Every Tuesday, The Broke and the Bookish blog posts a new Top Ten list and invites its users to participate. This week’s Top Ten is “Top Ten Books on My Fall 2013 To Be Read (TBR) List.” Of course, these are the books I hope to read in autumn. Whether I actually have time to get to all of them…well, that’s another story. Since I didn’t get through my summer 2013 TBR list, I’m a little doubtful that I will get through all of these. *sigh* Isn’t that always the case, though? There’s never enough time to read everything you want.
[When possible, I included book descriptions from NoveList , an excellent resource for finding new books to read.]
1. Bleeding Edge — Thomas Pynchon
If you’ve been following my Top Ten posts, you may remember that I included Pynchon’s Against the Day at the top of my summer 2013 TBR list. I had every intention of reading it – honestly, I did – but I just never got around to picking up that 1,085 page tome over the hot summer months. And while I still intend to read it, I am most definitely going to read Pynchon’s newest novel, Bleeding Edge, which is being released today.
NoveList Book Description: “An average mother of two working in investigation fraud gets drawn into a shady and eccentric underworld after looking into the finances of a billionaire computer geek.”
2. Night Film — Marisha Pessl
I’ve heard nothing but good things about Marisha Pessl’s Night Film: it is a New York Times bestseller, it is included in the September 2013 LibraryReads List (a monthly compiled top ten list of Librarian-recommend titles), and has received positive reviews from BookList, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly.
NoveList Book Description: “When the daughter of a cult horror film director is found dead in an abandoned Manhattan warehouse, investigative journalist Scott McGrath, disbelieving the official suicide ruling, probes into the strange circumstances of the young woman’s death.”
3. Fangirl — Rainbow Rowell
Speaking of books on the 2013 September LibraryReads List, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl proudly sits at the top of librarians’ favorite books. While technically a YA coming-of-age novel about a teenage girl who writes Simon Snow fanfiction (a publishing phenomenon akin to the Harry Potter-like fantasy series), this is a title with huge crossover appeal that adult and teen readers are sure to enjoy.
NoveList Book Description: “Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father.”
4. The Bone Season — Samantha Shannon
There seems to be an awful lot of talk about Shannon and her debut novel, The Bone Season, which has been heralded as the next Harry Potter series (now whether that’s true and not just a marketing ploy has yet to be seen). The Bone Season has been chosen as the first book in NBC’s Today Show’s monthly book club and Andy Serkis (a.k.a., Gollum) and his film production company, Imaginarium Studio, have already decided to turn it into a movie. I just have to pick this up to see what all the fuss is about.
NoveList Book Description: “A first entry in a planned seven-part series is set in the mid-21st century where major world cities are controlled by a formidable security force and where clairvoyant underworld cell member Paige commits acts of psychic treason before being captured by an otherworldly race that would make her a part of their supernatural army.”
5. Fortunately, the Milk — Neil Gaiman
Is it just me, or does it feel like Neil has published a lot of books this year? Let’s see, there was his adult novel The Ocean at the End of Lane, the young adult novel The Silver Dream that he coauthored with Michael Reaves, a picture book about a sneezing panda called Chu’s Day, and now there is his new children’s chapter book Fortunately, the Milk. I can’t wait to pick up this quirky title.
NoveList Book Description: “While picking up milk for his children’s cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.”
6. The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two — Catherynne M. Valente
The third book in award-winning fantasy author Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland series is due out October 1st. I initially fell in love with Valente’s vivid, imaginative, and whimsical writing style — which is reminiscent of fairytale and fantasy classics from my childhood — through the first novel in this series, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Granted, Valente’s style is not for everyone, but personally, I can’t wait for this book to be released.
7. The Necromancer’s House — Christopher Buehlman
Seeing that Autumn is a great time to read chilling, scary books, I decided to add Christopher Buehlman’s The Necromancer’s House on the list, even though I’m not all that familiar with him or his work. What I have heard, however, has been positive. In The Necromancer’s House, Andrew Ranulf Blankenship, a practicing warlock has built a deadly house filled with magical traps to protect a treasury of Russian magic he stole from the Soviet Union 30 years ago. Now, a monster from Russian folklore is hunting him down.
8. The Goldfinch — Donna Tartt
This is another one of those books that is getting a lot of buzz in literary fiction circles, set to be released October 22. The Goldfinch will be Donna Tartt’s third novel, the first to be released in 11 years since she published The Little Friend in 2002.
NoveList Book Description: “A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend’s family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.”
9. The Paris Architect — Charles Belfoure
Not that long ago for a book club, I read Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key, a novel about a journalist’s investigation of the 1942 Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of Jews in German-occupied Paris. I mention this here because one of the characters is a ten-year-old Jewish girl who attempts to save her four-year-old brother from the Nazis by hiding him in a secret cupboard. Hearing about Belfoure’s forthcoming novel, The Paris Architect, reminded me of Rosnay’s novel because it is about a French architect paid to design secret hiding places for Jews during World War II.
NoveList Book Description: “A Parisian architect is paid handsomely to devise secret hiding spaces for Jews in his Nazi-occupied country but struggles with risking his life for a cause he is ambivalent towards, until a personal failure brings home their suffering.”
10. The Night Guest — Fiona McFarlane
To be quite honest, the cover of Fiona McFarlane’s debut novel The Night Guest was what initially intrigued me, but after I read a few positive reviews and discovered that it is a magical realist, psychological suspense story about the fears of an aging widow, I moved it on to my Fall 2013 TBR list.
NoveList Book Description: “An elderly Australian woman lets a mysterious and possibly sinister caretaker into her beach-side home and into her life.”