12 Must-Read YA Books Out in October
October is the month for creative DIY costumes, cheeky pumpkin-filled cheat days and, yes, lovely autumn weekends filled with tea, cozy throws and good reads. This month we’re satisfying our young adult addiction with these awesome new titles. Enjoy!
1. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven ($11): After the blockbuster hit that was All the Bright Places, author Jennifer Niven is back with a love story that’s breaking down barriers and finding a true authentic voice amongst the cluttered high school genre. It’s definitely a must-read for fall.
2. Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa ($11): You may know him as the bubbly YouTube vlogger who’s obsessed with his two huskies, but now Joey Graceffa is a fab young adult novelist too. His debut novel is a science fiction about a young stowaway who risks everything to see a world she’s not allowed to. Consider us intrigued.
3. Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions and Heretics by Jason Porath ($16): Based on the popular Tumblr blog, this awesome collection of kickass women will definitely make you smile. From real life heroes to killer women in mythology and folklore, it’s a great read for when the patriarchy’s got you down.
4. The ABC’s of LGBT+: Understanding and Embracing Your Identity by Ashley Mardell ($13): Understanding the complexities of language, subcultures and stereotypes in LGBT+ culture can be tricky… and no one wants to be the person who gets it wrong. In this new book from YouTube superstar Ashley Mardell, you’ll find in-depth definitions, helpful infographics and personal anecdotes to help teens and adults navigate LGBT+ identities.
5. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore ($11): A beautiful teenage love story with twists of magic at every turn, Anna-Marie McLemore’s newest novel will surely inspire some fall wonder.
6. Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz ($12): Jasmine de los Santos has studied hard for her full college scholarship and she’s excited to start school ASAP. But when she suddenly learns that her Filipino immigrant parents are actually in the country illegally, her plans are thrown out the window… and she might lose more than just her scholarship.
7. Still Life With Tornado by A.S. King ($13): A beautifully written tale that screams with authenticity, this iconic story about how sixteen-year-old Sarah comes to grips with her parents’ divorce after years of lies and domestic abuse is definitely on our Goodreads list.
8. At the Edge of the World by Kari Jones ($13): A book about true friendship in the wake of life’s many hardships, Kari Jones’s latest novel will bring you to the edge of your seat (okay, bed) over and over again.
9. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst ($11): This isn’t your typical princess story. Although Princess Dennaleia has been betrothed since birth, a new mission takes her on an exciting journey with a new friend… or at least she thought they were just friends.
10. Color Blind by Sheila Sobel ($18): When April tragically loses her mother and father, she is forced to move with her Aunt in Louisiana. Tying the complex string between the past and the present beautifully, Sheila Sobel’s newest undertaking definitely justifies our massive Amazon order.
11. Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson ($11): This is the third installment of the Seeds of America trilogy, and the exciting conclusion to this authentic American Revolution tale will definitely satisfy any diehard fan.
12. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills ($11): Spoiler alert: This awesome new novel will have you calling (NOT texting) your bestie after just the first few pages. Shocked that she actually found a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida, Sloane quickly learns about the complexities and sheer amazing-ness that is finding your true best friends.
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!