Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The meme was originally the brainchild of The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Books On My Fall 2022 To-Read List.
Top Ten New Books on My Fall 2022 TBR List
Note: I put this list together at the beginning of August, so I have already read a few of the books on the list.
Because I Could Not Stop For Death, by Amanda Flower. (9/20/2022) A historical mystery starring Emily and her housemaid (and friend) Willa Noble as amateur detectives investigating the death of Willa’s brother, Henry. Why I want to read it: I love Emily Dickinson, and I love historical mysteries, so this book went on my TBR list as soon as I found out about it. I enjoy Flower’s slighty-magical cozy mysteries, so I already know she’s a good writer.
Station Eternity, by Mur Lafferty. (10/04/2022) A woman who keeps getting embroiled in murder cases flees to an alien space station to avoid them… until the aliens open the station to other humans. Why I want to read it: SF + Mystery = sold! Plus, how can I resist when the author has both the humor and audacity to name the series “Midsolar Murders”? (There’s a very long-running British TV series called Midsomer Murders.) (already read, and I loved it)
The Spare Man, by Mary Robinette Kowal (10/11/2022) “Tesla Crane, a brilliant inventor and an heiress, is on her honeymoon on an interplanetary space liner, cruising between the Moon and Mars. She’s traveling incognito and is reveling in her anonymity. Then someone is murdered and the festering chowderheads who run security have the audacity to arrest her spouse. Armed with banter, martinis, and her small service dog, Tesla is determined to solve the crime so that the newlyweds can get back to canoodling–and keep the real killer from striking again.” Why I want to read it: Again, sci-fi mystery, only this time, it’s The Thin Man in space. Also, Kowal is one of my autobuy authors. (already read, and I loved it)
Best Foot Forward, by Celia Lake. (November; no cover available) The newest in her Albion uberseries, this one is not a romance. It’s about Geoffrey Carillon (Goblin Fruit and other books) and Alexander Landry (Eclipse and other books), who both did intelligence work during World War I; the book looks at what they are up to in the lead-up to World War II. Why I want to read it: Celia Lake is another autobuy author for me, and Albion is one of those worlds I really, really wish were real. (Sorry, there’s no Goodreads link and no firm date yet, but it should be early November.)
Legends & Lattes, by Travis Baldree (dates vary; Tor PB on 11/08/2022) An orc barbarian mercenary gets out of the business to open the first coffee shop in Thune, but “old frenemies and Thune’s shady underbelly may just upset her plans. To finally build something that will last, Viv will need some new partners and a different kind of resolve.” Why I want to read it: Everyone I know who has read it has loved it, and most of them describe it as “cozy fantasy,” which is very much my catnip. (Note: The author originally published it independently; then Tor picked it up. Tor’s edition is already available on Kindle and in ebook; the paperback will release on Nov. 8.)
Ship Wrecked, by Olivia Dade. (11/15/2022) Swedish actress Maria had a one-night stand with a Viking look-alike… who then turned up as her co-star on Gods of the Gates. They agreed to keep that night a secret, and their relationship strictly co-workers…and eventually friends. Until the day the show wraps up filming, when they end up spending another unforgettable night together. Too bad Maria’s going home to Sweden, and Peter’s headed to Hollywood. She doesn’t think he can give her what she needs… but Peter’s not about to let her get away again. Why I want to read it: I loved the first two books in the Spoiler Alert series, so of course I want to read this one.
Into the West, by Mercedes Lackey. (11/22/2022) This sequel to Beyond follows Baron (formerly Duke) Valdemar as he and his followers try to create a new home for themselves, far from the corrupt Empire they fled. Why I want to read it: I have been a Valdemar fan since the first trilogy came out in 1987-88. My love for the series hasn’t waned despite the occasional lackluster entry along the way. Beyond was very good, and I have been waiting with varying degrees of patience since it came out in June 2021 for the next book to release. The release has been delayed several times due to the author’s health issues and the death of her African Grey parrot and companion of over 30 years, which left her devastated. I’m sympathetic, but I’m also really excited to finally get the book in my hands.
The Choice, by Nora Roberts. (11/22/2022) Third and final book in the Dragon Heart Legacy trilogy. “With the [dark god Obran] cast out and the portal sealed, it is a time to recover, but there is little time to rest. Soon the enemy’s witches begin to appear to Breen in her sleep, practicing black magick, sacrificing the innocent, and plotting brutal destruction. It is time for Breen to seek out those in desperate need of rescue and confront the darkness with every weapon she has. An epic battle is coming. A battle Breen cannot afford to lose….” Why I want to read it: I loved the first two books, and I have to find out what happens! There are whole worlds, Breen’s life and soul, and a romance on the line.
The Reluctant Countess, by Eloisa James (11/29/2022). “An enemies-to-lovers romance between a proper earl and an entirely improper lady–whom he can’t stop thinking about.” Why I want to read it: The first book in this historical romance series was a lot of fun, and I know I’m going to enjoy this one, too.
Witcha Gonna Do, by Avery Flynn (12/06/2022). When the only non-magical person in her family of witches accidently glitches her sister’s spell, cursing the entire family, the only one she can turn to for help in reversing it is Gil Connolly, the hot-but-arrogant-jerk she keeps getting set up on dates with. The one she hates. If only she could stop thinking about kissing him. Why I want to read it: Right now, witchy rom-coms seem to be my catnip.