my autumnal tbr // 25+ books

Hello, welcome. It’s good to kind of be back and posting something that’s not a book promo or review. If you didn’t see my life update, that’s posted HERE so you can go and read that before continuing on but to cut things short; I’m in the process of moving to a new city. It’s very exciting and something I’ve been working towards for a while and I’m so glad it’s finally working out but of course, it’s a super stressful time for me. A lot of packing and budgeting and a whole lot of other adult things that I am definitely not a fan of. So yes, that’s why I’ve been away for a while and I’ll still be absent as I get adjusted to a new lifestyle in a new city but I wanted to post something fun for the season before life gets too crazy so here’s my full TBR for autumn.

What I really hope this next season to be is a time for me to figure out what books I enjoy in the mystery and fantasy genres. Those are the two genres I haven’t really explored beyond a handful of popular books and series and there’s so many facets to them that can really make or break your reading experience so hopefully this fall is really atmospheric and can really help me develop a taste for all things mysterious and magical. Let’s get right into it!

A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw ~ Having a advanced reader copy of this and saving it until autumn has been killing me but it’s so worth it because Shea writes books for those cold, snowy or rainy evenings where you just want to wrap up in a cozy blanket and breathe in an addictive, seductive tale full of thrills and chills. This particular title follows a man who decides to take on a missing persons case in a reclusive town where nothing stays secret for long. It sounds so intriguing. If I don’t absolutely fall in love with this, I will be so disappointed. Look out for a review closer to December!

The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon ~ I’ve been wanting to read this all year because I love spooky, atmospheric stories. It follows two women in different eras who have a connection to a lake that gives as much as it takes. This supposedly has a great supernatural twist to it and I’m excited to see if it’s something I enjoy.

The Damage by Caitlin Wahrer ~ This is an LGBTQ thriller about a man who will do anything to protect his brother from the man who attacked him. It definitely sounds more like a contemporary or literary fiction novel so I hope this throws in a couple of exciting twists. Either way, I think I’m going to like this.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins ~ Y’all know pretty much everything about this book. It’s wildly popular, it was made into two separate movies. I’ve wanted to read it for forever and I am very determined to get to it this autumn.

This Is Not The Jess Show by Anna Carey ~ I tried Eve by Anna Carey when I was like 13 and I did not like it at all. Hopefully I can have a better experience with this one. I don’t know anything about it besides the fact that I think it takes place in different time periods, maybe, or it just takes place in the 90s. All I know is that people have said to go into this one blind so that’s what I’m going to be doing.

A Good Girls Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson ~ This follows a senior in high school who decides to investigate an old murder story for a school project. It sounds really fun and yeah, high hopes for this one.

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas ~ If you don’t remember this book from last year, it was definitely the weirdest book released and sadly, that’s why it’s average Goodreads rating is so low. This follows a girl in her first year, if I remember correctly, of university at this really exclusive institution that offers up free tuition and board as long as you give up your life, essentially. I made that sound really dark but like that’s the vibe this gives off. And I know this one wasn’t for everyone but it ended up close to being my favorite book of 2020. I love weird things and I think if I reread this I would maybe understand some of the confusing bits of this story a bit more.

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz ~ I read this around the time it was first really popular back in maybe 2014 or 2015. I didn’t love-love it then. I thought it was such an emotive read and I knew it meant a lot to people but it didn’t hook me or pull at many of my heart strings so because we are finally getting a sequel, I will be rereading this via audiobook sometime this month.

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle ~ Is anyone surprised? I mean, if you’ve never read my blog before, you probably are but this is my favorite book of all time. And I haven’t reread it since February which is so unlike me. It’s only been out for a year and I’ve probably read it ten times so I am definitely due for a reread.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover ~ The only reason I really want to read this is because as y’all probably know, it seems like everyone is reading Colleen Hoover right now. I see her books all over tiktok and goodreads and I wanted to join in so I thought a reread of one of my least favorite novels from this author would be fun. I didn’t love this book when I first read it, it read as very toxic and cringy and it’s definitely not my ideal romance novel. Knowing how I feel about it, I’m excited to see if those feelings have changed over the years or if I end up hating it even more.

Divergent by Veronica Roth ~ I’ve been trying to reread this all year but the memories and emotions associated with this series are so hard to work past. This series was my everything growing up, I probably talked about it every single day. And as of right now, I’m 80 some pages into it and the world is still so unique and I feel so giddy just thinking about reading it but like I said, the nostalgia is stopping me from going on. Hopefully this fall, I’m able to finally take that leap and get my first ever review up for this book.

The New Girl by Meg Cabot ~ I reread Moving Day earlier in August and really enjoyed my time with it! These are just such lovely middle school reads and I was so surprised by how much of the book my 22 year old self remembered. I am hoping I have a similar experience with the second book in the series which I have not read since I was maybe 12 years old.

