“The man who called himself Bors, at least in this place, sneered at the low murmuring that rolled around the vaulted chamber like the soft gabble of geese.
First line in The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
Apparently, it’s already fall here in 2020, so I guess it’s time to share my TBR for the season. To take a quick look back it my summer TBR, I’ve read 5 of the 8 books on that list, but I’m about the start the sixth. I’ve decided not to put the remaining two on my fall TBR because I don’t feel myself very inclined to pick them up at the moment. The books in question are There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool and Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky.
Based on that experience, I’m also going to stick with just 8 books on my seasonal TBRs instead of 10. Here are my choices in no particular order other than the order I thought of them in.
I really hope to read all of these in the next few months. There are quite a few exciting new releases coming up that I haven’t added to this list simply because I don’t know when I’m able to get a hold of them (library decides). They will take priority, though. And yes, it’s stressing me out very much. What do you plan to read in the fall?
Hi fellow readers. It’s Tuesday. It’s a Top Ten. It’s a great day. Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and today’s topic is one of the classic book-related posts: my Fall TBR. I don’t really do TBR-posts because it seems like such a commitment. One that I can’t stick to. Therefore, I’ve changed the topic a bit to books I want to read soon (not limiting myself to Fall).
I’m fairly certain I’ll have read at least half of these by the end of the year (when I return to this post in January, I’m going to realize what a failure I am lol). There is an overweight of fantasy sequels but also a few first books in series because I’m me and I can’t finish series before I start new ones. Here they are (I’ll give you a synopsis for the ones that aren’t sequels).
Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
Book 3 in
The Witcher OR the first book that aren’t short stories so I’m kind of excited
to see what that’s like. I haven’t been a huge fan of the series so far so this
is basically its last chance. I’ve waited for it for so long at the library but
it should be in my hands soon.
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
TODAY! It’s very close to being my most anticipated release of the year (I only
want The Toll more). Now I just need to wait for the library to get it unless I
see it in a bookstore. Then I might buy it by accident.
Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner
Book 5 in
The Queen’s Thief. This is the last book that has been released so I really
want to get caught up. I believe the final book is coming sometime next year so
I need to be ready.
The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
With echoes of The Night Circus, a spellbinding story about two gifted orphans
in love with each other since they can remember whose childhood talents allow
them to rewrite their future.
The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a
love story with the power of legend. An unparalleled tale of charismatic
pianos, invisible dance partners, radicalized chorus girls, drug-addicted
musicians, brooding clowns, and an underworld whose economy hinges on the price
of a kiss. In a landscape like this, it takes great creative gifts to thwart
one’s origins. It might also take true love.
Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1910. Before
long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the
dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city
performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream
up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has
Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during the Great
Depression, both descend into the city’s underworld, dabbling in sex, drugs and
theft in order to survive. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath
the snowflakes after years of searching and desperate poverty the possibilities
of their childhood dreams are renewed, and they’ll go to extreme lengths to
make them come true. Soon, Rose, Pierrot and their troupe of clowns and chorus
girls have hit New York, commanding the stage as well as the alleys, and
neither the theater nor the underworld will ever look the same.
I only recently heard about this book when I read review of it over at Emer’s blog, A Little Haze Book Blog. Even though she didn’t particularly like it, I knew that I needed to read it soon. The synopsis compares it to The Night Circus but from what I’ve otherwise read about it, it also reminds me of A Little Life. A mix of those two books won’t be on my TBR for long.
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
for the days before the Last Desolation.
The age before the Heralds abandoned us and the Knights Radiant turned against
us. A time when there was still magic in the world and honor in the hearts of
The world became ours, and yet we lost it. Victory proved to be the greatest
test of all. Or was that victory illusory? Did our enemies come to recognize
that the harder they fought, the fiercer our resistance? Fire and hammer will
forge steel into a weapon, but if you abandon your sword, it eventually rusts
There are four whom we watch. The first is the surgeon, forced to forsake
healing to fight in the most brutal war of our time. The second is the
assassin, a murderer who weeps as he kills. The third is the liar, a young
woman who wears a scholar’s mantle over the heart of a thief. The last is the
prince, a warlord whose eyes have opened to the ancient past as his thirst for
The world can change. Surgebinding and Shardwielding can return; the magics of
ancient days become ours again. These four people are key.
One of them may redeem us. And one of them will destroy us.
this isn’t on my TBR anymore because I’ve already started it. I’m including it
anyway because I only made it to page 600 before I had to return it to the
library. So, now I’m waiting for it again.
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
book before I’m caught up with the series. It would be just lovely if I could check
that off on the list before the end of the year. The previous book left me
really excited for the series so there’s a chance it will happen.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy,
weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator
of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous
Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves
the online one, and she has no desire to try.
Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s
biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is
just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if
a life offline might be worthwhile.
But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s
built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to
want to read this because of the anxiety representation which also means I’m
very, very scared of it. I have social anxiety and have recently decided that I
actively want to try to handle it and learn more about it. That means reading
books like this so hopefully I’ll run out of excuses not to read it (if you
know of any other books about social anxiety, please let me know).
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Times are hard in the mountain city of
Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a
living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the
thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows,
they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.
One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting
fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar,
son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns
that the amulet has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the
wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece
that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get
Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna,
princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returned
to court after three years of freedom in the mountains—riding, hunting, and
working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a
glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who
killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for
The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the
flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.
start three new series when you’ve finished one, right? It’s quite a long
series so I really want to get started on it… and then wait a very long time
before I finish it.
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
I’ve been meaning to read this for the past 3 months. It’s probably not going
to happen this year but I’m putting it on this list to at least pretend that
I’m pushing myself to read it.
You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman
Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college
applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected
valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless.
A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not
when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.
Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself
into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can
sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly,
he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels
in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.
Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new
relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.
second contemporary on this list, and it’s for those moments when I need a
break from fantasy (if that occurs).
Those were ten books I hope to read within the next three months. Do you have some books you absolutely want to get to before we hit January?