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 of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
10. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell – In truth- I forget why this one had me so excited, but I know that it had me really excited at one point. I’ve had this buddy read scheduled for months, and now I’ve forgotten why I wanted to read it, you know, other than the fact that it seems to come highly recommended.
9. Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor – My first experience with Okorafor was earlier this year- Akata Witch. I adored that book, and that’s high praise coming from someone who hasn’t read middle grade anything since she picked up Stephen King at 12 and never looked back. I liked it so much, Okorafor is on this list twice. Add to that alien sea monsters… Yup. I’m totally sold.
8. Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child – I told you have a thing about the 90s and monster movies right? Well this gives me all that all rolled up into one. Relic, for anyone who hasn’t heard of it, was made into the movie of the same name in 1997. This book will fulfill my PopSugar prompt: “Set in the decade you were born” and I can’t wait!
7. The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin – I’ve never read Le Guin… and she’s one “classic” author I’m really embarrassed not to have read. She seems to cover a lot of topics that got me sucked into sci-fi in the first place, feminism, racism, ecology, etc. Hopefully this isn’t the worst place to start.
6. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – Here she is again. This is one of those: “Everyone has read this but me,” books. I’ve been enjoying more short fiction this year than I have in the past and I think that’s what put me off it for so long. Now that the whole trilogy is released, I’m think the length will probably be a point in its favor.
5. The Lost Queen by Signe Pike – I only heard about this one recently, and I’m not entirely sure I will actually read it in fall 2018, but I hope to. Two reasons: 1. King Merlin’s twin sister. 2. 6th century Scotland. 3. Druids. 4. Pagans and Christians. 5… Oh, look at me I’m rambling.
4. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker – This is another historical fantasy about Helen of Troy. I’m actually much more fond of ancient Romans than ancient Greeks, and therefore, more familiar with their history, but let’s face it, the Romans owed a lot of their culture to the Greeks, and Helen of Troy is a pretty classic, romantic story. I also read Jo Walton’s Thessaly series earlier this year, which pretty much sold me on anything else Greek.
3. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill – I’m getting back to my roots with my top three picks. I’ve been reading and watching horror since my mother ever made the mistake of letting me read Stephen King (not that I’m entirely sure she could have stopped me, and look, I turned out mostly okay). If you haven’t heard of Joe Hill.. do me a favor, and pick up N0S4A2 as a Christmas read. Sure it’ll totally ruin Christmas for you.. but it’s worth it. So Heart Shaped Box will be my Halloween read.
2. Elevation by Stephen King – A novella set in the Castle Rock universe. He writes them faster than I can read them but at 150ish pages, I’ll have no trouble squeezing this in on a rainy afternoon.
1. War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell – I saved the number one spot for my number one most anticipated read. I’ve been waiting two years for this book. TWO YEARS. I mean it was better than knowing another one wasn’t coming.. but seriously. As much as I enjoyed Fools and Mortals, the unfortunate Richard Shakespeare was no replacement for Uhtred. I haven’t read as much historical fiction or even historical fantasy this year (30+ historic or historically inspired in 2017 vs. a little over 10 in 2018) and lately I’ve kind of been feeling it’s absence. Yeah- it’s great that I’ve been able to ponder how to make the world a better place through all the fabulous sci-fi I’ve read, but bloody sword fighting and shield walls are a lot of fun too.
What about you? What’s on your fall TBR?