How is it fall already?! I swear summer just started! Seriously, though, I can’t believe how quickly time goes by sometimes. But it does, and it is now time for me to put together a list of some of my most anticipated books coming out this fall and early winter.
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (Sept. 5)
I actually have kind of mixed feelings about this one, but at the end of the day, I can’t help but be excited about a new Sarah J. Maas book. It’s weird that Tower of Dawn is a Throne of Glass novel since it’s all about Chaol Westfall and there’s no Celaena/Aelin. I like Chaol well enough and was excited when this was originally a novella, but I don’t particularly want to read an entire book about him, especially after the cliffhanger that Empire of Storms ended on! Plus I thought the cover for this book was pretty underwhelming. So while I’m not as on board for this book as I was earlier this year for A Court of Wings and Ruin, I always enjoy Maas’ books and am sure this will be no exception. I just might take my time picking it up is all.
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (Sept. 5)
This is a recent addition, since I literally just finished Nevernight! For those who haven’t heard of this book yet, Nevernight is the story of Mia Corvere, who attends a school for assassins in an attempt to gain abilities to avenge her father’s death. Nevernight took me a while to get into and was a little bit dark for my taste, but it wound up being a really good read. I just have so many questions about the world and Mia’s past and her powers and what happens next that I have to read Godsgrave. Plus I’ve been hearing good things about it, so it definitely belongs on this list. And yes, I’m reading the UK edition. I just really, really dislike the American covers for this series.
Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (Sept. 26)
So I’m actually only marginally excited about The Language of Thorns as far as content since, as much as I love the Grishaverse, I’m not particularly interested in reading fairy tales from it. I mean, I’m sure I’ll enjoy them well enough, but it’s not like they’re stories about some of my favorite characters from Bardugo’s other books. The main reason I’m excited about this, though, is because the book looks gorgeous. I already knew the cover was beautiful, but Bardugo gave a tour of the book a couple of weeks ago on her Instagram stories, and the whole book is stunning! It’s illustrated, which I love, and it has a beautiful naked cover, too. I’m very excited to have it on my shelf as a work of art, in addition to reading more about the Grishaverse.
Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (Oct. 3)
So I enjoyed the first book in the Magnus Chase trilogy and thought it was really unique how Riordan pulled in the Viking connection to the Middle East to create a practicing female Muslim lead. It was very unexpected but well done, plus it was neat to see the Viking gods and a tiny bit of overlap with the world of Percy Jackson. But it wasn’t necessarily my favorite book, so I took my time picking up the second book in the series. But The Hammer of Thor totally blew me away, and now I can’t wait to see how this trilogy ends! Riordan just creates such fun and interesting (and diverse!) characters and does an amazing job of bringing the ancient gods to life. The books in this trilogy are some of my favorite I’ve read from Riordan in a while and I’m very excited for Ship of the Dead.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition (Oct. 3)
I’m sorry if this is a little bit of a cop out, but I’m genuinely super excited for the illustrated edition of Prisoner of Azkaban to come out. Jim Kay just did such an amazing job illustrating the first two and bringing them to life. It truly makes for a beautiful and unique reading experience. So even though I’ve read this story a million times (and will pick it up again as part of my Harry Potter reread!), I’m still super excited for this to come out.
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman (Oct. 19)
I’m so so so so so so excited for La Belle Sauvage to come out. I loved His Dark Materials growing up, and I can’t believe he’s coming out with a new trilogy set in the same world! I’m actually long overdo for a reread of His Dark Materials, so I’ll have to get to them before I pick this up. But yeah, I’m beyond excited for this book. And that cover is gorgeous!
A Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe (Oct. 31)
I first picked up Joanna Shupe’s novels because Sarah MacLean wouldn’t stop talking about them and I was interested in reading a historical that wasn’t set in England, and I fell completely in love. I’m not as big of a fan of her first trilogy, but I loved the Knickerbocker Club series, and I’m excited to see where she goes with A Daring Arrangement and how it will be different from her previous works now that she’s at Avon. Plus it’s set during New York’s Gilded Age. Sign me up!
The Sea King by C.L. Wilson (Oct. 31)
I found the first book in this series, The Winter King, when I was looking for more fantasy romance to read while waiting for the last book in the Kingmaker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet to come out. It was a massive book and I kept putting it off, but I wound up really enjoying it, so I’m excited to return to that world with The Sea King. Plus I really liked Dilys (though I thought he had a cooler name than that?) when he was introduced in The Winter King and I’m eager to learn more about the country of Merimydion. It’s shaping up to be a great sequel!
A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole (Nov. 28)
I loved Alyssa Cole’s first Civil War romance, An Extraordinary Union, so I was really excited to find out that she has a sequel coming out so quickly! I’m not that invested in the storyline of A Hope Divided right off the bat since it was literally introduced in the last sentence or so of the previous book, so I haven’t met any of these characters yet, but that doesn’t mean I’m not still beyond excited to pick this book up! Cole just did such an amazing job in the first book that I expect nothing less from this book, plus it will be interesting to see how she tackles a different angle of the Civil War.
Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai (Nov. 28)
I’ve seen so much praise for the first book in this series, Hate To Want You, but I just don’t care for second-chance romances, so it really didn’t do a lot for me. That said, I could tell it was well written, and Rai already got me hooked on learning more about Jackson and Sadia, who are the leads in Wrong to Need You, so I’m really excited to see where Rai goes when using a story line that I’m not so fundamentally opposed to.
There you have it! Some of my most anticipated reads for September, October, and November 2017. This list is by no means comprehensive and doesn’t reflect all of the books being published in the next three months that I’m interested in picking up, but it’s the ones I’m most excited for and generally plan to read right away.
Are you planning to pick any of these books up yourself? What books are you most anticipating this fall? Let me know in the comments!