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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: FALLing for a New Crop of TBR Books

Although we are having a little streak of days in the 90s, it's only going to last until Thursday, when we'll be back over 100 degrees again. This is par for the course in the Arizona desert, unfortunately. True Fall weather (at least our version of it) won't start arriving for a couple months still. I desperately miss real Autumn weather and dream of the days when I experienced it this way:

Even if it's not Fall yet on the outside where I live, it's Fall in my heart, so it seems appropriate that today's prompt is Top Ten Books On My Fall 2022 TBR List. These seasonal lists are my favorite! I can't wait to see what everyone's planning to read during this cozy time of year.

If you want to join in the fun (and you definitely do!), click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl for all the details.

Top Ten Books On My Fall 2022 TBR List
- in no particular order - 

1. The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty—I've read most of Moriarty's novels, but this one slipped through the cracks somehow. I'm currently enjoying it on audio. The story is about a woman who very unexpectedly inherits the house of someone she barely knows. Along with the property comes an unconventional family full of untold secrets.

2. Come Down Somewhere by Jennifer L. Wright—The other day, I was working on improving my NetGalley downloaded-to-reviewed ratio (I went from 2% to 4%—woohoo!) when I came across Wright's first book, If It Rains. Remembering how much I enjoyed her debut, I went looking for more from her. Turns out, her sophomore effort came out a couple weeks ago. 

The novel concerns 16-year-old Olive, whose family's New Mexico ranch is seized by the government in 1945 in order to make way for a hush-hush new Army post. Already angry at being uprooted, Olive's even more disconcerted when she hears rumors about what's really happening on her family's land. Seven years after a devastating explosion rocks the whole area, Olive returns to the ranch determined to figure out what really happened there. Sounds intriguing!

3. The House on the Lake by Holly Hill Mangin—It wouldn't be spooky season without a shivery read or two. This one is about two women who arrive at a mysterious lake house with no memory of getting there. The house is full of chilling surprises. What will the women find? Will they ever be able to leave?

4. The Last Heir to Blackwood Library by Hester Fox (available April 4, 2023)—Fox's newest doesn't come out until Spring, but I've got an e-ARC thanks to Edelweiss. The story stars a young woman who's shocked when she learns that not only is she part of an ancient English bloodline, but she's also the new owner of a sprawling Yorkshire manor. Although rumors of ghosts, curses, and sinister doings swirl around Blackwood Abbey, it has one major draw: an exquisite library. How could any book lover possibly resist? As strange things start happening, Blackwood's new owner is determined to get to the bottom of its many secrets. 

5. The Blackout Book Club by Amy Lynn Green (available November 15, 2022)—Returning to World War II, Green's newest concerns an unlikely librarian tasked with keeping her small-town Maine library open despite wartime struggles. The book club she forms as a last-ditch effort brings together a group of very different women who find support, belonging, and commonality as they bond through books.

6. Exiles by Jane Harper (available January 31, 2023)—I love Harper's novels, especially those in the Aaron Falk series, so I'm excited for her newest. I've got an e-ARC of this one, which has the federal investigator traveling to Southern Australia for a baby christening. Naturally, he gets embroiled in the case of Kim Gillespie, a young mother who tucked her slumbering newborn into her stroller then vanished without a trace during a town festival one year ago. What would make a loving parent abandon her baby? Did Kim go willingly or was she taken? Where is she now? 

7. Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm—This middle-grade read is an older book and one of the few of Holm's standalone novels I haven't yet read. It's about a young girl who moves with her mother to Key West, Florida. Jobs are scarce in 1935 and her mom needs this one, even if the wealthy lady for whom she's working hates kids. Florida is a big adjustment for young Turtle, but it might be just what she needs to finally come out of her shell.

8. The Dark by Sharon Bolton—It's been eight years since Bolton published an installment of her Lacey Flint mystery series, so I'm super stoked about this one. In it, Lacey is investigating a disturbing new terrorist threat from an extremist group that hates women—killing their babies. Can Lacey stop them before another infant dies?

9. The Bequest by Joanna Margaret (available October 18, 2022)—Isabel Henley moves from the U.S. to Scotland in the wake of a devastating love affair. Immediately, one after another, things in her new life start to go awry. When Isabel receives a coded message from an old friend who's been abducted, she finds herself in a desperate race to finish the research her kidnapped pal started. If she can't do it, both women will be killed by the dangerous captors.

10. The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf—This thriller looks like a perfect Fall read! Wylie Lark, a true crime writer, has retreated to an isolated farmhouse to pound out her new book. Once the site of a grisly murder, it's an atmospheric place to write; an oncoming snowstorm just makes it more so. When Wylie discovers a child stranded in the blizzard, she realizes she's not as alone as she thinks she is. Someone is out there, dying to come in...

There you have it, ten books on my Fall 2022 TBR list. What do you think? Have you read any of them? What are you planning to read this Fall? I'd truly love to know. Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog. 

Happy TTT! 


