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5 Autumn-Themed Books For You to Fall in Love With

Its the first day of fall! The leaves are beginning to change color and fall from the trees, as the cool breeze of winter’s beginning overtakes the hot weather of summer. As you begin to settle in for the chillier season and enjoy the crunching of leaves beneath your feet, its time to get cozy with some new reading material. And what better way to welcome fall than reading some fall themed books? Here are some top 5 choices to celebrate the end of summer!

 

 

5. ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert

 

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Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert is a relaxing and immersive read. With illustrations made from actual fall read and gorgeous landscape vistas, this is a playful and imaginative read that calls to the imaginations of young children. Read it out loud to some of your kids and appreciate the wonderful, detailed drawings inside that evoke the natural world at its best.

 

4. ‘The Cider House Rules’ by John Irving 

 

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The Cider House Rules by John Irving is a literary classic that’s perfect for a cozy fall read. Its title calling to the best drink for the fall, this tale tells a story about orphans in rural Maine at the start of the 20th century. Full of humor, warmth, and a little terror, this is a great read to curl up by the fire toward.

 

 

3. ‘We have Always lived in the Castle’ by Shirley Jackson

 

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson is a perfect spooky fall read. Merricat lives in a giant estate, with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. There used to be more to the Blackwood family. But somehow, a fatal dose of arsenic wound up in their sugar bowl. Constance was acquitted for the murders, but the people in town have never looked at them the same. And, their troubles might just be beginning. The perfectly creepy book to set the tone for the season, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is the perfect short read.

 

2. ‘Anya’s ghost’ by Vera Brosgol 

 

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Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol is a funny and hilarious read, again perfect for the spooky fall season. Anya is a lovely, lonely girl who could really use a friend. But instead of a normal friend, she gets a ghost pal instead, which is to say NOT what she expected. Together, she and the ghost bond, helping each other through life (and death). Its really quite sweet.

 

1. ‘The OCean at the end of the lane’ by Neil Gaiman

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The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is a bewitching fairy tale that serves up another spooky and maybe even scary read for the fall season. Neil Gaiman crafts a scary piece of work that is full of chills, thrills, and commentary on the power of stories themselves. Grab it and try not to get scared as the season sets in.

 

 

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Adaptations Round-Up! 10 Adaptations Coming out This Year!

Adaptations galore is coming this fall season! What are the ones that you should look forward to most? Well, stay tuned!

 

 

It Chapter 2

 

It: Chapter 2

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A sequel to the horrifying film It, the ‘Loser’s Club’ is back twenty-seven years later (or two years later). The group returns to Derry, Maine, where the Losers must finish what they started: destroy Pennywise.

Who from our lovely ‘Loser’s Club’ will be lost in the ensuing bloodbath? How will these losers defeat Pennywise? Well, it’s based on a Stephen King novel that was released back in 1986, so the answers are out there and, um, it’s pretty wild. Remember to sing your praises to Maturin this September 6th!

 

 

Joker

 

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An original standalone origin story for a character who infamously doesn’t have a definitive origin, this movie starring Joaquin Phoenix has clearly taken cues from Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke by making Arthur Fleck, a mentally ill man disregarded by society, into an up-and-coming comedian. In the iconic comic book, the unnamed man’s career in comedy ends in a chemical bath, but Arthur Fleck’s story might end on a different note entirely.

Is that scene, where Arthur Fleck, in full-fledged Joker makeup, goes on stage with Robert Di Niro a callback to The Dark Knight Returns scene when the Joker poisons the audience and the talk show host alike in a scene of ‘hilarious’ death?

 

 

We’ll find out this October 4th.

 

 

Nancy Drew

 

Having been around since 1930, Nancy Drew has been around longer than your parents (not judging) and she’s spent her time well: solving mysteries even when people told her she couldn’t.

This series has been around forever and if you haven’t read it, you’ve definitely heard of it. Well, we’re getting an adaptation of this series that’s set to debut on October 9, 2019 on the CW.

 

 

 

Looking for Alaska

 

The Fault in Our Stars broke our hearts, and now John Green is at it again. Or has he already broken our hearts beyond repair? The Fault in Our Stars was Green’s sixth novel and Looking for Alaska was his first novel, but for all of you who haven’t read the book, you’re in for something special.

