It’s been awhile since I joined Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday but I am excited to share my Top 10 Books to Read for Fall. I normally do not change my reading style according to season but I am in the mood to read some spookier things for the fall. So here are my top 10 books to read for fall:
1. I love the cover of This Dark Road to Mercy and am happy to be on the TLC Book Tour for the paperback release of this book. A dark story full of mystery, “blood and vengeance”, this book is set in NC, my home state and written by a local author. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this and Wiley Cash’s other novel, A Land More Kind Than Home.
2. There is nothing like a little magic for the fall, I am finishing up the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for our IRL book club with kids and moms. This will be the first time I complete an epic series, and I look forward to seeing how the series ends. Though I have seen the movies, the last few I did not watch completely because I was busy chasing a toddler who wouldn’t sit still. Of course, the books are better and easier to follow, the movies appear more disjointed to me now that I am reading the books.
3. For my birthday, I got an autographed copy of The Magicians. I have enjoyed the magical world of Harry Potter but it made me crave a darker and more mysterious side of magic. When I opened the cover and George R.R. Martin said this, I had to get it:
“The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. … Grossman’s sensibilities are thoroughly adult, his narrative dark and dangerous and full of twists. Hogwarts was never like this.”
—George R. R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones
4. Nothing says spooky to me like the King of Horror, Stephen King. I have been wanting to join The True Book Addict’s Stephen King Reading Challenge. I am a chicken though so I need to work myself up to his true horror novels. I want to start with 11/22/63, I did my high school term paper on JFK’s assassination, it sounds suspenseful, will they be able to prevent JFK’s assassination?
5. Again, fall is for good mysteries and what’s better than classic Sherlock Holmes? True mystery without the gore and emotional turmoil of contemporary fiction. I loved The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the Master of Deduction at his finest in concise and easy to read short stories. I look forward to reading A Study in Scarlet and getting lost in 19th century England with Holmes and his trusty Dr. Watson.
6. I am excited to be participating in The Book Wheel’s fabulous 30 Authors event. My day is September 30th, and I will be sharing with you recommended reading by Patry Francis, author of Orphans of Race Point. Orphans of Race Point has gotten great reviews from fellow book bloggers. The Book Wheel called it “….a story so stunning it will leave you staggering with emotion.” and I look forward to reading this emotional story of two orphans and their heartbreaking childhood and coming-of-age.
7. Nonfiction November is coming up and since I am co-hosting our ongoing Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge, I wanted to pick a nonfiction book set in another country. I’ve picked National Book Award Winner, Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire. I started reading this author’s memoir and was captivated. His descriptions of his eccentric privileged family and his childhood experience in communist Cuba had me on the edge of my seat as gunfire erupted around his family when they are trapped in the car. I need to finish this book and will be hosting a book club to discuss this book in November if you’d like to join me.
And last but not least, favorites from some of my favorite mystery/dramatic authors from present and past.
8. The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain. Diane’s books are always filled with suspense, thrills and drama. Another NC author with a book set in NC. Riley thinks her sister committed suicide as a teenager but she discovers that Lisa is alive and has a new life…From Goodreads: “As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality, in this engrossing mystery from international bestselling author Diane Chamberlain.” Sounds good, right? I look forward to reading her newest book out October 7th!
9. Another favorite author of mine, Renita D’Silva, has a new book out called The Stolen Girl. I was so excited we were able to giveaway 2 copies during our Travel the World in Books Readathon and hosted an interview with Renita. The Stolen Girl is about a 13-year old girl who discovers she was stolen when her mother is arrested. Renita’s books are filled with well-developed characters with interesting and complicated predicaments.
10. The queen of mystery, Agatha Christie, was my favorite author as a kid. In 4th grade, we had to write and illustrate our own book and her inspiration led me to write my own mystery. It’s been a long time and I don’t remember even the books I read and would like to re-read them. I’ll start with The Mysterious Affair at Styles and see where Hercule Poirot’s mysteries begin.
Well, there you have it…my top ten books to read for fall. What’s on your fall reading list? Do you change what you like to read according to the season? I hope you enjoy your reading journey, wherever it may take you!