Hello everyone, and welcome back!
Today I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday over at The Broke and the Bookish to bring you my fall TBR (or what I hope I’ll eventually get around to).
Another season, another TBR to probably do very badly at keeping up with. I still haven’t read everything from my TBR fails (I can sense there will be another post of that type in my future) or everything from my last-minute summer reads, but it’s a new season with new releases and dang it, I’m going to want to move on and read some of them.
(I’m really behind on my reading goals for this year, but chilly seasons are very good for curling up with tea and a book, so I’m optimistic about the next few months.)
Without further ado, let’s get to it!
Fall 2017 tbr
Warcross by Marie Lu
I want to do some more second-chancing in the fall, and this book is at the top of my list since I got my pre-order recently in the mail. (It takes a while when I pre-order from Book Depository since I’m in Canada, but their prices are also really good, so.)
I tried Legend by this author and was really underwhelmed, although I thought her use of setting was decent. Warcross is less dystopian and more sci-fi thriller with hackers and gaming and (futuristic?)Tokyo, and I am looking forward to seeing if I can get into this author.
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Speaking of second chances: I was also underwhelmed by the Lunar Chronicles series, which a lot of people in YA blogging seem to love but I thought just got more and more bloated by the book and was also irritatingly heteronormative (so, so many couples and even robots with sexualities but everyone is straight) and at least somewhat culturally appropriative/iffy in terms of the use of the setting in Cinder so ehhh.
I didn’t hate this series (it had its moments of interesting fairy tale reimagining) and I think it’s pretty cool that Meyer is open about her fanfiction-writing past (I first learned about her YA books because I read some of her old Sailor Moon fanfic), so I’m open to seeing if her X-Men type book is a better outing.
This isn’t out until November, so it’s possible I’ll get put off before then by reviews of ARCs (I was going to try this author again for Heartless, but reviews were pretty mixed on BookTube so I held off), but I sometimes sacrifice myself for the sake of my blog series.
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Okay, so I didn’t really dislike Graceling, but I was just kind of disappointed with it given that it’s so highly recommended by so many people? But I’ve heard Cashore’s books just get better and the protagonists change, so I may as well give this a shot, since I liked the world.
(Also it looks like I have a fair amount of sci-fi and contemporary ahead of me, so I may as well throw in a dash of good old fantasy.)
This takes place in the same realm as Graceling, but it’s about a girl named Fire who can control minds, but doesn’t want to. Sounds intriguing?
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Grief and diversity seem to be the key ingredients in the contemporaries I end up really enjoying, for some reason, so this is exactly the kind of book I can get excited to cry about. It’s about Julia, whose older sister, Olga (the perfect one), died.
This has a lot of buzz around it and is described as a mix between The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (one of my favourite YAs) and other stuff, so it’s definitely something I’m anxiously awaiting. (I’ve already pre-ordered this one.)
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
(This cover is extremely boring, but it’s what my bookstore is showing me so I guess I’ll be living with it.)
Another very hyped fall release. And kind of a second chance, to be honest? I’ve read all of John Green’s books, and the only one I’m sure I like is The Fault in Our Stars (which I can recognize still has some issues, but I cried a lot anyway). John Green seems like a nice person, and people I know are into his videos, so it’d be nice to be on better terms with his work.
This is about a girl named Aza who is investigating a mystery and also has a mental illness, I think? I don’t know. But the fact that the protagonist is a girl is promising, because manic pixie dream boys are much less irritating. (Okay, sorry, I promise I will try to read this book with an open mind.)
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Okay, so this is a slight cheat because a) it’s three books in one, and b) it’s a re-read.
But I recently picked up a new boxed set of this series so I could re-read it before The Book of Dust, and also because in general it’s been many years since I’ve read it, and I want to know if it lives up to my memory of how great it was.
If you don’t know, this is a middle grade fantasy trilogy about an adventurous young girl named Lyra, who investigates the disappearance of a young boy. There’s all sorts of cool stuff in this series: rad magical objects, talking bears, animal familiars, etc. It is so worth checking out and the movie adaptation does it so wrong.
What are you planning to read (or re-read) this fall? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll speak to you again soon!