Miles Halter is our man and through his eyes we are introduced to Alaska Young. A new student meets a timid young girl? Sounds like a love story made in heaven, until Miles soon learns that her life isn’t as perfect as he originally thought.

We’ll get a chance for our spirits to rise and our hearts to grow and break and grow again this October 14th.

 

 

HBO’s Watchmen

 

Another (sort of) Alan Moore adaptation, this version of Watchmen will be, in the words of showrunner Damon Lindelof, “a remix.”

For those of you who need to be brought up to speed, an alien invasion took place which ended the Cold War, but it was all a fake-out. Rorschach, before his untimely demise, sent his journal to the press where he laid a bread crumb trail to the truth.

What is known about this HBO series is that it takes place thirty-four years after the original comic left off. Taking place in an alternative reality in 2019 where this is no internet or smartphones, we are introduced to a United States where Robert Redford is now the longest-serving president, having been elected in 1992, a feat accomplished thanks to President Nixon abolishing the two-term limit back before the original comic book. Things are in disarray. A white supremacist group calling itself “The Seventh Cavalry,” with members who all wear homemade Rorschach masks, commits simultaneous attacks on the houses of police officers. Because of this, the police start wearing masks themselves.

What is this leading up to? Where are the original characters? Tune in to HBO October 20th find out.

 

 

Doctor Sleep

 

Another Stephen King adaptation, this one is an adaptation of Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining. While the movie won’t be based on the Stanley Kubrick version, since the movie departs too much from the source material, this standalone is clearly drawing on the imagery set forth by Kubrick. Will it be any good? What’s going to happen?

The film arrives in theaters this November 8th.

 

 

 

The Good Liar

 

Catherine McKenzie brought us The Good Liar, and Warner Bros is bringing us the film adaptation. Ian McKellen is going to grace the screens as seasoned conman Roy Courtnay.

After he meets Betty McLeish online, he decides to steal a glorious amount of cash from her. But Betty McLeish, played by Helen Mirren, is too much for the conman and he finds herself falling for him. How will this sinister love affair turn out? See it in threaten this November 15th.

 

 

Cats

 

First, T.S. Eliot brought us Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats in 1939. From there we got a play, and now we’re getting a movie. The plot is hard to describe, but it basically follows a tribe of cats known as the ‘Jellicles’ who gather together to make the ‘Jellicle choice.’ Those who get the ‘Jellicle choice’ mean they can now be killed so they can go to heaven and come back because, you know, cats have nine lives.

Don’t get it? Doesn’t matter! There’s singing and there’s dancing and there’s this purr-fect trailer! It comes out December 20th.

 

 

His Dark Materials

 

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This series has never been adapted before (we don’t talk about that other thing) and so THIS will be the first adaptation of Phil Pullman’s epic book series, His Dark Materials, in our books. The first season will draw upon the first book in the trilogy, following the life of a young Lyra (Dafne Keen) who is an orphan living with the tutors at Jordan College, Oxford. It’s not the Oxford you and I know, however, it’s an Oxford in an alternative world where all humans have animal companions called dæmons, which are the manifestations of their souls.

Lyra’s search for her missing friend will lead to uncovering a massive conspiracy linked to a mysterious substance called Dust and secrets from these two mysterious people, Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) and Marisa Coulter (Ruth Wilson).

If the first season is good (please let it be good), then we’ll be getting at least two more seasons! BBC One and HBO are teaming up, so hopefully they won’t disappoint us… In the meantime, however, I just want them to give a release date that’s more specific than “autumn.”

 

The Witcher

 

The Witcher is known as a great video game series, but did you know it started out a book series? In fact the saga is based on a series written by Andrzej Sapkowski that started in 1992 with Sword of Destiny. The last book in the series, Season of Storms came out in 2013.

The stories follow Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavil, a solitary monster hunter who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. What will become of Geralt?

Check out the series on Netflix this sometime “late 2019”.

 

 

 

 

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‘His Dark Materials’ “Perfect for TV Adaptation”, Says Star Ruth Wilson

His Dark Materials is coming to HBO this fall. The show is a joint effort between HBO and the BBC, and stars Ruth Wilson, Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. In an interview with The Guardian, Ruth Wilson spoke highly of the show, noting:

His Dark Materials is perfect for television.

