This week on Top Ten Tuesday, we’re looking at our fall to-be-read lists, and boy oh boy is mine massive! I have soooo many books that I want to read, and there’s never enough time to tackle them all.
However, I did finally pick my top ten books that I would really like to read in the coming months. Read on for the full list!
Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2), by William Ritter: When I first picked up Jackaby I knew nothing about it, only that it had a beautiful cover. Once I started reading it and realized the hero was a sort of paranormal Sherlock Holmes, I was in love, so obviously you can imagine how psyched I was to learn that there’s a sequel! (And yes, the cover is also beautiful; and yes, I’m a cover snob—a pretty damn judgey one at that.)
Dawn’s Early Light, by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris: The third adventure of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences involves Tesla. Tesla! I’ve been hoarding this one for a while but I think I’ll finally break down and read it. I kind of hope they don’t throw any random love interests in to distract Brooks and Braun this time; I’m shipping them hard and don’t want to deal with any hangers-on!
The Hanging Girl, by Jussi Adler-Olsen: Katrin got me hooked on the Department Q series and it’s now one of my favorites ever, so I’m super excited that a new one is now available!
Made in America, by Bill Bryson: Another hoarded book. I mean, one doesn’t simply read a hardback novel by one of the best writers ever without proper preparation: candles, tea, cozy blanket, etc. Whenever I see someone on Goodreads say that they don’t like Bill Bryson because they think he’s dumb or not funny, I kind of do this in my head:
Food: A Love Story, by Jim Gaffigan: I mean come on. That title! And if there’s one thing I love almost as much as books, it’s food.
Slade House, by David Mitchell: I was entranced by The Bone Clocks and am hoping this one will be as good. (To be honest I’ve read very few other books that can rival the prose in Clocks and none that have juggled multiple POVs so well.) It releases in October but I have an e-arc queued and waiting! So guess who will be hiding away for a day so she can read uninterrupted…
A Dance With Dragons, by George R. R. Martin: I’ve dithered on this one for a while, because it seems like it’s taking forever for GRRM to finish up the series! Supposedly The Winds of Winter is slated for 2016, but then, he once promised to wrap up the series by 1998. Um, that was almost twenty years ago, George. Also, this book is the size of a telephone directory. Aiieee!
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, By Susanna Clarke: I have no idea what to expect from this book, only that it involves magicians (I’m a sucker for magicians) and that it, too, is the size of a telephone directory.
The Mistborn series, by Brandon Sanderson: Been planning to read this for a while, and I might just get around to it! I guess there are actually even more books coming out over the next couple of years, so I guess I don’t have to hurry exactly, but I’ve heard so many good things about it that I’m pretty excited. Mostly I’m amped because the magic and world-building in this series sounds so unique from anything else I’ve come across in the fantasy genre. Sometimes it feels like authors are afraid to try something new—like, if they stray from the mold Tolkien cast, they might not create the next smash hit.
The Fold, by Peter Clines: This sounds so very Fringe-y. And it’s been a long time since I’ve found anything Fringe-y to satisfy me!