Top Ten Tuesday – Spring “To Be Read” List

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I am joining a Tuesday blog meme this week over at The Broke and The Bookish.  Just from the title of the blog, we are obviously long lost siblings or soul mates or something.  I have fallen out of my historically “bookish” ways in recent years (well, maybe decades, but we’ll not talk about that), but I am definitely often broke.  My goal is to recapture my bookishness and today’s topic – Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR List – seemed like a good mechanism for reengaging my bookish side.  So, here goes.  I will figure that I have from the first day of Spring to the first day of Summer to get through these…

1)  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – I am reading this for a book club.  I have only read three pages so far and I have to have it done in a little over a week, so I need to get on it!

2)  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – I got this book two Christmases ago now and I have only read through about 1/3 of it.  Someone told me that if I just keep reading a bit more it will hook me and I will get through the rest of it quickly.  I hope that is true…I feel like I have to read it since (a) it was a gift and (b) it was on just about every “best book” list the year it came out.  I actually have it in hard cover – which is crazy for me.

3)  When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris – I feel like this and Gone Girl are kind of cheating because I am already reading them.  I am most of the way through this one, but hey, I haven’t had the best record of completing books so I feel like I should pad my list a bit with books I’m already at least a part of the way through.  David Sedaris makes me laugh out loud with his writing.  Some of this book goes a bit far, even for David Sedaris, but most of it is pretty funny.

4)  The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood – I am a big Margaret Atwood fan, but at the end of Oryx and Crake, I really, really hated her.  It ended without closure, so abruptly and totally threw me into an emotional tailspin.  So, when I read recently that it was a trilogy (!), I felt like maybe I could redeem that tailspin.  So, I definitely feel like I have to read this one.  And soon…

5) Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – I really can’t believe I have NOT read this book.  Need to get it done…and then see the movie.

6)  Harry Potter and The Sorceror’s Stone by JK Rowling – Again, I can’t believe I have NOT read this book, but I’ve kind of held out for my daughter to be old enough to read them with me and I believe we should start this Spring!

7)  Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh – I came across Allie’s blog doing research for a mental health topic my college classes debated a couple of semesters ago and found it brilliant.  The reviews of the book are over the top good and so I feel like it will be a great read.

8)  Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1) by Elizabeth Peters – I read a review that called this a cross between “Indiana Jones and a younger version of Miss Marple or Jessica Fletcher” and immediately knew I had to read it.  First off, anyone who uses Indiana Jones and Jessica Fletcher in the same sentence demands respect from me and she said the book was four stars and enjoyable!  I have slight obsession with Murder She Wrote, so it seems appropriate to read this series!

9)  One for the Money (Stephanie Plum #1) by Janet Evanovich – I have been wanting to read the Stephanie Plum series for a while.  I was a sucker for the Women’s Murder Club and Kay Scarpetta series and this sounds like it might be something at least a bit similar.

10)  A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan – This seems like a positive, uplifting book about a bookstore.  I love the setting (bookstore).  The reviews were fantastic and seemed to focus on the positive message and theme, so that seems like a good one for Spring!

There it is…my list.  Now, I had better get to reading so I can actually mark something off of it AND attend the book club meeting without the shame of NOT having read the book.  What about you?  What is top on your list for Spring “To Be Read” lists?

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