Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My Fall 2020 TBR
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!
This week’s TTT topic is Books on My Fall 2020 TBR. Normally I would just share 10 ARCs that I’m planning to read, but since one of my major goals for this year is to read at least 50 books I already own (I’m almost finished with number 40 now), I’ve decided to share 5 ARCs and 5 books from my bookshelf that I’m really hoping to get to this fall.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2020 TBR
Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there.
What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy, Lucky Karras. Outsider, rebel…and her former childhood best friend. Lucky makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the newly returned Josie. But everything changes after a disastrous pool party, and a poorly executed act of revenge lands Josie in some big-time trouble—with Lucky unexpectedly taking the blame.
Determined to understand why Lucky was so quick to cover for her, Josie discovers that both of them have changed, and that the good boy she once knew now has a dark sense of humor and a smile that makes her heart race. And maybe, just maybe, he’s not quite the brooding bad boy everyone thinks he is…
THE ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES by Alix E. Harrow
In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.
But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.
MAGIC LESSONS by Alice Hoffman
In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.
Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she’s abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the “Unnamed Arts.” Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back.
When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it’s here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. Love is the only thing that matters.
Magic Lessons is a celebration of life and love and a showcase of Alice Hoffman’s masterful storytelling.
The author of the “rich, dark, and intricately twisted” (Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author) The Family Upstairs returns with another taut and white-knuckled thriller following a group of people whose lives shockingly intersect when a young woman disappears.
Owen Pick’s life is falling apart. In his thirties, a virgin, and living in his aunt’s spare bedroom, he has just been suspended from his job as a geography teacher after accusations of sexual misconduct, which he strongly denies. Searching for professional advice online, he is inadvertently sucked into the dark world of incel—involuntary celibate—forums, where he meets the charismatic, mysterious, and sinister Bryn.
Across the street from Owen lives the Fours family, headed by mom Cate, a physiotherapist, and dad Roan, a child psychologist. But the Fours family have a bad feeling about their neighbor Owen. He’s a bit creepy and their teenaged daughter swears he followed her home from the train station one night.
Meanwhile, young Saffyre Maddox spent three years as a patient of Roan Fours. Feeling abandoned when their therapy ends, she searches for other ways to maintain her connection with him, following him in the shadows and learning more than she wanted to know about Roan and his family. Then, on Valentine’s night, Saffyre Maddox disappears—and the last person to see her alive is Owen Pick.
With evocative, vivid, and unputdownable prose and plenty of disturbing twists and turns, Jewell’s latest thriller is another “haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read”
CRAZY STUPID BROMANCE by Lyssa Kay Adams
A hacktivist and a cat café owner decode the friend zone in this romantic comedy from the author of Undercover Bromance.
Alexis Carlisle and her cat café, ToeBeans, have shot to fame after she came forward as a victim of a celebrity chef’s sexual harassment. When a new customer approaches to confide in her, the last thing Alexis expects is for the woman to claim they’re sisters. Unsure what to do, Alexis turns to the only man she trusts—her best friend, Noah Logan.
Computer genius Noah left his rebellious teenage hacker past behind to become a computer security expert. Now he only uses his old skills for the right cause. But Noah’s got a secret: He’s madly in love with Alexis. When she asks for his help, he wonders if the timing will ever be right to confess his crush.
Noah’s pals in The Bromance Book Club are more than willing to share their beloved “manuals” to help him go from bud to boyfriend. But he must decide if telling the truth is worth risking the best friendship he’s ever had.
Older Books I Own:
SUMMER OF ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand
Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century! It’s 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer with their grandmother in Nantucket: but this year Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, a nursing student, is caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests, a passion which takes her to Martha’s Vineyard with her best friend, Mary Jo Kopechne. Only son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother who is hiding some secrets of her own. As the summer heats up, Teddy Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, a man flies to the moon, and Jessie experiences some sinking and flying herself, as she grows into her own body and mind.
THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes
From the author of Me Before You, set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond.
Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.
The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.
What happens to them–and to the men they love–becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.
Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic–a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.
Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia’s suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow.
It’s been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared; since Scythe Goddard came into power; since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver.
In this pulse-pounding conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe trilogy, constitutions are tested and old friends are brought back from the dead.
A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN by Brigid Kemmerer
Honestly, I would have loved to have all of Becky Albertalli’s books in my life growing up, just because they always leave me with a smile on my face. This one just really stands out to me since the main character is specifically dealing with anxiety and fears of rejection. I identified strongly with Molly reading this book as an adult and it think it would have been an even more powerful read for me as a teen.
