The Turning of the TBR in Fall

When I shared my Summer TBR in June, I was feeling very ambitious. I put 25 books on my list, and I'm wrapping up the season having finished only 15 of them. That's not terrible, but it definitely isn't my best showing either. Oh well! You'd think that I would have kept that in mind for my Fall TBR and yet... I've got 20 books on my list for today's Top Ten Tuesday topic, a few I've carried over from my previous list but most fresh new additions.


1. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (September 8) – I just adore Backman's writing and am so excited to have something new to read from him! I just started it a few days ago and am hoping it will be a 2020 favorite.

2. The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty (June 30) – This was on my summer TBR, but I didn't get around to reading it, mostly because the length intimidated me. I'm carrying it over to this list so I'll finally pick it up!

3. Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams (June 30) – Williams' past few books haven't been wins for me, so I've been a little hesitant to read this recent release. But I think it's time to rip the bandaid and give it a chance...


4. House Lessons by Erica Bauermeister – I saw Annie B. Jones rave about this one, and it sounded really interesting. I love the idea of a memoir focused on renovating a home and exploring what that place means to you.

5. The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan – I loved Hilarie Burton on White Collar and Jeffrey Dean Morgan on Grey's Anatomy, but truthfully I picked this up because their farm life intrigues me. I can't wait to read it!

6. Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl – When looking up foodie memoirs recently, it appeared that Reichl is a staple in the genre. With several to choose from, I decided to go with the most recent (and prettiest cover).

7. The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams – My sister bought this because it was a pick for Jenna's book club, but she hasn't felt motivated to read it. It sounds great to me, however, so I decided to borrow it.

8. Someone to Romance by Mary Balogh – I haven't been in a historical romance mood this year, but I can't resist to latest addition to this series that I love so much. Balogh rarely disappoints, and I'm hoping that's the case here.

9. We Are Not Free by Traci Chee – Books set during WWII always interest me, especially if it covers an aspect I'm less familiar with. This YA release focuses on the Japanese internment camps in the US and sounds fantastic. 

10. I'd Give Anything by Marisa de los Santos – While this wasn't on my summer TBR, I did intend to read it then. But since I didn't, I figured it would be a nice contemporary option to break my historical-heavy fall TBR!

11. Little Universes by Heather Demetrios – This sounds like a very emotional contemporary YA. I'm always drawn to books about sisters and have only read one other book by Demetrios, so I'm excited to try another from her.

12. The Secret Place by Tana French – I've had mixed feelings on this series, but I have to try this one since I'm on a mystery high after reading the latest Cormoran Strike installment. I'm so hoping this one will be a win for me.

13. The Night Swim by Megan Goldin – My sister and Kelly both enjoyed this book, so you know I've got to try it for myself now, too. I borrowed my sister's copy so that I'll be extra motivated to pick it up soon!

14. Miss Austen by Gail Hornby – This was on my summer TBR, and I don't know why I never got around to it. Luckily, it feels like a perfect fit for fall. I'm trying to keep my expectations low, but the cover is just too gorgeous...

15. The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner – Another carryover from my summer TBR! I was so excited for this book that I bought it as soon as it released, so why haven't I read it yet?! I have absolutely no excuse. 

16. The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline – When my sister and I were browsing at the bookstore, I was immediately drawn to this cover. And then once I read the summary? Sold! This doesn't sound like anything I've read before.

17. Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie – I bought this on a whim one day after spotting it at Target. The cover appealed to me, but the fact that it's set in post-WWII Japan is the reason I had to take it home. It sounded so good!

18. Betty by Tiffany McDaniel – Here's another "the cover caught my eye." My sister and I both bought ourselves this book while in the mountains one weekend, and she's raved about it so much that I can't wait to read it. 

19. Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano – I can't even remember what this book is about aside from the fact that it involves a plane crash, so that probably tells you that, once again, I bought it partly because of the cover. Whoops?

20. Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden – When the September Book of the Month (referral link) choices were announced, this one snuck up on me. The more I read about it, the more I had to try it for myself.

What are you hoping to read this fall?


  1. The Rural Diaries does sound good.

    My post .

  2. I've just started Anxious People, too, and I'm so torn between wanting to tear through it and wanting to stretch it out, because I love Backman's books so much and I know it'll be another wait before the next one. xD Good luck with your TBR!

    Here's my TTT post.

  3. So glad to see Save Me the Plums on your list! It was one of my favorite reads from last year. Reichl's a remarkable writer, and that was my introduction to her work. I hope you love it.

  4. I thought Her Last Flight was a big step up from Beatriz Williams' last couple books!

  5. Save Me the Plums is on my non-fiction TBR! I picked it up because my friend Kristin raved about, but also because I liked the subject matter. And Little Universes made the short list of runners-up I had for reads I really liked in 2020 that didn't quite make the cutoff for my favorites!


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