Wednesday, March 18, 2015

My Spring Reading List

I missed yesterday's Top Ten Tuesday, but still want to share my spring TBR (to be read) list. It's fun to think about reading plans, even if I rarely follow through with them.

by Paula Hawkins
I read the first third of this psychological thriller yesterday - riveting!


by Elena Ferrante
Neopolitan Novels Book 2, I've heard it's even better than the first.


by Thomas Hardy
new film version makes now the perfect time. I may go the audio route.


by Anthony Trollope
The third book in our #6Barsets project. I can't wait!


by Victoria Glendinning
A biography to complement a year-long Trollope project


by Hanya Yanagihara
Sarah and others (everyone, really) rave about this book. A sample is on my kindle.


by Jill Alexander Essbaum
I couldn't get interested during my recent reading slump, but plan to give this another try.


by Eula Biss
I snagged this audible daily deal last week and want to listen soon.


by Ken Follett
I started Book 2 of The Century Trilogy last month, but found my hardcover impossible to hold. I'm ready with an ebook now!


by Lucy Knisley
Purchased recently with a B&N gift card, I haven't read a graphic novel or memoir in ages. 

I'm pretty excited about all of these books. Have you read any of them? What's at the top of your spring reading list?





36 comments:

  1. Still loving A Little Life, taking it slow to take in the full raw effect.

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    1. Diane - Have a feeling it might be a tough book to recover from.

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  2. An ebook is the only way to go with Follett!! And - I put Hausfrau down yesterday after about 25%...I may pick it back up again...but, I found I just didn't care what happened to Anna or her marriage.

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    1. Sarah - Don't know what I was thinking buying Follett in hardcover to begin with! You read more of Hausfrau than I did...still curious whether I stopped because of the book or general reading slumpiness.

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  3. I've never read Trollope, but I have one on my book list for this year. I found a beautiful hardback set of the Palliser novels at a second hand book sale. I will start reading with The Warden. I'm looking forward to it!

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    1. Heidi - I am enjoying Trollope's characters so much! The Warden was good, but Barchester Towers is even better.

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  4. I don't do well with reading lists, but I always enjoy other people's :) I have seen such mixed reactions to A Little Life, I will be interested to read yours.

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    1. Lisa - Making these lists is always more of an exercise for me than a commitment ;-)

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  5. Glad you are enjoying The Girl On The Train. And I'm interested in On Immunity. With all the events in the news lately, immunity and inoculations seem very timely. I don't really understand the question of whether to inoculate your child - not something we all thought about years ago I don't think, but it's interesting.

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    1. Kay - On Immunity got lots of buzz during the Nonfiction November event and it's definitely very timely. As a pharmacist, I never thought of NOT getting my kids immunized.

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  6. I loved The Girl on the Train and An Age of License.

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    1. Kathy - Almost halfway through The Girl on the Train now (wow!) and waiting for the right time for An Age of License.

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  7. I'm glad you enjoyed The Girl on The Train. I'm going to add it my list, if it's not already there. I'm curious about Hausfrau. I've been reading mixed comments about it. Thanks for sharing your list.

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    1. Pat - Opinions about Hausfrau seem to be all over the place, but everyone seems to agree that it's very well-written.

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  8. I really want to get my hands on A Little Life. Everyone is buzzing about that one.

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    1. Ti - A Little Life sounds like my kind of book.... definitely a must read!

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  9. I just ordered Hausfrau. Keep hearing such great things! And Age of License is a fun little read. I love Knisley!

    OH yes--and doesn't Madding Crowd movie look gorgeous? Care's currently reading the book and I'm so tempted to pick up a copy. Also got On Immunity on Audible Sale. :)

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    1. Trish - I've only read French Milk, but am really looking forward to An Age of License. It should be a good palate cleanser after Barchester Towers. Was hoping to read FFTMC with Care, but timing didn't work out.

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  10. The Girl on the Train is definitely on my TBR. I'm curious about Hausfrau and you've talked me into giving Trollope a try!

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    1. Katherine- Just passed the halfway point of Girl on the Train... very good!

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  11. Love your list! I read Girl on the Train and enjoyed it very much. What a good idea to read Hardy with the movie coming out soon. Hmm..if only I could talk my book group into doing that. By the way, I started the first Elena Ferrante book and couldn't get through it. Did you read the first one and if so, what did you think?

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    1. Sunday - The first book was slow going for the first half, but by the end I was ready to begin the second book immediately. If The Girl on the Train hadn't arrived from the library, I would have started it right away. I plan to write a post on it, but that won't be for another week (at least).

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  12. You'll be done with The Girl On The Train by the time I post this comment - it's one I couldn't put down! So many good books on your plan!

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    1. Lisa - Not yet, but today for sure!

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  13. (OK, this is the third time I've tried to post a comment so I apologize if you end up with all three.) This is a wonderful list, full of books I can't wait for you to introduce me to! I've never read Thomas Hardy! But do you watch Broadchurch? I was just reading about its kinship with Thomas H.

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    1. Audrey - Wish I knew what was going on with blogger and commenting lately! There are several blogs that I can't seem to leave comments - so frustrating!

      You really must read Thomas Hardy. Tess will redefine your idea of a tragedy! I've never heard of Broadchurch, but just checked Netflix and they guess I'll rate it 5 stars. It's on my list now!

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  14. Ferrante is so wonderful; I hope you like her book(s) as much as I do. I still have to read the third in the Neopolitan novels of which My Brilliant Friend is the first. As I'm sure you know. I think I liked The Story of a New Name even better.

    As for The Girl on the Train I succumbed to the pressure of everyone's read it but me, and I did enjoy it. More than Gone Girl, but then again, I liked Gone Girl about as much as a poke in the eye. ;)

    You have a wonderful list. I hope to get to the Follett myself, one day. When school's out for summer.

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    1. Bellezza - After I finished My Brilliant Friend, I was ready to begin The Story of a New Name immediately! My library hold of The Girl on the Train came in at the same time, so I decided to go with that first. Can't wait to get back to Ferrante though. And I still haven't read Gone Girl.

      In my mind, Follett is definitely summer or vacation reading. I read the first book of the trilogy on a beach and would love to experience book 2 that way, too.

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  15. Nice list. :-) I haven't read On Immunity just yet. I still need to read the author's first book. Happy spring reading!

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    1. Vasilly - Is that Note's From No Man's Land? Just looked it up and it sounds wonderful!

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  16. Awesome list. I loved On Immunity, Hausfrau, & the Winter of the World. I am still reading A Little Life and have Girl on the Train in my queue.

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    1. Beth F - I'll be especially curious to read your thoughts on A Little Life... so many raves!

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  17. I am really excited about The Girl on the Train!

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  18. I feel quite like Emma in creating my reading lists, and you clearly share the fun as well! Great list--I loved Dr. Thorne, and the bio of Trollope looks great. I just got one of Steinbeck that I'm itching to get started on. I really like Far From the Madding Crowd--I listened to it not too long ago after last reading it >20 years ago, and fell in love with Gabriel Oak all over again. The movie looks very promising.

    I took A Little Life off my list after reading a few reviews that made the misery seem too much for a sunny disposition like mine to handle. :)

    Happy spring and enjoy your books and list making!

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    1. JaneGS - Dr. Thorne seems to be a Barchester favorite. I'm loving Barchester Towers so much, it's hard to believe that one might be even better.

      I read the first chapter of A Little Life and was immediately hooked. Loved the writing style, too, but began to hesitate after hearing how devastating it is. Will need to be careful in choosing when to read it.

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