Top Ten Books on my Autumn TBR List

Top Ten Books on my Autumn TBR List


I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday feature.  I was inspired by Paper Fury to semi-ignore the prompt and kinda go off on my own.  This week’s theme was Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends, and well, I’m really bad at following instructions. You probably figured that out since I’m publishing this on Wednesday.  Maybe I’ll find a new book boyfriend (or girlfriend) in one of these books?


Without further ado, here are my top ten book to read this fall.*  After you’re done reading through my list, comment below and tell me what books you want to read this fall.


* This list is not in any particular order other than the order in which I unearthed them from my TBR pile. Half of these books are books are new 2017 releases.  The other half I shamefully have not read yet.


 1. Artemis by Andy Weir (Nov. 14, 2017)


Andy Weir, bestselling author of The Martian (2014), returns with another near-future sci-fi. If you thought that traveling to Mars was a bit too far for you, this time we’re heading to the moon. I can’t think of what’s not to like in this book. There’s a female protagonist, a lunar colony, heist jobs, and hijinks that can only occur someplace with 1/6 of the Earth’s gravitational pull.

I managed to snag an ARC of Artemis. My husband is not amused that I’ll be reading it before him.


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2. Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (June 27, 2017)


Join Henry “Monty” Montague for his last hurrah before settling down to take over the family’s estate.  He sets off on his Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend (dreamboat) and his younger sister in tow as he finds not only his usual vices, but much more than he anticipates along the way.

In all fairness, this was my pick for my bookclub in the month of October, so I have a lot of external motivation to finish it up.


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3.  Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King (Sept. 26, 2017)


I know I’ve already discussed Sleeping Beauties here, but I can’t wait to see what the father-son King duo have up their sleeves.

A small town in West Virginia becomes ground zero for the Aurora Flu, that causes any woman who falls asleep to be entombed in a cocoon.  If awakened or disturbed, she then turns bloodthirsty and violent. There is one woman, however, who seems to be immune to this sleeping disease.  The question is whether she is a savior or a demon?


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5. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (2013)


Ancillary Justice is the first in the “Imperial Radch” space opera trilogy. Breq, a soldier, is nearing the end of her final mission: to seek revenge against the Lord of the Radch after an act of treachery left her the only survivor of a destroyed starship.

I KNOW, GUYS! I know how behind I am on Ann Leckie. She’s finished her trilogy, and has just released another book, Provenance (Sept 26, 2017), which prompted me to move this the top of my pile.


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6. The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne (June 13, 2017)


Helena is the daughter of the Marsh King, a famous kidnapper who lived with his abducted child-bride for 14 years until he was caught and placed in a maximum security prison. A few years later, he escapes and Helena knows she is the only one who can catch him.

I am very lucky to live in an area in which there are a ton of local bookshops. I picked up this book in small mystery shop this summer because the author is a local Michigander. I later found out how much buzz this book was generating and now I regret not immediately diving into the story.


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7. Bird Box by Josh Malerman (2014)


Five years into an apocalypse, Malorie must flee to a place of safety with her two young children. The problem is she doesn’t know who or what she’s fleeing from. All it takes is one look at this unknown menance, one glimpse and that person becomes a monster.

Bird Box also takes place in Michigan (see a theme here?).  It didn’t quite make it into my 13 books to prep for halloween post , mostly because I’m a little too afraid of it.


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8. The Last Policeman by Ben Winters (2013)

Hank Palace is a police detective who knows there is no hope. There is only 6 months until an asteroid strikes the earth, so really what is the point of solving any crimes or actually doing his job?

The Last Policeman is the first in a trilogy that takes place on the brink of an apocalyptic United States. This book recently popped onto my radar and I am anxious to see how Winters answers the question of what people would really do if they knew their days were numbered.

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9. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jasmine (2015)

The Fifth Season is the first installment of The Broken Earth series. The Stillness is a land fraught with periodic apocalypses, an unstable and highly stratified civilization, and where science and magic struggle to co-exist.  Essun might seem to be an ordinary schoolteacher, but no matter the cost, she will go to any length to save her daughter, even if the world comes undone.

The third book was just released (Stone Sky, Aug 15, 2017), therefore I have no excuse to not get cracking on this. It’s been sitting on my shelf for an unmentionably long amount of time.

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10. Warcross by Marie Lu (Sept 12, 2017)

Warcross isn’t just a virtual reality game, it’s a global phenomenon.  Erika Chen, a struggling hacker, works as a bounty hunter just to make ends meet. She’s technically banned from playing Warcross because of her criminal record, so when she hacks into the international Warcross Championships to earn a quick buck, she’s terrified she’ll be arrested when she glitches herself directly into the action.

This book is everywhere right now, but even if there wasn’t a ton of buzz surrounding it, I would read it just for that gorgeous cover.

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BONUS: Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson (1999)

I told you. I’m really bad at following instructions.

Stephenson drives two time lines, one during World War II and another in the late 20th century. In WWII, Lawrence Waterhouse is a mathematical genius who works as an ultra-secret codebreaker. In 1997, his grandson (Randy), works to create a new internet start-up in the Philippines. They both seem to have straightforward jobs, but where would be the fun in that?

Okay, in my defense I’ve been reading this off and on all summer, so I’m not sure that it really qualifies as an autumn read. Either way, I’d like to finish it before winter.

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That’s it!  I have a few other books up my sleeve, but these are the ones I’m determined to finish this season.  Stay tuned for more books!  Don’t forget to comment what your TBR books are this fall. 


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