What’s On Your Fall 2016 To-Read List?

There are two times of year when I really read. The first is early winter, because I’m on a “new-Year’s-resolution” high and I’ve usually just set a new Goodreads reading goal that’s way beyond my actual reading means. The other time is in the fall, when so many epic books are set to release (what is it about Fall and great movies & books? *shrug* I’ll take it.) Also, I’m frantically trying to read because I’m usually now behind on that over-ambitious Goodreads goal.

Unsurprisingly, that is the case this year. Again. 😛 So here, my friends, is my Fall TBR list. Some of these books are out already, and some are coming out during fall.

Scarlet Moon, by S. D. Grimm

scarlet-moon-s-d-grimmI had the privilege of reading this brilliant fantasy by S. D. Grimm way back in draft stage. And I can’t wait to re-read it once it releases and then drown my bookshelves in copious copies. 😛 She is also my publishing sis and will be showing up as a guest at the Facebook party next month! Woot!

Destiny can pick someone else.

Evil is slipping through the cracks of its prison, and all Soleden trembles in its wake. Yet some would harness that evil to their own ends, and first among them is Idla, the sorceress queen bent on distorting the world.

Only one can stand in her way: Jayden. Upon realizing her mark as the prophesied Deliverer, Jayden conceals herself from her enemies and her Feravolk countrymen. But after the harm the Feravolk caused to her family, she s loath to rescue the not-so-innocent.

Hiding her mark was never easy, but now that Jayden knows both Queen Idla and the Feravolk are after her, hiding her gift of the Blood Moon will be impossible.


A Torch Against the Night, (sequel) by Sabaa Tahir

a-torch-against-the-nightLast year An Ember in the Ashes blew my mind with the unique and surprising storytelling and its sequel just released. I may or may not be halfway through it already. And I just know it’s going to end cliff-hangery. But I can’t complain. My readers would say I deserve to know how it feels, right? 😉

Also, I got to meet the author, Sabaa Tahir last week and now I have a cool map and pretty signatures in my books.


Heartless, by Marissa Meyer

heartless-marissa-meyerMarissa Meyer is an auto-buy author for me and not just because she’s ADORABLE and tells fairytale stories at her book signings, but because her books are incredible. I don’t even like the story of Alice in Wonderland, but I’m chomping at the bit for Heartless — a “prequel” to Alice . . about the Queen of Hearts and how she became that way.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland―the infamous Queen of Hearts―she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Angel Eyes, by Shannon Dittemore

angel-eyes-shannon-dittemoreThis has been on my TBR pile FOREVER, guys! Ahhhh! And I have finally carved out a lovely reading week this fall to dive in to this book (and hopefully the series!) Who else has read this?

Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . . Angel Eyes

Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than either Brielle or Jake has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.

A realm that only angels and demons-and Brielle-can perceive.


Scythe, by Neal Shusterman

scythe-neal-shustermanThis book just looks . . . so bizzarre and potentially awesome. (Also possibly really dark and creepy? But who really knows? 😛 ) I haven’t read anything by Neal Shusterman before, so I’m excited to give this one a try. And the word scythe is cool. Dorky author confession: I love words with Es on the end.

In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives.

Gemina, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

geminaOkay, this is the second book of the Illuminae files, but I think it can be a standalone? Not fully understanding, but I will when I get it in my grubby little hands on October 18th! The first book Illuminae is so unique and weird and creepy and amazing. I don’t even know how to recommend it because it’s filled with things I usually don’t like. Mathish-looking pages, zombie stuff, etc. BUT IT’S SO GOOD, GUYS.

Or maybe I just have weird taste.

Unblemished, by Sara Ella

unblemished-sara-ellaI’ve been drooling over this book for MONTHS, people. Months! I need it in my hands already, okay? (October 11th!!!)

