I missed doing this round up last week due to a Perfect Storm of illness, Laptop Death, and a holiday weekend, but there are SO MANY books coming out this month that I can’t just skip it! Let’s dive right in:
There's Someone Inside Your House, by Stephanie Perkins
The Ravenous, by Amy Lukavics
Two horror novels to get us primed for October! Kirkus was pretty resoundingly ‘meh’ on the Perkins, and they haven’t covered the Lukavics, but I’m planning on reading both of them anyway. My reasons? The Perkins sounds like a slasher movie in book form—I can never resist those—and I adored both of Lukavics’ previous books. (Seriously, if you like scary stuff and you haven’t read Daughters Unto Devils yet, pick it up TODAY. It’s wonderful.)
Disappeared, by Francisco X. Stork
The Door to January, by Gillian French
If horror doesn’t do it for you, what about thrillers? More specifically, what about a thriller about how crime and the cartels affect the lives of two siblings living in Juárez? Tastes run more to the fantastical? Then what about a paranormal involving a serial killer, time travel, and a possibly haunted house? Starred review on the Stork.
One Dark Throne, by Kendare Blake
Shadowhouse Fall, by Daniel José Older
Sequels! One dark and political fantasy set in another world, one more optimistic—but still political—fantasy set in our own world. I’m not always good about reading sequels—even when I enjoyed the first book as much as I did these—but I’ll be reading these for sure. Stars for both from Kirkus.
The Girl with the Red Balloon, by Katherine Locke
Debut novel about a modern-day girl who is catapulted back to 1988 East Berlin, eighteen months before the Wall came down. I’m really glad that we’re seeing more and more books that deal with the aftermath and repercussions of war—in this case, of course, with WWII and the Berlin Wall.
You Bring the Distant Near, by Mitali Perkins
I’ve been slowly working my way through Perkins’ backlist, but I’ll be perfectly happy to take a break from that to read something new! This one is a family saga about sisters who come to the United States in the ‘70s—and it’s inspired in part by Perkins’ own history.
Jaya and Rasa, by Sonia Patel
I adored Patel’s first book, so I’m all in for this one. The Kirkus review says it’s “so intense and messy that it may just reflect real life in a way that neither fairy-tale endings nor outright tragedies can do,” which suggests that it won’t work for all readers—but lately, I’m finding that I prefer stories that are a bit messy to those that are overly pat.
Frazzled: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes, by Booki Vivat
The Way to Bea, by Kat Yeh
Rise of the Jumbies, by Tracey Baptiste
Elizabeth and Zenobia, by Jessica Miller
Swing it, Sunny, by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
The Exact Location of Home, by Kate Messner
Let’s not forget about our middle grade friends! In order, these are: a hilarious text/comic hybrid about an anxious middle schooler; a story about friendship and mazes; a sequel to The Jumbies that promises to be just as exciting and scary and emotionally and intellectually rich as the first; a Gothic horror story involving wallpaper gardens; a sequel to the superb Sunny Side Up; a story about friendship and family and homelessness and geocaching. Stars on the Baptiste, the Miller, the Holm, the Messner.
And now, rapid fire, even more books to watch for!
Warcross, by Marie Lu
Rags to riches via virtual reality gaming! Starred review.
They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera
With a title like that and a promise of tears, in all honesty, I’m unlikely to read this one. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t on my radar! Starred review.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass, by Melissa Bashardoust
Always here for another telling of Snow White. Starred review.
Genuine Fraud, by E. Lockhart
It seems like my feelings about We Were Liars were far more mixed than those of every other reviewer out there, but I’m also always here for another book by E. Lockhart. Starred review.
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
Kirkus has this listed as an October release; Amazon has it listed as September. I have it pre-ordered, so I’ll read it whenever it arrives! Starred review.
Jane, Unlimited, by Kristin Cashore
It sounds like this book might have Too Much Of Everything, but somehow I find that a Strangely Attractive prospect?
Wild Bird, by Wendelin Van Draanen
Stories about Wilderness Therapy are my favorite way of experiencing the wilderness.
This list is just a drop in the bucket—there are tons and tons and TONS more—so let me know if you’re looking forward to something that I didn’t include. As always, I don’t want to miss out!
In addition to running a library in rural Maine, Leila Roy blogs at Bookshelves of Doom and The Backlist, 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.