Books on my Spring TBR was a Top Ten Tuesday topic and probably one I missed this year, however I thought I would resurrect it, for my own interest as well as yours. Why my own? Well, I have very little idea what I plan to read this spring. As the death of my mom has left me somewhat lost and meandering and the pandemic has changed life considerably, I’ve found that I don’t feel like concentrating on the books I usually choose. And while I haven’t officially chosen any particular book, today I thought I’d wander through my bookshelves to see what catches my eye. My choices might even be a surprise to myself, lol!
1. The Wind in the Willows
Okay, not a surpriise. I’m reading it right now and loving it! ❤️
2. The Mill on the Floss
I’ve always been hesitant to read this book. And I didn’t know why. Now that I’ve started it, it’s reminding me of Thomas Hardy and perhaps my hesitation is becoming clear. But I’ll keep an open mind. I love George Eliot’s writing and her Middlemarch is one of my favourites!
3. The Mystery of the Blue Train
And while I’m wondering what to read, what better time to restart my Agatha Christie chronological challenge? I’ve already finished The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Secret Adversary, Murder on the Links, The Man In The Brown Suit, The Secret of Chimneys, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and The Sign of Four. Which reminds me that I still have to write a review for The Sign of Four. Sigh! Have you every written a review ages after you finished the book? I suspect, it wasn’t easy ….
4. Team of Rivals
What ho! (I’ve been reading too much P.D. Wodehouse and Bertie Wooster!) This IS a surprise! But I found it sitting around and I’ve always wanted to read a book about Lincoln, so what better? And it would be nice to read about political genius, as it is now extinct, ha ha! 😉
5. How The Irish Saved Civilization
I own almost all of Thomas Cahill’s books. And how many have I read? Zero! So it might be time to change that. I was reading The Pilgrim in Narnia’s blog and he happened to mention what an excellent book this is, so I’ve decided to move it up my list. Do you notice a theme with the last couple of books that I’ve chosen? I do. It’s time to change that.
6. Tales of the Long Bow
Chesterton is a nut. But he’s the most brilliant and the most insightful nut I know. With this book that introduces us to a club called the Lunatic Asylum, I’m sure this read would be not only enlightening but appropriate as well. With a style that seems part Dickens, part Cervantes and part who knows who else, I’m excited to read it, as we all participate in the lunatic asylum of life!
7. To Kill A Mockingbird
While I’d like to read this book every year, it’s already been a couple. So it’s time for a re-read. This book is brilliant. If you havent’ read it, you definitely should. You won’t be disappointed.
8. The Last Chronicle of Barset
What ho! The last novel in my read of The Barsetshire Chronicles series that has taken me over 5 years. For shame. I absolutely LOVED The Warden, I liked Barchester Towers and Doctor Thorne, but then Framley Parsonage and A Small House at Allington found me losing steam and interest in Trollope’s characters. But this last book is supposed to be good, so what am I waiting for?
9. Miss Hargreaves
We’ve all created imaginary characters, haven’t we? Well, what do you do when the character you created in your imagination shows up at your front door? This book sounds delightful!
10. The Social Contract
Well, I feel like disagreeing with someone and what better person than Rousseau? It’s with warm sentiments that I’ll disagree though because Rousseau holds a special place in my heart after reading his autobiography, Confessions. He was just an odd duck, but a likeable odd duck. Hopefully I’ll feel the same way about him after finishing this book.
I have a Russian literature challenge that I signed up for, however I’m not finding that I want to read any, as their literature is not the most uplifting. Yet I should try. Here are some possible choices:
Dead Souls / The Foundation Pit / One Day in the LIfe of Ivan Denisovich
I’d also like to continue reading Zola with:
The Dream or Le Rêve
And I’d also like to read some Newbery books like:
The Bronze Bow / All Sails Set / The Dark Frigate
Okay, enough books for now. I’ll be lucky if I finish three from my spring TBR. And after a lovely long, long weekend, I have to get back doing my taxes, which I got an early start on this morning. Reading will have to wait for now but, boy, do I have a list!
What do plan to read this spring?