Some will argue that the best time to read is in the summer. You can lay in the grass, lounge on a hammock, perch on a beach chair with the waves lapping at your feet, or just sit in front of an air-conditioner, the breeze blowing through your hair as you read your favorite new book. I tend to be of a different opinion. The fall and early months of winter are the perfect time to settle in with a new book. The cracking of a fresh spine will echo the crunch of the fallen leaves beneath your feet. The soft glow that your Kindle or nook emits fits right in with the soft haze produced by a string of Christmas lights. I think we can all agree that reading a book while wearing your favorite sweatpants and a cozy sweater is far more enjoyable than a wet bathing suit.
Fortunately, as we move into the cooler months, publishers are getting ready to provide us with a whole slew of highly-anticipated must-reads. We scanned the upcoming titles and chose 15 that we cannot wait to get our hands on! Check out our most anticipated books of fall 2015 below!
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie (September 8)
Told by master story-teller Rushdie, this novel takes us into a modern day version of 1001 Nights set in a New York City caught in a battle between light and dark.J
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (September 15)
Yaasss, all hail Mindy Kaling and her highly anticipated second book. If you’re looking for a good laugh, search no further. Multitask and read during commercial breaks while you watch The Mindy Project on Hulu.
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (September 22)
The third installment in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series is one that both kids and adult fans of the series alike have been eagerly waiting for. Where will Jacob and Emma’s adventures take them next?
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (September 29)
Miss Atwood never fails in creating a story that will remain with its readers long after they’ve read the final word, and her latest novel is promising to do just that. Follow the twists and turns of a couple’s marriage as they navigate a dystopian society where for six months out of the year everyone lives in a prison.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay (October 6)
Kay takes Rowling’s classic story and brings it to life in his beautifully haunting and whimsical illustrations. This is a can’t miss for any Potter Head out there!
Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton (October 13)
Stanton’s latest collection has all the elements of HONY that we already loved, but with longer interviews and tales about the people behind the photographs. What’s not to be excited about?
See Me by Nicholas Sparks (October 13)
Sparks fans everywhere can squeal in delight knowing that his latest book will be hitting soon, which means that a new movie with a beautiful cast will also be inevitably premiering soon. Can we get Scott Eastwood back on the screen, please?
Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3) by Robert Galbraith (October 20)
Robert Galbraith (erm J.K. Rowling) strikes again! And this time, there’s a severed leg involved. Heebie jeebies fa days.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime by Ree Drummond (October 20)
Having just picked up one of Drummond’s recipe books for the first time, I couldn’t be more excited for her latest! Full of fun anecdotes and amazing recipes, this is a must for any cooks and wannabe chefs out there.
The Lake House by Kate Morton (October 20)
Kate Morton has already proved that she has amazing writing chops with her previous mystery-themed novels, and The Lake House is already creating buzz that it will be one of her best books yet. A young writer’s baby brother goes missing after a party thrown by her parents, and the readers are sucked into the aftermath to follow. Set in Cornwall and London, England, this will be the perfect book to cozy up to with a cup of tea on a snowy November afternoon.
After Alice by Gregory Macguire (October 27)
This time it’s Alice’s friend, Ada, who falls down the rabbit hole. An imaginative spin-off of Carroll’s classic story, After Alice will transport readers to a version of Wonderland they’ve yet to see.
The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff (October 27)
Following the tremendous success of Cleopatra, Schiff is back with this refreshing insight into the lives of some of history’s most infamous women- the accused witches of Salem, Massachusetts. Before you pick up the book, head over to historical Salem and visit the places where the witches lived and cast their “magic.”
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories by Stephen King (November 3)
We all know what a fantastic writer Stephen King is, but how many of us know a lot about his writing process? Well, maybe some of us if we’ve read his book on the subject. But for those of you who don’t, these thrilling new stories include commentary from King himself on where he was and what he was thinking when they came into being.
Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving (November 3)
Irving’s latest novel follows the life of Juan Diego, a teenager who grows up in Mexico with his younger sister who has the ability to read the future. The books follows Juan Diego as he grows into a man, and promises to be a can’t-put-down novel beautifully illustrating the themes of fate and memory.
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe (November 27)
For those of us looking to better understand the world around us without getting lost in the complicated language used to explain it, Randall Munroe has got you covered. He covers a wide range of topics from the solar system to bridges and explains them in a way that even your 8-year-old cousin might understand.
Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure & Colouring Book by Johanna Basford (October 27)
Basford is back with a whole new beautiful world just waiting for you to color in! Adult coloring books are on the rise, and you won’t want to miss out on this gem from the queen of coloring books. Get those pencils sharpened!
Make sure to clear a space in your bookshelf or on your eReader, and get ready for these end-of-year releases! Pumpkin spice lattes, a cozy sweater, a roaring fire, and a brand new book. Does it get any better? Happy reading!