Event Recap: Raincoast Books Fall 2022 TBR Preview

Another book event! Raincoast Books hosted us earlier this month to share some fun adult, YA, and MG titles releasing this year.

Normally I try to limit these wrap-ups to five books that really caught my attention but there are so many great titles coming out from Raincoast! So I’ve included a couple extra titles as “honourable mentions”.

Let me know which ones peak your interest!

Upcoming Releases

Book cover for Marikit and the Ocean of Stars. Illustration of a woman wearing a shell crown in the background. In the foreground is a young girl riding a raft in an ocean.

Marikit and the Ocean of Stars by Caris Avendaño Cruz
Genre: MG Fantasy
Publication date: October 18, 2022

“Inspired by Filipino folklore, this middle grade debut follows Marikit who sets off into the magical land of the gods to escape the clutches of a sinister shadow god.” – publisher’s promo

I love the increase in Filipino stories I’ve seen recently and especially love getting to read more from folklore I’m not as familiar with. This sounds like a wonderful heartwarming story and the little snippet from the blurb promises some beautiful world-building too.

Book cover for I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki. Illustration of a crying woman lying on a bed with her head resting in the crook of her elbow. Her other arm reaches down to a plate of tteokbokki with chopsticks in her hand. Above her bed the cover background is a light purple and below is a bright orange.

I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki by Baek Sehee, translated by Anton Hur
Genre: Memoir
Publication date: November 1, 2022

“This book will appeal to anyone who has ever felt alone or unjustified in their everyday despair.” – publisher’s promo

I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki clearly has an excellent title, probably my favourite from the past couple years at least. Also I’ve never had tteokbokki but I think I’ll have to get some when reading this book.

I’ve really gotten into memoirs this year and Baek Sehee offers an honest look at mental illness and therapy here, sharing the dialogue from her therapy sessions accompanied by personal essays. Very much looking forward to diving into her perspective.

Book cover for We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds. Illustration of a brown teenage girl looking at the camera. She has brown curly hair that blows across her face and she stands in front of a blue starry sky. In front of her are sunflowers that hide part of her white t-shirt.

We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds
Genre: YA Fiction
Publication date:
November 29, 2022

“A slow burn mystery with small-town drama and a queer girl-next-door romance that explores how families are often a jumble of love, mess, heartache, and hope” – publisher’s promo

This one seems to do a lot in one book – a romance, a mystery, and real world drama that speaks to current issues in society. I love a little mystery thrown into stories and I can’t wait to see how Hammonds brings everything together here.

This cover is also one of my favourites of the event, it feels powerful even from this first look at it.

Book cover for Alone with You in the Ether. Sky blue cover with two bees along the edge. They are warped like they're on a static screen so they appear in lines.

Alone with You in the Ether by Olivie Blake
Genre: Fantasy
Publication date: December 6, 2022

“A romance about space, time, and two characters with their own mental health stories falling for one another.” – publisher’s promo

The author joined us for the event and her enthusiasm definitely got me on board with all her books! I’d somehow never heard of her Atlas Six series before but there was lots of excitement for the sequel in the chat. Plus, she’s got this unrelated book coming out soon too!

I’m so intrigued by the fantastical elements of this one. I don’t really understand what it’s about but I’m already a fan of the character descriptions and that it deals with mental health, and it may just be a book that’s better to go in without knowing too much.

Arch-Conspirator by Veronica Roth
Genre: Sci-Fi
Publication date: February 21, 2023

“A razor-sharp and beautifully heart-rending reimagining of Antigone” – publisher’s promo

I’m so here for all of the Antigone retellings!

I haven’t read any of Roth’s other work though she’s also a well-known and loved author with her Divergent series. This seems like it’ll really tap into Antigone’s anger as Roth’s MC fights against the uncle who has claimed her father’s throne. I’m very interested to see her take on this iconic character.

Honourable Mentions

Three Kisses, One Midnight by Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, and Evelyn Skye
Genre: YA Romance
Publication date: August 30, 2022

Three authors working on this witchy rom-com, this truly sounds like a dream team. Autumn vibes perfect for a fall read!

Phalaina by Alice Briere-Haquet, translated by Emma Ramadan
Genre: MG Historical Fiction | Sci-Fi
Publication date: September 6, 2022

Love a middle grade that incorporates horror, and this one also brings in Charles Darwin as a character for some historical nods.

Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove by Rati Mehrotra
Genre: YA Fantasy | Historical Fiction
Publication date: October 18, 2022

A beautiful title, this historical fiction is set in an alternate medieval India where the MC contends with monsters, assassination attempts, and a war between kingdoms.

Thanks again to Raincoast Books for the invite and highlighting all these great upcoming releases!

What kind of books do you like to read in the fall?

Cover images from publisher’s site.

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