When I saw that Broke and Bookish was hosting their Top Ten Tuesday linkup with a Fall TBR list theme, I knew I wanted to participate. You’re allowed to include more than ten items for any Top Ten Tuesday linkup, and considering the size of my TBR list, I knew I’d have to.
I ended up picking 40 titles (12 Nonfiction, 20 Modern Fiction and 8 Classics) but my TBR list and especially what I’m prioritizing is always changing, so I’m sure the list of what I actually read will end up being somewhat different by the end of Fall (maybe shorter too). I’m also planning on ordering 3 books a month from Book Of The Month, so those will be added in as I go along as well.
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
I’ve been wanting to read The Gene since its May 2016 release. The Emperor Of All Maladies, Mukherjee’s prior book published in November 2010, is still one of my favorite nonfiction books of all time. I’m expecting The Gene to be just as amazing.
Sully: My Search For What Really Matters by Chesley B. III Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow
I’m hoping to be able to read Sully’s book before I see the movie, so I have to get on it since the movie is already in theaters. I’m scared to death of flying but have a morbid interest in anything air crash related, so this should be right up my alley.
Love Warrior: A Memoir by Glennon Doyle Menton
In last week’s Links I Loved post I mentioned that Kaeleh Bee of This Charming Life‘s review of this book made me go buy it immediately on Amazon. It also was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club (the ultimate stamp of approval). Can’t wait for it show up in my mail.
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover In The Civil War by Karen Abbott
This is another one I’ve had on my TBR list for a while, and I’m hoping to get to it this fall. I’m always up for fictional or true stories of strong, bold female figures. I had no idea women were spies during the Civil War and I can’t wait to read about their stories.
SPQR: A History Of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
Seeing as I was born and raised in Italy, when I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. I obviously know the basics of the history of the Roman Empire. However, I could do with a bit of a review so I’m really looking forward to this title.
Queen Of Katwe by Tim Crothers
This book was recently re-released due to the premiere of its movie adaptation this month. I can’t wait to be inspired by the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl who persevered in her journey from the slums of Uganda to becoming a chess prodigy.
I Forgot To Remember: A Memoir Of Amnesia by Su Meck and Daniel de Visé
Medical memoirs are my jam (see this booklist as proof). I’ve never read one about amnesia, but the premise of Su Meck’s story is very intriguing. As a mother of two she suffers from amnesia after a head injury and still has to return to her role as a mom.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing Of The Lusitania by Erik Larson
Dead Wake was a recent addition to my TBR list, recommended to me by Hopewell’s Public Library Of Life to add to my Fateful Voyages booklist. I’m assuming it’ll be a sad and somewhat gory read, but like I said I have a morbid fascination with disaster tales.
The Silk Roads: A New History Of The World by Peter Frankopan
I first saw this book at Heathrow airport on a layover from Los Angeles to Milan. The paperback version had a comforting heft to it. I’m always up for a non European-centric take on world history, since we have so much of the opposite already.
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
I don’t know enough about early human history but considering the impact we’re making on the planet these days, one has to wonder why it is that it was us and not another species that rose to global primacy. I’m hoping for an answer from Sapiens.
Bonk by Mary Roach
I read Mary Roach’s book Stiff a while back and decided as soon as I finished it that I would seek out everything written by Mary Roach and read it. She has a light and yet informative nonfiction writing style and obviously I decided to read her book about sex – Bonk – next.
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
I’ve struggled a bit recently with a little weight gain and connected issues with self-consciousness and body image. I’m hoping that Naomi Wolf’s book will remind me that beauty is just a social construct that has been a moving target throughout human history.
The City Of Palaces by Michael Nava
I picked The City Of Palaces from Naz at Read Diverse Books‘ recommendations of titles to read for Latinx Heritage month. I’m planning on posting a review of the book next week if I have finished it by then. I’m a few chapters in and I’m definitely enjoying it.
To The Bright Edge Of The World by Eowyn Ivey
I read Eowyn Ivey’s Snow Child a few months ago for my LA book club and absolutely loved it. As soon as I found out she was coming out with a new book, and that like Snow Child it was also set in Alaska, I knew I had to read it.
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
I was intrigued by The Other Einstein‘s plot synopsis and its evocative cover. The book comes out in a few weeks and I’m hoping to be able to post a review before its release date, since I was lucky enough to receive an ARC.
Leave Me by Gayle Forman
I included Leave Me in my list of September 2016 releases I was looking forward to. It’s very human to dream of leaving all of life’s responsibilities behind like the book’s character, but I’m sure the story will show that it’s much more complicated than it seems.
Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
I saw Black-Eyed Susans on a list of thriller recommendations from The Every Girl, and was immediately drawn to its beautiful and unsettling cover. I’m looking for scary books to read leading up to Halloween, and I think this will be a great pick.
To Hold The Crown: The Story Of King Henry VII And Elizabeth Of York by Jean Plaidy
This was a recommendation I picked up from listening to one of the All The BooksAll The Books Book Riot podcast episodes. I’ve read a ton of historical nonfiction, but I’m looking to read more historical fiction as well and I think the Tudor Saga by Jean Plaidy is a classic choice.
