I know fall/autumn technically does not start until the 22nd of September, but it has already started for me! September 1st to November 30th is autumn for me and don’t try to convince me otherwise. But on to the point of the post- this is my to be read pile for the season! I am not one to typically stick with TBR piles for each month or readathon, so I thought I would give a seasonal TBR a go. Plus, many of these line up with read-alongs I want to participate in, as well as a few ARCs that I need to do posts on.
THE SCHWAB STACK
So to begin this autumn TBR list, I have my “Schwab Stack.” I will be completing the Shades of Magic trilogy in October with A Conjuring of Light. I am going to be reading this in conjunction with the A Darker Shade of Readalong (@ADSOReadalong) read-along. I had an awesome time participating in the liveshow for the first book (and I am sure in September for the second book!), so I am really looking forward to reading this for the first time with others. Then, I am starting two more series by Schwab, City of Ghosts and Vicious. I have a hard time getting into middle grade, but I’ve read a few pages of City of Ghosts and I think this will definitely be an exception. As for Vicious, I am going to say I will love Vicious so much that Vengeful may end up on the list (Schwab is a QUEEN!). I am going to try and read this (Vicious) for the Hype or Not book club on Goodreads, so it is definitely a priority before the end of September.
Along with the two Schwab read-alongs, I am also going to attempt to partake in a few more. First is a Strange the Dreamer read-along hosted by Big Buddy Readalong Book Club (@BigBuddyRead). The second is the Quarterly Book Club hosted by G from Book Roast (and several others), The Extinction Trials by S.M. Wilson. And the third read-along is hosted by Catriona from Little Book Owl along with Piera Forde for the Nevernight Chronicles. I am not going to be joining in on reading Nevernight since I finished it up in July, but I will be reading Godsgrave, the second book for the read-along.
I have a few ARCs that are due out in autumn (I believe one is already out and the other two close behind), so I definitely need to get around to these in the next couple of months- sooner rather than later!
Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa
One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.
Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.
Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.
There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.
With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.
Mirage (Mirage #1) by Somaiya Daud
In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.
But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.
As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.
Nightingale by Amy Lukavics
At seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn’t be—independent, rebellious, a dreamer. June longs to travel, to attend college and to write the dark science fiction stories that consume her waking hours. But her parents only care about making June a better young woman. Her mother grooms her to be a perfect little homemaker while her father pushes her to marry his business partner’s domineering son. When June resists, her whole world is shattered—suburbia isn’t the only prison for different women…
June’s parents commit her to Burrow Place Asylum, aka the Institution. With its sickening conditions, terrifying staff and brutal “medical treatments,” the Institution preys on June’s darkest secrets and deepest fears. And she’s not alone. The Institution terrorizes June’s fragile roommate, Eleanor, and the other women locked away within its crumbling walls. Those who dare speak up disappear…or worse. Trapped between a gruesome reality and increasingly sinister hallucinations, June isn’t sure where her nightmares end and real life begins. But she does know one thing: in order to survive, she must destroy the Institution before it finally claims them all.
ONE MORE TO THE PILE
As if that is not enough books to the pile, I am going to throw on one more…
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.
Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.
Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.
And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.
What are you reading this lovely autumn season? Have you read any of these or are planning to read any of these? I’d love to know!