Top Ten Books On My Fall 2017 To-Be-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I count down my top ten choices on a particular theme. This weekly event is hosted by Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Ten Books On My Fall 2017 To-Be-Read List.

The leaves are beginning to change, the temperatures are starting to dip lower in the evenings, and Halloween candy is tempting me with its siren song in my local grocery store – Autumn is almost upon us once again! I’m notoriously bad at adhering to my seasonal to-be-read lists, but there’s something exciting and hopeful about compiling a list of books I plan to read in the coming months, particularly because it can be fun to see how my tastes change along with the seasons. Today’s list is an eclectic mixture of review copies and books I’ve purchased myself, but all are ones I’ve been looking forward to all year!

Today’s selection of books have been listed in no particular order.

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In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

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Lizzie Borden took an ax
And gave her mother forty whacks
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.

Or did she?

In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell ― of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.

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Taliah Sahar Abdallat lives and breathes music. Songs have always helped Tal ease the pain of never having known her father. Her mother, born in Jordan and very secretive about her past, won’t say a word about who her dad really was. But when Tal finds a shoebox full of old letters from Julian Oliver — yes, the indie rock star Julian Oliver — she begins to piece the story together.

She writes to Julian, but after three years of radio silence, she’s given up hope. Then one day, completely out of the blue, Julian shows up at her doorstep, and Tal doesn’t know whether to be furious or to throw herself into his arms. Before she can decide, he asks her to go on a trip with him to meet her long-estranged family and to say good-bye to his father, her grandfather, who is dying.

Getting to know your father after sixteen years of estrangement doesn’t happen in one car ride. But as Tal spends more time with Julian and his family, she begins to untangle her parents’ secret past, and discovers a part of herself she never recognized before.

By the acclaimed author of My Heart and Other Black Holes, this is an intergenerational story of family and legacy and the way love informs both of those things. It’s about secrets and the debt of silence. It’s about the power of songs. And most of all, it’s about learning how to say hello. And good-bye.

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Flora Goldwasser has fallen in love. She won’t admit it to anyone, but something about Elijah Huck has pulled her under. When he tells her about the hippie Quaker school he attended in the Hudson Valley called Quare Academy, where he’ll be teaching next year, Flora gives up her tony upper east side prep school for a life on a farm, hoping to woo him. A fish out of water, Flora stands out like a sore thumb in her vintage suits among the tattered tunics and ripped jeans of the rest of the student body. When Elijah doesn’t show up, Flora must make the most of the situation and will ultimately learn more about herself than she ever thought possible.

Told in a series of letters, emails, journal entries and various ephemera, Jenny Fran Davis’ Everything Must Go lays out Flora’s dramatic first year for all to see, embarrassing moments and all.

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The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.

Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. If nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more a curse than a gift.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

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Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart are the unlikeliest of best friends. Prickly, anxious Gabby would rather do literally anything than go to a party. Ultra-popular Ryan is a hockey star who can get any girl he wants — and frequently does. But somehow their relationship just works; from dorky Monopoly nights to rowdy house parties to the top ten lists they make about everything under the sun.

Now, on the night of high school graduation, everything is suddenly changing—in their lives, and in their relationship. As they try to figure out what they mean to each other and where to go from here, they make a final top ten list: this time, counting down the top ten moments of their friendship.

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It’s been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she’s still adjusting to her new life. And still haunted by her past in Hawaii.

Then, one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, Makani will be forced to confront her own dark secrets.

Stephanie Perkins, bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

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Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

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Maine-bred, independent Rilla Brae is no stranger to the deep. She knows the rhythms of hard work and harder seas. But when she experiences the sudden death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead blurs and she begins to be haunted by a girl on a nearby, uninhabited island. The girl floats a song over the waves, and it is as beautiful as it is terrifying. Familiar and distant.

