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Join Maggie Stiefvater’s ‘The Scorpio Races’ Read-Along!

We know renowned YA fantasy author Maggie Stiefvater for her endlessly imaginative stories— dead Welsh kings who grant wishes, carnivorous water horses who probably don’t, werewolves who recite German poetry and teenagers who do teenager things (like throwing Molotov cocktails into sports cars). We also know her for her Scorpio misanthropy and personal misadventures, including street-racing and leather-wearing. A Scorpio herself, Stiefvater is kicking off this November with a read-along of… you guessed it… The Scorpio Races.

 

 

'The Scorpio Races' by Maggie Stiefvater

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The novel opens: “It is the first day of November, so today, someone will die.” Each November on the fictional island of Thisby, water horses rise from the sea— all twice as fast as real horses and a thousand times more deadly. Winning the Scorpio Races means fame and fortune, but entering the Scorpio Races could mean death. Carnivorous and distinctly hungry, the water horses make mincemeat far more often than they make winners. Sean, the reigning champion, has survived to win the race— many times before. Puck, who desperately needs the money, has never even made a previous attempt. But both of them still have one thing to learn… a lot can happen before the finish line.

 

 

Maggie Stiefvater, author of 'The Scorpio Races'

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This November 1, 2018 will not be nearly so whimsically morbid. Instead, readers will have a chance to join Stiefvater’s read-along (this link also works). Provide your own feedback and get insider content directly from the author. Following the original release of The Scorpio Races, Stiefvater herself said that “a novel is a conversation starter, and if the author isn’t there for the after-party, both the writer and the reader are missing a lot.” Make sure you don’t miss out on anything this November by joining in on the fun! For more information, check out Stiefvater’s Twitter and Tumblr over the next few days.

 

 

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7 Bewitching Poems to Get You in the Fall Spirit

It’s almost that time of year again, folks. Fall will be officially arriving this Friday with a new surge of excitement and adventures.

 

From hot beverages, homemade pies, enormous pumpkins, sweeping vineyards, and the vivid changing leaves, fall is all things cozy and rustic. Did I mention pies?

 

So, with the crisp season (and sweater weather) right around the corner, how do you get yourself in the mood for it all? Well, here we’ve got a list of seven beautiful poems (and their excerpts) that capture the true spirit of autumn.

 

1. ‘III. Nature, XXVIII, Autumn’ by Emily Dickinson

 

This poem practically exudes warmth and paints a picture in your mind of what fall truly is. Plus Dickinson is pure magic. 

 

The morns are meeker than they were,

The nuts are getting brown;

The berry’s cheek is plumper,

The rose is out of town.

 

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2. ‘October’ by Robert Frost

 

Do you ever get those feelings that only an October morning or evening could evoke? Robert Frost is a genius with his words and describes those chilled dawns and dusks perfectly.

 

O hushed October morning mild,

Begin the hours of this day slow.

Make the day seem to us less brief.

Hearts not averse to being beguiled

 

3. ‘The Autumn’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

Elizabeth Barrett Browning has numerous poems with language that could steal anyone’s heart. Let this work harvest all the feelings you have about autumn.

 

Though the same wind now blows around,

You would its blast recall;

For every breath that stirs the trees,

Doth cause a leaf to fall.

 

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4. ‘Autumn Movement’ by Carl Sandburg

 

This poem simply captures an ever-changing season and all the beauty that never lasts. It reminds us that, like the seasons, not everything lasts.

 

The field of cornflower yellow is a scarf at the neck of the copper sunburned woman.

 

5. ‘Autumn Fires’ by Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Sparking bonfires and flittering embers tend to fill our minds when we imagine all the things that make fall spellbinding. Stevenson’s poem captures the fireside charm of these cooler days.

 

In the other gardens

And all up the vale,

From the autumn bonfires

See the smoke trail!

 

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6. ‘Once Upon An Autumn Day’ by Joseph T. Renaldi

 

This poem feels like a walk down a golden, leaf-strewn street. Sounds nice right? If you enjoy watching the leaves fall in the comfort of your favorite sweater, read this.

 

Once upon an autumn day,

The whispering breeze was here to stay

Moving aimlessly through the countless trees

Scattering leaves with the greatest of ease.

 

7. ‘Love In Autumn’ by Sara Teasdale

 

For the hopeless romantics whose feelings change with the harvest moon, this poem by Teasdale may be the brilliance that you need this season.

 

Perhaps when all the world is bare

And cruel winter holds the land,

The Love that finds no place to hide

Will run and catch my hand.

 

With October only weeks away and fall arriving in days, it’s time we become part of the season and everything it means. Late autumn evenings in your old flannel shirts and enchanting car rides through a tree-lined street is what makes fall so perfect. To me, these poems capture everything we could hope for in a single season.

 

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7 Books You Have to Check Out This Fall!

Don’t worry, you still have time before the end of summer, but it’s never too early for book hype!

Here are some bonkers-sounding page-turners coming to shelves in the next few months.

 

1. The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley, Aug. 1

The cover of The Bedlam Stacks, which is a blue and gold illustration of monkeys and birds surrounding a lantern.

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In 1859, Cornish smuggler Merrick Tremayne embarks on a journey into the Amazon to gather quinine. The thing is, every previous mission has met its end at the hands of something mysterious and possibly magical.

