Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Autumn TBR List


I’m godawful at sticking to TBR lists, but sometimes I’m forced to by outside forces… in this case, a PhD application. But I still have books that I want to read anyway!


  1. The Green Road by Anne Enright

I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book, and despite beginning The Gathering earlier this year and dropping it, the bits I’ve read seem to connect better with me in this book than that. Really wasn’t a fan of the narrative voice of The Gathering!

2. Small Acts of Disappearance by Fiona Wright

I go to the same uni as Fiona Wright, who just submitted her own PhD application (go girl!) AND she’s a mythical beast who did it spot on 3 years… PLUS this collection of essays has been shortlisted for the Stella prize!

3. The Victorians by A.N. Wilson

I love the Victorian era, and want more background knowledge for my work about sections of society that I perhaps haven’t explored as yet.

4. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

As further reading on my feminism quest, this sounds awesome, and is delightfully short… easy to fit in around my masses of other stuff!

5. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

I’ve heard this isn’t as good as A Discovery of Witches, but I will probably need something light and fluffy to read!

Uni Reads….

6. Works by Jean Rhys:


Wide Sargasso Sea

Tigers are Better Looking

Sleep it off, Lady

Smile, Please

Letters 1931-1966


7. Works by Colette

Gigi and the Cat

Cheri and the Last of Cheri

My Apprenticeships and Music Hall Sidelights

Retreat from Love

The Complete Claudine

The Vagabond 

Chance Encounters


8. Jean Rhys by Carole Angier

9. The Blue Hour  by Lilian Pizzicini

10. Colette by Judith Thurman


Oh my god… no way am I getting through that. No way in hell!

*curls up and rocks slowly*

Wish me luck! At least some of them are quite little!


15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Autumn TBR List

  1. Good luck! I also hope you enjoy your Spring reading. I read Shadow of Night earlier this year and I enjoyed it as much as the first – I am now reading The Book of Life 🙂

      • Shukran ❤ I have been, also trying to apply for a PhD but health is getting in the way. I'm feeling much better than I was, but I still have a long way to get back to normal. Chronic illness can be such a menace sometimes! Thank you so much for your concern ❤

      • Shukran.. haha she knows some words. Alhamdulillah that’s really cool to know.

        PhD… Wow! First time I am seeing someone that much educated here. In which area will you do/plan to do your research?

        P.S: I would feel happier if you shelve this ‘thank you’ word aside. Didn’t you get concerned had I been in your place. Lot of prays for you!! (:

      • I hope I got that right? I live in an area with many Arabic speakers so I pick up little bits!
        I’ll be doing research in English literature

      • You were spot on!! That’s awesome. PhD scholar at such a young age. I haven’t finished even my MS yet.. Aussie universities (atleast some of them) are pretty cool ones. Which one are you planning to enroll in?

        Oh wait! Whats update on your health Belinda?

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