world away, Isola, the island of the dead. Full of beautiful art and containing an emotional story often compared to the works of Hayao Miyazaki, the tale follows the captain of the guard and her attempts to remove the curse from her queen and save a kingdom. Image comics just keeps putting out some of the most beautiful, creative, and intelligent comics I’ve ever seen. It is a good time to love graphic novels, my friends. They have a sneak peek available here if you’re interested. Goodreads

That’s about it. I’m sure there’s something I missed, but we’ll settle on that for now. What about, you, shiny readers? Is there anything in particular you’re looking forward to this fall?

I just got the majority of my Halloween costume together and I look glam as all get out. Going for goth rock vampire this year, and I am super excited. Maybe I’ll even post pictures, if I’m feeling particularly brave.


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