This Fall’s Best Fiction (2018)

I admit that this post’s title is a little misleading. I can’t say this will be the BEST fiction released this autumn, but it is what I am most excited to read on my own to be read list. Below is a mix of genre, young adult, and literary fiction, all of which look promising. So here’s to the *best reading season of the year. In no particular order:

10. Elevation by Stephen King. A return to Castle Rock!

09. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton. Kate hasn’t let me down yet.

08. Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey. Love, loss, and a mysterious, isolated town in Canada.

07. Melmoth by Sarah Perry. Set in Prague, this novel features a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. Sold.

06. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. It feels like I have been waiting so long for this one!

05. The Lost Country by William Gay. I worry a bit about posthumous books, but there’s a one-armed conman named Roosterfish, so I think it’ll be alright.

04. Golden State by Lydia Keasling. “Keenly observed, bristling with humor, and set against the beauty of a little-known part of California, The Golden State is about class and cultural breakdowns, and desperate attempts to bridge old and new worlds. But more than anything, it is about motherhood: its voracious worry, frequent tedium, and enthralling, wondrous love.”

03. The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox. It’s almost October and it’s a novel with ties to the Salem Witch Trials – the perfect pairing.

02. Scribe by Alyson Hagy. Traditional folktale mixed with post-apocalyptic Appalachia and the power of written word.

01. Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness. Although parts are problematic, I can’t get enough of the world of All Souls. Vampires, witches, and….doctors, oh my.

What are you excited to read this autumn? For more lists, go here.

*Is it just me, or is reading just THAT much better when it gets a little colder, a little darker, and there are pumpkin muffins present?

(Delightful photo found here.)

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