Top Ten Books On My Fall 2012 To-Be-Read List!

As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at my other blog– The Broke & the Bookish! This week we are talking about all the books on our Fall 2012 t0-be-read list! I’m not always good at sticking to a reading list but these are the ones I’m going to try and make a priority this Fall!

As with my Summer reading list (which I kind of failed at), I’m again trying to make it a point to not neglect some “older” books that I own or just have been on my radar for a long time.

1. Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling: For the love of puppies! Ok, you know what guys. I give in. I’m sick of confessing the dirty little secret about my lack of Harry Potter reading and feeling like I’m missing out based upon your shock and disgust at my admission. I’m going to sit the hell down and read this. I expect all sorts of cheering and popping of champagne because the last person in the world to have not read Harry Potter is rectifying that wrong.

2. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: This was on my summer reading list but then I let my little sister borrow it and I’m determined to get it back soon!

3. House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski: I always have to pick at least 1-2 scary/creepy novels in the Fall to get me in the Halloween spirit! I have had this book on my shelf since 2008 and I really should just read it already. I’ve heard it’s really creepy and messes with your mind. I honestly have no idea what to expect.

4. Across The Universe by Beth Revis: It’s time, friends. I’ve met her twice and she was fantastical and funny and everything she said about her books made me want to read them. I just have been slow about it apparently. I’m so ready!


What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang: I was really excited when this showed up on my doorstep for review this summer but I was so busy in the final months leading up to my wedding that I just didn’t get around to it. It sounds like a refreshing dystopian series and I’m hoping to not be let down! I’ve seen good things mostly about it but we’ll see. I’ve taken a little dystopian break recently (because I was reading TOO much of it) but now I’m excited to pick up some titles.

Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio: Readers of my blog know that I love my adult fiction too so this one is definitely on my to-read list for the Fall. I’ve heard wonderful things about this author’s books so I’m going to give this one a go. It sounds so intriguing — a boy goes missing in 1933 during a snowstorm and a reporter in the present day vows to uncover the truth about what happened and somehow she is linked to the mother of the missing boy. Sounds suspenseful and I’ve also heard it’s a bit heartbreaking.

34 Pieces Of You by Carmen Rodriques: ” A dark and moving novelโ€”reminiscent of Thirteen Reasons Whyโ€”about the mystery surrounding a teenage girlโ€™s fatal overdose.” That’s the blurb. You know me. You know dark and moving books are always on my radar. And I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with the author at the Simon & Schuster cocktail party during this year’s BEA week. She spoke a little bit on her book during the panel portion and I was sold!

Touching The Surface by Kimberly Sabatini: I’m picky about the paranormal I read but the moment I saw this one it sounded up my alley! I’m digging books set in the afterlife lately.

Send Me A Sign by Tiffany Schmidt: I know this is going to be a snot-bubbles-flying-out-of-my-nose-while-I-bawl kind of read. I can just tell. Right away, it deals with cancer. Yep, bing bang boom. I’m a goner. Secondly, it’s from the point of view of a teen whose world changes when she finds out she has cancer and she’s now facing death. I foresee a lot of soul searching and thinking after something like this.

Breathe by Sarah Crossan: Yes, another dystopian has made it on my list but I was so giddy about this one during the HarperTeen blogger preview during BEA this year. It’s a post-apocolyptic world where the survivors depend on produced oxygen to live in their confined area; oxygen that is manufactured by a corporation called Breathe. Three teens then end up leaving the protected area and it seems as though they learn some pretty shocking secrets once they leave. The world sounds fascinating and I’m smelling some sort of complicated government conspiracy or something.

ANDDD because I like cheating on Top Ten Tuesday lists I’m adding a number 11.

11. Prodigy by Marie Lu: The LOVELY and wonderful Heidi from Bunbury in the Stacks sent this to me and I’ve been tryinggg to wait until closer to the date it comes out (JANUARY!) but I just cannot wait any longer to find out what happens!


What books are on your TBR list for the Fall? Ready any of the ones on my list? Are any on your list?

