Upcoming ARCs: What I'm Reading in Fall 2015

August 04, 2015

Fall reading is nearly upon us, and between NetGalley, Goodreads giveaways and publisher offerings, there's no shortage of awesome-sounding ARCs to choose from.

Katie from Bookish Tendencies fell prey to all the shiny goodies and has no fewer than five review books for consideration this month. Just typing that sentence made me nervous; I've been trying to stick to no more than two ARCs per month, if that. I'm a lady of extremes, and I know that if I let myself get too request-happy, I wouldn't have any time for my backlist TBR. Kudos to all you book bloggers (including Katie) who manage to balance teetering stacks of ARCs with plenty of older reads!

Anyhoo, here's a brief list of review copies that I do have on tap for fall. I'm sure a handful of others will join their ranks (*crosses fingers for Ancillary Mercy from Orbit*) as the leaves begin to change.

The Only Woman in the Room, by Eileen Pollack

Eileen Pollack was one of two female students to graduate with a degree in physics from Yale in the 1970s, and her book aims to explore the struggles she faced and those that women in the STEM fields still run up against today. I began this ahead of schedule, but I gave up halfway because it was heavier on the memoir elements than I was expecting. I want to give it another shot before its debut on September 15 from Beacon Press. (Update on September 8: I've since DNFed this one. In a nutshell: I just couldn't get up the enthusiasm to continue. You can read more over on Goodreads.)

The Heart Goes Last, by Margaret Atwood

After seeing April of The Steadfast Reader gush over Atwood's Positron series, I couldn't resist snatching up the rewrite due out from Nan A. Talese on September 29. The blurb includes talk of 24/7 social experiments and alternate realities, and I'm so on board for that.

Science of the Magical, by Matt Kaplan

Science journalist Matt Kaplan (author of The Science of Monsters) takes on some of humankind's favorite ancient and modern mythology—love potions, the fountain of youth, and more!—through the lenses of hard science and history. This request was a no-brainer. Out October 27 from Scribner.

Wolf Winter, by Cecilia Ekbäck

This one isn't an advance review copy because it first debuted in January, but it's being reprinted in paperback by Weinstein Books on November 3. It's described as a "Nordic noir thriller" set in Sweden about a family running from a dark past only to discover far more sinister things lurking in their new home. Some elements of the plot call All the Birds, Singing to mind, and I hope I love Ekbäck's novel just as much as I loved Wyld's.

Do you have any exciting review books on tap for the fall? How do you balance front and backlist reading?

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