Nothing shows me how quickly months fly by than the realization that it’s already time for another Stock Your Shelves post! This fall has tons of promising book releases, beginning with September. It’s sad to see summer go, but I love the fall, so settle in with a pumpkin spice latte and one of these new releases this month! Here are the five I’m most excited for:
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (09/02) Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. As she wanders into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life. Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born.
Words and Their Meanings by Kate Bassett (09/08) Anna O’Mally doesn’t believe in the five stages of grief. Her way of dealing with death equates to daily bouts of coffin yoga and fake-tattooing Patti Smith quotes onto her arms. Once a talented writer, Anna no longer believes words matter, until shocking discoveries– in the form of origami cranes– force her to redefine family and love. As Anna goes in search of the truth, she discovers that while every story, every human being, has a last line, it might still be possible to find the words for a new beginning.
Us by David Nicholls (09/30) Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that, against all odds, seduces beautiful Connie into a second date . . . and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades later, they live more or less happily in the suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. However, they agree to go on a long planned trip to Europe, which could be just what their marriage needs.
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes (09/16) Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards; half-boy, half-deer, somehow fused. The cops nickname him “Bambi,” but as stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams? If you’re Detective Versado’s over-achieving teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you are the disgraced journalist, Jonno, you do whatever it takes to investigate what may become the most heinous crime story in memory. If you’re Thomas Keen, you’ll do what you can to keep clean, keep your head down, and try to help the broken and possibly visionary artist obsessed with setting loose The Dream, tearing reality, assembling the city anew.
Live From New York by James Andrew Miller (09/09) A follow up to the 2002 hit Live From New York, this follow up by the same authors contains a whole new set of interviews. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recall four turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades.
Which books are you most excited for this month?