The Last Empress by Anchee Min
Continuing on the historical fiction trend, I found this title while looking for nonfiction picks for my Queens, Empresses, Mistresses and Duchesses booklist. I realized it wasn’t nonfiction but decided it sounded captivating and still needed to go on my list.
The Unbroken Line Of The Moon by Johanne Hildebrandt
To be completely honest I bought this book because there was a great Amazon Kindle special for it. I thought the main character, Sigrid, sounded intriguing and complicated, and I was also curious about the Viking setting of the novel. I hope I’ll like it.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I may be the last person left on earth who has not read Outlander. Mea culpa. I’m not really into time travel plots but I finally broke down and bought the first book in the series. Now to see if all the fuss is justified.
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
The Story Of A New Name by Elena Ferrante
While I was home in Italy in August I purchased the first two of Elena Ferrante’s novels in this four novel series in Italian. Right after I bought them, Amy Schumer was quoted as saying in an interview that she reads anything Elena Ferrante… I guess that bodes well?
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
A Little Life has received significant critical acclaim since its release as well as strong reactions to the more twisted aspects of its plot. I am a little wary of how dark many have said the book is, but I’m more curious to see if it’ll shock me too or not.
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
I first heard of the novel Eileen on The Guardian Books podcast, on an episode about the 2016 Man Booker Prize shortlist. The hosts of the podcast had very divergent opinions on the book and it should be another good creepy pre-Halloween pick.
The Girls by Emma Cline
As has been demonstrated, I’m pretty obsessed with anything cult related. I loved reading Helter Skelter and I’m really intrigued by this fictionalized account of one girl’s involvement with Charles Manson and his followers.
The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel
Another title that has had significant critical acclaim, and it’s been sitting on my TBR list for a while. I really want to get to it this Fall. It’s actually a collection of Mantel’s short stories, and because I don’t often read short stories I’m really looking forward to it.
Margot by Jillian Cantor
Who can forget reading Anne Frank’s Diary in their youth? In Margot, Jillian Cantor reimagines the life of Anne’s sister Margot if she had survived the holocaust by escaping to America. I’m very intrigued by the premise and all the positive reviews.
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Hillary Jordan is a fellow Wellesley alumna, and that would be reason enough for me to read her debut novel. Set in Mississippi in the aftermath of World War II, Mudbound is now being adapted into a movie starring Carey Mulligan.
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
I don’t know how I’ve gotten this far without reading A Tree Grows In Brooklyn but I’m really looking forward to it because I’ve realized in searching for book quotes that so many beautiful quotes about reading itself come from this novel.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
This is another podcast recommendation, I think from Anne Bogel’s What Should I Read Next. I’m looking for more historical fiction novels set in Africa to complement some of my nonfiction reading and this should be a great choice.
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
To close off the modern fiction list I’ve picked a more recent thriller which has been on everyone’s lips lately because of the release of its movie adaptation. I’m hoping it’ll have some of the suspense of Gone Girl but hopefully be better crafted.
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex is not really a ‘classic’ but like the other novels in this section, it’s on the 1000 Novels list from The Guardian that I’m working to complete (in my lifetime, not this Fall). I know I’ll be moved by the story of a protagonist searching for their true identity.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I have to confess I’ve already read a few paragraphs of The Handmaid’s Tale, and immediately I was hooked. The post-apocalyptic setting is woven from the beginning with suspense, and I could feel it in my gut even just from the first few sentences.
The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
Villette by Charlotte Brontë
I’m trying to complete my reading of all the Brontë sister’s novels. This will be my first time reading a novel from Anne Brontë and I’m really looking forward to the early feminist tones that are said to be in The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall.
The Name Of The Rose by Umberto Eco
While home in Italy in August I also picked up The Name Of The Rose in its original Italian. It’s kind of embarrassing that as an Italian citizen I’ve gone so long without reading such a classic work of Italian literature, but I’ll have made up for it soon.
Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
It’s hard to find a book that is not about love in some way or other, but Love In The Time Of Cholera makes its intentions explicit. I’ve had friends rant and rave about this title and its fluid and evocative writing. I’ll cuddle up to it for a cozy fall weekend afternoon.
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
For Banned Books Week I took this little quiz about Which Banned Book Are You. It turns out that I’m Kate Chopin’s Awakening – if you’ve read it, don’t judge me based on the quiz results. I’ll let you know if I see myself in Kate Chopin’s protagonist Edna.
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
After I read Rebecca over the summer (review here) I knew I had to explore more of Daphne Du Maurier’s novels. My Cousin Rachel is going to be my next selection and I’m hoping it’s as sinister of a psychological thriller as Rebecca.
In addition to the titles listed and my Book Of The Month selections (as well as the many books I’ll add to my TBR list before Fall is over), I’m planning on reading one or two additional titles specifically for Halloween, to try to scare myself silly.
If you have any suggestions for super scary novels I should consider, please let me know in the comments!
I’m more of a ghost/serial killer/psychological thriller person than a vampire/zombie/aliens person.
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