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I always find these particular lists on the site to be the most difficult to follow. I have huge TBR lists all the time, so narrowing down the list to just ten books is incredibly difficult for me. However, here’s at least a portion of what I hope to read in the coming months, with a few honourable mentions.
I have a lot of non-fiction on my reading list this fall. Michael Winter’s newest book, Into the Blizzard: Walking the Fields of Newfoundland’s Dead is a fascinating account of both the passage of the young Newfoundland Regiment during the First World War, and Winter’s own recount of his travels as he recreated the journey of the young soldiers from so long ago. Amy Poehler may be one of my favourite women on television. Smart, witty and honest in person, and I can’t believe that anything she would write could be anything less than what she is like in person. Yes Please is definitely high on my list. I had the pleasure of seeing Neil Patrick Harris when he hosted a breakfast event at BEA this year, and he was pretty much everything you would think that he would be like in person. Again, his intelligence as well as his humour came across both to the audience at the huge breakfast event, and to the individual readers he met in booth afterwards. Writing your autobiography as a “Choose Your Own Adventure” style book, allowing the reader to follow whatever path they choose is pretty inspired. and I can’t wait to see how he pulls it off in Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography Finally, another BEA guest who is greatly anticipated. Alan Cumming’s Not My Father’s Son is a deeply personal look at this acclaimed actor’s troubled childhood and his relationship with his father that affected his life choices so greatly.
In terms of fiction, I have a few excellent options ahead of me. Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain is back with a haunting new novel. A Sudden Light is a family drama, a ghost story, a mystical revelation set in the lumber fields of the Pacific Northwest and so much more. In addition to a luscious cover, the story inside will grab you and not let go. Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds is already out on the shelves, and this dual narrative about a young girl who signs her first lucrative deal after a particularly successful NaNoWrMo campaign is interspersed with the actual story she wrote, making for a fascinating read. Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle will continue with Blue Lily, Lily Blue as Blue Sargent, as well as Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam return to search for Glendower. This series has blown me away, with so many tiny details turning into such major plot reveals as the series progresses, and I cannot wait to see where she takes the story next. Julie Kagawa became one of my favourite authors when Michele and I read one of her Iron Fey books for Brunch Book Club. Her upcoming release, Talon, has been discussed online and through social media everywhere (have you seen the adorable dragon figures she’s been making and placing everywhere???), and I’m excited because… DRAGONS. Morgan Rhodes gives us book three in the Falling Kingdoms series with Gathering Darkness. While some have called it a “Game of Thrones for teens”, I just know that I really enjoyed the storylines of this complex and rich series, and that Rhodes is a wonderful character writer. Finally, Ally Condie is back with Atlantia, and it promises not to disappoint. Underwater cities? Sirens? Twins? Betrayal? Count me in!
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the two books that Michele and I have for our upcoming Brunch Book Club reads. Both The Chocolate Money and The Miseducation of Cameron Post come highly recommended by friends, and have been on our TBR lists for far too long. Time to dust them off and get them onto the “Read” lists this fall! Interested in joining us? There’s a link to our GoodReads group here and we welcome new members all the time!
Other books on my highly anticipated / can’t wait to read them include Kristen Ashley’s Deacon, Sarah MacLean’s Never Judge a Lady by her Cover, Lauren Dane’s Broken Open (all about those Hurley boys!) and Jennifer Ashley’s Rules for a Proper Governess.
What about you? Who is on your ‘to be read for fall’ list? Leave your notes or links to your own lists in the comments below!