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!
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.
So sometimes I do read lighthearted books!
After last week’s reviews of heavy books, here are some lighthearted ones for a joyful break.
Once Upon an Eid edited by S. K. Ali and Aisha Saeed
Genre: MG Short Stories
Once Upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid!
This was truly the most joyful short story collection! There are some sadder stories (CWs for parent loss, bullying) but it would make a great collection for young readers, those who celebrate Eid and those with no knowledge of it.
I’ve learned more about Eid in the last couple years but there’s still a lot I don’t know and even though this book is intended for middle grade readers, it taught me so much about the holiday. And reading it right before Eid al-Fitr was so special! I noticed the growing moon each night and could now recognize the significance of it to those celebrating.
I attended Penguin’s Teen Social a couple weeks ago so I’m sharing some exciting upcoming reads today!
Here are some YA books out this year!