MOST ANTICIPATED FALL BOOK RELEASES

To most, the arrival of the fall means any number of these things: the warmth of longsleeves and snug coats, crunching fallen leaves underfoot, the smell of rain, a familiar route back to school, Halloween, jack-o-lanterns, an abundance of pumpkin-everything, Thanksgiving and an anticipation of the holiday season. 

For consummate readers, writers, and book bloggers, however, the arrival of the fall also includes one of the two arguably best seasons for new releases, NaNoWriMo, and a whole lot of jittery anticipation. Following the sleepy summer months, this fall is no different. It abounds in everything we've been longing for the whole year. Fall 2015 has long been the-season-that-would-not-come. And now that it finally has, we are sharing our favorite and most anticipated Fall 2015 book releases with you, in chronological order*.

(* If a book is part of a series, it will be indicated in the title. Beware the spoilers and read those synopses at your own peril!)




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TOP 10 BOOKS FOR A NON-ROMANTIC READER

Romance and literature have gone hand-in-hand since the earliest of times. Love stories date as far back as we can trace ourselves as cognizant humans, and love stories have survived even where cognizant humans sometimes... didn't. From a thousand year-old romance to its most modern interpretations, we have seen, read and followed its evolution as the society evolved alongside it.

But sometimes, we just need a break.

With the rise of YA literature, to which a good portion of this blog is dedicated, we have seen the rise of romance to the levels of implausibility, of impossibility, and of trope upon romantic trope until we find ourselves wishing we could turn to a book where romance is non-existent, or where the love story is so low-key that it never threatens to overshadow the plot, or dominate all character interactions.

So this week, we have compiled a list for a non-romantic in us all - of fascinating worlds, of witty observations, of humor and madness and lyrical prose - and all without dramatic declarations of undying love, and a complete absence of angsty love triangles. Those books exist! Those books are out there! And our favorites are on this list below.




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BOOK REVIEW: SHUT OUT BY KODY KEPLINGER




Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part, Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy's car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention.

Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: She and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don't count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming.
 


Possible spoilers

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BOOK REVIEW: WEIRD THINGS CUSTOMERS SAY IN BOOKSHOPS




This Sunday Times Bestseller is a miscellany of hilarious and peculiar bookshop moments:
'Can books conduct electricity?'
'My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that's ok... isn't it?'

A John Cleese Twitter question ['What is your pet peeve?'], first sparked the 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller's collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor. 

From 'Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?' to the hunt for a paperback which could forecast the next year's weather; and from 'I've forgotten my glasses, please read me the first chapter' to'Excuse me... is this book edible?'

This full-length collection illustrated by the Brothers McLeod also includes top 'Weird Things' from bookshops around the world.



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TOP 10 INFINITY BOOK SERIES

Some series have chosen to wage wars on their inevitable endings. This is true of both television, movies and their many spinoffs, and, of course, books. The proverbial series that would not end has long since been dubbed an infinity series, both by the fans and - more frequently - by the naysayers.

Now, these infinity book series can go one of both ways, depending on our enjoyment: each new release and a promise of more elates us if we love the series in question, or we groan and wish the ending would just come. But never is an infinity series more daunting than when we approach it from an outsider's perspective, never having delved into it before. The "I promise you won't regret it" advice bears far less weight at the prospect of having to read fifteen books in a series.

So this Tuesday, we have picked the ten series we have read which seemed to go on forever. Some we have loved. Some we have hated. And some are the kind where one of us is still trying to get the other to read. ("I would, but there are ten!")



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WHY IT'S OKAY TO STAY IN AND READ INSTEAD OF GOING OUT


You have to admit, 99.9% of the time, we secretly hope nobody invites you out. 
But, it's saturday, and someone's asking if you want to go out on the town tonight. In your head, you've already organised a date night with the book you're currently reading and a large pizza. There is absolutely nothing wrong with staying in, and it's quite often that people call you out on being 'boring' or not going out enough.


"Aw, come on, you'll have fun!"




Sometimes we just want to stay with these characters, we want to know what happens in this journey and to see what happens in the end. That's more interesting. 

We have proof as to why it's better to stay in than to go out.


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BOOK BOX SUBSCRIPTION REVIEW: RAVENPOST


As you're aware, there are now a ton of various book subscription boxes flying around, and of course most of them are in America. I was lucky enough to find out about a new one that's started up in the UK called RavenPost. I was super excited, as the price to get a box plus shipping from the US is extortionate and it's not usually worth it, so one closer to home would be perfect. So, I decided to subscribe with RavenPost.

And after much waiting, I finally got my first box! It was themed Friendship and I wanted to share with you what I got as well as my thoughts



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TOP 10 BOOKISH THINGS TO WEAR


We're never ashamed to show the world that we love something. When it comes to books, it's easy to show everyone that you have a passion for reading or maybe a specific book, whether it's a simple necklace or a t-shirt saying I LOVE BOOKS in big, bold letters. It's always nice when you meet people with similar book interests, and especially when they get the reference you just said. You know what that means -  that person should instantly be your friend. Of course.
So, how do you do that? Get those shirts on the internet. Buy all the merchandise. Unless it's Harry Potter Gryffindor shirts, it's hard to find anything else in the shops close to home. We've picked our favourite ten bookish items (all from Etsy, of course)  and shared them with you, and you're more than welcome to share anything you've purchased!

Don't drain your bank account! 



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BOOK REVIEW: PICTURES OF LILY BY PAIGE TOON





Ten years ago when Lily was just 16, she fell in love with someone she really shouldn't have. Now, living in Sydney and engaged to another man, she can't forget the one that got away. When her past comes back to haunt her, she has to make a decision that will break her heart - and the heart of at least one of the men who love her.



not very spoilery

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THE FRIENDS BOOK TAG


We, at the Honest Bookclub, are fans of Friends. Who isn't? It's rare that you meet someone who hasn't seen it at some point, as it's one of those shows that is loved by everyone. So, as I was browsing around, I found some fun tags and came across this one at Mostly YA Book Obsessed and thought it would be fun to give it a go! 
Anyone is more than welcome to do the same tag, as we're going to tag everyone. Come in and take a look!


Monica and Chandler invite you in

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TOP TEN BOOKSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS


Books are beautiful.
Covers are beautiful. 
Readers are beautiful. 

We spend so much of our time browsing through Bookstagram (Bookish accounts on Instagram, in case you weren't aware), that we wanted to share our favourite accounts with you. You could spend ages liking everything, getting inspiration for your own pictures or book recommendations, and the one's that we stalk? Yeah, you definitely should too. 
Some readers are so talented with photography, creative with their placement and props, and great at recommending some amazing reads. It's also a great place to find people who enjoy similar books to you, which is fantastic for making new friends!

It's a book community that we're very happy to be apart of.

So, come and look at our top ten bookstagram accounts, one's that really inspire us and the first one's we go to when we log on.




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