Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR List

Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! So far, I’ve read six books in 2015, so I’m ahead of schedule for completing my annual reading quota of 20 books. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, is about the stories on the top of our TBR (to-be-read) list this spring.

  

Currently reading:

1. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
2. Beowulf translated by J.R.R. Tolkien
3. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

We all have TBR lists that are miles long, but I’ll start with the three that I’m currently reading. Bet Me and Beowulf have been put on hold, so I can finish The Buried Giant before I meet author Kazuo Ishiguro! The book signing is less than three weeks away, so it’s crunch time!

  

   

Will be reading:

4. The Gendarme by Mark Mustian
5. Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
6. When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison
7. Perfectly Matched by Heather Webber
8. Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale
9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The next four books that I’ve listed are ones that I have already purchased and are waiting for me on my shelf. I’m particularly excited about The Gendarme, since its subject matter will coincide with the centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide next month. I have yet to buy Flowers from the Storm and Fangirl, but they come so highly recommended that it’s only a matter of time before they’re added to the shopping cart!

Bonus! Non-fiction:

10. Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: 16 Writers on Their Decision Not to Have Kids by Meghan Daum

Lastly, I don’t officially count non-fiction toward my quota, but I can’t wait to get my hands on Selfish when it’s published at the end of this month. It will be so refreshing to hear from other writers on their decision to live childfree lives. I have a feeling I’ll be nodding along in agreement through the entire book! So what’s next on your TBR list? Let’s share our reading suggestions!

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15 thoughts on “Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR List

  1. I really liked Fangirl (including the fanfic!). I love the cupcake cover — don’t know what the book is about, but that cover… yum! I’d really like to read The Buried Giant too, and I’d like to know more about The Gendarme. Looks like a great batch of books!

  2. I’m sort of avoiding Sisterhood Everlasting because I’m afraid it will ruin my perception of the series! (I didn’t even know it existed until recently!) I’d love to compare Tolkien’s Beowulf translation to the one I read in college!

    • Yeah I’ve put it off and only recently gave into buying it because I got a good deal at Half Price Books. Tolkien’s Beowulf translation is heavily annotated, but of course I have nothing to compare it to. Definitely check it out!

  3. I really liked Fangirl! I should maybe read more Rainbow Rowell books. I’m curious about the Beowulf translation by Tolkien as well! I’ve never read Beowulf though. I just read Never Let ME Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and honestly didn’t really enjoy it. So I don’t know whether I’ll be picking up more of his books.

    Happy reading!

      • Of course! I can’t really put my finger on it… I think it’s because I wasn’t connected to any of the characters and the jumps in time confused me a bit, especially in the very beginning. I’m sad I didn’t enjoy it more, maybe I will reread it next year or so and enjoy it more.

        • I admit that Ishiguro is an acquired taste. Because he’s more interested in the deeper figurative discussion, his characters are often unreliable and think in a non-linear fashion. Time and memory are very important themes in his novels, especially in his latest one, The Buried Giant, but once you understand the layers of his stories, you’re more forgiving of what might seem to be on the surface underdeveloped characters and unnatural dialogue. The detachment you feel is actually an impressive way to get a bird’s eye view of the story, so that in a way, you become the ultimate narrator!

          • I agree! I had actually never thought of it that way. I did enjoy my read because I gave it 3/5 stars, I guess I just was a bit underwhelmed. I hope I’ll enjoy one of his other works more! Maybe it was just not for me, or I read it too early on or something..

  4. Fangirl (i’m reading attachments at the moment), is good but i haven’t read any others. I need to check some of these out – looks like a really good list 🙂

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