Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Top Ten Books on My Fall To-Read List

Hello from Northern Virginia! Thankfully, we weren't affected by Irene other than a few trees being knocked over.

These week's Top Ten Tuesday is about the top books on my to-read list. Be sure to check out The Broke and The Bookish where this meme is hosted.

You all know I love my Kindle. However, I still have 3 shelves of books, many of which I haven't read yet. It's time I showed my paperbacks a little more love.

1. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield -This is the October pick for one of the book clubs I attend.

2. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez -I've heard such great things about this book. I can't wait to start it!

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak -This is another book I've heard nothing but good things about.

4. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon -I love the artwork on the cover. The plot also sounds very interesting.

5. Everything Beautiful Began After  by Simon Van Booy -I picked this book up at the Borders closing sale. I love the texture of the pages; that's one thing the Kindle can never imitate. 

6. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford -I've been wanting to read this for a couple years, and I finally found a copy at a used bookstore. 

7. The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley - I absolutely loved The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, the first of the Flavia de Luce mysteries. I absolutely adore Flavia, and I can't wait to see her again in this book.

Now for the non-fiction picks:

8. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi - I won this on a blog giveaway a while back. I really like the concept behind this memoir, and I'm looking forward to gaining perspective on the many things that we take for granted in this country.

9. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell -I've read The Tipping Point, and I really enjoyed Gladwell's writing. I'm working my way through the rest of his books.

10. The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb - No, this book has nothing to do with the movie with Natalie Portman. This is a book about the disproportionate impact of highly improbable events. 

Guess what? I didn't pay full price for any of these! Some were from garage sales, some from used bookstores. One of them I bought new from Barnes & Noble online for close to 40% off. That's usually how I choose between paperbacks and Kindle eBooks -whatever's the cheapest! 

Are any of these on your to-read lists? I hope you have new additions to your list after reading this post!

Love and (a book) light,



  1. Wonderful list. The Book Thief and Reading Lolita in Tehran are two that I read that I really enjoyed.

  2. Everything Beautiful Began After was amazing and marvelous -- so good. Can't wait to see what you think of it! Reading Lolita in Tehran disappointed me -- v cool, distant, and less about Iran and more musings on the books. Interesting, but not what I had wanted.

  3. I love a good sale! Good for you for not paying full price! This list looks great. I haven't read the Tipping Point but I would like to, and then Blink shortly thereafter would be cool too!


  4. Oh, you have some of my favorites on here! I love Reading Lolita in Tehran. I have bought so many copies to give as gifts to people. And I've been wanting to read Love in the Time of Cholera. The only full length work of GGM's that I've read is 100 Years of Solitude, and I loved it. I've been wanting to read more ever since.

    My list is here, if you're interested.

  5. I've seen quite a few things about Reading Lolita in Tehran, I think I might need to check it out! I didn't really like Love in the Time of Cholera, but I seem to be in the minority on that one, so I hope you enjoy it!

    My list is here: http://devouringtexts.blogspot.com/2011/08/top-ten-tuesday_30.html- it's made up of mostly oldies but (hopefully) goodies!

  6. I’m so happy you get to read Love in the Time of Cholera, one of my favorite books! I wish I could go back and experience reading it for the first time! The Book Thief is on my TBR and I’ve heard tons of good things about it too. I’m currently reading The Shadow of the Wind and enjoying it. I also fell in love with Flavia de Luce and am eagerly anticipating reading the second, third and fourth books. What a great list! :)

  7. You've got some great books waiting for you! I especially enjoyed Shadow of the Wind. It makes for a great Fall read.

  8. I hope you love Love in the Time of Cholera! Wonderful book. Thirteenth Tale and Shadow of the Wind are good gothic fiction, and I'm planning to read The Book Thief soon.

  9. The Thirteenth Tale will be perfect for October, I think. It's a good, creepy read.

  10. I've started Reading Lolita in Tehran, enjoying it so far. You have quite a few others on your list that I'm hoping to get to - one day! So many books not enough time!

  11. I keep seeing Simon Van Booey popping up all over the place and I hadn't heard of the books until recently. They do look good though. I really liked Reading Lolita in Tehran.

    Come check out my list for the week here.

  12. i remember reading shadow of the wind, love in the time of cholera and the book thief all more or less back to back. Shadow of the Wind is a fantastic book I would actually love to revisit as it's been about 2 years since I first read it!


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