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Books On My Fall 2022 To-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is ‘Books On My Fall 2022 To-Read List

I’m not going to lie, part of me wants to find a nice Spooktober bingo card or 30 days prompt challenge and read a whole bunch of horror – I haven’t read enough horror lately and I miss it! As a teen llama, I was ALL I read.

However. I have once again hit that point where I’m currently reading 26 books. So I think I need to do something about that and actually, start finishing things before I pick something new up. And so, with that in mind, my Fall 2022 list is to finish reading:

Marian Keyes – Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married – currently at 78%
Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl – currently at 73%
Sarah J Maas – A Court Of Mist and Fury – currently at 67%
Mira Grant – Chimera – currently at 57%
Holly Black – The Cruel Prince – currently at 54%


Nicholas Cook – Music: A Very Short Introduction – currently at 48%
Stephen Law – Philosophy – currently at 46%
Peter Ackroyd – The History Of England: Foundation – currently at 45%
Mary Beard – Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town – currently at 45%
Paul Cartledge – Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction – currently at

Wish me luck?

(Also, if you click the images of the covers, it should now take you to the goodreads page about the book as well)

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Stacking The Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Reading Reality all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Do you remember how back in May I said I was going to stop getting new to me books, stop checking books out on Libby, stop going to the library and focus on my current physical TBR that’s taking over my flat?
HAHAHAHAH that’s gone about as well as could be expected. I currently have a pile of books akin to Mount Everest. And then I ended up in the library again this week (in my defence, it’s part of my therapy homework to keep practising leaving the house, and the library is generally safe!)

Well the books that came home with me this week are:

I’m particularly looking forward to Adventures Of A Young Naturalist. Bird Summons isn’t one I would normally have picked but it something about the colours and patterns called to me.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2022 Reading List

I know what you’re thinking – Cassie is actually posting a Top Ten Tuesday on an actual Tuesday?! I know, I’m as shocked as you are. 

But, I have to admit that this week’s topic of Books Set In a Place I’d Love to Visit (real places or fictional) didn’t inspire me so I went back through the list of the ones I’ve missed over the last couple of months and decided on Books On My Summer 2022 To-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.


Mira Grant – Symbiont & Chimera
Peter Ackroyd – History Of England: Foundation
Natalie J Case – Thanátou
Alexandria Bellefleur – Written In The Stars
Kerry O Ferris & Scott R Harris – Stargazing: Celebrity, Fame, and Social Interaction


Anne Rice – The Vampire Lestat
Marian Keyes – Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married
Matt Haig – The Dead Father’s Club
Bill Bryson – Troublesome Words
Mary Beard – Pompeii

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2022 Adjusted Goals

I am still trying to read far too many books. I’ve got it down to 17 on the currently reading pile, 10 actively reading and 3 that I’m focused on. I blame having the ADHD brain but sometimes, like now, I get really frustrated with myself. Especially when I’ve just gone and downloaded a whole bunch of freebie kindle books, placed holds on like 10 books through Libby, another 6 or 8 physical library reservations AND checked 5 books out of the library this morning.

I had a goal for this year. I was going to tackle my physical TBR. We are three months into the year and do you know how many I’ve cleared off that pile? Not a single one. I got distracted with trying out the books everyone says I should be reading, with getting ARCs to read and review, with worrying about what I thought I ought to be reading to write about here. And what happened? It took the shine off. I wasn’t reading what I loved to read.

So I’m readjusting back to where I was. Sort of. I want to keep finding and reading new things, because that’s exciting. I’ve found new things I’ve loved, and new things I haven’t.
I have a whole thinkypost being drafted about fantasy books and why I don’t like the genre, and I’ve stumbled across a video on TikTok of books that serve as an introduction to things that aren’t Tolkien, Eddings, Pratchett, Feist, etc which are the main contributor to what’s now on hold/reserved.
But I really want to keep working through my TBR before it topples over and kills me in the middle of the night.

With that in mind, I want to get down to where I’m actively reading about 8 books:
One Kindle
One Kindle Unlimited
One Libby – Telford
One Libby – Honiton
One physical library fiction
One physical library non-fiction
One physical TBR
(I live in Telford, betrothed lives in Honiton, I’m a member of both libraries)

I will check in again in another couple of months to see how I’m getting on… wish me luck?!

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An exploration of my TBR

I am so glad to have finished reading Jane Eyre, you have no idea. I have finished the whole unit of work on the book and now I’m looking at a multi-disciplinary (Classical Studies, Art History, English Literature & Creative Writing) unit on ‘what makes a Classic’ and I’m very excited that we’re looking at Homer.

Then I’ve got two mini-essays of 600 words to write on both Twelfth Night and Jane Eyre – these are due on Thursday and I’ve taken Monday & Tuesday off work in case I need them to finish the essays. That will be the end of the English Literature block and you will hear me breathe a huge sigh of relief. I love to read (obviously) but not to analyze and generally, the novels looked at in these courses are not my style. Give me horror, sci-fi, urban fantasy, and chick-lit any day of the week.

After spending two weeks reading Jane Eyre, I’m looking forward to picking up books of my own choosing again. I’m currently reading Life Support by Tess Gerritsen and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. As well as way too many others – see here for the full list! (I have ADHD, I can’t read just one book!)

Next up to read are Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, and The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

There are so many books on my TBR that I’m super excited to read as well – a lot of these are re-reads just because I got into a reading slump and figured re-reading books I know I love might help kick-start and reignite my love for reading (spoiler alert – it worked!)
Patricia Briggs – Moon Called
Stephen Fry – Mythos
Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
Chloe Neill – Some Girls Bite
Madeline Miller – Song Of Achilles
Gail Carriger – Soulless
Mary Beard – SPQR
Jim Butcher – Storm Front
Jonathan Sims – Thirteen Storeys
Jaimie Admans – The Wishing Tree Beside The Shore

It’s also worth noting that my physical TBR is three piles, a shelf and two bookcases – there are also like 2000 books on my Goodreads ‘Want To Read’ and about 3000 books on my Kindle so I’m going to need a couple of lifetimes to get through them all and it is awesome