Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Top Ten Autumn Reads!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is: Top Ten Books on your Autumn TBR list.

Seeing as I bought new books yesterday, I thought I would join in. The problem with buying new books is then finding time to read the new books. For the last few weeks I have been picking things up off the pile of borrowed and charity-shop-bought books in my room, hence the lack of 'book haul' posts lately! But this week I have been in Brighton for a couple of days visiting The Boy, and not only do they have perhaps the best branch of Waterstones I know of (huge choice, lots of recommendations, and lots of floors!), but I found a neglected birthday gift card in my purse. Not only that, but a friend of mine recently wrote and published a short story, which is Kindle-only. I don't have a Kindle, but I got the Kindle app for my computer so I could read it, and that came with some free e-books. Now I just have to find the time to read them!

1. Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen
This came free with the Kindle app and (SHOCK HORROR I KNOW) I have never read Pride & Prejudice, so I have dipped into the first few chapters and I am enjoying it so far. I don't like reading off my computer screen, so it might take me a while, but hopefully once I am finished it will make book #3 on this list more enjoyable!

2. Fatherland - Robert Harris
One of two new books I purchased yesterday. This is 20th anniversary edition, envisaging a world in which Hitler wasn't defeated in WWII. I like alternative history books (Philip Roth's The Plot Against America is one of my favourite ever books), and the bookseller who served me highly recommended it, so I'm excited to start this one!

3. Death Comes to Pemberley - P.D. James
Murder mystery involving the characters and setting of Pride & Prejudice. I have had my eye on this for a while, but having never read P&P wasn't sure if the novelty of it would be lost on me, much as I enjoy a good mystery.

4. Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins
Because although I loved Anna, I still haven't read this. My city library doesn't hold any of Perkins' books, and I have been waiting for the paperback to be released. I might just have to re-read Anna in the meantime!

5. The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett
A book I borrowed a while ago from my friend's dad, which I really need to get round to reading! One of the Discworld series.

6. The Treasure Map of Boys - E. Lockhart
Ruby Oliver #3. If you've been reading for a while you may be aware of my love of the first two Ruby books, and this is the third in the series. I am eager to find out what happens with Ruby and the many, many boys she seems to have been accumulating. ;) (And yes, I totally have a favourite.)

7. Transparent - Natalie Whipple
I have been following Natalie's blog (and Twitter) for a couple of years now, ever since (I think) she posted on the Nanowrimo YA boards the same year that I was writing an MG/YA novel. She is also part of the Friday the Thirteeners blog, which I have been following since early this year. This is her first novel, and I'm super excited to read it!

8. Turn of Mind - Alice LaPlante
Another mystery, this time featuring a protagonist dealing with the onset of Alzheimer's who is suspected of murdering her best friend.

9. Down Under - Bill Bryson
I read Bryson's book documenting his travels in small town America earlier this year, and I really want to read some of his other books now. He's written more on America, and on the UK, but I like reading about places I've never been, and I'd really like to read his book about his travels in Australia.

10. Guitar Highway Rose - Brigid Lowry
I really enjoyed Follow the Blue earlier this year, and I've heard some great things about this book. I've had it on request from the library for a while now, so I'm hoping it makes an appearance soon!

What's on your list this week? Have you read any of these?


  1. I still haven't read Pride and Prejudice...I NEED to do that this year haha! I really want to read Lola and the Boy Next Door too, but I'm also waiting for the paperback to be released!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Oh i can't wait for you to read Lola and the Boy Next Door! It's such a great book. i think you're really gonna like it. i actually liked it more than Anna. Although it was a really close race. ;)

  3. I also take a long time to read e-books. I hope you enjoy Pride and Prejudice! I love it! Thanks for introducing me to the PD James book; must check it out! I hope you enjoy all the books when you get a chance. :)

  4. Lovely list, I think I need to pick up the PD James book too, sounds good :-)


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