It’s autumn! This time of the year every has a little something extra on their plate. There’s suddenly more to do and less daylight to burn. The days here turn to rain and everyone starts layering up.
I couldn’t be happier.
Last autumn I was in sunny Vietnam and I kind of missed the cool crisp autumn air and watching the leaves change colour. I missed the homey sweetness of apples and the oppressive grey overcast skies. This autumn I’ve been taking advantage as much as possible!
Now that I’m recently in my 25th year I’m really trying to make room in my life for things that are important to me. That means, despite my minimalist tendencies, I’m collecting actual paper books again.
Shocking, I know. I have been reading mostly on my e-reader for the last year but now I’m just hungry for paper books. After my birthday I have accumulated a few awesome titles that I want to share with you. I’ve created my own To Be Read (TBR) list and it is going to carry me through the autumn.
This TBR is a healthy mix of hot off the press and classic fiction. It's perfect for those interested in dystopian dreams and misguided hope for the future. If you are open to a little weirdness in your TBR then check out my picks!
1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Looking forward to this read for sure. I'm interested in checking out Neil Gaiman's work after being acquainted with his book The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
This book is being made into a television series so I feel like I ought to check the book out before I watch the show. I chose to read this book because I think it's an award winner and perhaps one of his more accessible reads.
2. 13 ways of looking at a fat girl by Mona Awad
I've read a few books on body image before but those were mostly memoirs and essays. This is a fictionalized take on what it's like to be taken over by an obsession with fitting in and being normal.
I chose to read this book because I can relate to body image struggles and this book was particularly acclaimed.
3. Player piano by Kurt Vonnegut
I tried to read Slaughterhouse Five when I was a teenager but I didn't get into it. I wrote of Vonnegut as probably not to my taste.I've been told that I have to check out Cat's cradle at least. But this book I've heard mentioned before as a dystopian future book.
If anyone is familiar with the new HBO show Westworld, you'll have noticed the player piano in its intro and in subsequent scenes in the saloon. I can't help but think this is a direct nod to the novel. Since I love the show so much, I have to check out where any inspiration could have come from. Perhaps I should also be reading more Michael Crichton! So starts my foray into Vonnegut. Wish me luck!
4. Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji
Still in hardcover! That's ok because it's a beautiful looking book and I got it signed by the author recently so it's kind of worth it. I'm interested in this book because I've heard the author is an incredible story teller.
Novels written about a dystopian future from non-genre authors are intriguing for me. I think they must have good ideas for their story if they feel like they need to make the jump from fiction to science fiction. I anticipate that this book will be a little like Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro but more updated.
5. Moistly Void, Partially Stars and The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe: Welcome to Nightvale Vol 1 & Vol 2 By Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink
I just started reading the first volume and it's one of the most enjoyable books ever. I think that's mostly because it's a non-book. Essentially, Welcome to Nightvale is a massively successful podcast that I've loved for years.
The writers have put the first year of their podcast scripts down in book form with an intro to each episode and illustrations that provide context and deeper meaning to their shows. I have been really slow reading these because I just love them so much I don't want it to be over!
Thanks for reading my Autumn TBR list! Let me know if you want a full review of any of these titles once I'm finished with them.
What's on your TBR?