I generally like to plan my reading list out about a month in advance. While I don’t commit to reading exclusively from this list, it helps me to outline what books are a priority for me, and to keep my TBR pile from going stale. Having a general idea of what I’m going to read next helps to keep me motivated and focused on my reading goals.
September welcomes the beginning of fall, and here in Minnesota, that means temperatures are already beginning to hover in the mid-sixties. The onslaught of cooler, crisp weather has me craving magical and dark reads as we approach the Halloween season (which I take very, very seriously – I already had my Halloween costume picked out in early August). Everything I have prioritized for my September books has some sort of creepy or supernatural vibe, which is exactly what I need to kick off my fall.
Without further ado, here’s what I’m looking forward to reading in September:
- The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
I snagged a copy of this book as my August Book of the Month (BOTM), but didn’t get a chance to read it last month. This is another Gothic mystery by Ruth Ware about a nanny who has been charged with the murder of a child. The reader gets to hear the tale from the nanny’s point of view through letters she is writing to her lawyer from prison. This book takes place in the Scottish moors in a creepy, secluded Victorian – perfect chilling read for September!
- The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
I have a serious BOTM addiction – this was my YA BOTM pick for September (a separate subscription service by BOTM that caters just to young adult) and it arrived last week. Honestly, how do you resist a cover that looks like this one? Just gorgeous! This book is about a young girl named January who finds a door that is a portal to another world. I’m looking forward to reading this magical adventure.
- The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup
If you guessed that this is another BOTM pick, you’d be right! This is the highly-anticipated novel from the writer of the acclaimed Scandinavian TV show, The Killing. This story is about a serial killer terrorizing Copenhagen, and it is going to make the perfect horrific read this month.
- Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
This one is not a book I ordered through BOTM, but it is from another subscription service. I’m awaiting my copy of Serpent & Dove through The Bookish Box, a YA subscription service that delivers signed copies of YA books, plus other bookish goodies to your doorstep once a month. I’m not a monthly subscriber, but I ordered this month’s box as a one-time “gift” because literally everyone has been talking about the book. I’ve never ordered from The Bookish Box before, so I’m super excited to see how it compares to other subscriptions. The plot of Serpent & Dove centers around a forbidden love between a witch and witch-hunter. I’m not much for romance, but I have loved books about witches since I was a kid (probably in large part because of the movie Hocus Pocus, that came out when I was 7 or 8).
- The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
This is another YA book, and is coming in my September OwlCrate, which is a similar subscription to The Bookish Box. This is my second box from OwlCrate, and I am looking forward to the spooky goodies that will be in this month’s box. This month’s book is The Bone Houses (or so I’ve deduced from the clues provided, since OwlCrate “surprises” you with the book that arrives – but the clues they give make it pretty easy to figure out what book you’re getting). The Bone Houses is about a gravedigger and a mapmaker who team up to figure out why the dead in their local graveyard aren’t staying dead. CREEPY!
- Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield*
No subscription involved in this book – I picked up a copy of Once Upon a River from my local library. Once Upon a River has been selected as the December book for a local book club I’m part of. I realize I’m a few months early, but I wanted to get it on my TBR list sooner rather than later knowing it’s a lengthier read (464 pages). Once Upon a River is a story about a young girl whose lifeless body washes up on the shore of a river, and comes back to life hours after she is discovered by a group of locals. While this sounds more akin to the beginning of a zombie horror novel, Once Upon a River is not meant to be scary, and is described as “a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth.”
* Stretch goal – several of the previously listed books are 400+ pages, so it is unlikely I will get all the way through Once Upon a River.
What are you looking forward to reading this month?