top ten books on my fall to-be-read list

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 |
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we all get to exercise our OCD tendencies and come up with bookish lists.  If you’d like to play along, check out this post.

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Below is a list of the books that are at the forefront of my mind as we head into autumn.  They’re recent or forthcoming releases, and although I don’t imagine I’ll have much time to read them right away (I’ll be busy trying to keep up with the nominations for the first round of the Cybils – I’m a judge this year!), I’ll keep them in mind as I head into bookshops and make my hold list at the library.

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

1. The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente – This third installment in the Fairyland series has a lot to live up to, because the first two books in the series were simply enchanting.  I have no doubt that Valente will outdo herself once again.

2. Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan – Last autumn I read Brennan’s Unspoken, and I stumbled about in a love/hate fog for days afterwards.  I look forward to reading about Kami and Jared and the crazy-town antics of their magic-wielding neighbors.

3. Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund – Young adult, sci-fi retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel?!  I will devour it like fine dark chocolate.  Which is to say, savoring each delicious bite.

4. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh – Ms. Brosh is the hilarious writer and illustrator of the Hyperbole and a Half blog.  Her blog in book form… sounds like pretty much the best thing ever.  With cupcakes on top.

5. Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow – Erin Bow’s Plain Kate was heart-wrenching, intelligent, and just a level or two above whatever I expected.  Her new book can only be excellent.  Color me excited!

6. Antigoddess by Kendare Blake – Gods and goddesses at war and mythology twisted and made new.  I’m all about it.

7. Shadows by Robin McKinley – Robin McKinley is an all-time favorite author, and she has a book out this fall!  It’s a stand-alone (my favorite!).  It’s a miracle I haven’t begged, pleaded and bribed an advance copy into my possession.  And actually, that makes the eventual read all that more exciting.

8. More Than This by Patrick Ness – Patrick Ness has a way of making the reader bleed emotion.  All of his books are beautifully-written works of art, and I know this latest will be more of the same.  Or more of the un-same.  Either way, my heart will cry.  And I’ll like it.

9. Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope – Trollope’s update on Jane Austen’s tale of the same name should be a hoot.  The title and the elegant cover art caught my eye, and then my attention was snagged by the summary.  I may take this on the plane ride to Ireland!

10. Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger – Carriger writes fantastic steampunk no matter what her target audience, but this second book in her YA series is sure to be full of hijinks, mischief, trips below-ship, and assassin training.  In other words, straight fun!

What books are on your fall reading list?


marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

gosh I still need to read etiquette and espionage those covers are so stunning

My Top Ten

Melody Simpson said...

Shadows sounds amazing! Added to TBR list!

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader said...

I had never heard of Joanna Trollope's re-telling of Sense and Sensibility prior to your Top Ten Tuesday post, so I'm so thankful that I managed to stumble upon your post this week in the links at The Broke and the Bookish :D It's one of my least favourite of Austen's novels and therefore I would certainly not be adverse to a little modern facelift for the story. It sounds like it has the potential to be a lot of fun, and I'll definitely be adding it to my own ever-growing to-be-read list. Wonderful choices this week!

Vilia said...

I read all the Parasol Protectorate novels and have Etiquette and Espionage sitting in my TBR pile. She does zany really well. Here's my TTT
Vilia @ Backchatting Books

booksaremyfavouriteandbest said...

I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on Trollope's retelling of S&S - quite honestly, the concept frightens me but I'm prepared to be persuaded otherwise ;-)

Ella Press said...

I saw Shadows on NetGalley, I hope I'm approved! Great list, I didn't know many of these authors.

Sash and Em said...

Love us some Patrick Ness and hoping his new book is good! :)

Elizabeth said...

I'm practically hyperventilating with my need to get my hands on Shadows!! And for that matter Untold. It's been a while since I NEEDED to buy books instead of just wanted to!

Liviania said...

All of these but the two I've read are on my list. (And wow will UNTOLD leave you in a love/hate fog.)

kimberlybuggie said...

Great list. I loved Antigoddess. and looking forward to reading Shadows. I love the fall!

And if you're interested, I interviewed Kendare Blake here:

Olena P said...

What a great list! Good luck in reading all of these amazing books :)


quinnsbooknook said...

I'm not really a huge fan of dystopians which is why I haven't read For Darkness Shows the Stars. BUT Across the Star-Swept Sea is a retelling of a favorite story of mine (yay for The Scarlet Pimpernel) so now I want to try those books.

Happy fall reading :)

quinnsbooknook said...

I'm not really a huge fan of dystopians which is why I haven't read For Darkness Shows the Stars. BUT Across the Star-Swept Sea is a retelling of a favorite story of mine (yay for The Scarlet Pimpernel) so now I want to try those books.

Happy fall reading :)

Christy @ TheReaderBee said...

Antigoddess! I just got it in the mail last week, and I can't wait to get started on it! :) Great list!

Juju at Tales of said...

So with you on Antigoddess.

And I LOVE that new S&S cover. How cute.

Quixotic Magpie said...

Both Across a Star-Swept Sea and the Trollope Sense and Sensibility sound wonderful! I am going to have to check them out!

Kritika said...

More Than This is way up there on my TBR list as well! Great picks.

Here's my TTT post.

- Kritika @ Snowflakes and Spider Silk

Kristin Shafel Omiccioli said...

I have "More Than This" on my radar. Great list!

Jay Riv said...

Antigoddess and Across A Star-Swept Sea are on my TBR list!

Here were my Top Ten from this past week.

Alyce said...

Very cool that you get to be a Cybils judge! I was over looking through the judges list and saw your name, so I had to stop by and say "Congrats!"

Deborah Starling said...

You have to add "The Riddle of Prague" by author Laura DeBruce to your must read list! It's book 1 of 3 in the Quicksilver Legacy Series ( It is an exciting, addictive YA page turner that will leave you desperately wanting more! The lead character Hana is in Prague taking care of some family business when she soon finds herself immersed in the culture and a mystery linked to her family home, "The Rockery" that has to do with the secret of immortality! She has family in Prague that are not what they appear to be and after a murder, a break-in, and kidnapping Hana is determined to get to the bottom of this! She also meets Alex, a super cute and smart American boy (with a motorcycle) who joins her on the adventure. The book is unpredictable and a lot of fun to read. I am so excited for the next book to come out and I highly recommend it!

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