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September 23, 2015

top 10 tuesday (or, y’know, wednesday): fall tbr pile
posted by soe 3:44 pm

Yesterday’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from The Broke and the Bookish was the top ten books on our fall to-be-read piles.

I currently have 28 books out from the library and another 15 requested. It seems unlikely that I will get to all of them, as well as the ones that haven’t come out yet and the last few Book Riot Read Harder challenges that I haven’t accounted for yet, so this list is probably helpful in winnowing things down a bit.

  1. Robert Galbraith’s Career of Evil doesn’t come out until Oct. 20, but I will drop everything in order to read the next Cormoron Strike book from Jo Rowling.
  2. Likewise, Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On comes out next week. I own all her other books and love her work, so I feel pretty confident I’ll be reading this one soon.
  3. Back to things in my possession: I was so bowled over by Claudia Rankine’s reading at the National Book Festival that I returned my library copy of Citizen and bought my own. I’ve read the first part, but it is not a book to be hurried through, so I expect to take my time with this over the next few weeks.
  4. On a similar theme, I feel like Ta-Nahisi Coates’ Between the World and Me is equally important to read and equally necessary to read in small chunks so as to better digest his arguments. It just appeared on the longlist for the National Book Awards in nonfiction, and I anticipate it will win the category. And probably a bunch of other awards.
  5. Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’ just arrived at my library this week and is just waiting for Pope madness to subside so I can get over there and pick it up.
  6. Similarly, Amy Stewart’s Girl Waits with Gun also recently came through in my holds.
  7. Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham features a 16-year-old detective and I’m intrigued. D.C.’s library doesn’t have it, but Arlington does, so I guess that’ll be what prompts me to cross the river and renew that card.
  8. Next week is Banned Book Week, which means it’s time to finally get around to Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
  9. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is written by Becky Albertalli, who was a student at Wesleyan during my time there. I don’t think I ever met her, but the connection is still enough to bump this well-reviewed, National Book Awards longlisted YA title up my TBR.
  10. Can you believe I’ve never read Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park? Thanks to my Book Ninja Swap partner, Megz, I now have a copy, and I feel like fall would be a good time to read it. (I’ve seen the Billie Piper version of the story; do folks think that’s the best screen adaptation or do you prefer another?)

What are you hoping to read this fall?

Category: books. There is/are 3 Comments.

I have Carry On preordered and am going to try to make myself save it for the England trip, but I’m already pretty sure that I will give in and read it immediately! Ah well.

I think the Billie Piper one is the best one – there aren’t that many! There’s an 1999(?) one that’s ok, if rather off from the book, but the main actress always looks so smirky that it’s not my favorite. Hugh Bonneville is in it, though.

Comment by Jenn 09.24.15 @ 7:02 am

Wow! You have more books out of the library than I, my husband, and kids do altogether.

Let me know when you’re ready to read “Mansfield Park.” We keep talking about reading a book together, and maybe this could be the one!

Comment by Karen 10.01.15 @ 4:15 pm

@Karen: The piles were starting to weigh on me, so I took a bunch back last night and will take a few more tomorrow.

How about November for Mansfield Park? We could start together on Nov. 1 and then either converse as we go along or talk about it at Thanksgiving.

@Jenn: Can we still be friends even if I admit I had to look up who Hugh Bonneville is?

Comment by soe 10.08.15 @ 4:38 pm