 

She went on to say that with Game of Thrones, HBO has proven that television is no longer film’s poorer sister. In fact, she noted books are inherently better for the small screen, saying you can really take your time with a book’s content as opposed to rushing through its contents in an hour and a half on the big screen.

There’s no difference anymore and in a way, if you’re going to tell a drama – which this is, as well as being fantasy – you’ve got more time. You have eight hours to explore that, rather than an hour and a half.

 

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She says the show ‘feels special’ and she is very hopeful about how it will be received by general audiences. The scale of it would have been impossible years ago but nowadays, fantasy can look just as epic, if not more so, on the small than in film. Having more time to explore the world and get to know the characters are huge pluses as well.

His Dark Materials is a trilogy of epic fantasy books by Philip Pullman. It is a coming-of-age tale centering around two children in a strange alternative Oxford. While magic, witches, and giant armored polar bears exist in this universe, themes of spirituality and physics are also explored. The books have attracted controversy for their criticism of religion, but this hasn’t stopped them from being enormously popular, garnering numerous awards and reaching bestsellers lists. The iconic series will see its debut this fall on HBO and we cannot wait. 

 

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Are you excited for this classic fantasy series to finally get its well-deserved TV adaptation? Below, you can watch the official trailer for the show. Let us know what you think in the comments!

 

 

 

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Ryan Goslin, Kate Winslet, Michael Fassbender

The Best Books Coming to Screens This October

Fall is here, book lovers. As nice as it was to sit outside in the sun and read our books, we’ll now have to deal with leaves falling on our heads or slipping on leaves or choking on leaves. There’s a general danger surrounding the presence of leaves. The only place to find solace is inside a movie theater. Luckily, October has many film adaptations of books (and movies about writers) in store for us.

 

October 6

 

Blade Runner 2049

 

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This one’s a sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner, which was based on Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Jared Leto star, and it’s directed by Arrival’s Denis Villeneuve. It’s unclear how much inspiration 2049 will draw from Dick’s book, but the trailer does seem to include some things the original Blade Runner left out.

 

The Mountain Between Us

 

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Kate Winslet and Idris Elba co-star in the movie based on a novel of the same name by Charles Martin. Winslet and Elba play two strangers who are forced to take a charter flight together. The charter flight crashes. Though they survive, the pair are then forced to try and make out of the wilderness alive.

 

October 13

 

The Foreigner

 

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Based on the novel The Foreigner (previously published as The Chinaman) by Stephen Leather, Jackie Chan stars in this movie that’s…basically Taken with Jackie Chan. Yeah, that’s about it. Check out the trailer here if you need more convincing, which, what’s wrong with you, you shouldn’t.

 

Goodbye Christopher Robin

 

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A. A. Milne, creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, is getting his own biopic. It looks really sad from the trailer. It actually looks unreasonably sad considering it’s ultimately about a talking teddy bear. Nicholas Barber, film critic for BBC, called it ‘a wolf in teddy bear clothing.’ Still, maybe you want to see it.

 

Professor Marston & The Wonder Women

 

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Did you know it was a psychologist who created Wonder Woman? Because it was, and a movie is now coming out about his life. The film follows Professor William Marston’s relationship with his wife and mistress, and, of course, the creation of Wonder Woman. Hot off the success of DC’s Wonder Woman solo film, this one will surely scoop up the comic fans.

 

October 20

 

The Snowman

 

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Based on the novel of the same name by Jo Nesbø, this mystery follows a detective who’s investigating the disappearance of a girl, which is somehow connected to some creepy snowmen. Starring Michael Fassbender, and coming from Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let the Right One In), this will definitely be quality.

 

Same Kind of Different as Me

 

Same Kind of Different as Me

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Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent, this is the touching story of how an art dealer and a modern-day slave become close friends. It’s a true story, and the book was co-written by the two friends, Ron Hall and Denver Moore. The movie stars Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, and Greg Kinnear.

 

Wonderstruck

 

Wonderstruck

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Based on the novel of the same name by Brian Selznick, this movie follows a young girl in New York City from about fifty years ago who’s attempting to solve a mystery. Interestingly, the story simultaneously follows a contemporary young Midwestern boy who is still trying to unravel the mystery.

