Top Books on My Fall 2016 TBR

September 27, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 24

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List.

Recent & Forthcoming Books on My Fall TBR

Here are some of the books I’m looking forward to reading this fall. Bear in mind that I’ve already read a bunch of books that will be coming out this fall (as ARCs), so those aren’t on this list. And because some of these are ARCs, they may not be actually published until this winter. I’ve included publication dates so you’ll know how long you have to wait!

The Masked City (Sept. 6) is a sequel to last spring’s The Invisible Library (review), a gaslamp alternate-universes fantasy with a great premise (librarians, dragon-shifters, and political/magical intrigue.) I’m also looking forward to book 3, The Burning Page.

A Terrible Beauty (Oct. 11) is the 11th book in the Lady Emily series of historical mysteries set in Victorian high society. I still haven’t read some of the books in the middle of the series, but I really enjoyed the first two as well as the most recent two, The Counterfeit Heiress (review) and The Adventuress (review.)

The Inheritance (Nov. 1) is another historical mystery in on of my favorite series in that genre, featuring excellent writing and a Victorian gentleman-detective. I’ve reviewed about six of them so far, the first three (A Beautiful Blue DeathThe September Society, and The Fleet Street Murders) and the most recent three (An Old BetrayalThe Laws of Murder, and Home By Nightfall.) I can hardly wait to dive into this one!


When All the Girls Have Gone (Nov. 29) I can always count on Jayne Ann Krentz for entertaining romantic suspense! This one looks a little darker than her usual fare; I hope it’s not too dark for me.

The Elusive Elixir (Jan. 8) is the third book in the Accidental Alchemist series that began with The Accidental Alchemist (review), followed by The Masquerading Magician (review.) They’re a mix of mystery and light urban fantasy novel, with as much emphasis on the fantasy as the mystery, which makes them perfect for me. And I love Dorian the gargoyle!

A Perilous Undertaking (Jan. 10) follows last winter’s A Curious Beginning (review), a first-person Victorian-era mystery starring an unconventional and intrepid heroine. Lots of fun; I can’t wait to see what happens next!


Ghost Talkers (Aug. 16) sounds amazing! In an alternate-history WWI, British mediums gather intelligence from the ghosts of newly-killed soldiers…and one of them discovers a treasonous plot. I’m currently reading Kowal’s Shades of Milk and Honey (from a different series; Ghost Talkers appears to be a standalone so far), so I’m really looking forward  to reading Ghost Talkers… as soon I make it through the library’s hold list.

The Hammer of Thor (Oct. 4) Rick Riordan is practically required reading in our house, and for good reason; he wraps mythology, humor, and adventure on an epic scale into his hugely entertaining (and hugely popular) MG/YA fantasies. The Hammer of Thor is the sequel to last fall’s The Sword of Summer (review.) I’ve preordered it, so you know what I’ll be reading next week!

Furthermore (Aug 30) is a MG fantasy from the author of the Shatter Me series, which I haven’t read but lots of people loved. It’s getting mixed reviews, but I like the premise and love what I’ve seen of the prose, so I’m excited to give it a try. It’s another that I’m on the library waiting list for.


Wild at Whiskey Creek (Nov. 29) follows Hot in Hellcat Canyon (review), a smart, funny romance which I really loved. I keep hoping to be approved for the ARC, but I suspect I’m going to have to buy this one.

Prose & Cons (Dec. 6) Amanda Flower’s Crime and Poetry (review) just hit the spot with me for some reason. It’s whimsical and fun, and I’m looking forward to the next one—if I can get hold of a copy!

Older Titles

I do want to get around to a few of the older books on my TBR list this fall, starting with these.


What’s on your TBR this fall?

24 Responses to “Top Books on My Fall 2016 TBR”

  1. Lindsay

    So many good books here! “The Masked City” is on my list, but I completely forgot to put the new Tasha Alexander (though I’m counting the days til it comes out!). I totally loved “A Curious Beginning” and considered requesting the ARC of book 2, but decided I wanted it to be the best reading experience possible, with a real book and hopefully no typos, so I will be waiting until January (or, honestly, probably February — whenever it comes in at my library). Enjoy — these look like some perfect reads for fall!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank goodness for Goodreads; between my Goodreads “to read” list and my own list of forthcoming books I’m looking forward to, I was able to pull together this list without too much trouble…but I left quite a few off just because of space. I waffled on A Perilous Undertaking for the same reason you did, but decided I didn’t want to wait for it. 😉

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I need to read A Curious Beginning! I love Deanna Raybourn and now that the 2nd book is out I really have no excuse for not reading it yet. I’m looking forward to the Jayne Ann Krentz. I’ve been enjoying books that are a little darker lately so I’m hoping this new one strikes a good balance of intense without going overboard. The Amanda Flowers book looks good too! I have the 1st but haven’t read it yet. Great list!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thanks, Katherine! I hope you enjoy the Deanna Raybourn series and the Amanda Flowers books. And I’m really looking forward to JAK’s book!

  3. Lianne @

    I don’t know why but Patrick Rothfuss’ books feels pretty perfect to go with the autumn season for some reason…and I was thinking of finally re-reading The Name of the Wind to read The Wise Man’s Fear but I honestly don’t know if I’ll be getting around to it sometime in the next few months…Great list, happy reading! 🙂
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thanks, Lianne! I agree; Rothfuss feels very “fall”, somehow. I’m holding off on re-reading The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear until we’re closer to a release date for The Doors of Stone (or whatever it’s going to be called.) That is, if I can hold off that long! But I do want to re-read them before I read the third book, so everything is fresh in my mind. BTW, if you do re-read TNOTW, check out’s re-read series on it, because Robin tells me they discuss lots of stuff readers might have missed the first time through (like clues to what’s really going on with his parents’ death and so on.)

  4. Lark

    What a great list of books! The Invisible City is on my hope-to-read-before-the-end-of-the-year list. And I didn’t know Tasha Alexander had a new book out. Have to add that one to my list as well. 🙂
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  5. Jan @ Notes from a Readerholic

    Some really good books here, Katherine. I’ve wanted to start The Accidental Alchemist series. Need to move that up! I’ve only read the first Charles Finch book so I should read more of those. I’ve kind of lost track of them!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I still need to read the middle three Charles Finch books. I’m kind of savoring them, instead of plowing right through the series like I usually (or used to) do when I discover a new one. And I think you’d like the Accidental Alchemist books, Jan.

  6. Jan @ Notes from a Readerholic

    Oh, Lark, I’m sorry…I thought I’d clicked on Katherine’s I Wish I Lived in a Library site! I have a red face! Everything I said above is still true just change it to come to you! My only excuse is that we’re on a road trip and I’m exhausted!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      No worries! I’ve done that once or twice myself. And I love Katherine’s blog, plus she and I have a lot of tastes in common, so I’ll take it as a compliment!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I had Furthermore in the house (from the library) and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t get to it before I had to return it. But I put myself back on the hold list!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I love Rick Riordan; his books are funny and snarky and adventurous all at the same time. They may be aimed at MG and YA readers, but they’re fun regardless of your age.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’ve started A Terrible Beauty. I’ve read romances where the dead husband comes back alive (if it’s really him), but this is the first historical mystery I’ve seen with that scenario, at least where the widow is also the main character and detective. Should be fun! 😉