Anyone else find they read more in the fall? The invigorating air that also bids you snuggle up with blankets and hot apple cider, the dreamy, eerie moonlight shining upon spindly trees, the swirl of brilliant colors that send you into a reverie of pumpkins and bliss. Okay, enough daydreaming. Here are 12 fall book releases you should check out (granted, some of these have already been released, but they are worth a mention in case you’re not up to date).
The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
While this was published over a month ago on September 5th, I had to mention it as I had not heard of it before and so perhaps it is new to you as well. This middle grade novel thrusts famous Victorian authors Charlotte and Emily Brontë into a fantasy world they created call the Glass Town, but this wonderland is not all it seems. The two sisters will have to battle their own creations if they want to get back to England. I’m not usually one to pick up middle grade novels anymore, but I will be getting my hands on this.
The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illustrator)
Scholastic, Inc. has been publishing gorgeous illustrated editions of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The third book of the series, and a fan favorite, is the most recent to be published having been released on October 3rd.
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan has come out with a new novel centered around the Great Depression into World War II and Brooklyn Navy Yard’s first female diver, who is on a mission to discover what she can about her father’s disappearance years ago. Egan promises a noir thriller and a female’s perspective on the political climate in the 1940s.
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Author of the popular fantasy series The Raven Cycle, Maggie Stiefvater has brought out a new stand-alone fantasy novel about a family who have the powers to perform miracles. But the cost of miracles is never what one suspects. This book released on October 10. (Also, anyone else obsessed with this cover?)
The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
This children’s book may seem a little sadistic…but seeing as your common fairy tales deal with grandmothers who eat their grandchildren, step-sisters who cut off their toes to fit their feet into a glass shoe, and a stepmother who hires a hunter to bring her the heart, liver, and lungs of her stepchild, you might find you have a more open mind to this story. When a mouse is swallowed by a wolf, he finds his life is not over; in fact, due to the wolf’s greedy, extravagant tastes, he is surrounded by luxury in the form of fine food, records, dancing, and another victim of the wolf’s appetite — a duck. Life in the wolf’s stomach seems pretty good until a hunter comes along. This book was released on October 10th.
UnCommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks. Yes, you read that correctly. Tom Hanks. Woody. Joe Fox (F-o-x). He’s bringing out a book of short stories and I knew nothing about it. Tom Hanks is my favorite actor, but I didn’t know he also had a deep love for typewriters and collected them, and apparently each story in this book revolves around a typewriter. I am SO ready for October 17th.
A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney
This is the kind of book that sends my heart into overdrive. Midorikawa and Sweeney, real-life friends, explore the friendships that shaped some of the world’s greatest female authors, including Austen, Brontë, Eliot, Woolf, and more using letters and diaries never before published. This book is due to be released on October 17th.
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
A YA twist on A Christmas Carol sees Holly Chase visited by three Christmas ghosts — but rather than mend her ways, she ignores the warnings. Then she dies and finds herself a new job as the Ghost of Christmas Past, and she’s pretty miserable. But this year’s Scrooge may change everything. This book is set to release on October 24th, leaving plenty of time to grab a copy before the holidays!
Almost Midnight: Two Festive Short Stories by Rainbow Rowell
The perfect gift for a teenager or any fan of young adult, popular YA novelist Rainbow Rowell has collected two of her previously published short stories and combined them into this festive black and white illustrated collection. This book is available for pre-order on Book Depository, and apparently the first printing will feature a sparkly cover. Let the countdown to New Year’s (or rather, October 31st) begin!
Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
You may know Krysten Ritter from TV series such as Breaking Bad or Marvel’s Jessica Jones. She is a highly talented actress, musician, dog lover, and apparently a fan of dark, twisted thrillers. From the lucky few who have been given an advanced copy of Ritter’s debut novel, I’ve seen nothing but high praise for this psychological thriller about outrunning your past. Bonfire releases November 7th.
Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman
Retribution Rails is the second installment in Bowman’s Vengeance Road series. I read the first book earlier this year and loved the author’s well-crafted use of backwoods Western dialect and plucky characters. Retribution Rails is set several years after the events of the first book take place, but thankfully the book is just set to release on November 7th.
Artemis by Andy Weir
Everyone has heard of The Martian starring Matt Damon that released in theaters two years ago. Hopefully you also knew this was a book, and Andy Weir is at it again with the space survival story — but not in the way you’re thinking. Set in the first city established on the moon, a criminal plans a heist that launches her into an even bigger conspiracy, and now she will have to play the game to ensure her survival. Artemis releases November 14th.
Will you be snatching up any of these titles?