There’s lots happening in the book community this September. From new YA releases to readathons, I’ve made a list of everything you need to know about.
Top Upcoming YA Book Releases
For some reason that’s beyond me, many of the most-anticipated books of the month are being released on September 5th. Here’s five of them to get us started!
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: September 5th
The sixth instalment in the Throne of Glass series is on the way. Tower of Dawn will focus on Chaol Westfall as he continues the narrative of this much-loved fantasy series.
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.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Release Date: September 5th (US) / September 7th (Ireland & UK)
From the man who brought us History is All You Left Me comes a heartbreaking journey into the different ways in which grief effects us.
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
Release Date: September 5th
This has got to be one of the most hyped books of September – and it’s no surprise why. I can totally get behind a feminist reimagining of Snow White.
At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.
Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.
Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Release Date: September 5th
If you don’t know E. Lockhart by now, you’ve clearly been hiding under a rock/a very large book. She’s the woman who gave us We Were Liars for goodness sake. With a 3.6 rating on Goodreads already, I’m hoping this will be another hit.
The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.
Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
Release Date: September 5th
Many of us know Krystal Sutherland from Our Chemical Hearts, and this year she’s bringing us a YA romance novel that seems to tick all the contemporary boxes. It covers mental health, family and friendship. But trigger warning: there’s mentions of death and suicide throughout.
Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther’s father is agoraphobic and hasn’t left the basement in six years, her twin brother can’t be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck.
The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them.
Esther doesn’t know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.
Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she d been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn’t counted on: love.
If you’re ever stuck for a blogging challenge, taking part in a readathon and writing daily update posts is a great way to push yourself. Throw in all the friends you’ll make by having the chats on Twitter and there’s no reason to not take part (other than all the time it’ll take up, the effort of challenges, etc.).
Stephen King Readathon
Aug 21-Sep 21
In celebration of Stephen King’s 70th birthday, Josh from Literary Gladiators has created the Stephen King Readathon. The aim? To read as many books by King as you want. You can see Josh introducing the new readathon in his video here, or check out the Goodreads group.
Hosted by TheDragonQueenBooks, Zether Books and Taylor Burns, this yearlong readathon aims to whittle your TBR list down to none. The aim is to read books you already own with challenges thrown in along the way. There’s more information in their Goodreads group.
I’m not one for readathons, but #AYearAThon sounds like my kind of thing. The theme is standalones (my fave) with the challenge to read books with one word titles. This is a monthly readathon which place on the first full week of each month. They’ve all the info on future readathons up on Goodreads!
Tall Tales announced round two of #Slowathon back in May. The aim of the week is to do some quality reading – no rushing! The challenges still haven’t been announced, but you can keep up with the readathon on Twitter.
Based on the theme of reading the book you really wanted to read last year but you didn’t, #LastYearAthon is giving you the chance to prioritise that book right now. There’s been no activity on their Twitter account since June, which is where the readathon seems to be based. I’ve tweeted them to check if it’s going ahead – here’s hoping it still happens!
I expected this to be a sci-fi/fantasy-themed readathon, but according to Goodreads the name comes from Cosmo(politan) Readers – also nothing to do with the magazine as far as I know!
I Suck at Readathons (#ISATRAT)
Inspired by how she was failing at Read-O-Rama, Sam’s Nonsense created her own readathon. This is the first round and to be honest, the challenges are so chilled that I can totally get on board.
Spoiler: one challenge is to read ten pages a day. Totally doable.
The last readathon this month is Duodecathon. It’s another year-long readathon with twelve challenges. The great thing is, you can choose one from the list each month. That way, you’re not constrained to a challenge you don’t feel up to (which I suppose is the point of a challenge, but whatever). Like pretty much every readathon, they’re on Goodreads.
Is there anything I missed out on? Should I include anything else next month – Twitter chats or book events? Let me know. If you’re planning on taking part in any readathons, you can leave your posts about them in the comments so I can follow your progress.