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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. I should probably focus on past reads sitting on my shelf for the fall but it is so hard with so many amazing fall reads coming out! I get so excited when I see someone is going to read Harry Potter for the first time! The books are truly amazing! And omg Prodigy! Great list! ๐Ÿ™‚

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  2. I hope everything is alright now with your blog? I also failed miserably with my summer TBR list. So here’s for round #2 (I’m only blogging since May).
    Great list, I can’t wait to read What’s Left of Me and Breathe!

    My TTT

  3. HARRY POTTER! get on that shizz.

  4. House of Leaves is BRILLIANT! I read it ages ago and it is such a magnificent and haunting tale (albeit a bit confusing at times). I really hope that you get through this one this season. I’m dying to hear another person’s thoughts on it.

  5. It’s about time you get into HP! You can say that you’ve lived now! I’m reading Before I Fall right now, it’s pretty good. Not as good as Delirium but still good. Read the preview of Across the Universe on my kindle months back. As soon as I have some extra money, I’m buying hardcovers of this and A Million Suns! Looking forward to Whatโ€™s Left Of Me, 34 Pieces of You, and Breathe. Touching the Surface was not on my radar but I’ve added it to my TBR list now! Thanks! Great list!

  6. DUDE. Harry Potter. It’s not allowed to be on anymore of your lists except the “I’ve read this” list ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Excited that you are going to tackle Harry Potter, which happens to one of my most read series (think I’ve read book one eleven times…at least). Hope that you’ll enjoy it and maybe one day read the rest of the series. =)

    Breathe sounds like a great read, too. Happy reading!

  8. Fantastic list, Tara! I am so excited to see Before I Fall on this list. A book that really struck a chord with me. AND I’m a bit Lauren Oliver fan … the lady can write! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you love it too. SOOOO much goodness above. THRILLED for you to read HP. Way to remedy the confessions. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Yay! Harry Potter! I hope it lives up to the hype for you. I read it at the insistence of my hubby (boyfriend at the time) and it’s become one of my favourite series.

  10. Oh hey we have Touching the Surface and Send me a Sign in common. Go us! I am so in the same boat as you with #1. Not reading Harry Potter has become a defining characteristic for me at this point. I need to follow your lead with that one. I think there’s even a HP read-along going on now.
    Hope all your fall reads are fantastic!

  11. Oh my, really??? First time Harry Potter reader?? I’m so excited for you. lol I hope you enjoy it, I think those books are truly magical. I’ve been dying to re-read them just for giggles, I may do that soon. ๐Ÿ™‚
    House of Leaves is a monster of a book, is quite creepy, but is incredibly difficult to get through so good luck!
    I’m reading Blackberry Winter right now and it’s quite good – you should check out the other two books by Sarah Jio too – they’re just as good!

  12. Before I Fall is wonderful! I personally loved it way more than Delirium. I can’t wait to read what you think of it!

  13. Before I Fall! Across the Universe! I have a feeling you’ll like ’em both. Not even commenting on the HP ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I can safely say the only one on your list that I’ve already read was Harry Potter. Trust me— you won’t be disappointed! The movie actually chronicled the book quite well. I’m really intrigued by some of the darker stuff on your list and have added House of Leaves to my TBR list! Thanks for sharing your picks!

  15. Yay, a Harry Potter virgin! Hah! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy it, but if you don’t so much, give it thru at least book 3. (Not sure if you’ve watched the movies or not)

    House of Leaves was really good, but it took me fooooorever to get thru. So good luck!

    What’s Left of Me was already on several other’s TBR list, so I think that’s a sign I should add it as well right? Right.

  16. Ha, I love how you haven’t read Harry Potter. You must be the last person on Earth…

    And you’re right, our TBR lists, though not the actual ones, ARE similar (Across the Universe, Breathe, 34 Pieces Of You…) And Prodigy! I LOVED Legend!

  17. wahooo!! Lots of hand clapping and cheering from my direction. It is never too late to read HP. I love HP for so many reasons. 1. because it is an amazing story, 2. because it got so many kids reading and loving it, and 3. because it helped expand YA lit!!!!!

