As we usher in the season of boots, cowls, and mulled cider, it’s time to choose our fall reading list. So with my mug of spiced (or spiked, ha!) cider in hand, here are the 10 books on my Fall TBR List.
1. The Roses of May (Kindle) by Dot Hutchison
This is actually one that I’m partially into, but it’s not even halfway done, so I’m including it. It’s the 2nd book in the Butterfly Garden series from Dot Hutchins. So far, I’m not enjoying it as much as the first one, but I’m trying to give it a shot.
2. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (Kindle)
I love a well done thriller, and this is getting some great reviews… It’s about a Midwestern wife & mother who discovers that her husband (now ex-husband) is a serial killer. He’s in jail, she’s moved to a quite new town, but then a body turns up in the lake….
I’m crossing my fingers that it’s a solid win… I only like psychological thrillers if they have a likable character in them. I absolutely despised Girl on the Train, because I couldn’t find one single character I liked.
3. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
I’ve never read one of Stephen King’s books before, and this definitely isn’t one of his typical books. This involves a man who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of JFK. I’ve always found the conspiracies fascinating, and I can’t resist a time travel read.
4. Copycat by Alex Lake
I’m not familiar with this author, so I have’t read her first book. This popped up on a list of upcoming releases (it’s only been out a few weeks at this point), and it’s a psychological thriller about a woman who discovers there’s another social media account with her name/face/info… even recent pictures that have been taken inside her house.
I actually had this happen, years ago. Not to this extent, and it was more of a spoof, but it was immensely disturbing. I was about 15-16 years old, and someone got peeved with me, so they set up a fake account using my photo/demographics, and turned it into this crazy over the top hyper-religious caricature of me.
Thankfully it was someone being petty, and not a creepy stalker. Nevertheless, the premise of this is creepily familiar, and therefore, creepily intriguing.
5. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Full disclosure, I’ve also started this one… but I’m all of one chapter in. So I’m putting it on the list. I’ve never read magic realism before, so I’m super excited to stretch myself!
6. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Honestly, the cover is what drew me in… it’s SO pretty! But when I saw this described as Labyrinth meets Beauty and the Beast…. how can I resist?
7. Winter by Marissa Meyer
Okay this one has given friends and my sister a heart attack. I read all of the Lunar Chronicles until Winter came out. Something was going on in my life (I don’t remember what) and I was super busy. Then I had a baby. Then I was eyeballs deep in trying to sort through my houseful of belongings to prep for a move halfway across the country.
Meanwhile my sister has been dying that I haven’t read it yet. So I’m about to relieve her anxiety.
8. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I absolutely couldn’t resist a book about Alice (of Wonderland fame) from the author of the Lunar Chronicles, but I’ve been a very good girl and waited until I finished the Lunar Chronicles series first (see above). And that cover is just stunning.
9. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I’m just going to drop the description here…
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away.
10. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Political fiction isn’t my usual genre, but I was still subscribed to the Book A Month club, and I wasn’t remotely interested in any of the other choices that month. I could, of course, have just skipped the month, but I chose to stretch myself instead.
It tells the tale of a Russian count who’s deemed an “unrepentant aristocrat” by a Bolshevik tribunal, and sentenced to house arrest during a tumultuous time in Russia’s history. And while I don’t always care about reviews, this has insanely high reviews on both Amazon, and Goodreads.
Those are my 10… I’d love to hear from you… what are your planned reads for fall?
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