Book List: My Fall TBR

I'm a really bad book nerd. I love to read but I feel guilty as hell anytime I sit still (that's why I have to knit or sketch ideas at breakfast dates and while watching TV). So I binge read, which often leads to greater guilt, a stiff back and a lack of sleep. But with wedding season slowing down, being more on top of holiday and portfolio prep and the studio running a bit more independently, I have a bit more free time. And let's face it,

I really need to take some down time now and then.

Plus, I have stacks of books with stiff spines like mine dying to have a little crack in them...but just a little, they need to stay pristine in their boxes on the bookshelf. So I've made a TBR for autumn and it's a big one. (Little known fact, I have an MO for buying lots of books and taking a million years to actually read them.) Here's what I have stacked on my bedside table for the next three months:



Siege and Storm

Leigh Bardugo

Unintentionally, I keep picking up YA novels because I get hooked on beautifully styled IG shots of moody and powerful covers  and then binge buy a series...Costco and B&N make this entirely too easy around the holidays when I'm feeling spendy and more bookish so let's blame them. My first YA was the Red Queen series...great idea, terribly written and apaling editing. The Grisha Trilogy has, so far, been a saving grace to present a similar story that is well written (and obviously well edited). I already started this second installment and am a bit turned off by the naivety of the main heroine, but hey, she's supposed to be a late teen and I know I was hot headed and and naive when I was her age so I'll cut a bit of slack. I'm still full captivated by the imagery and writing and interested in what comes next every chapter. I'm not sure I'm looking forward to the end of this long novel (I read the last few paragraphs of most books...tsk tsk...but I'm a goldfish and often forget halfway through what I read) but I'm hoping to see some growth of Alina and rooting for the demise of the Darkling while enjoying the imagery and fantastic languages Leigh Bardugo injects into the story.


Lily and the Octopus

Steven Rowley

Okay, technically I started this a while ago but it's taking me a long while because we all know how it will end and I really can't handle sad animal stories. (I silently balled at the end of Alex and Me in front of an entire room of visiting family. Highly recommend.) Steven Rowley does a great job with his characters and keeps your heartstrings taught. As a beyond avid dog lover, this book is difficult to take in but also something of an emotional outlet that allows me to share the grief of loss, not only of pets but also of family, with Ted (Lily's dad) and other dog parents. I'll let you know how much I cry when I reach the end...


Martin Marten

Brian Doyle

I technically started reading this one too and then forgot I did until delving into Siege and Storm...I think I only got a bit into it so I'll just restart to refresh the bit I've already forgotten.  This book was recommended to me by my mum and she had a copy so of course I accepted the loan. Plus, who doesn't like adorable martens? I've been lucky enough to see a little family in the wild and, whether or not there are actual martens in this story, I was hooked with the cute little mustelid on the cover. I've never read a Brian Doyle novel, but I've heard great things and I love nature themed novels so I'm hopeful to discover a new favorite author.


The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

 Imogen Hermes Gowar

My reason for spontaneously buying this book? The alluring, Victorian sounding title and a curiosity of why one Mrs. Hancock would be fraternizing with said mermaid. Yup, Cerise's reasoning on picking up a novel. It doesn't always work out in my favor. Here's to hoping this lives up to it's Goodreads reviews.


The Silence of the Girls

Pat Barker

Honestly, in my book spending spontaneity with Book of the Month, I added this on with The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock because it was "free." I did read the summary and it does sound like a powerful story highlighting the strength of women in a misogynistic world. And I do love a good historical fiction novel.


My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry

Fredrik Backman

My grandma had this book next to her chair last I visited (was she trying to tell me something??) and she said she was really enjoying the read. My mum also said it to be good novel and had a copy (she's a library!) so yes, this is on my shelf begging to be read. I've been curious about Ove and this may help me decide whether or not to add that to the winter TBR. I also may or may not have been drawn in by the cover art.


Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo

Being that I read the first and second installments of the Grisha series, I probably should read the third installment, right? Plus, I have Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom waiting for my winter TBR. And since I accidently read the end of chapter 1 of this novel thinking it was the end end of the second novel and I have yet to goldfish it away, I'm intrigued, worried and I need to know what happens dammit.


Big Magic

Elizabeth Gilbert

Everyone in my creative circle and their mum has read this (actually, don't quote me on their mums but my mum read it) so I figure I should give it a go. Seems to be a powerful and mayne introspective read. Plus, galaxy covers are pretty, 'nough said.


Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

The synopsis of this novel sounds fairly intriguing but in all reality, the title pulled me in instantly. Spoiler alert, I don't think there are any cute crawdad quartets involved in this story. I will admit that I am turned off by the comparison to Barbara Kingsolver (I couldn't finish Flight Behavior. The idea and imagery were fantastic but I'm really turned off by whiny and naive main characters like Dellarobia. Please recommend another Kingsolver novel to change my mind about her books.) Aside from that hitch, I expect that this will be an interesting and perhaps culturally insightful novel.



And that is my autumn TBR folks.

It's a little overwhelming like an eager to-do list of house cleaning that's been negleted for months, but I'll let it go through the end of November with the hopes that I cram a ton in over Thanksgiving break. I'm a binger, remeber?

Have you read any of these books? Let me know if you did and whether you loved them, hated them, or?? I'm also taking suggestions for my Winter TBR, though my want to read list is already very, very long of course.


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