Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, so what better time than the present to get your reading list in order for the fall. With film adaptations of books, debut books by new authors and new books by beloved authors about to be published, readers will enjoy a great season of reading. Here are five books to add to your fall reading list.
“Death Comes to Pemberley” by P.D. James is a solid mystery which picks up where Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” left off. We find the familiar characters thrust into a situation Jane Austen would never have imagined. James weaves a compelling tale full of suspense and enough twists to keep you guessing whodunnit until the very end. The book was adapted for TV in 2013 and will make its debut on PBS this fall. Make sure to pick up a copy and read it before watching what will undoubtedly be another great adaptation on the always entertaining “Masterpiece.” James’ Commander Adam Dalgliesh mystery series was also adapted for the small screen.
“The Masked Songbird” by Emmie Mears is now available online. This action-packed, entertaining and thoughtful debut novel is set in Scotland on the eve of the Scottish Referendum. With strong characters and a well-paced plot, this urban fantasy balances the fantastic elements with enough realism to keep readers riveted page after page. A sequel is already in the works by the talented young author.
David Mitchell’s long-awaited new novel “The Bone Clocks” is in bookstores now. The author of “Cloud Atlas” took his time writing his latest novel, but fans know his work is worth the wait. Mitchell is scheduled to appear at Barnes & Noble in Union Square in Manhattan on September 15 at 7 p.m. Greenlight Bookstore will present the author in an interview with a special guest at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn on September 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Brooklyn event are $30 each and include a copy of the book. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets online.
Margaret Atwood’s latest book, “Stone Mattress” will be released on September 16, 2014. The short story collection features nine tales by the renowned author of “Alias Grace” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Her previous short story collection, “Moral Disorder” was published in 2006.
“Barracuda” by Christos Tsiolkas will be released on September 9, 2014. The book is a poignant and thoughtful coming of age story. The gifted author's acclaimed 2008 novel “The Slap” is soon to be a miniseries on NBC.