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.
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I’m an avid podcast listener – I like to listen to podcasts in small niches of time I can carve out of my day, like while I’m getting ready in the morning, while I’m commuting to or from work or while I’m cooking.
I’ve recently started exploring book-themed podcasts and I’ve realized there’s quite a variety of options out there. This list includes my favorites out of the 15 or so I’ve sampled over the last few months.
I purposefully limited the list to podcasts that are still being updated, and also ones that provide more than just author interviews or author readings of their works. I prefer book-themed podcasts that also include discussions of recent releases and other book suggestions, so that’s more of what you’ll find in this list.
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In the past I’ve been relatively uninterested in politics. I have very liberal social views and pretty middle of the road economic views, but I haven’t felt the need to be very politically active. This probably has something to do with the fact that I’m an Italian citizen living in the U.S. I can’t vote in America, and the Italian political system is quite honestly so messed up that it feels that no level of political action is going to truly change it.
This election has roused me from my torpor however, due to a single extremely controversial candidate – Donald Trump. I can’t stand by and avoid expressing my opinion when someone who is actually being considered as a potential leader of the country I live in is spewing bigoted, hateful, and just plain uninformed vitriol.
I realized that I didn’t know many details of Donald Trump’s life and rise to ‘business success’, aside from generalities like the fact that he owned hotels and what I gleaned from watching The Apprentice for a few seasons. I wasn’t looking for a book to change my already very negative opinion of him – I’ve heard enough of his ideas from him in first person that the damage is done. I just wanted further details of his business and personal practices throughout his life, and I have to be honest that I expected to find more confirmation of his lack of integrity and character.
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Jane Austen is definitely one of my Top 10 favorite authors – though she may not be as highbrow as Dostoevsky or Tolstoy. I’ve read each of the 6 novels she completed in her adult years, and like most people, I have my favorites.
The ultra-famous Pride and Prejudice doesn’t appear until the third spot in my ranking, and my #1 favorite Jane Austen novel is actually the lesser known Northanger Abbey. I thought sharing my ranking of her novels might spur some readers of her most popular titles to explore her less-famous works as well.
Once I finished writing this post I realized that the novels are ranked in chronological order based on when Jane Austen originally wrote them. Even Northanger Abbey, which was published in 1817 after her death, was actually written first in 1788 to 1799! There must be something to this that is influencing my preferences – I clearly appreciated Austen’s style more in her earlier works than in her more mature later novels. Very interesting.
What is your favorite Jane Austen novel? Let me know in the comments!
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Epic voyages make for great nonfiction fodder, and I’m a sucker for a story about enterprising adventurers setting sail on the ocean blue, or people finding themselves transported from one place to another as part of the larger current of history.
Whether retelling of icy, doomed trips to the poles, treks across countries or endless deserts, and famously fateful maiden voyages, these books will transport readers along with their protagonists away from the everyday comfort of everyday life into an uncharted and uncertain future at the edge of human experience.
Make sure to pack your knapsack and kiss your loved ones goodbye for a few hours as you immerse yourself in their world.
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