For those of you who don’t know me, I am a mood reader. And sometimes, I feel like I’m the moodiest reader there is. I can’t seem to stick to a TBR list to save my life. I tend to pick up books on a whim. The only exception to this is my book club books; I will read those no matter what. I just need the schedule ahead of time!
“Jackie,” you might ask, “Why are you participating in this Top Ten Tuesday, then?” Great question! Because I want an excuse to examine what is coming up with my reading. I want to look at my full TBR, set a reading list, and see if I can do it.
All titles below are links to the book’s Goodreads page.
Top 10 Books on my Fall TBR
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Believe it or not, this is a re-read for me! I don’t often re-read books, but one of my book clubs has picked this book up and it’s been a while since I read it. When I first read this book, it ensnared me. I wonder if it will again? Regardless, I look forward to discussing it at book club!
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Yes, yes, another book club book! But one I’ve been dying to read. I really only know the elevator story of Henrietta Lacks and her DNA. I feel like I need to learn the whole story. Science, history, and ethics must be learned! Besides, I’ve heard amazing things about this story.
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Sympathizer is on my TBR for so many reasons. It was recommended to me by a librarian I trust back in 2015. It fits my espionage thriller category for the Popsugar Challenge. It’s a historical fiction novel set after the Fall of Saigon at a time in my reading life when I’ve been craving Vietnam War focused fiction. Plus, it won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. Why wouldn’t I read this?
The Legend of Buddy Bush by Shelia P. Moses
I am no social justice warrior. I’m a bit of a coward, honestly. Crowds make me hyperventilate and yelling makes me anxious. But, I do want to educate myself. I want to understand the issues and clearly articulate my feelings. So, lately, I’ve been on a social and racial justice focused reading kick with YA. Enter The Legend of Buddy Bush. More recommendations are welcome!
What? You knew these books would be here! Both of these are on my fall TBR for the #AnneReadAlong2017 ! (There’s still time to join up!) — This has been a wonderful journey, and I can’t wait to see what else is going on for Anne and Gilbert! Have you been reading along? I hope to see these on your TBR!
I adore N.K. Jemisin’s writing. I found her accidentally a few years ago when I picked up The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Her writing blew me away. I read the first book in a single sitting. I knew I was in trouble then. Now that The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate have both won the Hugo, I have high hopes for the ending of this series. I cannot WAIT to see what happens!
The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Shall we talk blogger shame? Let’s do it. I picked up an ARC of The Sun is Also a Star in October 2016. That’s right. It will be a year this October since I picked up this book. and I am ashamed. I refuse to let a year go by, so gosh darn it, I WILL READ THIS BOOK.
The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
Oh, what’s that? You’ve never heard of this book? It’s the 1974 winner of the Newbery Medal, and next on my queue to read all the Newbery Medal winners. This *sorta* aligns with my social/racial justice kick. It’s supposed to be extraordinarily painful and depressing for a middle-grade novel which illustrates the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade. Bring it on.
Okay friends, there it is! My top 10 Fall TBR books. The real question is this: Do you think I’ll actually read them all? 😉
What do you think?
- Did you participate in Top Ten Tuesday? Share your links below!
- Have you read any of these books? Where do you recommend I start?
- Are you a mood reader, or do you religiously follow you TBR? Why?
- Do you have other books focusing on social or racial justice you could recommend?
- What books are on your fall TBR which have been waiting the longest to read? Any over a year?