Top 10 Books on my Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week’s topic is Top 10 Books on My Fall TBR List.

I have a love-hate relationship with fall. The foliage is beautiful, the temperature is a lot more manageable than summer, and I get to wear jeggings and boots again. However, fall also means that winter is right around the corner and I am very cold averse. I should probably just get over it, though. Life’s too short to be worrying about the inevitable. Plus, with the incredible number of amazing books coming out this fall, I know I’ll be backed up on my reading once winter rolls around. I’ll have the prefect excuse for staying inside and reading the frigid months away.

To get me started on my fall reading, here is my Top 10 Books on My Fall TBR List:

Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

Ng’s new book is one of the most talked about recent releases, and I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader copy of it a few months ago. However, I got caught up in a bunch of other reading for the summer and didn’t fulfill the “advanced” aspect of reading the book, but a new season is here and Little Fires Everywhere is at the top of my TBR list. I was completely drawn into Ng’s debut, Everything Never Told You, and from what I’ve heard, Little Fires Everywhere is even better. Can’t wait to dig in!

Kindred, by Octavia Butler

Kindred is the November read for my faculty book club, and I’m really looking forward to both the reading experience and the forthcoming discussion. First of all, it’s considered the first science fiction novel written by a black woman. Huge points for that! Second, the publisher describes it as a “combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction.” I can’t think of anything that sounds more intriguing.


The Lying Game, by Ruth Ware

I like breaking up my literary fiction reading with psychological suspense and thrillers and Ruth Ware is one of my favorite authors for the genre. I devoured In a Dark Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10, so I had to put her newest title on my fall reading menu. It didn’t hurt that The Book of the Month Club was selling it as an add-on for only $9.99! I’m a huge fan of boarding school stories, and this one is all about four girls who had an intricate lying game that might have lead to the death of one of their teachers. Sold!

Sip, by Brian Allen Carr

Sip was on my New Releases I Can’t Wait To Read in 2017 list and it finally came out at the end of August. Carr has created a world where sipping shadows gets you high, and eventually shadow-sipping becomes an epidemic that causes the demise of society. Whaaaat?!! This premise is so unbelievably creative!



Hex, by Thomas Olde Heauvelt

Every October, I make sure to read something creepy to get in the Halloween spirit. Last year it was Shirley Jackson’s, The Haunting of Hill House and the year before was Bird Box, by John Malerman. This year, I’m going to try Hex and see if I can handle reading about a “17th-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut,” who “walks the streets and enters homes at will” and whose “eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.” Sounds like a walk in the park… (eek!)

Patina (Track Book 2), by Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is one of the best children’s/YA authors writing today and I always look forward to reading his new releases. I read Ghost, book one of the Track series, last year and considered it one of the best books for young people in 2016. It provided an approachable window into the life of a poor, urban African American teen and was full of heart, humor and action. With Reynolds’ track record (pun intended!), I am very confident Patina will be just as good.

Tenth of December, by George Saunders

I’ve always wanted to read George Saunders, and with Lincoln in the Bardo as one of the titles shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, he has moved up my TBR big time. You might be asking: why don’t you read Lincoln in the Bardo? I will, I promise! But since Saunders is known for his short story collections, I want to start with those and then move into his novel. I recently found Tenth of December for $1 at my public library’s book sale, so I’m ready to rock.


Emily of New Moon, by L. M. Montgomery

If you’ve read my blog for more than five seconds, you’ll know that I LOVE Anne of Green Gables. Therefore, I LOVE L.M. Montgomery. I’ve read some of her other books, but have never gotten around to Emily of New Moon. Thankfully, it’s our November selection for the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club. I doubt it will beat Anne of Green Gables, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a favorite.


Artemis, by Andy Weir

The Martian is one of the most enjoyable sci-fi books I’ve ever read/listened to. (The movie is also dope – I mean, who doesn’t love Matt Damon as an astronaut?) And even though Artemis seems to be very different from The Martian, I trust Andy Weir and his writing prowess. I just hope it’s as funny.



The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is hands down one of my all-time favorite series (okay, I have a few qualms with the The Amber Spyglass, but still), so when I heard about this new companion series I actually made one of those gleeful “Eeeeeeeeeeee!” sounds out loud. Pullman considers it an “equel” — neither sequel nor prequel — that “stands beside His Dark Materials.” I don’t care what he calls it, I’m reading it as soon ast it’s out. It’s release date, October 19, can’t come soon enough!


What’s on your fall TBR? Share in the comments below!

7 responses to “Top 10 Books on my Fall TBR List”

  1. Kaeley Scruggs Avatar

    I LOVED Everything I Never Told You. After reading it Celeste Ng became one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to read this new book by her particularly because of the representation it has! I’ve also been meaning to read Kindred but have never seemed to get around to it.

  2. michelle book briefs Avatar

    Awesome picks! There are so many fall releases I am excited about and so many series I want to continue/start!

    Happy Reading!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs
    My Fall TBR picks

  3. Allison Avatar

    Great list! Little Fires Everywhere is also on my fall list, and so is Ruth Ware (The Woman in Cabin 10). I think Kindred is one of my “bucket list” books I’m most excited to read–I just need to get my hands on a copy!

    Also, good to hear an endorsement of the His Dark Materials series. To be fair, there are a lot of them, but it has just never really caught my interest. I think we have similar reading tastes, so I may have to give it a shot.

    1. Kristen Avatar

      I definitely support you giving His Dark Materials a try. I’d love to hear your thoughts once you do.

  4. Jessie Avatar

    Love your fall TBR list! Kindred is a phenomenal, and powerful read-hope you and your book club will love it. I also can’t wait to read Little Fires Everywhere, and I shockingly have never read the Emily series either. Maybe I’ll try to pick up Emily of New Moon this November as well…
    Happy reading!

    My TTT:

    1. Kristen Avatar

      Glad to hear such praise for Kindred! I usually like to wait until pretty close to our book club date to read the book so it’s fresh, but I don’t think I can keep myself from reading Kindred until November.

  5. Rachel @ Never Enough Novels Avatar

    I just finished Emily of New Moon and was absolutely delighted with it…dare I say as much as Anne of Green Gables?? Excited to hear what you think of it : )

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