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Invisible Girl sounds sooo good! As does crazy Stupid bromance!
I really hope they’ll both be great reads. 🙂
So much here to salivate over! Enjoy everything, Suzanne💜
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I love to read books about the 60s so I need to take another look at Summer of ’69. I have Giver of Stars here for a read soon.
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I just started Summer of ’69 and am really enjoying it so far.
Great list! I want to read the next Bromance book, too, at some point. The Giver of Stars was a really interesting read, and I’d love to finish the Arc of a Scythe series!
I’m very excited to see how Arc of a Scythe ends!
This is a nice mix of old and new books. I’m also really excited for The Once and Future Witches and Magic Lessons😁
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Me too. I have a feeling they’re going to be perfect fall reads.
INVISIBLE GIRL is on my list today. I’ve enjoyed other of Jewell’s books, so I’m excited to see what this one’s all about! I hope we both enjoy it.
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I’ve really been enjoying Jewell’s books too so I have high hopes for this one. 🙂
I need to read Chasing Lucky too! I read A Heart So Fierce and Broken and Crazy Stupid Bromance and truly enjoyed both of them. I hope you do too!
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Thanks, I hope I will too! 🙂
Ooh, great list! I can’t wait for some of these — especially Crazy Stupid Bromance 😍 Also keen to hear what you think of Godsgrave–I love that series so much lol happy reading 🙂
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I really enjoyed Nevernight so I’m hoping Godsgrave will be a great read for me too.
I’ve heard so many good things about The Toll.
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I’m glad to hear that. I can’t wait to see how the series ends.
I still have to catch up with Thunderhead, it’s been sitting on my shelves for AGES.
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I was really late to this series too but I loved the first two books.
These books look so good, Suzanne!
I really hope they will be. 🙂
Great list! I’m really looking forward to The Once and Future Witches. One of these days I need to cross Practical Magic off my TBR!
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I’m excited for The Once and Future Witches too. I really loved her last book.
Great list! I’m so looking forward to Chasing Lucky as well. And I’d love to start the Scythe series, Nevernight series, A Heart So Fierce and Broken and the Bromance books!
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I adored Crazy Stupid Bromance. I hope you do, too!
I enjoyed The Toll. I have Crazy Stupid Bromance also. Happy reading!
I’m glad to hear you enjoyed The Toll. I’m excited to see how the series ends.
Invisible Girl is on my list today, too. I just love Jewell’s brand of domestic dramas.
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I need to read The Toll too!
I started the Alix Harrow book but I don’t think the writing style is for me.
Oh bummer. I hope I’ll have better luck with it. I loved her last book.
What a great array of books for this fall! I hope you get a chance to read all of these! I’m really looking forward to checking out THe Once and Future Witches, and I absolutely love Godsgrave. I really need to catch up on the Scythe series.
I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Godsgrave. I loved Nevernight and am actually embarrassed that Godsgrave has been sitting on my shelf for so long.
I really loved Scythe and Nevernight – but I still need to read books 2 and 3 in both of those!!!
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I’m embarrassed at how long Godsgrave has been sitting on my shelf. I really need to get it read soon.
Bromance is one I will definitely be reading and am very much looking forward to. I read Chasing Lucky before the release date was changed, so back in the spring? I liked it. I always love a Jenn Benn book.
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I’m really excited for the Jenn Bennett book. I’ve had it for a while now but pushed it once the release date got moved.
I hope you enjoy The Toll!! Read it late last year and absolutely loved it! Neal Shusterman doesn’t disappoint! Hope you enjoy it! 😀
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I’m to hear you enjoyed it! I really can’t wait to see how the series ends.
The Giver of Stars was amazing!
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I’m glad to hear that!
Jenn Bennett seems to get a lot of good buzz. And congrats on your 40 books! My reading seems to be so down this year. I’m probably not even close to 40… :(:(
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Awww, that sucks. I hope you get your reading groove back soon.
You had me at “hacktivist + cat cafe” lol–gonna add Crazy Stupid Bromance to my TBR stat!!!
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It’s such a fun series. 🙂
Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman looks pretty good. I’ve managed to get through quite a few suspense novels on my list for 2020, but I’m still woefully behind and need to catch up.(lol) Meanwhile I have the audacity to be working on my 2021 list!(lol) Hope you’re doing well! Hugs, RO
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LOL! I can’t even think about 2021 yet.