September 22: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR
I can’t believe it’s now autumn, and that there are only three months left in the year – and my 2015 Reading Challenge. The last few months I have stalled somewhat in ticking off completed challenges, since it has become more difficult to cross books off when choosing my reads based only on preference, rather than for the purpose of completing challenges. As a result I’ve dedicated this TBR list entirely to checking off categories – even more reason why I need to complete them!
1. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
(#50 A book you started but never finished) Terry Pratchett’s final Discworld novel was released last month, and with his unfortunate death this year I want to finally read and appreciate his beloved series.
2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
(#32.2 A trilogy) I’m re-reading my favourite trilogy for the challenge (and before Mockingjay Part 2 hits theatres). ‘Catching Fire’ happens to be one of my favourite books of all time, so I’m excited to experience it once more.
3. The Giver by Lois Lowry
(#30 A book that came out the year you were born)
Upon searching for books released in 1993 it was surprising how few I was even remotely interested in reading, but I know this is compulsory reading for many US high school students and that has me intrigued.
4. The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood
(#28 A book with antonyms in the title)
I have absolutely no clue what this book is about, and I only know about it because I know that Zac Efron starred in the movie adaptation, but I actually want to go into it blind and with no expectations.
5. Antigone by Sophocles
(#23 A book more than 100 years old)
This is the first book I have to read for my MA in English (which I am incredibly excited about undertaking, if a little daunted). It was written around 441BC, so it’s a home run in that respect!
6. How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
(#46 A book written by an author with your same initials)
It’s actually surprising how few authors have my initials – it’s not even as though they are uncommon – but I’ve heard that this book is hilarious.
7. Junk by Melvin Burgess
(#43 A book that takes place in your hometown)
I searched and searched for a novel that actually takes place in my hometown and I found nothing (although that’s not really surprising since I live in a rather small place) so instead I went for one of the cloest cities, Bristol. We spend a lot of time there, and are season ticket holders at Bristol City FC, so I thought it was a suitable substitution. I believe ‘Junk’ is about drug addicts, so I think it’s going to be quite dark for a YA novel.
8. I’m The King Of The Castle by Susan Hill
(#25 A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t)
This was my GCSE English Literature exam text, and I read only parts of it. How I got an A in the exam when I hadn’t even read about the character I wrote about in my paper is beyond my understanding – but I’m actually looking forward to reading it now.
9. Antigone by Jean Anouilh
(#47 A play)
This is the second book for my Masters degree – a much more modern text, for which I currently know nothing about!
10. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
(#44 A book that was originally written in a different language)
I believe this is a time-travelling book, which I love, and it’s set in 18th century London (sounds exciting) so I have high hopes for it (and the rest of the trilogy).
It appears that my reading for the next quarter is going to be largely dominated by attempting to complete the 2015 Reading Challenge. I’m equally excited and nervous.
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Edit (04/10/2015) – This list originally included for #23 A book more than 100 years old, ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson, and for #47 A play, ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ by William Shakespeare. At the time I forgot that for my MA English course (which I’ve yet to talk about) I have to read a number of books that perfectly fit a few categories, thus these two books have been replaced.