 

2. The Walls by Hollie Overton, Aug. 8

 

The cover of The Walls, which is of a chainlink fence and a mysterious silhouette behind it.

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Kristy Tucker works on death row as a prison counselor, and is content with her job as it supports her family. However, her home life is filled with a different kind of horror as she deals with her abusive husband, Lance Dobson. The inmates she works with give her an idea for the perfect crime, but she has to decide if it’s worth putting her family at risk.

 

3. The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille, Sept. 19

The cover of The Cuban Affair, which shows a red silhouette of palm trees.

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When Mac is hired for a routine fishing trip in Cuba, he has a feeling there’s more to it than that, and soon finds out his clients are hunting for buried treasure. As relations between the US and Cuba are relaxing, someone is bound to dig it up soon; he just needs to be the first.

 

4. Fool Me Once by Catherine Bybee, Sept. 19

 

The cover of Fool Me Once, which shows a woman in a black dressing sitting in a white room.

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Lori Cumberland is a divorce attorney who’s given up on love. That is, until she meets Reed Barlow, an undercover private investigator who’s been hired by one of Cumberland’s angry clients.

 

5. Paradox Bound by Peter Clines, Sept. 26

 

The cover of Paradox Bound, which is of a car driving on a moebius strip.

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A time traveler driving a Model-A Ford keeps bumping into Eli Teague, and he can’t wait to meet her again. But when she drives back into his life, she brings with her a sprawling adventure that puts all of Time in danger.

 

6. It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Oct. 17

The cover of It Devours!, which shows an endless circle of teeth on a yellow background.

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It Devours! follows up the bestselling novel Welcome to Nightvale, and tells the story of scientist Nilanjana Sikdar. Nilanjana must uncover the mysteries of the local cult The Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, but her plans are complicated when she catches feelings for Darryl, one of the Congregation’s devotees.

 

7. Artemis by Andy Weir, Nov. 14

 

The cover of Artemis, which shows a black and white image of the Moon.

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Author Andy Weir stranded Matt Damon on Mars with his bestselling debut, The Martian, and is following it up with Artemis. Jasmine Bashara, or Jazz, like any small town kid wants to escape into something new and exciting. The interesting thing is her small town, Artemis, is located on the moon. When she engages in smuggling, she soon finds herself in a conspiracy endangering Artemis.

 

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Get Cozy with Some Great Fall Reads

The transition from the bright and hot summer days to the crisp, shorter days of fall incites us to read books about just that. Whether you’re snuggling up by the fire with a spooky Halloween read or headed back to school, these book suggestions will help you ease into your best fall gear.  

Farewell Summer by Ray Bradbury

The title alone will make you nostalgic for those warm and sunny days.  In this semi-autobiographical trilogy, Bradbury uses the concept of time and seasonal weather to emphasize the story-line; the conflict between old and young, as well as the sexual awakening of protagonist Douglass Spaulding and his friends, are featured in this sequel to Dandelion Wine. It is a coming-of-age story reminiscent of those young summer days that no one wanted to let go of.     

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

This may be an obvious choice, but the Harry Potter books are always a great fall read. The beginning of the school year starts September 1, and Rowling does an amazing job illustrating the shift in seasons. The setting descriptions could make someone in the midst of summer feel as if they are entering the orange-hued, cold days of autumn. Of course, the fantastic, magical, back-to-school elements are also excellent for envisioning the season.  

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

This list would not be complete without Irving’s chilling tale of the Headless-Horseman. It takes place in New York’s Hudson Valley, which, for those who do not know, has all the ingredients for a perfect fall setting. The leaves change from green to brilliant shades of orange, red, and yellow. Apples are ripe for picking, pumpkins and squash litter the ground, and the air becomes crisp. Sleepy Hollow even has a scene during a harvest party.  It is a scary-fun read for fall!

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Although this tale does not solely take place in fall, the play makes the cut due to its mind-bending creepiness.  Set in Salem, Massachusetts, and based on the infamous Salem Witch-Hunt, Miller’s play shows how an entire community can turn against one another solely based on the allegations of a few disturbed individuals.  The highly religious Puritans of New England were convinced that the Devil’s work was at play in their small community.  What is most frightening is the entire town’s steadfast belief that witchcraft was at play, and its symbolic reference to the McCarthy’s ‘Red Scare’ of the 1950’s.

The Fall by Bethany Griffin

Just look at the cover of this book!  This reimagining of Edgar Allen Poe’s frightening short story, The Fall of the House of Usher, finds the heroine, Madeline Usher, in a mysterious and sinister tale of horror and tragedy.  The Fall gives us a strong female lead, a haunted house, a family curse, and a gothic, Poe-inspired ambience that is perfect for Halloween.   

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The dystopian, science-fiction novel, Never Let Me Go, combines elements that make for a perfect fall read. There is romance and heartbreak, and a disheartening sense of doom (kind of like the feeling we get from the foreboding cold of fall on its way to winter). Set in the late 1970’s at a boarding school in East Sussex, three tight-knit students, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy search for the meaning of their lives and the secrets behind their bizarre and isolated upbringing.  Written from Kathy’s point of view as an adult reflecting on her school days, the novel beautifully illustrates the progression from youth to adult while capturing the carefree days of being a teen.  The absorbing novel will leave you heartbroken.  

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