Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: FALLing for New Books


A lot of fun Top Ten Tuesday topics come up during any given year, but my hands-down favorites are the seasonal reading prompts.  It's always fun to think about what I want to read in the upcoming months and it's even more enjoyable to see what books other bloggers are excited about.  The more the merrier, guys, so why don't you join in the fun?  All you have to do is click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl, read a few guidelines, make your own list, and then sit back and enjoy wandering around the book blogosphere checking out other people's posts.  Warning:  keep Goodreads open because you'll be adding a lot of great-sounding reads to your "I Need to Read it NOW" list.

I'm thrilled to have been selected as a YA fiction judge for the first round of The Cybils Awards.  I've never done this before, so I'm not exactly sure what it entails besides reading a lot of teen novels!  I assume that's what I'll be doing for most of the Fall, but since nominations don't open until November 1st, I don't have any specific titles to share.  In the meantime, then, here are the Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List:

YA/Middle Grade


1. The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys (coming October 1, 2019)—I love Sepetys' historical fiction, so I've been eagerly waiting for this one to come out.  It's a love story set in Madrid after the country's Civil War.  I can't wait!


2.  Slay by Brittney Morris (out today, September 24, 2019)—When a conflict inside the Black Panther-inspired video game she secretly designed causes the death of a player, 17-year-old Kiera Johnson is thrust into a real-life battle that threatens the safe world she thought she had created for herself and other Black gamers.  Billed as Ready Player One meets The Hate U Give, this YA novel sounds intriguing and timely.


3.  The World Ends in April by Stacy McAnulty (out now)—As the granddaughter of a doomsday prepper, Eleanor knows she will survive the apocalypse just fine.  But what about her BFF, Mack?  Before she knows what's happening, Eleanor has become the president of an End of the World club at her school.  No matter what happens with the approaching apocalypse, her life is definitely changing.  This MG offering sounds fun.  Count me in, for sure!


4.  Color Me In by Natasha Diaz (out now)—I've always been intrigued by stories about struggles with racial identity, even before my husband and I adopted our bi-racial daughter ten years ago.  Now I'm especially drawn to them and this YA novel, about a bi-racial teen finding her way around her Black and Jewish roots, sounds exceptional.


5.  The Grey Sisters by Jo Treggiari (out today, September 24, 2019)—A trio of friends head to the mountains to visit the site of the plane crash that took their siblings' lives in order to find closure.  While they search for answers, they meet a mountain dweller searching for help.  Their meeting will change all of their lives.  I love a good survival tale; The Grey Sisters sounds like that and more.

Adult


6.  The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (out October 8, 2019)—This historical novel, about an Englishwoman living in small-town Kentucky during the Depression who decides to become a book deliverer for Eleanor Roosevelt's traveling library campaign, sounds compelling.


7.  The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (out today, September 24, 2019)—This sweeping rags-to-riches family drama sounds like one I will really enjoy.

Of course, I can't make a TTT list without including a few mystery/thrillers:


8.  The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell (out November 5, 2019)—On the day she turns 25, Libby Jones finds out not just who her biological parents are, but also that she has inherited their posh home in London.  She soon discovers that the house has a dark, haunting history ... I love a ghostly story, especially around Halloween time.  This one sounds like it will fit the bill perfectly!


9.  One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski (out October 1, 2019)—When a woman is offered a house-sitting gig at a luxurious beach home, she jumps at the chance.  The more she learns about a 30-year-old mystery connected to the home, the more intrigued she becomes ... Another creepy house story - yaaassss!  I want them all!


10.  Before the Devil Fell by Neil Olson (out October 8, 2019)—This is another novel that sounds like a great spine-tingling Halloween read.  It concerns a man who returns to the hometown he fled in the wake of disturbing rumors about his mother and her "coven."  His assumption that his mother's interest in witchcraft was just a passing hippie phase is dissolved as he finds disturbing clues in his family history that hint at a much lengthier association with New England witchcraft.

There you have it, ten books I'm looking forward to reading this Fall.  How about you?  What's on your list?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on yours. 

Happy TTT!

35 comments:

  1. I really need to read Slay, too. Good list.

    My TTT.

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    1. It sounds awesome, doesn't it?

      Thanks for coming by!

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  2. I have heard great things about The Family Upstairs - I hope you enjoy it! Happy reading.😀

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    1. Me, too! It sounds intriguing and I've enjoyed books by Jewell before, so I'm excited to give this one a go.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I liked Color Me In. As the mother of a biracial child, I found the story interesting and insightful. I may read Slay too. It sounds intriguing.

