Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Reading (because who wants to be cleaning?)

Image from The Broke and the Bookish

With the impending approach of spring, The Broke and The Bookish and I are anticipating more time to read, and I have plenty to read.  Here are my top ten "spring read" picks as part of The Broke and The Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday.

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I have read so many rave reviews by book bloggers and authors that I respect.  I. Can. Not. Wait. to get my hands on this.

2. When She Woke by Hillary Jordan: A very literary friend of mine gifted me this book.  A modern re-telling of The Scarlet Letter sounds right up my alley.  Hello Nathaniel Hawthorne; we haven't met since Senior Seminar...

3.  Thumped by Megan McCafferty: Bumped was my all-time favorite book from last year.  The sequel arrives April 24th - the countdown is on!

4-5. The Matisse Stories and The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt: My fabulous English teacher introduced me to A. S. Byatt's Little Black Book of Stories freshman year.  I can't wait to sample more. 

6. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness: The intense dystopian premise of this series reminds me of The Hunger Games.  I hope it is just as original and arresting!
7. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore: My husband and I adore this movie.  We have seen it 4000 times.  We quote it - incessantly.  Plus, a graphic novel is always good fun. 

8. Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence by Nick Bantock: Another beautiful, interactive book written as letters between an artist and his (imaginary?) correspondent.  I have admired these books' format and design.  I am hoping to finally have a chance to enjoy their content. 

9. William Faulkner: I just want to pick up something by him again.  It makes me feel scholarly.  Plus, I adore him - three page long sentences and all.

10. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin: I picked this book up several months ago on the recommendation of a friend from graduate school, but I just couldn't get into it.  It was more Tolkien-esque than Rowling, and I infinitely prefer the latter to the former, but I am going to give it another shot.

So forget spring cleaning - curl up with a good book, and do some spring reading instead!


  1. Sanctuary was one of my favorites reads in college, enough so that I actually used it as a source in my master's thesis. Enjoy!

    Here's my Spring list: http://bookishnerd.com/2012/03/20/its-spring-and-heres-what-i-want-to-read/.

  2. I haven't heard of alot of these. I will have to get on Goodreads and check them out. What would we do with out Goodreads? I think I would go crazy. Anyway,Here's my Top Ten Tuesday

    Happy Spring Reading!
    Amanda @ Sisters Unedited

    I def. will be reading instead of cleaning. lol

  3. Oooh i may have to add some of these to my list!

    you will not be disappointed with "fault in our stars." <3

  4. Goodreads is my go-to for book organization and recommendation, Amanda. I am thisclose to impulse buying "The Fault in Our Stars," Karen, and "Sanctuary" is actually the Faulkner I pulled for my TBR pile! Thanks for sharing your lists!