Happy First day of Fall! Finally. I thought Summer’s 110-degree embrace was never leaving. I mean, it’s still hot but not scorching. I’ll take that. Only a matter of time before sweater weather.
As the weather cools down, it becomes what I think is the perfect reading weather – bundle up in a nice thick sweater or a fleece blanket, on your bed or a squishy overstuffed chair, a mug of hot chocolate at your elbow. One can argue that lounging at the beach is perfect reading weather too but I much prefer a rather gloomy atmosphere than sun glaring into my eyes. (I’m not a fan of summer, can you tell?) Personally, I find myself reading longer and bigger books as the -ber months roll by. I started a bit early this year but I’m looking forward to continuing the trend.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday , we’re listing down the Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list.
1. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson. I’m going to cheat a bit and include the book that I am currently reading (as of the time of this posting). If you must know, I’ve been on a major Lee Pace kick over the past couple of weeks. He stars – and SINGS – in the movie version of this book with Amy Adams and Frances McDormand. I fell absolutely in love with it and decided to pick up the book… once I realized that it was a book. It’s quite charming and I’m definitely enjoying it so far.
2. The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon. Prepare yourself because the next couple of books will be from the same series. I did it once before with A Song of Ice and Fire series where I started with one book and went through all the rest one after the other. While I’ve read smaller books in between Voyager and Drums of Autumn, I’ve pretty much breezed through the Outlander series. The Fiery Cross is the 5th one. And yes, I own a signed copy. My Drums of Autumn and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood are signed as well, the latter being signed in person.
3-5. A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in my Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon. See what I mean? My goal is to finish the series by the end of the year so I can re-read to my heart’s content in the coming years. I’ve already read the first one twice and re-read a couple of passages from the others. I’ve never felt this excited and passionate for a book series since Harry Potter, I can say that with absolute certainty. While I loved ASOIF and the many YA trilogies of today, I never felt the itch to get the next book when I’m down to the last pages of the one I’m currently on. And I’m not talking about a digital copy of the book but a physical one. This might take up the rest of the year but we’ll see.
Do yourself a favor and read the first few chapters of Outlander. It is so well-written that you wouldn’t mind the thousands of pages. In today’s world of cookie cutter book boyfriends-next-door, we need a Jamie Fraser… a brave, educated, sweet, innocent yet world-wise young man to fall in love with and admire. Not to mention teach us a thing or two about love.
6. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner. He mentioned this new series during his author event at Vromans Pasadena a few weeks ago. I’ve never ventured outside the Maze yet so when I saw this on the shelves at Target, I saw the words “hacker” and “gamer” and immediately was interested. My mom and my brother have warned me about the next books in the trilogy. I’m not too thrilled about that but this one looks good.
7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I haven’t read it yet this year. And I want to read it, not just audio booking. I bought that illustrated one and it looks so good!
8. Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue. The previous TTT reminded me of this book. I must acquire another copy!
9. One novel or short story from the Sherlock Holmes collection by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I have a copy of The Greatest Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, not to mention the free digital copy that you can get online. I’m obsessed with the BBC show and while waiting for the next installment, I must read at least one before the year ends.
10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. The movie is coming up and I finally made myself read the plot summary, thus effectively spoiling myself. And you know what… I kinda loved what I saw. Now, I’m really intrigued. I liked Dark Places and for the longest time, that was my reason for now reading Gone Girl. I’m not the biggest fan of Ben Affleck but I may give him a pass if I end up liking this book as much as the other one.
Ten books to read in a season. Hah! I’m thinking this list will last me until the next year, especially with those huge Outlander books. But I’m in a good reading place right now and hopefully, I can keep it up.