Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten list prompt. This week’s list is the Top Ten Books on your Fall TBR pile. I’m focusing on the books I actually own as opposed to the myriad of books that are sitting on my Amazon wishlist just waiting for me to splurge on them. They’ll just have to wait their turn because my bookshelves (both IRL and on my kindle) are pretty much at capacity and giving me more than enough enticing reads.
This fall I’m hoping to dig into these 5 books on my bookshelf…
Sacre Blue by Christopher Moore | I have loved Christopher Moore since reading his novel Lamb back in college. His wit is tremendous and his writing is on another level. Sometimes his books are amazing and sometimes just pretty good, but I’m hopeful that this one will be on the amazing list. “Part mystery, part history (sort of), part love story, and wholly hilarious [this book] follows a young baker-painter as he joins the dapper Henri Toulouse-Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed “suicide” of Vincent van Gogh.”
The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde | Book seven in the Thursday Next series. I’d been beginning to run out of steam reading this series and then book six breathed new life into Thursday’s story and might have been the best book so far so I’m eagerly looking forward to this one. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read this book first. “When her former SpecOps division is reinstated, Thursday assumes she’s the obvious choice to lead the Literary Detectives. Instead, she’s put in charge of the Swindon All-You-Can-Eat-at-Fatso’s Drink Not Included Library. But where Thursday goes, trouble follows. As the new Chief Librarian faces one-hundred-percent budget cuts and the ever-evil Jack Schitt, the Next children face their own career hiccups—and possible nonexistence.”
Nightmares! by Jason Segel | I feel like this book is just begging to be read next month when the air is crisp and the leaves are all orange and yellow and brown and jack-o-lantern begin to line the streets. This is the “first book in a trilogy about a boy named Charlie and a group of kids who must face their fears to save their town.”
Landline by Rainbow Rowell | You guys might have noticed that I’m a little rabidly obsessed with Rainbow Rowell so how have I not read this one yet? I’m hoping to find time to crack this one open in the next couple months. “Georgie and Neal have been married for fifteen years and have two young girls who Neal cares for while Georgie works as a sitcom writer. When Georgie skips the family trip to her in-laws in Omaha for Christmas and the rest of her family goes without her, she realizes that maybe her marriage is going too. When a line to the past (literally) gives Georgie a chance to re-live an earlier pivotal moment in their relationship, she sees it as an opportunity to figure out if she and Neal should have been together in the first place.”
I Regret Nothing by Jen Lancaster | I am nominating this one to read in my book club but whether it gets picked or not, I’m hoping to read this one very soon. Lancaster’s memoirs are basically everything and this one sounds like it might be the best one yet. “After a girls’ weekend in Savannah makes her realize that she is—yikes!—middle-aged (binge watching is so the new binge drinking), Jen decides to make a bucket list and seize the day, even if that means having her tattoo removed at one hundred times the cost of putting it on. From attempting a juice cleanse to studying Italian, from learning to ride a bike to starting a new business, and from sampling pasta in Rome to training for a 5K, Jen is turning a mid-life crisis into a mid-life opportunity, sharing her sometimes bumpy—but always hilarious—attempts to better her life…again.”
And these 5 books on my Kindle…
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen | This is another book I nominated for book club so, again, I’m pretty anxious to read it. “Sydney has always felt overshadowed by her handsome, popular, and troubled older brother Peyton. Now, he is in prison for a drunk driving accident that paralyzed another teen boy, and despite his incarceration, Sydney finds her mother’s only focus is Peyton and that her dad has pretty much checked out of any decision making. When Sydney decides to leave her expensive private school and go to the local public school, her parents agree to allow the change. After her first day of school, she stops by a pizza shop where she meets brother and sister Layla and Mac, whose father owns the shop. In the duo, Sydney finds much needed acceptance… Although this work is darker than her other romances, the light and joy of first love, friendship, and self-discovery remain important aspects of the book.”
Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R. R. Martin | We’re almost done watching season two and my husband started reading the first book in the series the show is based off of and so far he seems to be enjoying it. I’m hoping to check it out myself pretty soon. Dan says that in the book you really get to get a much needed glimpse into the feelings and motives of each of the characters and that it totally makes the story even better. “With A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has launched a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of this magnificent saga, the first volume in an epic series sure to delight fantasy fans everywhere.” KINDLE EDITION ON SALE FOR $6.99
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein | The last of the three books I’m nominating at book club, this one sounds really, really good. I’ve been wanting to read it for awhile but have been saving it to nominate because I think it’s going to be ripe with discussion fodder. “When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?” KINDLE EDITION ON SALE FOR $5.99
The Martian by Andy Weir | Yet another book that my husband is insisting I read as soon as humanly possible. This one is now a movie starring Matt Damon and although the plot sounds kinda depressing at first glance, the main character is terrifically witty and the story is apparently amazing. “Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?”
The Enchantress by James Maxwell | I’m feeling super repetitive in my descriptions today, but again, this is a book highly recommended by the handsomest guy I know. I bought this a billion years ago (read: last year) and it sat there forgotten until he picked it up on a whim recently and then devoured the whole series in record time (much like my experience with the Lunar Chronicles – omg read now). He’s been urging me to read the series ever since. “After losing their parents in the last doomed uprising, two siblings will find themselves at the center of an epic struggle for power. When Ella witnesses an enchanter saving her brother’s life, she knows what she wants to be. But the elite Academy expects tuition fees and knowledge. Meanwhile her brother, Miro, dreams of becoming one of the world’s finest swordsmen, wielding his nation’s powerful enchanted weapons in defense of his homeland. After Miro departs for war, the void he leaves in Ella’s life is filled by a mysterious foreigner, Killian. But Killian has a secret, and Ella’s actions will determine the fate of her brother, her homeland, and the world.” KINDLE EDITION ON SALE FOR $2
Have you read any of these? Which should I start first?
What book are you planning to read next?