Happy September! Back to school is in full swing and a dazzling array of fall books are hitting bookshelves. Here’s what’s got me excited this month:
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – Sept. 6. The last book wasn’t my favorite but I’m hoping this installment will make me a believer again! This one is sitting pretty atop the Goodreads “most popular” chart so I know many of you are eager to start reading.
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold – Sept. 20. The author of Mosquitoland is back with a new book about love, death, friendship and mystery. Vague description, but the blurb has me very intrigued anyway!
The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner – Sept. 6. Two teens find each other among the chaos of 9/11. I’m reading this one now and it’s a unique and moving story.
Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner – Sept. 13. This coming of age is about friendship, grief, love and loss as swimmer Otis welcomes an old friend back into his life.
The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill – Sept. 6. Rick loves posting cat videos, and lost his girlfriend because of it. Now he’s off to impress a girl he met in salsa class by taking her to Havana!
Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel – Sept. 19 (ebook), Oct. 11 paperback. Set in 1991, Rani is an Indian girl living in the Hawaiian island of Moloka’i. Family drama is getting her down and leading her down a dark path she finds solace in hip-hop.
The Female of the Species by Mindi McGinnis – Sept. 20. The rape and murder of a local teen rocks a small town in this story of rape culture and revenge.
The Art of Holding on and Letting Go by Kristin Bartley Lenz – Sept. 12. Cara is a competitive climber who is recovering after a loss and trying to find her way again.
Sometimes We Tell the Truth by Kim Zarins – Sept. 6. This contemporary retelling of The Canterbury Tales is about a group of teens on a bus to Washington DC. They each have to tell a story and the student with the best story will earn an automatic A in the class.
Going Geek by Charlotte Huang – Sept. 13. Skylar’s year at her exclusive boarding school goes awry when financial circumstances leave her in an undesirable dorm, but it ends up being an eye-opening experience. I loved For the Record so I’m excited to check out this one.
Adult / New Adult
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett – Sept. 13. This family drama spans five decades and is about how a chance encounter creates a change that is felt for years to come.
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue – Sept. 20. In 1850s Ireland an English nurse is brought to observe the miracle of an 11-year old girl’s months-long fast and unlikely survival.
Leave Me by Gayle Forman – Sept. 6. Forman’s adult debut is about an overworked mom who has a heart attack and decides to take off and leave her family, and in the process gets to know herself a little bit better.
The Goal by Elle Kennedy – Sept. 26. I don’t think I’ve blogged about it before, but I do really recommend the Off-Campus series. This is the fourth installment and it’s Sabrina and Tucker’s story.
What will you be reading this month? Stay tuned – my fall TV and movie preview is coming up soon!