The temperatures are declining. The colors are changing. The leaves are scattering. Fall is here, and it is the perfect time to get in some reading before the chaos of the holidays ensues. Here are a few of the books on my stacks for the coming blustery months . . .
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
King revisits Danny Torrance, the infamous boy that survived the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. Decades later, readers finally get to see where life has taken this young man with a horrendous past. After recently re-reading The Shining and remembering the brilliance of King’s story and his ability to create complex characters, I am curious to see how both Danny and King have evolved over time.
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
Saga, the winner of the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story, introduces us to two star-crossed lovers from very different parts of the galaxy. Amidst the throes of war, they fight to find a place for their family. After recently reading and loving Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man, a tale of a horrible “gendercide” leaving one man alive, I knew that I had to explore his other work and dive into his wonderfully crafted alternate worlds.
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Holmes will give me my classic fix, particularly as I await the Season 3 premiere of BBC’s Sherlock. Doyle is sure to give me a run for my money, and it is about time that I dove into the true tales of Holmes and Watson, instead of just adoring the on-screen versions.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender is a third (meaning third child) that is drafted into the military to fight an intergalactic war. This is unheard of in his world, but his genius standing takes precedence in this demanding situation. With this classic science fiction novel opening on the big screen, it is time to revisit the book that opened my eyes to a world unlike any other.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Skloot’s story is like that out of a science fiction novel, but it is one that is true to the core as we discover the life of Henrietta Lacks and her descendants. Lacks, an African-American woman living in the 1950’s, contracted cervical cancer. Her cells were taken without permission and still live today in hundreds of labs around the world. Unfortunately, her family never knew all that happened. Skloot sets out to explore the real story behind the well-known HeLa cells and the family that started it all. Critics and readers alike have praised this book. The story continues in the news. It’s time I discover this woman that has helped shaped the medical field today.
This is just a seasonal sampling of what books are on my nightstand. With so many amazing possibilities available, I know that there is more than can be stacked on this pile.
What recommendations do you have to add? What books do you intend to fall into in the weeks and months ahead?