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Fall 2012 Must-Reads

Fall is usually a good time for books – that’s when the big guys and gals come out to play. This fall is no exception with new books from literary big shots (and book reviewer faves) like Zadie Smith, Michael Chabon, and Junot Diaz. Of course, fan favorites aren’t left out: J.K. Rowling’s venture into “adult” novels, Amanda Hocking’s mainstreaming experiment continues, and the usual from the likes of James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, and Ken Follett. I’ve glanced over a few lists, read a little of BEA’s Book Buzz (filled with excerpts!), chatted with book lovers, and swooned over advanced copies as they’ve made their way through our office. And what am I excited about? Well, folks, there are A LOT of good books out this fall (and a few late summer) so be prepared for a lengthy list.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? By Maria Semple – At first, I was completely turned off by the Franzen blurb. I’m not a fan of his. BUT I am a fan of epistolary novels and I love the cover. Aug 2012.

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller – Post-apocalyptic tale about a pilot. Had me at apocalypse. Aug 2012.

Every Day by David Levithan – I’ve read this one and LOVED IT…can’t resist reminding everyone of how great this book is one more time. Aug 2012

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian – I’ve heard good things from Galley Chatters so I’m very excited about this one even though it’s the first in a series (DOWN WITH SERIES!) and not something I’d usually want to read (it looks very Pretty Little Liars to me). Sept 2012.

The Diviners by Libba Bray – The Twenties, New York, Occult, and LIBBA BRAY! Very exciting, but again…a series. Sept 2012.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling – Is there ANYONE that’s ever read a book NOT interested in this one? Sept 2012.

Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon – It just sounds good and I really like the cover. Sept 2012.

Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub – The Twenties are really IN this year. After reading Straub’s stories AND loving the glimpse of the ‘20s in The Chaperone, I’m really looking forward to this one. Sept 2012.

Winter of the World by Ken Follett – I’ve loved all of Follett’s historical fiction so I’m especially excited to dive into this one. While the first in the Century Trilogy focused on WWI, this one looks at events occurring through the dropping of the first atomic bombs. Sept 2012.

Vagina: A New Biography by Naomi Wolf – Lady parts are fascinating. Women give life so the more we learn about our special parts, the better, you know? Sept 2012.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – It’s about a guy in a bookstore and full of geeky goodness (so I’ve heard). Oct 2012.

American Decameron by Mark Dunn – Reason #1: I loved Ella Minnow Pea. Reason #2: I’m really digging short stories lately. Reason #3: It’s 100 stories taking place in a different year of the 20th century and that is COOL. Oct 2012.

Astray by Emma Donoghue – I really enjoyed Room, but I want to read this one because I’m a fan of connected short stories (like You Know When the Men are Gone and A Visit from the Goon Squad). Oct 2012

The Twelve by Justin Cronin – While I’m still a little peeved there’s more story here, I’m really looking forward to where Cronin takes this. Oct 2012

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe – A reading memoir with a side of sad. Shwalbe and his mother start a book club for two after she is diagnosed with cancer. Oct 2012.

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Phillip Pullman – I’m a big fan of fairy tales and I LOVE remixes and retellings. I’ve never read Pullman before, but I’m stoked for this. Nov 2012.

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If I hear of any other AWESOME fall releases, I’ll be sure to share. What Fall reads are you looking forward to?

Christina Applegate and Anthony Head back on my TV!

I mentioned two new comedies yesterday: Up All Night and Free Agents. Watched them both online and they are so worth it! Up All Night stars Will Arnett, Christina Applegate, and Maya Rudolph! How can that be bad?! Arnett & Applegate are a fun and crazy couple that enjoys drinking, smoking and cussing. Rudolph plays Applegate’s boss and friend. Plus there’s a cute baby. It’s the less-white-trashy version of Raising Hope (which is one of my favorite shows).

Free Agents is good (single girl…boyfriend died; almost divorced man…are they friends or more?)…but I have little to say about it compared to Up All Night. I’m just happy to hear Anthony Head (aka Giles) speak on my TV again (or on my computer…).

Tonight it’s The Vampire Diaries (!!!) and the premiere of The Secret Circle.

What should you gather from this post? I love Christina Applegate and I want you to watch her show! Really! Go check it out!

Quick thoughts…Ringer & Parenthood & more on tonight!

Ringer premiered last night! I’m not gonna lie…I was nervous to see SMG on TV again. She IS Buffy to me, but as Bridget and Siobhan she was pretty spectacular.

Bridget is a stripper on the run from the police and some gangsters. Siobhan is a wealthy housewife with her own shady past. Bridget takes over Siobhan’s life when Siobhan disappears into the middle of a large body of water…it really is convenient to have an identical twin. I can’t wait to see where the show goes.

Parenthood also started it’s new season last night. If you were a fan of the Walker clan, then definitely give the Braverman’s a shot. I have loved this show since the first season and it quickly became my favorite family drama (even over Brothers & Sisters).

Tonight is the premiere of the all-star America’s Next Top Model which is VERY exciting. I don’t know who’s coming back though…I kind of want to be surprised.

Also on tonight are two new comedies (Up All Night & Free Agents) that I’m pretty stoked about. One includes another favorite of mine: Christina Applegate! I don’t even need to know what the show is about, I just know she’s in it and I’m going to watch it. Free Agents has that girl that cried a lot in How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days AND (more importantly) Giles (aka Anthony Head) is on the show. That’s right, folks, I will watch just about anything with a former Buffy cast member. The tricky part is that next week Modern Family is back, which means my schedule just gets scarier.

Oh life…will there ever be enough time?

At the beginning of the year, I didn’t have anything major going on…just family, friends, work, and reading. That means, reading 100 books in a year was totally doable. Now that summer is over and I’m at the beginning of something serious with an amazing man, I’m thinking maybe 100 books isn’t possible anymore.

I’m really gonna have to figure out how to keep it all together. But I’ll think about that tomorrow…at Tara (I’m officially two weeks behind in the GWTW readalong…dang it).

Not only are there lots of books to read, there’s lots of TV to watch. Here’s just a glimpse of my Fall TV planning craziness:

Yes. I am crazy.

Yeah…just a general idea of what I’ll be watching (apparently, I have to take into consideration what other people in my life want to watch…this is new to me). My DVR is going to be en el fuego over the next few weeks. If you need to make your own crazy list, I highly recommend TVGuide.com’s Fall Preview.

And just in case you didn’t know, SMG is back on TV tonight! Wait, you don’t know who SMG is…are we really friends? SMG = Buffy = Sarah Michelle Gellar. Ringer premieres on the CW tonight!

So dear readers, what are you watching this fall? Are you limiting your TV viewing to make time for lots o’reading?