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Autumn Reading 2013: A Top Ten List

Let’s call it what it is – a to do list.

I have review copies of several of these, so I’ve committed to at least attempting to read them. I’m cheating a little because I’m already at least part way though some of these (Dirty Love, Storm Front, and At Night We Walk in Circles). I’m still in that reading slump (read: life slump, quarter life crisis, funk, etc. etc.) that I mentioned before. I’m working hard to snap out of it. Soon. Maybe. I need to watch High Fidelity or Chasing Amy or something. Or reread Jane Eyre.

Autumn Reading

In no particular order, autumn’s to be read list (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish) is as follows:

10. Subtle Bodies by Norman Rush. Whether you like the New York Times Book Review or not (I’m a fan), it’s hard to resist a book that is called “superbly sustained narrative drollery” and written by the “best kind of comic novelist”.

9. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Because I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about it.

8. At Night We Walk In Circles by Daniel Alarcón. I’ve had good luck with translated fiction lately, so far, so good with this one…

7. Storm Front by John Sandford. The only genre series author I’m devoted to. He has a great sense of humor and it’s fun to try and spot the music t-shirts on Virgil.

6. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It’s about time.

5. Festival Man by Geoff Berner. If you know Geoff Berner’s music you’re probably odd, bookish, and like to drink. I didn’t come up with that, he did, but there may be some truth to that.

4. Want Not by Jonathan Miles. Richard Russo says Jonathan Miles is worth reading – that is enough for me.

3. This House is Haunted by John Boyne. I’ll hopefully fit this one in before Halloween, it’s has a governess in it and sounds like Jane Eyre crossed with Dickens style prose.

2. Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III. I’ve read a couple of the stories from the collection already and they’re amazing. The short story is an art form.


1. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. Lest you think I’d forgotten…

I know I’m not the only one looking forward to Doctor Sleep. Anyone else? If not, anything you cannot wait to read?

Finally, any Canadians have any Montreal recommendations? I’ll be there next week. I know several of you are based out of Toronto and Edmonton, but maybe someone from Montreal is out there too. Or maybe you went to Montreal once and had the best experience at “this” location…? Any suggestions are welcome, I’m easy to please.


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