Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR: Pumpkins, Spice, and All the Expectations

AUTUMN IS FINALLY HERE! Look at that cute cat. Look at those glorious leaves! I’M IN LOVE. It’s time to break out all of the pumpkin spice candles and bake everything pumpkin. I know no chill when it comes to autumn. BE WARNED.

And do you know what today is? TUESDAY! Which means Top Ten Tuesday time! YAY! REJOICE. I’ll be linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for this one! So here we go, my TBR for Autumn aka my TBR that I’ll cry over for a whole season because I can’t pull it together and the GRE is slowly going to kill me (but really, I’m pretty sure it is).

1. Crooked Kingdom

We’re not going to talk about how I started this book almost a month ago. Nope, not a thing. Let’s just ignore that, yeah? I’m currently buddy reading this one with Kalli @ K The Ravenous Reader. We’re making tons of progress, THANKS FOR ASKING.

I just don’t want this book to destroy me, like I know it will. MY POOR HEART CAN’T HANDLE IT.

2. Nevernight

This one includes Godsgrave. Esther @ Queen of Fantasy keeps yelling at me to read this book. I’m sure I’ll love it too! I mean, it has a stabbtastic character. WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?!? It’s been on my list for a while. Maybe I’ll finally get to it. I AM GOING TO GET TO IT.

3. Shatter Me

Technically I’ve already started this one, BUT I’M COUNTING IT. When this first came out, I was intrigued so I picked it up. I didn’t understand the striking out of words. I mean, WHAT?!? I hadn’t seen it done before and I wanted to read about someone with a sort of Midas touch. But I couldn’t make it past the first 30 pages. The writing style was not my thing. Nope. Being trapped in that room gave me nightmares. So I gave up.

Then a few friends on bookstagram told me I needed to give it another go (remember, bookstagram is slowly taking over my life). I am happy to report that I got through the roughness that was the beginning for me and it’s paying off. I am now hooked and I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.

(My face during my first attempted read of this book.)

4. Strange the Dreamer

This is another one that I’ve heard a lot about on bookstagram. My edition is gorgeous and to die for. I’VE HEARD NOTHING BUT GOOD THINGS, SO WHY ON EARTH HAVEN’T I READ IT?!? I’ve got no answer for you. I don’t know why. Don’t hate me. Just know I am making plans to amend it.

5. Illuminae

When I first joined bookstagram, Illuminae and Gemina were being talked about a lot. And have you seen those covers?!? SO COOL. I knew I needed to find out what this book was all about. So I finally found it on Book Outlet (which is a dangerous site if you like books at a really inexpensive price). Now it sits on my shelf, untouched. AND IT’S THE PERFECT COLOR FOR AUTUMN. I guess that means that I should read this book. Especially since the third one is coming out in March. TIME TO PREPARE.

6. Caraval

It’s still sitting on my shelf, staring at me. This was one of the first books I bought because of bookstagram. AND IT’S STILL SITTING THERE UNREAD. Because I’m a terrible person who can’t handle her TBR. It’s whatever, it’s fine. But I absolutely adored The Night Circus and I heard if I liked that book then I will definitely like this one. The only thing holding me back is myself.

7. A Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

I was super pumped to get this in my July OwlCrate box (which was my first ever box from them). I had read the good reviews and really wanted to give this book a try. And now that it’s been out longer, there are even more great reviews! So I guess it’s time to read it and get cultured! I mean, what’s not to love about a book where they travel the world!

8. Daughter of a Pirate King

They had me at “pirate.” I mean, that’s all I really need to know about this book. Need I say more?

9. Eliza and Her Monsters

I was seriously in LOVE with Fangirl. I remember reading it on the tube and never wanting to leave the train. I just wanted to keep reading. So when I got similar vibes from this book, I knew I needed to read it. I’m hoping it’s not trying to be Fangirl though. I’ve heard it doesn’t do that and that I’ll probably enjoy it. Who knows. It’s always a hit or miss with me and contemporary.