  1. I love that autumn is in your heart. I'm already there myself, even though the calendar and the weather still say summer. :-)

    1. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do, no matter what the calendar and/or the weather says!

      Thanks for popping in, Meezan!

  2. Wow this list looks so good I hope you love all of them! The Bequest seems so interesting!

    We have the weather in common, fall is pretty much non-existent here, but we can still be cozy and read and I love that!

    1. I just got an e-ARC of THE BEQUEST, so I'll definitely be reading it soon. It does sound good, doesn't it?

      Very true. I just have to crank up the air a little more so I can snuggle up with a warm blanket and read :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Yomna!

  3. These all look interesting! I hope you like them.

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    1. I hope so, too. They definitely all look like my kind of books, but we'll see...

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

  4. Boy, it's hard to find the place to comment - almost gave up. But, I persevered. :) I listened to a Gudenkauf book a couple months ago and it was good so might look up this new one. BUT - I didn't know Jane Harper had a new one coming out so I dashed right over to NetGalley to request it. Either way, I'll be looking for it. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. The commenting link thing is kind of hidden, isn't it? And it doesn't help that I changed the wording so it's even more confusing. Sorry about that. I'm so glad you persevered!

      I learn about a lot of new releases on NG and I love that I can get them early. I hope we both enjoy EXILES.

      Thanks for popping by, Terrie!

  5. This is a great list - and so many of the covers evoke the fall spirit, even if you don't get to experience traditional "fall" weather. I love how you view it as a state of being rather than just your surroundings though. Happy fall, and enjoy your autumn reading!

    1. I was spoiled growing up in the Columbia River Gorge (Washington/Oregon), where the Fall is so glorious and beautiful. It makes living in a place with no real seasons tough to bear, even after 20 years!

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

  6. Ugh. I feel your pain. We're stuck in the 90s over here and I am beyond ready for fall weather. But this is a great group of books to avoid the heat with! The Overnight Guest has been on my TBR pile for a bit so fingers crossed it's as good as it sounds. And The House on the Lake sounds so creepy. Adding that one, too.

    1. It stinks, doesn't it? I'm SO done with the heat.

      I haven't loved the two Gudenkauf books I've read, so I'm hoping this one is more to my liking. The premise definitely appeals.

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

  7. You should take a drive up to Flagstaff, we had real fall type weather today. The leaves are just starting to turn. What a nice list of books. I hope you enjoy them all.

    1. I should! I've always told my husband that if I HAVE to live in Arizona, I want it to be in Flagstaff. Alas, we're still in Mesa...Enjoy the nice Fall weather for me until I can come up and experience it for myself.

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

  8. I'm going to read The Last Anniversary soon too! :D It's my book club's choice for January or February. I love Moriarty so much! I also want to read The Blackout Book Club. It sounds so interesting. I hope you enjoy all of these.

    Also, I don't know how you survive in Arizona. Utah's weather is bad enough and I have such a hard time with the heat.

    1. I'm liking THE LAST ANNIVERSARY so far. Moriarty's books are always so engaging and fun! I really liked the one book I've read by Green, so I have high hopes for THE BLACKOUT BOOK CLUB.

      I kind of hibernate during the summer, honestly. I crank up the a/c and stay inside, unless I'm in the pool. Utah can be miserable in the summer, too, but at least you have awesome Fall weather. I used to love Fall in Utah with all the color and crispness. Enjoy it for me!

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

  9. The House on the Lake sounds and looks so eerie! I'm curious and adding it to my TBR. Might throw it in as a buddyread for October :)

    1. Right? Hopefully it's not too scary for me. I'm kind of a wimp!

      Thanks for stopping in, Esther!

  10. I love the sound of the Blackwood Library book. And several others sound excellent. I've just read The Pact by Sharon Bolton, it's a standalone rather than a Lacey Flint but still very good. She is such a class author. Happy autumn even if it isn't really where you are, autumn is a state of mind. :-D

    1. Right? I can't resist Bolton's books, even though they're a little darker than I really prefer. Her writing really sucks me in, though! I literally can't put them down.

      Autumn is defintiely a state of mind! If I wasn't still in the middle of all my house remodeling, I'd be decorating like mad for the season :)

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

  11. I'm in Florida and, like you, our fall is still a long way off - no matter what the calendar says. :) I hope you find some new favorites among your picks!

    1. It stinks, doesn't it? The heat lasts FOREVER. I guess that way we really appreciate the cooler weather when it finally comes.

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

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    1. Thanks, Rajani! I'm heading over to yours to see what new thoughts you've posted. I always look forward to your deep posts :)

  13. Great list! I like the look of The House on the Lake and I am looking forward to Amy Lynn Green's book! I am looking forward to fall and cooler temps as well. Happy reading!

    1. I really liked THE LINES BETWEEN US. I haven't read THINGS WE DIDN'T SAY yet, so I'll have to read that one while I'm waiting for Green's newest. She's a great writer!

