21 October 2019

Autumn TBR

Autumn TBR

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As the evenings are getting longer and the temperature dropping, I find myself taking up the position of reading while wrapped in a blanket on the sofa more and more. The combination of warmth, a good story to get lost in and maybe even a few candles thrown in for good measure is one that makes me relax completely after a long day or long week working. 

Seeing as I only have 4 more books left to complete my yearly challenge of reading 30 books (which I think I might go over), I've lined up some fab titles to get stuck into over the next few months. 

Autumn TBR


In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a T├Ątowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

This one has been on my TBR for a long while but thanks to this being the October read in Beth's Book Club, I now have no excuses. By the time this goes live I think I'll have finished Me Before You *sob* so I can move onto this and hopefully finish it by the end of the month. 


On a hot summer night, a scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is grabbed by unknown assailants in a shopping centre parking lot. Vanished into thin air, the authorities are desperate to save the doctor. One month later, the serenity of a sunny Sunday afternoon is shattered by the boom of a ground-shaking blast—followed by another second later. One of Atlanta’s busiest and most important neighbourhood’s has been bombed—the location of Emory University, two major hospitals, the FBI headquarters, and the CDC.

This was kindly gifted to me by Harper Collins, and if there's anything that gets me going with a storyline it's a good thriller/mystery. Even though this is part of a series, I'm hoping this book stands alone like other mystery novels I've read in the past. 


Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterwards, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

Again, this one has been on my TBR list for a long while, and as the story of this book is so relevant to what is going on today in the US, I've finally felt it's time to pick it up and read it. And due to the number of awards this book has gained, I know it's going to be a good one. 


Shetland: a place of sheep and soil, of harsh weather, close ties and an age-old way of life. A place where David has lived all his life, like his father and grandfather before him, but where he abides only in the present moment. A place where Sandy, a newcomer but already a crofter, may have finally found a home. A place that Alice has fled to after the death of her husband. But times do change - island inhabitants die or move away, and David worries that no young families will take over the chain of stories and care that this valley has always needed, while others wonder if it was ever truly theirs to join. In the wind and sun and storms from the Atlantic, these islanders must decide: what is left of us when the day's work is done, the children grown, and all our choices have been made?

This book was gifted to me from Canongate, and one of the main things that drew me to this book is the setting. Shetland is a beautiful place, one which I hope to visit someday, and life on a small island reminds me of the small town living that I'm used to. 


For centuries, the mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have fed into the rapids of history’s darkest waters—and now, in Sarah Perry’s breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent, it is heading in our direction.

Give me a historical novel with a twist of the supernatural, and I'm a happy bunny. After reading Things In Jars I've been searching for more books like it, so when my friend who works at a bookshop passed this on to me, I was very happy!


The most influential blogger on the scene takes us behind the glowing lights of the catwalk on an exclusive tour of everything you should know about the constantly evolving, ever shining world of fashion.

Don't ask me why it's taken me so long to get to this, especially as I bought it when it launched! Victoria is a blogger that I've looked up to for years, but when she launched this book, I was unsure whether it was going to be yet another book brought out by an influencer just for the hell of it. But I heard so many good things from those who had also been a bit sceptical, that I decided to get it. 


In 1987 a massive snowstorm hits New York as Peter Kaldheim flees the city, owing drug debts to a dealer who is no stranger to casual violence. Leaving behind his chaotic past, Kaldheim hits the road, living hand-to-mouth in flop-houses, pan-handling with his fellow itinerants. As he makes his way across America in search of a new life, the harsh reality of vagrancy forces him to face up to his past, from his time in Rikers prison to relationships lost and lamented.

Another one from Canongate, Idiot Wind caught my eye due to the fact it is a memoir. I've slowly been getting into the genre of memoirs, and really enjoy them if there is a lesson learnt like in this one. 

Autumn TBR


If you want to pick up any of the books I've read recently then head to my Amazon shop here, and do follow me on Goodreads to stay up to date with how I'm getting on with these books over the next few months. 



  1. Tattooist of Auschwitz is a BRILLIANT book! I want to re-read it again and follow up with the sequel that is recently out!

    I really hope you enjoy it!

    1. I've just finished it and very nearly cried! Need to read the sequel too