Don't get me wrong - War and Peace is a great book! But it's long and I've been reading it for weeks. I've read a few other things, mostly for book groups because I have to read those, and I also snuck in a graphic novel. But it's fall, which is a huge season in publishing and I keep staring longingly at shiny new copies of books on my coworkers' desks.
If it weren't for Tolstoy, here's what I'd be reading right now. Links go to Goodreads so you can easily add them to your own lists (you're welcome!)
1. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I keep hearing that this new YA book is magical.
2. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. I put myself on hold the moment I heard it was coming out, and got a copy just before I started W&P. Sadly, I had to send it back and now there are 400 people ahead of me on the list.
3. Revival by Stephen King. Ok, it's not out for another week or so, but my life isn't going to change by then.
4. Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King. New A. S. King!!!
5. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty. Informative, morbid, what's not to love?
6. Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Like Bossypants, but different.
7. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. There's a lot of buzz about this new post-apocalyptic novel.
8. 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith. One of my new favorite authors!
9. Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit. I read a snippet of the introduction and loved it, but of course I always love a good feminist rant.
10. Lost and Found by Brooke Davis. I get galleys from Penguin every month and a lot of the time they don't interest me, but this one looks really good and since I have a pre-pub copy I'd like to actually read it before it's published.
These are all published this fall except Men Explain Things To Me (May 2014) and Lost and Found (January 2015.)
And these are just the new and forthcoming books! Additionally, I wish I had time to read The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins right now. It's the final book on my TBR Pile Challenge and I don't technically have to read it for the challenge because I read one of the alternates, but I still want to! I also have a copy of Cockpit Confidential by Patrick Smith that I've had checked out since mid-September. My library doesn't own it so I want to read it before I send it back home.
The best part of all this is that when I actually finish with Tolstoy, I bet I'll start reading something completely different that's not even on this list. I wonder what it will be!