Five Books To Read This Fall

5 years ago

When autumn comes and the days get shorter, I find my reading habits change. I'm more open to mysteries and suspense. I like books that have atmosphere. Luckily, there are lots of new books hitting shelves this fall that fit my requirements. Here are a few titles that have caught my interest this fall.


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Sutton by J.R. Moehringer

I feel lucky to have been able hear J.R. Moehringer speak about his new novel Sutton earlier this year. Based on real life bank robber Willie Sutton, this fictionalized account follows him from his early upbringing in the Irish slums of Brooklyn through his career as a professional thief. Moehringer makes Willie Sutton as captivating a character on the page as he was in real life. When the crowds cheer his release from prison on Christmas Eve 1969, you may just find yourself cheering right along with them. Now available from Hyperion Books.

Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers

As much as I may feel that nothing can replace a well-worn copy of a favorite novel I love to see those classics repackaged and republished for a new audience. BlogHer's Executive Editor Julie Ross Godar has been telling me for years I need to read Dorothy Sayers' novels. I'm thrilled that Harper Collins is launching their new Bourbon Street Books imprint with several of her Lord Peter Wimsey with Harriet Vane mysteries. I adore the cover of Gaudy Night and can't wait to start reading it. Now available from Harper Collins.

Princess Elizabeth's Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal

One book I've read this year that is going on my perpetual list of favorites is Mr. Churchill's Secretary. When I had the chance to grab an advanced copy of the sequel, Princess Elizabeth's Spy I jumped at it. Susan Elia MacNeal's Maggie Hope is one of my new favorite characters and I adore her. She's a British-born, American-raised, young woman living in London in WWII who finds all kinds of ways to both make and stop trouble. She's exceedingly smart and has more than her share of bravery, both of which she'll need in her new career as a spy. When I got to the end of Princess Elizabeth's Spy I was torn between wanting to flip to the beginning to start reading it again and lamenting that I couldn't read the next book in the series immediately. Now available from Random House.

The Twelve by Justin Cronin

I have to confess, I still haven't read Justin Cronin's series, The Passage, but I do own it. The chatter about the second novel, The Twelve, in my social media streams has totally bumped this up my priority list. The Twelve picks up the story five years after the end of The Passage, or in 97 A.V. (After Virus) with the survivors continuing to fight back with the launch of the Second Viral War. Is it the end of the world? Or a beginning of a new one? Now available from Ballantine Books.

Lovecraft Middle School: Professor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman

Adults aren't the only ones who like to read about things that go bump in the night! Lovecraft Middle School is a new series from Quirk Books and the middle grade readers in your life will absolutely adore the covers of these books. The covers are lenticular portraits that change when you look at them revealing the creepiness beneath the seemingly innocent characters. Professor Gargolyle is the first book out the gate and it is pure fun. Admit it, you always secretly suspected that one of your teachers was not quite human, didn't you? Well, in 11-year-old Robert Arthur's case that just might turn out to be true as he begins to discover that his school might not be your typical middle school, but a portal to another world. Middle schoolers and monsters -- what could possibly go wrong? Now available from Quirk Books.

BlogHer Book Club Host Karen Ballum also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.

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