Fall is officially in the air. Sweaters, jeans and boots are coming out of hibernation. Pumpkin and apple everything. Fall colors and windows opens. Bonfires and especially snuggling up with a great read. It’s also the time of the year where I look over all my TBR lists to see what books I want to squeeze in before year’s end.
When I make book lists of all the books I’m interested in and would like to read, I’m hopeful and excited for new releases, returning favorite authors, coming across a debut or a new author to me. I don’t read all the books on the lists and I’ve come to peace with that. I’ve had many DNF books this year and I’m a moody reader. What I thought sounded interesting a month ago might not be anymore. And this new way of reading for me might not leave me with long lists of books read but I’m spending time with ones I really enjoy.
So what’s on the horizon for October reads? Many great books are being published this time of year. Kate Morton has a new one coming out, The Lake House (Oct. 22), for you fans. I’ve yet to read a book by her but hope to soon. Also, Rainbow Rowell has Carry On (Oct. 6) coming out which follows Cath’s obsession of the show mentioned in Fangirl. There is also much abuzz about City on Fire (Oct 13) by Garth Risk Hallberg and I’m very curious to see if the hype holds up. I have a hold at the library but honestly not sure if I will sacrifice 944 pages of my time when I have so many others to read. We’ll see.
When I started this monthly post, I put ALL the books out there that I was interested in. Now, I’m scaling it down more and more to really focus on what I might actually pick up over the month. But as you know, I’m a fickle reader. Here’s what I have so far this month on my radar:
Mothers, Tell Your Daughters by Bonnie Jo Campbell (Oct. 5/ 272 p./ W.W Norton & Company) This collection of short stories sounds right up my alley. “Campbell’s working-class protagonists are at once vulnerable, wise, cruel, and funny, and they are always getting into or out of trouble.”
The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra (Oct. 6/ 352 p./ Hogarth) Marra is an author I have missed along the way and now he has short stories for me to devour! “This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking.”
First & Then by Emma Mills (Oct. 13/ 272 p./ Henry Holt & Co.) I don’t read many YA books but this one being described as a cross between Pride & Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights is definitely going on the list this month!
The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor (Oct. 20/ 368 p./ Riverhead) Historical Fiction is a genre that I truly enjoy as long as I can get into it. I’ve had many DNF HF books this year and hoping this one sticks. It’s 1947 New York and Millie Stein moves into an apartment next door to Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. “Brilliantly melding fact and fiction, Jillian Cantor reimagines the life of that neighbor, and the life of Ethel and Julius, an ordinary-seeming Jewish couple who became the only Americans put to death for spying during the Cold War.” I do hope this is as good as it sounds!
Mendocino Fire by Elizabeth Tallent (Oct. 20/ 272 p./ Harper) The third collection of short stories on this list sounds promising as well and a new collection after almost 20 years. I have yet to read any work by Tallent and this synopsis caught my eye: “Diverse in character and setting, rendered in an exhilarating, exacting prose, these stories confirm Tallent’s enduring gift for capturing relationships in moments of transformation: marriages breaking apart, people haunted by memories of old love and reaching haltingly toward new futures. The result is a book that reminds us how our lives are shaped by moments of fracture and fragmentation, by expectations met and thwarted, and by our never-ending quest to be genuinely seen.”
Slade House by David Mitchell (Oct. 27/ 224 p./ Random House) Ok, I know. There are many Mitchell fans out there and why is this popular author on my list? I’ve never read anything by him. Don’t yell, I’m daunted by the 500+ page books he has out there and never felt inclined to pick one of the tomes up. This “do-able” new novel sounds perfect right around Halloween and might kick start an interest to an author loved by so many. “A taut, intricately woven, spine-chilling, reality-warping short novel. Set across five decades, beginning in 1979 and coming to its electrifying conclusion on October 31, 2015, Slade House is the perfect book to curl up with on a dark and stormy night.”