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10 Books on My Fall 2013 TBR List

The idea for this post came from: The Broke and the Bookish

This fall I am making more of an attempt to read outside of my genre embracing some horror and mysteries as well as start to try and keep up with my husband’s extensive reading list.

Since my husband is reading some of the classics, I will be too! (I hope…) So this fall has a bit of a mishmash of genres that goes all over the place.  Check out the list below and let me know what your fall must-reads list is.

I’ll be grabbing a cuppa before I start.

Ready? Okay!

1.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I just saw the gorgeous reinterpretation by Baz Luhrmann starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.  Lovely, lovely, lovely.  I’ve read The Great Gatsby waaaay back in high school but since it’s on my husband’s list for the fall, and it’s been well over 10 years since I’ve read it (cough), I guess it’s time again.

I’ll never forget the narrator, Nick Carraway who introduced me to East Egg and the tragic romance between Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan.

clare_city-of-bones2.) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments #1)

I’ve been seeing the previews for this for months now and I regret that I still haven’t sat down and read this YA paranormal/horror blockbuster hit yet.  From what the GoodReads comments say, it’s better to read it afterwards because the film diverges so much from the book.

Personally, I think that when you translate a book into a film it always loses something.  It’s an entirely different medium and you cannot please everyone’s expectations of how THEY see it in their imaginations.  But I digress…

3.) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Case in point. We are going to see Peter Jackson’s vision, not necessarily Tolkien’s or even the average Joe’s.  It’s one man’s vision which is why it’s great to see classics remade over time — a fresh perspective for a new audience.

This was bedtime reading for my family and at some point in my childhood I must have read it cover to cover but I’ve forgotten it beyond the retaking of the Lonely Mountain so it’s time for another go.

hill_nos4a24.) Nos4a2 by Joe Hill

Not a film per se but certainly another take on the Nosferatu classic. I’m not a huge Stephen King fan but I’m curious whether his son’s got the gift and this seems like an interesting premise.  Sort of a Once Upon a Time gone horror.  It should be interesting.

james_deathcomes5.) Death Comes To Pemberley by P.D. James

This is supposed to be amazing.  I am a huge fan of all the Jane Austen fan fiction (well, except for the sexquels…) and I’m excited to see what a renowned mystery writer can bring to the characters in Pride and Prejudice.

Last time someone made a grand attempt like this (cough McCullough cough), I couldn’t finish the book I was so disappointed. I’m not sure how a P.D. James mystery will differ from some of the other longstanding books set in Jane Austen’s England, or featuring Jane as the detective.

Any P.D. James followers out there?  What do you think?

baker_longbourn6.) Longbourn by Jo Baker

I’ve heard such great things about this book.  It’s sort of a Downton Abbey (or Upstairs/Downstairs for the older crowd) meets Pride and Prejudice.  It’s a take on the story from the perspectives of the servants and follows the romances below-stairs as much as above-stairs.  If I can get my hands on a copy this fall, this will be a quick read I’ll wager.

Now, from Regency ballrooms to the Golden Age of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table…

tennyson_idylls7.) Idylls of the King by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

This is going to be A-maze-ing. This is another of my husband’s reads for this fall and I’m super-stoked to read the entirety of Idylls for the first time.  I first read “The Lady of Shalott” in Anne of Green Gables and fell in love with Tennyson and the whole pre-Raphaelite movement inspired by Tennyson and Shakespeare.  Can’t wait!!

landon_kelley_tracesof8.)  Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley (Mercy Medallion #1)

This is a Civil War era novel, the first in a new series.  ‘Mercy’ called so for the medallion she wears, was found unconscious with amnesia.  Her search to discover her past leads her to a new love and a chance at a future. That future becomes threatened when someone from her past emerges, who knows secrets she herself has forgotten that could undo everything.

This is one of my ARCs that I’ll be reviewing for a fall issue this year so this will be one of the first things I’m reading … which perhaps should have been listed earlier. Oh well.

delacruz_misguided-angel9.) Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods #5)

I’ve been reading the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz for the past few weeks and have gotten through the first four books.  There are still 2 other books left in the series and I’d like to finish them before Christmas.

The Blue Bloods series is an interesting take on vampire mythos (no sparkling vamps). Some of the oldest, richest families in New York are actually vamps and out of one of these families, certainly the poorest of the lot, is young [name] who discovers she is becoming a vampire. Then some of her schoolmates begin winding up dead… and Schuyler begins to wonder, what can kill a vampire?

shinohara_redriver_110.) Red River by Chie Shinohara (Red River #1)

Books from this manga series keep crossing my desk and now I’ve got the bug.

Flipping through the book (right to left), I now want to learn about the college freshman who gets sucked through a puddle into the ancient Hittite empire.

Do I expect this to be in any historically accurate?  Hell no!

Hehe, but it should still be fun.  The graphics are interesting and historical manga series are starting to become a popular sub-genre.  There’s also “The Earl and the Fairy” and “Victorian Mysteries” as manga that I’m also curious to explore.  My introduction to manga was through “Emma” by Kaoru Mori.

They’re such quick reads that I’m tempted to create a new genre category just for Manga. But once you start… On a side note, I am also a fan of the work of Hayao Miyazaki.


There you go my friends. My top 10 reads for the fall 2013 year.  Do any of these titles inspire you to try them out for yourself?  Let me know what you think!

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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