Tuesday, September 22, 2015

top ten tuesday: fall tbr

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish! I've taken the last few weeks off from this meme, but I really have missed it, and I'm so happy to be back doing it again this week! This week's theme is "September 22: Top Ten Books on Your Fall TBR." I love doing these TBR posts, here is a link to my summer one, which I thought I did pretty well on, reading 6/10 of the books on there! My fall one is going to include new releases from October 1 to November 30, as well as some books that I've been meaning to get to for a while.

1. The Royal We – Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan 

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.
Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick's sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he's fated to become. Which is how she gets into trouble.
Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she's sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

2. Let's Get Lost – Adi Alsaid

 Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named Leila. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth—sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

3. Armada – Ernest Cline

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.
But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.
And then he sees the flying saucer.
Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.
No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.
It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?

4. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

5. Carry On – Rainbow Rowell 

Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl.
Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.

6. Magnus Chase & The Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Sumemr – Rick Riordan 

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

7. A Madness So Discreet – Mindy McGinnis–

Grace Mae knows madness.
She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.
When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.
In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.

8. First & Then – Emma Mills 

Devon Tennyson wouldn't change a thing. She's happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon's cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn't want them first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

9. Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.
This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

10. Velvet Undercover – Teri Brown 

Samantha Donaldson's family has always done its duty for the British Crown. In the midst of World War I, seventeen-year-old Sam follows in their footsteps, serving her country from the homefront as a messenger for the intelligence organization MI5. After her father disappears on a diplomatic mission, she continues their studies of languages, mathematics, and complex puzzles, hoping to make him proud.
When Sam is asked to join the famed women's spy group La Dame Blanche, she's torn—while this could be an unbelievable adventure, how can she abandon her mother, who has already lost a husband? But when her handlers reveal shocking news, Sam realizes she can't refuse the exciting and dangerous opportunity.
Her acceptance leads her straight into the heart of enemy territory on a mission to extract the most valuable British spy embedded in Germany, known only as Velvet. Deep undercover in the court of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Sam must navigate the labyrinthine palace and its many glamorous—and secretive—residents to complete her assignment. To make matters worse she must fight a forbidden attraction to the enemy—a dangerously handsome German guard. In a place where personal politics are treacherously entangled in wartime policy, can Sam find Velvet before it's too late . . . for them both?
A thrilling story of one girl's journey into a deadly world of spy craft and betrayal—with unforgettable consequences.

11. Winter – Marissa Meyer

 Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

12. Ten Thousand Skies Above You – Claudia Gray 

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.
Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared. The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.

13. Da Vinci's Tiger – L.M. Elliot 

Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.
When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families.

what's on your fall tbr?



  1. All the choices! I've seen a few of them on other lists : Velvet Underground, A Madness So Discreet, Magnus Chase. Carry On and Winter are both on my list! (As you know!). :) I definitely have been planning on reading the Royal We. I've heard positive things about it. First and Then is new to me and pops out! I love the idea of a FNL twist on Pride and Prejudice. I'm putting it on my TBR List! :) Great choices this week. :)

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Jessica!!! I am glad to have introduced you to First and Then, I have heard really amazing things about it so far! :)

  2. YAAAAASS to every book on here!
    MAGNUS AND ILLUMANIE <3 *dies of excitement*
    I read Let's Get Lost back when it first came out and really enjoyed it! I hope you like it.
    And Armada! I can't believe I forgot about that. I want to read it SO BAD ever since I read Ready Player One and LOVED it.
    So many amazing releases and I can't wait! Your top ten is getting me so excited for them all! My TBR was mostly catching up on my "anticipated" releases that I didn't get to read when they came out and now it's been so long it's getting to the point of ridiculousness. lol.
    Olivia @ Fluttering Pages

    1. ahh Olivia you have no idea how happy I'm going to be when Magnus Chase is in my hands finally! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed let's get lost, I've been wanted to read it for awhile! I LOVE ready player one and I hope armada is as good. :) that always happens to me with some anticipated books... there's never enough time to get them all, so some fall through the cracks!

  3. I want to read SO many of these! Armada, Six of Crows, Carry On, First & Then, Illuminae, Let's Get Lost. Great choices!

    Here is my TTT!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Molly! I hope you enjoy them when you get to them!

  4. OMG! So many delicious books are there.. Hope you enjoy them all.
    My TTT
    Happy Reading!

    1. they do look delicious, don't they xD thanks for stopping by!

  5. 'The Royal We' is so good! Hope you will enjoy it as much as I did! :) Happy reading this Fall!

    1. ahhh i'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed it! thank you so much for stopping by :)

  6. The Royal We is on my list today too! I have heard nothing but goods things about it. My TTT

    1. same for me, I've literally only heard of glowing reviews for that novel! i hope you enjoy it :)

  7. A lot of people's list seem to be similar most everyone has Six of crow's. I am sad to say I haven't got to Leigh Bardugos books yet. My bad it needs to be fixed.

    Megan @ http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.co.uk

    1. yes, there does seem to be a ton of people who are really excited for six of crows! for sure you need to read leigh bardugo, her books are so dark and beautiful! thanks for stopping by :)

  8. I can't wait for Winter, A Madness so Discreet, and Six of Crows.
    Great list!

    My TTT: http://faithsbookspiration.blogspot.com/2015/09/top-ten-tuesday_22.html

    1. I hope you enjoy them when you get to read them! thanks for stopping by, I'll be sure to check your TTT out :)

  9. Yes! So many of these are on my TBR, I had trouble limiting myself to just 10. Great list, and thanks for stopping by earlier.

    Christina @ Books & Prejudice

  10. We have several in common this week! The cover of A Madness So Discreet is to die for! I've also been wanting to read Let's Get Lost, but it didn't make my list this week. I hope you love all of these! :D

    Here are my Top Ten!

  11. I read Let's Get Lost and First & Then over the summer and really enjoyed both of them. Also, I can't wait for Carry On! Lots of exciting books to read this Fall!

  12. We've got a lot of overlap this week! I was kind of surprised to realise that Six of Crows comes out next week- September went fast.

    My TTT.

  13. Books set during wars don't usually interest me but Velvet Undercover sounds really good! I'll be adding that one to my list. Seeing as Fangirl made my list, I can't exactly say whether I want to read Carry On yet or not haha. I'm definitely looking forward to A Madness So Discreet. Love the title, the cover and the synopsis. I should probably read her other books too! Great list :)

  14. Velvet Undercover and Royal We are really calling to me! My TTT


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