Fall Reading List
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I only made it through 5 of my 13 summer reading recommendations (the other 8 are stacked next to my bed waiting for me to contract a non-life-threatening illness that’s just severe enough to render my bedridden for 7-10 days) but time stops for no slow reader, so we’re moving on to books I’ve added to my (short)list for this fall. Anyone interested in choosing a title for a bookclub discussion? Either in Austin or on the blog? Leave your vote for a title in the comments and I’ll coordinate! Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (August 2013) — This is the 50th book I’ve read this year, and it is my favorite. It’s smart and heartbreaking and hilarious. Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius who is obsessed with nature, medical conditions, and counting by 7s. She loses both her adoptive parents in a car crash and the narrative that takes you through the aftermath is honest and charming and even though you have nothing in common with this character, you feel what it’s like to be her. Just amazing. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (September 2013) –I loved Eleanor & Park so I expect to love Fangirl. Twin sisters obsessed with the fictional Simon Snow book series; one of them grows up and leaves for college, the other won’t leave the world of Simon Snow. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (September 2013) –This debut fiction title is getting a lot of buzz, and although it’s much darker than I usually enjoy, I’m intrigued by how Frankenstein-esque it strikes me. Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes (August 2013) — I haven’t heard as much about this title as I did Me Before You, but it’s part period piece, part love story, and part battle for a valuable piece of art. Nine Inches by Tom Perrotta (September 2010) — Before you jump to conclusions, Nine Inches refers to the minimum distance that chaperones are tasked with maintain between the hormonal kids at school dances. Reviews are mixed, but I’m a sucker for short stories and I always love the way the author approaches suburban life, so I’m giving it a chance.Bookworm