I don’t know about you, but my reading tastes definitely change with the seasons. In the fall, I tend to crave three things: classics, historical fiction, and anything dark – mysteries, thrillers, paranormal, fantasy, and occasionally horror. I’ve got a mix of all three on this list, and I cannot wait to dive in!
Here are the ten books I am most excited about reading this fall (in no particular order):
1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer. I have heard amazing things about this book, and I’ve actually owned it for a while, but I haven’t been in the mood to read it. I think this book just needs to be read on a nice, cold day with a cozy blanket and a cup of tea.
2. The Shining by Stephen King. I have a tradition of reading Stephen King books on Halloween, and, since my cousin has been nagging me to read it for ages (it’s his favorite book), The Shining is my pick for this year.
3. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. This book tells the story of the last woman to be executed in Iceland, and it has been getting rave reviews (Jennifer Lawrence is starring in the movie). It’s based on a true story, and it actually looks really good.
4. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. This is actually required reading for my Graduate Studies in Romantic Literature class, but I’m still looking forward to it. I love Jane Austen, and I haven’t read Mansfield Park yet.
5. Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I’ve already started reading this series, but it’s enormous (I have the two volume omnibus), and it will probably take me the rest of the year to finish. I’ve read one or two graphic novels before, but this is my first traditional graphic novel, and I am loving it!
6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Before you freak out: I’ve already read it. But I’m pretty sure last time I read it was freshman year of high school – how was that twelve years ago? – and I really want to read it again. Plus, I just got this ridiculously beautiful vintage leather-bound at a used bookstore for $6 and it’s calling to me (see the picture I posed on Instagram).
7. Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I have never read one of her books, and since I had to pick an author with my initials for the PopSugar Reading Challenge, I decided to go with this one. I know everyone loves Throne of Glass, but this one just sounds more interesting to me. (Although, I might end up reading Throne of Glass instead just because I already got the ebook for a dollar.)
8. The Appointment by Herta Müller. This book looks so good! I actually only found out about The Appointment because I saw it on sale for a couple of dollars and threw it in my cart. It’s a thriller set in Romania and after reading the synopsis, I just really, really want to know what happens – it sounds kind of like a Girl on the Train/1984 hybrid. Plus, the author has a Nobel Prize in Literature, so it has to be pretty great, right?
9. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. I got about halfway through this book a few months ago and hit a reading slump, so it’s been sitting unfinished on my desk for a while. It seems like a great pre-Halloween read, so I’m planning on finishing it then.
10. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. My friend recommended this (and pretty much every other Murakami book) to me probably a year and a half ago. Maybe two years. And I still haven’t read it. Oops.
Bonus: I am really tempted to start A Clash of Kings – the second book in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series – but I know it will take me forever to read, and I have so many other books to get through this year.
Check out other bloggers’ Top Ten Tuesday posts over at The Broke and the Bookish, and let me know in the comments which book(s) you’re most excited about this fall!