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    1. Oh, good! My daughter isn't a huge reader, but I'm always on the lookout for books that deal with characters who look like her and have life situations similar to hers. Someday, I hope they will speak to her. Glad to know COLOR ME IN is a good one.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

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  4. I have two of these on my TBR and the Lisa Jewell book also made my top ten. I need to check out the Ruta Sepetys book. I have enjoyed the others I read by her. I like this list, it has me hunting, Susan.

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    1. Oh, good! I'm glad you found some intriguing titles. Let me know what you think of them if/when you read them.

      Thanks for coming by!

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    2. Do you have a current blog, Carla? I'd love to visit if you do ...

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  5. Good luck w/the Cybils, should be fun for you. Why didn't I pay more attention to Ruth Sepetys? I need some fresh historical fiction, and that golden cover is swoony, I'll look out for it.
    I was slightly traumatized by Lisa Jewel's The Girls in the Garden, but she is a compelling writer I may return to, thanks for sharing.

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    1. I'm looking forward to Cybils judging! I've judged other book awards, but never this one so it will be a new experience for me.

      Sepetys is great! She's only written a few books, but I've enjoyed all of them.

      I have not read THE GIRLS IN THE GARDEN yet. Maybe that's a good thing??

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  6. I just read Fountains of Silence and it was a fantastic book! Good luck judging The Cybils Awards! I hope you read some great books!

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    1. Lucky you! I can't wait to get my hands on it.

      Yeah, I'm super excited to see what I'll be reading for the Cybils. I was a little surprised to be selected for a YA category since I don't read nearly as much YA as I used to, but it will be fun.

      Thanks for coming by!

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  7. The Family Upstairs is a really good book - I loved it. I don't know your other books but I've been wondering about reading The Dutch House - it sounds like one I'd enjoy.

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    1. I've enjoyed other Ann Patchett books, so we'll see what I think of THE DUTCH HOUSE. I'm also excited for THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS. I just got offered a review copy of it, so yay!

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  8. I want to read Slay and Color Me In! Those are actually the only two books I've seen around. The others, it's the first time. I hope you enjoy them all!
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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    1. I wanted to do a list of new releases, but I admit to Googling "novels releasing Fall 2019" to come up with 10 :)

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  9. I'm hoping to get to SLAY soon too! It sounds like it's going to be so good!!

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    1. It really does. Sounds like it hits on some important and timely themes. Can't wait.

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  10. Great list! I have heart of a couple of these. Love seeing everyone’s lists ☺️

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    1. That's my favorite part of TTT! I always get so many recommendations from other people's posts. It's a great way to discover new titles.

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  11. I hadn't heard of The World Must End in April. Gonna have to check that one out :) I like that you included some middle grade on your list. Thanks for stopping by my TTT

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    1. I love MG, but sadly, I never seem to hear about new releases much in this neglected genre :(

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  12. I love the cover of Slay and man, I wasn't aware of One Night Gone. Now I need to read it as well! The Gray Sisters sound intriguing as well. Well, you blew my TBR!

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    1. Ha ha. I'm so glad I gave you some new titles to look into :) I hope we both enjoy them.

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  13. Lots of great books on this list! We share Fountains of Silence of course, but I’m also curious about the Patchett book (though really not a big fan of that cover) and the One Night Gone. Hope you love them all!

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    1. Yeah, the cover leaves something to be desired. The plot summary sounds good, though. ONE NIGHT GONE is one I've been really looking forward to. It sounds awesome!

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  14. I’m really excited for The Family Upstairs ad can’t believe I left it off my list. I love Jewell’s brand of domestic dramas/mysteries.

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    1. Ha ha. I always realize how many books I've left off my list when I start looking at other people's lists :)

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  15. I'm really excited to read Slay and The Fountains of Silence. They sound so good!

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    1. Don't they? So many upcoming books to look forward to. Yay!

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  16. Yay for being a CYBILS judge and we're in the same category, but I am round 2. So, choose wisely so I have wonderful books to read in January! It's a fun process to be part of. And your list of fall books sound so good.

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    1. Ha ha. I'll choose wisely :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Helen!

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  17. The Lisa Jewell book made my list this week too. I also want to read The Fountains of Silence. It sounds so good.

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  18. I'm looking forward to Sepetys' book also. And I just finished The Dutch House and enjoyed. it!

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