Hi everyone! I recently published a post about my 10 most anticipated autumn releases and whilst this post is sort of similar, it’s still different. My most anticipated post was focused solely on books releasing in autumn of 2017, however this post will be focused on the top 5 books I want to read this autumn. This means not all of the book on this list will necessarily be released in autumn of 2017, they’re just books I’m hoping to get to in the next couple of months.
I think I’ll be posting these types of posts at the start of each new season, and then at the end of each season I’ll do a wrap-up of the fave books I read over the season. Hopefully that will be something you all like and something I can keep up to date with!
I’ve been going really well with my reading over the last few months, so this was really hard to narrow down to 5 because there are just so many books I want to read! These aren’t in any particular order, either, they’re all pretty equal on my priority list! So, lets get started.
PIECING ME TOGETHER by Renée Watson
Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother says she has to take every opportunity. She has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful. Like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Except really, it’s for black girls. From “bad” neighborhoods.
But Jade doesn’t need support. And just because her mentor is black doesn’t mean she understands Jade. And maybe there are some things Jade could show these successful women about the real world and finding ways to make a real difference.
Friendships, race, privilege, identity—this compelling and thoughtful story explores the issues young women face.
I read THIS SIDE OF HOME back in February and it easily became one of my favourite books of 2017 and of all time. I really loved the writing, the story; just everything about it. Renée Watson became one of my auto-buy authors & so I’m very very excited to read this book sometime in autumn! I’ve heard great things about it from the people who’ve read it so far and I am absolutely in love with that cover! My expectations are quite high but I have no doubt that PIECING ME TOGETHER is going to exceed my expectations, no matter how high they are.
EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES by Rhoda Belleza
CROWN PRINCESS RHIANNON TA’AN WANTS VENGEANCE.
The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, RHEE has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne – and her revenge.
ALYOSHA is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.
Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.
The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding – even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.
I have a habit of putting off books because of the hype and this is no exception. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this so far and I’m a little worried my expectations are going to be too high. I’m not a huge sci-fi reader and sometimes if I don’t understand what’s going on, I end up really disliking them, but a lot of people I know and trust have loved this one so hopefully I will too! This is on my March TBR so I hope I get around to it before the end of the month!
QUEENS OF GEEK by Jen Wilde
When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.
Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
Holy moly am I anticipating this one. This has been on my TBR for months and it finally released this month!! This is another one on my March TBR so I’m very much hoping I get to read this by the end of the month as well. I’ve heard soooooo many good things from literally everyone who’s read this so far so this is one I just really need to read this autumn!
MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera
In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.
When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
Why does happiness have to be so hard?
Most people are probably looking at this right now, thinking “Taryn, how the heck have you NOT read this book yet?!” Now, let me tell you, I’ve been wanting to read this book for months. It has been on my radar for literally the longest time but I never got around to buying it! But, I’ve finally snagged myself a copy so I want to read this ASAP so I can understand what all the hype is about!
THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jeminsin
This is the way the world ends… for the last time.
A season of endings has begun.
It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.
It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.
It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.
This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.
I haven’t actually heard a lot about this book specifically, but I’ve heard great things about N.K. Jeminsin in general. I’m not a huge reader of epic fantasy but I do really want to get into reading more of it, so hopefully this one will ignite a love for it! I’ll probably read it alongside a cute NA book or something because I usually find fantasy to be pretty dense. This also has such a cool synopsis so I’m really excited to get to this sometime over autumn!
- What books are you really hoping to read in Autumn?
- Do you spot any of your faves on this list?
Thanks for reading & I hope you enjoyed this post!