Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall To-Be-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall To-Be-Read List | Strawberry Moon BooksHello fellow Top Ten Tuesday-ers! Thanks as always to The Broke and Bookish for hosting all us book nerds. This week’s topic is: My Fall TBR List. Before I get into my list, I just want to thank Strawberry Moon’s readers and Etsy customers for their patience. My home, (including my vintage book inventory and everything else I owned), was lost in the disastrous Valley Fire in Northern California last week. I plan on restocking the shop ASAP, however, and Strawberry Moon will return.

With that said, I definitely need some fiction to distract me from all this so without further ado…

I don’t generally do TBR lists or book challenges because, well, they make me feel oh so very guilty when I don’t accomplish what I said I would. But I’m jumping in, for the sake of Top Ten Tuesday, and I am trying to get back into the habit of reading books just because I want to. (And not because I’m cramming for 17 units.)

My Goodreads TBR has been a sad state of affairs for about three years, (ever since I transferred from junior college to university.) The same 20 or so books have been sitting there, languishing. So instead of just listing those off, I’m stirring up some fresh blood and some new classics. Quite a few of these are somewhat seasonal: witches, fairytale retellings and a dash of spooky. Others are just books I’ve been dying to read for what seems like ever.Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall To-Be-Read List | Strawberry Moon Books

  1. The Midnight Witch, by Paula Brackston
  2. Babayaga: A Novel of Witches in Paris, by Toby Barlow
  3. The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, by Genevieve Valentine
  4. The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora, by Stephanie Thornton
  5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall To-Be-Read List | Strawberry Moon Books

  1. The Appearance of Annie van Sindern, by Katherine Howe
  2. The Book of Speculation, by Erika Swyler
  3. Cinder, by Marissa Meyer
  4. Catch up on the Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon
  5. Catch up on the Lady Emily series, by Tasha Alexander

The last two are just because I’ve been so terribly lazy. I owned the first Outlander book for at least four or five years before I finally read it. So much shame. I’m currently reading the second Outlander book and I’ve read up through the eighth Lady Emily book. I think there’s at least four more out already! So this is really more like… a top twenty? Apparently I’m going to be a very busy reader this fall. At least in theory.

Any other suggestions on what I’ve missed in the book world while at university?

24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall To-Be-Read List

    1. This time of year I’m all about the witchy shows and binging on Buffy reruns haha. Definitely excited about finally reading some more Gaiman – I’ve only ever read Neverwhere if you can believe that.

  1. I also wanted to read The Outlander books but haven’t gotten around to them yet, and not sure when I will. I loved Cinder, so I hope you get to it soon. I feel you abput not completing TBR lists – I stopped keeping – or checking – the lists on Goodreads, and instead just pick books at the time I feel like reading.

    1. The Outlander books are definitely a big undertaking and heavy reading but I find them very hard to put down. Intense but thought-provoking, for sure! They’re a good curl-up-by-the-fireplace kind of book – somewhere you can be glad of 21st century everything haha.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. How horrible! There were several fires burning near my parents’ home in Washington and seeing all the destruction made me heartsick. Your positive outlook on such tragedy is inspiring.

    As for books, I enjoyed THE BOOK OF SPECULATION, CINDER (and the rest of the series) and OUTLANDER (although I never moved on with the series for some reason). Your other books sound good as well.

    Happy TTT!

    1. Thank you so much; I really appreciate your kind words. I’m luckier than many of the other fire victims as I had a home to move into instead of a campground, but it has definitely been a difficult ten days. Next to the loss of my animals and heirlooms, the loss of my many beautiful vintage books is just heartbreaking. 😦

      I’m really looking forward to Book of Speculation! I only heard about it recently but it sounds like just my cup of tea.

      Thanks for commenting!

  3. There are so many books on this list that I’ve never seen but now I want. I have Dragonfly in Amber to read as well… I own the whole series and I still haven’t picked them back up.

    1. I just started Dragonfly in Amber and it’s already really good. Different from Outlander because I feel like the reader has more information than some of the characters which is interesting. Glad I could send a few new possibilities your way! 😉

  4. So many spooky and interesting recommendations 🙂 Thanks for sharing with your readers. I need to be more selective this year because I always end up picking up more books than I can handle! I already finished one that I think has to be put into the “Fall” category called “The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster” by author Scott Wilbanks ( The book follows the unlikely bond between 19th century schoolmarm Elsbeth Gundy and modern day Californian orphan Annie Aster. A mysterious Victorian door is the source of their connection when Annie finds a letter addressed to her from Elsbeth. The two have to figure out why they are connected in this way. Annie and Elsbeth are two lovable characters and the people they receive help from along the way are memorable and unique. This book kept me hooked from start to finish. It really has it all: murder, mystery, suspense, romance, and more. It is a MUST READ for sure

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