Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TTT: Top Ten on My Summer TBR

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this week's topic: Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR list

1.  The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman...highly rated and sounds like a great book club pick!

2.  The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld...blurb claims that "it combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King."

3.  Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse...this is one of those "I can't believe I haven't read this yet!" books.

4.  Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl...I really enjoyed Night Film so I can't wait to read Pessl again!

5.  The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson...I've been meaning to read this for years!!

6.  The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli...I've heard nothing but good things and it is just sitting on my shelf begging for me to crack it open!

7.  The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer...This has been on several TBRs that I've published on the blog.  It will happen.  I will read this book g'dernit!

8.  The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline...I love novels that bounce back and forth between a historical and modern day setting.  This book sounds like another good book club pick!

9.  Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin...sounds like a fun beach read - magical realism/historical fiction/fantasy/romance - whoa!

10.  Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts...because my mother recommended it and we have pretty much the same taste in books :)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Towering TBR: Biographies, WWII books, and other fiction

Image: Parada Creations
This segment on the blog came about because my desire to read new books vastly outstrips my ability to dwindle down my TBR list...oh, to have more free time!  Anyways, these are some new additions to the good ol' TBR that are all over the place!

The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff...it's time I read a new graphic novel!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr...a story during WWII that has received rave reviews (I can't seem to escape these WWII books)!

Gemini by Carol Cassella...a doctor who has a Jane Doe patient in a coma tries to uncover Jane's past.

The Scarlet Sisters by Myra MacPherson...I love reading histories of scandalous women!

Noggin by John Corey Whaley...the premise sounds way out there but I'm intrigued.  Especially since there was such an uproar about A.J. Jacobs' review.

The Bielski Brothers by Peter Duffy...someone was describing this book (can't remember if it was IRL or not) and this true story just really intrigued me.

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts...my mother is insistent that I will love this book.  Mothers are always right so of course it lands at the tippy top of my 1,000+ TBR list.