Fall 2020 TBR #toptentuesday

September 22, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Fall 2020 TBR

#TopTenTuesday Fall TBR (Image: white text over a background of colorful fall leaves)

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Fall 2020 TBR.

What is your most anticipated fall read?

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 spooky reads or thrillers?” Many readers have differing opinions of what comprises a fall read: some want spooky, some look for atmospheric, some seek out thrillers, while others like to tackle large tomes or serious content during the fall when they are spending more time sitting by the fire. It’s my opinion that any book you read in the fall is a fall read. For my fall reads, I look for the types of books I look for all year: memorable, thought-provoking, and unputdownable. So the answer to the question is NO….no thrillers or spooky reads because I just prefer not to read them.

The following two highly anticipated books were on my initial fall TBR list and then FOMO gripped me and I read them in early September! Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell and Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. I highly recommend both of these 5 Star reads for your fall TBR.

Keep in mind that I’m not yet recommending the books on my fall TBR list…..check back often, though, because I will provide updates and links to reviews as I read them. For now, these are the reads that are on my fall 2020 reading radar.

I finished my Summer TBR just yesterday!

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Fall 2020 TBR

the Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons (cover) Image: two people by a pool...one sitting on the deck, the other holding her nose and jumping in

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett

Looking forward to a lighter, women’s fiction read featuring a mature character. I first noticed this book after reading Nicki’s review @ The Secret Library Book Blog. (different title across the pond, though!)

***UPDATE: 4.5 Stars (rounded to 5). Quirky and heartwarming. My review of Eurora Honeysett here.

The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs (cover) Image: text plus 4 hardcover books

The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs

I’m always eager to give a book about books or bookshops a chance!

***UPDATE: 4 Stars. I love books about books and bookshops! Lots of  heartfelt themes in this one! My review of Lost and Found Bookshop here.

The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger (cover) Image: black text on a white background and a black stemmed reddish flower is placed on the entire left margin

The Choice by Edith Eva Eger

WW11 memoir of survival and forgiveness recommended by Nicki @ The Secret Library Book Blog.

***UPDATE: I’ve started this and love it so far. My review of The Choice here.

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi (cover) Image: a woman in cultural dress walks through (what looks like) an open air palace entrance

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

I’ve noticed some rave reviews of this.

***UPDATE: DNF 28%. Ooops this one didn’t work for me but others have loved it!

The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson (cover) Image: a stone wall with a small white wooden gate leading to the beach

The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson

Lynne @ Fictionophile chose this for her ONE book to read for this summer’s collaboration post.

***UPDATE: 4 Stars. Not reviewed.

The Story of Authur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg (cover) Image: a man holds a yellow umbrella over a young woman

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

Toni over on Instagram @readwithtoni brought this light and poignant read to my attention.

***UPDATE: 4 Stars. Heartwarming story of found family. My review of Arthur Truluv here.

How to Raise an Elephant by Alexander McCall Smith (cover) Image: a mom and baby elephant walk with one trunk holding the other's

How to Raise an Elephant by Alexander McCall Smith (#21)

I’m a No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series completest and I look forward to installment #21.

***UPDATE: 3 Stars. Not reviewed.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (cover) Image: white text over a black and white background picture of a crowd of people

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

This is highly recommended by Tonja on Instragram @booksnbikram and I’m planning to read this for nonfiction November.

***UPDATE: 4 Stars. Not yet reviewed.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker (cover) Image: two black women, one leaning over the shoulder of the other

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

I’ve seen the movie but I’ve have never read this Pulitzer Prize winner.

UPDATE: 3.5 Stars. Not yet reviewed.

Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West (cover) Image: a young woman stands in profile against a pink, orange, and yellow background

Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West

Many of my bookstagram buddies have recommended this one.

***UPDATE: I’m waiting for my library hold to come in for this.

Don’t miss Transcendent Kingdom and Hamnet which would have been on this list if I hadn’t been so eager to read them!


What’s on your Fall TBR? 

What is your one most anticipated read this fall?


Summer 2020 TBR
Spring 2020 TBR
Winter 2019/2020 TBR

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  1. I have The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett, CASTE and Saving Ruby King on my tbr too. Also, I always wanted to read The Color Purple and LOVE the cover so much that I’ll be probably buying the copy.

    ~ Corina | The Brown Eyed Bookworm

  2. Some enticing reads there Carol! The Sea Gate is sitting on my Netgalley wishlist, but I see that Jane Johnson has another book available there too – The Tenth Gift – which I have just requested. Enjoy your reading ❤😍📚☕🍪

  3. Carol – what a great list! As happens every Tuesday, my TBR list grows and grows. Seeing Hamnet on the list reminded me that I’ve seen it around & mean to read it and Lost & Found Bookshop sounds like a fun relief between more serious reads. Both have been added! I have Arthur Truluv on my list as well….we should compare notes later. 🙂

    • Thanks Terrie! Book twins! I do like to mix in some light reads in between the heavier ones. Hamnet was quite heavy and emotional….I’m reviewing It on Friday. Happy reading!

  4. You have several new to me books here that I may add to my list. I just finished Saving Ruby King a few days ago and thought it was incredible. It’s a difficult read in places with some hard triggers, and I did realize I couldn’t recommend it to just everyone, but the overall themes of hope and friendship are redeeming, and the writing is amazing especially for a debut author.

    • I’ve been putting off reading it because I suspected it was difficult in places. But then all the great reviews give me FOMO! Thanks for the encouragement!

  5. It looks like you have some great fall reading ahead of you Carol. I really enjoyed The Henna Artist, I hope you do as well. I am starting Eudora this week as well, so I hope we both enjoy it. Sea Gate is also on my TBR, so we have a few in common, although they didn’t all make my list.

  6. What a thoughtful list Carol – you’re taking on some heavy duty reading! I’ve got a few of them on my library request ahead list. thanks thanks. Will be fun to see how you review them!

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