Happy November everyone! I’m excited to really be getting into fall – Southern California desperately needs some cold weather and rain. And I want to wear all my pretty sweaters and scarves damnit! This is the time of year that I like delving into either classics or deeper, darker or more serious fiction. With that said, here are the books I would really love to get to this month:
1. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. I will be reading this for my Graduate Studies in Romantic Literature class (don’t ask me why I signed up for the most difficult lit class available). I’ve actually only read two (and a half) of Austen’s books, so I’m excited to be reading another. Even if it is 550 pages long. I’m also using this for the “classic romance” challenge in the PopSugar Reading Challenge.
2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer. I have heard so many wonderful things about this book, and I’ve had a copy sitting on my desk since, oh, June. It’s time. And I am really looking forward to it. (It will also be the first time I read a Pulitzer winner the year it won – look at me keeping up with literary trends!)
3. Through the Narrows by Nathanael Green and Evan Ronan. This is the second book in the Tomahawk and Saber series. I read and reviewed the first book, Language of the Bear, back in September, and Nate was kind enough to send me a copy of Through the Narrows a while back. I absolutely loved the first book, and am really excited to dive into this one!
4. This is How: Surviving What You Think You Can’t by Augusten Burroughs. I have loved Augusten Burroughs pretty much since high school. This book looks like a hilarious self-help parody book. Sample chapter names: “How to Feel Sorry For Yourself,” “How to Finish Your Drink,” and “How to be Fat.”
5. Last Call by Tim Powers. I’ve actually wanted to read a Tim Powers book for quite a while because his brother was my favorite English teacher in high school, and he occasionally mentioned these books. Thanks to Book Outlet, I am now the owner of four of his novels (in really cool, matching editions) and chose this one to read first because it’s the highest rated on Goodreads.
6. The Archived by Victoria Schwab. Have I mentioned that I love Victoria Schwab? Because she’s quickly becoming my new favorite author. Last month, I read both of her adult books, A Darker Shade of Magic, and Vicious, and decided to try some of her YA fiction while I anxiously wait for the sequels. The premise of this novel is really interesting: “imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.”
7. The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman. I really want to continue reading The Sandman – I read Vol. 1 in September and loved it. And, since I am meeting Neil Gaiman this month (and yes, I am incredibly excited and nervous), I thought it would be the perfect time to read some more of it. P.S. if any of you are going to the Neil Gaiman event on the 14th on Long Beach, let me know! It would be really cool to meet up.
8. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. So I pretty much bought this book just because it’s being made into a movie with Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz. But it looks really good, and it’s actually a lot shorter than I was expecting, so I’m going to try and get to it this month.
9. Dickon by Marjorie Bowen. I got a review copy of this from the publisher and I am really excited about it! I’ve been trying to read more historical fiction books, and this one looks really interesting. It’s about Richard III, and I really loved Shakespeare’s Richard III so I think I will enjoy this story.
10. Movie Game by Michael Ebner. This is another ARC, and it looks like a cross between Ready Player One and Gillian Flynn. Both of which I love. So I can’t wait to read this!
What books are you excited about reading this month?