Hello, everyone! It’s been a busy time with summer winding down, and the fall schedule starting up, so I haven’t been very active on the blog the past few weeks. But I’m glad to get back into the swing of things and be back with you all here!
Since I’m really looking forward to fall… let’s talk about fall reading! Today I want to highlight five of the books I’m most excited to read in the coming months, and share some great sources to find even more amazing titles!
The Dinner List, Rebecca Serle (9/11)
You know the old exercise that asks you to name five people, living or dead, with whom you’d like to have dinner? Well, in The Dinner List, Serle introduces us to one lucky girl who gets to do just that!
When she shows up at her 30th birthday party, Sabrina finds not only her best friend, but three significant people from her past, and… Audrey Hepburn. As the evening progresses, it becomes apparent that there’s an important reason these people have been gathered.
This sounds like the kind of whimsical magical realism that I dearly love, and I can’t wait to check out this title! (Personally, I’d probably read it just for the Audrey Hepburn appearance, but the whole thing sounds great!)
Time’s Convert, Deborah Harkness (9/18)
A few years ago, I was delighted by the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, an epic tale told over different periods of history. Time’s Convert is a continuation of this tale and focuses on one of the characters from the original trilogy. The publisher’s description is fantastic so I’ll just share it with you:
On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.
Fast-forward to contemporary Paris, where Phoebe Taylor—the young employee at Sotheby’s whom Marcus has fallen for—is about to embark on her own journey to immortality. Though the modernized version of the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable than they were in the eighteenth century. The shadows that Marcus believed he’d escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both—forever.
A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution, Time’s Convert channels the supernatural world-building and slow-burning romance that made the All Souls Trilogy instant bestsellers to illuminate a new and vital moment in history, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.
If you want to start at the very beginning, read A Discovery of Witches and go from there. Harkness paints a vivid picture of a swoon-worthy fantasy world hidden in plain sight… set some time aside for this series!
A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult (10/2)
Jodi Picoult’s novels are always timely, relevant, and thought-provoking… they are best sellers for a good reason!
In A Spark of Light, a hostage crisis at a women’s reproductive health center takes on another layer of urgency when the police’s hostage negotiator realizes his fifteen year old daughter is inside. The young woman shares the frightening next hours with an unforgettable slate of characters. This novel starts with the incident and works backward to explore how each individual came to be at the clinic, as Picoult examines one of the most controversial issues of our time.
The Clockmakers Daughter, Kate Morton (10/9)
In 1862, a group of artists descends on Birchwood Manor, planning an inspired summer. But by the end of their stay, one woman is dead while another has disappeared; a precious heirloom is missing; and a man’s life is in ruins.
Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river.
Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?
Kate Morton is fabulous… if you haven’t read her work, you should start now! Her books offer incredible, epic stories that sweep across time, and The Clockmaker’s Daughter promises more of the same.
Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty (11/6)
When nine people gather at a remote health resort, none of them can imagine how difficult their stay will be. Frances, a formerly best selling novelist, arrives broken in a variety of ways and is fascinated by her fellow guests. Can she find the answers she’s looking for, or should she run while she can?
If you’re familiar with this author, you know there are often twists and surprise endings, and while I have no idea yet what this book is about, I’m expecting the unexpected!
Honestly, has Liane Moriarty ever written a book that’s less than amazing? Nine Perfect Strangers promises to be excellent, and caps off a great list!
So there you have it… some fabulous ideas to get you started on fall reading!
Looking for more titles? I’ve found a few great lists with a *ton* of upcoming fall releases, so you should be able to find plenty of options to keep you busy all season long! Happy reading!
- 24 Much Anticipated New Titles for your fall reading list from Modern Mrs. Darcy
- The 28 Best New Books to Curl Up With This Fall from Pop Sugar
- Fall 2018 Book Releases from Southern Living
Still not ready to let go of summer? Go back and check out my posts on great summer reading… I bet there are some titles you haven’t gotten to yet!
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