Tuesday, November 05, 2013

A Fall TBR Update

Back in September I put together a potential Fall TBR for Top Ten Tuesday. I did so well with my Summer TBR, I figured it was worth trying again! Here are the books I picked:

  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Havisham by Ronald Frame
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  • The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Affinity by Sarah Waters
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
Halfway there!!! My drop dead date for these books is December 20, and I've successfully completed (or definitively DNFed) four of these books with another one in the hopper!

  


And my book club's November pick is...


I'm so excited that I'm making good headway, but with the holidays coming up, some additional reading commitments, and some chunksters left on the list, I'm a little worried! 

I think I'll be able to make it through Never Let Me Go with no problem. Same thing with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (by threat of death from Heather). I have the biggest doubts about Kavalier and Clay and Little Women. KC is supposed to be amazeballs, but it's a little intimidating. And let's face it, I haven't ever been able to finish LW. The 19th Wife is chunky, but I bet it'll be a pretty quick read. 

Wish me luck! Did you make any fall reading plans? How's it going? 





35 comments:

  1. I loved Little women but listened to it on audioqbook and I read I Capture the Castle for my IRL book club and enjoyed other very much. Good luck getting through the rest of your fall TBR. hope you will link up this post in my Small Victories Sunday linky. http://momssmallvictories.com/small-victories-sunday-5/

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    1. Audio might end up being the fix I need for Little Women. We'll see how it goes this time. I Capture the Castle seems like it would be a fun book club pick! Thanks for popping in, Tanya!

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  2. The English version of Little Women is a lot smaller than the American version I discovered last year when I read it as part of a Children's Lit course, I loved it as a child but struggled with it as an adult. The 19th Century wife is a good quick read and Never Let Me Go is amazing. Enjoy your reading

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    1. Really???? I'm so jealous. I wish it was shorter. LOL That's terrible, but it's true! I'm glad you have good things to say about The 19th Wife and Never Let Me Go!

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  3. I'm a hugeeee fan of K&C, but (ohmigosh I'm going to say it) hated Never Let Me Go. I've been wanting to re-read Little Women recently, too.

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    1. LOL, I'm actually glad to see you say that because EVERYONE loves it so much. I'm gonna give K&C a good college try, but the size is daunting. Also because I've never read Chabon, probably.

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  4. Maybe I should start making a TBR list . . . I usually just pick and choose all willy nilly, like a crazy person.

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    1. It's actually helped me a lot, Rebecca. I find that having TOO many choices (which I do) makes it harder for me to choose what to read. With this narrowed list, it gives me something to shoot for, and they're always really good quality reads (for the most part).

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  5. Kavalier & Clay is BEYOND amazeballs. Seriously woman.

    And I won't KILL you. I swear! I may die if you don't like it then!!!

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    1. I am going to keep the promise of amazeballs in my head and TRY my best to finish it! I can do it!

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  6. When you get to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, let me know. I've been wanting to read that one forever and a read-a-long might be the push I need. And, Little Women...would love to re-read that one to see if I still like it. Good luck with your list, Andi, you are moving right along. *Claps* *Throws confetti*

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    1. I will! Methinks it'll be a little later on this month for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Maybe last week or so?

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  7. Oh my God. I'm jealous! I never thought to pick a fall reading list. I might do one for winter. I remember reading the first 100 or so pages of Kavalier and Clay and really enjoying it. I hope you do too.

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    1. It's super fun and it helps me choose from ALL THE BOOKS on my shelves, and so far they've been of superior quality.

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  8. When I make my Goodreads challenge at the beginning of the year I make a list of TBR with at least that many books on it. I keep it on my iPad, so I can delete them out after reading. But I usually end up filling the read spaces in with new titles that become TBR. And of course, I always end up with a load of books I read that weren't on the list. So at the end of the year there are still books from January on it, but I've read something else in its place.

    I hope you like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn...read it this past year and liked it.

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    1. I have trouble looking too far ahead, which is why I think the smaller, seasonal TBRs work best for me. I don't get out of the mood to pick up the books I've put on my lists. So far, anyway.

      Looking forward to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn!

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  9. I Captured the Castle is one of those books I always hear people talk about, but have never read myself. It seems to be hovering just below my radar. I can't wait until you read it and review it so that I at least have some idea what it is about!

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    1. It's aw-haw-some! Review is coming next week!

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  10. You're tackling so many books I love this fall. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is wonderful.

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    1. Yes! It's refreshing and rejuvenating! And I will definitely make A Tree Grows the next pick.

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  11. I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on I Capture the Castle. I love that damn book so much. I was packing up books today for a move later this month, and I had a weirdly hard time putting I Capture the Castle into a box. I kept thinking, But what if I want to read it??

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    1. The review is scheduled for next week. It's definitely love!

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  12. I loved The Joy Luck Club and I think you'll enjoy it. It's such a great book and a fairly quick read. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, Allison! I've read a chapter or two and I already really like it.

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  13. You're making great progress! The only book on your list that I've read is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and it is SO GOOD. I'm excited for you to read it! I haven't read I Capture the Castle, but I've been hearing so many good things about it lately -- it keeps turning up on Book Riot lists.

    I just checked my own fall TBR list, and I've actually read 5 of the 10 books! (Well, I DNF'ed one of them, but it still counts.) Good luck with the rest of your list!

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    1. Thanks, Leah! I'm so glad you liked A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It'll most likely be my next pick. I Capture the Castle is lovely and just a stellar read.

      Good job on your own Fall TBR!

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  14. I keep hearing about how great Havisham is. And I'm not sure if the good word is to be trusted given the hype is coming mostly from publishers or those in the pub's pocket (oops). Do I give it another go?? you read it first, then let me know. ;)

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    1. Couldn't do it. Could. Not.

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  15. I'm going to read LW sometime... sometime... you know how it goes. I want to try it sooner rather than later.

    I loved Never Let Me Go. :) Enjoy!

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    1. LOL, I do know how it goes. I think I'm gonna need a peer pressure push to actually finish it.

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  16. I didn't have a plan but you've inspired me! I'm going to go through my Goodreads to-read list and pick some good stuff for December (Nov is a lost cause!).

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  17. You are doing it very good, congratulations! :)
    I have read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and I think you'll love it; I hope you read it soon.
    Good luck with your list now that Christmas is coming ;)

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  18. Really great list (quite a few good classics in there!) I wish you the best of luck. I know that TBR lists can be quite daunting :) Perhaps a book to be added to your winter reading list is "Sex, Rain, and Cold Fusion" by author A.R. Taylor (http://www.lonecamel.com/the_book/). As a big fan of "The Big Bang Theory" I was intrigued by this "Nerd Chic" story about a physicist names David Oster. David is an immature guy with a ton of girlfriends and not much direction in his life. When offered an opportunity in Washington, he leaves California to pursue a new challenge. David is secretly in search of a fifth force hidden in the deep ocean waves, but a series of strange and hilarious occurrences keep sidetracking his research. This is a truly funny book with a twisted dark side to it.Consider this as a fun and addictive read this holiday.

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