It. Is. Time!
The end of the year is in sight, and it’s time to squeeze as many books in as possible. The following ten are high up on my list, and I at least want to get to these ten before the year is out.
For the Fall, I have two ‘themes’ going on. October is obviously about the goosebumps so I’m focusing in on suspense, supernatural beings, and horror.
November I want to focus on diversity, especially in authors. I want to make sure that Tasheena isn’t just stuck in her little WASP bubble.
Alright, let’s begin!
1 The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
The book everyone loved in 2015 and then turned against earlier this year. This is a great example of either ‘you love it or you hate it’.
With the movie coming out, I thought this was a great time to finally read Girl on the Train and weigh in on the drama. Is this the rightful successor to Gone Girl? We’ll see…
2 A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
Another book I want to read before the movie hits theaters later this year. I was already interested, and then I saw the preview for the movie. Geez, I almost cried! Such a sap.
I like supernatural elements married to grounded plots, so I have high hopes for this book.
(Also the drawings are beautiful.)
3 Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice
I need to at least read one Anne Rice in my lifetime. Honestly it’s a shame I haven’t yet since I love supernatural books. I think I’m finally ready to come back to vampires now that the Twilight craze has calmed down.
Speaking of vampires…
4 Dracula – Bram Stoker
For October’s classic pick I’m going with the King Vamp himself, Dracula. (Bow Down Bitches!)
Frankenstein is one of my all-time favorite books and I hope that Dracula can reach such heights (or at least get really close!).
5 What is Not Yours is Not Yours – Helen Oyeyemi
I don’t read a lot of short stories, Slade House is the only collection I’ve read the past few years.
This collection was getting a lot of buzz the beginning of the year. I really want to give short stories another try so I hope Oyeyemi can win me over.
6 Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
My first review last November was Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, and I decided to read another Murakami to celebrate one year of blogging. I’ve been waiting to read this book for months, so this one is definitely happening.
7 Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
After I read Things Fall Apart this past summer I promised myself I would read more novels about Africa and from African authors. I feel like I’m well read in American/European books but lacking greatly in diversity beyond that.
I also heard about Homegoing and was immediately interested. I love books about multiple generations and large time spans, so I’m really excited to get to this book in November.
8 The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
This is like THE book right now. All I’ve been hearing is praise, and so I realized I had to bump this book up on my TBR. Also, getting my book signed by Whitehead got me super pumped (winning!).
Confession: I really want there to be a Harriet Tubman cameo. She was one badass lady.
9 Challenger Deep – Neal Shusterman
Just reading the synopsis is heartbreaking. The book is about a character’s descent into mental illness. This is going to be a hard one to get though, but that makes it all the more important.
10 The Code of the Woosters – P.G. Wodehouse
This is a Book Club read for October, and I’m ready for a good laugh. I tend to drift towards dramatic books, so something light hearted will help shake things up.
That’s why I love being apart of book clubs. I’ve discovered so many books I love because of book clubs. Books I never would have picked up on my own.
My plug for the week: Hooray Book Clubs!
Did any of these books make your Fall TBR?