13 Must-Read Young Adult Books Out in September
Although we’re still a little bummed that bikini weather is over for the year, the new fall season does have its perks. Along with indulging in Starbucks’ iconic PSL and finally being able to throw on an oversized sweater and some leggings and call it a day, there are plenty of cozy reading weekends in store. Here are 13 new young adult novels out this month that would pair perfectly with a warm autumn beverage and a toasty fireplace… we’re just sayin’.
1. The Graces by Laure Eve ($11): This just might be the novel to cure your post Harry Potter blues. A can’t miss new read about a glamorous family of witches, Laure’s newest adventure features stellar characters, a page-turning plot and a twist you WON’T see coming.
2. Dessert First by Dean Gloster ($14): Teenage life is hard… especially when your kid brother is in his second leukemia relapse and your bone marrow might be his only chance at survival. Detailing the mishaps of growing up with a believable and heartbreaking tragedy, Dean Gloster’s newest tale will definitely pull at your heart strings.
3. The Reader by Traci Chee ($16): Bloggers, reviewers and publishing professionals are swooning for this new novel by Traci Chee — and for good reason! In a world where it’s unheard of, one young girl discovers that reading might be the key to everything (duh!).
4. Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists and Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling ($3 each): As soon as you think the Wizarding World is over for good, J.K. Rowling draws us back in with a new magical goodie. Although these three books are only available as ebooks, the Pottermore Presents series are sure to be a welcome addition to any muggle’s collection.
5. The Ones by Daniel Sweren-Becker ($11): When 17-year old Cody and James were born, they were randomly selected to receive genetic engineering. Now, with the government deeming them second-class citizens, they join a radical group to protect their own.
6. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake ($11): Part Hunger Games, part Red Queen… this awesome fantasy novel about three magical triplets who have to battle each other for the crown is definitely a must-read this fall.
7. And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich ($10): If you’re looking for a fall read that will force you to sleep with the lights on, this is it. A terrifying novel about a mysterious red house and the people trapped inside it, horror fans need to pick up a copy of this sure winner ASAP.
8. Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick ($13): A knockout read for anyone who loves a good chuckle, Jordan’s newest novel is sure to inspire a few belly laughs. Although the novel tackles serious issues, its charm and authentic humor will keep you laughing throughout.
9. Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs ($15): As a companion to the much-anticipated Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie that premieres at the end of this month, Tales of the Peculiar invites readers to indulge in the stories that started it all — with sidebar notes from the ward of Miss Peregrine, of course.
10. As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell ($13): With all the hype surrounding Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast, this twisted tale tells a slightly different story… one that finally unveils the true origin of Belle’s mysterious mother.
11. The Memory of Things: A Novel by Gae Polisner ($11): Told with the backdrop of the horrifying events of September 11, this heartwarming tale of spontaneous kindness, new friendship and relentless determination is sure to become an instant favorite.
12. Kids of Appetite by David Arnold ($12): A big-hearted book that will make you nostalgic for your teen years, Kids of Appetite will leave you cry-laughing until the very last page.
13. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo ($11): The highly anticipated sequel to Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo’s newest novel will take you right back to the dangerous streets of Ketterdam. You’ll probably want to get comfy for this hot read, TBH.
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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)