If you’re in an area that gleefully flouts Daylight Savings Time, everyone else in the world is mad at you right now. We are all still recovering from the hour of “lost” sleep due to the time shift. Truth be told, most of the time I look forward to springing forward because I LOVE having excess daylight after work. Unfortunately, this spring has started off with a whiny whimper and nary a ray of sunshine has been seen. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (thanks to The Broke and the Bookish) is our Top Ten 2013 Spring TBR (to be read, in case you don’t speak fluent Book Blogger.) I’m not great about paying attention to new releases unless it’s something that I’ve been really looking forward to (cough cough OUTLANDER) so, I’m just going to list off stuff I’m planning to read next-ish, because I’m still waiting for a burst of springtime energy.
1. Every Last One by Anna Quindlen. I’m in the middle of this right now. TECHNICALLY it is Wine and Whining’s (one of the two In-Real-Life book clubs I belong to) selection for May, but it was only swapped to that position after I’d acquired it digitally from the library. If your library is anything like mine, the good downloadable titles are hard to come by- I wasn’t going to return it and hope it came available again. I figured I’d just read it early. And so I am.
2. The Round House by Louise Erdrich. This is the March selection for the My Neighbors Are Better Than Your Neighbors Book Club. Sadly (or not sadly, because I totally have awesome plans) the March meeting falls on the 22nd, and if you didn’t know already, THAT’S MY BIRTHDAY! Now, if it were any old birthday, I’d probably consider an evening at book club a great way to spend it, but it’s a banner year y’all. 30. (After much internal debate I’ve decided to embrace my oldness and not refer to myself as perpetually 29..) Anyway. Just because I won’t be at this meeting doesn’t mean I want to be out of the book loop. So. I’ll be reading it anyway.
3. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani. This was meant to be the Wine and Whining selection for May, but we swapped it out for April, and I totally got it for a song during an Amazon sale. It’s historical fiction (wahoo!)
4. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman. Perhaps I should have titled this post “Spring Cleaning,” because I’ve got several titles waiting around on my kindle that I bought when prices were good knowing I’d get around to them. Now is the time to be getting around to them, yes?
5. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. I bought these in December when I was making New Year’s Resolutions and I’m STILL procrastinating. I need to just get to Middle Earth and read them already. This is getting ridiculous.
6. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel has been chilling on my kindle for a while now too. I started it, but it was slow going. I just haven’t had the attention span for something so meaty in a while. It’s really meaty, y’all. Not in a bad way. Just in an “I need all of my neurons to be firing so I don’t lose track of what’s going on” sort of way. My neurons are pissed right now and hibernating. Still.
7. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I have a confession to make. I quit the Little House books after they hit the prairie. As much as I dug the pioneer girl thing, there were all kinds of dramatized serials about ballerinas and girls at summer camp filling the library shelves distracting my childish attention… Anyway, I’ve been told that I must read this book in particular to revel in the greatest love story of our time. Or, uh, pioneer time. The turn of phrase “you will die of happiness” was involved in me getting this recommendation- I really cannot be expected to ignore that. (Side note: this is apparently set in South Dakota. Remember back a few Top Ten Tuesdays ago when I claimed North Dakota was an under represented setting? It still is. But we’re getting closer, aren’t we?)
8. Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue. I haven’t bought this yet, but yeah. Emma Donoghue writing about historical prostitution is the sort of thing I need to be reading. For real.
That’s it. Technically I’m including the entire LOTR trilogy in #5, so that makes 10 books. I might be a cutting corners, but I’m blaming the LOST HOUR OF SLEEP. And the abysmal grayness that’s refused to lift for the last couple of weeks. Shoo, winter! Get on out of here! Katie needs some SUNSHINE if she’s going to cope with her advancing age!
So. Bookworms. What have you got in the hopper? Big plans for reading? Spring cleaning your bookshelves? Angry at Daylight Savings Time? Let’s chat.