Oh, by the way, did you know that Sara Ella is going to be a guest at the Facebook Party for A Time to Rise? There may or may not be BOOK GIVEAWAYS! (And by “may or may not” I really just mean there will be.“)

Eliyana can’t bear to look at her own reflection. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world exists where her blemish could become her strength?

Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her like he does: normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved.

But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird.

Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal Guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly.

Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known. A world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him. How can an ordinary girl, a blemished girl, become a savior when she can’t even save herself?

Harry Potter Series, by J. K. Rowling

61kpppovd9lYou all know I’m nerdy about Harry Potter — in fact, we’re going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for my 30th birthday — but the last time that I read these through all by myself was almost 8 years ago. *weeps* Since then, I’ve read them aloud to my siblings, to my mom, to my hubby, to friends, and so-on. So I’m thrilled to read them again just in my mind. Especially with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them coming out.

My Lady Jane, by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

my-lady-janeWell hello there YA historical twist. I do believe you’re my new favorite genre.

I started this book when standing in a bookstore and found the first several chapters hilarious. It finally got in at my library and now it is in my clutches!! Forget late fees. I’m keeping it until I finish it. #badexampleforyoungbookworms

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Janegets to be Queen of England.

Like that could go wrong.

If you didn’t notice, my TBR pile is basically all Young Adult (YA) books. *grins sheepishly* I’m not sorry? But now it’s your turn:

What’s ONE BOOK on your Fall TBR pile?




About Nadine Brandes

Nadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She never received her Hogwarts letter, but rest assured she’s no Muggle (and would have been in Ravenclaw House, thank you very much.) This Harry Potter super-nerd has been known to eat an entire package of Oreos (family size) by herself, and watches Fiddler on the Roof at least once a year. She writes about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination. Her dystopian trilogy (The Out of Time Series) challenged her to pursue shalom, which is now her favorite word (followed closely by bumbershoot.) When Nadine’s not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, she and her knight-in-shining armor (nickname: “hubby”) are out pursuing adventures.
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  1. Cool list!
    I think I’ve reached my goal of 20 books this year, but I entered most of them wrong on Goodreads, by saying “read” instead of “currently reading” and then updating my progress.
    Hmm… I’m still waiting for these to be released in October:

    A Time to Rise (obviously) 😉
    Smoke and Shadow (The Last Airbender. Oh! I can hardly WAIT to see what happens between Zuko and Mai!)

    And then:

    Son of Truth
    Edge of Oblivion
    Space Drifters

  2. Love this list, Nadine! All the books on your Fall TBR look so GOOD! Especially Scarlet Moon (I won’t even pretend that I’m not biased because of the cover), A Torch Against The Night (THE TITLE ALONE), and Harry Potter (I can’t count how many times I’ve re-read those books :D).

    I’ve got a gazillion books I hope to read in Autumn (I never really have a list – it’s more of a ‘oh look, I should read THIS book!’ and then I do XD) – but one of them is A Time To Speak. You did such a good job with A Time To Die, I was hooked from the beginning! (also, I posted my book review for ATTD :))

    • Oh, I’m so excited for you to read A Time to Speak! That was my favorite one to write. 🙂 Thank you SO much for your review. Each one is a blessing (no matter the rating!) It helps readers find my books! <3

      And you'll LOVE Scarlet Moon!!!

      Now I just want to go read.

  3. A Time to Rise. The end.

  4. Unblemished. A Time to Rise. The Crown’s Game. Splintered bks. 2-4. Bone Gap.

    Really, I’m not one who plans what I read, I read what I feel. Which collides with the library.

    Oh! Oooh! This weekend we’re going to Pennsyvlania for the weekend – which is a 4 1/2 hour trip – and I have Splintered 2&3 and Bone Gap for the trip! (I also have A Time to Rise … but I’m not able to download it to my phone before we leave. 🙁 )

    But the first week of Oct. our family is going to Tennessee and we’re gonna see Rick Riordan and I’m gonna buy a SIGNED COPY OF THE HAMMER OF THOR!!! Ahem. I’m excited. But they’ll be too many people to meet him.

