Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the top 10 books I'm hoping to read this spring.

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This teen book inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement has been getting a ton of buzz. It just came out and I'm on hold for it at the library and hopefully will get it soon. I've heard so many great things about it!

2. The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
I don't even remember where I heard about this, but I immediately put it on hold at the library. It's about three astronauts preparing for a journey to Mars, and one review calls it Station Eleven meets The Martian. Sign me up!

3. American War by Omar El Akkad
In 2074 there is a Second American Civil War and a plague and that is all I need to know. Get in my eyeballs now!

4. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
I'm a bit late to the hygge craze but I do enjoy coziness, so better late than never.

5. Bleaker House by Nell Stevens
In this memoir, the author wins a writing fellowship that will allow her to spend three months anywhere in the world she wants to go to research and write a book. Desperate to be free of distractions, she chose a remote island in the Falklands. There's a penguin on the cover. Sold.

6. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
I'm suddenly realizing that I'm on hold at the library for all of these books and if I don't get them all at once it will be a miracle. Noah (of The Daily Show) was born in South Africa to a white father and black mother which, at the time, was a crime punishable by prison. This means he had to kept inside and hidden as much as possible until the laws changed. I didn't use to be much of a fan of memoirs, but I'm very intrigued by lives different from my own.

7. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I will finally read this book in April for the Classic Book a Month Club if it's the last thing I do. Seriously, have been wanting to read this book forever and have failed at making it happen.

8. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
I have this on my Personal Reading Challenge for this year. Indeed, I've had a copy out of the library for long enough that I've already renewed it.

9. Alive by Piers Paul Read
One of the categories on my reading challenge is travel/adventure and when looking for likely contenders I was reminded about this story of the Uruguayan rugby team that crashed in the Andes back in the 70s. I've barely read anything set in South America, never mind actual nonfiction.

10. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansbury
The May selection for the Classic Book a Month Club is a play about working-class African-Americans in Chicago, published in 1959. I think the only other non-Shakespeare play I've ever read was The Cherry Orchard, so this should be an interesting change from my usual reading.

What are you looking forward to reading this spring?


Unknown said...

These all look good. I've seen The Hate U Give all over the place so I know a lot of people are really into it. Have a great week and thanks for sharing your books!
Laura :)
My Top Ten Tuesday

Unknown said...

I want to read American War sooooo bad. And I loved Awakening...if you like it, you'll probably really enjoy Anna Karenina as well

3goodrats said...

I've read Anna Karenina twice :)

Dawnie said...

Highly recommend The Hate U give, it took me a handful of chapters to get into the book and the writing style but it was fantastic! But so realistic and honest and so it was a bit hard hitting, but so worth the read! I hope you love it when you read it :D
Fantastic list and i hope you get to all of them and love them when you do!


Lindsay said...

I have been looking forward to "Bleaker House" for months, since I first heard about it! I have such a thing for cold-weather books, and the memoir aspect sounds great, and PENGUINS! I persuaded my boss at work to order it for the library and we should get it soon. And I'll get to read it first! :)

I'm also hoping to read "American War," and I'll be jumping on the "The Hate U Give" bandwagon just to see what all the fuss is about. The cover and the premise of "The Wanderers" totally piqued my interest, but some of the early reviews on Goodreads were kinda meh. I'll be curious to see your thoughts!