Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books I'm going to absorb into my soul (aka read) this fall

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c.j.'s selections                         ten ten ten

Illuminae - Kristen Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 

I know like everyone has already read it, but I've been trying to read my ARCs in order.  However, I'm already 1000% sure I'm going to love it and its super crazy format.  
White Rose - Amy Ewing 

I don't think The Jewel got nearly enough good press.  It's a fantastical reimagining of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, and I'm super excited to see what Violet comes up with next.   

three A Curious Tale of the In-Between - Lauren DeStefano 

I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't read any of Lauren's books yet--but I'm damn excited for this one.  Ghostly middle grade?  Sounds adorably wicked.  
four Dumplin' - Julie Murphy 

Okay, so I started this one and then got a copy of Truthwitch by Susan Dennard and stopped everything I was doing.  But I love Willowdean's spunky, sassy voice, and I'm excited to get back to it.  
Sorcerer to the Crown - Zen Cho 

Okay, so I'm going to mention this book at least one more time.  Did you love A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab?  Because this sounds similar but totally badass in its own way.   
six These Shallow Graves - Jennifer Donnelly 

I'm not sure if you know this about me, but I have a flair for the morbid.  My apartment is covered in skulls, voodoo dolls, and black.  I keep Pinterest boards of Victorian postmortem photography.  So Donnelly had me hooked with this dark thriller romance between a morgue student and a murdered man's daughter.    
seven The Rest of Us Just Live Here - Patrick Ness 

Chaos Walking is life.  Patrick Ness is dryly, acidly funny, and I'm so excited for this new book about what happens when you're not the chosen one.  

eight Newt's Emerald - Garth Nix 

There's something whimsical about this story that speaks to my Diana Wynne Jones - loving heart.  A stolen lucky emerald, a disguised girl on the run, a magical truthteller--it's the light fantasy that never gets enough credit.  
nine The Devil and Winnie Flynn - Micol Ostow 

Dark comedy meets soul-searching coming-of-age in a novel about a girl who goes to New Jersey looking for work, and finds an unbelievable supernatural mystery instead.  

ten The Girl with the Wrong Name - Barnabas Miller  

Theo has a fear, a scar, and no memory of what happened to her one fateful night.  Normally I'm not down with amnesiac stories (done much?), but I love the idea of Theo having this crazy obsession with a guy who calls himself "The Lost Boy," who may bring her closer to the truth than she realizes.   


  1. Illuminae is so popular today and every time I see it, I want to kick myself for not adding it to my list this week >.< I also really want to read The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Newt's Emerald, Sorceror to the Crown AND The Jewel! You have some awesome titles here, I'll definitely be looking out for your thoughts on all of these^^ Happy reading CJ! ♥

    1. Ha, at it's on your TBR. I'll probably be sharing them...eventually.... You too! <3

  2. Great list, CJ! I've only read Dumplin' (I hope you continue to enjoy it when you pick it back up), but a lot of the others are on my TBR. I should really bump up Newt's Emerald; I'd almost forgotten what it was about, but after reading your little blurb I was reminded why I wanted to read it so badly in the first place! Happy reading. :-)

    ~Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer
    My TTT

    1. (I hope so too!) I keep forgetting about Newt too. It hasn't gotten nearly as much publicity as I'd expect. Happy reading to you too!

  3. I've got These Shallow Graves waiting to be read too - I forgot about it while making my list!

    1. There are so many more I could have added!

  4. OMG YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE ILLUMINAE CJ. It is absolutely incredible, and I hope once you get a copy that you enjoy it as much as I did. And I am really excited for The Rest of Us Live Here and Dumplin' too - they both sound amazing. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices! ♥

    1. I actually already have a copy. xD It's been sitting on my shelf, staring at me disapprovingly. As always, thanks and you are too freaking sweet. <3

  5. I really want to read These Shallow Graves eventually! My TTT

  6. A Curious Tale of the In-Between looks really good. Here's My TTT