This Top Ten Tuesday on Broke and Bookish, the challenge is to list ten of the books on your to-be-read list this autumn. Even in the first week of school, I’ve realized that I’m going to be doing more academic reading than fun reading. Boo. So, the books I’ve chosen for this week will be light-ish and fun to balance the 150 pg “articles” about preserving audio/museum audiences/information in the wild.
1. Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
Who knew that the author of they horrifyingly creepy short story “The Lottery” had a lighter side? This is supposed to be a charming memoir about her family living in Vermont in the 1950′s. Sounds good to me!
2. Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl
It’s tough for a famous food critic — you have to keep a low profile if you want to see what a restaurant is really like. I’m excited to read about Reichl’s struggles with this, as well as all the food she gets to eat!
These essays about a ton of the books I read growing up will hopefully inspire me to re-read some of those great books!
4. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson
How have I had this on my bookshelf for so long? I love Erik Larson! World War II is fascinating! Read it now!
5. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Another book I’ve had on my shelf for a long time…years, in this case. The cover is just so darn autumn-y, plus it takes place at a fancy boarding school. Seems like the perfect fall read to me!
6. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
A haunted house novel, especially one by an author as talented as Sarah Waters, will be perfect for Halloween!
7. The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
A young American girl goes off to Europe in the 1950′s and has a sexy, hilarious time. So down.
8. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
A graphic novel about an eccentric family sounds like perfect study break material.
9. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
This memoir is supposed to be hilarrrrrious. And, it’s never ever in stock at the library, which must mean it’s good!
10. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling’s new book? Well, duh.
What’s on your list this fall?