Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My (Tentative) Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is: Books On My Fall 2019 TBR

I'm not someone that really makes active TBR lists because I'm far too much of a mood reader to ever follow a list of what to read. That being said, there are certainly some books that I'd really like to get to this fall, so I'm going to share those! Some of these are upcoming books that I have ARCs for and some are backlist titles that I need to catch up on or continue a series with. All of these books, however, are ones that I have in my possession either digitally or physically and that's why I'm prioritizing them to read this fall!

The Deep
The Deep by Alma Katsu
NetGalley approved me for this ARC a couple weeks ago and I've been saving it for an October read--I can't wait to dive in!

"Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic. 

This is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the ship from the moment they set sail: mysterious disappearances, sudden deaths. Now suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone during the four days of the liner's illustrious maiden voyage, a number of the passengers - including millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, the maid Annie Hebbley and Mark Fletcher - are convinced that something sinister is going on . . . And then, as the world knows, disaster strikes. 

Years later and the world is at war. And a survivor of that fateful night, Annie, is working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic's sister ship, the Britannic, now refitted as a hospital ship. Plagued by the demons of her doomed first and near fatal journey across the Atlantic, Annie comes across an unconscious soldier she recognises while doing her rounds. It is the young man Mark. And she is convinced that he did not - could not - have survived the sinking of the Titanic . . ." Goodreads

A Fortress of Grey Ice (Sword of Shadows, #2)
A Fortress of Grey Ice by J.V. Jones
I've been meaning to jump into this sequel for far too long, so I'm challenging myself to actually do it this fall. Fingers crossed I get to it!

"Built on the backs of those who fell before it, Julius Caesar's imperial dynasty is only as strong as the next person who seeks to control it. In the Roman Empire no one is safe from the sting of betrayal: man, woman or child.

With impeccable research and captivating prose, The Confessions of Young Nero is the story of a boy's ruthless ascension to the throne. Detailing his journey from innocent youth to infamous ruler, it is an epic tale of the lengths to which man will go in the ultimate quest for power and survival." Goodreads 

The Poison Thread
The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell
I really enjoyed Purcell's spooky The Silent Companions a couple years back and I'm really intrigued to check out this one from her as well! Fall seems like the perfect time for it.

"Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy, and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor, and awaiting trial for murder. 

When Dorothea's charitable work brings her to Oakgate Prison, she is delighted by the chance to explore her fascination with phrenology and test her hypothesis that the shape of a person's skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes. But when she meets one of the prisoners, the teenaged seamstress Ruth, she is faced with another strange idea: that it is possible to kill with a needle and thread--because Ruth attributes her crimes to a supernatural power inherent in her stitches. 

The story Ruth has to tell of her deadly creations--of bitterness and betrayal, of death and dresses--will shake Dorothea's belief in rationality, and the power of redemption. Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad, or a murderer? The Poison Thread is a spine-tingling, sinister read about the evil that lurks behind the facade of innocence." Goodreads

The Night Circus
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I am so overdue on reading this, but I decided I wanted to wait and read it near the end of the year (November/December) because it feels like that sort of cozy magical atmosphere that I love to read during those months. I cannot wait! Although I'll admit I'm slightly nervous since my expectations are so high.

"The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night. 

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead." Goodreads

The Rosewater Redemption (The Wormwood Trilogy, #3)
The Rosewater Redemption by Tade Thompson
"Life in the newly independent city-state of Rosewater isn't everything its citizens were expecting. T

he Mayor finds that debts incurred during the insurrection are coming back to haunt him. Nigeria isn't willing to let Rosewater go without a fight. And the city's alien inhabitants are threatening mass murder for their own sinister ends... 

Operating across spacetime, the xenosphere, and international borders, it is up to a small group of hackers and criminals to prevent the extra-terrestrial advance. The fugitive known as Bicycle Girl, Kaaro, and his former handler Femi may be humanity's last line of defense." Goodreads

The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time, #3)
The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time #3) by Robert Jordan
I sort of got distracted from when I started this series a few years back, but I'm back on track and I want to continue so I'm going to try to get to this before the year is over!

"The Dragon Reborn—the leader long prophesied who will save the world, but in the saving destroy it; the savior who will run mad and kill all those dearest to him—is on the run from his destiny. 

Able to touch the One Power, but unable to control it, and with no one to teach him how—for no man has done it in three thousand years—Rand al'Thor knows only that he must face the Dark One. But how? 

Winter has stopped the war—almost—yet men are dying, calling out for the Dragon. But where is he? 

Perrin Aybara is in pursuit with Moiraine Sedai, her Warder Lan, and Loial the Ogier. Bedeviled by dreams, Perrin is grappling with another deadly problem—how is he to escape the loss of his own humanity? 

Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve are approaching Tar Valon, where Mat will be healed—if he lives until they arrive. But who will tell the Amyrlin their news—that the Black Ajah, long thought only a hideous rumor, is all too real? They cannot know that in Tar Valon far worse awaits..." Goodreads

House of Salt and Sorrows
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
I love Twelve Dancing Princesses retellings so I am beyond thrilled to see if I love this one as much as I'm hoping I will.

"Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods. 

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with? 