Circe by Madeline Miller ~ I’m not a fantasy reader. I don’t like Greek mythology, unless it’s done in a slutty way but we’ll get into that some other time. I don’t think I’ll enjoy this author’s writing or even this book. SO, why am I reading it? Because I’m really tired of being out of the loop. I want to know what makes this so lovable.

Gods and Monsters by Shelby Mahurin ~ I really dislike this series. The first book was fun but the second was such a drag and to be honest, I didn’t even want to read this book. However, I’m almost halfway through this audiobook for book 3 and I’m maybe kind of liking it? I don’t know, all I know is that I find it to be more palatable than the last two books and I’m excited to see how this all ends and maybe get a review up for it later.

The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning ~ This is a book that first caught my interest a while back. I thought it sounded really cool and different and I feel like it’s going to be such a light, fun fantasy read for me.

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston ~ I’ve seen this book everywhere lately. Many of my friends have read it, I’ve caught it in so many book hauls and tiktoks that I’ve seriously lost count. Like it’s everywhere right now and I really want to see what all the hype is about. I feel like I know my place in the middle grade world when it comes to contemporary and mystery novels but I haven’t really explored fantasy yet so this should be a nice introduction.

Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab ~ I read book 1 way back in I believe 2017 or 2018 and I just recently finish book 2. This is a book I’m really excited to read, I love the characters and the worlds that are explored in this book. And also, the spooky ghost hunter quality of this is so fun for fall. Can’t wait to pick this up.

The City Of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty ~ This is a book that I feel like I’ve mentioned multiple times on this blog. It’s been on my TBR for a while now and the plot really intrigues me so I think this is the year I finally give it a read. It does sound very fantastical so hopefully I don’t end up DNFing it.

Blame It On The Mistletoe by Beth Garrod ~ Another love of mine is books (and hallmark movies) about the fall and winter seasons. Pitched as Tweet Cute meets The Holiday, this is a adorable book about two girls who decide to swap lives during Christmas vacation. Originally, I thought this was gay and I’m disappointed to find out it isn’t but still, I love all things cute and cheesy and cheerful so I know I’m going to adore this anyway.

Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words by Annika Sharma ~ This is a cute romcom about two people in their 30’s who are finally following their hearts and their dreams. It sounds really lovely and perfect for the colder months. I’m excited to get to it soon.

Again But Better by Christine Riccio ~ I’ve wanted to read this book since Christine posted her first writing video way back in 2016. I was so excited for this but because of a handful of negative reviews, I decided to take it off of my immediate TBR for a while. And now I’m regretting that. The majority does not have to influence your opinions. You’re allow to like or be excited about something that’s been deemed unlikable. This is something I’m trying to work on and reading this book is a first step. I hope I enjoy it as I already know I really enjoy Christine’s sense of humor.

Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis ~ Is it cheating to put this on my TBR if I’m already reading it? Probably but this is definitely a book I want y’all to put on your radars (if this is posted before the release date which let’s be honest, it won’t be). This is a lovely meet cute set during the worst snow storm of the year. I’m only about 20% into it but already, I can tell this may become a new favorite holiday read of mine.

The Ex-Hex by Erin Sterling ~ I just want to read this because of the cover, okay? It’s giving off Bewitched vibes so obviously I have to read this soon, like how could I not?!

Witch Please by Ann Aguirre ~ Again, this just seems like a charming, funny autumn read. It’s everything I need in my life right now and I hope to pick it up soon.

Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen ~ Whoever was reading this from my library finally finished it up and just, God bless that person. This has been on my immediate TBR all year.

12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson ~ This has been on my TBR for quite a while.

Peril by Bob Woodward ~ I read Fear and Rage late last year so now I’m obviously going to read Peril. I don’t know why I find politics so interesting, I just do.

“Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth To Power by Jody Wilson Raybould ~ When y’all are reading this, the Canadian Federal Election has already pass by us. I didn’t vote because I think it’s really irresponsible to hold an election when there is so much going on in the world. Especially in my province where our Covid case numbers are so high. If it matters, I would have voted NDP. But, both the election and what has been uncovered regarding Residential schools here in Canada are reasons why I want to read this book.

Relationship Goals by Michael Todd ~ I’m a really big fan of Pastor Todd and I hope I end up taking something from this book. Simple as that. Just reading to learn and be fulfilled.

Thanks for reading, next time I’ll try to attach the book photos and buying links if I end up enjoy these titles! Comment below if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought about them! Perhaps at the end of the season, I will do an autumnal wrap up and we can see how many of these books I actually managed to finish. Until next time! BYE!!

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