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.

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Mini Reviews: Light Reads

So sometimes I do read lighthearted books!

After last week’s reviews of heavy books, here are some lighthearted ones for a joyful break.

Book cover for Once Upon an Eid. Illustration of two multi-storey buildings beside each other. In each window are people celebrating, hanging decorations, and calling to each other, some wearing turbans and hijabs.

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.

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