Happy September, my favorite month of the year! It’s also the first pre-holiday giant publication month for the major publishers which means LOTS of awesome books to add to your TBR!
As the book buyer for a local independent book store, I have the great joy of being able to see what books are coming, what publishers are excited about, and more, a good three to nine months before the books are actually released. While this is normally very exciting, it also means that by the time the book comes out, I’ve most likely already read, and therefore forgotten, about it. My hope here is to a, share some exciting new titles with you, lovely book lovers and b, remind myself of all the books that will be arriving in the store this month! While the release dates are for US editions, most will be available internationally around the same time or shortly thereafter. In the USA, I recommend purchasing through Bookshop, in the UK, and many other parts of the world, I recommend Blackwell’s, and if neither of those cover where you live, I recommend checking out your local booksellers before turning to major chains/online for your book buying needs.
I’ve chosen a collection of books in a variety of genres because I have a myriad of tastes and interests, hopefully one, or a few, will appeal to you! Reviews will be posted for some of the titles as they are released!
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
- A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore – The second in the League of Extraordinary Women series, which I admittedly haven’t yet read the first in. However, Laura has read the first book and her review will be up on Sunday!
- Majesty by Katharine McGee – Another Laura pick, see her review of the first book in the American Royals series HERE.
- Mad & Bad: Real Heroines of the Regency by Bea Koch – Who doesn’t love a great work of feminist history? This book delves deeper than Jane Austen and shares what the world was like for the average everyday woman of the much-romanticized Regency era.
- Fangs by Sarah Andersen – Sarah Andersen’s first non-Sarah’s Scribbles book is a delightful vampire tale and it’s a great addition to her pantheon of work.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
- Eat a Peach by David Chang – I find myself starting every chef memoir in the last 20 pages for it is there that I’ve come to expect their recollections of their time spent with my hero, Tony, “Tony time” as Chang puts it. I ask our reps constantly about every chef memoir that comes to print, “yes, it looks good, but does it come even close to Tony?”
With a best friend in Brooklyn and brother in-law in Manhattan, I made a point in the last few years of visiting the big names of the NYC culinary world. And I love Momofuko. To read Chang’s story was a privilege and it brought me to tears and laughter. And while no one writes a culinary memoir quite like Tony, David Chang is certainly the closest I’ve come across in the last two years.
- Anxious People by Fredrick Backman – Admittedly I have yet to finish a Fredrik Backman novel, but returning to fiction is a new thing for me, so I hold out hope that I will soon. His latest strikes me as another winner for him and his practically cult following here in the states is sure to love it.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
- The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike – This series just gets better and better! I loved getting more POVs in this second book of the series and I fell even more into the world of Langoreth’s Britain! I absolutely cannot wait for the sure-to-be epic next book!
- More Than a Woman by Caitlin Moran – I’ve always enjoyed Caitlin Moran’s writing and her latest book is just as good as her other feminist essay collections.
- The Roommate by Rosie Danan – Rosie is coming to the bookstore I work at for a virtual signing so I figured I should give her book a quick read. She calls it an eroti-com instead of a rom-com, which should give a pretty good indication of what type of book it is.
- The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett – This is technically the fourth in the Knightsbridge series (the one with The Pillars of the Earth) but it’s a prequel and there are vikings! I hadn’t read a Ken Follett book before, but when vikings are included, how could I not?
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
- Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh – After waiting for years for Solutions and Other Problems, and wondering if Allie herself was doing okay, I couldn’t believe it when it arrived at the store for me to read. Full of Allie’s signature illustrations and humor, it’s the book her fans have been waiting for, answering many questions about how her life has been since Hyperbole and a Half, and also full of all sorts of stories from her life as a whole, from childhood through elder-millennial-hood. I can’t wait to share this book with her existing fans and new readers alike. I laughed out loud so hard I cried, and I teared up at the serious parts in the middle, the chapters where she recounts what happened when and after her sister died. Allie has delivered a book that will encourage you to cry out “me too!”, particularly when it comes to all instances relating to the small children she’s interacted with over the years.
- Overstated: A Coast to Coast Roast of the 50 States by Colin Quinn – I love books that dissect the differences between the 50 states, as well as the differences within those states, particularly my own state of Pennsylvania. Colin’s Overstated is a fun, but also enlightening, look at how the 50 states have been bludgeoned into staying together, and delves into the fact that it might be time for a divorce of sorts. Equally turns humorous and educational, Overstated is a great book for those who want to know more about the geopolitics of our country with some seriousness, but also sarcasm.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
- Nala’s World: One Man, His Rescue Cat, and a Bike Ride Around the Globe by Dean Nicholson – Nala has been one of my favorite Instagram cats since I first discovered her early last year and I’m actually really excited that most of my favorite IG felines are having their stories told by their humans. Nala’s story is definitely the most unique I’ve heard yet – from being smuggled into another country the day she’s found in the wild to all sorts of adventures across Europe with Dean, I hope to see her live a long and wonderful life full of epic travels.
- The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War by Catherine Grace Katz – While I knew a bit about Sarah Churchill and Anna Roosevelt, I had never heard of Kathy Harriman and I’m so disappointed that I had to wait until now to get to know her! I greatly enjoyed reading about such an important conference during WWII, but I enjoyed it even more so getting to see it from the perspectives of three young women. Despite the wealth of WWII nonfiction, Catherine Grace Katz has found a brand new story to tell and she does so masterfully.
- A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – A great start to a new series! I love Naomi’s writing and greatly enjoyed seeing her write in a different style than she did for Uprooted and Spinning Silver.
- Skyhunter by Marie Lu – The more of Marie’s books I read, the more I start to feel I’ve outgrown them a bit. She’s a tremendous writer and the perfect author for younger YA readers who are making the leap from middle grade books. Skyhunter is most similar to her Legend series in the sense that it’s about a young outcast fighting for survival, but with a much more sci-fi setting.
- The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – It’s a book about books and potential alternate realities. I love magical realism and Matt Haig is an expert in writing in that particular sub-genre.
While I enjoy doing this monthly collection, I ultimately hope that it is helpful to you, dear readers! Are there any books that I didn’t include that you’re excited for this month?