Below is a list of the books that are at the forefront of my mind as we head into autumn. They’re recent or forthcoming releases, and although I don’t imagine I’ll have much time to read them right away (I’ll be busy trying to keep up with the nominations for the first round of the Cybils – I’m a judge this year!), I’ll keep them in mind as I head into bookshops and make my hold list at the library.
Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List
1. The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente – This third installment in the Fairyland series has a lot to live up to, because the first two books in the series were simply enchanting. I have no doubt that Valente will outdo herself once again.
2. Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan – Last autumn I read Brennan’s Unspoken, and I stumbled about in a love/hate fog for days afterwards. I look forward to reading about Kami and Jared and the crazy-town antics of their magic-wielding neighbors.
3. Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund – Young adult, sci-fi retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel?! I will devour it like fine dark chocolate. Which is to say, savoring each delicious bite.
4. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh – Ms. Brosh is the hilarious writer and illustrator of the Hyperbole and a Half blog. Her blog in book form… sounds like pretty much the best thing ever. With cupcakes on top.
5. Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow – Erin Bow’s Plain Kate was heart-wrenching, intelligent, and just a level or two above whatever I expected. Her new book can only be excellent. Color me excited!
6. Antigoddess by Kendare Blake – Gods and goddesses at war and mythology twisted and made new. I’m all about it.
7. Shadows by Robin McKinley – Robin McKinley is an all-time favorite author, and she has a book out this fall! It’s a stand-alone (my favorite!). It’s a miracle I haven’t begged, pleaded and bribed an advance copy into my possession. And actually, that makes the eventual read all that more exciting.
8. More Than This by Patrick Ness – Patrick Ness has a way of making the reader bleed emotion. All of his books are beautifully-written works of art, and I know this latest will be more of the same. Or more of the un-same. Either way, my heart will cry. And I’ll like it.
9. Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope – Trollope’s update on Jane Austen’s tale of the same name should be a hoot. The title and the elegant cover art caught my eye, and then my attention was snagged by the summary. I may take this on the plane ride to Ireland!
10. Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger – Carriger writes fantastic steampunk no matter what her target audience, but this second book in her YA series is sure to be full of hijinks, mischief, trips below-ship, and assassin training. In other words, straight fun!
What books are on your fall reading list?