    I hope you enjoy it. The third HP is my favorite! Have you already seen the movies?

  18. hope you LOVE Harry!!! The others look good ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Ahhh! There is so much to love about this list, Jamie! Don’t worry, I only read the Harry Potter series for the first time right before BEA. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. I really want to read House of Leaves soon too. People have been recommending it to me for years and I still haven’t picked it up! Send Me a Sign is one I’m definitely going to be reading with a box of tissues parked next to me!

  21. Okay so I just read Across the Universe over the summer and LOVED IT! Seriously I thought it was sooo freakin’ good! I hope you like it too! I also want to read Breathe ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy attacking your TBR list!

  22. Great list Jamie! House of Leaves has been on my want-to-read list for a long while (it sounds so interesting! And I heard wonderful things about the novel) but at the same time I’m a bit apprehensive to pick it up xD Maybe after I clear up my to-read pile a bit…

  23. I AM VERY EXCITED FOR YOU TO READ HARRY POTTER! Oh gosh, I really hope you enjoy it. House of Leaves intrigues me!


    ~Kailia @ Reading the Best

  25. I won’t razz you about the HP because I’m sure you’ve had PLENTY of that by now. It’s probably kind of how I feel when I admit that I haven’t read things like The Help, or Water for Elephants, or The Night Circus. I just really hope you enjoy them–they are really are good books!

    On a somewhat unrelated note I was very excited to see you visited my blog! I have been reading yours for quite some time (even before I ventured into the world of blogging for myself) and even found the TTT meme because of you. I always love reading your blog, and thanks for visiting mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Aw I’m glad you’re going to read Harry Potter. The first few books are definitely more middle grade, but the series as a whole just gets better and better as time goes on. They’re enormously popular for a reason (good writing, that is, not just characters you can ship), so hopefully you’ll enjoy and treasure this first experience with them! I was not a huge fan of Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, but Before I Fall sounds really good. As does What’s Left of Me. Hope you can get through your fall list!

  27. AHHHH! I want to read all these too! There are too many books! I need more days off! AHHHHH!

  28. Ok… so I wasn’t a huge fan of Across the Universe or Before I Fall. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be! I’ve now added What’s Left of Me, and 34 Pieces of You to my list bringing the total up to, oh, a million TBR’s. And I have GOT to read Legend so I can get into that series.
    Great list! Happy Fall Reading!

  29. I own but haven’t read Before I Fall…I really need to get to it too!

  30. Really great list! I purchased House of Leaves a few years back, and ever since I have been too afraid to read it, lol. Send Me A Sign, and 34 Pieces Of You sounds awesome!

    <3 Britta

  31. Kudos to you for having House of Leaves on your list! I’ve been meaning to read it for ages. I always get confused and set it back down! Good luck and happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. I will definitely not make fun of you for only now getting to Harry Potter…I’m actually kinda jealous that you get to read it for the first time! enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Still can’t believe you haven’t read Harry Potter! There will definitely be much cheering when you finish it. I’m eager to read Before I Fall as well–her writing is amazing!

  34. There are some great books on your autumn tbr list. I hadn’t heard of a couple of them, so I will definitley be checking them out. Great list!

  35. YAY for Harry Potter! I, too, have not yet read Across the Universe, although it’s been sitting on my shelf for months now. I think I shall join you in knocking that one off my TBR soon. And Before I Fall is absolutely one of the most spectacular books that I have ever read!!!!! I borrowed it from the library and, after reading about 100 pages or so, I actually returned it to the library and went and bought a copy. I felt that it was a book that I needed to hold and read my own copy so that I could savour every word, rather than being hurried along by the library’s due date. It is seriously so, so, SO good and I hope that you love it as much as I did!!

  36. That sounds like a lot of awesome books to read. I’m also going to be reading What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang this fall, since she’s going to be at the Southern Book Festival!

  37. I’m so jealous you’ve never read HP. I would LOVE to go back and re read for the first time without knowing what happens!

