Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog.
This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List
Fall is my favorite (reading) season. There are so many books I’m excited about picking up in the next few months. Here are the ones currently at the top of my TBR list:
1. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
I have been dying to read The Essex Serpent for what seems like forever now. At some point, I decided to save Sarah Perry’s buzzed about novel for the fall. The story itself seems like a perfect match for the season, and I imagine it will be ideal to devour on a chilly autumnal weekend. Honestly, I’ve been looking forward to this read for so long that I’m a little worried it won’t live up to my high expectations.
2. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
This Victorian “Sensation” novel sounds like ridiculous, over-the-top fun. I hope Lady Audley’s Secret will be an entertaining read with plenty of mystery and melodrama.
Relevant Challenges: R.I.P., Victober, Classics Club
3. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
This is one of my (languishing) Netgalley ARCs that I’m really looking forward to. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this well-written debut novel. I wouldn’t be surprised if StayWith Me becomes one of my favorite books of the year.
4. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
After loving Willis’ To Say Nothing of the Dog, I can’t wait to dive into the rest of the Oxford Time Travel series. Doomsday Book is actually the first in the series (which can be read out of order for the most part) and is set during the Black Death epidemics of the Middle Ages. Just as TSNOTD with its Victorian boating on the river and games of croquet felt like a summer read, this bleaker and more somber novel feels like a fall read.
5. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Full confession: I’ve had Brideshead Revisited on my Fall TBR list for the past two years. Waugh’s classic has always seemed like an autumnal read to me. Hopefully, I can cross it off my list this time!
Relevant Challenges: Classics Club
6. The Night Watch or Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters ended up being one of my favorite books of the summer. I’m already craving more of her work, but can’t decide between The Night Watch and its drama set in Blitz ravaged London, or the twisty Victorian era caper that is Fingersmith. Feel free to try to sway me in one direction or the other in the comments… I’m trying to pace myself with her oeuvre, but I might just have to read both novels soon!
7. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Fall is always a good time of year to curl up with a Christie novel. I especially want to read her famous Murder on the Orient Express before the movie comes out in November.
Relevant Challenges: R.I.P., Classics Club
8. Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
I loved Eve Chase’s latest release The Wildling Sisters so much that I had to seek out her debut novel. Black Rabbit Hall sounds like an ideal autumnal read with plenty of gothic atmosphere. There’s something about this time of year that makes me crave books about crumbling country estates and complicated family secrets.
Relevant Challenges: R.I.P.
9. Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher
I had intended to read this coming-of-age novel over the summer, but sadly never got around to it. I’m so excited to read my first Pilcher, and think her books will become new favorite comfort reads. Coming Home will be ideal to curl up with on a rainy fall day with a cup of tea and a cozy blanket.
10. Dragonwyck by Anya Seton
I’ve been meaning to read Dragonwyck ever since I first discovered it a few years ago. Seton’s historical novel-set in the nineteenth-century at in estate in upstate New York-is often compared to two of my all-time favorite classics: Jane Eyre and Rebecca. I love getting lost in a good gothic novel, especially at this time of the year.
Relevant Challenges: R.I.P.
What are some of the books at the top of your fall TBR list?