The fourth quarter of 2021 is has already snuck up on us. Wasn’t I just writing my second quarter post last week? What happened? Granted, I always end up feeling like this at the end of summer. Summer is just…this empty span of time I have to suffer through. Some folks may love summertime but I am not among them. I grew up in the mohave desert and I never, ever want to be that warm again. The heat makes me think of misery and torture. But, that’s just me. Now that fall is here I am once again excited to get outside and get some reading done to the dancing of crunchy leaves!
Here are the books coming out this October – December that you will catch me reading in those cool autumn breezes.
- Kingdom of the Cursed (Kingdom of the Wicked #2) by Kerri Maniscalco – Look, I am more than a little ashamed of myself. When I read Kingdom of the Wicked I vowed to not touch a single book in the rest of the series because I hated 95% of that book so much. But, oh boy, that last 5% really knew how to drag me in. For a year now I’ve thought about that book at random times and felt that same hate for it but, at the same time, I couldn’t help but be curious how the series would continue. Now, here I am, waiting to read Kingdom of the Wicked. I am an easy sell, folks. (young adult, fantasy, romance) October 5
- A Shadow in the Ember (Flesh and Fire #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I am SUCH a sucker. Was I let down by the third book in the Blood and Ash series? Yup, sure was! Severely disappointed. Did I get excited by this new series set in the same world and preorder it anyway? Oh, absolutely. This will be my first physical copy of an Armentrout book and despite my misgivings I’m still excited to read it. You can’t keep me from new adult fantasy! (new adult, fantasy, romance) October 19
- Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan – LGBT fantasy with mythology roots and the hint of romance? Yes please! I will be first in line for that, sign me right on up. The description for this book honestly does not give much away but something about it tugs at me anyway. Shadowy intrigue, captivating romance, what more could this book blogger want? (young adult, fantasy, mythology, LGBT) October 12
- The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling – Historical. Gothic. Horror. And is that hints of fantasy I hear, traipsing about in the description? Why, yes! That is what it sounds like! This book promises to leave readers shaken and I’m going to hold it to that. There is nothing more I love in October than a good, spooky book. (adult, gothic, horror) October 5
- A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw – Shea Ernshaw’s books don’t disappoint. Her debut, The Wicked Deep, has become a yearly fall vibes reread for me. Then I read her Winterwood and while the description really didn’t do a lot for me, the story sucked me and whisked me away. I absolutely love her writing style and even though the description for this book doesn’t tug at me I will absolutely be reading it. Ernshaw’s style just ticks all of my boxes. (Fantasy, mystery/thriller, adult) December 7
- Vespertine (Vespertine #1) by Margaret Rogerson – I freaking LOVE this author. Margaret Rogerson is a go-to, auto buy author for me. Her An Enchantment of Ravens is one of my all time favorite comfort reads and Sorcery of Thorns also swept me away. Do I know what this book is about? No. I talk about it all the time but I don’t think I have ever read the description and I am absolutely fine with that. It is Rogerson. For me, this is a no brainer. (young adult, fantasy, magic) October 5
- Gilded (Untitled #1) by Marissa Meyer – Me and Marissa Meyers books have a tenuous relationship. Take for instance her Lunar Chronicles. Tried them, not at all my thing. However, her Heartless was right up my alley and I loved it! But, I love Rumpelstiltskin retellings. There aren’t enough of them if you ask me so I am going into Gilded with an open mind and hopefully it is a story I can just gobble right up. (young adult, fantasy, retelling) November 2
- The Bone Shard Emperor (The Drowning Empire #2) by Andrea Stewart – The first book in this series, The Bone Shard Daughter, was amazing! The characters were so vivid, the story captivating, and lets just take a moment to talk about Mephi. If you don’t know who Mephi is read the book, find out, you won’t be disappointed. I would read the next book in this series for Mephi alone. (Adult fantasy) November 9
- The Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier – Look, I’ve read the description for this book three times now and every time I read it I think to myself, “Self, this sounds good. You should read that.” And then I pop over here to talk to ya’ll about it and I can’t remember a word of it. I know it gives me Ember in the Ashes vibes if that helps. Do I know why it gives me those vibes? Sure don’t, but there it is. (Fantasy, young adult, mystery) November 9
- The Untold Story (The Invisible Library #8) by Genevieve Cogman – The Invisible Library series is one of my favorite series of all time. I can see myself reading these books again and again across the decades and never getting tired of them. The characters are intelligent and witty, the stories are entertaining and well paced, and the settings are constantly shifting and changing to keep you on your feet. Do you love books about books with a side of mystery, murder, and the fantastical? Then give this series a try. (adult, fiction, mystery, SFF) December 28
There are so many great books coming out during the last part of 2021 but these ten stand out the most for me. I want to bring up an honorable mention of King of Battle and Blood by Scarlett St. Clair. This is another book I have preordered for the last quarter that promises to be a new adult fantasy romance with vampires. I’m hesitant on the vampire front but I adore new adult fantasy romance and the teases for this one have sounded fantastic!
What books are you most looking forward to throughout the holiday season? Yes, holiday season is October – December. Halloween counts. 🦇
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