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!