Top of the Stack: September 2017

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Welcome back to Top of the Stack!

Looking forward to the next book month? You’ve come to the right place then! Here are the top titles that we’re most excited about in September. So work on enhancing the to-read piles and enjoy…

Scorpio Hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday

Scorpio Hates Virgo, by Anyta Sunday
Series: Signs of Love, Book #2
Release Day: September 1, 2017

Pixie: “I feel like I have been waiting for this FOREVER!!! I thought book one was really cute. I really like Anyta Sunday’s style, the characters are always kind of quirky & I’m never 100% sure where things are going to end up.”

This year is all about healing the heart, Scorpio. It’s time to leave negative attitudes and stoic facades at the door and let others see the real, more vulnerable you.

Percy Freedman is not grieving. Absolutely not, take that back at once. No, he’s entirely sure that selling his dead aunt’s home and leaving the neighbors he’s known for years is the sane thing to do. Who in their right mind would keep the house that smells like all the hugs he’ll never have again?

Nobody, that’s who.

Well, except his cul-de-sac neighbors. They all seem to think some paint and new furniture will clean the emotional slate. They all want him to stay.

Even his nemesis, Callaghan Glover. 

Especially his nemesis, Callaghan Glover.

Lured into a game of Sherlock Gnomes, Percy finds himself hanging out with his neighbors more than might be considered healthy. Along with juggling new and surprising verbal grenades from Cal, and his burgeoning friendship with Gnomber9, Percy is starting to wonder if selling might have been the grief talking after all . . .

That’s right, Scorpio. With a little patience, heartbreak might be a thing of the past . . .

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Circle, by Garrett Leigh
Series: Roads, Book #3Circle by Garrett Leigh
Release Day: September 5, 2017

Gillian: “My September pick has to be Circle by Garrett Leigh. This is the third book in the Roads series and I’m dying to see how Ash and Pete are making out. I hope only good things for these two because, after everything they’ve been through, they deserve all the happiness. Don’t break my heart, Garrett!!”

Rita: “Good one! This third book has been a long time coming but I’m so glad it is 

Rafa: “I’m excited for this one as well. I’m rereading the previous two books in preparation, but to be honest I’m not sure if anything will prepare me for this third book! 

I love him…but he’s forgotten why.

A lot can happen in six years, and Ash and Pete have seen their world flipped upside down more times than most. Being parents to Pete’s young nephew wasn’t in their plan, but life happens to them and they roll with the punches. Or at least they did, until new heartache rocks their hard-won happily-ever-after.

Ash loves Pete as much as ever—more, in fact—but Pete battles alone with a burden that weighs heavily on his heart. Ash is no stranger to dark clouds, but the secret Pete keeps from him is a storm that could break them.

Despite the fierce love that once buoyed them, they’re both drowning until a new friend throws them a lifeline. His wisdom offers insight—for better or worse, real love is rarely a smooth journey. For Ash and Pete to come full circle once more, they’ll have to hit the road and chase it.

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They Both Die at the End by Adam SilveraThey Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera
Release Date: September 5, 2017

Rita: “Something I love about Silvera’s books is that although they always make me bawl like a baby, they also always have an incredible message. They have a tendency to put things into perspective which is something both young and older readers can appreciate.”

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.

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Ruin of Angels by Max GladstoneRuin of Angels, by Max Gladstone
Series: Craft Sequence, Book #6
Release Date: September 5, 2017

Mel: “I am most looking forward to the sixth installment in Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence universe (each book can be read as a standalone), which I started reading this year and can’t get enough of. The series features some queer characters (this book has trans and lesbian characters), has such an amazing and inventive world building and Gladstone sure can write. Also those covers yo 

The God Wars destroyed the city of Alikand. Now, a century and a half and a great many construction contracts later, Agdel Lex rises in its place. Dead deities litter the surrounding desert, streets shift when people aren’t looking, a squidlike tower dominates the skyline, and the foreign Iskari Rectification Authority keeps strict order in this once-independent city―while treasure seekers, criminals, combat librarians, nightmare artists, angels, demons, dispossessed knights, grad students, and other fools gather in its ever-changing alleys, hungry for the next big score.

Priestess/investment banker Kai Pohala (last seen in Full Fathom Five) hits town to corner Agdel Lex’s burgeoning nightmare startup scene, and to visit her estranged sister Ley. But Kai finds Ley desperate at the center of a shadowy, and rapidly unravelling, business deal. When Ley ends up on the run, wanted for a crime she most definitely committed, Kai races to track her sister down before the Authority finds her first. But Ley has her own plans, involving her ex-girlfriend, a daring heist into the god-haunted desert, and, perhaps, freedom for an occupied city. Because Alikand might not be completely dead―and some people want to finish the job.

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Rules and Regs for Mediating Myths & Magic, by FT LukensThe Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, by F.T. Lukens
Release Date: September 7, 2017

DMac: “So my top of the stack is The Rules and Regs of Mediating Myths and Magic by F.T. Lukens because I am a sucker for mythology and it looks like it’s going to be really good.”

