Hello dear readers! I have to admit I could hardly wait for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday! This is something I’ve been *casually* blabbing about for months wherever I could squeeze in my opinion, but now I have a whole damn topic OH MY. We’re talking about my most anticipated reads for the second half of the year, and this year it’s CRIMINAL. Not one, but more than five of my favorite authors are publishing a long awaited book this autumn. Like I needed another reason to love my favorite season. ❤ Prepare for ultimate fangirling and an unreasonable dose of hype! TTT is a weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl, and every Tuesday there is a different themed post of top 10 things.
1. The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton, October 6th 2020
We’re starting with a bang, which is one of my top two most anticipated books, The Devil and the Dark Water. Stuart Turton wrote a hecking debut two years ago, a book which turned my literary world upside-down and made me question if The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was just that good, or are all the other books mediocre. I am not sorry for what I just said. Now the question is, can Turton one-up himself? We’ll see in October, if the world doesn’t end before it.
A murder on the high seas. A detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist.
It’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent.
But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered.
And then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel.
Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?
With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger onboard. A mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.
2. One by One by Ruth Ware, November 12th 2020
I am highly excited for Ware’s new novel, not because she’s one of my favorites, but because she’s proven to be a very good writer, and she’s been fairly consistent at it with all of her five novels. Her upcoming book sounds like it’s influenced by Christie’s And Then There Were None, which is one of my favorites, and that’s a big bonus!
Getting snowed in at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cozy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your coworkers…and you can’t trust any of them?
When an off-site company retreat meant to promote mindfulness and collaboration goes utterly wrong when an avalanche hits, the corporate food chain becomes irrelevant and survival trumps togetherness. Come Monday morning, how many members short will the team be?
3. The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi, August 4th 2020
Since this is a debut, I’m not familiar with this author at all, but I’ve heard very good things about the ARC of this novel by a bookstagramer with a taste similar to mine, so I really think I’ll like it! It sounds deliciously mind bending like Evelyn Hardcastle, and I need more books like that in my life!
There are rules for murder mysteries. There must be a victim. A suspect. A detective. The rest is just shuffling the sequence. Expanding the permutations. Grant McAllister, a professor of mathematics, once sat down and worked them all out – calculating the different orders and possibilities of a mystery into seven perfect detective stories he quietly published. But that was thirty years ago. Now Grant lives in seclusion on a remote Mediterranean island, counting the rest of his days.
Until Julia Hart, a sharp, ambitious editor knocks on his door. Julia wishes to republish his book, and together they must revisit those old stories: an author hiding from his past, and an editor, keen to understand it.
But there are things in the stories that don’t add up. Inconsistencies left by Grant that a sharp-eyed editor begins to suspect are more than mistakes. They may be clues, and Julia finds herself with a mystery of her own to solve.
4. Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman, October 6th 2020
If this were just a new Alice Hoffman novel I’d be over the moon, I adore her writing. But. Practical Magic is one of my favorite books ever, and with The Rules of Magic we already got a beautiful prequel we do not deserve, in the form of the Owens aunts and their coming of age. And now. Now we go to the root of it all and we’re getting the story of the family matriarch, Maria Owens, who was accused of witchcraft in 1600’s Salem, and created the infamous curse that plagues the family to this day. This officially became the Owens saga and I’m HERE for it.
Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she’s abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the “Unnamed Arts.” Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back.
When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it’s here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. Love is the only thing that matters.
5. A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik, September 29th 2020
I fell in love with Novik’s writing in Uprooted, and at this point I’ll read anything she writes. But A Deadly Education isn’t anything, it’s about a magic school. Are we getting a new Harry Potter? I don’t hecking know but I’m very excited! This will also be Novik’s first YA novel, I believe, so I’m excited to see what she’ll do with it.
A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets. There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere. El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students.
6. The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow, October 13th 2020
More witches please! I really want to read more witchy books, and Harrow’s new book caught my eye, even though I haven’t read her debut yet (But I will). The fact that this is a historical, paranormal, adult fantasy gives me HOPE for future and please, writers, do more of that. Honestly, I cannot wait. *Clicks the preorder button*
In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.
But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.
7. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, October 6th 2020
More devils too! ❤ V, the writing goddess, has finally finished her coveted Addie LaRue and WHY was I denied the ARC? :O I will patiently wait, hopefully avoiding any spoilers for what will surely become one of my favorite novels ever. V writes it I love it, that’s just how it works you guys! *enters panic mode until October*
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.
8. Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell, July 14th 2020
David Mitchell is a genre-bending writerly wizard, so it’s safe to say I will like a grocery list he writes. This time he’s going to do his magic on the 60’s and its music. Hippy culture is not necessarily my favorite thing in the world, but Mitchell has a way with words that would make me fall in love with a blender manual penned by him.
Utopia Avenue are the strangest British band you’ve never heard of. Emerging from London’s psychedelic scene in 1967 and fronted by folksinger Elf Holloway, guitar demigod Jasper de Zoet and blues bassist Dean Moss, Utopia Avenue released only two LPs during its brief and blazing journey from the clubs of Soho and draughty ballrooms to Top of the Pops and the cusp of chart success, to glory in Amsterdam, prison in Rome and a fateful American fortnight in the autumn of 1968.
David Mitchell’s new novel tells the unexpurgated story of Utopia Avenue; of riots in the streets and revolutions in the head; of drugs, thugs, madness, love, sex, death, art; of the families we choose and the ones we don’t; of fame’s Faustian pact and stardom’s wobbly ladder. Can we change the world in turbulent times, or does the world change us? Utopia means ‘nowhere’ but could a shinier world be within grasp, if only we had a map?
9. Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite by Zoraida Córdova, September 22nd 2020
You know I love anthologies, right? Short stories are great and you need to stop ignoring them people. I’ve never read a Vampire anthology though, and am very excited to read what amazing authors like Zoraida Córdova, Tessa Gratton, Rebecca Roanhorse and my queen Victoria Schwab wrote (And many more authors too!). You can’t really go that wrong with vampires, if we forget about Twilight.
In this delicious new collection, you’ll find stories about lurking vampires of social media, rebellious vampires hungry for more than just blood, eager vampires coming out―and going out for their first kill―and other bold, breathtaking, dangerous, dreamy, eerie, iconic, powerful creatures of the night.
Welcome to the evolution of the vampire―and a revolution on the page.
Vampires Never Get Old includes stories by authors both bestselling and acclaimed, including Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, and Kayla Whaley.
10. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, September 15th 2020
I started this post with one of my two most anticipated reads, and this is the second one. There are three reasons I am physically unable to hold it together when it comes to Piranesi. The first is the synopsis. Read it. Get it? The second is the tiny fact that Susanna Clarke wrote one of my ultimate favorites – Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, a god among books. And the third is that this is only the second novel Clarke ever wrote. She’s not a prolific writer, she’s a slow writer, and she’s ill. It took her over a decade, but this godly woman has given us Piranesi, and I will give her my money and devotion and my first born child.
Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.
There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.
I will totally understand if you no longer want to associate with me. I am a pitiful, desperate fangirl, and I need these books to live. I only preordered The Devil and the Dark Water, and I’m aiming at Piranesi next, once I can afford it, but hopefully I’ll be able to put in a preorder for each one of these, except the July one. Whenever I do manage to get these awesome books, I will surely have tons of fun reading this winter. What are your most anticipated books of July-December, and how desperate are you to get your hands on them? Are any of the books I talked about on your list? Talk to me in comments and have a beautiful week! ❤