Like it or not, Summer is over. Well, not officially, but it feels like beaches, picnics and vacations and are behind us and Fall is in the air. And with Fall comes coziness, blankets, a chair and books aplenty. I’ve asked my colleagues to list some books they are looking forward to this Fall. Feel free to comment and share your own. The Last Midwife, Sandra Dallas
I enjoy historical fiction and this one takes place in the 1880’s in a small Colorado town. Sandra Dallas is a wonderful story teller.
Come Rain or Come Shine, Jan Karon
The 11th entry in the “Mitford Years” series continues the story of Dooley Kavanagh, Father Tim’s adopted son, as he graduates from veterinary school and gets married.The Witches: Salem, 1692, Stacy Schiff
This is a recounting of the Salem hysteria in modern times by Pulitzer Prize winning author Stacy Schiff.Eve, William P. Young, William
The author’s previous novel The Shack is an unusual tale of the Trinity. Now Eve is an exploration of the Biblical creation story.
Make Your Own Rules Cookbook, Tara Stiles
This is the follow-up companion to yoga guru Stiles’s November 2014 release, Make Your Own Rules Diet. Everything about Stiles—her yoga instruction, philosophy, recommendations, and recipes—are simple and emphasize always doing what works for you.Career of Evil, Robert Galbraith
I’m itching to get my hands on the third book in Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)’s murder mystery series starring private detective Cormoran Strike. Strike and his assistant Robin are wonderful characters I loved immediately—it will be good to have them back.
Girl Waits With Gun, Amy Stewart
This a novel about a woman who spoke up and took action when that was frowned upon in her era. I like strong female characters and look forward to meeting Amy Stewart’s character Constance.City on Fire, Garth Hallberg
This is a debut novel with something for everyone…a citywide blackout, rich New York heirs, punk rockers, and a reporter all twisted up in a Central Park shooting . Should be interesting!
The Lake House, Kate Morton
The queen of the dual-period historical fiction storylines, Kate Morton, is releasing The Lake House this October. In this novel, Sadie Sparrow is sent on an enforced break from her job with the Metropolitan Police and retreats to her beloved grandfather’s cottage in Cornwall. There she finds herself at a loose end, until one day she stumbles upon an abandoned house surrounded by overgrown gardens and dense woods, and learns the story of a baby boy who disappeared without a trace. Set in 1933 and then 70 years later, like Morton’s other best-selling novels, it sure to be a lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies.The Wake of Vultures, Lila Bowen
Also out this October is the planned first of a series set in a paranormal-filled Wild West that finds blind Nettie killing a man and gaining her eyesight to the weirdness in the world around her. With her newly opened eyes (and money stolen from the dead man), Nettie leaves behind her horrible life and embarks on a journey that leads her to her people and her own strange roots.
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, Jenny Lawson
I love a good female memoir and if there’s some humor, I’m all about it. This memoir sounds funny and down to earth.Felines of New York, Jim Tews
I’m a big fan of Humans of New York, and this satirical spinoff is equally entertaining, though not nearly as serious. I love a good story, but I’m also interested in a good laugh, and this is sure to bring the joy.
Winter, Marissa Meyer
Winter is the fourth book in The Lunar Chronicles series. This series is an amazing mash-up of teen science fiction and fractured fairy tales. Readers new to the series will want to start with Cinder, where you will meet the title character who is an orphaned cyborg. She is a second-class citizen in New Beijing, but her talents as a mechanic catch the attentions of the young prince. Soon Cinder is swept into an intergalactic struggle. Each book in the series introduces a new character, but they all advance the same storyline. Tension has been slowly building and shocking secrets have been revealed and everything will come to a head in this final book. I can’t wait to see if everyone gets their happily ever after!Carry On, Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell introduced Simon Snow in her smash hit, Fangirl. In Fangirl, the character Cath writes fan fiction about her favorite fictional character, Simon Snow (which is totally a nod to Harry Potter, if you ask me). Now, fans of Fangirl get to experience the story Cath loved! I am so excited for this book because I loved Simon and Baz from the fan fiction stories in Fangirl. How incredibly meta is this? It’s the story that a fictional character used to write fictional fan fiction! That’s a lot to wrap my head around!After Alice, Gregory Maguire
From the mastermind behind the Wicked series comes a new twist on the classic tale, Alice in Wonderland. In this reimaging, Alice’s friend Ada journeys through Wonderland in search of the missing Alice. I obviously like retellings and I have been on a bit of a Wonderland kick recently, so this one is a must-read for me!
Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff
I really loved Groff’s last book, Arcadia – her writing, her ideas, her storytelling – so this one about a marriage told from the perspective of the husband, Lotto (Fates) and his wife Mathilde (Furies) will, hopefully, fufill my need for more of Groff’s intelligence, insight and amazing writing. The Marvels, Brian Selznick:
Selznick’ s The Invention of Hugo Cabret was a beautiful, weird, boundary pushing book and I can’t wait to, once again, be mesmerized by his images and immersed in his mystifying stories. The Marvels weaves together together two seemingly separate stories, one told through images about a theatrical family and a shipwreck in the 18th century and the other told in words about a young man in 1990’s who has run away from boarding school in search of an address where his uncle lives. The Tsar of Love and Techno, Anthony Marra
Marra’s first novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, was an emotional doozie of a novel about human endurance set in war-torn Chechnya. This is a collection of interconnected short stories set in the same part of the world and if it’s anything like the first, I’m all in.