Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR Pile

 The TBR pile is something that myself and other bloggers talk about constantly. It's the infamous pile of books waiting to be read, the one that I spend my days chiseling away at.  Mine happens to be huge--I'm fairly certain I'll die without ever conquering it, because I'm constantly finding new books to read.  Plus, books keep coming out, which is awesome, but leads to steady increase in the problem.

I try and have a vague idea of what I'd like to read during a year.  I usually have a few new releases as well as some, "How on earth have I not red this yet?" titles in mind.  Now that I'm done with school, I'm catching up on review books and some new releases, but also wondering how I've managed to put some titles off for so long. So what am I hoping to read this fall?  Here are the top ten titles.

1.) The Help by Kathryn Stockett

As you all know, I aspire to be a children's and teen librarian, answering reference questions and providing readers' advisory.  However, sometimes in small public libraries, people who work with youth may be called upon to help with adult reference services, or a parent may ask for a book recommendation.  Regardless, I think it's good to periodically mix in a few titles for adults so one isn't at a total loss upon receiving this question. Plus, I've been hoping to read this one since it first came out.

2.) Soulless by Gail Carriger

I am enamored with the concept of steampunk, despite having not read any novels with steampunk elements.  I bought a copy of this a while ago on the recommendations of Nicole and Misty. It's time to finally dive into it.

3.) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

I've never been a big mystery reader, but everyone else in my family liked this, and a friend recently nagged me to read it.  It sounds to me as though book is very well done, so I'm eager to give it a chance.

4.) The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Those of you who have met me are aware that my foot and my mouth are BFFs, so I'm going to go ahead and say this: I'm a little skeptical about The Art of Fielding.  However, John Green, Brent, and the same friend that suggested The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo all said this book was incredibly, so hopefully I agree. If not, you guys will probably get to read a ranty, rambly review.

 5.) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Carson's novel has gotten a lot of love from readers of YA fantasy as well as a blurb from Tamora Pierce.  Plus, I have to be honest and admit that I bought The Crown of Embers because the finished copy is simply stunning.  I'm curious to pick this one up and see if it lives up to the hype.

6.) Shabanu by Suzanne Fisher Staples

I feel as though this one has been on my TBR pile since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Time to shut up and read it.

7.) Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I'd list everyone who's told me I should read Cinder but we'd be here all day. I don't doubt for one second that it'll be great--I've wanted it since before its release and even procured a signed copy.  Definitely going to try to read this one before the end of 2012.

8.) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor

Here we have another title that tons of people have told me to read.  Everyone has praised Taylor's writing, and I am a sucker for beautiful writing.

9.) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Anyone remember Great Illustrated Classics? Because I read that version of Little Women as a child and LOVED it.  I'm ready for the real thing.

10.) A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I'm actually reading this one right now.  As I write this post, I'm 70 pages and I feel as though Martin has already introduced a bazillion characters.  It is a chunkster, but everyone says that it's also a page-turner, so I'm not worried.

With any luck, I'll get through these and a good chunk of my review pile this fall. In the meantime, I want to know what books you're itching to read. Let me know in the comments!


  1. My copy of Little Women is illustrated, but it wasn't the Great Illustrated one. LOVE that book.

    Soulless is on my "Fall TBR" list, as well, Friends have been recommending it for over a year, so I finally picked up a copy of it.

  2. I loved the Great Illustrated Classics, I read so many of them, including Little Women. I loved The Help movie, and I really want to read the book. I also really want to read Cinder. Great Top Ten!

    My Top Ten.

  3. Soulless is super quick, and super super fun. =)
    Great list overall, and a few that are on my own I-really-need-to-read-this list.

  4. Lani Taylor's writing style is absolutely beautiful! I'm so excited for the sequel to Daughter of Smoke & Bone. I hope you enjoy Daughter of Smoke & Bone as much as I did.


    ~Allison @ Good Books and Good Wine

  5. PLEASE read girl of Fire & Thorns. It and Crown of Embers muscled their way up to being two of my favorite books of the entire year. SO GOOD.

    My TTT: http://shelversanon.blogspot.com/2012/10/top-10-tuesday-rewind-top-ten-bookish.html

  6. I can't read George R. R. Martin. While I can handle multiple perspectives in stories, he's over the top about it. At least for me.

    I'm currently reading Cinder right now. =)



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