Written by

Chris Gonzales


Pete Wright

During the course of writing about all sorts of neat products for this site, we often come across things we can’t wait to have in our hands but won’t actually be released for months.

What follows are six such products coming out between late-September and mid-December 2019, in order of their release date. Pre-order them, add them to your wishlist, whatever suits you best.

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  1. The Nintendo Switch Lite. ($200)

    September 20th, 2019

    Okay, technically this one releases a few days before fall starts, but it’s close enough that we’re counting it. This is going to be one of the hottest gifts of the holiday season, so you’ll want to pre-order yours ASAP and go in prepared with the best accessories and games for it.

  2. Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday. ($13–$25, depending on format)

    October 1st, 2019

    In his upcoming book — the third in a trilogy, following The Obstacle is the Way and Ego is the Enemy — Holiday draws on timeless Stoic and Buddhist philosophy to show why slowing down is the secret weapon for those charging ahead.

  3. Edison biography by Edmund Morris. ($15–$60, depending on format)

    October 22nd, 2019

    This final, posthumous release by Pulitzer-winning biographer Edmund Morris promises to deconstruct the myths and theories surrounding the life and eccentric work habits of Thomas Edison, the so-called “Wizard of Menlo Park” who invented the light bulb and many other technologies we take for granted today.

  4. Maangchi’s Big Book of Korean Cooking by Emily Kim. ($20–$25, depending on format)

    October 29th, 2019

    Love Korean food? Then you’ll want this cookbook when it comes out. It contains 150 all-new, user-friendly recipes across 13 chapters, with even more photos and useful info for you to learn from, compared to her previous book.

  5. The Strange Planet book by Nathan W. Pyle. ($11 for all formats)

    November 19th, 2019

    Based on a highly popular and oddly heartwarming series of comics, which feature quirky blue aliens holding up a mirror to the banal absurdity of everyday human behavior.

  6. Tom Bihn “Synik” backpack. ($290 for 22-liter, $300 for 30-liter)

    Early to mid December, 2019

    Dropping just in time before fall comes to a close, Tom Bihn’s upcoming backpack is based on their popular Synapse bag but with a bunch of modifications, including a full clamshell opening, a dedicated laptop compartment, and a luggage pass-through.