Monday, September 21, 2015

Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday.

As I've mentioned before, I have a very long to-read list (currently at 346 books), but I've moved books into the top 100 or so based on my goals for the year so that I have a rough idea of what to pick up next. Here are some of the books I'm hoping to get to this fall.

1. The Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith
This is part of my goal to read other holy books this year, which so far has only encompassed the Tao Te Ching. Conveniently, there were Mormons handing out copies of this outside the musical The Book of Mormon when we saw it last fall, so I got one then.

2. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Like most of the books on this list, this was a recommendation from a friend. I feel like Calvino's book If on a winter's night a traveler (which I also have yet to read) is more well known, but this one has higher ratings and was personally recommended, so I'll probably start with it.

3. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Another recommendation from a friend, a long time ago, as well as a frequent flyer on lists of classic books everyone should read. It's beyond time I picked this one up.

4. Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews
This one I heard about from a blogger friend and it seems like a fun read (another goal for this year), so I'm looking forward to it.

5. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
This is one of those classic children's books that I had never heard of until recently. I got it on audiobook for baby Gregory and me to listen to, but it's so long I think I'll probably just listen to it myself.

6. The Sublime Quran trans. by Laleh Bakhtiar
I read about this translation, the first by a woman, in another book I read recently, and it seemed like a good option for tackling one of the major holy books I want to read this year.

7. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Another one that is supposed to be a fun read and was a recommendation, from someone in one of my book clubs. Now that I think about it, maybe I classify all mysteries as fun reads...

8. The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley
This nonfiction book about disaster preparedness was recommended to me a few years ago by a friend, and it seems timely now with the recent buzz about the pending Cascadia earthquake.

9. Watchmen by Alan Moore
This is the last of the graphic novels I added to my TBR list after making that a goal for this year. My husband sees this as definitive proof that I'm branching out in my reading this year.

10. Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El-Saadawi
Another recommendation from a friend, possibly during my year of reading diversely last year. I had never heard of it before (or since), but it's just over 100 pages, so I don't have any reason not to give it a try.

What's on your list of books to read this fall? (or spring, if you're in the southern hemisphere?)

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