September is the month of great reads

This month, and fall, is going to be chock-full of amazing reads. I tend to read things months or years after they are out and the buzz fades, so I’m going to try to keep a bit more up-to-date with new novels.

What novels are on your to-read list this fall? Here’s some that I’m looking forward to:

“A Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling (Sept. 27)

J.K. Rowling’s first foray into adult fiction. I loved the whole Harry Potter series, so I’m more than intrigued about how well she can write for an adult audience.

“Telegraph Avenue” by Michael Chabon (Sept. 11 — my birthday!)

I have Chabon’s “The Adventures of Cavalier and Clay” sitting on my bookcase, and it has been there, unread, for years. I tend to try to read what I already own by an author before buying more than one of their books — I need to see if I like their writing style. However, this one looks too good to not read right away. Seems to me like a mix between the cult film “Empire Records” and the rom-com “You’ve Got Mail.” I’ll definitely be picking this one up on Tuesday as a birthday present to myself.

“This Is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz (Sept. 11)

I read “The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” and enjoyed it. I also love that Diaz set that one and his new collection of short stories in New Jersey. I’m a proud Jersey girl, myself. I usually (really never) read short story collections — so I’ll use this as my introduction to them.

“Winter of the World” by Ken Follett (Sept. 18)

Ken Follett may be one of my favorite authors. I LOVED “Pillars of the Earth” and its follow-up, “World Without End.” He has compelling characters, deliciously interwoven plot lines, sex, violence and adventure. And now the follow-up to his behemoth of a book “Fall of Giants” (though “Pillars” and “World” were also incredibly long) is coming out mid-month. This one I will buy the day it is released and most likely power through in a few days. I just hope I can remember what happened in “Fall of Giants.” Follett is big into a large cast of characters, and I read the prequel a couple of years ago.


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