9 Books I'm Reading This Autumn

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Fact: I don't do well with monthly TBRs.

And I know I'm not alone, because I don't think I've ever seen a person read every single book on their monthly TBR, though I'm sure a few such people exist. However, there is just something special about planning what you're going to read next—maybe it's the anticipation, maybe it's the list making itself, or maybe it's that hope that I will finally get through all of those books I bought, intended to read right away, but then left them sitting on my shelves for months (or years). My solution? Seasonal TBRs! I get to enjoy the planning while also leaving some room to read impulsively.

So, here's what I'm (hopefully) reading this autumn:

'Salem's Lot by Stephen King—you didn't think I could spend "Halloween season" without vampires, did you? I'm off to a good start here because I'm actually almost done reading this already, and I'm loving Stephen King's take on a vampire story. Heavily inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula'Salem's Lot has everything I need from this kind of novel: an old mansion, a small town, an autumnal setting, and mysterious strangers.

Dracula by Bram Stoker—something I probably should have read BEFORE 'Salem's Lot? This horror classic has been on my TBR for a really long time, partly because I always seem to want to save it for autumn, but then promptly forget about it when the season arrives. I'm making it happen this year!

Final Girls by Riley Sager—a recent purchase I've been really looking forward to reading. If you don't know the term, a "final girl" is that last surviving character in slasher horror movies, so this novel offers a few such survivors facing new problems. I'm hoping for lots of tension, suspense, bloody action, and horror movie references. 

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick—as much as I love thrillers, I need to make sure there is more to my TBR than that this autumn. I also need to read this in preparation for Blade Runner 2049, which is coming out in October. Also, I need more good science fiction in my life, and I've heard nothing but praise for Philip K. Dick's work.

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis—back to horror, and this time I'm intrigued by the fact that many people found this novel hard to stomach. Challenge accepted, I need to know just how brutal this thing is. I'm a big fan of the film adaptation as Christian Bale plays a fascinating serial killer, so I'm looking forward to comparing the novel to the movie. 

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier—a classic mystery I actually meant to read this summer, but never got around to it. I did, however, read My Cousin Rachel earlier this year, and absolutely loved du Maurier's writing style, so I can't wait to get into her most famous novel that so many people have recommended to me.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman—I'll admit, I don't know anything about this thriller, aside from people saying it really creeped them out. For me, this was largely a buzz-driver purchase as well as a "cover buy". Between the ominous cover art and the "don't open your eyes" tagline, Bird Box seems like the perfect audiobook to listen to on a gloomy autumn day. And possibly never sleep again.

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy—you know that Coen Brothers film that everyone loves? Well, I still haven't watched because sometimes I'm that person who wants to read the book first. I've been putting it off for years now, but since reading and absolutely loving The Road earlier this year, I am finally ready to take on this famous Western thriller.

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami—this is one of the authors I have always wanted to get into, but never got around to reading any of his novels. I even own three of his works, despite not being familiar with his writing, because I am convinced it's going to be love at first page. Well, I am determined to finally read my first Murakami novel before the year ends, and I'm starting with one that most people recommend as a starting point. I have no idea what it's about, not even what the genre is, but that part of the fun.

What are your reading plans this autumn?

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