Top Ten Books for Fall

After a long, hot, dry, allergy-stricken, wildfire smoke-infused summer, we are finally getting rain again, and I love it.  Today I actually wore my thick cable-knit sweater, and my raincoat has seen a couple of outings, too.

Fall means pumpkin-flavored treats, but (as importantly) it also brings cozy moments reading a book while listening to the rain or sitting by the fire.  These are the top ten books I hope to read this fall – that is, if I can make it to ten!

1.  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
Maybe no other book screams “autumn” like this one.  It’s a re-read; I haven’t read it since childhood.  The movie is one of my all-time favorites!

2.  Cloaked – Rachel Kovaciny
I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader copy of a new book by Hamlette, who blogs at The Edge of the Precipice.  So far I’m heartily enjoying it!

 

3.  Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia – Michael Korda
This is a long biography which I must finish by the end of the year and return to the coworker who is kindly lending it to me.  So far I am finding some interesting tidbits in it, though I am not super impressed with Korda as a biographer.

4.  The Sound and the Fury, or Light in August – William Faulkner
These are two Faulkners I picked up at the thrift store, and I’ve heard good things about both of them.  Any suggestion as to which I should read first?

5.  Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
I must read this book.  I must, I must.

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6.  The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
Ditto.  Am I the only one who strongly associates this book with fall?  I guess it’s because it takes place in New England, and New England is gorgeous in autumn.  🙂

7.  Crusader Castles – T. E. Lawrence
An upcoming commemoration of a certain person’s birth might justify the purchase of this rare book by T. E. Lawrence… *innocent cough*

8. – 10.  If I somehow manage to complete the above, we can talk about 8 – 10!

Russian Literature Challenge 2017

Ok – I saw this challenge, hosted by Keely, and decided it was irresistible.  In 2014 I participated in o’s Russian Literature challenge, which was awesome, so I’m more than ready for another Russian lit focus!

I’ll be aiming for a large Level 2 “Chekhov”; these six books:

  1. Forever Flowing – Vasily Grossman.  I heard about Grossman from one of my favorite book bloggers, SRK, and this sounds like a really good novel.
  2. The Letter Killers Club – Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky.  I loved this author’s writing style in Memories of the Future.  This book is about a club of story tellers who are committed to writing nothing down.  
  3. Cancer Ward – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.  This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while, a Powell’s splurge.  The Soviet era interests me, for academic and personal reasons, and I’m eager to read more by Solzhenitsyn, since he is one of the most famous Soviet authors.
  4. Five Plays – Anton Chekhov.  One by the man himself!  I haven’t read any of these plays, just heard good things about them.
  5. Eugene Onegin – Alexander Pushkin.  Onegin is one of my greatest favorite novels of all time (seriously).  I’ve read four English translations in the last several years; my personal goal is to read as many translations as I can find!
  6. We – Yevgeny Zamyatin.  My “read” list is woefully lacking most dystopian classics.  This one sounds very interesting, apparently a precursor to 1984.  

 Yes, I know…no Dostoyevsky.  He’ll probably sabotage my list, though; he has a way of cutting in front of the line…