8 Autumn Must-Read Recommendations


By Casey Rose Frank

September has a huge slate of new book releases, some of which I’ve already read and am eager to share, and others that are on my To-Be-Read list. In case you’re looking to add to your TBR pile as well, here are my recommended autumn reads:

Books I can personally attest are awesome:

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, Cherise Wolas (August 29)


Though its publication falls within what we’d still consider summer, this is one of my favorite reads of the year, making it necessary for me to put it on everyone’s radar. Wolas’s writing, in creating Joan Ashby and creating Ashby’s work, is absolutely stunning. The kind of purposeful, clear, intelligent writing that will make other writers both inspired and envious in equal turns.

Writing style aside, the story itself is a deeply interesting one as both Ashby and the reader have to not only unpack some interesting ideas about identity in general, but what it looks like to be a female, a female writer, and a mother.

As the book moves across the years of Joan’s life, it becomes apparent that her heart is a writer’s heart, and that there is not only permission, but grace, in continuing to create, in doing what you love.

Sourdough, Robin Sloan (September 5)


I loved Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. It was compact, and peppered with the kinds of idiosyncrasies I find charming. Which is why I was excited to read Sloan’s newest book that is part magic, part technology, and part exploration of what it means to dare to be many things.

As readers follow Lois through her adventures in baking and on the path away from loneliness, she meets many interesting people, each with their own opinions about retaining traditions vs. seeking out the newest and best methodologies for everything. History belongs not only to people, but even to something like a sourdough starter, and to watch the how that shapes things is incredibly interesting.

Warning: this beginning of this book in particular will make you crave bread and have you considering the possibility of setting the book down to try your hand at baking your own loaf.

Lies She Told, Cate Holahan (September 12)


This book contains a thriller within a thriller, guiding readers on a twister path of trying to puzzle out just how much of the story within the story is fiction. At first I had a hard time keeping the two stories separate in my mind, but it gets easier as the story goes on and the characters become more fully realized. Liza is a wonderfully unreliable narrator and as you learn more about her past you may find yourself rooting for her nonetheless.

Best Day Ever, Kaira Rouda (September 19)


This book is so full of fantastic reveals that I don’t want to say much about it. It is best enjoyed going into blind, and be prepared to read it in one sitting! This relatively short book packs a lot of punch and delivers some serious tension.

Books on my Fall TBR List:

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6), Sarah J Maas (September 5)


I believe I’ve mentioned my deep and abiding love for all of Maas’s books in a previous book rundown, but let me tell you again what fantastic fantasy novels they are. Many of her books, especially the later books in the TOG series don’t read like YA. If you haven’t read the series yet, this autumn would be a great time to hunker down with the now six Throne of Glass books, and the three A Court of Thorn and Roses books.

Moxie, Jennifer Mathieu (September 19)


Brace yourselves 30-somethings, but apparently the Riot Grrrls of the ’90s could have teenage daughters. Main character Viv takes a page from her mother’s playbook and starts distributing an anonymous feminist zine to speak out against the sexism in her school. Girls supporting girls, anti-sexism content and movement against the patriarchy? I am 100% here for it.

There’s Someone Inside Your House, Stephanie Perkins (September 26)


I’m one of the few people who enjoyed the MTV series Scream (the first season at least) There’s something about slasher films meeting the modern world teen fiction that is uniquely entertaining. That this new book of gruesome murders was written by an author well-known for her contemporary teen romances has me doubly intrigued.

Sleeping Beauties, Stephen King and Owen King (September 26)


I’m a diehard SK fan. I’m especially excited for this strange tale of women in the world who suddenly start sleeping in cocoons, and if disturbed from their slumber become feral violent creatures. It sounds bonkers, and that’s completely okay with me. I’m going to see King and his son speak about the book at an event on the 27th, where perhaps I’ll get new insights into the story.

SK related note: For those disappointed that The Dark Tower movie failed to deliver, Netflix has turned “Gerald’s Game” into a series with Carla Gugino. This book straight up terrified me as a teenager and I’m willing to give this new adaptation a try.

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