What’s more exciting than a new book? Here are some autumn/fall releases I’m eyeing up!
(I am starting from September, because with the way time has become decidedly disordered this year, what does it matter?)
A Deadly Education – Naomi Novik
Synopsis: Enter a school of magic unlike any you have ever encountered. Once you’re inside, there are only two ways out: you graduate or you die, and El Higgins is uniquely prepared.
The Temeraire series became one of my great faves in the space of the week that I somehow sped through the entire series, so this, the latest book by its author, was on my TBR since before its release. Novik has two other standalone novels that I have not read, but I believe this one is part of a series and I have very high expectations and will read it soon, hopefully!
Release: September 29
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V. E. Schwab
Synopsis: When Addie La Rue makes a pact with the devil, she trades her soul for immortality. But there’s always a price – the devil takes away her place in the world, cursing her to be forgotten by everyone.
Finally, we are blessed with another book from this author! This is a time-travelling adventure about a girl with a great name, and some mysterious magic afoot. I know everyone has been excited about this one, and I, too am part of that club. Today’s the day!
Release: October 6
Earthlings – Sayaka Murata
Synopsis: Natsuki isn’t like the other girls. Together with her cousin Yuu, she spends her summers in the wild Nagano mountains, hoping a spaceship will take her home. When a terrible sequence of events threatens to part the cousins for ever, they make a promise: survive, no matter what.
Have you read Convenience Store Woman? It is a short book centred around a convenience store worker in Japan, who is very certain about the way she wishes her life to look, in odds to the expectations of every single person around her. It was a strange book, I’ll admit. You will have to read it for yourself to understand the odd disquietude it provokes, but then again, I think this is part of the point. Regardless, I’m excited to read the author’s next work!
Release: October 8
The Once and Future Witches – Alix E. Harrow
Synopsis: In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but if the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box. But when the three Eastwood sisters join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement.
This Hugo-award winning writer is back. (The only book I’ve read of hers is the most recent, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, which I’ll post a review of soon as part two to this.) This is a fantasy book, but it doesn’t seem so from the synopsis – despite all the witches – so I am intrigued!
Release: October 15
Ghosts – Dolly Alderton
Synopsis: Nina Dean has arrived at her early thirties as a successful food writer with loving friends and family, plus a new home and neighbourhood. When she meets Max, a beguiling romantic hero who tells her on date one that he’s going to marry her, it feels like all is going to plan. A new relationship couldn’t have come at a better time – her thirties have not been the liberating, uncomplicated experience she was sold.
I mentioned this on my list of books that would help me discover a bit more of the romance genre. I’m also keen to see how Alderton writes fiction, as it was her non-fiction Everything I Know About Love that was her debut novel.
Release: Ocober 15
The Book of Two Ways – Jodi Picoult
Synopsis: Dawn is a death doula, and spends her life helping people make the final transition peacefully. But when the plane she’s on plummets, she finds herself thinking not of the perfect life she has, but the life she was forced to abandon fifteen years ago.
Another romance book from the romance list! I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of books recently that are about second chances and of that ‘rediscovering oneself’ nature but uh, I’m not going to look too deeply into that.
Release: October 20
The Betrayals – Bridget Collins
Synopsis: In an exclusive institution tucked away in the mountains the best and brightest study an arcane and mysterious game, as they have for centuries. But times are changing, and traditions being overturned – the truth will come out…
Her first book, The Binding, had me hooked immediately, so I am expecting the same here. I have been very excited about reading this book, but if you haven’t read Collins’ debut novel I definitely suggest checking that one out first, for a feel of her writing.
Release: November 12
Call of the Bone Ships – R. J. Barker
Synopsis: Dragons have returned to the Hundred Isles. But their return heralds only war and destruction.
I reviewed the first book of this – a long time ago now it seems! – but I’ve been excitedly waiting for the follow-up in this dragons/pirates/excessive matriarchy adventure. I have high expectations!
Release: November 26
I would like to say these books are worth the wait but with the way this year has been going, it hardly feels like I’ve been aware of waiting at all. Ah well, hopefully exciting book releases can keep us grounded in time!
Just a note, btw, that book releases have been shifting about a lot this year (there were a couple of books I couldn’t include on this list, 😦 for example), so don’t take what I have listed here as concrete.
Are you looking forward to any of these books? What novels are you waiting for?