Our Summer Reading Program is over, and our patrons are getting ready to head back to school in a few days—some have already started, even! So, of course, it’s time to take a look at what titles are headed our way in September.
There are, happily, a TON of new books due out. Here are a very few that are on my radar:
As always, I’m starting the list off with the titles I’ve already read. I’ve written about Women in the Walls and Female of the Species already: I loved the former, and I wanted to throw the latter down a well.
Pasadena is a contemporary noir, and while Smith’s narrative voice is pitch-perfect for the genre—world-weary, angry, impatient, hurting—she diverges from the traditions of the genre in that the book is more about her main character’s emotional arc than about the mystery itself. It’s sleek, it’s tight, and as the Kirkus reviewer noted, it’s super stylish. I loved it, and I’m very much looking forward to buying a finished copy.
Lucy and Linh, by Alice Pung
Australian import! I’ve been looking forward to this one since the beginning of the year. A first-generation Chinese-Australian girl wins a scholarship to an elite boarding school: lots and lots about race, culture, economic class, and social dynamics. Everything I’ve heard about this book suggests that it’ll be meaty and engrossing and wonderful.
Going Geek, by Charlotte Huang
Another boarding school story, hooray! The Kirkus review focuses on the issues of economic class, but the publisher blurb focuses on the cutthroat social climbing and so on. I’m here for all of it.
Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake
I looooove dark fantasy—and this sounds even more exciting than regular old ‘dark fantasy,’ as the Kirkus reviewer described it as “pitch-black epic fantasy”—and I am always here for anything by the author of Anna Dressed in Blood. Sisterhood, political machinations, and MURDERRRRR. I want it, and I want it NOW.
The Reader, by Traci Chee
Another fantasy, this is the first in a new series, and involves the magic of books and reading and storytelling—unlike the Blake, this one sounds more action-adventure than sedate and subtle. Happily, I HAVE ROOM IN MY HEART FOR BOTH.Sacrifice, by Cindy Pon
The Swan Riders, by Erin Bow
Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo
Sequels and series continuations! I loved Cindy Pon’s Serpentine, so am very much looking forward to Sacrifice; ditto Erin Bow’s The Scorpion Rules and The Swan Riders. I’ve been meaning to read Leigh Bardugo’s fantasy caper Six of Crows for over a year—now it looks like I’ll be making room for both it AND its sequel.
Watched, by Marina Budhos
Story set in Queens that explores what it’s like to live under constant surveillance… and it stars a high school senior who goes from watched to watcher.
It Looks Like This, by Rafi Mittlefehldt
Fathers and sons; high school and first love and generational conflict. Debut.
Vassa in the Night, by Sarah Porter
Baba Yaga owns a convenience store. Baba Yaga! Owns! A convenience store!
Girl Mans Up, by M-E Girard
Identity and gender and friendship and family and independence and girls in love. I don’t usually put a whole lot of stock in blurbs, but Malinda Lo and Sara Ryan both blurbed this one—both names carry a lot of weight for me, as neither blurbs particularly often.
When They Fade, by Jeyn Roberts
A ghost story about two girls—one is alive, the other has been dead for forty years—who are connected by the impending murder of the living girl, and the desire to figure out what is keeping the dead girl from moving on from this plane. I’m pretty over ghostly romances, but a ghostly FRIENDSHIP story? Yes, please.
Labyrinth Lost, by Zoraida Córdova
Overall, this one sounds like it follows a pretty standard Chosen One arc—complete with reluctant heroine—but as the main character is the youngest in a long line of Latina brujas, I’m here for it.
Radical, by E.M. Kokie
Gender identity and sexual orientation and family and first love… and survivalist doomsday preppers. Hand it over.
Overdrive, by Dawn Ius
Fast and the Furious in book form! Yes, yes, and yes again.
And you? What’s on your list?
In addition to running a library in rural Maine, Leila Roy blogs at Bookshelves of Doom, is currently serving on the Amelia Bloomer Project committee, is a contributor at Book Riot, hangs out on Twitter a lot—possibly too much—and watches a shocking amount of television. Her cat is a murderer.