Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday - Books On My Autumn 2020 TBR

 

  

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.




This week the topic is
Books On My Autumn 2020 TBR
 
 
 
 
Here are my picks . . .

 

1. Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust


Blurb from Goodreads:

There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it's not just a story.

As the day of her twin brother's wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she's willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn't afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.

Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming . . . human or demon. Princess or monster.

 

 

2. Queen of Coin and Whispers (Queen of Coin and Whispers, #1) by Helena Corcoran


Blurb from Goodreads

 'She loved me as I loved her, fierce as a bloodied blade'

When Lia, an idealistic queen, falls for Xania, her new spymaster--who took the job to avenge her murdered father--they realise all isn't fair in love and treason.

Lia won’t mourn her uncle: he's left her a bankrupt kingdom considered easy pickings by its neighbours. She’s sworn to be a better ruler, but if she wants to push through her reforms, she needs to beat the Court at its own games. For years, Xania's been determined to uncover her father's murderer. She finally gets a chance when Lia gives her a choice: become her new spymaster, or take a one way trip to the executioner’s axe. It’s an easy decision.

When they fall for each other, their love complicates Lia’s responsibilities and Xania’s plans for vengeance. As they're drawn together amid royal suitors and new diplomats, they uncover treason that could not only end Lia’s reign, but ruin their weakened country. They must decide not only what to sacrifice for duty, but also for each other.

 

 

3. The Austen Girls by Lucy Worsley


Blurb from Goodreads

Would she ever find a real-life husband? Would she even find a partner to dance with at tonight's ball? She just didn't know.

Anna Austen has always been told she must marry rich. Her future depends upon it. While her dear cousin Fanny has a little more choice, she too is under pressure to find a suitor.

But how can either girl know what she wants? Is finding love even an option? The only person who seems to have answers is their Aunt Jane. She has never married. In fact, she's perfectly happy, so surely being single can't be such a bad thing?

The time will come for each of the Austen girls to become the heroines of their own stories. Will they follow in Jane's footsteps?

  

 

4. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo


Blurb from Goodreads:

 Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people...

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal's office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance-and Papi's secrets-the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they've lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Papi's death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Yahaira and Camino are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

 

 

5. The Whispers of War by Julia Kelly


Blurb from Goodreads

 In August of 1939, as Britain watches the headlines in fear of another devastating war with Germany, three childhood friends must choose between friendship or country. Erstwhile socialite Nora is determined to find her place in the Home Office’s Air Raid Precautions Department, matchmaker Hazel tries to mask two closely guarded secrets with irrepressible optimism, and German expat Marie worries that she and her family might face imprisonment in an internment camp if war is declared. When Germany invades Poland and tensions on the home front rise, Marie is labeled an enemy alien, and the three friends find themselves fighting together to keep her free at any cost.

 

 

6. The Library of the Unwritten (Hell's Library, #1) by A.J. Hackwith


Blurb from Goodreads

 Join the library and raise hell in the first book of a stunning new fantasy series, where books unfinished by their authors reside within the Unwritten Wing of the devil's own library, and restless characters will emerge from out of their pages...

Every book left unfinished by its author is filed away in the Unwritten Wing, a neutral space in Hell presided over by Claire, its head librarian. Along with repairing and organizing books, her job consists of keeping an eye on restless stories whose characters risk materialising and escaping the library.

When a Hero escapes from his book and goes in search of his author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and nervous demon courier Leto. But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong, in a chase that threatens to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell... and Earth.

 

 

7. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier


Blurb from Goodreads:

 After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husbands oppressive silences and the sullen hostility of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs Danvers, to confront the emotional horror of the past. 

 

 

 8. Dune (Dune, #1) by Frank Hebert


Blurb from Goodreads:


Melange, or 'spice', is the most valuable - and rarest - element in the universe; a drug that does everything from increasing a person's life-span to making intersteller travel possible. And it can only be found on a single planet: the inhospitable desert world Arrakis.

Whoever controls Arrakis controls the spice. And whoever controls the spice controls the universe.

When the Emperor transfers stewardship of Arrakis from the noble House Harkonnen to House Atreides, the Harkonnens fight back, murdering Duke Leto Atreides. Paul, his son, and Lady Jessica, his concubine, flee into the desert. On the point of death, they are rescued by a band for Fremen, the native people of Arrakis, who control Arrakis' second great resource: the giant worms that burrow beneath the burning desert sands.

In order to avenge his father and retake Arrakis from the Harkonnens, Paul must earn the trust of the Fremen and lead a tiny army against the innumerable forces aligned against them.

And his journey will change the universe.

 

 

9. Wicked Fox (Gumiho, #1) by Kat Cho


Blurb from Goodreads:

 Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret--she's a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead--her gumiho soul--in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl--he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He's drawn to her anyway.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon's.

 

 

10. An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) by Sabaa Tahir


Blurb from Goodreads

 Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death.

When Laia’s grandparents are brutally murdered and her brother arrested for treason by the empire, the only people she has left to turn to are the rebels.

But in exchange for their help in saving her brother, they demand that Laia spy on the ruthless Commandant of Blackcliff, the Empire’s greatest military academy. Should she fail it’s more than her brother’s freedom at risk . . . Laia’s very life is at stake.

There, she meets Elias, the academy’s finest soldier. But Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined – and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

 

 

 Have you read any of these books?

What are you planning to read this autumn/spring?

 

 

 

18 comments :

  1. I just read REBECCA for the first time last week! I love its creepy vibe, even if I didn't end up loving the novel itself. It's an interesting read - I'll look forward to hearing your thoughts about it.

    Happy TTT!

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  2. Clap When You Land, Rebecca!! Wow! Loved both. Adding the Austen Girls and Whispers of War to my own TBR--thanks.

    Lisa @ https://hopewellslibraryoflife.wordpress.com/2020/09/22/top-ten-tuesday-books-on-my-fall-2020/

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  3. I want to read Clap When You Land, too.

    My post .

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  4. Great list! I love Rebecca - I'm so excited for the new adaptation - and I need to cross Girl, Serpent, Thorn and Queen of Coin and Whispers off my TBR.

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    1. I'm really looking forward to reading Rebecca. I've heard so many good things about it.

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  5. I LOVED Library of the Unwritten, and I'm so curious about the second book. I own Clap When You Land and need to read it soon!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I've heard lots of good things about both of those books and can't wait to read them :)

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  6. I read Girl, Serpent, Thorn a couple of months ago and it was pretty good, I hope you enjoy it too.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/09/22/top-ten-tuesday-282/

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  7. Clap When You Land has some great reviews. I hope you love it.

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  8. I read Clap When You Land last month and adored it. It was my first Elizabeth Acevedo book and I can't wait to read more of her books.
    My Autumn TBR.

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    1. I'm glad you liked it. I really enjoyed Poet X by the same author.

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