In a Perfect World, I’d Be Reading These Books This Fall

7 Oct


Long Live All Things Bookish

(If you’re reading along on an e-book, I forgive you and we can still be friends)

Making a full list for the remainder of this season is not only possibly but almost certainly too ambitious, but I just have to keep the dream alive. Someday there will be ample room in my life for reading for pleasure. The similarly ambitious among you can attempt to read along- check out the “currently reading” widget on my sidebar to see what’s currently on the docket. I’ll be sure to give some recommendations along the way. So, here it is, Maggie’s (in-a-dream-world-there-would-be-hours-to-spend-curled-up-with-these-books) Autumn Reading List:

1. The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling (currently reading)

2. The End of Men – Hanna Rosin (next up)

The following are in no particular order:

3. Freedom – Jonathan Franzen

4. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie

5. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace (so this is how you know I’m being too ambitious)

6. Crazy Salad – Nora Ephron

7. A Visit From the Goon Squad – Nora Egan (Recommended by: YourHarto)

8. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

9. NW – Zadie Smith

10. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

11. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

12. Saturday – Ian McEwan

13. The Love of a Good Woman – Alice Munroe

14. The Clear Light of Day – Anita Desai

15. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

The BEST place to access these books is of course your local public library because…

But if you’re looking for a good place to buy books, try to bypass a big box store (we’ve all seen ‘You’ve Got Mail’- we know that even though Tom Hanks is awesome, bookstore chains are the worst) in favor of an independently owned new or used bookstore.

The latter is SO MUCH cheaper and the former keeps your money in the local community.

If you’re in Chicago try: Open Books off the Chicago Brown Line Stop- one of so many wonderful used bookstores, but the added social mission makes it extra-awesome) or The Book Cellar– in Lincoln Square for new books!

If you’re in Toledo try: Ukazoo Books – near UT and close enough to the flashy new Barnes and Noble for you to flaunt your used book store bravado as you drive on past.

If you’re somewhere else- what’s your favorite local bookstore? What brings you there? Comment below and share the love!

Also, if you have more book recommendations, comment below and more love will be shared.


One Response to “In a Perfect World, I’d Be Reading These Books This Fall”

  1. Bea Burchill October 7, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    First of all Maggie! I love this and I love you!!! Secondly, I totally agree with A Casual Vacancy! We’ll have to discuss it! It’s definitely a very British, very autumn book! Other ones I want to read are A Fault in Our Stars by John Green. (Looking For Alaska is another one of his and it has a very fall feel to it) I’m also currently reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett and I definitely recommend it. It’s hilarious and very Halloween-y. Other really good Mystery/suspenseful books I read this summer are In the Woods and The Likeness by Tana French. They take place are Ireland and are reallly good!
    I don’t know if any of your readership (apart from me) will ever be in the great state of Kansas. But if they’re in Wichita, KS they should definitely go to Watermark Books & Cafe. All things that are good are in that store. Glorious books, t-shirts with book covers on them, amazing kids books, coffee drinks named after books, awesome local KS books, and they constantly play NPR. And in Salina there’s Ad Astra Per Aspera (which is our Kansas motto. It means “to the stars through difficulty”) And they have new and used books and coffee and cushiony chairs and live music and a different type of sandwich every day and homemade crafts to buy and it’s also amazing!
    Moral of the story: books are the best!

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