This week I have five new books I added to the TBR pile. They’re all books I bought myself this time and they’re all ones I really can’t wait to read, although I probably won’t get to more than one of them this month (I’m still trying to figure out my November reading list other than By the Mountain Bound by Elizabeth Bear, which I’m reading now).

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

I received review copies of the two books in her Dreamdark series and ended up really enjoying both of them (Blackbringer and Silksinger). So when I heard about this newest book by Laini Taylor, I was intrigued. Then I heard it was nominated for the National Book Award, and I also heard it was very dark, moving it up to must-order-right-now status. After flipping through it some, seeing the gorgeous pictures, and reading parts of it (especially the intro to the second story, “Spicy Little Curses Such as These”), I’m pretty sure this is a book I will be making sure to read in November.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Like the Laini Taylor book, this is one I bought because I received a review copy of another book by the author and ended up loving it. In this case, that was an ARC of Fire, which is one of my very favorite books I’ve read this year. Graceling was Cashore’s debut novel and Fire is a prequel to it, so this was another must-have. I’d like to read this one this month as well, although I’m not sure if I’ll have time to.

The Living Blood by Tananarive Due

This is the sequel to My Soul to Keep, which I recently read and really enjoyed. It was nearly impossible to put down and I really liked how dark it was, the characters, and the amazing ending. This one was another must-have for those reasons.

The Praxis by Walter Jon Williams

This is the first book in the Dread Empire’s Fall trilogy. I’m always looking for new space opera (unfortunately, a genre I’ve not read that much of this year even though it’s one of my favorites) and after hearing some pretty good things about this one, I decided to get it. This is another potential candidate for SciFi Month when I do one.

Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

This one is not science fiction or fantasy but a mystery. It’s the first of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries and ever since Angie of Angieville recommended it to me (her review), I’ve really wanted to read it. After she mentioned it, I looked it up on Amazon to see what it was about and was very curious about reading more after seeing the opening lines:

To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband’s dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor.