8 Books to Read Now Before the Sequels Come Out
Any book lover can tell you — there’s something fantastically daunting about waiting for a book’s sequel to be released. Although we wish George R.R. Martin had released The Winds of Winter yesterday, there are plenty of 2018 releases we are already getting excited about. Plunge into these series now and relish full bragging rights when their sequels become a hit next year!
<em><a data-affiliate-link="" href="https://www.amazon.com/After-Midnight-Diane-Shute/dp/1631529137/?tag=bm01f-20" rel="noskim" target="_blank">After Midnight</a></em>Shute’s historical fiction is the perfect read for fans eagerly awaiting the return of The Crown. Alix’s plan to put together a team of outstanding racing thoroughbreds is disrupted when she’s involuntarily pushed into a marriage that will only bring back the nightmares from her past. But if she can find a way to take back what she wants, she may be able to turn her life around and be happy once again.
<em><a data-affiliate-link="" href="https://www.amazon.com/After-You-Novel-Jojo-Moyes/dp/0143131397/?tag=bm01f-20" rel="noskim" target="_blank">After You</a></em>With the end of January bringing the release of the third book in this bestselling series, now is the perfect time to catch up with Louisa Clark and her life after Will Traynor’s death. Feeling like a new woman, Lou begins to find solace and move on with a new love when someone from Will’s life comes back to ruin all the progress she’s made.
<em><a data-affiliate-link="" href="https://www.amazon.com/Oceans-Fire-Equal-Night-Trilogy/dp/1943006288/?tag=bm01f-20" rel="noskim" target="_blank">Ocean’s Fire</a></em>Get an early jump on this magical trilogy full of rekindled love, loss, and a strong female lead. Skylar has no idea of the powers she was set to inherit, when suddenly a simple life of veterinary school transforms into a whirlwind of secrets and truths she was not ready for. This mystical novel will have you begging for the sequel.
<em><a data-affiliate-link="" href="https://www.amazon.com/Poisons-Kiss-Breeana-Shields/dp/1101937823/?tag=bm01f-20" rel="noskim" target="_blank">Poison’s Kiss</a></em>This YA fantasy thriller is one all adults and teens should be catching up with this season. When her power is the kiss of death, how does a teenage assassin find love? Marinda always trusted her assignments… until the raja makes one request she fears she will not be able to complete. Questioning everything she’s always known, Marinda must start making decisions for herself in a quest for the truth.
<em><a data-affiliate-link="" href="https://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Snow-Danielle-Paige/dp/1681190761/?tag=bm01f-20" rel="noskim" target="_blank">Stealing Snow</a></em>For 17-year-old Snow, the walls of a high-security mental hospital are the closest thing she has ever had to a home — but she’s not crazy. One deep night’s sleep and the arrival of a mysterious stranger kick-start her escape and the soul-searching mission that follows. In an unusual world of witches, royalty, and endless secrets, Snow must find out where she belongs if she ever wants to return to the reality she once knew.
<em><a data-affiliate-link="" href="https://www.amazon.com/Gemina-Illuminae-Files-Amie-Kaufman/dp/0553499157/?tag=bm01f-20" rel="noskim" target="_blank">Gemina</a></em>It’s the perfect time to get lost in the starry scenery of this sci-fi read as we eagerly await the return of this New York Times bestselling series. Nik and Hanna never saw themselves doing anything together — let alone fighting to save the universe from vicious alien predators and a glitch in their home station’s wormhole. The two won’t be able to call their space station the most boring in the galaxy by the time this intergalactic adventure is over.
<em><a data-affiliate-link="" href="https://www.amazon.com/Wintersong-Novel-S-Jae-Jones/dp/1250079217/?tag=bm01f-20" rel="noskim" target="_blank">Wintersong</a></em>If you couldn’t get enough of Beauty and the Beast this year, you’ll want to pick up this book ASAP. Liesl has always been entranced by the Goblin King and the legends surrounding him, even composing music inspired by the dangerous man. When her sister is picked to be his bride, Liesl must confront this compelling stranger and make decisions that will permanently change her fate.
<em><a data-affiliate-link="" href="https://www.amazon.com/Royal-Bastards-Andrew-Shvarts/dp/1484767659/?tag=bm01f-20" rel="noskim" target="_blank">Royal Bastards</a></em>Tilla is used to being cast aside due to her bastard title: spending her time in tunnels beneath her father’s castle, dreaming of the day she can sit at the table alongside all the royals. When a visiting princess takes a seat at the bastards’ table, everything in the west seemingly kicks off in a fatal way. With their world in chaos, a group of bastards may be the only ones able to stop the kingdom from falling to ruins.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)