Top Ten Tuesday #28: Fall 2017 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but I couldn’t resist this week’s topic:

Fall TBR!!!

😀 Love creating them but never follow them, here’s what I might/mightn’t read:

Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, illus. by Gris Grimly

An illustrated version of Mary Shelley’s famous story. I’ve never read the classic, so a bonus book on this TBR is the actual classic novel Frankenstein, if I can work up the interest to read it.

Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey

The third novel in the Monstrumologist series, Yancey’s YA horror series. I really need to get to this. It’s as if I’m reading a book per year.

Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games by Joe Hill, illus. by Gabriel Rodriguez

Joe Hill’s horror comic book series about a family that movies to an odd house. I enjoyed the first volume and have been telling myself since forever to continue with it.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

It’s kind of weird to include this in a group of dark reads geared toward Halloween, but I’d really like to read this before the year is done and I’m in the mood to pick it up now.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

I read and enjoyed Every Heart a Doorway last year and would like to jump back into the story with this, which is a prequel, I’m told.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

I’ve never read it before, but I’ve seen some movie adaptations. I’d like to read it before trying Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry.

The Fall by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

I enjoyed The Strain, the book and TV show, and would love to continue with the second in the trilogy. It’s a horror story set in New York City about vampires taking over.

Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods by Tania del Rio, illus. by Will Staehle

This was published earlier this year and I have yet to read it. I’ll do so this fall. It’s an illustrated story about a boy who manages his family’s hotel. It’s the second in the series.

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

I’m in the mood for books about witches so this is perfect. I love the movie so I hope I’ll like the book as much.

Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold

I refuse to let the year end without me reading another Chalion novel. This is the second novel of the fantasy series set in Chalion. The first, The Curse of Chalion, is a favorite.

From my progress on my TBRs so far this year, it seems that I’m doing well with them. I read almost 50% of my Spring TBR and the same amount for my Summer TBR. Compared to the past, I’d say that’s a success and it’s highly likely that I’ll read almost 50% of this one too (or none of them, haha!). 🙂

What do you plan to read this fall?

10 Literary Questions Tag

Today, I bring you the 10 Literary Questions Tag, curtesy of the Green Onion, who tagged me. He was tagged by Marta, the Book Mermaid, who I have to mention because the original tag is in Portuguese and she translated it to English so peeps who don’t know Portuguese can do it too (like me!). You’re awesome, Marta!

And shout out to Green for tagging me! 😀 (Totally love his blog!)

Apparently for this tag, one must answer the following 10 questions and then tag 10 peeps to do it. Here I go! 😛

What is the most beautiful cover on your shelf?
Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
Autumn Princess, Dragon Child by Lian Hearn

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Half Year Book Tag

So… I’m well aware that it’s “catch up on tagged stuff week” for me and that more than half the year has gone and that I wasn’t tagged for this, but I saw it over on BexnBookx, who created it, and I just couldn’t pass it up. (I’m just gonna pretend that she tagged me.)

I think book tags are like books for me. I can’t help buying more and more books (though I’ve slowed down a lot recently) and I can’t help doing whatever tag catches my eye.

Favourite standalone book hauled and read so far in 2017:

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

This is Noah’s memoir about growing up in South Africa in the shadow of apartheid. It’s a great read that I highly recommend to everyone. I bought and read the e-book earlier this year out of curiosity because I’d heard lots of people talking about it and I’m glad I did. Noah is a comedian, so he mixes in some humor in his story, but the book is also a serious contemplation on race relations and inequality and many other topics.

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End of Year Book Tag

And here’s another book tag! It’ll be a book-tag-filled week, if you haven’t realized. I found this one on YouTube on Ariel Bissett’s channel. She is the creator.

Again, I wasn’t tagged though the focus of this week is stuff I’m tagged for so… I’ll start on that tomorrow!! 😀

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Yes, there are. My Goodreads says I’m currently reading 11 books, which is almost correct because there’s another that I’m currently reading that I forgot to place on the list. So of the 12 books I have on the go, I’d like to complete these by the end of the year:

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School Book Tag

So my plan for this week is to catch up on things I’m tagged for. But, me being me, I’ll kick this week off with a tag I wasn’t tagged for because (1) I feel like doing it and (2) it fits the time of year: September, schools are back in session.

  • Mention the creator of the tag.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
    • I wasn’t tagged. 😦
  • Answer the following with the book that most fits the statement.
    • Okay.
  • Nominate 3 others to do the tag.
    • Will do.
Math: A book that has two characters who equal perfection

Ugh, math. I hate math. It was my worst subject until my junior year of high school when I met a teacher who was so awesome that I developed a small appreciation for the subject. That appreciation was promptly squashed when I got to college. Anyway, for this I had to choose:

Marko and Alana

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag. Since I’m trying to catch up on my huge backlog of reviews, I’ve decided to make an effort at catching up on tags I was tagged for. I’m more than a year late with this one, which I was tagged for by Rose Read and the Orangutan Librarian.

The rules:
  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads Read shelf, or you can writing loads of titles on bits of paper and pick them at random).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.
  • Repeat until you’ve completed three rounds.

I followed the instructions and sorted my Goodreads Read shelf at random, which I didn’t know was possible.

Round 1

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Tough Travels #5: Strongholds

Tough Travels is a monthly meme that recommends fantasy books based on tropes, themes, and clichés cited in Diana Wynne Jones’s The Tough Guide to Fantasyland. The meme was created by Nathan at Fantasy Review Barn and is now hosted by Fantasy Faction.

Since I haven’t read many fantasy books, I instead create my list at the end of the month, after reading everyone else’s, and include recommendations from them that are interesting to me.

August’s theme (I’m late, again):


The Tough Guide offers information on various kinds of fantasy strongholds. For example, you might be looking for castles, complete with ‘frowning battlements, slit windows and multiple defensible spiral stairways inside’ and which ‘occasionally adorn the heights for pictorial effect’.

Or perhaps towers, which ‘stand alone in waste areas and almost always belong to wizards.’ Towers are often ‘several stories high, round, doorless, virtually windowless, and composed of smooth blocks of masonry that make them very hard to climb. The Rule is that there is also a strong no-entry spell, often backed up by a guardian demon.

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