Books have the power to transport you to another world. They let your travel from the comfort of your couch without moving your feet. Books are astonishingly personal and delightful gifts that we can offer each other. A world without books isn’t something we want to imagine. Reading books can rejuvenate your energy levels and elevate your mood. If you ask book lovers, they will tell you how reading gives them a sense of purpose, and it allows them to discover parts of themselves they never knew existed.
Do you want to know what we love the most? The feeling of pages flickering against our fingers. The voice of books can be heard only after immersing yourself in them. Perhaps this is why we turn to them to find words for what we already know. Books allow us to relax, loosen up, and experience life through the lens of another. Escapism is by no means a healthy habit, but neither is dwelling too much on stressful life circumstances. When we read, we feel liberated from the confines of our reality and open up to a world of possibilities. It gives your mind a safe place to rest until you regain the strength needed to overcome your obstacles in real life.
We have compiled a quick list of upcoming books from different areas, from the environment, music, and fiction, etc, and we’re sure you’ll love it. Pre-orders are available through individual links below! Check out more books on the official website!
Harlem Shuffle: Colson Whitehead
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Colson Whitehead brings to life the New York City world above 125th Street as extraordinarily complex as the people who inhabit it. He opens his tale in 1959 with this intriguing opening line: “His cousin Freddie brought him on the heist one hot night in early June.” Freddie is a cousin to Ray Carney, who was only slightly bent when it came to being crooked. That’s what Carney continues to tell himself when Freddie tries to talk him into handling a haul from “the Waldorf of Harlem.” Even though Carney thinks, “Robbing the Hotel Theresa was like taking a piss on the Statue of Liberty,” he agrees to help Freddie fence the goods from their robbery. According to the author, the city itself propels Ray, Freddie, their families, and mobsters, and throughout the story, we see how the city has changed and how each day’s decisions have shaped their lives.
Pre-order here! (Release Date: October 12, 2021)
Defy the Night: Brigid Kemmerer
Defy The Night is a fantasy series by New York Times bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer. It follows a corrupt kingdom, a prince who desperately attempts to keep it together, and the girl who will do anything to bring it to its knees. We have a riveting protagonist in Brigid Kemmerer’s fascinating tale that weaves duty, love, and trust together. It is a captivating fantasy romance filled with outlaws, intrigue, rebellions, and magic. As soon as you start reading this book, you will get instantly hooked! Defy the Night has all the elements we seek in fantasy romances, such as thrilling adventure, heart-stopping romance, and royal intrigue. This book will undoubtedly be a pleasure to read.
Pre-order here! (Release Date: September 14, 2021)
Cloud Cuckoo Land: Anthony Doerr
This stunning novel by Anthony Doerr takes place in the fifteenth century in Constantinople, in the present day in Idaho, and a distant future aboard an interstellar ship simultaneously. The story revolves around Anna, an orphan living within the formidable walls of Constantinople. This story is a triumph of imagination and compassion, and it’s a captivating story about children on the cusp of adulthood who find resilience, hope, and a book. In Cloud Cuckoo Land, Doerr has created a magnificent tapestry of times and places that reflect our vast interconnection with each other. His dazzling imagination transports us to worlds so dramatic and immersive that we forget, for a time, our own. The pieces of this magical literary puzzle snap together, sparking a flicker of hope for our benighted world. A brilliantly imagined story that jumps backward and forwards through time, he vividly illustrates these complex characters to empathetic life.
Pre-order here! (Releasing: September 28, 2021)
Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: Thor Hanson
In Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid – The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change, biologist Thor Hanson delves into the dynamics of evolution through climate change. The author explores how animals and plants are adapting to change, evolving, and sometimes dying out. As the unpredictable effects of climate change interact with life’s messy weave, it is about hope, resilience, and risk. By advocating for change, he encourages us to raise our voices. Thor Hanson is a marvel whose enthusiasm for this planet is truly contagious. One of our finest writers of literary natural history addresses the most crucial issue of our time: how will life itself respond to a warming planet? The answers are both utterly intriguing and strangely reassuring. Extinction is imminent, and there is no doubt about that. However, before you throw your hands up in despair, you should read this book because life always finds a way.
Pre-order here! (Release Date: September 28, 2021)
Bewilderment: A Novel by Richard Powers
Richard Powers, a MacArthur Fellow renowned for his prolific writing, has returned with another poignant novel, Bewilderment. In this story, we follow the story of an astrobiologist, Theo Byrne, who studies life throughout the cosmos while raising a nine-year-old son, Robin. Although he is usually a warm and friendly kid, he is going to be expelled from school after a recent violent incident. As Theo learns about Robin’s emotional control, he participates in an experimental neurofeedback program in which he analyzes the recorded pattern of his mother’s brainwaves.
The poignant novel carries profound meaning while displaying unspeakable empathy and intelligence. Bewilderment offers vivid descriptions of the natural world, tantalizing glimpses of life beyond, and an account of a father and son’s unwavering love that you wouldn’t want to miss.
Pre-order here! (Release Date: September 21, 2021)
Beautiful World, Where Are You: Sally Rooney
Beautiful World, Where Are You is the new novel by Irish author Sally Rooney, the best-selling author of Normal People and Conversations With Friends. As the story unfolds, Alice meets another character Felix with whom she travels to Rome. Several other characters are also introduced, such as Eileen, who is recovering from a break-up and is flirting with her childhood best friend Simon. They have all faced challenges in their lives regardless of their youth and have tangled lives. Sally Rooney is a master of illustrating the complexities of love and its profound intimacy. In telling her story, she uses a combination of newness and reminiscence that is brilliant, gripping, and mesmerizing. You’ll be pulled back in time, recollecting the moments you thought had been lost and left behind.
This story is a compelling and bold departure from the author’s trademark writing style, adding a new dimension. As opposed to diving into hardships, exploring every nuance, and exploring every bit of trauma and tragedy, Rooney successfully carries her audiences and characters through struggles with realistic depictions of how time and life don’t live by the clock. Take a ride on the rollercoaster of emotions with Sally Rooney while there is still time.
Pre-order here! (Release Date: September 07, 2021)
Rock Concert: Marc Myers
Years after rock music rose to prominence in the 1950s, Rock Concert retains its popularity as a unifying experience and as a multi-billion-dollar industry. In Rock Concert, acclaimed interviewer Marc Myers sets out to uncover the history of this compelling phenomenon, weaving together ground-breaking accounts from the icons like Joan Baez, Ian Anderson, Alice Cooper, Steve Miller, Roger Waters, and Angus Young, etc. Rock Concert provides a fascinating, immediate look at the evolution of rock ‘n’ roll through the lens of live performances. Elvis Presley’s gyrating hips, the British Invasion that brought the Beatles in the ’60s, the Grateful Dead’s free-flowing jams, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall are just a few of the defining musical acts that drive this rich narrative. Rock Concert will speak to anyone who has experienced the transcendence of live rock.
Pre-order here! (Release Date: November 09, 2021)
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