My Fall Reading List – Top Ten Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! I’m linking up with the Broke and the Bookish today to share what I’m planning to read this fall! Fall is the perfect reading weather – everything starts to get so cozy and my hibernation mode kicks in. Plus, I want to read creepy books because of the Halloween season, which makes the whole thing even more delicious!

fall reading plan

These aren’t all new releases and I’ve blogged about some of these before because I’m reading them for various challenges. But I’m still really excited about all of them!

Slade House by David Mitchell – I’m reading this for the group read portion of the Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge. It’s a haunted house book that looks rich and complex. I typically shy away from haunted house stories, but this looks intriguing enough for me to give it a shot. And I think reading it as a group read will help me get through the tough bits.

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier – I’m currently reading this one. After her mother’s death, Mary Yellan moves in with her aunt at Jamaica Inn, which is hidden on the moors of England. Jamaica Inn isn’t the cozy and quaint hotel you might picture, though. It’s old, falling apart, and doesn’t receive travelers. Joss, Mary’s new uncle and the keeper of the Inn, is a brutish and domineering man and is involved in some sort of smuggling business. But what the heck is he smuggling?

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The Witches of New York by Ami McKay – Set in the late 1800s, two young women open a tea shop in New York City, at which they meet with wealthy society ladies and help them through their difficulties with a little big of magic. When a new arrival comes into town, their lives are all turned upside down as they face difficult and turbulent obstacles.

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – the third book in the All Souls Trilogy. Diana and Matthew’s adventure through time returns to present day Sept-Tours, Matthew’s home. They are still searching for that dang book and its missing pages, and the search becomes even more dangerous. As I said in a recent post, I loved the first book in this series, but really struggled with the second. I’m hoping this third one is enjoyable!

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – Ware writes suspense in a vivid and detailed way. This novel is set on a luxury liner with only a few cabins. A travel writer has been assigned a week on this boat which feels like a dream come true. Surprisingly, she witnesses a woman being thrown overboard but all of the ship’s passengers are accounted for. Who was this woman? The blurb promises a twisty-curvy turn of events!

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck – from Amazon: “Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined—an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding..” That’s all I need to know!

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn – All I really needed to see is the cover and I knew that I’d be wild about this book. But here’s icing on the cake from Amazon: “In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth…no matter where it leads..”

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead – Ballerinas and cocaine. What else do you need to know about this?? I love reading and watching documentaries about ballerinas. I think it’s the same reasons I love learning more about nuns, writers, and professional athletes: I’m fascinated by people who devote their entire lives to their passions.

The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman – I adored His Dark Materials and was so excited that Pullman was writing another series set in this world. This is the prequal to that series and focuses on Lyra and how she came to live at Jordan College. It will be released on October 19 and I pre-ordered this item in February – that’s how much I’m looking forward to this!

The Commitments by Roddy Doyle – this is the October pick for our book club at work! From Amazon: “In the first volume of the Barrytown Trilogy, Roddy Doyle, winner of the Booker Prize for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, introduces The Commitments, a group of fame-starved, working-class Irish youths with a paradoxical passion for the music of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding and a mission—to bring Soul to Dublin. Doyle writes about the band with a fan’s enthusiasm and about Dublin with a native’s cheerful knowingness. His book captures all the shadings of the rock experience: ambition, greed, and egotism—and the redeeming, exhilarating joy of making music. The Commitments is one of the most engaging and believable novels about rock’n’roll ever written, a book whose brashness and originality have won it mainstream acclaim and underground cachet.”

I’m nervous about reading everyone else’s TBR for the fall because I know that I’ll be adding more to my pile! Have you read any of these? Any you think I should skip or move to the top of the list??


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