What I’m Reading | Fall 2017

What I’m Reading | Fall 2017

Hi there, guys! I hope that you’re all doing well. πŸ™‚ On this fine Saturday, I have a what I’m reading post to share with you! Its format will be a bit different from the other one I did (back in August), but I will still be talking about what I am reading and what I hope to read very soon.

My focus for this fall is to stay away from libraries! While I love them so much, their limitless selection keeps me back from reading any of the books that I own. So, whether I’m re-reading a classic or finally getting around to reading some new Poirot short stories, I want to read, for the most part, books that I already have at home. πŸ™‚

I did something a little different for this post! All of the pictures are in black-and-white, which I’ve never done before (even though I love b&w, haha), and the orange borders make them look very fall-ish, I think. I hope you all enjoy! Let me know in the comments below what you’re looking forward to reading. xx

What I’m Reading | Fall 2017

{ Hamlet – William Shakespeare }

I have mentioned in past posts that Hamlet is my favorite work of Shakespeare, and because of this, I have happily read it multiple times! I own different copies and editions of the play, and I’m currently in the process of reading them in order of purchase. I’ll talk a bit more about my love of the Dane in an upcoming post!

{ The Princetta – Anne-Laure Bondoux }

I got this one for a great deal at a library book sale I went to back in May! (I blogged about that experience here.) It’s a very adventurous novel translated from French that I would still love to read, but have yet to dedicate time to it.

{ The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald }

One of the classics I mentioned! I have read it once, and that was a few years ago for school. The only reason I haven’t read it multiple times is because I struggle to balance reading new books and returning to old favorites. That will change very soon!

{ Poirot and Me – David Suchet }

This is an awesome autobiography that I have, like I mentioned about the last book, not gotten around to reading all the way through yet. Have you heard of the TV show Poirot? It ran for half a century and consists of thirteen seasons. This book is by the man who played Hercule Poirot and what that experience in his acting career was like. πŸ™‚ Since the show ended in 2013, I have been fortunate enough to be able to watch as many of the episodes as I’ve liked, which ended up being most of them, excluding only the darker and more frightening cases. I can’t wait to finish this novel!

{ Dragon Slippers – Jessica Day George }

Dragon Slippers is a childhood favorite of mine, and I have read it approximately 1 3/4 times. That probably sounds weird, but all that happened was that I wasn’t dedicated enough to read the last quarter that second time. Haha! I’d love to return to this intriguing fantasy land and experience its magic once again. The author also has a special place in my heart because she sent me such a nice reply in response to a fan email I sent her when I was younger! I was very grateful πŸ™‚

{ Essential Shakespeare Handbook – Leslie Dunton-Downer }

I was so stoked when I spotted this beauty at a Goodwill a few months ago! This is one of those comprehensive guides that cost a fortune at bookstores and that I’d never pay full-price for (my wallet wouldn’t like it, haha). That’s why I’m so in love with this one! However, it’s one of those books you only reference to when you’re extremely interested in a bit of the information it contains, and in this case, reading about specific Shakespearean plays. I’d love to go through and read all about the ones I’ve read so far, as I don’t want to spoil any of the plays I haven’t read yet by reading about them, haha

{ Prayer: The Ultimate Conversation – Dr. Charles Stanley }

I bought this one for myself and read it back in 2014/2015, and I can’t tell you how much it helped me in my relationship with the Lord. It strengthened my prayer life, which I know is the Lord’s doing; over the years, He has used different spiritual books like this to inspire me and draw me closer. πŸ™‚ It would bless me to read this again, as it has been quite a while since the last time I did.

{ Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories – Agatha Christie }

You should have seen how excited I was on Christmas morning of 2016 when I unwrapped this beauty! I had been eyeing it at that time, but couldn’t decide if it was worth emptying my wallet for, so I was thankful my parents bought it for me, instead. I love the cover, and especially all the stories it contains – especially the ones near the end that reference different mythological beasts – those are cool! I have yet to read even a fraction of the 51 (yeah, one more than the cover claims haha) stories, but I would love to in the weeks and months to come.

{ A Young Woman’s Walk With God – Elizabeth George }

This woman does an amazing job at writing spiritually-inspiring books for ladies of all ages. This one, as well as A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart, have really helped me as I have grown in my relationship with the Lord. It has been so long since I read A Young Woman’s Walk With God that I can hardly remember what it was about, haha! I’ll definitely be reading this one soon.

{ Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Richard and Florence Atwater }

I remember when my mom first read this book to me and my brother for school, when I was maybe nine years old. In all of its oddities and wonders, I loved it! It still makes me happy, in the way that many old children’s novels do, and since I own this beautiful copy of it, I would really love to read it again.


Thank you so much for reading, guys!! In a nutshell, those were the main ten books that I own and would love to read this fall. I can’t wait to delve into all of this awesome reading material!! Let me know in the comments below:

What are YOU reading this fall?

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx

37 thoughts on “What I’m Reading | Fall 2017

  1. Girl those black and white photos with the fall edges are such a pretty combination!! The Great Gatsby I read for school awhile ago too, its an interesting book hehe. Xxx

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  2. Goodness, so many choices!!! I have a hard time trying to read new material (and I have quite a bit of books that I haven’t read, but bought) Maybe, I should do this kind of post too, hmm… Three of the ones I’m reading/setting aside and then picking up, oh wait, I remembered a fourth, Before Amen by Max Lucado (He is my favorite Christian author, amazing!!!) Dear God, it’s me Margaret by Judy Blume (love her children’s books like Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, this one is more for preteens talking about growing up), Biography of Anne Frank (second time I am reading it, I love Anne Frank and her history, can’t remember author at moment, this goes into a lot of extra details), and Emma by Jane Austen which I read periodically. πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha yes!! It’s crazy how I get so behind in reading what I have because I go get library books. I plan on fixing that this fall! That would be awesome if you did a post like this. I love seeing what others are reading ❀ oh I've read the one you mentioned by Judy Blume! I enjoyed it πŸ™‚ I have yet to read Emma, but I love the movie SO much!

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      1. That’s awesome you like the movie! I told myself, “I won’t watch the movie, till I read the book.” Haha! I read Oliver Twist in the beginning of this year, it’s a lot darker, and more violent than I thought it would be, wow Mr. Dickens! Oliver Twist actually was his first book, and it was written in a newspaper/magazine in installments. Oh great! I’m glad you like the book by Judy Blume! πŸ™‚

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      2. It was so good! Yeah I haven’t read Oliver Twist for that reason. I think that A Christmas Carol was Mr. Dickens’ only sane piece of work, hahaha! I couldn’t finish Great Expectations because about halfway through, it had me crying angrily over how Pip was being treated; I just read SparkNotes’ summaries to finish it. And I was disappointed because I enjoy reading classics, but that one should be banned for child abuse

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      3. Oliver Twist is full of child abuse so I don’t blame you. Thank you for saying that! I’ve thought about Great Expectations but after OT I was like eh…I’m not sure. I do like Dicken’s style of writing for the most part, but the story detail…ehhh.

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  3. Great choices! I’ve recently read Hailey Hudson’s short story Hope is the Thing with Feathers and really enjoyed it (: I’m looking forward to starting American Assassin next, and I really wanna see the movie! My suggestion for you would be Dreamhouse by Marzia Bisognin

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  4. Now I want to stay home and read! Great choices Maggie. I have finally ordered Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem and am looking forward to reading her. I also have The Book of Joy, a self published fiction novel by a friend, Trauma Stewardship and a bible study on prayer life which I’m reading almost daily, almost. I might need to throw in a few children’s books for fun πŸ™‚

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    1. That’s awesome! I love that book (: I haven’t reread it yet, but it is a wonderful fantasy novel! Lots of dragons, a medieval town, and the main characters are great. If you like fantasy, I recommend it!

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  5. You’re kidding me. I’m right in the middle of Jessica Day George’s book called, Princess of the Silver Woods. When I saw that you were reading one of her books too, all other comments I had about the other books you plan to read got knocked out of my head. XD I got it at Goodwill for just a couple of dollars and it has been a joy so far. πŸ™‚ I’ll have to look for Dragon Slippers – that one looks so good!

    I remember Mr. Popper Pengins, and I have The Great Gatsby in my reading stack too.

    Anyway… loved reading about what you plan to read! I hope you enjoy every word of them! ❀

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    1. Haha that is so awesome!! I haven’t read that book of hers; I’ll be sure to look into it. Lol I do that all the time! Yes, Dragon Slippers (the whole trilogy) is fantastic!

      Thanks Grace! Same to you on all of your reading adventures (: ❀

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