My Fall Reading List

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How much longer until winter starts? Because I better get on this fall reading list pronto. What’s on your list? I’ve got Sharp Objects on my bedside table ready to go – I loved Gone Girl (except for the ending GAAHHH), and I’m hoping it will keep me glued to the page. Love Lisa See, and have been wanting to read Shanghai Girls forever, so I’m making it a priority. What about The Magician King? Anyone have an opinion on that one? Other notables that aren’t pictured are anything by Anne Lamont, The Fault in Our Stars (scared I will sob the entire way through), and the Dublin Murder Squad books.

You can check out my entire reading wishlist here, and feel free to follow all of my obsessive eBay stalking via my collections. I have shopping issues.

Now tell me, what are you reading right now?

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  1. Danielle

    November 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I’m looking forward to a few days off next week with grandparents available to entertain the children to catch up on some reading.

    State of Wonder is not as good as Bel Canto. The Art of Fielding is magnificent. Love The Dublin Murder Squad, too.

  2. Elizabeth

    November 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

    After reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, I am into him! He’s a great writer (he writes about life in India). Right now I am reading his Family Matters. You will love Shanghai Girls. I am a big fan of Lisa See and also Amy Tan (whose new book I am in line for at the library!). Thanks for the Art of Fielding recommendation.

  3. KJS

    November 20, 2013 at 11:15 am

    The Art of Fielding is fabulous, The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer is her best yet, Wild is great and should be read before the movie comes out, and Me Before You is well done. I’m also reading This is a Story of a Happy Marriage, Ann Patchett’s essays and I love Anne Lamont!

    • Cathy

      November 23, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      I just finished both Wild and Me Before you! loved them.

  4. Erica @ Amplified Culture

    November 20, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I’m on a self-help/self-reflection kick right now. For the longest time I wanted to read The Happiness Project but while I love to read (I’ve been known to spend a full 8hrs, non-stop, reading) self help books never seem to hold my attention because there is no intriguing story line to hook me. Then I had an idea. I joined Audible and now listen to all the self-enhancement type books on my way to/from work.

    It’s worked out great. The “Happiness Project” was very interested and helps you take a look at your own desires/passions. I’m currently listening to “The Paradox of Choice”. It’s a bit dry but being someone who can stew over decisions, it’s been very insightful for me.

  5. Sarah Christine

    November 20, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I read The Magician King and loved it, but be prepared for some intensity and scandalous content! I was expecting Harry Potter, but it’s much more, um, grown up? It totally kept my attention, and i couldn’t put it down, but it is a little bizarre! (A good thing I guess!)

    A rec– THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt. Omg I CANNOT put it down, it’s one of the most beautiful and well written books I’ve ever read. The main character– young Theo– has totally captured my heart. Read it!

  6. Stacey

    November 20, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Lauren Conrad? Is this your wish-list or what ebay created for you? Seems like a strange choice.

    • whoorl

      November 20, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Hahaa, Stacey, you know I ALMOST included a sentence about why I want to read her book just because of that! Actually, she’s a fellow coastal Orange County girl, and frankly, I’m impressed with the dynasty she has created for herself! (She was also my favorite on Laguna Beach, what can I say…)

      • Stacey

        November 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        Funny, I almost mentioned something about being impressed with her as a business woman, and I can admit I did watched ‘Laguna Beach’ in my early 20’s ;)

  7. Lynne

    November 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    You should read The Magicians before you read The Magician King! Hate it when I pick up a book not knowing it’s the second of a series.

    The Kitchen House was a fantastic read. I also agree with someone above who mentioned The Interestings.

    I love seeing what others read! Thanks!

    • Cathy

      November 23, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      I’ve been wanting to read The Kitchen House! I’ve heard great things about it!

  8. Mandy

    November 20, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Ooooh, seeing The Art of Fielding on this list just made me smile. You will love it!

  9. Megan

    November 20, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    The Magician King is the second in the series. However, they are both great. Start with the Magicians. It’s a grown-up look at a magic school. The magical school is a college, so there’s adult content in a way that a magical middle school like Harry Potter’s would not have covered.

  10. Tiera

    November 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I’m reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, I’ve also read her other two books. I’ve also been reading The Power of Now and A New Earth, as I’m very interested in spirituality vs beliefs right now.

  11. Anna

    November 21, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Love this. I could read book recommendations endlessly – I’ve added Shanghai Girls to my list! I finished The Fault in Our Stars a few weeks ago. It is enchanting. I did cry a lot – I’d read a chapter and then have to put it away to recover for a while! – but it is well worth it (and much of it is very funny). I also loved Suite Francaise! I need to dig it out again.

  12. Sarah

    November 21, 2013 at 5:55 am

    I read Sharp Objects after I finished Gone Girl too. Not as great as a read, but still a good mystery. I just started The Fault in Our Stars. So far no tears, but we’ll see how that goes. I know eventually there’s going to be ugly crying and my boyfriend staring at me like I’m insane for sobbing over a book. ::dudes just don’t understand::

  13. Lizzie

    November 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Like Anna I had to keep putting The Fault in Our Stars down from time to time until I was close to the end and then I just ended up sobbing loudly and shamelessly on the rush hour tube. None-the-less I would definitely still recommend it. I’m only just reading Gone Girl now (I know, I know, but missed the boat anyway and I’ve been holding out until it was my turn to pick for bookclub). The last book I really enjoyed was Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. I was a bit cynical about parts of it but found it a really interesting read and even more interesting to discuss. Other than that I’ve been madly downloading any free books on itunes by classic authors – it’s amazing how prolific some authors were.

  14. Jen

    November 21, 2013 at 11:06 am

    “Shanghai Girls” is fantastic. If you like it, read “Dreams of Joy” – it’s the sequel and equally great. Both books really stuck with me. Another book that got under my skin is “Moloka’i” by Allan Brennert. Also, if you haven’t read Bill Bryson’s “In a Sunburned Country,” you just need to. It’s not new, but it would make a nice winter read with its sunny setting + you will laugh so hard.

  15. Plum Pretty Sugar

    November 21, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Thank you for sharing! We love this!