Hi everyone! I know I’ve said this already, but I can’t believe it’s September already! We’re about to come into my favorite season ever – FALL! I’ve got a nice long list of spooky reads this year that I want to get to, and honestly, I’m expecting to be reading spooky reads well into 2023 as well! This TBR is full of horror and fantasy, which are my top two genres right now so I’m pumped for this list of books!
Little Eve by Catriona Ward
Starting off with one of my October ARCs, Little Eve! I haven’t yet read anything by Catriona Ward, but I do have both Sundial and The Last House on Needless Street that I can read as soon as I’m done with this one! This follows a young girl on a Scottish isle who is fighting to be the one to inherit the powers of (what seems to be) the god of a doomsday cult. A chief inspector arrives to investigate a murder, and the secrets of the island are uncovered. I’ve been very curious about all of this author’s books, so I was super excited when I was approved for an ARC! I’m really hoping that I enjoy her writing since I have two other books, and I can’t wait to see which is my favorite.
The Luminaries by Susan Dennard
The Luminaries is one of my November ARCs, and I’ve been really itching to get to this one! Not only does it sound like the perfect fall read, the cover is also STUNNING and I’ll most likely be buying a copy for myself eventually. This is about a girl who wants to join the Luminaries, a group that protects humanity from monsters that lurk in the forest. I’m definitely in the mood for creepy forests and monsters, so I can’t wait to read this and let you all know what I think! I never completed the Witchlands series, I only finished the first two books while waiting for the next ones to come out and then by the time they did, I completely forgot most of the plot from the first two books. I think after I read this one I would love to revisit that series someday and actually finish it, but we’ll see how the rest of my massive TBR goes.
Heart of the Sun Warrior by Sue Lynn Tan
Yet another ARC that I was able to get approved for, and another one that I’ll definitely be ordering a physical copy of! This one comes out in November and it’s one of my most anticipated books of 2022, so to say I’m excited is a bit of an understatement. There really isn’t much to say about this one since it’s a sequel, and to be completely honest, I really want to go into this blind. All I know is that Xingyin goes on another adventure with her friends, and I’m sure the events from the second half of the first book are dealt with, which I’m super excited about! Daughter of the Moon Goddess was one of my favorite books of 2021 and I was lucky enough to get an ARC for the first book as well.
Related: Daughter of the Moon Goddess Review
The It Girl by Ruth Ware
I know absolutely nothing about this other than it’s a Ruth Ware book, and it’s the Literally Dead Book Club pick for September! I started keeping up with this book club just last month in July, but I’ve always enjoyed watching Booksandlala on Youtube so it only felt natural to start following along with her book club, especially now that I’m really reading a lot more horror and thrillers. It’s not often that I pick up a book without having heard anything about it, so I’m actually pretty excited to go in completely blind! (at least with Heart of the Sun Warrior, its a sequel so I know a bit about what will probably happen, not so much with this one).
Devolution by Max Brooks
A horror novel about Bigfoot? Sign me up! The Greenloop massacre goes unnoticed in the aftermath of an eruption of Mount Rainier, but after the journals of a resident of the town are discovered, it reveals that Bigfoot does exist. I’ve never read World War Z, but I have watched the movie and I’m very curious about this book. I love the idea of cryptids existing (which is totally against my scientific background, but oh well) so I’m excited to see how Brooks handles the existence of Bigfoot in this book.
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
Another horror book on my TBR this month! This story is about a circus family who breeds their own human oddities exhibits, which sounds both terrifying and sad. I know I’ve seen this cover before back in high school but I never bothered to see what it was about since I assumed by the title that it was a romance which I really wasn’t into at the time. This was published back in the 80s so I’m expecting some things to not have aged well, but I’m very intrigued all the same.
The First Binding by R.R. Virdi
I was incredibly lucky to have participated in a Storygram Tour for The First Binding earlier in August, and since I was gifted a copy of the book I just need to read it ASAP! This is on so many most anticipated lists for 2022 and everyone who is reading it is RAVING about it, so I’m feeling some major FOMO. The synopsis is pretty short, so I’ll just include that here because it really draws you in: “All legends are born of truths. And just as much lies. These are mine. Judge me for what you will. But you will hear my story first. I buried the village of Ampur under a mountain of ice and snow. Then I killed their god. I’ve stolen old magics and been cursed for it. I started a war with those that walked before mankind and lost the princess I loved, and wanted to save. I’ve called lightning and bound fire. I am legend. And I am a monster. My name is Ari. And this is the story of how I let loose the first evil.”
Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen
All the reviews I’ve seen for Violet Made of Thorns have been really positive, and I’ve seen that the main character is an anti-hero which I’m definitely in the mood for. This follows Violet, who is asked to prophesy the prince’s love story but instead awakens a curse that can either doom or save their kingdom based on the prince’s choice of future bride. It sounds like it’ll be a unique and fun story, and I’m very excited to read it this month!
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
Ever since I started delving into horror and figuring out what books I’m interested, Haunted has caught my eye. Mainly because of the stories that at author events people pass out when the author would read the story ‘Guts’, and I feel like if I can get through Tender is the Flesh and Woom without any adverse effects, I can probably get through this one, right? Plus, I’ve heard that the cover glows in the dark so I’m really hoping my copy does too when it arrives, which isn’t really super important but it does make my inner child incredibly happy.
What books do you want to read in September? Which of these do you think I should read first? Let me know below!