10. The Diabolic

Even though my copy of this is seriously damaged, I WILL READ IT. YES YES YES. TAKE THAT DAMAGED BOOK.

Is it ambitious of me to want to read all of these books while going to school, working, and prepping for my grad school applications? Yes, yes it is. And if we’re being honest, I probably won’t get through the whole list. Whatever. It’s nice to dream.

Also, this basically turned into the list of books that Lindsey owns but has not ever read for reasons that are unknown to herself and the world.

Any of these books on your TBR? Are there books I need to add to this list? Is there a book on here that I should be embarrassed I haven’t read yet?


  1. Literary Feline

    19 September, 2017 at 14:49

    You’ll need to take lots of reading breaks to help curb the GRE stress, you know. I think I’ve decided to throw out my Fall TBR List and just read yours. Nevernight, Illuminae, Caraval, Daughter of the Pirate King… I can’t resist! I hope you do find time for all of these. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Lindsey @ Word Me Write

      21 September, 2017 at 16:51

      YES! I like your thinking! Validation for reading more! Haha. I’m quite excited for this TBR. If I even keep it. Who knows. I just have so many good books I need to read. I’m so behind the times with books 😫😭

  2. Jo

    19 September, 2017 at 16:42

    I hope you enjoy all of these! I’ve read Daughter of The Pirate King and that was a lot of fun, so I hope you enjoy it too.
    My TTT:

    1. Lindsey @ Word Me Write

      20 September, 2017 at 08:03

      I’m excited for it! It’s currently in the mail and on its way to me. Soon I’ll be able to enjoy the beauty that is this pirate book ☺️

  3. Esther @ Queen of Fantasy

    20 September, 2017 at 23:41

    YASSSS you are going to read all of my favorite’s I’m so happy 😭
    I’ve heard that A Gentleman’s Guide is very witty so I need to buy that one! I also need to buy Eliza and her Monsters because I’m pretty sure I will relate 465456%!!

    1. Lindsey @ Word Me Write

      21 September, 2017 at 13:11

      I basically just made this list to please you 😘
      I’ve heard nothing but good things about A Gentleman’s Guide, so I’m kind of excited to read it. I love to be entertained with wit. It sounds like a fantastic way to spend my reading time ☺️

  4. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    24 September, 2017 at 03:15

    I absolutely love Illuminae, Crooked Kingdom, and Shatter Me so I am so glad to see them on your list. 🙂 I hope you end up enjoying them as much as I dd. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices! <3
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    1. Lindsey @ Word Me Write

      25 September, 2017 at 11:49

      I just finished Shatter Me and the other books are on there way!
      As for the other two, they’ve been on my tbr FOREVER. I really need to just read them!

  5. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

    24 September, 2017 at 17:25

    Crooked Kingdom is one of my favorite sequels. I also need to get to Daughter of the Pirate King. Hopefully by the end of the year.

    1. Lindsey @ Word Me Write

      25 September, 2017 at 11:51

      I’m scared CK is going to destroy me, take my heart, and leave it broken on the ground.
      I’m just excited to read a book about pirates! YAY PIRATES!

  6. Beckie Lowe

    26 September, 2017 at 08:32

    How did I not know you are such a “bookie”? I love to read as well, especially now that the weather is getting chilly and my outside options are dwindling. I’m currently reading , A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, a historical fiction about Russia in the 1920’s. A little dense to get through so last night I threw in a lighter read, The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty. Marin and I went to Barnes and Noble last night for some new books and pumpkin spice hit chocolate. I think we’ve found our new winter hangout spot.

    1. Lindsey @ Word Me Write

      27 September, 2017 at 11:13

      I don’t know! Haha. I’ve been this way since middle school, so it’s pretty much made sure I’ve never been normal. I love chilly weather for reading! You can cuddle up with a blanket and drink a nice cup of herbal tea. IT’S THE BEST! Oh my goodness, pumpkin spice hot chocolate sounds like the best thing EVER. Definitely a great place to hang out! I approve of your decision 👍🏻

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