 

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Fall Food

The Five New Cookbooks To Spice Up Your Fall!

Don’t you love that fall feeling?! We’re all getting ready for it. We’re all anticipating it. But have you thought about what you want to cook for it?

 

You can’t exactly bring your summer dishes through to autumn. The tastes and flavors just don’t match up to your mood once October kicks in. The air is cooler, the days are shorter, and all you want to do is put on a sweater, drink something warm, and curl up with your favorite book. So when dinner rolls around you’re in the mood for something comforting and delicious. Where do you get your inspiration for meals, you ask? These are the five cookbooks that’ll give you fall-inspired easy dishes and get you through the changing leaves, right into the snowy weather!

 

1. The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies & Bars by America’s Test Kitchen

 

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Yes, of course, we’re going to start with the most tempting one. For those of you with a sweet craving constantly this may be a book to consider. America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) spans over television, radio, and online to show their viewers the science of cooking. From cooking gadgets to the art of mixing and tasting, this brand will undoubtedly give you the desserts you need with an easy guide. If you can imagine a cookie, brownie, or candy, ATK’s book will most likely have it, from their book to your jar. It’s the season for hot beverages and you have to have something on the side (you know, so your drink doesn’t get lonely). It’s perfect for holidays celebrations, plus what’s better than walking into a house that smells of fresh-baked cookies?!

 

2. Meyer’s Bakery by Claus Meyer

 

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Carbs are our favorite and probably yours too. Clause Meyer, a food activist and the head of several culinary projects, is giving us something to throw in the oven. His upcoming book gives us 80 simple recipes on how to (perfectly) make all things bread. From scones and baguettes to naan and pretzels, Meyer gives you the chance to really get your hands dirty and impress your guests. He gives us tips to get and advice for mixing, the degree of the oven, and even what flour is best to use. On a cold Sunday night with a hot bowl of soup or in the morning with tea anything of these recipes will work perfectly. We can sense a dough-verload coming.

 

3. The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart by Alex Guarnaschelli

 

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We’re ready for this one. The executive chef and judge on Food Network’s Chopped is following in her mother’s footsteps and releasing her own cookbook. She’s tailoring it to a whole new generation. The book contains 300 recipes with an array of ingredients that consist of bold flavors, interesting veggies, and a feast of cultural dishes. Guarnaschelli knows that anything is accessible to anyone today. In her book, we can find dark chocolate rum pie to five-spice ribs. When we want to add a dish to the holiday table to show off to our family and friends, this may be the book. The not-your-mother’s cookbook. 

 

4. Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating by Gail Simmons

 

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Another judge from the popular Top Chef, Simmons is bringing every continent right to your home. After years of her extensive travels and treks to discover new foods and recipes, she’s taking it back with her and serving it for dinner. All the traditional American drinks and dishes like veggie salads or upside down cake are all given a global twist with some kind of ingredient or spice. It’s simple, it’s easy, and she even includes behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and stories that fans will love and newcomers will relate to. So how do you spice up your Christmas brisket? Make it Christmas brisket fried rice. That’s one of the many recipes you can set down on the table (cue the oohs and ahhs).

 

5. Super Tuscan: Heritage Recipes and Simple Pleasures from Our Kitchen to Your Table by Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar

 

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One word: yum. Chef Corcos and his wife, actress Debi Mazar, have brought the rolling hills of Tuscany to us and we didn’t even need a plan ticket (although we’d still love that too). The dynamic duo is sharing loveable anecdotes, stories, photos, and traditional recipes that’ll warm your belly and your heart. This is tradition meets American with the passed down recipes of Corcos’s grandmother. Recipes for marinated chicken with Tuscan herbs and gnocchi in a savory butter sauce is all we need to know before getting this gem. Multicultural flair and the deep love of family is what makes this book magic. On a brisk evening, what could be better than al dente pasta, fresh sauce, and a (small) glass of wine?

   

At this point, we’re just torturing ourselves. The options are endless, as are the recipes, love, and traditions that fill these books. Get your oven mitts and your appetite ready; fall is on our tails

 

 

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