Then Rilla meets Sam, a University of Southern Maine archeology student tasked with excavating the very island where the ghostly girl has appeared. Sam sifts the earth looking for the cultural remains of an island people who were forcibly evicted by the state nearly a hundred years ago. Sam tells Rilla the island has a history no locals talk about – if they know about it at all–due to the shame the events brought to the working waterfront community. All Rilla knows for sure is that the island has always been there – an eerie presence anchored in the stormy sea. Now Sam’s work and the ghostly girl’s song lure Rilla to the island’s shores.

As Rilla helps Sam to unearth the island’s many secrets, Rilla’s visions grow – until the two discover a tragedy kept silent for years. And it’s a tragedy that has everything to do with Rilla’s past.

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Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to — a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well — maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

Now it’s YOUR turn! Which books are on your fall to-be-read list? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

19 responses to “Top Ten Books On My Fall 2017 To-Be-Read List”

  1. I have Wild Beauty on my list too. I will probably give Ng’s new book a try since I liked her first one. My TTT Fall reading list

  2. Stephanie’s has me cautiously optimistic. Given how different this new book is from her other series, I’m not sure this will be one I rush out to read, but because it’s Perkins (who’s sure to bring her signature wit), I would like to still read this one.

    “Here We Are Now” sounds really good too (that’s one I hadn’t read about prior to seeing it on your list) and of course, as a fan of contemporary, “Top Ten” sounds fun! 🙂

    Happy fall TBR-ing!!
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  3. I am so curious about A Line In The Dark. Love that cover. I hope that you enjoy these books when you get around to them 🙂
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  4. Ashley says:

    I’ve read some early rav reviews of Top Ten.
    I hope all the books are what you are hoping for!
    I want to read Perkins book. I hear it isn’t too scary. Which means I may be able to get through it. I am such a baby when it comes to scary things.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Ashley @ Books To The Tea
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  5. Great list! I enjoyed Final Girls and I think There’s Someone Inside Your House will be a really fun Halloween read. See What I Have Done made my list this week, too, and I can’t wait to read Little Fires Everywhere – I loved Everything I Never Told You.
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  6. Carmen says:

    I`m not a big fan of the genre but See What I`ve Done sounds fascinating. I`ll be adding it to my TBR.
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  7. NGL Wild Beauty is on my TBR purely for the beautiful cover!
    Cora ❤
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  8. Awesome picks! There are so many fall releases I am excited about and so many series I want to continue/start!

    Happy Reading!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs
    My Fall TBR picks

  9. I started See What I Have Done but didn’t get very far. It’s not necessarily a DNF but it didn’t pull me in. I’m also one of the few who didn’t care much for Final Girls but I know a lot of people who did so chances are you will enjoy it and I was the oddball 🙂
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  10. Brenda says:

    Great list, so many intriguing titles and covers. There’s Someone in the House sounds really good, going to add that to the TBR. Link to my TTT

  11. Lisa says:

    I just added Everything Must Go to my list! Thanks!!

  12. Latanya says:

    I read Final Girls and gave it a 3.5. However, Little Fires Everywhere and A Line in the Dark sit on my TBR, too.

    Great list.

  13. Little Fires Everywhere is on my TBR list. I can’t wait to find Wild Beauty, See What I Have Done and The Rattled Bones. Love your TBR list for the week. Check out my TTT.

  14. Astilbe says:

    There’s Someone Inside Your House sounds like such a deliciously spooky read. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  15. Here We Are Now and Top Ten are also on my TTT list. I read Wild Beauty in June and it was magical and beautiful. I loved it. I also plan to read Everything Must Go. It looks really fun.
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  16. I’ve been seeing Stephanie Perkins’ new book on every blog today, and I have to admit it’s at the top of my list too! I love that she’s exploring a different genre, at least one she hasn’t written in yet, and I’m really excited to see what she does!

    A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis and Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo are two books I’m hoping to read this fall. I need to continue on with the Shadow and Bone trilogy if I ever want to start Six of Crows :p

  17. See What I Have Done has really caught my eye. Happy reading!

    Lauren @ Always Me

  18. I have seen There’s is Someone Inside Your House on almost every blog, and now I have added it to my list too 😀 Great list, I hope youe enjoy all of them.

  19. Thanks for the post, added two books to my TBR list.

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