September 4, 2013

Magical & Mysterious Fall Reading

Wow. I looked back in time to see my adult fall reading list from last year, and I didn't throw that one at you guys until October. Here we are in September, and it may seem a smiiiiiidge early for autumnal, cozy reading fare, but see here's the thing. It's fall now. Even though it's not. But it is! It's fall in my MIND, and my SOUL, and's just fall time is what it is, and here is my second annual autumn reading list. You can read it now, or come back in October, it makes no big diff to me. But since you're here now, you might as well read it, yesadoodle.

 So, guess what. 'The Ghost Bride' by Yangsze Choo is sitting in my house RIGHT NOW. I saw it in Powell's bookstore and longed for it. Didn't buy it. Checked the library. Didn't want to wait. Got myself a little present, that's what I did! A Chinese girl living in Malaysia is propositioned by an elderly wealthy couple to become a 'ghost bride' ~ a wife to their dead son. This apparently was a real custom, called a spirit marriage. I AM SO FASCINATED. Apparently the girl becomes entangled both with the dead man's ghost and the real and alive prospect of a relationship with the dead man's cousin, and crazytown weirdness ensues. Sounds totally original and unlike anything I've read before.

I'm also crazy excited for 'The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic' by Emily Croy Barker, which is supposedly this year's 'A Discovery of Witches'. I don't really care what it's about or that it involves magical travels through time, I'd buy this one for the cover alone.

And my girl Lainey put me onto 'The Bone Season' by Samantha Shannon, who is being called the next J.K. Rowling. That's pretty heavy, but apparently Shannon is that good. This is the 1st of a planned SEVEN book series. Go read the description of Shannon's imagined new society, wherein gifted psychics are labeled criminals. On the one hand, major fantasy writers like Tolkien and Orwell are being mentioned when discussing her book, and on the other hand, someone called it a "British 'Twilight' series." THAT MAKES NO NEVERMIND TO ME, I'm there either way!

 'The House of Impossible Loves' by Christina Lopez Barrio got a lot of disappointing reviews on Amazon and yet I still might give this one a whirl. It's about a family of cursed women, who are continually unlucky in love and who continually give birth to girls of them has a boy.

'Black Spring' is brand new this past August and is described as a magical and wizard-esque take on 'Wuthering Heights'. SOLD.

'Baba Yaga' by Toby Barlow is another one I saw at Powell's. All you need to know is this description: "a novel of love, spies, and witches in 1950s Paris—and a cop turned into a flea." WHO'S WITH ME???


'The Inheritor' by the great Marion Zimmer Bradley is one I read years ago, and just pulled off the shelf the other day, thinking that it should be re-read. It was great and genuinely creepy. The beginning half of the book scared me. Can someone who's also read it explain what happened at the end? I thought it was about ghosts, but it ended up turning into something about a magical vortex of power. I'm still not sure what it was about. But I liked this book a tremendous lot; Zimmer Bradley sets up a great vibe in the weird-house-goings-on.

'Dreams and Shadows'. A clash between the fairy world and our world. I'm ALL IN.

I think my mom has 'The Thirteenth Tale' by Diane Setterfield floating around at her house, I need to go find it. It's been around for awhile, but I've never read it. Ghosts. A mysterious and reclusive writer with different versions of her life. Gothic intrigue. Twins and abandoned babies. A dark ruined house and long kept secrets. Apparently in the vein of Bronte (Charlotte) and du Maurier. Sounds like perfect fall reading!

SO. Anything strike your fancy? Got something else for me? This list is totally awesome, by the way. Yay, me!

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  1. What an awesome stack my dear.

    I've been meaning to look up Ghost Bride.

    1. I started it last night! Really good so far! :)

  2. I *highly* recommend The Thirteenth Tale.

  3. Good grief. So much to investigate!

    I have read The Thirteenth Tale. We received several advanced readers' copies when the book first came out, as it was a B&N Book Club pick. I have to admit, I was disappointed in it. I love the authors she is paying tribute to, but I felt like she needed to set it further back in time for the story to work. Then again, it may have been me. Everyone else I know who has read it seems to have loved it!

    1. Ghost Bride, yo! That's what I'm starting with :)

  4. I am totally with you with Baba Yaga! I want to find out! Ghost bride creeps me out a little as I am not a brave soul when it comes to ghost but it seems really interesting!

  5. Great recommendations! I loved The Thirteenth Tale.

    1. Oh good! I think I'll try it out later in the fall :)