Monday, March 16, 2015

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday.

This week's topic is the top books on my to-read list for spring. I have a very long to-read list (364 books at last count), and I tend to choose what to read next based on library availability and book club picks. However, I do have my to-read list sorted based on my goals for the year, so I can name some books I'm hoping to read in the next few months.

1. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
I greatly enjoyed Crossing to Safety when my book club read it a couple of years ago, and this is Stegner's best-known (and best-rated) book. I'm hoping I like it just as much.

2. Boxers by Gene Luen Yang
This falls under two of my 2015 goals: It's a graphic novel, and it was recommended to me by a friend. I picked it up from the library recently and plan to start on it next, followed by the sequel (eventually).

3. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
This is another one that was recommended to me by a friend, and it was a long time ago so it's been on my to-read list for quite some time. Another friend just recommended Housekeeping (also by Robinson), so clearly I need to read this soon.

4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
This is one I put on my to-read list after seeing it recommended multiple times, but I haven't picked it up yet. Mike's cousin asked me for book recommendations a while ago when it was her turn to host her book club, and she ended up eschewing all my suggestions in favor of this book, which she said everyone loved. So it's now on hold at the library.

5. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
This is one that a number of people have mentioned to me, although everyone I know who's read it has had pretty middle-of-the-road reviews. Still, they've mostly said it's a "fun" read, and that was a goal for this year, so I'd like to read this one.

6. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
This is another one that's supposed to be a fun read, and it has great reviews as well. I'm excited to read it!

7. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
This one has been on my to-read list forever, and I keep seeing it and Jellicoe Road (another Marchetta book) recommended as books that people love. It sounds like a great read.

8. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
This is part of my goal to tackle some other religious texts this year, and at under 200 pages, I don't have much of an excuse not to knock this one off the list.

9. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
This was one of the "it" books of 2014 and I still haven't gotten around to reading it, so now I've got the ebook on hold at the library, where there's still quite a long list. I adored The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, so I am looking forward to reading another Lockhart book.

10. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
I love Munroe's site ( and this book tackles the kinds of bizarre questions that my friends and I discuss over lunch. It seems like the kind of book I can totally geek out over.

What's on your list of books to read this spring?

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  1. I got a quarter of the way into Mr. Penumbra's and then stopped for a reason I can't remember. I would like to go back and finish it though!

    And I haven't gotten around to We Were Liars either, but it does look good.

    My TTT

  2. Me Before You is one of my favourite books of all time. I really loved it and I hope that you do too. :-)

  3. Love your list! I'd say a big yes to Gilead and Angle of Repose. I hope to reread Angle of Repose this year as well.

    Here's my Top Ten. Hope you'll stop by!

  4. I just downloaded the audiobook for Angle of Repose and am looking forward to listening to it!

  5. Now I'm very curious to see if I'll like Mr. Penumbra's. It may be a bit longer until I get to it, though!

  6. I am also middle of the road on Mr. Penumbra....I think it was a little too Silicon Valley fanboy for me. It's not a bad read but I wouldn't recommend it to others...there are so many better reads out there! Curiously, the book mentions a famous fight in witch the 'Doves' typeface set was dropped in a river by one of its creators (way pre internet days). This is a true story, and only last week someone went diving and found it!

  7. Very interesting -- I will keep an eye out for that mention!

  8. I also would like to read Angle of Repose - Crossing to Safety was so beautiful.
    Robinson now has at least 3 books out that I should read...there's just not enough time!

  9. Nope, never enough time for all the books!