Top Ten Tuesday: a mountain of autumn reading

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It’s Tuesday – and that means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday list!

This feature is hosted as ever by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s theme is fall to-read lists. Lucky for me, there are a ton of brilliant books coming out in the next few months that I can’t wait to get my paws on. Click on a cover image to pop over to the Goodreads page – and drop down to the comments to let me know if there are any other new releases that I should keep an eye out for.

The Heart Goes Lst1. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Since Atwood’s on my auto-buy list of authors, it would be ridiculous to overlook her new novel. Charmaine and Stan are living in their car when they get the offer of a lifetime: stable jobs and a house, no questions asked. There’s only one small catch: they have to spend every second month in a jail cell as part of a “social experiment.” What could possibly go wrong?

 

Slade House2. Slade House by David Mitchell

David Mitchell is another of my all-time favourite authors – intertwined narratives, thoroughly detestable bad guys, and weird curvy storylines abound. This tale comes from an unlikely avenue – first published in its original form in 140-characters pieces on Twitter. If anyone can pull it off, Mictchell can.

 

 

Cold Fame Citrus3. Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

We land in a drought-stricken version of the near future, following Luz and Ray as they try to survive in an increasingly parched North America. Hope and despair bloom when they meet a mysterious child and a man who claims he can find water – even in the desert.

 

 

Two years eight months and4. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie

A djinn princess falls in love with a mortal man, and centuries later their descendants are scattered around the globe. After a great storm, they start developing strange fable-worthy abilities all at once. After all, two years, eight months and twenty eight nights is a recipe for a thousand and one nights.

 

 

The Story of My Teeth5. The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli

Highway is a collector of famous teeth: Plato, Petrach, Virginia Woolf, and the list goes on. This novel explores the story of his teeth and the story of his life – travelling, storytelling, literary references galore, and the rich and vibrant culture of Luiselli’s Mexican suburbia.

 

Symphony for the City6. Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson

I cannot begin to describe how much up my alley this book is. I once wrote a paper on the life of composer Shostakovich, and I’ve read and reread Anderson’s Feed more times than I’m comfortable admitting. I also have a thing for novels set in Soviet Russia. Just try and keep me off this one. I dare you.

 

The Tsar of Love and Techno7. The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

I’m trying to curb my bad habit of automatically shying away from short story collections, and this book is next in line to fight the good fight. These interconnected tales take place in the Soviet empire, which is definitely my jam, and come from a well-renowned author. What could go wrong?

 

Upright Beasts8. Upright Beasts by Lincoln Michel

That’s right – this makes two short story collections in one to-read list. Michel dives into the darker side of human nature – weird, twisty places including a zombie apocalypse, a school where all the teachers have disappeared, and an apartment building filled with people who have attempted suicide.

 

Radiance9. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente

An alternate 1986: the daughter of a famous romantic movie director, heroine Severin secretly makes documentaries about the solar system. The result: a novel that’s one part magic, one part sad story, two parts rebellion, three parts science fiction, and one hundred per cent amazing (I predict, anyway).

 

Ghostly10. Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories edited by Audrey Niffenegger

Let’s make it a round hat trick – here’s a third set of short stories I’m actually excited to read. Niffenegger (of Time Traveler’s Wife fame) collects the best in haunted and ghostly tales from Edgar Allan Poe to Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury to Edith Wharton. It’s sort of impossible to go wrong.

How about you – what’s on your autumn mountain of reading? Any shiny new releases I should keep an eye out for? Link to your TBR in the comments!

If this doesn’t quite quench your thirst for autumn to-read lists, I highly recommend checking out this list from Anthony Biondi, and this list from Katie Stobbart. They have good taste! Take advantage of it!

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