    • Ooh, I still need to read Splintered! And I totally tend to read what I feel more than what I plan. But I have to plan so I can REMEMBER the books that I want to read. LOL.

      That’s SO excited you get to met Rick Riordan! AHHH!

  5. Lovely list, Nadine! ^_^

    Well, I’m currently beta-reading Of the Redeemed by Angie Brashear, so hope to finish that soonish here. 🙂

    A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White is definitely on my Fall TBR. I recently read the first two books in the series (Ladies of the Manor), and now can’t wait to get my hands on the final book!

  6. Lucky duck, meeting Sabaa Tahir 😀 I loved “An Ember in the Ashes” and can’t wait to read the sequel. ALL of these look amazing. “Scythe” in particular, the cool ‘e’ on the end and all. Very cool concept for the story. Hoping some of these show up on audio as I’m not good at carving out time to sit with a book when I’ve got a deadline. Not sure how you manage it! Thanks for sharing these 🙂

    • I finished A Torch Against the Night and I thought she did a great job!

      As for how I manage it. A year ago I finally realized that reading was in my job description as a writer. So I actually schedule it in. Sounds boring, but it never is! I read a little bit every night! (Also, hubby and I don’t have kids yet so there’s that element of reading luxury as well.)

  7. I usually read Middle Grade fiction, so the books at the top of my pile are The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers, Click Here To Start by Denis Markell, The Classy Crooks Club by Alison Cherry and The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd. I am curious about My Lady Jane, though, it looks like it could be a super fun read 😋

    • I love some middle grade. And I’ve heard a lot of positive things about My Lady Jane, and how it’s a light and funny read. We’ll see when I actually read it. 🙂

  8. Emily Joy Drown

    Aawk, fall is going to be so BUSY for me! *cries* NaNo, extra school, Thanksgiving, a vacation… which I’m all looking forward to, of course, but reading is going to suffer… *sniffs*

    I’m DEFINITELY going to make room for A Time to Rise, though. HOW CAN I NOT?

    Also, Unblemished. I requested that one for my birthday from my sister.

    *allll the excitement over books*

  9. Let’s see, my tbr is huge (even if I don’t know it yet!”

    Time and again series by deborah heal
    A time to rise (I wonder who wrote that…)
    Deliverance by Tricia Mingerink
    Unblemished by Sara Ella
    AD 33 by Ted Dekker
    Exodus by Leon Uris
    Finest Hours by Micheal J Tougias
    The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry
    Deadly Renunions series by Lynette Easton
    And the list goes on and on

  10. Lovely list! I haven’t read a single one of those! (Not even the authors, I don’t think :()

    However, I do intend to read this fall! Hopefully much more than I managed this summer :/


    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Because there’s a movie coming
    Cinder (and the whole series) by Marissa Meyer I haven’t tried any of hers yet?!
    The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyers Don’t judge, my mom loved them 😛

    That’s fairly ambitious for me as is, but if I end up with spare time, I’ll probably throw Harry Potter in there because I now own the entire beautiful series!! Dad read them aloud to us like 4 years ago, but I have never read the words of the page for myself ^.^ Besides, it will super boost my Goodreads challenge which is also floundering at the moment :/

    • OOOH! You must try out Marissa Meyer. Cinder is PERFECTION. Do it! 😉

      And I totally don’t judge with Twilight. I read the series in a single week. LOL. How exciting for you to read Harry Potter to yourself! It’s like experiencing it for the first time TWICE.

  11. Um.


    xP Beyond that, not much else. When I find a book, I read it immediately. I’m always sorely lacking in books, though.

    I’m also planning on reading The Lost Girl of Astor Street (By Stephanie Morrill) soon.

    And I might buy Waking Beauty… Because I read the beginning in a sample on Goodreads, and it was awesome…

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