  38. House of Leaves is on my Winter Reading List each year and everytime I failed. I just can’t make myself read this massive book ๐Ÿ˜€

  39. Love the list! Brilliant books!

  40. I read Before I Fall about a year ago. Get some tissues ready!

  41. I’m reading 34 Pieces of You right now and am definitely into it. The format is interesting.
    I’m also looking forward to reading What’s Left of Me, Time Between Us, Finale, Stealing Parker, and Burn for Burn. Sooo many awesome books coming out in the next month.

  42. I’ve been meaning to read Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver for too long, but it just never gets to the top of my TBR pile (which grows at an alarming pace). I’ve also heard great things about 34 Pieces Of You so I’ll probably buy it in the near future.
    It’s so strange to hear about a book lover who still hasn’t read the Harry Potter series (which of course makes no sense, because obviously not EVERY person in the world read it). Warning: it is a one-way-trip. A before and after kind of series. I hope you enjoy it!
    Btw, I love your blog. I’m new to the blogging world and i’m a bit insecure about posting comments so I don’t do it often enough. But I wanted to let you know I’ve been following your blog for a little while and I really enjoy your book reviews and your input on bookish matters in general. Keep the good work up!

  43. If you need some Harry Potter convincing, I’m her for you! I only just read Harry Potter & The Philosopherโ€™s Stone this year and have since read the sequel. I have to admit, I did not love book #1 and kinda struggled through but book #2 I really did enjoy and am now excited to continue the rest of the series!

    Before I Fall is awesomesauce! Took me a while to get into but I eventually did and…wow. I was absolutely BAWLING my eyes in the end. <3 I'm looking forward to Send Me A Sign, too!

    Lovin' this list (especially the fact that you rebeled and added #11!)!

  44. Ohhhh House of Leaves is so great. It took me a while to get into it but oh man, once I did I couldn’t put it down!

  45. I think you’re going to love the Harry Potter series. My favorite happens to be #4.

  46. Great list! I still need to read Before I Fall and Across the Universe, too! I did check out Across the Universe from my library last week when I went. I hope I get to read it ASAP! I think I’ve waited long enough, ha!

    And great fall list, too. What’s Left of Me looks especially interesting! ๐Ÿ˜€ I love the cover too.

    And I can’t wait to see what you think of the Harry Potter series. =) My husband and I loooove them and the movies. I’m kind of jealous that you haven’t read them yet, because I wish I could go back with fresh eyes and read them. I want to re-read them now…but it’s not the same as reading them for the first time!

  47. It’s okay. No need to be ashamed! I haven’t finished the HP series either. I’ve read the first five but never read the last two. >_<

  48. I must say that I’m going through a phase where I’m also trying to read books that have been sitting on my shelves for ever. So my focus this fall (which is our spring here in Cape Town), I’ll be reading Mistwood by Leah Cypess, Desires of the Dead (Huge fan of The Body Finder so I really don’t know why I haven’t read it yet) and *cough* Before I fall – yes, I’m one of those who also needs to still read that one. Ooh and House of Leaves is another book I have yet to pick up too. Will definitely be adding some of your fall reads to my TBR pile.

  49. Ashley Carr says:

    I’m totally with you on breathe ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. I MUST read House of Leaves. I have had it on my shelf for years and I tried starting it but it just took much of my brain during graduate school…Let me know when you are starting this maybe we can pull through it together!! Also, YAAAYYY HARRY POTTER YAAYYYYYY!!! Finally, in reply to your comment on my blog: THE ENDING OF MARA DYER ALMOST KILLED ME. Mind. Blown. Seriously I was like “What…I…can’t even….what?!?”

  51. Here are a couple of titles for a “Make You Cry” booklist:
    John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is a popular read for a wide age range. Two teens with terminal cancer. I didn’t want to read it BUT much more to the story. The perspective and insight definitely changed my POV of living with cancer.
    Wonder by R.J. Palacio had me crying more times than any other book. A must read for 5th grade and up, parents especially, and teachers (a school wide read.)

    Just found your blog and am happy to “meet” you! I am much older than you by years, but not with what we read. Mirrors just don’t reflect the age we feel!


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