Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Fall 2021 To-Read List

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A red pair of glasses sitting on top of an opened book. The book has a red cover and is sitting on a pile of moss and autumn leaves. Here are the books I’m looking forward to reading this autumn.

My TBR is always much longer than my actual reading time, so I’ll remain flexible as always as I wait to see what strikes my fancy and which titles have the shortest wait lists at the Toronto Public Library.

I try to schedule things so I always have at least a few books waiting to be read and some more that will soon be available.

There’s an art and a science to requesting library books in the right order to keep this steady stream of reading material flowing all year long.

Maybe someday I’ll write a full post about how I do that. Ha!

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson book cover. Image on cover shows a young black girl with a gorgeous Afro that is surrounded by purple and white smoke.

1. White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

Why: Ms. Jackson is on the list of authors I always check out when they release new books. The paranormal elements of this storyline only make me more excited for it.


What Lives in the Woods by Lindsay Currie book cover. Image on cover is a painting of a kid standing in front of a two-story picture window at night. There are yelllow-eyed creatures standing outside leering at her.

2. What Lives in the Woods by Lindsay Currie 

Why: This is exactly the type of playfully scary story I would have loved as a kid!


Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach book cover. Image on cover shows a patch of a national park ranger’s uniform that has bears, trees, and other nature stuff on it.

3. Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach

Why: I had no idea that wild animals were charged for their “crimes” a few hundred years ago in certain jurisdictions! This is the sort of unusual history book that I love reading. You’d never find this sort of stuff in a traditional history class.


The Insiders by Mark Oshiro book cover. image on cover is a drawing of various middle school aged kids sneaking into and out of various rooms.

4. The Insiders  by Mark Oshiro 

Publication Date: Today

Why: I always dreamed of finding a hidden room when I was a kid.

The Days of Afrekete by Asali Solomon book cover. Image on cover is two african women standing facing apart. Their hair has been styles to resemble the continent of Africa.

5. The Days of Afrekete: A Novel  by Asali Solomon

Publication Date: October 19

Why: The comparison to Mrs. Dalloway intrigued me. I couldn’t get into it when I tried to read it as a teenager, but I’m hoping I’ll be old enough to enjoy both The Days of Afrekete and Mrs. Dalloway now that I’m an adult.


The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu book cover. Image on cover shows a young opposite sex couple sitting on top of a large pink donut.

6 .The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu

Publication Date: November 2

Why: The blurb mentions that this is similar to Kim’s Convenience, one of my favourite sitcoms. Romance novels are usually out of character for my reading habits, but I’m totally happy to make exceptions to that general rule of thumb when something catches my fancy like this.


Everything else I’m looking forward to was already mentioned in the Most Anticipated Books of the Second Half of 2021 prompt back in June. I don’t know about all of you, but I like to leave plenty of space for last-minute additions and mood reading when I’m thinking about what to read in any given season. May we all have a wonderful autumn filled with books that are perfect for us.

111 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Fall 2021 To-Read List

  1. Ooh, I’m loving the look of all these covers! I hadn’t heard of The Insiders or The Donut Trap but I’m definitely adding them to my TBR 😃 They look and sound like such fun. I hope you enjoy all these reads, Lydia!

  2. You are so right about the art/science of requesting library books! That’s part of why I try to focus on backlists, but if you can juggle them with new stuff, extra props. I would absolutely love to hear your post about that, because I bet it’s a little different for everyone.

    The cover of White Smoke is really appealing. I clicked on it, figuring it looked like a fantasy novel but willing to consider it anyway based on the sheer coolness of the art design, but uh, “big ol’ house plus GHOSTS”???? My EXACT brand.

    • I’ll work on that post. No idea when it will be published, but your kind words have convinced me. 🙂

      And, yeah, isn’t that the best? I love big old houses filled with ghosts…at least when it comes to reading about them. Haha.

  3. When you are getting new releases from the library, which I often do, you never know when your name will come up, so I totally get that. Fuzz looks like a very unusual book, but one that I would like. I will definitely be seeing if I can find it. Enjoy all these upcoming reads, Lydia.

  4. I really like th cover of The donut trap but it’s not the type of book I would usually read. I still don’t get why romance books had these bright, colorful covers that looks more like children’s books even when there are steamy scenes in them.

    I had never thought much about borrowing from libraries until now. I just read a tip about requesting to purchase a book and then you will be on the waiting list ahead of others – it’s a good tip but I’m never in a hurry to read a book. I read whatever I want to at the moment.

    Have a lovely day.

    • Thank you!

      Yes, requesting that your library purchase a book is a great trick. I request them as often as we’re allowed to and have ended up at the top of the waitlist for all sorts of interesting books that way. 🙂

    • You’re welcome.

      I’ve had the same thing happen to me. It’s always a bit of a disappointment, isn’t it? I hope you got those books again quickly.

  5. I didn’t “get” Mrs Dalloway when I was young either. Read it again about 5 years ago and it was a much more enjoyable experience.

    I do hope you write that post about how to manage all the library requests. Mine always come through in batches instead of in a nice steady stream

  6. I would definitely be interested in a post about how you do your library requesting. Mine always seems to be completely off. I wait and wait and wait for books and then they all come in at one time and I have to rush to read them. I could use some pro tips on how to stagger them better!

    Nice list. Several of these are on my TBR as well, although I probably won’t get to them this year. Eventually, though.

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


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