Reading Goals: What’s Coming Fall 2019

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It’s been almost two months since I posted a reading goals update. I knew at the beginning of the year when I started these that I’d do a bad job of sticking with them and that has been true so far. So why am I doing another now? I don’t know. Why not? Seems like I’m setting myself up for failure but I’m gonna do it anyway.

This time however I’m going to discuss my tentative plans for the next few months, not just what’s coming in September. Fall starts tomorrow (I go by the meteorological definition, not that astronomical nonsense) and I couldn’t be more excited. This kicks off my fav period of the year leading all the way into Christmas and the New Year and the start of Winter (BRING ON THE SNOW!!!!). The days get shorter, the temps drop, the leaves turn, we start to bundle up, there’s fall festivals and caramel/candied apples, harvest food, and it’s a perfect season to cozy up next to a fire with a good book. I love it!

So what books am I gonna cozy up by he fire and read? Well…with the change in season Over the next three months I’m trying to fit my reads into some themes. They aren’t all necessarily season related, but they’ll do. First up is Self-Published Fantasy Month.

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Tomorrow kicks off Self-Published Fantasy Month here on the blog. I’ve been looking forward to September for a while and I’m excited for the books I’ve got lined up to read. Here they are so far…

First up will be a review of Up To The Throne, by Toby Frost. I’ve already finished this one and just need to get the review written. It’s a Renaissance style fantasy with some steampunk like elements. Up To The Throne is an entrant in #SPFBO5 as well. More to come on this one.

I’m currently reading Tales of Kingshold, by D.P. Woolliscroft. Tales of Kingshold is book 1.5 in the Wildfire Cycle and expands upon some of the characters and events from Kingshold. 

The third book I plan to read for Self-Published Fantasy Month is Fortune’s Fool, by Angela Boord. This is Angela’s debut and another renaissance era fantasy that I’m really excited to crack open. It’s also an entrant in #SPFBO5. I’ve been seeing some great reviews for it already and it looks really promising.

I may have time to read one more for Self-Published Fantasy month but I’m not ready to commit to any one book in particular just yet. I may also decide to get a jump start on some other books that are causing my TBR to topple over for future posts. All I can say is stay tuned for more.

OctoberSpookyReads

For October I’ve been wanting to read some books with a Halloween feel. This means anything in the horror/supernatural genres. Since the beginning of the year I’ve changed the lineup for October at least five times. I’ll probably change it at least once more before the month gets here. At the moment here are the books I plan on reading…

I’m not sure how to describe The Narrows, by Travis M. Riddle. It’s a self-published novel and #SPFBO5 entrant about a group of friends who have returned to their hometown for the funeral of another close friend. When visiting the scene of his death one of the friends makes a “chilling discovery” and must travel into the Narrows to learn what really happened. Almost every review I’ve seen describes it as a spooky read perfect for the Halloween season.

Knight of The Black Rose by James Lowder was published back in 1991 as part of the Dungeons & Dragons Ravenloft setting. Ravenloft is D&D’s fantasy horror setting. Back in the 90’s they released a number of books to go along with the role playing game. This one is about Lord Soth, a Death Knight originally from the Dragonlance setting who finds himself lost in the mists and ends up in the lands of Ravenloft. I read a friend’s copy of Knight of The Black Rose back in high school but I don’t remember much about it. I managed to find a copy at my local used bookstore a few weeks back and I put it on my October list immediately.

I don’t know for sure if Vicious, by V.E. Schwab is really a horror book but it looks like one. I mean that red and black cover and all those bones along that path the dude is walking down…how could it not be? And then the two main characters are Victor and Eli. Victor is definitely a Halloween character name right? In all seriousness this is a book with supernatural elements where two friends stumble upon something extraordinary that may turn into something horrible. That’s what I gather from the back cover at least. Schwab has a gazillion fans so I’m sure one will read this and tell me if I’m on the right track.

I have a few other books that could be a potential fourth book for the month if I have time. I’d love to do a read of some of Joe Hill’s Locke & Key books, but I’m not committing to anything else yet.

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November is SciFi Month hosted by @deargeekplace and @imyril on Twitter. Now, I grant that I really shouldn’t need to have a separate month devoted to reading science fiction in general as I run a speculative fiction blog, but if I’m honest with myself I have to admit I read WAY more fantasy than science fiction. So it really can’t hurt to devote a little time to fantasy’s sibling. I don’t plan to go all in and read nothing but science fiction in November (see below for more) but I would like to read at least two books…

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley came out earlier this year and got rave reviews. A military SciFi book that’s been compared to Starship Troopers and The Forever War in it’s greatness. It will be the first of Hurley’s books I’ve ever read and I’m really looking forward to it.

Fusion World by Joseph Lewis Tamone is one of a handful of books I received from new publisher Chandra Press months ago. I’ve only reviewed one of what they sent me so I’m starting to feel guilty. Fusion World is about alien invasion and resistance and apparently has a female assassin who likes knives…so yeah I’m here for this.

You may also see a review of Velocity Weapon by Megan O’Keefe during this month. I read it weeks ago and haven’t written it up yet. This would be a good time to post it but I know Orbit would love to see it up sooner…we’ll see. I’ll need to spend some time reading other things during November because I’ve got a bunch of books on my TBR at the moment that have been sent to me either by authors or publishers who are gonna want to see their stuff reviewed. Hopefully I can knock a few of those out.

The last big thing I’m doing in the fall is something I don’t have a banner for yet, but I need to make one. During the month of November I’ll be hosting the…

DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT READ ALONG

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Be on the lookout for more about this as November nears. I’ve wanted to come back to the series that started it all for me and what better way to do it than to read it in Autumn with others who loved the story as much as I did as a kid? And maybe we’ll pick up some new readers along the way. I’m probably going to create a Goodreads group for this and anyone who wants to join the discussion will be welcome. If it goes well maybe I’ll do a Dragons of Winter Night read along in January.

Well that’s all I’ve got for now. Check back with me in December to see how well I managed to stick to this plan. I’d love to know what you’re reading over the next few months and would super love it if you joined me for Self-Published Fantasy Month or the Dragons of Autumn Twilight read-along.

– Jason

 

8 thoughts on “Reading Goals: What’s Coming Fall 2019

  1. I would highly, highly recommend skipping Knight of the Black Rose. I just read it a little bit ago and my goodness, it is every cliched trope and mediocre writing you could ask for. Now, if you’ve got a history with the Ravenloft campaigns and it is a nostalgia thing, that might be a little different. But seriously, it was pretty poorly written. I’d previously read “Ring of Winter” by Lowder and it was pretty poor too. He’s definitely a franchise writer, so reader beware.

    Best of luck on your Dragonlance re-reads. I hope it turns out great for you 🙂

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  2. I don’t want to wait until November for Science Fiction moooonnntthhhhh Waaaahhhh! For my fall TBR list I do enjoy some quality dark fantasy but for the most part I’m drawn to sci-fi! I recently read a totally addictive book called “Two Skies Before Night” by author Robert Gryn (http://www.robertgrynbooks.com/). It is so hard to categorize this book because it has so much going on for it. It’s like dystopian science fiction meets detective/crime fiction meets fantasy. A double murder mystery takes place in a city where there is an “Above” and “Below” for the alien races that live there with a very strict class system. Detective Lang is in charge of figuring out the murder of an alien couple, the man from the above (the elite class) and the woman from the below. I read this book because it won the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and I love checking out indie authors! The noir thriller addition really kept the pace moving and I hope to see more from this world. Let me know if you check it out
    Happy Reading!

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