Best books: Autumn 2017
This is the first post in what I hope is going to be a long series about which new books I enjoyed the most that came out the last couple of months. I hope you will have as much fun reading this series as I have writing it!
The Goblins of Bellwater – Molly Ringle
Title: The Goblins of Bellwater Author: Molly Ringle Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing Publication date: October 1st 2017
A contemporary romance inspired by Christina Rossetti’s eerie, sensual poem, “Goblin Market.” Four neighbors encounter sinister enchantments and a magical path to love in a small, modern-day Puget Sound town, where a fae realm hides in the woods and waters…
Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out.
Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.
Unaware of what’s happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye both to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever.
It’s a midwinter night’s enchantment as Livy, the only one untainted by a spell, sets out to save them on a dangerous magical path of her own.
Who should read this:
I LOVE reading about goblins. They are little scary creatures that couldn’t give less about people and there perfectly organised world. They are the bad guys in this book. Which made me like them even more.
This book also has quite some romance in it. So, if you are a sucker for romance like me, there is a big chance you’ll like this book.
Lastly, the cover is just absolutely gorgeous. So even if you didn’t like the book, you can always just take some nice pictures of it for your Instagram or tumblr account!
Little Fires Everywhere – Celest NG
Title: Little Fires Everywhere Author: Celeste Ng Publisher: Penguin Press Publication date: 12 September 2017
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.
Who should read this:
This was my first book by Celeste Ng, so I can’t compare it to her other work. Bit I do like to compare it to Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. This time the children are a little bit older, but it has the same amount of parental drama!
If you like to read about dysfunctional relationships in families, this one is definitely the one for you! I don’t know if you can say this a humorous book, but sometimes it does get quite absurd!
The language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic – Leigh Bardugo
Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic Author: Leigh Bardugo Publisher: Macmillan/Imprint Publication date: 26 September 2017
Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.
Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.
Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.
This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.
Who should read this:
After Six of Crows and Shadow and Bone we know Bardugo is a master in creating super detailed worlds. I haven’t read this one yet, but it sounds like this is going to be a masterpiece.
You should read this one if you loved her previous work (of course), or if you are a fan of authors like Sarah J. Maas or Victoria Schwab!
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) – Sarah J Maas
Title: Tower of Dawn Author: Sarah J. Maas Publisher: Bloomsburry Publication date: 05 September 2017
In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.
Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
Who should read this:
The sixth book in the Throne of Glass series is finally here!! Okay, Okay… I have to admit, I wasn’t the biggest Chaol fan before starting this book. I thought he was complaining about almost EVERYTHING in Queen of Shadow. Because of that I wasn’t as exited for this book as I was for all other Sarah J. Maas books before. But I was SO WRONG you guys!! This is a must read and it really doesn’t matter if you are a Chaol fan or a Chaol hater (like I was). Just one word of advice before you start reading this book: read the Throne of Glass novellas, if you haven’t already!
Harry Potter: A Histore of Magic – J K Rowling
Title: Harry Potter: A History of Magic Author: J.K. Rowling, British Library Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Publication date: 20 October 2017
Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the exhibition, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library. It promises to take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures
Each chapter showcases a treasure trove of artefacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, beside exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrationsfrom the Harry Potter archive. There’s also a specially commissioned essay for each subject area by an expert, writer or cultural commentator, inspired by the contents of the exhibition – absorbing, insightful and unexpected contributions from Steve Backshall, the Reverend Richard Coles, Owen Davies, Julia Eccleshare, Roger Highfield, SteveKloves, Lucy Mangan, Anna Pavord and Tim Peake – who offer a personal perspective on their magical theme.Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the elixir of life, vials of dragon’s blood, mandrake roots, paintedcentaurs and a genuine witch’s broomstick, in a book that shows J.K. Rowling’s magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears.This is the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans, curious minds, big imaginations, bibliophiles and readers around the world who missed out on the chance to see the exhibition in person.
Who should read this:
Okaay, I have to admit that this book doesn’t really fit into this best off list. But I still have a special place for everything Harry Potter in this book, and I just had to say something about this. I’m pretty certain this book is going to be under many Christmas trees this year (maybe even under mine, fingers crossed!! ?). So who should read this: every Harry Potter fan out there, of course!
And come on!! How awesome does a collaboration between J.K. Rowling and the British Library sound!
Aaand that’s a wrap for autumn 2017. I really hope you liked it and thanks for reading!