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If you’re looking for a good book to go with your pumpkin spice latte, some of our favorite celebrities have it covered. Trade in your breezy summer beach reads for a book that serves up some major soul searching. All four of the upcoming releases rounded up here offer gems of wisdom about navigating life in your 20’s. Hey, it’s not easy—even for celebrities.
Why Not Me
by Mindy Kaling ($15, available September 15 from Crown Archetype)
Fans of Mindy Kaling’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns), have had to wait five long years for this follow-up. Apparently the actress and producer has been a little busy. Much like the first one, her new book is a collection of personal essays that are both hilarious and heartfelt. With her signature wink of self-deprecation, Kaling tackles topics pretty much everyone in their 20s and 30s grapples with, such as making new friends in weird ways, dating and attempting to actually like your job. Luckily, this time around readers won’t have to wait nearly as long for the next Mindy book project: She’s already at work on her third tome, which she’s writing with her ex-boyfriend/always best friend, B.J. Novak.
You First: Journal Your Way to Your Best Life
by Lea Michele ($10, available September 22 from Crown Archetype)
Everyone shared in the heartbreak of the untimely death of Lea Michele’s boyfriend Cory Monteith two years ago. However devastating, the actress has managed to slowly build herself back up. But it wasn’t easy and it took a lot of self-reflection. That process helped inspire her new book, You First, a journal focusing on figuring out how to live your best life. By prompting readers to answer questions relating to ambition, relationships and happiness, her goal is to help people make their dreams come true by getting them down on paper and committing to making them happen. She also shares stories from her own life, adding an extra personal touch.
Bliss: A Novel
by Shay Mitchell and Michaela Blaney ($18, available October 6 from St. Martin’s Press)
Now that everyone knows who A is, Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell is focusing on another mission: fiction writing. Mitchell teamed up with her best friend, blogger Michaela Blaney, to write this novel about three friends in their early 20s, all living in Hollywood. Like most twenty-somethings, the three friends have their fair share of heartbreak, friend drama, and career ups and downs. Considering Mitchell herself was navigating Hollywood in her early 20s, we suspect the book portrays a pretty realistic view of what it’s really like. Let’s just hope that unlike PLL, everyone lives to see the end.
Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Music by Sara Bareilles ($16, available October 6 from Simon & Schuster)
Talk about a new way to be “Brave”: Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles shares her life story in a candid way that’s completely different than the veiled prose songwriting allows. Reading the book is like listening to your friend share a really good story over a long overdue coffee date—it just feels so honest. Bareilles talks about how she went from a budding songwriter to a big-time musician, which isn’t as straight-forward as you might expect from the outside.