Top Ten Tuesday 9/24 – Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is pretty self-explanatory, as you might have guessed from the title of this post: “Books on My Fall 2019 TBR.” I have WAY too many I’m looking forward to, both new releases and a few backlogged books, but here are some of them, at least.

1. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, let’s be real: who DOESN’T have this on their list? In mid-October she’s coming to my city, and I am so excited to see her speak! Plus, I can meet her and get the book (and one other item) signed. The anticipation is killing me.

2. Thunderhead and The Toll by Neal Shusterman

I read Scythe a while ago and loved it, but I never got around to its sequel. With the series conclusion coming out in November, I want to make sure I get caught up and then read that bad boy as soon as it is released.

3. Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino

This title came strongly recommended to me by a friend, and it came out not too long ago. An essay collection by a highly regarded author, with subjects including social internet, scamming, and the modern heroine’s journey? Count me in.

4. Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Ronan was my favorite one of the Raven Boys, and I am so excited to see him get his own series now! Magical dreamer boy, angry and sarcastic and gay and secretly a softie? Ugh, totally my type of character. (And yes, a November release totally counts as “fall.”)

5. Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

So, fun fact, I was sent an ARC of this one just a few days before it was officially published–not for me to review, but as a thank-you for helping the publisher promote an event (check out the whole haul here). Obviously, a few days wasn’t quite enough time for me, as I did have other reading plans. But now, especially with the rave reviews it’s getting, I’m excited to actually check it out myself.

6. Crier’s War by Nina Varela

This is the next book I plan on reading. I got the ARC for this one in the same thank-you package I mentioned in the previous item, and with the book dropping on October 1st, I do want to get a review in for it.

7. The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

My first blog tour with the Fantastic Flying Book Club! I’ll be posting on October 14th, so be sure to come back then and see what I have to say. I’ll be including my favorite quotes from the book as well.

8. Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory by Raphael Bob-Waksberg

This collection of short stories about love, by the creator of BoJack Horseman (great show, by the way–would recommend), came out a few months ago and was recently suggested to me by a friend. Given how much I love the show this man created, I’m excited to see his work on paper as well.

9. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Oh, you didn’t think I would let the fall slip by without at least one spooky title, did you? This creepy and stylistically bizarre book, about a house that is bigger on the inside and a guy slowly going crazy as he investigates it, sounds so freaking cool. I started it last fall but had to table it when someone else put it on hold at the library and then I got super busy. I’m looking forward to picking it up again now and seeing where the story goes. Fingers crossed that I don’t lose sleep over it.

10. All the other books I have on NetGalley that come out this fall

I went a little request-crazy earlier this year, and the deadlines are creeping up on me now. Some titles include Fireborne, Our Wayward Fate, Resurrection Girls, The Bone Ships, The Library of the Unwritten, Laughter at the Academy (it’s a collection of short stories by Seanan McGuire omg I’m so excited), Gravemaidens, Light It Up…and maybe a couple others. Stay tuned, folks!

11. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

GAHHH I finished the list, then realized I forgot this one, so congrats: you get one extra. The sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale has been high on my list ever since I heard it was coming out. I have so many questions about the world that the original book didn’t answer, and I’m hoping this one will clear some of those up.

So, what do you think? Read any of these, or have them on your TBR? Let me know in the comments.

Much love
Kathryn (“K-Specks”)

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday 9/24 – Fall TBR

  1. Teri Polen September 24, 2019 / 10:37 am

    Ninth House, The Toll, Call Down the Hawk – all are on my list. I just finished Fireborne and it was fantastic – hope you enjoy it!

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  2. dinipandareads September 25, 2019 / 2:45 am

    Great list 😍 I’ve got Serpent & Dove and The Toll on my list this week too! I’m sooo beyond excited for The Toll. I need to temper my excitement and expectations! Haha I’m kind of really scared to read Testaments coz I’ve heard a lot of underwhelmed reviews for it… 🙈 Hope you enjoy all these reads!

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  3. Susan September 25, 2019 / 11:02 am

    Ninth House and Toll are great choices!

    I’m not sure what to do about Testament. I read Memory Thief and eh… lol

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    • Kathryn Speckels September 25, 2019 / 1:07 pm

      Oh noooo that’s not the reaction I want to hear (re: Memory Thief haha)

      I’m also a little wary of Testaments, because there is a strong chance it will be a letdown, but curiosity is currently outweighing my apprehension.

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      • Susan September 25, 2019 / 3:56 pm

        Lol.. I will stay quiet.

        I have had curiosity lead me to my decision as well. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t. If you read it I’ll be interesting to hear about it. Surprisingly I dont think I’ve seen a review yet.

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  4. Zezee September 28, 2019 / 7:16 pm

    All the best with House of Leaves. I’ve always wanted to read it. It seems like some folks have struggled with it — the length and how it’s written — but still consider it a good read.

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    • Kathryn Speckels September 30, 2019 / 7:21 am

      Yep, I’ve heard that a lot. I tend to enjoy books that have weird/complex literary elements going on (huge fan of James Joyce haha), and this one is supposed to mess with your head and make you a little paranoid, which I also love, so I have high hopes!


      • Zezee September 30, 2019 / 3:59 pm

        Lol! In that case, I really need to read it too. I always get curious when people tell me a particular book messes with them like that.

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