TOP 10 AUTUMN READING LIST 2014
Autumn has arrived right on time. Nothing reminds us more about autumn than the shuffling of orange, crispy leaves on the floor, Halloween marathons on TV, and the smell of unopened books. And if the smell of books isn’t your thing, don’t stress. Your tablet has inevitably become your new best friend. Autumn is in fact the ideal time to read a new book. There is nothing cozier and heart-warming than snuggling with a warm blanket on your favorite spot at home with a new friend. Below we have a list of interesting reads, in no particular order, to check out for your next quiet night in.
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks is nothing short of epic. Holly Skyes is an atypical teenager. She is a magnet for psychic phenomena. She runs away from home only to open a mysterious vortex oozing with humor, fear and danger. Holly engages in a decade war between the immortals. We visit all phases of her life: past, present and future. Mitchell proves to be one of the most fascinating and genre bending writers of our generation.
Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss [Publishes October 28]
Auri is a mysterious young woman living in an even more mysterious and haunting world. Proven to be one of the most enigmatic characters in The Kingkiller Chronicle, Rothfussoffers us a glimpse into Auri’s life. She lives in a dark place called the Underthing. It is filled with ancient tunnels and abandoned rooms. Beautifully and lyrically written, Auri’s life introduces us a secret world only she knows.
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
McBride’s debut, A Girl is a Half-Formed, is a fist to the heart and gut. It tells the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother. Her brother suffers from brain damage, which emotionally over-exhausts their existence. McBride weaves in topics of family violence, sexuality and personal struggle. The most breathtaking quality of the novel is her prose. Written in a broken stream of consciousness, it reveals intimate and distressing thoughts.
Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
Stone Mattress is Margaret Atwood’s first short story collection in eight years. This is music to your ears if you are an Atwood fan. Written with charm and obscurity, this is as enticing as the rest of her work.
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult’s highly anticipated new novel does not disappoint. A book like she has never written before, Leaving Time introduces a seamlessly weaved story of the disappearance of Jenna Metcalf’s mother, Alice. Jenna refuses to believe that she was abandoned by her mother and tirelessly searches for evidence. Her mother, once a scientist who observed grief found in elephants, wrote every detail of her scientific work in her journal. This journal provides Alice with the clue she needs. Don’t be thrown off by the connection, we promise this is Picoult’s most powerful story yet.
Revival by Stephen King [Publishes November 11]
In the early 1960s, in a typical New England town a shadow is casted over a small boy playing with his toys. Jamie Norton, the minister of the town transforms the local church. Jamie was once a free man, who lived a rock and roll type of life: he was a nomadic musician addicted to heroine. His partner in crime was his friend Charles Jacobs. The minute Charles and Jamie reunite after years, things go sour. Their bond is an evil source. Revival is profoundly disturbing and has been labeled as one of the most unpredictable and terrifying conclusions Stephen King has ever written. It is a masterpiece.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Emily St. John Mandel will take you on one of the best well-crafted post-apocalyptic journeys of the year year. She tells the story of the adventures of eccentric artists: from band players, play writers, actors and musicians, who travel the world to maintain culture and art alive after a castrotophic disease has eliminated almost all civilization. Strange, and poetically written, Mandel does an exquisite job in pointing out the beauty and significance of art.
How to Build a Girl: A Novel by Caitlin Moran
In the same spirit of her quirky, feminist memoir, How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran explicitly tackles the realities of growing up a teenage girl. Her voice is brash and honest. No topic from masturbation, to identity and music are left out. It is hilarious and outspoken.
You by Caroline Kepnes
In You, Caroline Kepnes writes a story about a thrilling romance in a dark fashion. It is disturbing and unexpected. This is not your typical romance novel. Guinevere Becks stumbles into a bookstore one day, where Joe works. He is immediately smitten by her, Guinevere is his dream girl. She is beautiful, witty, strong, and the sexiest girl he has ever laid eyes on. To her surprise, Joe is also perfect for her. Their mutual obsession turns into a perverse passion. Think Gone Girl but with an unmarried couple. Despite the fact that it seems that both lovers were tailored made for each other, You is nothing short of creepy. We urge you to find out.
Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg [Publishes November 4]
This is a treat for all literature fans, especially classic lit lovers. What if Jane Eyre or even Jay Gatsby had unlimited texting? Ortberg’s book will have you LOLing at every page. She has fabricated imaginary conversations by our most recognized literary characters. We predict Gatsby would have sent Daisy at least 50 text messages a day. Just imagine if Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, it would have been a passionate torture beyond belief.
[We hope we did not interrupt your day, but, frankly we can predict your excitement over each book once you read it. They are all true to their genre, but composed in a uniquely beautiful standard. They are far from boring and perfect to keep you company in the upcoming winter days. Let us know if you have read any of these yet or which ones you plan to read!]
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