Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the prompt is Books on my Fall 2020 TBR. And it turns out that THREE of my favorite fantasy authors (two of whom release their books at excruciatingly long intervals) have new titles out this fall, so I had to join in! Plus, there are some other backlist books that I want to read before too many more months have passed.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

These are the three. After so many years of silence following Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and The Ladies of Grace Adieu, I cannot tell you how excited I am for a new book from Clarke. And MWT’s books in the Thief series are always worth waiting for. Naomi Novik is more prolific, but I’m interested to see that she seems to be trying something quite different with this new one.

Anyone else excited for these?


The Once and Future Witches by Alix Harrow

Here is a new name in fantasy who is already coming out with her second book. I did not read Harrow’s blockbuster The Ten Thousand Doors of January, but this one — combining witches with the suffragist movement — sounds even more intriguing. I’m putting it on my list and hoping I discover a new favorite.

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

I liked the books by Isabel Allende I read earlier this year, so I was pleased when her latest was a book club pick for October. I hope it’s good for discussion.

Germania by Simon Winder

I’ve been reading Danubia, which is the second volume in this “personal history” of Germanic Europe — and it’s interesting enough that I want to go back to the first one. The author’s extremely chatty, slangy style is not for everyone, but I find it quite refreshing. I wouldn’t use it as a history text, but for personal enjoyment, why not?

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

I’m not sure why, except that I’ve never read anything by Asimov and not much SF in general, but I picked this as a title I wanted to read for the Genre Classic category of Back to the Classics. And Emma of Words and Peace said she would read it with me, so we have it slated for October. If anyone wants to join us, let me know.

How We Learn by Benedict Carey

I heard about this on a French language learning podcast I listen to. And I thought it would be good to know more about, well, how we learn, so I bought a copy. Which has sat on my shelf ever since. But when my brain is up to being expanded, I shall have a go at it.

The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

This just sounds so amazing and would be part of my Reading All Around the World project.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

I loved the two Sacks books I’ve read so far (Awakenings and An Anthropologist on Mars) so I was pumped to find a copy of this in the thrift store. I brought it home but I haven’t been in the mood to read it yet. Soon, I hope!



What’s on your fall TBR? Feel free to link your TTT in the comments!

23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall TBR

  1. The Sacks book is great, most people’s introduction to him. I’ve read it several times. I have quite a lot of nature reading coming up, plus some Diana Wynne Jones fantasy novels.


  2. I tried The Ten Thousand Doors of January but could not get into it at all. I also find the premise of Harrow’s next book more appealing. I’m waiting to read some reviews before I decide if I want to add it to my TBR. I don’t have a fall TBR specifically, but one book I’d like to read is The Year of the Witching.


  3. I hope you enjoy all of these! Germania sound interesting, and the new Alix Harrow sound intriguing. As for MWT, I need to read The Thief and its sequels first! It has been on my TBR list for years now.

    On the other hand, I love Novik, but I’m not sure I’m going to read her new book; it sounds really dark. I’m always leery of dark, whether in fantasy or thrillers, and these days I am positively shying away from it. The news on all fronts (political, medical, social) is grim enough.

    I have mixed feelings about Foundation. It’s one of the books I read in my high school years, so there’s some nostalgia. And Asimov is always really good at idea-based SF. He’s not as good at creating believable female characters, though, and although I read the original trilogy two or three times in my teens, twenties, and thirties, I haven’t gone back to it since.


    1. I don’t like dark so much either but I’ll see what she does with it.

      I’m not quite sure why I decided to try Foundation except I needed a genre classic for Back to the Classics, I’ve never read Asimov and this one seems popular. I will be sure to not expect believable female characters.


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