A short and tentative to be read list (ft. new fall releases!)

This list only has three books on it right now because as I’m writing this, ModernMrs.Darcy (aka the book-world authority I look towards for this type of information) still hasn’t posted a guide to 2019 fall releases yet. As soon as that drops, I am sure this list will expand.

And it’s a tentative list because school has a horrible tendency to mess with my reading. Well, I guess school also helps a little because it gives you books to read, but that does not balance out the equation. During school months, the scales of time definitely tilt towards the homework side rather than the reading side.

But hey, that’s when one of the many superpowers readers have comes into play: sneaking in a couple pages every time there’s a few spare minutes and adding those pages up into a whole book. Unless those pages don’t add up to a book and then you feel like you’ve been reading the same book for a month with no progress. Which is awful. Hopefully that will not be happening with any of the following books.

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell

Release date: September 10, 2019
Genre: non-fiction, psychology
Thoughts: It’s Malcolm Gladwell! You might have heard of some of his other books (such as Outliers: The Story of Success). They all have clean and simple white covers like this one. He also hosts the podcast Revisionist History, which I LOVE-I recommended it in my podcasts post earlier this year! What he does in his books and his podcast is take stories you’ve either never heard of or have definitely heard of and then turn them completely on their heads. It’s fascinating and really makes you reconsider things. If you don’t like non-fiction, Malcolm Gladwell’s books might be good ones to try because they’re the absolute opposite of dry and boring.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Release date: September 24, 2019
Genre: Historical fiction (with a touch of magic?)
Thoughts: Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of another book called Between the World and Me from a few years ago that is also on my to be read list. It’s won several awards, and I feel like I’ve seen it all over the place. He’s already written many books (including multiple Black Panther comics series!), but The Water Dancer is his first novel. From what the description gives away, it’s about a mother and son in slavery who are cruelly and wrongly separated. The story is about the son as he is given a strange gift that pushes him to go on a complex journey to save his family.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Release date: November 5, 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Thoughts: Haha, Erin Morgenstern is also the author of another book on my to be read list: The Night Circus! I’m guessing there’s a good chance you’ve either read it, heard of it, or seen its striking cover before. This is her second novel. It’s about a guy who finds a mysterious book with weird stories in it that somehow has a story about him, and it leads him into a hidden world. Okay, the plot is reminding me of the book The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (which also has a black and gold and silver cover! weird), and I did not like that book, but I think I will like The Starless Sea because of how many good things I’ve heard about The Night Circus.

Also, the UK cover for The Starless Sea is completely different-whaaaat?

What are you reading right now?
Favorite 2019 releases so far?
Other new books you want to read but haven’t gotten to yet?

P.P.S. Beautiful bookstore picture @jo_rodgers on Instagram

18 thoughts on “A short and tentative to be read list (ft. new fall releases!)”

  1. I read a book by Malcolm Gladwell several years ago, but I should read more of his works, especially now that I’m a psychology major! Thanks for bringing him back into my recollection 🙂 The Starless Sea looks really good, and I also have to read The Night Circus as well.

    I’m reading The Young Elites by Marie Lu right now, and then after that, I’ll be reading Carry On by Rainbow Rowell!
    Happy September!

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    1. Ohh, do you remember which one you read? I’ve read Blink and Outliers and maybe one more. That’s so cool! Psychology is one of the majors I’m interested in. What are the names of the classes you’re taking this year? And you are very welcome. :)) Yes agh, I need to read The Night Circus also.

      Oh, Marie Lu! One of my friends loves her Legend series. Okay, the only book I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell so far is Eleanor & Park, but Fangirl and Carry On are both on my tbr.
      Happy September to you too!

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      1. I actually didn’t take any psych classes last semester (I worked on my bio major instead), but so far I’ve taken Social Psychology and the Biological Basis of Behavior, both of which were super interesting!!

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              1. There’s all sorts of fun psychology things!

                For example, a pretty well known one is the fact that your circadian rhythm is tied to your sleep, but also your digestion (thus why you might not be hungry sometimes but hungry others), mood/hormones, and others! So if you mess up your sleep schedule, sometimes it ripples through your day, and this is one of the reasons why.

