Autumn TBR 🍂

It’s finally autumn, my favourite time of the year. Hot chocolate. Cosy jumpers. Blankets. And curling up with a new book. I finished my summer TBR in August, so it’s time to pick a new TBR!

I’m really looking forward to working my way through these 10 books over the next few months. There’s an exciting mix of contemporary and sci-fi, LGBT+ and translated fiction, and YA, non-fiction & literary fiction. I love having a diverse TBR after my recent stint of YA contemporary romances.

I’ve already read Emery Lord’s The Start of Me and You, about sixteen-year-old Paige, who’s mostly known for being the girlfriend of a boy who drowned… and she wants to claim her life back. For my work book club this month, we’re reading Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West: ‘In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, Saeed and Nadia share a cup of coffee, and their story begins’. I rarely pick up literary fiction, so it’ll be a nice little challenge for me.

I’m pretty intrigued about Naomi Alderman’s The Power since it won the Women’s Prize this year (awesome women with electric shock powers, what’s not to like?), plus Han Kang’s The Vegetarian (translated by Deborah Smith). It won the Man Booker International Prize and is described as a ‘fraught, disturbing and beautiful’ story set in modern day South Korea.

I cannot believe that I’ve not yet read Patrick Ness’ Release – a story inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever – because I normally read his new books straight away. I’ve also heard excellent things about David Owen’s The Fallen Children – inspired by John Wyndham’s The Midwich Cuckoos – and Lisa Heathfield’s Flight of a Starling

In October, I’m taking a trip to Berlin and so I want to re-read Anna Funder’s Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall. It’s a captivating collection of interviews with people who have first-hand experience of the Berlin wall, such as 16-year-old Miriam, who attempted to escape West Berlin.

And lastly, I cannot wait to read Adam Silvera’s They Both Die at the End – I loved History is All You Left Me (and I’m sure this one will make me cry, too) – and Nina LaCour’s beautiful We Are Okay because I recently fell in love with Everything Leads to You.


Have you read any of these?

10 thoughts on “Autumn TBR 🍂

  1. I recently read two of Lord’s books, and was really pleased. I own all but one, and hope to get to the rest of her backlist soon. I have Release as well. I am hearing good things. My only experience with Ness is The Rest of Us Just Live Here, which was really odd, not bad, but strange. I want to read one of LaCour’s books too. I have only read her co-write. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Enjoy!

    • Everything Leads to You was my first standalone book from Nina and I’m very much looking forward to the rest! I think More Than This was the oddest PN book for me, but I’m so intrigued by Release.

  2. I haven’t read any of these books yet but I do have most of them on my TBR. I’ve heard brilliant things about The Power and really should get to it soon.

  3. The Power, The Fallen Children and Release are some of my favourite reads from this year!

  4. I really liked The Power – great characters and a fantastic premise! I love Stasiland too – have you read Anna Funder’s novel, All That I Am? It’s worth a read if not. I’m intrigued by The Vegetarian and would like to pick that up at some point.

    Enjoy Berlin – it’s a great city!

  5. I lovelovelove your bookends in the picture! I need these. Autumn is the best time of the year, I’m so excited for it as well! It’s already starting to feel like fall around my part of the world — wooo!

    I’ve heard great things about Adam Silvera as an author — I really need to read one of his books! Good luck on your TBR this month 🙂

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