Oh boy. Guess what’s here? EVERYTHING FALL. Pumpkin Spice, supposedly cooler weather, everything on earth splashed with “It’s Fall Y’all” peppiness. If you’re a teacher like me, fall comes with a heavy dose of excitement mixed with a mourning of summer (read: sleeping in, pool every afternoon and not having to wear real clothes are gone for another nine months). However, I do know the rest of the world had to work all summer, and that fall is a chance to recuperate from the blazing heat and snuggle up with a whole new crop of books!
So, I searched and searched, and read all the reviews, and paged through all of my advance copies to bring you this list of 10 titles releasing September through November that I’m SO excited for. I haven’t read a single one of them yet so stay tuned to my Instagram and Goodreads for my reviews!
The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani
A New York journalist decides to travel to India after her third miscarriage and breakdown of her marriage and learns about her family’s past and culture. I’m a sucker for “leave the life wreckage behind and explore family history” trope, which this one looks to fit perfectly!
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
Really all you need to know is Jasmine Guillory, the author of last winter’s smash hit The Wedding Date. This romance fan is all in. Oh, and it’s about a (declined) surprise proposal in a majorly public venue… after only five months of dating! Eeeeeek!
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Ahhh, another fun romance to look forward to! Friends who are NOT dating will (I’m guessing) head to LOVE? Right? We’ll have to read to find out, but I tend to just pick up whatever the duo of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings write regardless of plot or reviews.
The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
I’m so intrigued by this one! A 30th birthday dinner party with the guest of honor and her best friend, three important people from her past and… Audrey Hepburn. Touted as a touch of magical and romantic, I just need to experience this story.
The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang
I’m a massive fan of anything dealing with NYC history and/or medical history, and this newest novel from Kang combines both of my favorites. A mystery set in Manhattan circa 1850 about “the only female resurrectionist in New York procuring bodies afflicted with the strangest of anomalies.” Oh, and she has two hearts and is being hunted down for dissection?!?! Yes to all of that.
Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller
I adored Fuller’s previous novel Swimming Lessons so I have been coveting this new one for a very long time. Set in a dilapidated English country mansion in the summer of 1969, a woman becomes entangled in the lives of a couple living in rooms below hers. Of course, things take a turn toward the dark side.
The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory
You say, “royal,” I say, “I’ll read it.” The cover alone sold me on this one, but add in the romantic comedy storyline about a jilted modern-day royal and her not-fit-for-the-crown new love, and I swoon.
One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan
Translated from its original Tamil, this story of an Indian couple struggling to conceive was a massive hit in India and brings up issues of caste and female empowerment. Although I understand it has been shortened from its original length with translation, I am excited to get a chance to read another story set in India, especially one about such hot-button issues as these.
The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
Oh, this cover – it just makes me happy looking at it. Fall and cats – best combo ever! The Travelling Cat Chronicles is another translation, this time from Japanese to English. Set in Japan, it’s blurbed as charming, a delight to read and for “anyone who has ever unashamedly loved an animal.” SOLD.
All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy
Another story set in India! This one takes place during WWII and present day and is, “a poignant and sweeping novel about a son’s quest to uncover the truth about his mother.” Roy is a Man Booker-prize nominated author and I’m excited to read this epic family story.