Top Ten Tuesday- Fall 2019 TBR

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Keeping it semi-short and sweet with my Fall to-be-read list. Each of these titles coordinates with a prompt from my reading co-challenge: Bookish Jay and the Reading Mermaid. 75% of the year has already passed, and I’m 66% completed; these are the final ten to bring the reading year home:

1. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood–prompt: Last book from a favorite author. I interpreted this one as latest book from a fave author. I sincerely hope for more Atwood novels in the future. (p.s. I am nearly done with it and remain on the fence; final thoughts soon)

2. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey–prompt: read a yellow novel.

3. Educated by Tara Westover–prompt: A character who loves to read. Okay I realize it’s quite a stretch, but hear me out: if you fight for your right to an education against all odds, you must love to read, once you learn how.

4. Anywhere that is Wild: John Muir’s First Walk to Yosemite by Peter and Donna Thomas–prompt: a non-fiction read about the environment. ❤

5. The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke–prompt: a retelling. Uggg, I’ve been putting off this loose, female-centered Beowulf retelling. But I will read it. I’ve got to now that I’ve put it out there, right?

6. The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way–prompt: a Netflix adaptation. This was the only Netflix based read that offered a glimmer of interest to me. Am I missing any great adaptations on Netflix? Help.

7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte or Turn of the Screw by Henry James –prompt: a gothic read. I actually adore Henry James’s aloof, scathing style but it’s hight time I read this Bronte classic. It will definitely be one of these two.

8. Prompt: Read an author with my initials. So, my initials are JS. Kind of a gift when you consider Steinbeck and Salinger, but I want to stretch my reading muscles on this prompt if possible. Any JS author recommendations y’all can provide?

9. Prompt: Book set in my home state. I hail from O-H-I-O, not a mecca of literary choices. I’ve read Celeste Ng and was underwhelmed. As of now, Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions is what I’m leaning toward.

10. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. Doesn’t fit into my reading challenge prompts at all, but I’m going to read it. Cannot wait.

What’s comprises the tbr for you this fall? New releases or reading challenge books? Or, like me, a bit of both?

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday- Fall 2019 TBR

  1. I love the look of the book about John Muir. I hoped it was at my library, but I ended up having to add it to my wish list at Amazon.

    I’m looking forward to Starless Sea, too.

    JS should be good initials. Jerry Spinelli. Jonathan Swift. Jonathan Stroud. Johanna Spyri. Jane Smiley. Judy Sierra. Jean-Paul Sartre. Jose Saramago.


    1. So many JS’s! Thank you💗 I even own a Jose Saramago, doh! I feel I might end up owning the John Muir, it seems like a book I’ll want in my collection.
      The Starless Sea is so hype, but with this many years in-between books I’m excited to see what E.M. has to say.


  2. I loved The Turn of the Screw. If you’re looking for more of a ghost story Halloween-type book, this will definitely cover that. There’s also a fairly good adaptation of the book that was produced by the BBC if you can find it streaming. My local library actually had a copy available through their Overdrive app.


  3. I’m blogging a review of The Testaments later on this week. I hope you enjoy the rest of it. Will you be reviewing it on your site, too?

    My TTT.


  4. Wuthering Heights and Turn of the Screw are very different but I love both so much and I wouldn’t be able to choose between them! I suppose I should recommend Wuthering Heights since it’s set in my home county.

    Have fun reading these 🙂


    1. It is fascinating as an outsider, I can imagine from your perspective it’s a whole nother story. I’m in a section now where Tara is studying the Book of Mormon and her brother Richard is always sneaking away to read-so its gonna work well enough. I believe I admire the resilience of the children the most and the complex, contradictory relationships they have w/parents and society are thought-provoking.


    1. This is only my second. Handmaid’s is quite shocking, but beautifully written and soulful. I think The Testaments pales in comparison, but I love that Atwood is seeing a surge in popularity. Just this summer, I’ve thrifted copies of Cat’s Eye and The Robber Bride-Ive got no excuses, now!

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  5. I loved the Umbrella Academy on Netflix sooooo much (I find Robert Sheehan, who plays Klaus, scuzzily divine.) I saw this at the bookstore the other day, looks great, although I know there are some pretty big differences between it and the show. Bit curious to peek into the mind of Gerard Way, though – you know, former MCR-lover and all that. 😉


    1. I haven’t seen the show but struggled to find any Netflix program worthy of a read. Hopefully, the graphic novel can capture the magic you found in the show–I’m way uninspired in my reading life atm.


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