On My TBR List: Fall Books

On my TBR List: Fall Books

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In my previous post I talked how the new TV season always signals the beginning of fall for me. But it's not the only thing that let's me know fall is here. In case you didn't know, fall is also the most important time for new releases in the book world. Actually, if you think about it, Fall seems to be the biggest season for a lot of industries (i.e. TV, Oscar potential films, books, etc). But I digress. Besides settling into the couch (ok my bed) to relax in front of the TV, fall to me means snuggling up with a good book. 

Seriously, nothing, not even new TV shows, screams fall to me quite like enjoying a good read with a cup of tea and Charlie sleeping by my side. Lately, I've been trying to set aside more time to read as my TBR list is constantly piling higher and higher, but haven't been very successful in doing so. However, with the fall season starting I have this huge urge to stick to my TBR list. 

With so many new books, plus running into this

reading challenge

, I had to compile a list to help me get to them. And so here are my top picks, which include mostly new fall debuts, with a few "older" ones that seem perfect for the season as well:

Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

- This has been sitting on my book shelf for months so I am glad that I'm not only in the reading mood lately, but that I now have the added pressure to read it thanks to two of my book clubs. The novel is a thriller, which some have compared to

Gone Girl

 due to it's many plot twists, and centers around Rachel, an alcoholic who's husband left her two years ago for his mistress. Every day, Rachel rides the train and observes the lives of one couple, thinking it to be perfect, until one day tragedy strikes, leaving Rachel wondering what is true and what her role in it could be. It's actually the perfect fall book, though it was published earlier this year, due to its dark mystery.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

- There has been a lot of buzz around this book, so you know it's a must read. The story examines the marriage of Lotto and Mathilde from both their perspectives over the years. It's set up similar to

Gone Girl

(can you tell I liked it?) in that it is split into two parts, one part being Lotto's experience and perspective with in the marriage and the other being Mathilde's. The marriage begins as one envied by their friends it seems, but not all is what is seems and I hear there's a pretty crazy twist, which is what really intrigues me.

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz-

I may have mentioned that I love Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy on the blog before, so it is no surprise that this made it onto the list. The Trilogy has now become a series and this book marks the fourth in this series. Lisbeth and Blomkvist are back again for another thrilling and dangerous ride. Blomkvist's magazine is struggling until he gets word about a computer scientist who is in trouble with the NSA and the Swedish government. At first Blomkvist is disinterested until he is told he may have been aided by someone Blomkvist is familiar with: Lisbeth. I'm excited to see how Lagercrantz continues the series and if stays true to Larsson's vision and style. 

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling-

 How could not this not make the list?! When I lived in New York I remember finding comfort reading her first book during my subway rides. In this one, we find her same Mindy humor in her essays except this time she discusses her journey of trying to find contentment and excitement in her adult life. In her previous book she focused more on her struggle to try to fit in with Hollywood and trying to make it. Her new book appears to focus more on the after of her success. Really cannot wait to read this especially since it seems most of my other choices are on the darker side. 

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy-

 This is another one that I've heard a lot of buzz around, especially on BookRiot. The book centers around Willowdean Dickson, aka Dumplin, who has always been happy in her own skin as a proudly thick girl. However when she falls for a boy at her new fast-food job and he likes her back, she begins to doubt herself. Her solution to gain her confidence back? Enter the beauty pageant. I love how badass the protagonist sounds and I think in today's body-shaming world, it really is a nice punch back. 

Obviously there are a lot of other books that I am interested in, but that would just make for a never-ending post. In the mean time, these will be the ones I'll try to get to first and the ones that piqued my interest the most. Do any of these sound good to you? Any you recommend I add to my list? Share with me and everyone in the comments below.

Love, 

Astrid

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TBR Thursdays: Summer Reading List

I'm actually really excited to start this series. While this will be more of a monthly feature, I'm happy to start doing TBR Thursdays or "To Be Read" Thursdays. Since it's gonna be summer soon, I thought it was the perfect time to start this series as I finally can dive back into my love of books and read the books I've had to put off due to school and having to opt for textbooks instead. I've loved books since I was a little kid and so here are some of the books I want to read this summer. Some are ones that just came out or will be released soon and others are simply ones I've been meaning to read.

1. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson

I really like Stieg Larsson's Millennium series and enjoyed the first two books, but school had gotten in the way of me actually getting past the first 100 pages of the third book. I've even held off watching the films until I read this book. Thankfully now I have the time to do so and the motivation because rumor has it that a ghost writer has been hired to continue the series. For those who may not know, Larsson died soon after the release of the series, which only adds to serie's mystery.

2.#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

Do I really need to explain this one? Amoruso is simply badass and a woman of inspiration. Also, I love Nasty Gal and like reading about women who make their own rules. As someone who just graduated, I kinda need some inspiration to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

3. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfield

This book is another one that has been waiting to be read for a while. My copy was actually given to me by my boss and she highly recommended it so that's one reason I really want to read it. She usually knows my preferences well, although I will read just about anything. I've also read Sittenfield's other book,

Prep

 and really enjoyed her writing(yes this is a female writer). Plus I love me some family drama when it comes to my reading and all the twisty dark secrets that come with it.

4. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Again, I love me some family drama. I had been eyeing this book when I saw it on my boss's nightstand and was thankful to pick up a discounted copy on my trip to Ojai. Glad to finally have some time to curl up and read it. Plus the title is intriguing and mysterious.

5. The Circle by Dave Eggers

This book has been on my list since NYC. It's dark and twisted, just how I like it. It deals with a woman who gets hired at at company similar to Google and Facebook. Everything seems to start off fine but soon she sees that there are some mysterious and chilling things behind closed doors. I live for books like these. And is it really a surprise that this is on my list after mentioning the Larsson series? I think not. It actually seems to be really similar to that series or there's comparisons, anyway.

Well those are just a few of my TBR summer reads. I do have more, but I also don't want to overwhelm this blog post and make it too long. These are among the top 5 that I'm looking forward to. What books are on your list? Please let me know in the comments. I'm curious to know :)

Love,

Astrid