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T10T: Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books On My Fall 2018 TBR.

I’m sure I won’t complete all of it – my main goal is actually to not be too hard on myself when… circumstances will make it difficult for me to read as much as I did this summer – but I like writing lists, so why not.

Those Left Behind

I have written two TBR posts this year: the one about Books I didn’t Get to in 2017 in January and a Mid-Year TBR in July. I want to read the books from those posts that I haven’t already removed from my goodreads TBR or read (yes, sometimes I even read what I said I would read!)


Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron – this is a f/f story set in Edimburgh involving fallen angels. I haven’t heard much about it, but what I heard was good and I really want to get to it. The other f/f book involving fallen angels I read this year was great, and I hope this is too.

Jade City by Fonda Lee – I have an ARC of this. Why haven’t I read this yet. I love diverse fantasy about horrible people, why am I procrastinating on this? There’s magical jade and I know it’s going to be great but I always find adult fantasy intimidating.

Moonshine by Jasmine Gower – this was a cover buy and I haven’t heard anyone talk about it, but it’s really queer and that’s all I care about when the cover is that pretty. I hope it’s good?

First in a YA Series TBR

This year, I read a lot of standalones. There’s a reason for that – I lose interest in series easily if I don’t read the books close to one another – and that’s why I haven’t read some YA new releases I really wanted to get to. Now, 2019 is closer and closer and I might as well read them before the sequels come out.


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – half of the reason I haven’t read it yet is the hype, the other half is the fact that I want to read it closer to its sequel. It’s Nigerian YA fantasy and I have heard mostly great things, so I need to get to this eventually.

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi – another Nigerian YA fantasy! I haven’t heard that much about this but I love the cover and I need to read more African SFF. Also, there’s sin eating involved here and that sounds like a really interesting magic system.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – I might not have loved everything about her debut, but the atmosphere was perfect and I’m sure it will be here too. I need some good YA fantasy and that’s exactly what this seems to be.

Sequel (or Reread for the Sequel) TBR

As I said before, I’m not good at sequels and I need to remind myself to continue what I started.


The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco – I don’t know if I will be able to get to The Heart Forger this year too, because this isn’t a series you can read back to back (it’s too slow for that. It would be like looking for a slump.) but I want at least to reread The Bone Witch this fall, and get to The Heart Forger before The Shadowglass comes out.

The Phoenix Empress by K Arsenault Rivera – I don’t know if I will need to reread The Tiger’s Daughter first (I hope not; I liked that book but it took me a week) but I have an ARC of this and I don’t want to put it off just because it’s a sequel.

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May – I started this series in 2015, I rated the first two books five stars, there’s no reason I haven’t read this yet – I really should have by now. The problem is, I always forget it exists; it’s a sequel of a book that didn’t get that much hype.


Books I need to read that I would want to read even if I didn’t have to.


Vita Nostra by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko – I have no idea what this is about but I’m sure I won’t forget it easily. Also, I want to read more translated books and this one looks really interesting to me.

In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard – a f/f retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a Vietnamese cast, written by one of my favorite authors. I’m going to get to this very soon because how could I not.

Toxic by Lydia Kang – maybe YA sci-fi is finally catching up with the cool spaceship ideas that are common in its adult counterpart? This is set in a dying biological spaceship and I love that kind of setting (I also hope this won’t focus too much on the romance, that’s not what I want, but I’ll go into it with low expectations).

Fall New Releases

Some fall new releases I don’t want to procrastinate on. It might happen anyway.


Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – I have been looking for not standalone f/f YA fantasy for a long time, and we’re finally getting some this year! I have heard nothing but good things about this, the cover is gorgeous and I really don’t want to miss it.

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore – I have rated every book I’ve read by this author five stars, so of course this is one of my most anticipated releases for this year. [I’m going to act like I have totally read The Weight of Feathers like I promised I would at the beginning of the year.]

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao – I want to see Xifeng again! I loved Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and I can’t wait to read Jade’s half of the story, even though so many things could go wrong. (I’m also not a fan of the cover change but I’ll try not to complain).

Have you read any of these?

12 thoughts on “T10T: Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

  1. Yay Jade City, I hope you enjoy it! And I love that cover for In the Vanisher’s Palace so much! I’m guessing it’s middle grade-ish? (Since they get all the best covers). And I don’t know if we need to reread The Tiger’s Daughter again either. The plot was simple enough but I’m kinda worried I won’t remember the side characters’ names. So I might just quickly skim through it before starting book 2.

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    1. I think In the Vanisher’s Palace is an adult fantasy romance – that cover style isn’t common in adult fantasy (…it should be. It’s so pretty) but this is self-published.

      And I’ll probably do the same with The Tiger’s Daughter – I don’t remember most of the names apart from the two main characters, but if I decide to reread it I will never get to the sequel on time.

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    1. I hope so! I loved the setting in her first book and I really want to see how it looks this time.
      And Toxic looks really interesting and unlike every YA sci-fi I’ve ever read, so I’m excited too (I don’t really know what to expect, but I hope it works).

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  2. Ooh! I hope you enjoy Children of Blood and Bone! You’re definitely right about the hype – although I personally feel it’s well-deserved, haha.

    Also all the fall releases! I should totally start on my ARC of Girls of Paper and Fire – hopefully this weekend. Blanca & Roja is screaming at me because of the cover. It’s just.. so.. pretty?! Andddd.. I cannot say no to Kingdom of a Blazing Phoenix. Have it on pre-order and I’m planning on diving in as soon as it arrives. 😛

    Happy reading to you!

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    1. Thank you!

      That’s mostly what I’ve heard about Children of Blood and Bone, I need to get to it – I love procrastinating on long, hyped fantasy books, even though I usually end up liking them.

      Anna-Marie McLemore gets all the best covers! My favorite is Wild Beauty’s, but this one is very beautiful as well.

      Happy reading to you, too!

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      1. Hahah. I know the feeling though. Sometimes I’m just glad to have an ARC of a hyped book because I don’t have any reviews distracting me or getting my hopes up while.. when it’s a finished copy the reviews are EVERYWHERE.

        Ooh, that one’s a beauty too, true! I haven’t read anything by her yet but I’ve heard good things so.. Maybe I should, haha. I do think I own a copy of Wild Beauty? [I’m not even sure anymore.. skies.. TBR-problem or what..]

        Thank you!

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