Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Springing Into My TBR Pile

Greetings one and all.  Forgive me my long unplanned intermission.  I have been engrossed in escapades of fitness alternated with overeating not to mention the countless hours of being an obsessive hypochondriac but that's a story for another day.  Actually, that's a story for no other day, but that didn't really sound good with the rest of the paragraph.  Nonetheless, despite my physical (hopefully?) non-problems and the fact that it's hard to eat or work out while typing, I'm going to try to bounce back into this blogging thing.  I've got a couple reviews that need to be written up, but we all know that a review is too lofty a goal for the repentent lazy blogger to attempt right out of the gate, so I'm looking to The Broke and the Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday to provide me with some brain and blog fodder for today.

Luckily, this week's topic is easy peasy.  We're listing the books that we're hoping to read this spring.  If there's anything I'm just full of it's hopes and good intentions when it comes to my reading, so I give you ten books that I'm hoping to enjoy this spring.

1. The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina Melveny - This one's about a woman (!!) practicing medicine in 16th century Venice.  The blurb says, "Filled with medical lore and sensuous, vivid details of Renaissance life, The Book of Madness and Cures is an intoxicating and unforgettable debut."  Sounds great, right?

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - Seriously.  I have been meaning to read this and not reading it for so long now.  What's wrong with me?

3. Fever by Lauren DeStefano - I picked up a copy of the sequel to Wither for my birthday.  I'm not so much of a series reader that I'll run right out and buy the next book when it comes out, but I fell hard for Wither and I'm looking forward to see where DeStefano's goes with the love triangle she started in Wither.

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth - I definitely had a great big dystopian birthday because I finally grabbed a copy of this one, too.  Seems like everybody who loves a good (?) dystopia is talking about this book, so I'm looking forward to enjoying it.  The blurb?  "In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives."   Definitely an interesting set-up!

5. The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen - This was one I was all set to do a Waiting On Wednesday post about when what should appear in my e-mail box but an offer for a review copy.  I'm already seeing great reviews like this one at The Magic Lasso, so I'm eager to get to this one. 

6. Gossip by Beth Gutcheon - Beth Gutcheon is one of those authors whose books I seem to collect but not read, so I bit the bullet and requested this one for review so I'd finally have no excuse but to read something by her.  I'm kind of excited because if I love it, I already have a few more of her books on my shelf to enjoy.  Blurblet? "An astute chronicler of everything that makes us human, Beth Gutcheon delivers her most powerful and emotionally devastating novel to date. Gossip is a tale of intimacy and betrayal, trust and fidelity, friendship, competition, and motherhood that explores the myriad ways we use and abuse 'information' about others—be it true, false, or imagined—to sustain, and occasionally destroy, one another."

7. Glow by Jessica Maria Tucelli - "Shot through with Cherokee lore and hoodoo conjuring, Glow transports us from Washington, D.C., on the brink of World War II to the Blue Ridge frontier of 1836, from the parlors of antebellum manses to the plantation kitchens where girls are raised by women who stand in as mothers. As the land with all its promise and turmoil passes from one generation to the next, Ella's ancestral home turns from safe haven to mayhem and back again."  Sounds historical and epic, two words that make this reader's heart go pitter pat.

8. White Horse by Alex Adams - "Thirty-year-old Zoe leads an ordinary life until the end of the world arrives."  The whole world ending thing is an automatic "yes, please" for me in reading lately.  Is that weird?  This one's about a woman on the run in a world where humans are no longer a viable species.  Yes, please.

9. The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe - This is a YA dystopia I was very excited to win in a giveaway over at Bermudaonion's Weblog. "When sixteen-year-old Kaelyn lets her best friend leave for school without saying goodbye, she never dreams that she might not see him again. But then a strange virus begins to sweep through her small island community, infecting young and old alike. As the dead pile up, the government quarantines the island: no one can leave, and no one can come back."  Quarantines are one of those plot devices that can make for some interesting storylines.
10. Cruising Attitude by Heather Poole - I've always been fairly obsessed with commercial flying, maybe not so much the reality of it, but the idea of it.  I'm the one who loves people watching at airports, loves imaging where this or that flight is going (and who's on it!), and wonders what it's like to fly for a living.  Getting to go behind the scenes with a flight attendant sounds like fun to me!

What will you be reading this spring?


  1. I hope you get to The Night Circus!

    I didn't particularly enjoy Divergent, sadly. :(

    I hope you're doing okay. Fitness, overeating, and hypochondria don't sound like a fun combination. :/

    And lastly, everyone else seems to find this an easy topic! I couldn't even come up with a single book that I definitely want to put on a list...sigh. Not that I don't have books I want to read, it's just that I have none that particularly need to be read NOW.

  2. Great list! I haven't read any of those, but I hope you enjoy them!

    Here's my top ten!

  3. Fabulous list! I see several on there I want to get to soon myself.

  4. The Night Circus is an amazing book! Happy reading.

  5. White Horse was good! Creepy and scary and perfectly apocalyptic.

  6. I've been meaning to read The Night Circus for so long too!

  7. Great list! I don't think I've heard of The Book of Madness and Cures, but I'm definitely going to look into it. Sounds great.

    I hate dystopian novels, but I actually kind of enjoyed Divergent. I'm sure you'll love it.

  8. I have seen great reviews of Gossip - looking forward to hearing what you think.

    Hope you feel better soon!