Top Ten Tuesday is a challenge hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl that’s all about books! Each week, we are asked to list ten bookish recommendations that can be based on anything from fictional worlds and characters, to colours on book covers.
This Week’s Prompt: 10 Books on my Autumn 2018 TBR
For the past few weeks, I have found that none of the Top Ten Tuesday prompts have particularly grabbed my attention, but I’m really excited for this week’s theme. I’m starting back at university around the end of this month, so I’m obviously going to be reading a few more classics over Autumn, but there are also a few pleasure reads that I am really excited about. So, here we go with 10 books I’m keen to read in Autumn 2018:
#1 – The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker.
I am so excited to start reading this book. I received a free review copy a couple of weeks ago but haven’t got around to reading it yet. It’s another mythological retelling, this one based on Homer’s The Iliad, and sounds fantastic! I have read Pat Barker’s Regeneration before, and she is a fantastic writer, so there’s no real reason why The Silence of the Girls shouldn’t be one of my favourite reads in 2018.
#2 – The Pharmacist’s Wife by Vanessa Tait.
I feel as if I have been talking about this book for an exceptionally long time, but I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Set in the Victorian period, this novel really appeals to me, and it’s frustrating that I’ve been putting it off for so long. I’ve also received quite a few recommendations for it, so I’m really keen to find out what all the fuss is about!
#3 – Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs.
Here’s another book that I’ve had sitting on my shelves for a little while now. I picked it up when I was searching through a second-hand bookshop. I’ve read a few of Kathy Reichs YA books in the past and really loved them, but that was quite a few years ago, so it’s going to be interesting to see whether her writing still pulls me in.
#4 – We That Are Young by Preti Taneja.
This book is one that I’m going to be studying this term, but it sounds super interesting. It’s described as “a modern-day King Lear” set in India, so it’s all about family feuds and the young vs. the old, and as King Lear is possibly my favourite of all of Shakespeare’s plays, I’m really interested to see how this story goes.
#5 – The Iliac Crest by Cristina Rivera Garza.
This book has one of the most unusual premises that I have ever heard. It’s a complex narrative that, on the surface, is a horror one. Yet this book also promises to be about confused gender roles and the human body. It’s certainly unusual, and I’ve heard that the way that it’s written is truly mesmerising, so I’m excited to start reading it this Autumn.
#6 – Iraq +100: Stories from a Century after the Invasion by Hassan Blasim (editor).
Here’s another book that I’m going to be studying. It’s an anthology of ten short stories from Iraqi writers who consider what their country may be like in 2103, one hundred years after the British/American invasion of 2003. It looks like it’s going to be a real mix of genres, from science fiction to magic realism, and sounds quite fascinating.
#7 – A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir.
I’m bending the rules of the challenge here a little, because I’ve actually already finished reading A Torch Against the Night. I finished it last weekend, but I’m pretty sure that this counts as Autumn already; it’s certainly cold enough to be! (If you’re wondering, I absolutely loved reading this book!)
#8 – A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir.
Following on from A Torch Against the Night, I’m looking forward to reading the third book in the An Ember in the Ashes series, A Reaper at the Gates. This recent release has been all over my social media for the past few weeks, and I’m really eager to see whether it will live up to the rest of the series or not. From what I’ve heard, it certainly will!
#9 – The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Over the past couple of months, I have been attempting to read the entire collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, and I hope to be soon moving onto the third full-length novel in the series, The Hound of the Baskervilles. This is probably the Sherlock Holmes story that I am the most excited to read, as, from what I’ve heard, it’s excellent.
#10 – The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.
I’m not sure whether I will be able to start this book in Autumn, but I would love it if I could. After I have finished reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, I plan on moving onto the third short story collection in the series. After that, I will have very nearly finished all of the Sherlock Holmes books, which I think is going to feel like a real achievement.
Well, that’s it! Thanks for stopping by to read this Top Ten Tuesday post! By this time next week, I should have another book list posted. In the meantime, if you have any thoughts for me, please do leave a comment below. I’d love to know which books you are planning on reading in Autumn this year!