The Broke and the Bookish is asking us this Tuesday: what are the top ten books on your fall TBR list? Well, this is probably another list where I could exceed the number ten ……… but I won’t …… this time ……
Reading-wise, I anticipate that this autumn is going to be very busy. I have books that I have to read for bookgroups, I’m beginning an online course on Shakespeare and one on Dante, and I have to try to focus to finish up my challenges. So with that in mind, here begins my list:
1. Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Mallory
For Jean’s Read-Along coming up on October 1st at Howling Frog Books!
2. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope
3. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope
Both this book and #2 are for my Trollope project.
4. The Iliad by Homer
I just love this book. If I could, I’d read it once per year!
5. King Lear by William Shakespeare
I’m not sure the reading order of the plays, but in the course we’ll be reading King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, and Much Ado About Nothing.
6. The Essays of Michel Montaigne
Yikes! I’m behind on this one and need to use the fall to catch up!
7. The Life of Saint Teresa of Ávila by Herself
After Montaigne’s Essays, this is the next book for The Well-Educated Mind biographies project.
8. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
A children’s book about Nathaniel Bowditch, a sailor and mathematician, who published The American Practical Navigator, a comprehensive reference book for seamen. I’ve read this book before and it’s excellent!
9. L’Argent (Money) by Émile Zola
Ah yes, Zola again and it’s the fourth in his Rougon-Marquart series (in Zola’s recommended reading order). I needed a break after La Curée (The Kill), but I’m glad to be back reading the master again! Wonderfully developed characters and descriptions!
10. Perelandra & That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis
For my C.S. Lewis Project. I’ve already read the first in the series, Out of the Silent Planet. This is a fantastic trilogy!
So there are my plans! I neglected to list The Inferno, which I’ll be reading for the Dante course. I’ve read it before but I’m quite excited to read it again. I have a brooding premonition that the time I’ll have to apply to these courses will mean that I won’t be able to finish all these books by the end of the fall, but I’m not going to think about it and keep ploughing ahead. Wish me luck!