I love when the girls over at the B&B make us do TBR lists. These are some of my favourite weeks. I think it’s because it forces me to take a good hard look at the stack and stack and virtual lists of books I keep saying I’m going to read and actually figure out which ones are going to make the cut. Now it’s time to decide what will fit with this lovely autumn season. Time to move away from the fluffy reads and take a turn for the darker. Time to cuddle with a blanket and drink warm beverages and smell that amazing smell and read while surrounded by a world in the middle of a vibrant change. Yeah, yeah, I know the whole white girl thing about fall, but it’s been my favourite season for as long as I can remember, so I make no apologies. This week, I’m sharing a list I’m really excited about reading.
My goal this fall is to focus on the books I own instead of all the library books. I bought these things; I should give them what they’re due and read them. It’s their sole purpose in life.
The Absent One – Jussi Adler –Olsen
“A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier, and one of the suspects—part of a group of privileged boarding-school students—confessed and was convicted. But once Mørck reopens the files, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. Looking into the supposedly solved case leads him to Kimmie, a woman living on the streets, stealing to survive. Kimmie has mastered evading the police, but now they aren’t the only ones looking for her. Because Kimmie has secrets that certain influential individuals would kill to keep buried . . . as well as one of her own that could turn everything on its head”
I’ve read more than half of this book, but I kept having to return it to the library. I eventually bought A-O’s books (as you’ll know if you read blog regularly) but I haven’t had a chance to revisit them yet. I’ve reached a point where I feel like I need to restart this series. I’ve just started the first one so can’t wait to get to this book.
The Humanity Project by Jean Thompson
“After surviving a shooting at her high school, Linnea is packed off to live with her estranged father, Art, who doesn’t quite understand how he has suddenly become responsible for raising a sullen adolescent girl. Art’s neighbor, Christie, is a nurse distracted by an eccentric patient, Mrs. Foster, who has given Christie the reins to her Humanity Project, a bizarre and well-endowed charity fund. Just as mysteriously, no one seems to know where Conner, the Fosters’ handyman, goes after work, but he has become the one person Linnea can confide in, perhaps because his own home life is a war zone: his father has suffered an injury and become addicted to painkillers. As these characters and many more hurtle toward their fates, the Humanity Project is born: Can you indeed pay someone to be good? At what price?”
I know very little about this book or this author, but it seems intriguing.
Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth
“Corinne Woodrow was 15 when she was convicted of murdering one of her classmates on a summer’s evening in 1984, a year when the teenagers of Ernemouth ran wild, dressing in black and staying out all night, listening to music that terrified their parents. Twenty years later, new forensic evidence suggests that Corinne didn’t act alone. Private investigator Sean Ward — whose promising career as a detective with the Metropolitan Police was cut short by a teenage gangster with a gun — reopens the case. He discovers a town full of secrets and a community that has always looked after its own.”
A cold case re-opening a ritualistic, satanic murder from the 1980s? This is pretty much everything I love in procedural crime drama. I am stoked to read this book.
Anything by Brenna Yovanoff
“Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world. Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.”
If you’ve read last week’s blog posts, you’ll know that I’m having a love affair with Yovanoff right now. I’m probably going to read the rest of her books this fall, I’m just not sure which one is going to be first. Fiendish is at the top of the list, but I don’t have it yet. And I own The Replacement, so in the vein of this post, it should come first.
Faithful Place by Tana French
“The course of Frank Mackey’s life was set by one defining moment when he was nineteen. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as they had planned. Frank never heard from her again. Twenty years on, Frank is still in Dublin, working as an undercover cop. He’s cut all ties with his dysfunctional family. Until his sister calls to say that Rosie’s suitcase has been found. Frank embarks on a journey into his past that demands he reevaluate everything he believes to be true”
I’m actually surprised I’m not reading this one right now. I picked it up off the shelf over the weekend, read a couple pages and put it back. I’d just finished my third French book. I love her writing, but I need a bit of a break from the character. I can only handle so much Frank.
