5 Upcoming Fall Releases You Need to Add to Your TBR!
Summer may be ending (aww) but your reading list doesn’t have to (yay!). Fall tends to bring about a lot of new releases as publishers give one last push before the holiday shopping season. It can be hard to choose from this embarrassment of riches so today I want to share five upcoming Fall 2018 releases that I am personally excited to add to my ever-growing TBR pile: a sweeping Brazilian novel, a geeky contemporary, a magical realism take on a classic, a pride and prejudice retelling, and foodie romance there's something for everyone so let's dive right in!
THE AIR YOU BREATHE by Frances de Pontes Peebles
August 21st 2018 by Riverhead Books
Summary: Traveling from Brazil's inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, from Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood back to the irresistible drumbeat of home, The Air You Breathe unfurls a moving portrait of a lifelong friendship--its unparalleled rewards and lasting losses--and considers what we owe to the relationships that shape our lives.
Why I'm excited: Let's start with the most imminent release and probably my favorite among equals on this list. I LOVE reading sweeping historicals that span time and place especially during the Fall for some reason. The book also centered around and set in Brazil a setting I've been looking to explore more of in my reading. It also includes a complex female friendship/romantic relationship that has been compared to My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. Also Samba, lots of Samba. Yes to all of this.
ANALEE, IN REAL LIFE by Janelle Milanes
September 18th 2018 by Simon Pulse
Summary: Ever since her mom died three years ago, Analee Echevarria has had trouble saying out loud the weird thoughts that sit in her head. With a best friend who hates her and a dad who’s marrying a yogi she can’t stand, Analee spends most of her time avoiding reality and role-playing as Kiri, the night elf hunter at the center of her favorite online game.
Why I'm excited: This book was pitched as Ready Player One but with a Latina main character and more teenagy-feelings. That was basically an auto-buy description for me. As a nerdy, gamer Latina I am here for nerdy gamer Latinas. It is super niche but I know I can't be the only one reeled in by that description.
PRIDE by Ibi Zoboi
September 18th 2018 by Balzer + Bray
Summary: Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.
Why I’m excited: It’s a Pride and Prejudice retelling set in contemporary Brooklyn. No other commentary is necessary. I am the human embodiment of the heart eyes emoji when I think of this.
BLANCA Y ROJA by Anna-Marie McLemore
October 9th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends
Magical Realism/ YA Fantasy
Summary: The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.
Why I'm excited: McLemore has been bringing magical realism to YA for several incredible books now and she continues this streak with a Latinx retelling of Swan Lake. McLemore weaves a fine balance between unsettling and emotional plotting and beautiful prose and if early reviews are any indication she had done so again in a spectacular retelling of an old classic.
SAVORING YOU by Claudia Y. Burgoa
October 14th 2018
Summary: My dream was to cook my way to fame and fortune, not run myself ragged keeping my late parents’ quaint restaurant afloat. My sister is useless, I’m chronically short-staffed, and even Gertie, my antiquated oven, hates me.
Then in charges Oliver. My best friend. My sister’s ex. Picking up the slack like he never left all those years ago. Making my body shiver with the lightest touch, the slightest smile. It would be so easy to let him be my knight in shining armor. But I can’t let him, even though he makes Gertie purr like a kitten.
Why I'm excited: Ok, you know I love me a good romance. But a friends-to-lovers romance with FOOD? It's like this book was written for me. I don't need to know anythings else, the cover hasn't even been released at the time of this post going up, but you can bet: sure as an American tourist will remove the pineapple from tacos al pastor that this book will be in my e-reader the day it comes out.