Winter Book Releases To Be Excited About

Gettysburgian media critic Jackie McMahon

Gettysburgian media critic Jackie McMahon.

By Jackie McMahon, Staff Writer

The cold months of winter are perfect for curling up indoors with a blanket, some coffee or cocoa, and a good book to read. If you’re looking for a new book to stimulate your mind and warm your soul this winter, look no further than these current and upcoming book releases that are worth the hype.

Becoming by Michelle Obama, out now: In this deeply personal memoir, the former First Lady chronicles her roots, meeting husband Barack Obama, life in the White House, and motherhood, including exclusive revelations about her past infertility struggles and the former First Couple’s time in marriage therapy. (Unfortunately, she does also shoot down any chances of a 2020 presidential run.)

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling, coming November 16th: Coming out the same day as the second film in the Harry Potter prequel series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, this original screenplay by J.K. Rowling is accompanied by original illustrations by Mina Lima. This 1900s-set installment follows Newt Scamander, a young Albus Dumbledore, and their allies on their quest to vanquish the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. It also has an absolutely gorgeous cover that would look good on any bookshelf.

Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin, coming November 20th: Subtitled 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones, this companion to Martin’s best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series follows the creation of the Targaryen dynasty, chronicling the royal family from when Aegon the Conqueror first arrived in Westeros until the civil war known as the Dance of Dragons. That’s almost 800 pages of House Targaryen madness, action and adventure to look forward to, but that still doesn’t let Martin off the hook for taking seven years (and counting) to write A Song of Ice and Fire’s next installment, The Winds of Winter. We’re still waiting George…

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare, coming December 4th: Set in YA author’s Shadowhunters universe, this is the final book in the New York Times best-selling The Dark Artifices trilogy. The Shadowhunters world follows part-mortal, part-angel characters endowed with special powers to protect the human race from demons. Though Queen of Air and Darkness will wrap up the current trilogy, another trilogy titled The Wicked Powers is planned to come out in the future.

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Author: Jackie McMahon

Jackie McMahon '21 enjoys writing OpEd and A&E articles for The Gettysburgian due to her strong opinions about everything and her borderline unhealthy obsession with television. In her free time, she likes to binge-watch shows on Netflix, post on her Tumblr blog, and attempt to write a novel. She is passionate about feminism, cats and anything with chocolate in it. Her ambition is to someday become a best-selling novelist or a journalist.

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