                As for conditioning, sometimes there are small things that make you happy when you do something. For example, ticking off boxes on a todo list makes me really happy, and gives me a little shot of dopamine every time I accomplish the task and tick off the box. Essentially, what I have done, is conditioned my brain to “feel happy” for a little bit right after I accomplish a task. So if I’m feeling really unmotivated, I’ll break up a task into tiny little pieces, just so I can tick off a box and get my little shot of happy.

                Probably not the most scientific explanation, but some of the reasons I’m so interested in psychology!!

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                1. It’s crazy to me how these small things we do with our body can make huge, invisible differences! I remember reading somewhere that they did this experiment with students taking the same test with different amounts of sleep. The people with less sleep did worse, which isn’t an interesting finding, but what the fascinating part was that they were as confident as how they did as the people with more sleep.

                  Yesss, me too. Except I tend to cross things off more than tick off boxes. Have you ever written something down afterwards so you can cross it off??

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                  1. Yes, my professor actually kinda did that with our exam, haha! And it was pretty much what the study showed. Psychology is wack.

                    YESS ALL THE TIME!! My boyfriend calls it “being retroactively productive” 😂😂

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                    1. Haha, that’s such a good way of putting it! That reminds me of two other terms. One is procrastinating productively, where you procrastinate something important by doing lesser important but still helpful tasks. And then pregret! This isn’t an actual word (yet)-I heard about it from the podcast, ELT. It’s where you regret something before you do it.

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  2. I am reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time right now, which is an adult book and consequently a bit outside my comfort zone, but it is interesting so far. Even though I am an adult I hesitate to read adult books most of the time.
    Hm, one of my favorite 2019 books so far has been The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly, which is a middle grade modern fantasy book. Mainly because of Jonathon.
    Someday I would like to read a Malcolm Gladwell book, but I don’t pick of non-fiction very often. I think once I was reading it I would find it really interesting, but the starting is the hard part.

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    1. Oh, somebody just mentioned that book to me recently! I mean, it’s kind of a title you can’t forget after you see it once. Ohh, another adult book! Nice. Haha, there’s so many good middlegrade and YA books though ;))
      Wait, his name is spelled Jonathon with an “o”?? I’m so used to Jonathan that the spelling immediately caught my eye.
      His non-fiction was some of the first non-fiction I ever read, which was good I think because it was super engaging and not dry at all. And yes, I know what you mean.

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      1. Yes, ultimately I always come back to middle grade fiction. I just love it so much, and I think I always will. I will never grow out of Kate DiCamillo.
        Yeah, it’s Jonathon with an “o.” I am used to the other spelling too, but apparently using an “o” is a thing.

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  3. I’m currently reading Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff (alongside a ton of books I haven’t finished whoops), and it’s funny because I saw this post in my email just after I finished writing the new book releases section of my August wrap up! I’ve gotten to hardly,,, any books this year? Which is really sad, but school’s kept me far too busy. It’s cool that you look at ModernMrs.Darcy for new releases, I heavily rely on Goodreads’ new releases from authors on your shelves feature for this. I hadn’t heard of Malcolm Gladwell before but I’m a sucker for this kind of non-fiction it seems so I’ll definitely be checking him out!

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    1. Ohh, Jay Kristoff! That is definitely a name I recognize. Wait, the third Nevernight book already came out? I’ve read the first one, but haven’t picked up the second one. Ahh haha, the timing of things. Agh, school is the enemy of reading I think. Ohh, I completely forgot about Goodreads helping me with new releases. I’m subscribed to their monthly new releases newsletters. Wow, I can’t believe that slipped my mind. Wait, you get emails when authors on your shelves release new books? Hmm, maybe I don’t have that turned on. Ahh, his books are so great! I hope you love them if you do. :)) Also, if you’re into audiobooks, the audiobook version of his new book is supposed to be unique and cool.

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      1. Haha you should! That’s how I felt too but like it got massively delayed so I had time to be ready. And school is definitely the enemy of reading! I wish it wasn’t, I do read books that I enjoy because of school, but it consumes so much time. I get monthly emails, yeah maybe they’re not turned on for you? And ooh okay I shall definitely check it out!

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        1. Oh, I didn’t know it got delayed! Do you know what happened? Ohh yes, I think that’s it. Okay, I’ll have to go figure that out. Wow, thank you for telling me about another Goodreads feature! Ahh, I hope you love it if you do :))

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