Fall 2019 TBR

September 24, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Fall 2019 TBR

Fall 2019 TBR

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Fall 2019 TBR.

With all the books that are on my radar on a given day, it’s nice to pick out a few for an official TBR. Ten still leaves room for library holds that come in, occasional ARCs, or some mood reading.

One question you may ask is “Are these fall reads?” Many readers have differing opinions of what comprises a fall read: some want spooky, scary, creepy, or thrilling. It’s my opinion that any book you read in fall is a fall read. I don’t usually read thrillers or scary, spooky books because they give me nightmares. For my fall reads, I look for the types of books I look for all year: memorable, thought-provoking, and unputdownable.

This will help explain my fall reading:

it's fall y'all

After careful consideration, the following are the reads that are on my fall 2019 reading radar. I had about twenty on the list when I started, so it took some work to pare this down to ten!

Keep in mind that I’m not yet recommending the books on this list…..check back often though because I will provide updates and links to reviews as I read them. In no particular order, here is my Fall 2019 TBR list.

*Titles are Amazon affiliate links.

This Tender Land

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

Genre: Historical Fiction, Native American, Coming of Age. This is receiving excellent reviews and is my most anticipated fall read.
***UPDATE: 5 Stars. Compelling, thought provoking, unique. Full review here.

The Stationary Shop

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance (Iran)
(I love this bright cover!)
***UPDATE: 4.5 Stars (rounded to 5). Bittersweet love story. Full review here.

The Women of the Copper Country

The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell

Genre: Historical Fiction
***UPDATE: 4 Stars. Compelling story of activism. Full Review Here.

The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt

The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis

Genre: Southern Historical Fiction, Mystery
(a “summer must-read” recommended by Davida at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog)

***UPDATE: 4 Stars. Slightly dark, dysfunctional family drama. Full Review Here.

The Things We Cannot Say

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

Genre: WW11 Historical Fiction
(Thanks for the recommendation Linda B!)

***UPDATE: 4.5 Stars. Compelling and memorable. Full Review Here.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

Genre: Historical Fiction
***UPDATE: 4.5 Stars (Rounded to 5) A compelling and heartfelt story of love, loss, hope, survival, compassion, and family. Full review here.

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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Genre: character-driven, literary, historical fiction
***UPDATE: 3.5 Stars (rounded to 4 on Goodreads). Dysfunctional family drama. Full review here.

More to the Story

More to the Story by Hena Khan

Genre: Middle-Grade Contemporary Fiction, Little Women retelling (Pakistani-American diverse read)
(Thanks for the recommendation Afoma Umesi)
***UPDATE: 4 Stars. Heartfelt and wholesome retelling of Little Women for Middle Grade (and young at heart) readers. My brief Goodreads review here.

Ribbons of Scarlet

Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution’s Women by Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, Sophie Perinot, Heather Webb, E. Knight

Genre: Historical Fiction, French Revolution
***UPDATE: 4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 on Goodreads). Well researched and well written. Full review here.

To the Land of Long Lost Friends by Alexander McCall Smith (#20 in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series)

Genre: Mystery (Africa)
Sometimes a light and gentle read is exactly the right read! Yes, I’m still reading this series, and I’m looking forward to this new installment to see how the wise and always gracious Maa Ramotswe solves this case!
***UPDATE: 1.5 Stars (rounded up to 2 on Goodreads). Hugely disappointing. My brief Goodreads review here.

See my completed Summer TBR here.


What’s on your Fall TBR? 

Summer 2019 TBR
Spring 2019 TBR
Winter 2018/2019 TBR

Looking Ahead:

Return on Friday (9/27) for a review of Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris.

Cilka's Journey

September Wrap Up will post on September 30.

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  1. I also read and reviewed “The Women of the Copper Country” and YES you should read it. I’m reading Ribbons of Scarlet right now. Looks like an amazing list (and thanks for the link)!

  2. Ooh, love seeing MORE TO THE STORY here. I loved it. I’m also hoping to get to THE BEEKEEPER OF ALEPPO this fall! I’ve heard good things.

    Afoma | afomaumesi.com/blog

  3. I found the pacing of The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt to be a bit slow, but I hope you have better luck with it.

    My TTT.

  4. I did not know there were new books in the no. 1 ladys detective series ..I only read till the 18!! Thanks for mentioning it and bringing it to my notice..I have to go find me a copy 😄your list looks great!

  5. Copied down a bunch of these on to my library to read list. I’m currently reading an Alexander McCall Smith book- the Second Worst Restaurant in France. Has a charming older woman in the story (about my age)– jus fun. And have a request out for The Dutch House. Have read all Ann Pathett’s books and got to drop in to her bookstore on our trip this last spring! And the Scarlett Ribbon book is intriguing!! so many authors!! I’ve read 2 by Kamoie and Dray (Hamilton & Jefferson) and Kate Quinn too. I’m just trying to figure how they all wrote together!! So after all that, thanks thanks Carol for keeping us all informed about Great Books! You’re the best!

    • Happy reading Rhonda! I think since the Ribbons book is written by 6 authors, I might read it like 6 separate books spread out over the fall. I’m going to an author event on 10/12 at which time I’ll receive a signed copy 👍😍

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