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.

Hugues Merle - The Scarlet Letter - Walters 37172
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!


  1. We're in the same boat: I cannot seem to fill out my TBR past seven.

    I think Frankenstein is autumn-ish, too, especially close to Halloween.

    1. Yes, I always plan to read Frankenstein every fall! Gotta stop planning and start doing. :)

  2. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the others in that series are delightful
    My ttt

    1. I was excited to learn it was a series. The other books will be new to me, so I'm excited about that!

  3. Yes, you MUST read Frankenstein ...... and then tells us what you think. I think it wise of you to stop at 7. Too many books = a reader overwhelmed. Better to make it manageable. :-)

    1. Thanks, cleo! Seven is already optimistic, hehe...

  4. Frankenstein's great - looking forward to see what you make of that :) Scarlet Letter is also amazing, and so too is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as you already know :)


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