Nobody Is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey
“Without telling her family, Elyria takes a one-way flight to New Zealand, abruptly leaving her stable but unfulfilling life in Manhattan. As her husband scrambles to figure out what happened to her, Elyria hurtles into the unknown, testing fate by hitchhiking, tacitly being swept into the lives of strangers, and sleeping in fields, forests, and public parks.Her risky and often surreal encounters with the people and wildlife of New Zealand propel Elyria deeper into her deteriorating mind. Haunted by her sister’s death and consumed by an inner violence, her growing rage remains so expertly concealed that those who meet her sense nothing unwell. This discord between her inner and outer reality leads her to another obsession: If her truest self is invisible and unknowable to others, is she even alive?”
I found this one through a Joss Whedon tweet. With the success of his recommendation for The Girl With All the Gifts, I decided to give this one a shot. I’m just waiting on the library.
Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday
“A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author. Summoned to her father’s home in 1820’s Philadelphia, a girl finds herself in the midst of a rash of gruesome murders in which he might be implicated. She is torn romantically between her father’s assistants-one kind and proper, one mysterious and brooding-who share a dark secret and may have more to do with the violent events than they’re letting on.”
A fictional tale of Edgar AllAn Poe and Annabel Lee. This is so obviously a must read for me. It’s sitting on my holds shelf at the library. I’ll probably pick it up today. Sadly, it is getting some truly terrible reviews, so we’ll see…
The Winter Boy by Sally Wiener Grotta
“The Valley of the Alleshi is the center of all civilization, the core and foundation of centuries of peace. A cloistered society of widows, the Alleshi, has forged a peace by mentoring young men who will one day become the leaders of the land. Each boy is paired with a single Allesha for a season of intimacy and learning, using time-honored methods that include storytelling, reason and sex. However, unknown to all but a hidden few, the peace is fracturing from pressures within and beyond, hacking at the very essence of their civilization.Amidst this gathering political maelstrom, Rishana, a young new idealistic Allesha, takes her First Boy, Ryl, for a winter season of training. But Ryl is a “problem boy,” who fights Rishana every step of the way. At the same time, Rishana uncovers a web of conspiracies that could not only destroy Ryl, but threaten to tear their entire society apart. And a winter that should have been a gentle, quiet season becomes one of conflict, anger and danger”
This one is a requested review. I get quite a few of them, and I’m picky about the ones I choose. This one stuck out as a book that might be very interesting. It’s quite long, so I really have to get to it soon.
Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano
“On the floating city of Internment, you can be anything you dream, unless you approach the edge. Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close can lead to madness, like her older brother Lex, a Jumper. She takes solace in her best friend Pen, and in Basil, the boy she’s engaged to marry. When she investigates the first murder in a generation, she meets Judas. The suspect was betrothed to the victim, but Morgan believes he is innocent. Nothing can prepare Morgan for the secrets she will find – or whom she will lose.”
I enjoyed Destefano’s Chemical Garden series. I received this book as a gift last Christmas. I think it’s about time I get around to reading it.
Jason Priestley: a memoir by Jason Priestley
“The hit Fox show Beverly Hills, 90210 became a cultural touchstone of the 1990s and propelled its young cast to mega-stardom, including Jason Priestley, who played honorable Midwestern transplant Brandon Walsh. Yet despite more than twenty years in and out of the limelight, Priestley has carefully maintained his privacy. In this compelling memoir, the actor, director, and race-car aficionado invites us into his private world for the first time. With humor, sincerity, and charm, Priestley offers little-known details about his life and stories of his nine years in America’s most famous zip code. He talks candidly about celebrity, marriage, fatherhood, and his passion for car racing. He does not shy away from the devastating lows—his brief jail sentence for drunk driving and the crash at the Kentucky Speedway that nearly took his life. Priestley shares his innermost thoughts about life as a ’90s icon, and goes beyond the Brandon Walsh squeaky-clean image, revealing the tumultuous events that have shaped him, and where he finds his greatest happiness today”
You may remember this one from my summer TBR list. Yup, I’m STILL waiting for the library to get their copy in. It’s been on order since like March. What the crap, library?