Top Ten Books On My Fall 2022 To-Read List

Top Ten Books
On My Fall 2022 To-Read List

TTT for September 20, 2022

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Here are the first 10 books I plan on reading this Fall.
It’s definitely going to be a Fall for classics, even more than in Fall 2021!

The first one is what I got for Classics Spin #31:

Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

Then I’ll be participating in The 1929 Club (October 24-30), and planning to read these 3 for that event:The 1929 Club

Then November has a couple of reading events.
I haven’t decided yet which books I’ll be reading for Nonfiction November.
But here are 6 novellas I’d like to read for the other event: Novellas in November

Novellas in November

Have YOU read
or are YOU planning to read any of these?
Please leave the link to your own post,
so I can visit.

The Classics Club: The Classics Spin #31



The Classics Club

The Classics Spin #31

Time for a new spin!

At your blog, before Sunday, September 18, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

On Sunday September 19, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by October 30, 2022.

Here are 20 titles I have selected from my brand new 4th list of 150 classics.
In this list of 20, I have included books on my physical book shelves (pink), 3 books I’d like to read for The 1929 Club, and the rest is mostly novellas I’d like to read for Novellas in November.

1 Edgar Allan Poe Major Tales (1849)
2 Rainer Maria Rilke Selected Poems (1899-1926)
3 Upton Sinclair The Jungle (1906)
4 James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)
5 Virginia Woolf Mrs. Dalloway (1925)
6 MIchel Tournier Vendredi (1969)
7 William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury (1929)
8 Anthony Berkeley The Piccadilly Murder (1929)
9 Ellery Queen The Roman Hat Mystery (1929)
10 George Eliot The Lifted Veil (1859)
11 Paul Gallico The Snow Goose (1941)
12 Nikolai Leskov Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (1865)
13 John Buchan The 39 Steps (1915)
14 Italo Calvino The Cloven Viscount (1952)
15 Rudolph Fisher The Conjure-Man Dies: A Mystery Tale of Dark Harlem (1932)
16 Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep (1939)
17 Henry Van Dyke The Story of the Other Wise Man (1895)
18 Adolfo Bioy Casares Where There’s Love, There’s Hate (1946)
19 Mikhail Bulgakov A Dog’s Heart (1925)
20 Alexander Grin Scarlet Sails (1922)



Six degrees of separation: daughter and mother


Six degrees of separation:
daughter and mother

Time for another quirky variation on this meme.
The book we are starting from and the book I landed on both are about connection between a daughter and her mother! Obviously not calculated on my part.
I also tried hard not to feature books I have already featured with this meme.

Using my own rules for this fun meme hosted by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest (see there the origin of the meme and how it works – posted the first Saturday of every month).

Here are my own quirky rules:

1. Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title (or in the subtitle) offered and find another title with that word in it – see the titles below the images to fully understand, as often the word could be in the second part of the title
3. Then use the first word of THAT title to find your text title
4. Or the second if the title starts with the same word, or you are stuck

Click on the covers 
links will send you to my review or to the relevant page

No One is Talking About This

This is the book we are supposed to start from.
I haven’t read it and probably will not. I like the plot, but I would probably not like its humor. Some readers I really trust haven’t really enjoyed it either.

“Is there life after the internet?
As this urgent, genre-defying book opens, a woman who has recently been elevated to prominence for her social media posts travels around the world to meet her adoring fans. She is overwhelmed by navigating the new language and etiquette of what she terms “the portal,” where she grapples with an unshakable conviction that a vast chorus of voices is now dictating her thoughts. When existential threats—from climate change and economic precariousness to the rise of an unnamed dictator and an epidemic of loneliness—begin to loom, she posts her way deeper into the portal’s void. An avalanche of images, details, and references accumulate to form a landscape that is post-sense, post-irony, post-everything. “Are we in hell?” the people of the portal ask themselves. “Are we all just going to keep doing this until we die?”
Suddenly, two texts from her mother pierce the fray: “Something has gone wrong,” and “How soon can you get here?” As real life and its stakes collide with the increasingly absurd antics of the portal, the woman confronts a world that seems to contain both an abundance of proof that there is goodness, empathy, and justice in the universe, and a deluge of evidence to the contrary.
Fragmentary and omniscient, incisive and sincere, No One Is Talking About This is at once a love letter to the endless scroll and a profound, modern meditation on love, language, and human connection from a singular voice in American literature. ”

No Man is an Island A Man Lay Dead

  As I Lay Dying  Collector of Dying Breaths cover2  

  Collector  Breath Eyes Memory  

1.  No Man is an Island, by Thomas Merton

To be honest, I read so many books by Merton, a few decades ago, that I don’t remember exactly the content of this one. But anyway, you can never go wrong with this author!
The topics of silence, solitude, and connected are so important, even more today.

2. A Man Lay Dead, by Ngaio Marsh

I so wanted to try this classic author, but the very first volume in the Roderick Alleyn series left me a bit disappointed. I actually read it only three months ago, but didn’t write a review right away, and I already have only vague memory of it.
Should I persevere? There are 33 books in the series.
Have you read volume 2, Enter a Murderer?

3. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner

Now, I really enjoyed this other classic! The different point of views, some from unexpected voices (!) really worked for me for this short atmospheric novel.

4. The Collector of Dying Breaths, by M. J. Rose

A few years ago, I enjoyed M. J. Rose’s style. I read a few books by her. Now, I have gone to other reading horizons.
Here is the recap of my review:

VERDICT: The Collector of Dying Breaths is a smart and unforgettable mix of historical fiction, suspense, and fantasy, with a touch of romance. If you love history, France, and the haunting world of perfumes and fragrances, you won’t want to miss its message on what real love is all about.

5. The Collector, by Anne-Laure Thiéblemont

I really enjoyed this  mystery. Unfortunately, the author passed away befor writing the second volume.

VERDICT: Complex and suspenseful art heist on pre-Columbian art with a smart and unexpected twist. Highly recommended for lovers of art, gems, and mystery.

6. Breath, Eyes, Memory, by Edwidge Danticat

As my 5th book has only one word, I’m stuck, so I used the last word of title 4 to finish this chain! And it happens to be also about a daughter and her mother, like in the starting book!
This was a very powerful and emotional read.


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