It’s still 90 degrees, but fall reading is here!

I know it’s cliche to say this (and so many bloggers have been saying it lately), but nothing says “fresh starts” like fall. Adults who haven’t been in a classroom in years still feel that heady rush of notebook shopping and picking out new clothes whenever the first notes of fall hit the air.

I am also one of those people. Luckily for me, autumn will be bringing plenty of fresh starts this year: I start my second semester of grad school on Wednesday (buying new textbooks…oh boy!), and starting this week, I’ll be starting that new job at 2nd & Charles. Plus, being Michigan, it’s felt like fall off and on for about a month now, so even though it’s a little steamy out today, fall is definitely in the air.

Regardless of what time of year it is, though, the beginning of any new season is always full of optimism and adventure. There are opportunities for new clothes (sundresses or scarves), new activities (apple-picking or swimming) and new food (apple pie! apple cider!). Plus, at least in my world, there is a new reading list to unveil. I know I’ve said this before, but I really like planning my reading according to season. It’s not that I match the books with the season at hand, but I like planning out my reading schedule a few months at a time. It gives me something to look forward to, and a relatively short-term goal to achieve.

I’m liking the look of this fall’s reading list:

  • Christine — Stephen King
  • Jane Eyre — Charlotte Bronte (Favorites Project)
  • Lowland — Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Razor’s Edge — W. Somerset Maugham
  • The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love — Oscar Hijuelos
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks — Rebecca Skloot
  • Bel Canto — Ann Patchett
  • The Historian — Elizabeth Kostova
  • Dracula — Bram Stoker

I’ve been cautious lately, and only started with nine books, even though I managed to finish 10 this summer. I’d rather add to the list later than be forced to admit my eyes were bigger than my stomach.

This list has a good mix, though: there’s a Stephen King title I haven’t read yet, one of my FAVORITES that I’ve been itching to re-read, an ARC (Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri) and a bunch of books that I own but haven’t gotten around to reading yet. In fact, the only book on this list I don’t have on hand is The Razor’s EdgeThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks takes care of my nonfiction quota, and The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love is a Pulitzer Prize winner. Plus, I snuck the unread classic Dracula on there since I keep forgetting I own it.


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