Top Ten Tuesday: Hanna’s Autumn 2014 TBR

I say this every time, but I can’t believe how fast 2014 has gone. I pretty much mark my year off with these Top Ten Tuesday TBR posts – ‘oh, it can’t be Autumn yet; I haven’t done my TBR list!’ However, it’s happened now and it’s final. Autumn is here.

Here’s what I might read over the next few months:

1) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I know, I’m pretty slow to the party with this one. Only some of Rainbow Rowell’s books appeal to me, but I loved Attachments and I’m hoping Fangirl will be just as good. 

I don’t think I’ve actually seen a bad review of this ever so I’ll wait for a rainy, miserable evening and lie in bed with a cup of tea and this book. It just looks… happy-making (if that’s a word) somehow.

2) Deadline (Newsflesh trilogy #2) by Mara Grant

This, on the other hand, does not look happy making.   

If it’s anything like its predecessor, FEED, it will be miserable, creepy, heartbreaking and pretty much awesome. It wasn’t quite as good as Parasite, but I read the whole thing in a matter of days just because of the tension and the atmosphere. I think Deadline follows a different set of characters but I still can’t wait to read it. 

3) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
I’ve been on a bit of a classics kick lately but haven’t actually liked any of them, so I figure it’s time to pick up a classic that I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy.

We read The Moonstone almost a year ago now (which is vaguely shocking) but it’s safe to say that almost all of us loved it. I’ve been told that The Woman in White is told in a similar style so hopefully I’ll love it just as much. Anybody want to read it with me? 🙂

4) Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone series #2) by Laini Taylor
I borrowed Daughter of Smoke and Bone from Sheffield Library when Lewis was at work and I’d been left to my own devices for a day. The internet wasn’t working and I finished my previous book, so I had to pick a book from the library and this was the only one that even half-interested me.

It turned out to be amazing despite my low expectation, so this shows that you just shouldn’t judge! I can’t wait to read the next book because this one was so unique and action-packed. The romance was slightly dubious, but you can’t have everything.

5) I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I actually hadn’t heard of this, despite it being something of a classic, until everybody seemed to be reading it last year. I bought it, it looked lovely, I put it on the shelf… and there it stayed.

I actually do really want to read this though. I feel like I’m missing out on some vital childhood experience and this is another book of which I’ve never read a bad review. This one might be read sooner rather than later, I think.

6) Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik
Because nothing says cosy winter nights like, you know… rabies.

Rabid is going to be my non-fiction book of choice this Autumn. I think a number of us (well, two of us) bought it after reading Ellie’s review but I don’t think we’ve actually read it yet. It does sound fascinating though – looking at the scientific aspects of the virus but also the myths and the madness.


7) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

It’s ridiculous how apprehensive I am about this book. Unfortunately I do have an odd relationship with Neil Gaiman, in that I adore some of this books but am decidedly ‘meh’ about others. Good Omens is amazing; Neverwhere is not. 

Bex has raised my hopes for this book though and its looked great from the few times I’m flicked through it already. I’m hoping it will be a loveable and entertaining quick read.

8) Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
I hadn’t heard of Admission until we watched the movie version last year, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. It’s a really good film – light-hearted yet with some poignant moments. And who doesn’t like Paul Rudd?

Naturally when I say the ‘Based on a book by…’ part in the credits, I immediately went digging for my phone so I could find a copy. And again, not read it for a year. Oh well, perhaps its time is now.

I’m actually going to leave it here, I think. Usually I have no problem picking out ten books but my bookshelves are all covered with dustsheets at the moment so I’m struggling to remember what’s behind them! Plus if I have to  try and dredge up another two books, then I’m clearly not dying to read them and therefore don’t deserve to be on this list anyway. So there.


  1. Ellie says:

    Oooh, I actually heard of Admission a while back but I didn't know it was a movie and it sort of slipped off my radar again. I'll keep an eye out for your thoughts/rantings on that one! I haven't read Fangirl yet either; I've got quite a lot of classics and non-fiction on my autumn list so maybe I should try to wedge Fangirl in there somewhere too to break things up a bit. I Capture the Castle is LOVELY, I hope you love it. There's a movie too, with Romola Garai and Bill Nighy, but I haven't seen it for years. RABID! Yes, need to read that. This is why I should stop getting books out of the library and just attack my own shelves, now I have them all perfectly organised, haha.

    Aaaaand I would totally read The Woman in White with you if I hadn't already managed to saturate my next few months with classics for challenges and stuff. Thankfully I'm on a bit of a (modern) classics kick myself at the moment, but I'm sure it'll fizzle out at some point so I'm trying to make the most of it!

    1. admin says:

      Ah, see I did the complete philistine thing and saw the movie first :p Although it is a very good film so I don't feel too bad. It's also been a long enough period of time that I don't remember it all too well and can read this without unnecessarily comparing the two in my head 🙂

      You do need to read your own shelves! I do too. Hence my '300 TBR books before January 2015' thing. The library will still be there in January.

      MODERN CLASSICS! That's the word. I couldn't remember what it was when I was trying to explain Atonement and Brideshead Revisited, so I just slid them under the mental Classics category.

  2. Susan says:

    I've only read two of Rowell's books, ATTACHMENTS and FAN GIRL, but I liked them both. They're very different and I enjoyed them for different reasons. I loved I CAPTURE THE CASTLE when I read it a few years ago. I hope you enjoy all the books on your list. Happy reading!

  3. Bex says:

    Fangirl was amazing, Ocean is amazing, I Capture the Castle I read repeatedly as a teenager and haven't got rid of yet so it must still be amazing 🙂 Read these. Read them now. Or, like, when you get around to it :-p

  4. Ellie says:

    You are going to love The Woman in White and I Capture the Castle! I'm actually pretty envious of you being able to experience them for the first time. It's so exciting!

    I was actually thinking of doing another Wilkie read along in November, if you'd be up for it? I'm thinking one of the slightly shorter novels or Armadale, maybe. There's too much choice 🙂

  5. Ellie Warren says:

    Hurrah for Rabid! I was trying to convince Josh to read it last night – but he felt it wasn't the right thing to read when actually ill 😉

    I still have to start DoSaB series. Deadline wasn't as good as Feed but I do want to read the last book sometime. I do like her characters a lot in all her books.

    Fangirl is actually my least favourite Rainbow Rowell but I wasn't that taken with all the fan fiction stuff. And it interrupts the actual story a lot. Attachments is still my favourite.

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