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

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

These are some of the books I hope to check out this fall. Some of them are already available, while others haven’t been published yet.

1. A Lot Like Adios  by Alexis Daria

Why: It seems lighthearted and fun.



2. Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story by Lilliam Rivera

Why: My immigration story is quite different from this one, but I enjoy reading about other people’s experiences with moving to other countries.



A Dark and Starless Forest  by Sarah Hollowell 

Why: Raise your hand if you’re a little creeped out by but also fascinated by forests! I hope I’m not the only Top Ten Tuesday participant who has that mixture of emotions about the woods and what might be hidden in them.


4. Rosie the Truffle Hound by Jessie Hartland

Why: It looks adorable.


5. The Matzah Ball  by Jean Meltzer

Release Date: September 28

Why: I’ve read very few books about Jewish protagonists and am trying to expand my horizons. The idea of someone writing Christmas romance novels when they don’t actually celebrate that holiday also interests me!


6. Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan

Release Date: October 12

Why: So many of the Top Ten Tuesday bloggers we visit each week have been raving about this book. You have all convinced me to give it a try.



7. Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World (Aristotle and Dante, #2)  by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Release Date: October 12

Why: I’m hoping I will remind myself to finally read the first book in this series if I include the second on in this list. That’s how it works, right? 🙂


8. Comfort Me with Apples by Catherynne M. Valente 

Release Date: October 26

Why: Those of you who have been following Long and Short Reviews for a long time might remember my affinity for zany titles. I’m often the first reviewer here to request books whose titles are wacky, funny, or unusual, so the title of Comfort Me With Apples grabbed my attention immediately.



Spin Me Right Round by David Valdes

Release Date: November 2

Why: I grew up in a community that wasn’t very welcoming for LGBT+ people, but I can’t imagine how much worse it was in the 1980s. It will be fascinating to compare life in the 1980s with my memories as well as with how it is in the current era.



Coming Clean: A true story of love, addiction and recovery  by Liz Fraser

Release Date: November 30

Why: I have a relative who drank dangerous amounts of alcohol and nearly died because of it. He has since done an incredible job of getting and staying sober. This experience has given me a soft spot for people who are struggling with addictions as well as relatives of people with this problem. Learning about other people’s struggles with it is a great way to combat the loneliness of this experience.


  1. Jade Fire Gold looks so good, I can’t wait for it to be released!

  2. Catherynne M. Valente is so varied in what she writes!

  3. Ooh, yes, I have my eyes on Comfort Me with Apples too! I really love Valente’s work. The wait is long though. 🙁 And you’re right — Rosie the Truffle Hound does seem adorable!

  4. I’m excited to read A Lot Like Adios, too! I’ve read Jade Fire Gold and enjoyed it.

    I hope you love all these books when you get to them! 🙂

  5. Jade , Fire Gold looks good!

  6. I’m Jewish and yes, there aren’t enough Jewish holiday themed books but… this one sounds a bit… silly. No matter, I’m sure it will be fun. (By the way, my friend wrote three Jewish holiday themed books – the first one was for Hanukkah which she called Chanukah Guilt – a murder mystery with a female rabbi doing the investigations. The other two, Unleavened Dead (for Passover) and Yom Killer (for Yom Kippur) were also fun!) I reviewed them all on my blog.

  7. This looks like such a great list! I am so intrigued by A Dark and Starless Forest!

  8. I think I’m in on the Matzah Ball!

    Here’s my list—

    Happy TTT!

  9. I agree with #10. We actually have a number of alcoholics in my family and it’s just so devastating to watch them self-destruct. Thankfully, several of them have been able to get sober, but there are others who are still in the thralls of the disease. I should read this book to get a better understanding of what they’re going through. Thanks for the heads-up!

    Happy TTT!


    • Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. It’s a difficult experience for loved ones to go through for sure (as well as the person struggling with alcohol addiction, of course).

      I hope that book helps you.

  10. Jade Fire Gold sounds so good! And I totally agree that forests are creepy!

  11. Great list. I hope you enjoy these!

  12. A great list! I hope you enjoy reading them all.

    Thank you for stopping by my post earlier:

    • You’re welcome. I’ll certainly have plenty of good things to read this autumn, and it looks like you will as well. 🙂

  13. I love the sound of A Lot Like Adios!

  14. These all look like great reads. I hope you enjoy them.

  15. I’m so hype for a new Aristotle and Dante book! I read the first book when I was first in college, and loved it so much! I hope you have a good week!

    Here is my Top Tuesday post:

  16. Spin Me Right Round sounds like it’s going to be a good one. Hope you enjoy all the books on your list!

  17. Unearthed and Coming Clean sound fabulous. Hope you enjoy all these. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  18. This is such a great list! We’ve got a few books in common, and I also saw so many people raving about Jade Fire Gold that it got added to my TBR!

  19. Rosie the Truffle hound looks soo cute hope you enjoy it!

  20. Comfort Me With Apples has such a great title and cover! Never heard of that one but I’m gonna check out more about it cos I’m intrigued! I’m so looking forward to reading Jade Fire Gold and I hope we both enjoy it. Happy reading 🙂

  21. Spin Me Right Round caught my eye, it immediately made me think of the song. Love that premise!

  22. Great list! The Matzah Ball sounds so fun, definitely one I’m interested in checking out.

  23. I have The Matzah Ball, Spin Me Right Round, and the new Ari and Dante on my list too!

  24. “Rosie, the Truffle Hound” sounds adorable. I haven’t read a new children’s book for ages, will have to set that straight.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

  25. A Lot Like Adios is on my list too, it sounds like such a fun read. Hope you’ll enjoy all of these!

  26. I can’t wait for the second Aristotle and Dante book! It may have to get pushed back to my winter TBR, but I’m still very excited about it 🙂

  27. I love how you shortly explained why you wanted to read these books. Many cool covers! Enjoy!

  28. I’ve heard about Alexis Daria on melreads’s channel on youtube recently, hope you’ll enjoy it.

  29. I am so excited for Comfort Me With Apples! These all look great!

  30. Lots of new-to-me titles here and they look great. Hope you enjoy them all.

  31. I, too, am intrigued by Jade Fire Gold! I might have to pick it up 🙂

  32. Lauren @ Always Me says

    I’m really looking forward to Jade Fire Gold too. Thanks for sharing!

  33. I want to read the A Lot Like Adios book, as well as the one that is before that.

  34. Great list, we share some A Lot Like Adios, The Matzah Ball and Aristotle and Dante

  35. Great list! I have Alexis Daria’s first book to read, I hope I enjoy it because this one sounds good to! Jade Fire Gold is one that sounds really good to me too. Happy reading!

  36. Pretty sure I’ve seen Jean’s show up on a few others lists or on Goodreads, so it’s one I should take a closer look at. I’m all always for Christmas-y reads. Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week.

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