Mel: “Now this sounds like a lot of fun…”

Desperate to pay for college, Bridger Whitt is willing to overlook the peculiarities of his new job—entering via the roof, the weird stacks of old books and even older scrolls, the seemingly incorporeal voices he hears from time to time—but it’s pretty hard to ignore being pulled under Lake Michigan by… mermaids? Worse yet, this happens in front of his new crush, Leo, the dreamy football star who just moved to town.


When he discovers his eccentric employer Pavel Chudinov is an intermediary between the human world and its myths, Bridger is plunged into a world of pixies, werewolves, and Sasquatch. The realm of myths and magic is growing increasingly unstable, and it is up to Bridger to ascertain the cause of the chaos, eliminate the problem, and help his boss keep the real world from finding the world of myths.


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Welcome to Crash by Lina LangleyWelcome to Crash, by Lina Langley
Release Date: September 12, 2017

Rafa: “I’m not sure if this is necessarily my Top of the Stack pick, but it’s definitely one I’m most intrigued by. A paranormal/sci-fi with a love triangle between a student artist, a punk and a professor? Time travel? Maybe? Who knows, but I can’t wait to find out.”

At first, Damien feels lucky to land a job at an influential art studio, but it soon becomes obvious that something’s not right. His gorgeous boss, John, is interested, and he’d be the perfect man for Damien—if Damien wasn’t already in a relationship. It isn’t long before Damien is at the center of a love triangle, forced to choose between hot, punk John and his secret affair with his professor, Levi. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, because something impossible is happening to Damien—and it’s having a drastic effect on his health as well as his perception of reality. 

Each time Damien goes to work, things grow more bizarre, starting with Sam—an artist who has been dead for years and now somehow… isn’t. Damien’s unusual circumstances also free him from the restrictions of monogamy—or so he thinks. Levi, who cannot believe Damien’s claims, fears for his sanity. John also has strong doubts when Damien reveals knowledge of a catastrophic event looming in John’s future. Whether the men he loves believe his wild claims or not, neither can deny Damien is languishing, and if they cannot save him, he’ll be lost. More importantly, they must convince Damien to save himself.

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Spinning by Tillie WaldenSpinning, by Tillie Walden
Release Date: September 12, 2017

Natalie: “I’m excited for Spinning by Tillie Walden! This memoir is beautifully illustrated by the author, and looks like a really poignant coming of age story.”

Poignant and captivating, Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden’s powerful graphic memoir, Spinning, captures what it’s like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.

It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark.

Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again.

She was good. She won. And she hated it.

For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden’s life. She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing at ice rinks across the state. It was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family. But over time, as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all the work was worth it given the reality: that she, and her friends on the figure skating team, were nowhere close to Olympic hopefuls. It all led to one question: What was the point?The more Tillie thought about it, the more Tillie realized she’d outgrown her passion–and she finally needed to find her own voice.

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The Year They Burned the Books by Nancy GardnerThe Year They Burned the Books, by Nancy Garden
Release Date: September 22, 2017

Caissa: “Very excited for this. Seems timely, too. I loved Annie on My Mind so hopefully this will be just as good.”

When Wilson High Telegraph editor Jamie Crawford writes an opinion piece in support of the new sex-ed curriculum, which includes making condoms available to high school students, she has no idea that a huge controversy is brewing. Lisa Buel, a school board member, is trying to get rid of the health program, which she considers morally flawed, from its textbooks to its recommendations for outside reading. The newspaper staff find themselves in the center of the storm, and things are complicated by the fact that Jamie is in the process of coming to terms with being gay, and her best friend, Terry, also gay, has fallen in love with a boy whose parents are anti-homosexual. As Jamie’s and Terry’s sexual orientation becomes more obvious to other students, it looks as if the paper they’re fighting to keep alive and honest is going to be taken away from them. Nancy Garden has depicted a contemporary battleground in a novel that probes deep into issues of censorship, prejudice, and ethics.

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Taproot by Keezy YoungTaproot, by Keezy Young
Release Date: September 26, 2017

El: “I’m definitely super psyched for TAPROOT by Keezy Young! I read a sample and loved it, and just got an advanced paperback from Flame Con. It’s a graphic novel about a boy and his ghost boyfriend, and they garden, and there’s a mystery, and it’s SO BEAUTIFUL! You can see the colors and art are just breathtaking and… well, “ghost boyfriend” is apparently a weakness I never knew I had?”

Blue is having a hard time moving on. He’s in love with his best friend. He’s also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart’s content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal’s strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means… leaving him.

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Honorable Mentions

Dirty Mind, by Roe Horvat, September 1
Leaning Into Always (Leaning Into Stories #1.5), by Lane Hayes, September 5
Tramps and Thieves (Murder and Mayhem #2), by Rhys Ford, September 18
True Sex, by Emily Skidmore, September 19
Autonomous, by Annalee Newitz, September 19
Jane, Unlimited, by Kristin Cashore, September 19
The Red Threads of Fortune (Tensorate #1), by JY Yang, September 26
The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate #2), by JY Yang, September 26

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Now it’s your turn:

What are you excited to read in September?

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