Inbox/Outbox for the week of 9/25/16

It’s already the end of September! So crazy to think that so much of the year has gone by. Here’s a wrap up of my book life for the last week of September:


To Be Or Not To Be by Ryan North. I loved Romeo and/or Juliet so I needed this!

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley. I have the whole series and adore it. Alan Bradley is a definite autobuy. 


Jughead by Chip Zdarsky. I loved the new Archie so I wanted to try the new Jughead, too. 

Currently Reading

Emma by Jane Austen. Buddy read. I’m surprised to say I’m really enjoying it. It’s not the most amazing book I’ve ever read, but it’s nice. 

The Secret History by Donna Tart. I started the audiobook last year but never finished it. Not that I didn’t like it, though! I just got distracted. The fall season seems to bring out a lot of people rereading this book, so I thought it would be a good time to try it again. 

How was everyone else’s reading week?

Fall Reading List

This is my version of this week’s Top Ten (or Twelve) Tuesday, which is the Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR.

I really enjoyed putting together my Summer Reading List (even though I didn’t quite finish it), because it got me reading books I wouldn’t normally think about.  I used to love reading classics, and I’ve had reading jags where I only read non-fiction, but I hadn’t been doing much of either until I created my Summer Reading List.  I got out of my comfort zone  little, which was wonderful!  So wonderful, in fact, that I decided to create another list for the Fall.  Fall, my favorite season, creates a different mood for reading than Summer, so I decided to forgo the forgotten books on my Summer list for now and create a new list of completely Fall reads.  Same categories, same goals, to read three of the four in each category.  Here’s the list I’ve come up with to start my Fall reading:



  1. Southern Daughter by Darden Asbury Pyron.  A biography on Margaret Mitchell, the author of one of my favorite books.
  2. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer.  I actually know nothing about Amy Scumer, but I’ve heard fantastic things about this memoir.
  3. In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahari.  Sounds different and interesting.
  4. Charlotte Bronte by Claire Harmon.  A bio on one of my favorite authors? Yes, please!



  1. Emma by Jane Austen.  This will be a buddy read with a friend of mine, just started this weekend.
  2. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.  I really want to participate in some way in the Austenatious Book Club, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to work out for me unless I jump in on this now.  Two Jane Austens?  I’m not sure, but I’ll try…
  3. Dracula by Bram Stoker.  What better way to spend Halloween than reading this?
  4. Bleak House by Charles Dickens.  This just feels like it may be a fall or winter read.  We’ll see how it goes.


Fiction Outside My Comfort Zone

  1. Hag Seed by Margaret Atwood.  So looking forward to this!
  2. Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee.  It sounds kind of creepy and cool, and I’ve been hearing great, great things.
  3. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.  Sounds like it’s going to be a big hit.
  4. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.  This feels like the perfect Fall book.



Other Goals for Fall

  1. Read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.  The second Illustrated edition comes out next week, so of course that requires some rereading!
  2. Read (Listen) to two audiobooks.  I was pretty big on audiobooks last year, but since I got a new job and my commute time has been cut in half, there just doesn’t seem to be as much audiobook listening time for me, and I want to find ways to re-incorporate it into my life.
  3. Read two Book of the Month Club picks.  My gift subscription has ended, but I loved my time as a BOTM Member, so much so that I’m considering getting a new subscription for myself.  Nevertheless, I intend to keep an eye on the monthly picks when they’re released so I can add to my TBR.


What are everyone else’s goals for the Fall?

Summer Reading List – Update

Since the Summer’s over, I wanted to post an update of my Summer Reading List and the progress I made.  While I didn’t completely succeed, I still had fund and read some books I probably wouldn’t have if I hadn’t challenged myself to some Summer reading.  Here’s how I did:

Non-Fiction on a Topic I’m Interested In

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Finished. I read this and adored it.  Behind the scenes stories are always a big hit with me.

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. I started it but never finished.  It’s a big book that I’m taking slowly, but at this rate, I may never finish!  Not that it’s not good; it’s actually pretty fantastic.  I just got distracted by smaller reads (i.e. comics).

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Never started.  I pretty much forgot about this one.

Gulp by Mary Roach. Finished.  I loved the audiobook version of it.


Classics That I Never Got to in School

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  DNF’ed.  Maybe it wasn’t the right time for me, but I just was not feeling this book.  I have loved all other books I’ve tried by the Bronte sisters, though, and this one is a favorite of a close friend, so I may have to give it a try another day.

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.  Never started.  Back on the TBR pile.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.   I decided to wait on this one.  The Austentatious Book Club is reading this one in October and I decided to wait and try this book with them.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Finished.  I liked it.  It will never be on my favorites list, but I liked it.


Fiction Outside of My Comfort Zone

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante. This one fell by the wayside.

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. Ditto.

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart.  Finished.  So good I immediately went out and bought the sequel.

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix. Finished.  It was the perfect plane ride book.  Not too serious, easily readable, interesting plot.


So not too bad!  I made progress in all my categories, at any rate!  In addition, I read A LOT of comics, and couple of chick lit books, and a couple more odds and ends.  It ended up being a pretty great summer of reading!


How was everyone else’s summer reading?

Why Mysteries Are My Go To Reading Choice

It started with Nate the Great.  Then I moved on to Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys.  Now, I’ve got Richard Castle, Flavia de Luce, Goldy Shulz, and Stephanie Plum.  I’ve always been attracted to mysteries.  A good basic whodunit that I can devour in just a couple of sittings never fails to leave me deeply satisfied.  Recently, I’ve been asking myself what exactly is it that I love about mysteries.  Why is it I’d rather read a mystery than any other genre out there?  While pondering this question, I’ve come up with a little list that may help explain my desire to be a fictional detective.

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