#5OnMyTBR: Autumn Read

Hello Mondays, welcome back to #5OnMyTBR, a meme created by the wonderful E @ The Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. This bookish meme gets us to dig even further into our TBRs by simply posting about five books on our TBR! You can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. You can find the full list of prompts (past and future) at the end of this post!

This week’s prompt is: Autumn Read

As I’m a mood reader, and I live in the tropics where there’s only one season year round, I often don’t tend to think about reads by seasons. I always find it odd making book lists for seasons when I don’t actually experience them anymore, but it’s always nice to imagine… So I guess when I think autumn reads, the first thing that comes to mind are spooky books or books with eerie atmospheres like thrillers. But I think comforting books would also make my imaginary autumn stack because I’d love to curl up under the covers with a cozy read. So with those things in mind, here are my five picks from the TBR:

The puppet master’s apprentice

Pinocchio meets Frankenstein in this dark fairy tale retelling where a young girl is commissioned to build an assassin for a dark-hearted tyrant.

Impressed by the work of the puppetmaster and his apprentice, Tavia’s ruler, The Margrave, has ordered dozens of life-size marionette soldiers to be sent to Wolfspire Hall. When the orders for more soldiers come in with increasingly urgent deadlines, the puppetmaster’s health suffers and Pirouette, his daughter and protégé, is left to build in his stead. But there is something far more twisted brewing at Wolfspire—the Margrave’s son wants Pirouette to create an assassin. And he wants her to give it life.

With Tavia teetering on the brink of war and her father dying in the dungeons, Pirouette has no choice but to accept. Racing against the rise of the next blue moon—the magic that will bring her creations to life—she can’t help but wonder, is she making a masterpiece…or a monster?

hollow road

Legends describe the Maer as savage man-beasts haunting the mountains, their bodies and faces covered with hair. Creatures of unimaginable strength, cunning, and cruelty. Bedtime stories to keep children indoors at night. Soldiers’ tales to frighten new recruits.

It is said the Maer once ruled the Silver Hills, but they have long since passed into oblivion.
This is the story of their return.

Carl, Sinnie and Finn, three companions since childhood, are tasked with bringing a friend’s body home for burial. Along the way, they find there is more to the stories than they ever imagined, and the mountains hold threats even darker than the Maer. What they discover on their journey will change the way they see the world forever.

Travel down Hollow Road to find out which legends are true, and which have been twisted. 

ninth house

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

sisters of the moon

A monstrous fate will turn a girl into a legend.

On an island in Lake Obersee, where The Sisters of St. Gertrude abide, a destitute Moor named Durra arrives. Sold for taxes, she and her two companions tend to the nuns and their collection of cats. At night, she combs the library for details on the order, the remote island, and the beasts howling outside her window.

But when a prank reveals the sisters’ gruesome secret, Durra is forced to accept a new fate. Bestowed an unearthly power, she must choose between life as a nun or living among the monsters beyond the convent walls.

Her path is about to change the tide in the ultimate war. The war between good and evil.


There is something strange about Coraline’s new home. It’s not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. It’s the other house – the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back.


  • 07/09/2020 — Autumn Read
  • 14/09/2020 — Red Cover
  • 21/09/2020 — Classics
  • 28/09/2020 — Books about Books

Are you a seasonal reader? What books would make your Autumn stack? Are any of these picks ‘autumn’ suitable?

21 thoughts on “#5OnMyTBR: Autumn Read

    • So I just read a review that posted a whole bunch of CW/TW and… I honestly don’t know if I’m ready to be reading all of that right now. It’s made me question if I even want to read it at all now because those TWs are definitely no joke 🥺

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  1. It’s so hard for me to wrap my head around not having seasons. I love watching the seasons change. But, it’s all I’ve ever known. You’ve lived in lots of places, so I’m sure you’ve experienced other seasons. How does it compare? I just picked up Ninth House the other day. I’m looking forward to starting it. Great picks!

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    • Haha it sucks not having seasons. I miss cold weather SO MUCH. I did experience it in the UK and Australia when I lived in both countries, and Vietnam and Bangladesh had fall/winter seasons. But living in Indonesia it’s just plain hot all the freaking time. And humid. Super humid. I mean, it’s great you can go to the beach often and get lots of sun, but yeah, I’m one of those weirdos that love the cold! 😂 How are you liking Ninth House btw? I just read a review today with a whole slew of TW that really put me off coz I don’t know if I can handle it lol


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  3. I sort of can’t even imagine what it’s like to live somewhere without seasons. I mean, true, we only really have three seasons here (the rainy one, the drought, and the big ice), but still. At least it’s something.

    I notice there’s ONE scary book on here, Dini, and I’m proud of you. xD I guess Coraline’s not that creepy, but I’m still proud of you. I should be reading The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice next month, so I sure hope it lives up to being a good autumn read. 😉


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