Fall is here and I love, love, love cozying up with a book during these cooler months. I’m doing it a little different for this top ten (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) by revisiting my past seasonal lists. I realized that I’ve only read a few from my Spring and Summer lists but read nine out of ten for my overall 2014 list. That means that I am reading more new releases than backlist and that makes me sad. So for this list I am going to feature six new Fall books but also four backlist titles that I MUST READ this year!
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer (September 30th) If you know me, was there any doubt that this wouldn’t be on this list?
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein (September 30th) I fell in love with Enzo from The Art of Racing in the Rain and luckily scored this ARC at BEA.
Us by David Nicholls (September 30th) One Day was the first book reviewed here on The Daily Dosage and I loved everything about that book. The British-isms, the friendship to lovers story line, the movie was meh. I’ve been waiting years to read another new book from Nicholls and didn’t get a chance to grab a copy at BEA so I thought I would have to wait. But then I met Trish from TLC Book Tours (via this wonderful blogosphere) and she hooked me up with a copy. Can’t wait! Thanks Trish!!
In Your Dreams (Blue Heron #4) by Kristan Higgins (September 30th) Ah, my Ms. Higgins! For those of you who know me personally, I can’t stand cheezy romance novels. I am the worst critic and have snarky inner (and outer) dialogue while reading them. But something happened many years ago when I first read My One and Only by Kristan Higgins. I was going through a very stressful time and that book saved my sanity. I can’t really explain it but she writes (IMO) some of the most quirky characters, heartfelt story lines, engaging dialogue and not too gushy romcoms that I have read. So I stick by her, through it all. Even the flops. And she always gets me out of that funky place. I’ve tried to read other authors in her genre but they never can meet that formula I am always comforted by with Ms. Higgins.
The Remedy For Love by Bill Roorbach (October 14th) I have never read anything by Roorbach but was intrigued at BEA when coming across this title. It’s being heralded as a “poignant romantic thriller”. Yep, gonna give it a go.
Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter (November 11th) She’s from Chicago, Roxane Gay loves her, the Chicago Tribune called her short stories “mesmerizing, visceral and exquisite”, what else could possibly convince me? Now I just need to get my hands on a copy!!
And for the backlist books, I REALLY must get my act together and read these once and for all. For shame!
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is my Book Club pick for October so that is a given. The other three don’t need an introduction, link, what-have-you for they have been on my lists ALL YEAR LONG! I am sure on some of yours as well.