September 23, 2014

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we're listing the books that have made it to the top of our Fall 2014 To-Be-Read piles. 

New & Upcoming Fall Releases:
Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios Because I adored Demetrios' debut, Something Real. And because she's apparently a friend of a friend (which is awesome). And because this is about genies and Arabian Nights.
Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth — I've wanted to read this one since I first heard about its release in the U.K. (over a year ago). This is a historical fiction retelling of "Rapunzel" and the people whose lives inspired the creation of the tale. 
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay I've got to support authors like Jay who specialize in fairy-tale retellings. Her upcoming novel is about Sleeping Beauty's warrior daughter and is described as a mix of Game of Thrones and Grimms' fairy tales.
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson The Sky is Everywhere is probably my favorite YA contemporary novel ever. I'm hoping for the same levels of weirdness and poignancy in Nelson's sophomore novel.
The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters — I loved In the Shadow of Blackbirds and am so excited to read Winters' take on the U.S. suffragette movement of the early 1900s (with a dash of hypnotism thrown in for good measure).
Owned Older Releases: 
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison — I like reading heavier, more complex stories in the fall. And Addison's story certainly promises complexity, as well as some fantastic worldbuilding. I can't wait!
Courted by Katherine Longshore — Oh, Tudor fiction, how I've missed you. Historical fiction is another one of my go-to genres as the weather turns cooler and I love that this is actually two stories bound together. More reading time!
Lady of the Glen by Jennifer Roberson — I'm currently re-reading Roberson's Lady of the Forest and loving it. Lady of the Glen is about a forbidden romance between two feuding Scottish clans. And as a bonus: apparently my boyfriend's family is descended from one of those clans.
Mistborn by Brandson Sanderson — This will get read this fall, for real. I now own two Sanderson books from two different series. I will not be the last fantasy fan to read his works, I just will not.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente — As will this. My little sister just started re-reading her copy of this book, and that's kind of embarrassing that I haven't been able to read this one once yet. No longer.

Please let me know which books have made it onto your Fall 2014 TBR list! 
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Amanda loves few things better than sitting down with a cup of tea and a book. She frequently stays up far too late, telling herself she just needs to finish one more page. When she's not wrapped up in the stories of others, Amanda works as a children's librarian in a public library.


  1. I am SO EXCITED for Kate Forsyth's book to come State-side. I'm with you on the waiting!! I also need to get around to my copies of EXQUISITE CAPTIVE and PRINCESS OF THORNS and I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN. Ack!! Great choices!

  2. Mistborn is one I've been meaning to read for a while too.

    I see you're currently reading Little Women. Is this your first time or a re-read? It's one of my favorite stories!

  3. I LOVE this list, Amanda! You've inspired me to look into some books I haven't considered before. Bitter Greens and Mistborn, specifically. I need more fairy-tale retellings and fantasy in my life! But oh my gosh! I'm just as excited as you are for Princess of Thorns, I'll Give You the Sun, and The Cure for Dreaming! The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland is another one I've been anxious about; it's been on my TBR for a while now, but I'll probably wait for December to read it. I've got my spooky/atmospheric reading cut out for me this fall, and now I can add The Cure for Dreaming to that every-growing list! I can't wait to compare notes on the 2014 releases, even if that happens sometime after the season! :)

    Happy reading, Amanda!

    Marlene @ The Flyleaf Review

  4. The Cure for Dreaming made my list too. Nice choices!

  5. Such a good list; so many of these books I want to read! And I've never heard of Jennifer Roberson and her books sound interesting; I'll have to try one. I hope you enjoy your fall reads!

  6. I love how you've chosen so many books that I've not heard of before Amanda! The Goblin Emperor and The Cure for Dreaming sound fantastic! I also really need to get my hands on Exquisite Captive, I think it sounds like something that I would really enjoy! Happy reading! :)

  7. I have Exquisite Captive as the number one book on my list to be read this fall. It just sounds amazing and I love the idea of genies so it is a must read for me. I hope you enjoy all of the books on your list!
    Happy reading

  8. Exquisite Captive is phenomenal and I desperately need to read The Goblin Emperor, I'll Give You the Sun, Princess of Thorns, and A Cure for Dreaming this season too. I've been meaning to get to Sanderson's Mistborn books for awhile now, though I doubt it'll be happening during the next few months, and same with Bitter Greens but perhaps during the winter holidays. Wonderful list, Amanda, and happy reading--very interested to see what you make of these titles! :)

  9. Ah!!! I think that the Fairyland books by Valente will be right up your alley. I adore them so. I'm currently reading Bitter Greens and it is stunning!

  10. Both Bitter Greens and The Cure for Dreaming are also on my TBR for Fall! Mistborn is one I'm super excited to get too, I've heard nothing but positive things, but I'm trying to completely get through the Game of Thrones series before I start another epic fantasy. I'm on book 5 though so maybe soon! Cat Valente's series is such fun, I hope you enjoy it and all your other planned reads!

  11. Haha, I do understand the problem of finding time for all the books on the shelf, but you MUST read Sanderson and Valente, your life will just be happier when you do! :D I'm also super excited about Princess of Thorns!!

  12. I really want to read I'll Give You the Sun as well! I've heard a lot of mixed reviews though, so not quite sure what to expect (I actually know pretty much nothing about the book except that it's by Jandy Nelson haha)

    AND YESSS MISTBORN OMG IT'S SO AMAZING! Especially the twists in the 3rd book in that series oh my god! READ ITTT


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