Top 10 Books On My Fall To-Read List

by Jenn (eating bender) on September 23, 2014


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

I am ridiculously excited to participate in my first “Top Ten Tuesday.” It probably comes as no surprise that I am a voracious reader of book blogs, and I’ve been wanting to join in on the fun for quite some time (learn more about the weekly meme here). I figured this week would be a good one to start on because the topic discusses books and kicks off my favorite season.

Fall Yall

That’s right. It’s fall y’all! Our house has been taken over by pumpkins and scarecrows, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. With just about three months left to wrap up the year, I need a good 10 books to reach my page number goal.


Top 10 Books On My Fall To-Read List

These books are in no particular order and they come from a variety of genres, so hopefully there will be something that piques your interest, too!

1. Rooms by Lauren Oliver: This is our book club pick for October, and I’m really intrigued! Having read several of Lauren Oliver’s young adult books this year (the Delirium trilogy and Before I Fall), it ought to be interesting to see the differences in her writing style for her adult debut. Plus, the novel is narrated by two ghosts. That sounds pretty amazing.

2. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling): Having been thoroughly entertained by Cormoran Strike in The Cuckoo’s Calling, I’m excited to see where one of my all-time favorite authors takes him next in this latest installment.

3. The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki: I first heard about this book via theSkimm newsletter (by the way, if you haven’t subscribed to that already, I highly recommend it – super witty and fresh way to get top news headlines). I love historical fiction and have particularly enjoyed reading novels based on real-life females (such as The Paris Wife), so am excited to to see what Peggy Shippen Arnold’s life was like during the Revolutionary War era – especially given her marriage to a rather controversial general whose first name rhymes with Schmenedict.

4. Matched by Ally Condie: My friend Nicole recently alerted me that this trilogy was on sale for $2.99 each in the Kindle store. I’ve been wanting to read these books for awhile now, especially after Delirium, and started the first one a couple of days ago. So far, so good! It’s yet another dystopian series that I hope to become addicted to this year.

5. The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin: I read Daisy Goodwin’s first book, The American Heiress, last year, and have had my eye on this one ever since I heard it was coming out. Once again I love that it is loosely based on a true historical story.

6. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn: Having read Gone Girl and Sharp Objects, I can’t help but want to pick up this third and I’m sure equally creepy book from Gillian Flynn. It’s also going to be a movie, so I’m looking forward to seeing two of her novels on the big screen.

7. The Children Act by Ian McEwan: I still get goosebumps when I remember how long Atonement stuck with me after I finished it. Ian McEwan has a way with words, and I have no doubt his newest novel will be just as gripping.

8. The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian: This was a recommendation from my mother-in-law, who knew I might like something that has The Great Gatsby tied into the narrative. Yep, I’m sold!

9. The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas: My friend Sheena recommended checking out the first book in this series, calling it a cross between Harry Potter and The Infernal Devices trilogy. I mean…enough said.

10. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert: I’ve had this one waiting for me on my Kindle since the beginning of the year when my sister-in-law, Cara, recommended it to me. I’ve let new releases and book club books pile up in front of it but am excited to finally check it off my list.


There you have it! And, as a bonus in honor of my first ever Top Ten Tuesday, I wanted to share 10 additional books that I have already read this year and think should be on your to-read lists this fall! Some of these I’ve blogged about, some I haven’t. All were captivating reads.

  1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  4. Under the Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi
  5. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  6. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  7. Legend trilogy by Marie Lu
  8. If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  9. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  10. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

What’s on your to-read list for fall? Have you read any of the books in this post?



{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liz S. September 23, 2014 at 5:36 pm

This is so great! Always looking for more book recommendations. On my to-read list = Killing Patton (Bill O’Reilly’s latest book).


2 Jenn (eating bender) October 1, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Awesome, Liz!!


3 Cara (Twinthusiast) September 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm

I didn’t know about the new Gillian Flynn or Ian McEwan — fabulous! Also on my list are All the Light We Cannot See, NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof’s new book on personal philanthropy A Path Appears, The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us, and I’m also curious about Lena Dunham’s essay book.
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4 Jenn (eating bender) October 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm

I’ll have to check all of those out! I was reading about Lena Dunham’s book the other day and was intrigued, as well.


5 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner September 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm

I love reading your book recommendations! I just finished Liane Moriarty’s newest book: Big Little Lies, which I enjoyed a lot. I keep my “to-read” list on Goodreads and my Amazon Wishlist, so there are a bunch I want to read. I’m waiting for The Book Thief and Dancing on Broken Glass to come to my library for me right now.
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6 Jenn (eating bender) October 1, 2014 at 3:19 pm

I was hoping to read her newest book, too! Glad you liked it. I do the same thing with my to-read list, which makes it endless, haha. :) I haven’t read Dancing On Broken Glass but The Book Thief is phenomenal.


7 Susan September 24, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Thanks for the recs! Let’s see, I just finished Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese and In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner, both of which I recommend. I want to read the next Cormoran Strike, too! Oh, and because I own every David Sedaris book ever, I also read and enjoyed Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. :)


8 Jenn (eating bender) October 1, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Haha! Love all of these recommendations – the David Sedaris book title cracks me up. :)


9 Katie September 25, 2014 at 6:12 pm

I’ve been thinking about getting in on the Top Ten Tuesdays also! I love your list – some I’ve read, some I haven’t. I think we have very similar book tastes, other than historical fiction, which I just can’t do.

I’m also doing the “hard challenge” on goodreads. Have you seen that? It’s a genre challenge with about 20 different genres. I’ve got two left – steampunk and poetry. ANy recommendations?


10 Jenn (eating bender) October 1, 2014 at 3:25 pm

You definitely should! I probably won’t do it every week but how can you not love a chance to talk about books? 😉 I think we have similar book tastes, too, which makes it even better!

I hadn’t seen the “hard challenge” yet – I’m very intrigued! I’m not sure if this is true steampunk, but have you read The Infernal Devices series? I couldn’t remember whether we already talked about it, but it’s a prequel to The Mortal Instruments series and it has steampunk elements. I usually recommend reading it after the first three Mortal Instruments books because then you’ll understand the whole world even more, but they can also be standalone…and they are SO GOOD.


11 Kristi @ lifesprinkles September 25, 2014 at 6:12 pm

I am IN LOVE with that bowl of fall goodness! Definitely my favorite season too! :)
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12 Jenn (eating bender) October 1, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Yay! I think I appreciate it even more now that I live in Arizona, haha! :)


13 Rosey Rebecca September 30, 2014 at 3:19 pm

I love Elizabeth Gilbert but I can’t get into fiction! I love her memoirs though. I should probably get my butt off the internet and read more. Thanks for the inspiration!


14 Jenn (eating bender) October 1, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Her memoirs are great! Haha, the internet is addicting – and in some ways can technically be reading, too. :)


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