Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. I’m actually really excited about this TBR as this is the first one in years where I don’t have any books for my Read the World Project as I’ve completed it! I still have a couple of reviews to post and am planning to do a wrap-up post as well talking about the project but that book-related chapter of my life is done! I still have two books for the 12 Books from 12 Friends challenge but besides from that I have no more compulsory reads. It’s going to be feel very weird to be a proper mood reader with no restrictions and to read books that feel seasonal and everything.

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
This 12 Challenge book is one I don’t think I’d even heard of before it was recommended to me which is half the fun of the challenge. It looks to be a contemporary YA about a teen who’s struggling with his cultural identity and mental health. I don’t read contemporary YA that often so I’m looking forward to seeing what I make of it.

John Dies at the End by David Wong
This 12 Challenge book I had heard of before – I think it’s also a film? – but besides from the title presumably giving away the ending I have no idea what it’s going to be like.

Babel by R.F. Kuang
I have a hunch that this is going to be on a lot of people’s TBRs. I got a very pretty copy from FairyLoot and while I’ve yet to read The Poppy War trilogy (I do have the first book) I’m interested to see what I make of Babel. I also want to read it sooner rather than later as it is so hyped/popular and it’d be nice to be a part of those conversations while they’re at their peak rather than being late to the party as I usually am. Plus, though I’ve heard that generally everyone loves Babel, I know little about the plot so hopefully the general excitement won’t cloud my own judgement much.

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
I got this book a year ago and I still haven’t read it! I don’t tend to read middle grade at all (probably the last time I read a middle grade book was when I was a child) but I liked the sound of this one especially as it is kind of spooky but I think it’s also about grief.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
I think the sequel is released soon and this is a book I’ve heard a lot of good things about – it’s even my pal Brin’s favourite book of the year. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten properly into a YA fantasy series so maybe this will be the one.

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
I love films about investigative journalism but I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about it before. She Said is a non-fiction book by the two New York Times investigative reporters who exposed Harvey Weinstein’s history of abuse and sexual misconduct against women. This’ll no doubt be a tough and uncomfortable read at times but I’m interested to see how these reporters put everything together and got people to trust them enough to go on the record.

Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
October is Black History Month here in the UK so that’s extra motivation to read this. Over the years I’ve learnt more about Britain and its racism and though I think what I learnt in my history classes wasn’t whitewashed, there’s probably a lot I don’t know. Also, so much news or information on racial injustice that I hear about day to day via social media seems to come from America but there’s still a lot of issues here in the UK that I should be more educated on.

The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen
Another book I got via FairyLoot and this one I hadn’t heard before which is always fun. I think it might be a romcom with the undead? Or at least there’s bones on the cover which clashes with the cutesy colour scheme on the cover so that should be interesting.

The Sisters Grimm by Meena van Praag
Pretty sure this has been on a TBR before but now might just be the time I get to it. It’s set where I live and seems to have spooky/autumnal vibes so if perfect for this time of year.

The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden
I have heard nothing but good things about this book and the entire trilogy. I have The Bear and The Nightingale in paperback and the other two on my kindle as I got them super cheap, like for 99p each or something and it’d have been stupid not to get them even though I hadn’t read the first book and didn’t know if I liked the story or not. Hopefully I do and then I have the whole trilogy to read.

What books are on your TBR for the end of the year?


    1. That’s cool! Good luck on your journey to becoming a journalist! I love stories (fiction and real life) about people being really good at their jobs and solving/revealing a big problem. It just fascinates me, so that’s an element I’m hoping She Said will have.

    1. I’d only heard the name of the book before it was recommended to me by a friend but every time I’ve mentioned it on my blog I’ve heard nothing but good things and everyone seems to love it so I’m definitely looking forward to it now.

  1. Ooh, I haven’t heard of most of these but they look like interesting books and have beautiful covers x

    Rose |

  2. There are so many books on your list that I’m curious about or need to read! I’m seeing Babel around a lot too, so I agree it will likely be on a lot of TBRs! I’ve never read any of his books, though I know the Poppy War series is huge, so I’m debating whether to give this one a try! I also have Darius the Great Is Not Okay and Black and British on my huge long TBR of books I really want to read but probably won’t for years! Though now you’ve reminded me, maybe I’ll try to move them up the list. I hope you enjoy these when you get to them, and interested to see what you think of Babel!

      1. Haha agreed. The best. Oh I forgot about non-fiction November! That’s a great plan!

  3. I adore The Bear and the Nightingale and the rest of the series. I love the characters and the world-building. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Also, Babel is on my master TBR. Yay!

    1. Thanks – this feels like the perfect time of year to read the trilogy so I really hope I get to them in the next few months. And that all the good things I’ve heard doesn’t give me too high expectations 😉

  4. I got an ARC of Babel from NetGalley, it is very different from The Poppy War. I personally preferred The Poppy War. But I hope you like Babel.

    Lengendborn was a lot of fun when I read it, I’m excited to read the sequel. I hope you enjoy it.

    Bear and the Nightingale is a fantastic book/series. I hope you love it as much as I do.

    1. Thanks! It’s been a long time since I’ve read a sort of action-packed YA and I’m hoping Legendborn fits the bill. AND if I like it at least I don’t have to wait long for the sequel 😀

    1. Thanks! I’m reading it at the minute and am enjoying it. The kind of cutesy romcom fantasy was something I’ve never really experienced before but so far it’s working for me 🙂

  5. Happy autumn reading! Hope you enjoy all of these TBR titles, Elena. 🙂 I don’t think I’ve looked into the ones I recognize, but based on their titles, they look like some great reads for this season. Thanks also for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week; apologies it took me this long to visit here.

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