Top Ten Books I Hope to Read This Fall
Top Ten Tuesday, a fun meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish , returns from their hiatus next with a host of fun new “Top Ten” topics. While waiting for their return, I’ve continued looking through their archives to see if any of the topics they had covered prior to my joining were of interest. This week the topic that caught my eye was kind of a seasonal one and even though we still have a while to go before it’s officially fall, some unseasonably cool weather here has me looking ahead to when the leaves start changing colors and more specifically, to what books I plan to tackle next off my TBR once I have completed my Summer TBR Wipeout challenge. Below are the books I’m hoping to get to this fall. This list is of course subject to change, mainly just because I’m such a mood reader. Who knows what I’ll be in the mood to read when the time comes?
Top Ten Books I Hope to Read This Fall
1. FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie C. Dao
Goodreads Synopsis: An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.
Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?
Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.
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2. DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone
Goodreads Synopsis: Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.
Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.
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3. WARCROSS by Marie Lu
Goodreads Synopsis From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.
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4. CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo
Goodreads Synopsis: Welcome to the world of the Grisha. After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn—and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.
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5. GIRL WITH THE RED BALLOON by Katherine Locke
Goodreads Synopsis: When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.
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6. THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn
Goodreads Synopsis: In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.
1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose.
Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth …no matter where it leads.
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7. THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN by Emily R. King
Goodreads Synopsis: As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.
But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.
Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.
In Emily R. King’s thrilling fantasy debut, an orphan girl blossoms into a warrior, summoning courage and confidence in her fearless quest to upend tradition, overthrow an empire, and reclaim her life as her own.
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8. GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust
Goodreads Synopsis: Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale…
At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.
Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.
Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.
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9. ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS by Maggie Stiefvater
Goodreads Synopsis: Here is a thing everyone wants: A miracle. Here is a thing everyone fears: What it takes to get one.
Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.
At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.
They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.
Maggie Stiefvater has been called “a master storyteller” by USA Today and “wildly imaginative” by Entertainment Weekly. Now, with All the Crooked Saints, she gives us the extraordinary story of an extraordinary family, a masterful tale of love, fear, darkness, and redemption.
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10. MASK OF SHADOWS by Linsey Miller
Goodreads Synopsis: I Needed to Win. They Needed to Die.
Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home.
When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.
But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.
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I think I am reading Warcross next week, because my co-blogger keeps telling me how good it is, and well, I love Marie Lu. I am promising myself, that I will read Crooked Kingdom before the end of the year, because I really did love SoC. I liked the Girl with the Red Balloon, and am really curious to see how this story plays out, as the author has stated there will be different characters and time periods in the next one. Good luck! I hope you read and love them all.
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Oh cool, I didn’t even realize Girl with the Red Balloon was a series. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed that one. I haven’t come across too many people who have read it yet.
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Dear Martin was absolutely amazing and I highly recommend it!
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I’m glad to hear how much you enjoyed Dear Martin. So far I’ve only heard amazing things about it.
The 2 Crooked titles, Thousand Lanterns and The Alice Network are the ones at tge top of my TBR. Great books ahead – need to cancel all social commitments and hibernate!
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Haha, right? Hibernating to read great books sounds perfect. 🙂
Oh hello, a whole heap of books I didn’t know about before! Lovely list, Suzanne! And also can I be a week bit glad you said “Fall” in your title? Bc that means warmer weather over here lol
Ha! You’re waiting for the warmer weather and I’m getting excited about slightly cooler weather! 🙂
The Alice Network is new to me and looks really good. I a hoping to get to Six of Crows and maybe Crooked Kingdom this fall/winter but we will see! Hope you get to all of these!
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I hadn’t heard of The Alice Network either until my sister won it on Goodreads and raved about it. She and I usually have pretty similar taste in books, so I’m hoping I love it too. Oh yay, I hope you do get into Six of Crows. Love the whole cast of characters in that one. I’m pretty sure Crooked Kingdom will be the first book on this list that I tackle in the fall.
Warcross is on my list too, it’s like it was written with me in mind!
Doesn’t it sound incredible? Can’t wait to read that one!
Good luck Suzanne!! I hope you get to read them all!
I’m ready for you to read Crooked Kingdom so we can fangirl. I’d love read Forest of a Thousand Lanturns. I preordered it and am highly looking forward to it.
Ha! Crooked Kingdom will most definitely be one of the first I read off this list. I’m dying to know what happens next in that story!
I am so excited for “Dear Martin”. Like “The Hate U Give”, it`s good to have YA books that discuss difficult topics.
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Girls made of glass sounds so similar to Girl with glass feet. Right?
I will be reading Crooked Kingdom soon too.
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CROOKED KINGDOMS IS SUPER GOOD AND I HOPE YOU ENJOY!
I recently finished Mask of Shadows and was super dissapointed 🙁 I hope you enjoy the read tho!
I’m also super excited for All the Crooked Saints and Warcross! I love both the authors so I can’t wait to read!
A less popular book that I’m really excited for is the third book in the Diviners series! It’s coming out this fall and I can’t wait to read more of that series. (even if they keep changing the cover with every book *eye roll*
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I keep seeing mixed reviews about Mask of Shadows. I’m really hoping I enjoy it but I haven’t set my expectations for it super high, just in case. I haven’t read the Diviners series yet but I’ll have to look into it.
Good luck with the reading! I’m sure you’ll get to all of these since you’re blazing through books this year!
There’s a couple here that I’m dying to read myself!
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I sure hope so! 🙂
YES! I’m so excited for Girls Made of Snow and Glass. I was lucky enough to get a copy of Warcross, and that book does not disappoint! Great list of books!
I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed Warcross. I can’t wait to read it!
Warcross would be on my list too, I’ve been meaning to try Marie Lu and might as well start fresh with that one! Plus it sound interesting. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns looks kinda good, and ugh Crooked Kingdom- I STILL have to get Six of Crows so I can read those. I don’t know what the hold up is lol, I keep starting other books!
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You definitely need to get Six of Crows! I know what you mean though. I’m forever getting distracted by books that weren’t on my immediate TBR list, haha.
One of my most anticipated books of the fall is Forest of a Thousand Lanterns! Everyone keeps raving about it! I’m also really looking forward to All the Crooked Saints. I love everything Maggie’s written in the past, so I’m really hoping that stays true with this one. Great list! 🙂
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This will be my first time reading Maggie Stiefvater so I’m pretty excited about that. If I loved this one, I plan to go back and read The Raven Cycle next.
Nice list! I also really want to read All the Crooked Saints, Girls Made of Snow and Glass, and Dear Martin. I was lucky to get an ARC of All the Crooked Saints but I haven’t read it yet. I TRY to stick to the order they come out as best as I can. LOL
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I’m trying to do that as well, although several of my October ARCs are calling to me, haha.
How bad would I love to get my hands on an ARC for Crooked Saints. I want that book badly!
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Right? I couldn’t believe I was lucky enough to win one in a giveaway. I usually never win anything, lol.