August 30, 2011

Top Ten Books on my TBR

So, this week's Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish asks what ten books are on the top of our TBR (to-be-read) pile for the fall.  I've been in the process of taming my TBR shelf, and I've actually gotten it down to only twenty books! Hopefully I'll knock a few more off soon, but I have a bunch on request at the library right now, too.

So here are my picks (in no particular order):

1. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins: I've heard amazing things about this classic mystery, and one of my best friends recently read and loved it. So how could I resist buying a beautiful (read: expensive) hardcover copy?  It's a long one, but I think it'll be perfect fall reading material.  I think there are ghosts in it, so maybe I'll tackle it around Halloween.

2. The Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin:  I got this one about a year ago and have been putting it off because I know it's part of a series and I'm trying to cut down on starting series (since then I'll feel compelled to buy the rest of the books).  I've skimmed the first few pages and the story seems fascinating - a female medical examiner in the Middle Ages tracking down a serial killer.

3. On Writing by Stephen King: It's funny, but I've never read any of Stephen King's novels, but this memoir about writing just jumped right out at me.  How could I not get this one when it was forty percent off? Employee appreciation week this year killed me. I literally watched my entire paycheck go straight back to my employer. 

4. Pope Joan by Diana Woolfolk Cross: Historical fiction about a female pope, which may or may not actually be based on fact! Ever since I heard about this, I've been intrigued. But I got a copy through PaperbackSwap ages ago and it's still on my shelf.

5. The Last Supper by Rachel Cusk: I bought this travel memoir about Italy at The Book Barn a few months ago. The summary sounded perfect for me, but since then I've read some less-than-stellar reviews. So this one is not necessarily at the top of my pile.  We'll see.

6. Picking Bones from Ash by Marie Mutsuki Mockett: I received this one as a prize from the April read-a-thon. I immediately read one of the books in the three-book package from Graywolf Press and then shelved the other two. This one looks really good, though.

7. Volt by Alan Heathcock: Also got this one as part of the read-a-thon prize. I'm not big on short story collections, but I know this one has gotten a lot of praise. So I'm going to read it. I swear. 

8. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe: I liked Arrow of God by Achebe when I read it in college, but I haven't gotten around to reading this one yet. 

9. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson: Not sure if I'll like this one, but I plan on giving it a try sometime this fall. (Also, I always want to say that it's by Steig Larsson, but that is very wrong.)

10. Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell: I read The Wordy Shipmates by Vowell this year and really enjoyed it, so I'm looking forward to reading another. 

So, have you read any of these? Which should I make top priority?


  1. Devil in the White City and The Mistress of the Art of Death look really good! Great list :)


  2. These all are fabulous titles. I've only read Devil and Things Fall Apart, but I highly recommend both of these.

    Don't you wish we had more time to read?!

    It was easy to put together my Top Ten list this week,Top Ten Books That Are at the Top of My TBR for Fall! And tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the Readerbuzz August Giveaway!

  3. I've only read Things Fall Apart, so I'm afraid I can't be much help prioritizing! Some of those look really good though. Happy reading!

  4. The Woman in White is really good. I read it for the Gothic Reading Challenge earlier in the year. It is long, and drags a bit throughout, but overall it's a good story. I hope you enjoy it!

  5. This is a great list... I have a few of them on my shelf waiting to be read as well! Happy reading:)

    P.S. I'm your newest follower :)

  6. The last two on your list are on my overall tbr! I'll have to grab one of those the next time I'm feeling like nonfiction.

  7. Great list! I read Things Fall Apart years ago, but I remember loving it. Such a powerful novel about individual vs group vs society. Enjoy!

  8. I know somebody who adored THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, so I'm going to probably put it on my TBR list (oh-la-la). Great list!

    If you desire to do so, please check out my Top Ten Tuesday Post. Thanks!

  9. I've never read Stephen King either, but my husband says that On Writing is really good. Volt has kind of peaked my attention as well.

    Come check out my list for the week here.

  10. The Woman in White is fabulous. I keep thinking I should re-read it. It's a big old thing, which would be perfect for fall/winter.


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