It's kind of torturous being on maternity leave right before a whole bunch of books come out that I've been waiting to get my hands on forever. I know I could just...read something else, but all I can think about are these books, it seems. Come, drool with me.
1. The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman. The Magicians trilogy has been described as Harry Potter for adults, but I think of it more like Narnia for adults. It pulls from both, but it has this melancholy tone to parts that pull straight (for me) from the longing for Narnia to be real. It's also the only book series I can think of that would have this sort of quote: "you could only explain your Gödel, Escher, Bach references so many times before it starts to be a problem." This is the third in the trilogy, and I am both excited beyond measure, and feeling a bit sad about it because...this is the end. And like Narnia, I wanted the experience to go on forever. If they all die in a train crash I'm going to be pissed.
Release date: August 5
Verdict: YAY, this is getting closer, and I can conceivably plow through it during maternity leave...Freddie can sleep, I can read & weep, etc.
ETA: Shannon over from River City Reading alerted me to the fact that this title is available on Net Galley. *requested*
2. My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with your Gut by Hannah Hart. I've been watching MDK forever (butter yo shit!) and Harto is hilarious (the puns!) and seems like the most genuine of Internet persons, so I'm eager to gorge myself on this offering soon. She makes me laugh, and I think I'm in love with her.
Release date: August 12
Verdict: Again, yay! Just a little more waiting...
3. Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince. I LOVE LIZ PRINCE. I can't even decide who I love more, Hannah Hart or Liz Prince. Can I have lady-crushes on both? Hope so, because that's happening. Prince is also everything I wish I could be: cute tattooed nerd with mad art skills who writes about adolescence and gender stereotypes and liking guys with beards and flannels and basically everything good and right in this world. She is talented, funny, and I just love her. I know this isn't the best review, but those are hard to write with little hearts in my eyes, clouding my vision.
Release date: September 2
Verdict: Waaah, I'll be back to work by then.
ETA: Also available on Net Galley!
4. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes. Because duh.
Release date: October 14
Verdict: WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT SO LONG?
5. Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Advice on "when to be funny and when to be serious"? Yes please, if I may borrow the phrase. Really, Poehler could scribble sweet nothings onto a napkin and I'd line up in the queue to buy it. And I expect this to be better than a collection of scribblings. I expect this to be fantastic.
Release date: October 28
Verdict: THIS IS FOREVER FROM NOW & MY DAUGHTER WILL BE ALL GROWN UP AND I'LL BE RETIRED, PRACTICALLY.
What books are you waiting for as the late summer/fall publishing deluge approaches? And what should I read while I twiddle my thumbs waiting for The Magician's Land?
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