We have finally made it to autumn! The weather is still pretty warm here in Kansas, but I have seen a few trees with their leaves turning already, so I am ready – and am already filling our October weekends with Halloween-themed plans. This Top 10 (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is timed perfectly because I have finally gotten through my most recent reading slump and am ready for some great horror and thriller books. There are some great books coming out in October, too, so here are my top 10 books on my Fall TBR.
1. The Outsider by Stephen King
This is a new Stephen King book that just came out this year, and it looks like the perfect mood-setter to kick off my Halloween season. An 11-year-old boy is murdered, and the accused just doesn’t seem like the type to murder a child. However, the evidence against him is damning, and the town begins to wonder whether he has had a secret side all along. I just received a notification from the library that the audiobook is ready for me to pick up, so I should have a review on this one soon!
2. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
This is another suspense novel that I have lined up for Halloween. In 1945, two children from London named Nathaniel and Rachel have been sent to stay with a man named The Moth, a strange man with unusual friends who all seem to care for Nathaniel and Rachel. Years later, Nathaniel reflects on his time with The Moth and begins to uncover all of the things that he did not know or understand as a child.
3. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
This book has been on my TBR for awhile, and I recently recommended it to my husband to try out. He is sometimes hard to please but he loved this, and so I bumped it up on my priorities list. Nahiri is a street magician in 18th century Cairo, who suddenly discovers, after summoning a djinn, that she has real magical powers.
4. Broken Things by Lauren Oliver
Broken Things seems like the perfect spooky mystery for autumn. Two friends, Mia and Brynn, have been accused of killing their friend Summer after falling into a deep obsession with a book named The Way Into Lovelorn. On the anniversary of Summer’s death, however, they must face once again the horrific tragedy that happened years ago and confront the truth about what happened to Summer.
5. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
I just got the ARC for this book and I am so excited to start it. On midwinter’s night, a man bursts into an inn on the Thames, holding a dead girl. Hours later, the girl wakes, seeming to rise from the dead. The author, Diane Setterfield, is the author that wrote The Thirteenth Tale, so I have high expectations for this one. I’ll share a review as soon as it’s done.
6. There There by Tommy Orange
I don’t know exactly what to expect from this book, I just have a feeling that I’m going to love it. This book touches on the lives of twelve people attending the Big Oakland Pow Wow, all of their reasons for attending, and all the things happening in their very different lives. I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads and it’s been sitting on my shelf taunting me, so I’m going to pick it up as soon as I can.
7. Border Child by Michael Stone
We have a local bookstore named The Raven that I had always heard good things about, but for some reason I had never made it in to check out. Well I finally wandered in the other day and it was so good! It was everything I love about local bookstores – they had some plenty of good books that I had heard about, and also quite a few that I didn’t know about. I found Border Child displayed there and it looked interesting so I picked it up as my first purchase from The Raven (I’m sure there will be many more to come). This is a book about a young Mexican couple that lost their infant daughter trying to illegally cross the Mexico-US border. Four years later, they finally get a real hint about her location so try to track her down.
8. All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
I’ve only recently started reading many memoirs, but I feel like this one is really going to speak to me. Nicole Chung was born prematurely in Korea, and adopted by a white American couple in Oregon. As she grew older, she began to wonder more about her unknown biological parents in Korea, and what exactly happened to lead to her surrender for adoption. As I talked about in my review of Future Home of the Living God, I too was adopted as an infant, so it will be interesting to see how Nicole’s story parallels and differs from my own.
9. Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy
I happen to be a huge Anne of Green Gables fan, and I married into a family that loves Anne even more than I do so I am unspeakably excited about this book. This one likely doesn’t need much of an explanation – it is essentially a prequel to the Anne series, told from the perspective of Marilla. A very little bit of Marilla’s story is leaked through Anne’s eyes, so it’ll be interesting to see how the author expands it in this book.
10. The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
I don’t really know what to think about this book, but I feel like it’ll either be one that I love or one that I hate. Caroline Sears is a mother in the 1070s who finds out that her unborn child has a fatal heart defect. Her mysterious physicist brother-in-law, however, suggests that something can be done to heal her baby’s heart, so Caroline begins a quest to save her child. I’m not sure if this will be more of a sci-fi or Christian fiction, or perhaps a bit of both, but I’m going to read it so I will share what I find out.