Top Ten Books on my Autumn TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme. It used to be hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but now it is being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is books on your autumn TBR (or spring if you’re in the south). I didn’t make one for summer because my reading in spring was dismal so I’m glad to be getting back into the swing of everything.

Autumn is for mystery/thriller/historical/fantasy books and my TBR reflects that mostly (if you ignore three contemporary books which are on there because I have to give them back to the library). How does everyone else’s Autumn TBR look?

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August Wrap Up

Wrapped Gift Boxes With Ribbons on Table

Okay, this was the month of readathons for me! I didn’t do as well as I wanted to on these readathons, since I was taking part in a reading challenge on Goodreads until the 21st August (we came 9th out of 16 so we did alright). But it was good getting back into the swing of doing readathons again and I’m looking at ones to do in September. As for the rest of the month, I knocked a lot of books off my library/physical TBR but my actual August TBR? Did not go well.

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September TBR

Selective Focus Photo of Obalte Green-leafed Plants during Rain

I can’t believe it’s actually autumn. It feels like it’s been a really slow year but at the same time, it felt like February was yesterday. So, I struggled with a theme for this month because all I could think about was being cosy and being able to sleep without being too hot. Basically, this month’s theme is weather. Not books where weather is a prominent part of it, because I wouldn’t know until I’ve actually read them, but books which have weather words in the title.

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The Year That Shakespeare Ruined My Life

The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life

Alison Green, desperate valedictorian-wannabe, agrees to produce her school’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That’s her first big mistake. The second is accidentally saying Yes to a date with her oldest friend, Jack, even though she’s crushing on Charlotte. Alison manages to stay positive, even when her best friend starts referring to the play as “Ye Olde Shakespearean Disaster.” Alison must cope with the misadventures that befall the play if she’s going to survive the year. She’ll also have to grapple with what it means to be “out” and what she might be willing to give up for love.

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Tome Topple Round 12 Wrap Up


This readathon went about as well as I had expected while doing another reading challenge at the same time. I did manage to finish some tomes but I absolutely didn’t stick to my TBR and I definitely didn’t complete all the challenges. So I’m posting this wrap up to be complete but I did about as well for this Tome Topple as I did for the one in February. If I’m doing a reading challenge where I have to read a lot of books, I won’t be doing Tome Topple again! This round went from the 8th to the 21st August.

Did anyone else do this round’s Tome Topple?

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Avatar: The Last Page Turner Wrap Up

This readathon ran for the first two weeks of August to celebrate Avatar: Legend of Korra coming to (American) Netflix. And I thought it sounded like a fun readathon with some relatively easy prompts to complete. Of course, there was another reading challenge going on so my TBR went a little all over the place. I did manage to get some books that had been on my TBR for a while knocked off with this readathon.

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Mirage (Mirage, #1)In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

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The Silent Dolls

The Silent Dolls (Detective Ellie Reeves #1)Silent tears trickle down her cheeks as she curls inside the tiny cave-like space. She lies on her side, darkness all around her, rubbing her fingers over the little wooden doll he’d carved. He told her to be quiet, not to cry or scream. Not to be a baby. Her throat was raw, her eyes swollen shut. She wanted her mommy and daddy. She wanted to go home.

When Penny Matthews, a seven-year-old girl with blonde curls and a gap-toothed smile, goes missing in the Appalachian mountains, Detective Ellie Reeves is called straight to the scene. According to Penny’s parents, their daughter vanished after a picnic by the creek. All that’s left behind is a pink friendship bracelet etched with “Penny”.

Ellie knows all too well that the mountains’ endless miles of dark forest and winding rivers are the perfect place for a criminal to hide. Racing against the rapidly setting sun and a brutal winter storm on the horizon, she searches desperately for Penny.

Special Agent Derrick Fox is determined to join the hunt. His younger sister, Kim, disappeared in the same area twenty-five years ago––on the day he was meant to be watching her. He’s certain the cases are linked and that over a dozen girls have vanished in the last decade. Ellie refuses to believe that their tight-knit mountain community could be home to a deadly criminal, but even she can’t deny the similarities in the cases. And when they discover the remains of a small body buried with a carved wooden doll, it’s clear they’re up against a deadly serial killer preying on innocent little girls.

As the temperature plunges, Penny’s life hangs in the balance. Most people who get lost in the woods never make it out alive. Can Ellie and Derrick defy the odds and find out the truth about all the stolen girls? Or will the mountain, and its twisted killer, claim another victim?

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Trail of Lightning

Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1)While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.

Welcome to the Sixth World.

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Tome Topple Round 12

The last round of Tome Topple until November! There has been quite a few this year thanks to the lockdown. This round goes from the 8th August until the 21st and, so far, I have never got the dates right.

The twitter is here.


  • The tome that has been on your TBR the longest
  • A tome audiobook
  • The tome you’ve most recently acquired
  • A standalone tome
  • Read 1 tome
  • A tome written by a Black author
  • Tome from a genre you don’t usually read
  • The tome on your TBR with the most pages
  • A tome you started during another round of Tome Topple

Again, you can get a title if you read enough books for the categories.

1-3 challenges: STUDENT
4-6 challenges: SCHOLAR
7-9 challenges: SAGE

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