10 Fall Books I’m Watching Out For in 2017
September is rapidly approaching and that means publishers will soon be releasing their fall books. I may not get as much time to read as I’d like to – no, you have a stack of unread books by your bed – but I still like to keep tabs on new releases.
Even though Winds of Winter is apparently never going to be published, the 2017 lineup of fall books has plenty of other offerings to cure your inner bookworm. Here are 10 fall books I’m looking forward to!
Fall books to watch for – Fiction
A Column of Fire by Ken Follett. This book is one of the releases I’m most looking forward to. I can’t even tell you how excited I am. I adored Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. A Column of Fire takes us back to Kingsbridge, but as it stands during the reign of Elizabeth I. Are you kidding me?! An amazing story I’m already in love with, but now set in my favourite historical time period? I cannot get my hands on this book fast enough. Release date is September 12, 2017 and it’s available for pre-order through Indigo and Amazon.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. This is Celeste Ng’s second novel after her debut smash Everything I Never Told You. The premise pits Stepford suburbia against art, motherhood, and the bid for individualism. I have a feeling that this book is going to be very topical given the current social and political climate in America. Plus, reviews are praising it. Release date is September 12, 2017 and it’s available for pre-order through Indigo and Amazon.
Fall books to watch for – Thriller/Mystery
A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carré. The master of spy novels is back with his first Smiley novel in a quarter century. This book is a follow up to Le Carré’s earlier books The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. A Legacy of Spies is going to be awesome. My only question is: do I dive right into this one, or I re-read the first two to get fully immersed? Release date is September 5, 2017 and it’s available for pre-order through Indigo and Amazon.
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz. Stieg Larsson may be gone, but his lead character, Lisbeth Salander, certainly isn’t. In this book, she finally pairs up with Mikael Blomkvist again, which is fantastic as far as I’m concerned. Their partnership was part of what made Girl with the Dragon Tattoo so engrossing, yet in every subsequent book they barely spend time together. I’m excited to see where this re-partnership goes as well as what we’ll learn about Lisbeth’s convoluted back story. Release date is September 12, 2017 and it’s available for pre-order through Indigo and Amazon.
Origin by Dan Brown. Steadfast know-it-all Robert Langdon is back! In this religion vs. science vs. history adventure, Langdon travels through Spain to face a whole new set of cryptic challenges. I don’t expect to need much brain power for this read, but sometimes you need good fluff too. Brown’s post DaVinci Code publications haven’t been as popular, so it’ll be interesting to see how this does. Release date is October 3, 2017 and is available for pre-order through Indigo and Amazon.
Fall books to watch for – Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Artemis: A Novel by Andy Weir. Weir recently shot to fame with his first novel The Martian and its subsequently successful Hollywood counterpart. Weir returns to outer space for his second novel Artemis. This book tells the story of a thief living in a colony on the Moon. It’ll be hard for Weir to live up to the hype after the success of his first book, but this mash-up of genres has me intrigued. I hope it’ll provides a fun heist story; full of the same dry humour that was so great in The Martian. Release date is November 14, 2017 and is available for pre-order on Indigo and Amazon.
Fall books to watch for – Short Stories
Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks. Yes Tom Hanks, beloved actor, has turned published writer. I worked in a bookstore for almost a decade, and in that time I saw many actors try to write and fail miserably. I’m skeptical about books from actors-turned-writers for that reason. However, Hanks is notoriously low-PR so I don’t think this is just publicity stunt. I’m willing to suspend my skepticism for now and give this one a whirl. I hope the collection of stories mimic Hanks’ personality: irreverent, yet unafraid of emotion. Only reading will tell! Release date is October 17, 2017 and is available for pre-order on Indigo and Amazon.
Fall Books to Watch For: Teen
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman. I devoured the original Dark Materials trilogy, so I was ecstatic when Pullman announced he was writing an “equal”. That is a story that is neither a prequel nor a sequel, rather one that happens concurrent to the original. I always felt that there was something about Lyra that we didn’t know or understand so I am pumped to learn more about her. A warning if you haven’t read the original trilogy – this series is DARK. Release date is October 19, 2017 and it’s available for pre-order through Indigo or Amazon.
Fall Books to Watch For: Kids
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition by JK Rowling and Jim Kay. In case you missed it in my About page, I am a huge Potter-head. I am not ashamed to admit that I have lost count of how many times I’ve read the series, and my collection of books is kind of ridiculous. Rowling has now teamed up with illustrator Jim Kay, so I have to collect the illustrated versions too. Their editions for Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets were beautiful and I expect nothing less for Prisoner of Azkaban. Needless to say, it will be hitting my bookshelf the second it comes out. Release date is October 12, 2017 and is available for pre-order on Indigo and Amazon.
Harry Potter – A History of Magic by the British Library. The publishing gods have smiled upon us Potter-heads, giving us two additions to our list of fall books. If you are like me, and always need MOAR MAGIC, then check out this book. Based on the Harry Potter Exhibition, this book is the ultimate go-to for magical info. I was lucky enough to geek out and see the exhibition in person when it came to Seattle in 2010. It’s been 7 years and I still remember little details. I digress. The book is jam-packed with all things Harry and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Release date is October 20, 2017 and is available for pre-order through Indigo and Amazon.