Highly Anticipated Books: Fall Edition

Does Fall technically start on September 21? Yes. Does that matter for purposes of the way anyone thinks of seasons in the United States? No. Not really. Even Starbucks agrees that Fall is September through November (or through Thanksgiving and then we get RED CUPS, which are my favorites). Anyway, so the point of this post is to tell you my ten most anticipated books of Fall!

1. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

You’ve heard of this book at least twice already, I think, because of my intense obsession with Sarah J. Mass’s worlds! This is the sixth book in the Throne of Glass series, but this book serves more as a companion novel to Empire of Storms and is exclusively about Chaol. While Chaol is my least favorite character, I’m still very excited about this book because I love Sarah’s writing so much. Plus, I’ve heard very good things on Twitter from people who have already finished reading the book. I should pick up my copy either tomorrow or Monday, because I wasn’t able to make it to her event in Raleigh after all.

Release Date: September 5, 2017

2. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I just ordered this book in my first ever Book of the Month Club purchase because I’ve been hearing so many good things about this book. It is already waiting for me when I get home tomorrow, so that’s super exciting. Here is the blurb as it appears on Goodreads because I don’t know much more than what has appeared on Goodreads:

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Release Date: September 12, 2017

3. Storm Gathering by Rebecca Zanetti

I’m going to be honest, I still haven’t read the third book in this series, which I should do before I pick up this one, but IT’S FINALLY MAUREEN’S BOOK. I say finally, but like… This is the order that makes the most sense, I’m just absurdly excited for this based on the way the hero and heroine were introduced. This series is a dystopian romance series and does, I think, need to be read in order, so I don’t recommend you start with this book if you’re not caught up. We can read the third book together though!

Not long ago I reviewed Scorpius Syndrome, which is the novella that sort of sets the stage, so I’ll have a link to that on the side. I highly recommend this book if you’re a sci-fi/dystopia kind of person and I’d really recommend you trying this if you’re into romance novels and looking for something new.

Release Date: September 19, 2017

4. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

I’ve talked about this book several times already and it is on my September TBR. I’m incredibly excited about this book, which is why it’s the September Book of the Month. I can’t wait to get my hands on it and to read and discuss it with you all. A book about girl power, feminism, and learning about intersectionality all sounds like the best premise to me! Hopefully it lives up to my own personal hype.

Release Date: September 19, 2017

5. Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand

This is the conclusion to Ms. Hilderbrand’s Winter Street series and it also serves as a sort of sequel to The Rumor, which I am incredibly excited about. Honestly, if Elin Hilderbrand ever wrote a New Adult novel about Grace, I would be thrilled to read it (seriously, please do this). Anyway, I can’t tell you much because the BIG EVENT that spurs this character driven series would be a spoiler alert, big time. So if you haven’t read Winter Street yet, you should do that. I highly recommend this series for winter time and may delay my read of it until closer to Christmas if I can hold out that long (I probably won’t be able to, honestly).

Release Date: October 3, 2017

6. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

The October Book of the Month, for Firewhiskey Reader anyway, is Dear Martin because it sounds both amazing and ridiculously important and impactful. I’m going to leave you with the Goodreads blurb again because while I’m beyond excited for this book and would highly recommend following Nic Stone on Twitter, I don’t think I can sum up this blurb any better than this:

Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.

Release Date: October 17, 2017

7. Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza

This debut novel is one I’m so excited about, I’ve already decided it’s November’s book of the month, even though November has several of my most highly anticipated releases. I believe I have heard good things about the anxiety rep in this book, which was something that made me even more excited about this book. I just checked and yes, EmmmaBooks read and reviewed this and commented positively on the anxiety rep and Meg is a black teen with ADHD. Unfortunately, I must again turn to the Goodreads blurb as this is not part of a series and I have not yet read it myself to be able to sum up anything about it. So, here you have the Goodreads blurb:

Kat and Meg couldn’t be more different. Kat’s anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to people. Meg hates being alone, but her ADHD keeps pushing people away. But when the two girls are thrown together for a year-long science project, they discover they do have one thing in common: They’re both obsessed with the same online gaming star and his hilarious videos.

It might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship—if they don’t kill each other first.

Release Date: November 7, 2017

8. Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh

I am so excited for this book! I have an ARC of it that I got from NetGalley and I CANNOT WAIT. I was inordinately excited when I read the preview of this book in Someone to Hold and extremely disappointed when I realized it wasn’t out yet. Someone to Hold was my first Mary Balogh book and I had been told that her books are ones that you need to be in a certain mood to read. I didn’t understand what they meant at the time, but I can say that you cannot read a Balogh book if your brain isn’t willing and capable of actually focusing. Her books aren’t as funny and light-hearted as many of my favorite historical romance authors, but (at least) Someone to Hold they are extremely well-written, may make you cry, and you’ll be rooting so hard for the couple to have their HEA that you won’t be able to stand the conflict.

This book follows Alexander Westcott, the new Earl of Riverdale, and Wren Hayden, a woman with a vast fortune, who has decided to get married. The preview in Someone to Hold and the Goodreads blurb reveal that it is Wren and not the Earl who makes the move to suggest marriage and y’all, I am HERE for this. I can’t wait to get to this ARC, so don’t be surprised if it shows up in a wrap up before it’s full review is posted closer to the publication date.

Release Date: November 7, 2017

9. A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole

You all know I’m excited for this book because I told you I was dying when I realized I couldn’t move straight on to it after finishing the first in the series, An Extraordinary Union. So, heads up, time your reading of AEU to work out so that you can pick up A Hope Divided on release day and squeal about it with me.

Set during the Civil War, this book features Ewan, Malcolm’s brother, and Marlie Lynch, a spy for the Union. The synopsis seems to indicate that Ewan and Marlie wind up following the path of The Underground Railroad, which has me all sorts of intrigued. I’m genuinely CANNOT wait for this one to release!

Release Date: November 28, 2017

10. Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai

Fighting for my attention on November 28th, is going to be this BEAUTIFUL book by Alisha Rai and y’all, my body is ready. I cannot wait to read more about these characters! Jackson is Livvy’s twin brother who was accused of burning down the store that was wrongfully taken from his family. Sadia is Livvy’s exceptionally awesome sister-in-law, who was married to Livvy’s brother who passed away. Jackson just recently returned to town because of Livvy (as seen in Hate to Want You) and he and Sadia clearly have a lot of unsaid stuff happening between them and I am HERE FOR IT. I cannot wait to read about their relationship and growing attraction to one another because Alisha Rai writes books that… Y’all. This woman is TALENTED. Just trust me.

Release Date: November 28, 2017

So there you have it! These are the ten books I am most excited about that release in the next three months! Leave a comment down below letting me know what you’re most anticipating or if any of these sound like books you want to read yourself. I look forward to chatting with you.


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