Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books on My Fall To-Be-Read List


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature from the Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s feature has you choose books you’re going to read this fall. As you know, these are all by female writers and they’re a mixture of things on my Goodreads list and books from these two great lists (which would be great to peruse if you’re searching for something to read for your own fall or winter list): 30 Books Every Woman Needs to Read (lots of feminist stuff, all by women writers) and 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read 1963-2013 (the compiler of this list chose one book from each year with runner ups, and there are some amazing modern classics on here–if you find it difficult to find books you like–this list is for you).

The top five are straight off my Goodreads list and the bottom five appear on one or both of the other lists.


  1. Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison (historical fiction)
  2. Mimi by Lucy Ellmann (novel)
  3. We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gillian Gill (non fiction)
  4. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (young adult)
  5. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton (poetry)
  6. The Color Master by Aimee Bender (short stories)
  7. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende (novel)
  8. Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill (short stories)
  9. Self-Help by Lorrie Moore (short stories)
  10. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (extended essay)

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There’s a lot of short stories on here, which I’m a little worried about because I’ve never been the biggest short story reader. There are a couple collections I like, but I don’t make a big habit of reading them.

Have you read any of these books? I’d love to know your thoughts on them (if they’re not too, too discouraging).

Do you ever come across random lists that you know you have to read your way through? I think these two are really good–though there are some books that didn’t jive with me.

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