When Annaleigh's involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it's a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next." Goodreads

The Hunting Party
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
I won a copy of this book a while back and I've been saving it to read in December since it also takes place around that time! I know, it's a little much, but it just feels right!

"All of them are friends. One of them is a killer

During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves. 

They arrive on December 30th, just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world. 

Two days later, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead. 

The trip began innocently enough: admiring the stunning if foreboding scenery, champagne in front of a crackling fire, and reminiscences about the past. But after a decade, the weight of secret resentments has grown too heavy for the group’s tenuous nostalgia to bear. Amid the boisterous revelry of New Year’s Eve, the cord holding them together snaps. 

Now one of them is dead . . . and another of them did it. 

Keep your friends close, the old adage goes. But just how close is too close?" Goodreads

Pride of Eden
Pride of Eden by Taylor Brown
I feel like this could either be really good or really weird and I don't know anything else about it, so we'll see!

"Vietnam veteran, retired racehorse jockey, and keeper of secrets, Anse Caulfield rescues exotic big cats, elephants, and other creatures for Little Eden, a wildlife sanctuary near the abandoned ruins of a failed development on the Georgia coast. But when Anse’s prized lion escapes and is killed, he becomes obsessed with replacing her—even if the means of rescue aren’t exactly legal. 

Anse is joined by Malaya, a former soldier herself, who after discharge hunted poachers decimating an elephant refuge in Africa; Lope, whose training in falconry taught him to pilot surveillance drones; and Tyler, a veterinarian who has found a place in Anse’s obsessive world. 

From an ancient crocodile scarred by forced combat with other animals, a panther caged in a yard, a rare tiger destined to be harvested for its glands, a lion kept as a tourist attraction at a gas station, to a pack of wolves being raised on a remote private island off the coast, Anse and his team battle an underworld of smugglers, gamblers, breeders, trophy hunters, and others who exploit exotic game." Goodreads

IslandiaIslandia by Austin Tappan Wright
Every year I choose to tackle one big 1000+ page tome that I've been wanting to read and this year it's Islandia! I honestly don't know much about this book other than the synopsis, but I'm so intrigued by it. I plan to read this over the next few months and finish in December!
"Balam is a sleepy town on the eastern coast of Atlua, surrounded by forest and sea. It’s a village where nothing happens and everybody knows each other. But now, people are dying. 

"Austin Tappan Wright left the world a wholly unsuspected legacy. After he died in a tragic accident, among this distinguished legal scholar's papers were found thousands of pages devoted to a staggering feat of literary creation—a detailed history of an imagined country complete with geography, genealogy, literature, language and culture. As detailed as J.R.R. Tolkien's middle-earth novels, Islandia has similarly become a classic touchstone for those concerned with the creation of imaginary world.

Islandia occupies the southern portion of the Karain Continent, which lies in the Southern Hemisphere. Its civilization is an ancient one, protected from outside intervention by a natural fortress of towering mountains. To this isolated country - this alien, compelling and totally fascinating world - comes John Lang, the American consul. As the reader lives with Lang in Islandia, as he comes to know this magnetic land, its unique people, its strange customs, he may find himself experiencing a feeling of envy, a wish that he, like Lang, be permitted, at the book's end, to return once more and spend the rest of his days in Islandia." Goodreads

Have you read any of these books? What books are on your fall TBR?


  1. When it comes to The Night Circus, I'd say.. It's waaaay more about the writing and the atmosphere than it is about the story. If you know that, going in, you'll probably enjoy it more, haha. Also, definitely perfect time to read this book!

    1. I have heard that and it's honestly partly why I'm looking forward to it so much, so I'm glad to here that confirmed! :)

  2. These all sound awesome!

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  3. I really ought to read House of Salt and Sorrows sometime.

    My TTT.

  4. The Hunting Party was really good - very twisty! And The Night Circus is one of my favorites of all time! Enjoy your books!

    1. I cannot wait for both (though I'm definitely just a smidge more excited for The Night Circus :) )

  5. I loved The Wheel of Time series. It's a lot, but it's so good. I keep hearing amazing things about House of Salt and Sorrows and hope to read it soon.

    My TTT; https://thebookdutchesses.com/2019/09/24/ttt-98-books-on-my-fall-2019-tbr/

    1. It seems like it will be a lot, haha, but I love the classic fantasy feeling it gives me and I'm just having a great time!

  6. The Night Circus is one of my favorite books ever! I hope you love it too!

    1. Yay! I feel like I hear that so much and I just love how much The Night Circus means to people, I can't wait to dive in.

  7. Love thos list! I recently ran across Pride of Eden and was intrigued. And I can't wait to read The Deep as well!

  8. I loved The Night Circus! I hope you do, too. :)

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  9. The Deep sounds really interesting. I found The Night Circus on sale a while back and picked it up, but I haven't read it yet. I hope you like these!

  10. The Night Circus would be a perfect November/December read <3 It seems more wintery to me than fallish.

  11. Ooh The Hunting Party- I remember thinking when that one came out that I wanted to read it. The JV Jones book looks great too.

  12. 'House of Salt and Sorrows' sounds good. I've read a few 12 dancing princesses retelling and most of them are bad but this sounds almost good though a little dark to me but I'll check it out.

    Have a lovely day

  13. Great list! I keep meaning to give Laura Purcell's work a try. =)