The weather is cooling off, leaves are starting to change colors, and pumpkin spice lattes have made their joyous return. Fall is quickly approaching, and I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for it to get here. I am all about getting cozy in flannel, jeans, and cute boots on a crisp sunny day — or nestling under soft blankets on those perfectly gloomy rainy afternoons. Incidentally fall is ALSO a pretty great season for books! I just finished my first fall book of the year, Songs of Willow Frost, and it was pretty fantastic.
It just so happens that this week the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish ask bloggers to list the top ten books on our fall TBR lists for Top Ten Tuesday. I’m super excited about some of the books I’ll be reading over the next few months!
1. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft. Two of my favorite books, The Bell Jar and The Handmaid’s Tale, are feminist works, and I’ve been wanting to learn more about actual feminist philosophy. I picked up a really beautiful copy of this book from the Penguin Great Ideas series on a whim at my local indie bookstore last week, and I’m looking forward to reading it!
2. Beloved by Toni Morrison. For totally irrational reasons, I’ve been afraid to read Toni Morrison, and I’ve had two of her books languishing unread on my shelf for longer than I’d like to admit. But Banned Books Week is coming up (Sept. 22 to 28, mark your calendars!), and I’m going to celebrate by tackling Beloved!
3. Mind Without a Home: A Memoir of Schizophrenia by Kristina Morgan. Reading novels like The Bell Jar and Leave of Absence has made me really interested in learning more about mental illness. When Lisa of TLC Book Tours asked if I’d like to join the tour for this book, I jumped at the chance to get inside the head of a woman suffering from this highly stigmatized illness.
4. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. I nabbed a hardcover copy of this book from the bargain table at Barnes & Noble a few months ago, and it somehow seems like a good fall read. I’ve read tons of great reviews of this novel, and I can’t wait to finally read it!
5. We Are Water by Wally Lamb. I’ve never read Wally Lamb, but I’ve heard great things about his work. I was thrilled to jump on the TLC tour for his new book! The story sounds wonderful, and the galley is absolutely beautiful.
6. Mountainfit by Meera Lee Sethi. This memoir about Sethi’s time as a volunteer at a tiny bird observatory in far western Sweden might not be my typical read, but it seems like a really lovely little book. Lori of The Next Best Book Blog, also the marketing director for CCLaP, kindly sent me the PDF, and it will be really nice to spend a few quiet hours with it.
7. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. You guys, I have a galley, sitting on my windowsill! I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book (and Tartt’s other work), and I was psyched to win a copy from Bloggers Recommend. I can’t wait to dive into this chunkster.
8. A gothic novel. I read Wuthering Heights last October, and it was a perfect chilly, rainy-day read. I’d love to read something with a similar tone again this fall. So, readers: Should I read Rebecca or Jane Eyre?
9. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling). Crime novels aren’t really my thing, but I couldn’t resist picking up the new J.K. Rowling, whatever genre it is. Who knows, maybe this book will convert me.
10. Brewster by Mark Slouka. The author did a reading in Buffalo a few weeks ago, so I bought a copy and had it signed. It’s a coming of age story about a teen boy in a dead-end upstate NY town in the late 1960s, and based on the reading, it seems like the perfect blend of nostalgia and disappointment.