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Oct 18, 2018

Let's Talk: What are You Reading This Fall?

Okay. It's time to call it. The long days of summer are gone, and with them went the endless opportunity to take on a new project or adventure, no matter the time. For the next few months, the daylight hours will be spent mostly at work, with our free time coinciding with the dark, crisp nights of the season. The perfect time to do a little whittling or carving by the fireplace, or perhaps time to start a pot of your famous chili and cast iron cornbread. Or, when you just have a few spare minutes to yourself, read a great book.  

 

So, let's hear it. What's on your fall reading list? Are you going to take on something you've been meaning to get to? Perhaps a thriller or ghost story to coincide with Halloween, or a new how-to manual to inspire winter projects? Fiction, non-fiction, instructional, coffee table, technical manual...if you're reading it this fall, I wanna hear about it. 

As for me, I'm spending a little time each day with my Audobon guides, so I can better understand what I'll be seeing on my hikes and outdoor travels over the next few months. They're not books you read cover to cover, so I'm taking a bit each day, so there's time for the info to settle in. I've been mainlining a few cookbooks I got from the library, deciding which ones I want to add to the collection. And for my novel, I'm digging into "It" by Stephen King, which seems as good as anything for the season. I picked it up at a garage sale for a dollar. Spoiler alert: it's long. 1100 pages, tiny print. I guess it's a good value. 

Please let us know what you're reading in the comments below. Or, if you have any fall appropriate recommendations you think others should know about, we'd love to hear them. 

 

 

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Chris on Oct 23, 2018:

@Luke - It's great to have you. Thanks for sharing your list. Nice mix of classics and new work there. Enjoy!


Luke on Oct 23, 2018:

First time commenting! Really enjoy this blog:

Sci-Fi: The Broken Earth Series
Fiction: The Maltese Falcon, Good Omens
Non-Fiction: Man's Search for Meaning, the 5 Love Languages, Make Time


Matt on Oct 22, 2018:

@bruno I just started the Benjamin Franklin biography and I'm actually listening to it on Audible (I have a long commute). I think the pausity of early family history has made it feel a little disjointed, but it is still enjoyable. However, I admittedly don't have much experience with biographies.


bruno on Oct 22, 2018:

@matt how's the writing in the Ben Franklin book? I read Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography and was stunned at how *bad* the writing was.


Matt on Oct 21, 2018:

I just finished "A Man the Moon" epic after I also finished "The Right Stuff". I'm now taking some space from space (pun intended), and I'm starting on Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations" and "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" by Walter Isaacson.


bruno on Oct 19, 2018:

I just re-read Cormack McCarthy's "The Crossing" and I can't recommend it highly enough. The writing is astonishingly simple and gorgeous. Top 5 books of all time for me.

Prior to that: Hemingway's "In Our Time" - which he wrote when he was just twenty-six years old. At that point he had already volunteered as an ambulance driver in World War 1, been wounded by shrapnel, hung out in Paris with James Joyce and Ezra Pound (also Picasso and Joan Miro), got married and had a kid, and started having an affair.

What did you do before your 26th birthday?


Thomas Reece on Oct 19, 2018:

I just finished the 3 volume Edmund Morris biography of Teddy Roosevelt. It's long (about 2500 pages) but well worth reading. Teddy had a helluva manly life. I am now about halfway through Van Gogh The Life. Another great, long (900 page) book. Vincent and his brother Theo had a fascinating, well documented (via letter writing) relationship. Highly recommended.


Melissa on Oct 18, 2018:

I just finished United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good, by Senator Cory Booker. It was eye-opening, honest and uplifting.