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#TopTenTuesday 10 Books On My Fall 2022 To-Read List


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Here’s how it works: Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic for each Tuesday. If you check this link, you’ll find she’s assigned topics for several future weeks so you can plan ahead. She adds, “create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list . . . Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you!”

Each week Jana posts a Linky on her blog where you can (if you want) share a link to your post and check out other bloggers’ posts.


I haven’t been participating in Top Ten Tuesday for very long, but already I can tell that soon I’ll have to start skipping these reading-season updates. All I do is carry over unread books from one of those lists to the next.

Here are 10 books I hope to read soon. You’ll recognize several of them from some previous Top Ten Tuesday list.

Book cover: Ghosts, Edith Wharton. NYRB edition.

Ghosts by Edith Wharton

I’ve had the ghost stories of Edith Wharton on my reading list for several years now. I’m hoping that the October 2021 publication of this new edition from NYRB Classics will be the impetus of my achievement of this goal.

Finding Me by Voila Davis

Yes, you’ve seen this memoir on my proposed reading lists for a few months now, but it keeps getting bumped for various reasons (most recently, the simultaneous arrival of several library requests). 

This fall, I’m definitely going to get to it. Hope springs eternal.

Book cover: Scenes from My Life by Michael K. Williams. Photo of author: a Black man with a vertical scar running down the middle of his forehead, across his nose, and onto his right cheek.

Scenes from My Life: A Memoir by Michael K. Williams

Like Viola Davis, Williams was a dynamic actor whose work I admired. At the time of his death on September 6, 2021, he left behind this “nearly finished” memoir.

After She Wrote Him by Sulari Gentill

This is an earlier novel by the author of the recent book The Woman in the Library, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Book cover: Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the last trial of Harper Lee, by Casey Cep

Furious Hours by Casey Cep

I appreciate good nonfiction, even though my most recent two years of reading don’t include much of it. This one involves Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, and I’ve had it on my TBR shelf seemingly forever.

Book cover: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Background: aerial photo of surfers on turquoise water.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I really need to read this book so that I can then read the follow-up, Carrie Soto Is Back.

Book cover: The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford

The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford

This was my Book of the Month choice in August. I chose it because it’s a genre-bender—historical fiction, futuristic fiction, science fiction—as well as a novel that deals with some of the big issues that interest me: multigenerational family sagas, intergenerational trauma, time travel, mental health.

Book cover: Lessons by Ian McEwan

Lessons by Ian McEwan

This one was just published (September 13), so I’m not way behind for not having read it yet. It’s about “a future self that will be pursued by memories of a piano lesson that profoundly altered the course of his life,” according to Oprah Daily.

Book cover: Desert Star by Michael Connelly

Desert Star by Michael Connelly

Due for publication on November 8, this is another crossover novel featuring retired LAPD detective Harry Bosch and his younger protege, detective Renee Ballard. Michael Connelly is a “must read” author for me.

Book cover: Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn. Red drawing of a woman's hand holding a large black knife.

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

Older women, professional assassins, themselves now marked for termination. Think Helen Mirren in the film RED. Unpassupable.

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Study Notes

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© 2022 by Mary Daniels Brown

23 thoughts on “#TopTenTuesday 10 Books On My Fall 2022 To-Read List”

    1. Mary Daniels Brown

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Lydia. Yes, Ghosts does look good, and I’m DETERMINED to read it this October. I liked your list as well, particularly Hester.

  1. I always use these lists as a time to focus, but sometimes after just a couple weeks, the focus is lost. Ah well. It does help remind me of things I really want to read. Then I see your list and it could almost be a stand in for me since so many are already on my list. I agree about Connelly – didn’t know about this new one. Killers of Certain Age definitely of interest, especially since I AM ‘woman of a certain age’. lol. Just finished Viola Davis audio version which she narrates herself. SO good – read in her own distinctive voice really added depth to the reading. Hope you find time to get to it.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
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    1. Mary Daniels Brown

      I see The World We Make, Hester, and The Push on your list, Terrie–all of which are on my TBR shelves! Thanks for the heads-up about Viola Davis’s audiobook. I’ve bought the print book because I’m fairly certain there will be passages from it that I’ll want to quote, but I can imagine how inspiring listening to her own voice could be.

    1. Mary Daniels Brown

      Thanks, Susan. I saw Jane Harper’s The Exiles on your list, which I’m also much looking forward to. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    1. Mary Daniels Brown

      I’m guessing Titus Welliver will be narrating the Bosch portions of the new novel. He does a dynamite Harry Bosch! Thanks for stopping by.

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