We’re not even through July yet, I know, but as someone who believes in anticipation being a key part of happiness, I’ve been noting on my calendar the books, shows, and movies releasing that I’m most looking forward to as the summer wanes and the school year begins (and beyond). Here are ten, in the order of release date:
1. Felicia Day’s memoir You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) (Aug. 11th). I sampled Day’s book about her rise to become “queen of the geeks,” and found it hilarious and warm and completely loveable, much like the woman herself.
2. Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (Sept. 22nd). I enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love, but what I love even more is hearing Elizabeth Gilbert talk about creativity. She’s wise and inspiring, the perfect thing for a writer like me to listen to–or anybody, really.
3. The Muppets television premiere (September 22nd). The Muppets! This one needs no explanation.
4. The release of first three episodes of web series Con Man (Sept. 30th). This web series, created by Alan Tudyk, was crowdfunded and features much of the former cast of Firefly, a lot of comic convention scenes, and many, many delicious cameos. Check out the trailer for yourself.
5. Rainbow Rowell’s novel Carry On (Oct. 6th). I love Rowell’s witty, romantic writing, and especially her Fangirl. This book, a spinoff of that story, is about Simon Snow, the “Chosen One” in a Harry Potter-esque world, and his vampire nemesis Baz. It’s a gothic tale described as “a ghost story, a love story and a mystery,” and any one of those three might’ve meant an auto-buy for me.
6. The film Crimson Peak (Oct. 16th). This Guillermo del Toro movie looks gorgeous and passionate, beautiful and terrifying all at once. Plus, it’s got Tom Hiddleston. I’ve been anticipating this one since, oh, February.
7. Jem and the Holograms on the big screen (Oct. 23rd). Molly Ringwald, nostalgia, Juliette Lewis, Molly Ringwald…I really, really hope this is good.
8. The Supergirl television premiere (Oct. 26th). My husband is a huge comics fan, so it’s a no-brainer which Tv station we’ll be on come late October.
9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Dec. 18th). I’ve already planned to see this twice–once opening night, and another with my oldest son–and am mulling over cosplay ideas. Chance of me crying when I hear the John Williams music is 98%.
10. The release of Sisters (Dec. 25th). This movie has Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and 80s references. So that means even if it’s terrible, it’ll still be better than most everything.
What am I missing?