Thursday, September 20, 2012

Best Fall Book Picks ... from lots of people. What are yours?

My desk, Sept. 19
It's the time of year when everybody likes to dole out their recommendations for the best new books for Fall.

What's more interesting to me are your picks. What's on your reading list for autumn. Are you inclined to run out and buy the newest titles?

While it can be fun to read the latest and greatest, I tend to be (I have to be)  a lot thriftier when it comes to new books (I avoid buying new books and frequent used book stores a lot). Also, I'm probably a lot slower to read books than most, so I'm literally in no hurry.

I find that if I bide my time my sister or a friend will lend me the trendiest, hottest new novel out there (such as Emma Morgenstern's "The Night Circus," which I recently borrowed from a friend then favorably reviewed.)

I have stacks upon stacks of (old) books at home and on my desk at work yet to read. (See photo above that I just snapped of one of the piles at/near my desk at the paper ... It's less like Fall reading, and more like reading that's about to fall!)

But if you are looking something new and shiny to read to pass the time as the weather turns brisk and chilly, here are a few of the top picks and links to see some more:

One of my fave area bookstores, Wellington Square Bookshop in the Eagleview Corporate Center, Exton, is promoting a bunch of new books for fall, including: "The Yellow Birds" by Kevin Powers; "The Malice of Fortune" by Michael Ennis; and the book pictured at left, which was also recommended by The Huffington Post.

The Huffington Post recently published a handy slideshow of its editors' picks for Fall's Must Reads that includes "This is How You Lose Her" by Junot Diaz.

Publisher's Weekly announced its list of The Best Books for Fall 2012, including: "Live by Night" by Dennis Lehane.'s editor's recommended books including "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook" by Deb Perelman for fall in their Big Fall Books Preview.

Oprah Magazine released its picks for 15 Must Read Books for Fall 2012. The list includes "Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures" by Emma Straub.  

Popular Fall Picks on include "Black City, #1" by Elizabeth Richards and Zadie Smith's "NW." See the entire list of more than 4,000 book picks for Fall here.

The Christian Science Monitor recommends J.K. Rowling's new novel "The Casual Vacancy," and nine others.

Flavorpill recently issued The Flavorpill Fall 2012 Books Forecast, which includes "Telegraph Avenue" by Michael Chabon and "Astray"(a collection of stories) by Emma Donoghue, author of "Room."

That's just a small and rather random assortment of the new books that people are talking about for Fall.

I'd love to know what you've read and enjoyed lately - new or not.

Please, comment and let me - and the world - in on what's on your Fall reading list.


Joe Zlomek, The Sanatoga Post said...

On the reading stand right now, two oldies: Judas Goat, one of the earlier Spenser novels by Robert C. Parker (that's my guilty-pleasure mind candy); and River Horse, by William Least Heat Moon.

Moon's first book, Blue Highways (highly recommended), describes the people he meets while traveling cross-country driving only secondary roads (the ones marked in blue on the map). River Horse, his third book, is a variation on the theme; he writes what he sees while traveling cross-country by boat via lakes, rivers, runs and creeks, and incurring just 75 miles of portage for the entire trip.

Michelle Karas said...

Thank you, Joe! I'm going to be doing a "what's on your nightstand?" post soon and encourage people to take a photo and email it in. So, you're forewarned.