Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List


I talk a lot about my ever growing TBR list. I’m trying to keep up, but on top of the list I compiled during college, every week new books pile on top.

I’ve decided to do this post a little differently. Hopefully, that’s OK with the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish.

First of all, the top ten books on my TBR list right now as we head into fall:


1. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – technically, I just I’m currently reading this since I started it yesterday, but it’s been on my radar for a while and it’s already so good and spooky that I couldn’t leave it off my current top ten. I know the world is tired of YA vampire books—I sure know that I am—but Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is nowhere near similar to Twilight or The Vampire Diaries. It reminds me of Anne Rice’s series and the whole reason I loved vampire stories growing up in the first place.

2. Gated – This book has been on my TBR all summer, but with the release of The Witness Wore Red and the constant media coverage of the FLDS, I’m really interested to see how author Amy Christine Parker handles the fictional portrayal of a teen escaping from the religious cult in which she was raised.

3. Code Name Verity – I know, I know. I should have read this book months ago. I’ve been meaning to, really I have, but it never seemed to make it to the top of my list. Now, with the sequel out (see below), I can’t wait to dive into the WWII espionage.

4. Attachments – I’m not going to lie; I have such high hopes for this book. I loved Rainbow Rowell’s YA bestsellers, Eleanor & Park and Fangirl (review pending), and the synopsis reminds me of Meg Cabot’s Boy Meets Girl series, which I was head over heels in love with.

5. Perks of Being a Wallflower – I don’t know why I never actually read this book. I’ve been meaning to since the movie came out last fall (which I loved), but I’ve never gotten around to it. Luckily, the audiobook was cheap this week, so I’m ready for an angsty YA good time.

6. Another Little Piece – To me, fall is about bonfires and spooky stories, so I’m really looking forward to this eerie thriller that is so often compared to Stephen King’s novels.

7. Me Before You – While outside of my normal reading circle, I’ve heard such good things about JoJo Moyes’ Me Before You that I can’t wait to check it out. I have a feeling, though, that I’ll be ugly crying a la TFIOS by the end of this one.

8. Keeping the Moon – I definitely went through a Sarah Dessen kick at work this summer, finding myself with a suddenly insatiable craving for contemporary YA and blazing through her list of audiobooks. I ordered this one offline as a CD to save money, but it just recently arrived, so I’ve been waiting for months for Keeping the Moon.

9. AsylumAsylum is promising to be another bone-chilling thriller, perfect for the dark evenings of October.

10. Looking for Alaska – I loved TFIOS and enjoyed Green’s compilation with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, but I never got around to reading John Green’s other titles. After being a CP for a classmate’s rather unflattering critique of Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines in my senior seminar in college, I didn’t want to go into Green’s award-winning novels with those comments in mind. Now, however, I think enough time has passed to go in with a clear and open mind. So wow me, John Green.

And these are my Top Ten TBR Fall ’13 releases:


1. Allegiant – I know I’m not alone is saying that I’ve been counting down the minutes until the final installment of the Divergent trilogy is released.

2. Just One YearJust One Year is the sequel to Gayle Forman’s upper-YA novel Just One Day. I can’t want to find out what’s been happening to Willem while Allyson was finding herself in college. I have to say, I was left unsatisfied by the ending of Just One Day, so I’m really hoping Just One Year delivers the way Where She Went did.

3. The Chaos of StarsI’m a sucker for mythology, so I’m really looking forward to diving into Kiersten White’s interpretation of the ancient Egyptian gods.

4. How to Love – I’m shallow enough to admit that part of the reason I want to read How to Love is the cover. Of course, that’s not the only reason. I’m really loving books right now that bridge the gap between upper-YA and adult without falling into the trap of über-steamy romances with the “bad boy,” and truth be told, I don’t think there are enough books out there about teen pregnancy and life after.

5. Rose Under Fire – The sequel to the WWII espionage thriller Code Name Verity. I’ve heard such good things about these books that I can’t wait to read them.

6. This Song Will Save Your Life – You can never go wrong in my book with a YA contemporary featuring good music and social underdog coming-of-age.

7. Time After Time – Sequel to Time Between Us, Time After Time promises Bennett’s side of the story. I’m interested to see the effect hurtling back and forward through time will have on Bennett and how that will impact the relationship between 20th century Anna and 21st century Bennett. I will admit, however, that I really hope the story doesn’t devolve into a relationship between teenaged Bennett and adult Anna… just the thought of it makes me squeamish.

8. Where the Stars Still ShineI’ve heard such good things about this YA contemporary, so I’m looking forward to diving in, although I never seem to have any luck with “rescued from kidnapper” stories.

9. Tumble and FallTumble and Fall sounds a lot like Seeking a Friend for the End of the Universe, which loved. I’ve been pulling away from apocalyptic novels lately, but Tumble and Fall promises something different and refreshing. It’s not a survival story… instead, it focuses on the question, “what do you do with the time you have left when you know the world will end.”

10. Delia’s Shadow – It only took one line to win me over of Delia’s Shadow: “A dark, romantic fantasy set against the backdrop of San Francisco devastated by the Great Quake.” I love haunting historical YA fantasies—especially Libba Bray’s Great and Terrible Beauty trilogies and Diviners series—and I can’t wait to add Delia’s Shadow to my shelves.

 What about you? What’s on your TBR list this fall?

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List

  1. barefootmedstudent says:

    Okay first: how did you make those cute tablet images? I love them!
    I still need to read Wallflower as well, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown needs to happen too.
    I can vouch for Code Name Verity and Looking for Alaska – I did not regret reading them, they were awesome!

    • Whitley Abell says:

      Thanks! I actually just did them on word and then took a screen shot. Tricky secrets of the trade 🙂

      I’m so glad to hear Code Name Verity and Looking for Alaska are good. I definitely recommend The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. I’ve been listening the audiobook at work all day and I love it. It’s very well written and full of bone-chilling surprises, and I’m only 1/2 way through.

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