Updated 10/19: Note: While this worked for a while, it no longer seems to, what is still working
is manually creating a list of all friends and just read that. It is chronological and not by top stories (thankfully!) Of course you have to select the list when you login.

[older workaround > let me know if it starts working for you] 
This was passed along to me by a fellow Facebook user and it works (for now)!

When logged in to Facebook, type this URL into your address box:

Or you can just bookmark that url and login that way. 

(Note, Facebook will not save this, so you will need to do it every time).Unfortunately, it is temporary. If you go “home” or logout, you’re right back to top stories.

Other ideas to get rid of the top stories and manage your feed:

you’re welcome.

more ideas to fix the news feed here