This is one of the rare weeks in which I am on top of my Top Ten Tuesdays. As in, I’m writing it on Sunday night, not scrambling to do it Tuesday afternoon. Maybe its because I’m really excited about this week’s topic — top ten books on my autumn to-read list! Fall is my favorite season – I love the changing weather, the sweaters, the boots, and yes, the pumpkin spice lattes. Unfortunately it’s been in the 90s here in San Francisco, so I really need the weather to start cooperating with my dreams of stomping in leaves and dusting off my umbrella.
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
I LOVE the Cormoran Srike mysteries! If you haven’t read them, imagine Hermione Granger and Kingsley Shacklebolt teaming up to solve crime. They’re really a lot of fun, and I would recommend them even to people who aren’t normally into mysteries – I wasn’t before I started reading this series. Release date for this one is October 20 – just in time for Halloween!
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
I’ve been saving this one for fall because of its beautiful autumnal cover. This was a pretty random find — I’m using it to fulfill the ‘U’ requirement on my A-Z reading challenge, but it sounds like a sweet story of two girls running away together along the Oregon Trail in 1849. I haven’t read a ‘western’ before, if this is what a western is, so it’ll be a new interesting genre to try out! Has anyone read it?
Percy Jackson and the Battle for the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
After my TTT about series I haven’t finished, several people mentioned that this was a series I should get back to. On that advice, I checked out the audiobook version of The Titan’s Curse from the library, and I’m actually really liking it! I’m a few hours away from finishing it, and I’m next on the hold list for #4, so I will hopefully be getting to this in the next week or so. No one spoil me!
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
How perfectly spooky is this cover? I was just approved for this title on NetGalley (I think it’s still available). It’s set in Gilded Age New York and revolves around a mysterious murder. Saving this one for early October, and it should keep me going throughout the month — it’s 500 pages!
Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling
I love Mindy Kaling! Her first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? was so much fun, and the perfect blend of humor, anecdotes and big-sister advice. I can’t wait to read this one! I also love the cover (can you tell I’m into book covers?) and I’m excited to add this one to my collection!
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
If you haven’t read The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, it’s a great read — serious Hunger Games vibes — about what the effects of mob mentality drives individuals to do. We Have Always Lived in the Castle sounds equally creepy, revolving around two sisters who live cloistered away in a family castle by themselves. I’m really excited about it, plus I’ll pretty much read any book that has a cat on the cover.
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
I just got an ARC of this, and I’m so excited about it! I’ve heard great things from other bloggers and Goodreads reviewers, and it looks like just the light-hearted contemporary YA I need to balance out all the spooky stuff in this list.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I’m approaching this title with a little more trepidation — I hope it’s not too TFIOS-y. But I said the same thing about The One Thing and it ended up being one of my favorite books so far this year! I’ve heard generally food things about this one, so we’ll see how it goes. Has anyone else read it?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I know, I know — it’s book blogger sacrilege that I haven’t read this book yet. It’s actually the oldest book on my TBR – I added it in August 2012. I’ve tried and failed to read it so many times that I think I’ve developed some sort of mental block around it, but I really do want to get through this one — even if it’s just to get it off my TBR!
The Virgin Suicides By Jeffrey Eugenides
I read this book when I was way, WAY too young for it, and I think a lot of it went over my head (which was good at the time). I recently read and LOVED Middlesex, so I wanted to re-read The Virgin Suicides and see if I can get a little more out of this time around.
So that’s my TTT this week! I never realize until I start making these how MANY ten books is. You really have to think hard. I’m extra excited to read one another’s lists this week, so let me know what you think of my books and link me to your TTT in the comments!