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

  14. I just added half these titles to my wish list, especially the Jane Harper one, I didn't know she had one coming out next year! Thanks for that.

    1. I'm so glad you found some titles to pique your interest! Yeah, I haven't paid much attention to what's coming out in the Spring, but I saw EXILES on NetGalley and had to have it. It's always fun to read your favorite authors' upcoming books before they're released.

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

  15. We've been hotter here than normal for September, but not 100. I'm so glad I don't like in AZ anymore! I hope it starts to cool down. It looks like you have some great books here to read.

    1. We have lovely weather from about December to March, but the rest of the year? Ugh. I would go back to the PNW in a heartbeat! Enjoy it for me :)

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

  16. I'm looking forward to the Blackout Club, too!

    1. It sounds so good! I can't wait.

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

  17. Ooh...The House on the Lake looks spooky and fun. And I can't wait to read The Dark! I've been waiting very impatiently for a new Lacey Flint book. :D

    1. Same! It makes me nervous when there are years between installments in a series. I'm always afraid it's not going to be continued. Thank goodness that's not the case here!

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

  18. I like that Moriarty book, but to be honest, I like her books. Hope you enjoy them all. Happy Fall!

    1. I've read almost all of Moriarty's adult books. I've liked all of them, but I haven't LOVED all of them. We'll see where THE LAST ANNIVERSARY falls. I'm enjoying it so far.

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

  19. Fabulous list! The Moriarty book is now on my TBR - I hadn't come across that one but it looks like one I'd love. Jane Harper is an author I've been meaning to read for years and The Blackout Book Club sounds like a good one.

    1. Yeah, I'm not sure how THE LAST ANNIVERSARY slipped through my fingers either. It's the only one of Moriarty's adult books I haven't read. Weird!

      You definitely need to try Harper. Her books are great. I'm really liking Green, too, although admittedly I've only read one of her books, LOL.

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

  20. Autumn is my favourite season and I've done lists with books like that before. Absolutely love it.

    But, therefore, I had to find something else, as well, since I haven't read most of the books on my last list. So, I did a completely different challenge.

    1. I rarely read any of the books on my TBR lists (at least not right away), let alone all of them. Ha ha. Funny enough, I've already read one of the books on this list and am in the middle of two others (one on audio, one on Kindle) so I'm rocking it this time around!

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

    2. Ah, that's a relief, I'm not the only one. LOL

  21. Lots of good ones on this list. I am especially excited for a new Jane Harper.

    1. Same! Her books are always so absorbing. I'm especially excited for a new installment in the Aaron Falk series. I hope we both enjoy it.

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

  22. Great list! The Last Anniversary sounds good. I might have to give her another go! I hope you have a wonderful week, Susan! <3

    1. I really like Moriarty. Even the books of hers that I didn't like so much, I enjoyed overall. She's a great writer.

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

  23. The cover of The House on the Lake is definitely spooky. The Last Heir to Blackwood Library is one for my TBR. Enoy all your books!

    1. Isn't it? And the plot summary is creepy, too. Sounds like a perfect Halloween read! I started reading THE HEIR TO BLACKWOOD LIBRARY last night and it's getting creepy as well. I'm pretty wimpy, so hopefully I can handle all this spookiness, LOL.

      Thanks for popping in, Yvonne!

  24. I share in your grief about the weather. It has still ben in the upper 90's here in South Texas, so it definitely doesn't feel like fall. That being said I'm totally ready for some spooky reads! I wasn't aware of The House on the Lake, but it is definitely going on my TBR.

    1. Ugh! It feels miserably hot here today, especially since we had a few overcast days that were a tad cooler. I cranked up the a/c, so now I'm feeling a cool breeze! Ha ha. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do, ya know?

      THE HOUSE ON THE LAKE really does sound like the perfect Halloween read. I hope it's as good as it sounds.

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

  25. I'm also looking forward to The Exiles by Jane Harper. And yours is the 2nd list on which I've seen The Blackout Book Club, which sounds fascinating. Thanks for visiting my blog, Notes in the Margin

    1. Bookish books are always going to get a second glance from me. Plus, I really liked the other novel I read by this author, so I think I'm going to love THE BLACKOUT BOOK CLUB. I hope you enjoy it if you read it. Oh, and yes, Jane Harper is excellent. I love her books!

      Thanks for stopping in, Mary!

  26. Wonderful list Susan. I hope you enjoy them all!🤗📚💜

  27. Sorry, I forgot to change my name and replied as anonymous!😥

    1. No worries! And, thanks, I hope I enjoy them all, too. I am so far.

      Thanks for stopping in, Susan!

  28. The House on the Lake does look perfect for spooky season. Hope you'll enjoy all of these!

    1. Doesn't it? I'm excited to read it!

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

  29. I haven't read any of these yet but they all sound really good!

  30. I've thought about moving to Arizona, but I'd miss fall in Colorado. I need cool weather! I hope you enjoy your books.


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