Top Ten Tuesday #5: Ten Books on my Fall TBR


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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 mindy kaling

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!


40 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #5: Ten Books on my Fall TBR

  1. I read We Have Always Lived in the Castle during Halloween a few years ago but wasn’t spooked. Mainly because I guessed the twist from the start of the novel. But the atmosphere of dread and the exploration of mental instability along with unhealthy unconditional love makes it an interesting read still.

    Let me join you in bookish pariahdom! I too, have never read The Book Thief, even though I’ve had it on my shelf for what must be seven years now.. I really ought to bump it up on the TBR list.

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  2. I loved Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon! It is such a wonderful story and it became one of my instant favorites. I hope you like it as much as I did, I would love to chat about it sometime ❤ None of my friends have read it yet

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  3. Great list! Dumplin’ is fantastic. I was a bit wary to read it because there’s SO much hype, but it lived up to it. I hope you enjoy it. I really need to start reading Robert Galbraith’s books. I love how you described them, I’m definitely intrigued now. Happy reading! 🙂

    ~Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer
    My TTT

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  4. I’ve heard people have very mixed feelings about Everything, Everything. I haven’t had a chance to read anything by Mindy Kaling but she’s so darn funny I’ll need to pick up one of her books soon. 🙂

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  5. I’m so glad you’re getting into the Percy Jackson books. They are some of my all time favorites and I felt like they were pretty quick reads too. And I hope you can get to The Book Thief soon. It is seriously one of my favorite books of all time. I love it. It is not an easy read but it is so beautiful and intriguing to me with the perspective from Death. Hope you love it!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier 🙂

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  6. This is a great list! I love Shirley Jackson and I haven’t read We Have Always Lived in the Castle yet but I definitely need to get to it soon. I loved The Lottery and The Haunting of Hill House. How gorgeous is the cover for Career of Evil?! I have The Silkworm out from the library at the moment so I’m hoping to catch up in time for release date. I do love me a good mystery. I’m also looking forward to the Mindy Kaling book. You have awesome taste 🙂 I’ve no idea what Under a Painted Sky is about so I’m off to check it out on Goodreads now.

    Have a great week 😉

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    • Hey thank you!! You have awesome taste too. 🙂 I love the covers of all the Robert Galbraith books — I don’t usually buy mysteries because they’re re-read value isn’t the best, but I had to start collecting these; I love the font!


  7. I have yet to read the 2nd Cormoran Strike book but really need to. And aw! I love the Percy Jackson series. Once you finish that, there’s the spin-off that I loved even more. The Book Thief is pretty incredible on audio if you haven’t tried that route yet.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

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