September 2017 Book of the Month . . . Except it’s actually the books I’m most excited to read the rest of the year.

So. I remembered I needed to write my September Book of the Month post and realized something — I didn’t read any books in September.

It wasn’t that I didn’t start any books in September. Because I totally did.

I started re-reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. I also started to read Authority by Jeff Vandermeer, the second book in his Southern Reach. Both books I started and failed miserably at finishing.

[I am still currently only 1/3 of the way through TCIOTDITNT (is it ok that I abbreviated it that way?), and have since restarted and finished Authority. Just . . .  not in September.]

It must have been a case of the reading slumps. I had been doing so well in 2017. I’ve read 35 new books this year already! But in September, whenever I picked up a book I just wasn’t into it — even Authority, which I ended up loving (and I’ve already started the last book in the trilogy).

But I’m not going to write about Authority. Mostly because my thoughts on it are mostly the same as Annihilation

So I thought I would share the books I am most excited to read during the rest of 2017:

1. Carrie by Stephen King


The only other Stephen King I have read before is Joyland. I know, I know. I just haven’t hopped on the Stephen King train yet. I want to read some of his classics though. And Carrie seems like a good place to start — especially with Halloween coming up.

Description, (courtesy of Goodreads):
“Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…”

2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


I finished Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy not too long ago and loved it. This duology takes place in the same world, which is amazing because that’s what I loved most about her first series. I’ve also heard hearsay that this duology is even better than the Grisha books, so I’m excited.

Description (courtesy of Goodreads):
“Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist . . . Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.”

3. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

61pqenijzjl-_sx327_bo1204203200_Well, Oprah’s given this one her stamp of approval. However, more importantly, Whitehead’s book has received both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. Plus the concept sounds amazing, too — a re-imagination of the Underground Railroad as an actual hidden system of railways beneath the soil.

Description (courtesy of Goodreads):
“Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood – where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned and, though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.”

4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

ready_player_one_coverI don’t read enough science fiction (if you even consider this true science fiction, though it sounds like science fiction to me). Anyways, mostly, I’m dying to know what all the hype is about. I’m a sucker for hype. Oh, and the movie is slated to come out in 2018. Because WHAT BOOK ISN’T A MOVIE THESE DAYS?!? (Mini rant over).

Description (courtesy of Goodreads):
“In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.”

5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade final for IreneIf you didn’t already know, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with fantasy this year, even if so far it’s just been teen fantasy. But reading this will remedy that. I was told by one of my friends at work that this book (first in the series) is amazing and Schwab is a fantastic writer. And, I mean, doesn’t it just sound insanely cool?

Description (courtesy of Goodreads):
“Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. . . Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. . . After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.”

6. The Silkworm by Robert Gailbraith (J.K. Rowling)

514-ew7lxfl-_sy344_bo1204203200_I read The Cuckoo’s Calling earlier this year. I have vowed to read everything J.K. Rowling writes simply because I love her and her writing. She has not disappointed me yet. These murder mysteries, which she wrote under the pseudonym Robert Gailbraith, follow unlikely hero, Cormoran Strike and take place in the heart of London.

Description (courtesy of Goodreads):
“When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. . . As Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. . . When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…

7. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

men-explain-things-to-me-book-solnitFirst off, what a great title. I love a good feminist essay, and this book has nine.

Description (courtesy of Goodreads):
“In her comic, scathing essay ‘Men Explain Things to Me,’ Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don’t, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters. She ends on a serious note— because the ultimate problem is the silencing of women who have something to say, including those saying things like, ‘He’s trying to kill me!'”

8. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

164050_1314421I’ve been looking for another collection of short stories to read and these sound perfect.

Description (courtesy of Goodreads):
“The key to a house, the key to a heart, the key to a secret—Oyeyemi’s keys not only unlock elements of her characters’ lives, they promise further labyrinths on the other side. In “Books and Roses” one special key opens a library, a garden, and clues to at least two lovers’ fates. In “Is Your Blood as Red as This?” an unlikely key opens the heart of a student at a puppeteering school. “‘Sorry’ Doesn’t Sweeten Her Tea” involves a “house of locks,” where doors can be closed only with a key—with surprising, unobservable developments. And in “If a Book Is Locked There’s Probably a Good Reason for That Don’t You Think,” a key keeps a mystical diary locked (for good reason).  Oyeyemi’s tales span multiple times and landscapes as they tease boundaries between coexisting realities. Is a key a gate, a gift, or an invitation?”

9. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

9361589This might be the book I’m most excited to read. I don’t know why, the concept just sounds so amazing to me. Basically, everyone I know who has read this has given it 5/5 stars. And they are people that can be trusted.

Description (courtesy of Goodreads):
“The circus arrives without warning. . . Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway – a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. . .”

10. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

51yjlk890rl-_sx329_bo1204203200_I love John Green. And while I normally steer clear of teen fiction because most of it is somewhat gag-worthy, John Green’s writing has a certain combination of cynicism and passion. I’ve seen so many of his Youtube videos that I can practically hear his saying the words as I read them. Turtles All the Way Down is his latest book, to be published in less than a week.

Description (courtesy of Goodreads):
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.”

How about you? Area any of you reading these, too?

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