Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

This seasonal TBR thing has REALLY been working out for me! While my Fall TBR was less successful than my summer one, I'm not crying about it. Of the 10 books, I managed a chunk of books (recap coming soon) that I might not have picked up otherwise, some of which have been on my stacks for YEARS. Many, many years.

So I'm gonna keep this party going with my Winter TBR. Here we go with another 10 that I'll try to complete between December 21 and March 19! This time I tried to choose slightly thinner books to give myself a bit of a break. I chose a number of chunksters for my fall TBR.

 

Oracle Night by Paul Auster - This is yet another one of those books that's been on my shelves for 5+ years. It's sad, really, since I like Paul Auster so much! 

The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble - Looks amazing! Sounds amazing! Also on my TBR for 5 years or so. 

The Sweet-Shop Owner by Graham Swift has been on my TBR since 2003. I know, shuddup. I bought this one for a class that I ended up not taking. It still looks great, so I'm keen to try it...finally. 


A Mountain of Crumbs by Elena Gorokhova falls right in line with my goal to read more diversely in 2014. Since I finished The Slynx, by Tatyana Tolstaya, I want to challenge myself with some more Russian literature. This one is a memoir about Gorokhova's life there. 

The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki is a Japanese novel in translation, and I'm really eager to read this story of four sisters. This one obviously fits into my diverse reading goals. 


Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell is on my Classics Club list. I've been dying to read it, but it keeps getting pushed back in favor of other reading commitments. No more! It's also short, which is nice. 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey has become a perpetual shelf-sitter. It's a shame really. 



Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness is the final book in the Chaos Walking trilogy. If I get it wrapped up before 2014 begins, it might be the first time I've ever finished any series in just one year!

The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley is one of those books I just can't wait to pick up. I long to be back at Buckshaw with Flavia and Dogger and the others. 


The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets by Kathleen Alcott is the one book from my summer TBR that I did not get around to! I refuse to let it become a TBR paperweight, so I'm putting it on my winter list. 

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32 comments:

  1. I have a copy of The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets I've been wanting to get to, too. Maybe you'll be my inspiration!

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    1. I hope I can inspire you! I've read about 50 pages of it and really like it so far!

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  2. I love the phrase "TBR paperweight." How fitting it is! The Alan Bradley book especially catches my eye, which is weird because growing up and even into my 20s, skeletons were one of my major fears. It kinda wore off I guess. I bought the UK edition of The Book Thief because it has a skeleton cover as well!

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    1. Haha! I thought that pretty much summed it up. I love that UK edition of The Book Thief, and I adore these Alan Bradley covers. The illustrations are just whimsical enough, and the colors are gorgeous!

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  3. Oh man, I think I read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest years ago after seeing it in the theater. Now I want to read it again.

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    1. I've wanted to read it for SO LONG. I've even held off watching the film because I don't want to ruin the book for myself.

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  4. I really like the idea of a 'seasonal TBR'. Might have to try something similar next year.

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    1. It's done wonders for me! I get so overwhelmed with my TBR...especially the older books that have been there forever. Having a smaller stack to focus my efforts on makes it easier to choose.

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  5. This is really a great idea. We somehow have to read all those delicious books we buy, right? A Mountain of Crumbs looks awesome. I've been trying to read more diversely too. I read a series of classic Russian authors in 2012, but I should read some modern Russian authors as well.

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    1. Exactly! I really don't think I would've gotten to nearly the number of amazing books this year if I hadn't done this method. I've had more four and five-star reads this year than ever before! Which Russian authors did you undertake in 2013? I'd love to know!

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  6. Enjoy Cranford! I have the edition you pictured - it is lovely.

    The Makioka Sisters is a book I want to read someday, so I look forward to reading your review of it sometime in the next few months. :)

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    1. It is lovely! I can't wait to hold it and love it and read it. Ok, that might be a bit much, but you know what I mean. :) I'm excited about The Makioka Sisters!

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  7. I've read positive things about The Makioka Sisters. I hope you end up enjoying it. Maybe I should try having a seasonal tbr pile. It sounds like a good idea. Do you still check out books from the library? That's where I might fail at.:-)

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    1. I almost never check out library books. It's crazy, I know. But I also hardly ever read them when I check them out. This has been my year (and 2014 will be another year) of trying desperately to whittle down the TBR. Being far away from a good library system has actually helped me cull and read more but of course I've also bought more this year. But got some good deals! :)

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  8. You've listed some really interesting (and diverse) books! The Makioka Sisters intrigues me because I'm one of four sisters myself. Nothing gets me like books about sisters. I keep hearing great things about the Flavia series, haven't tried those yet!

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  9. Monsters of Men!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No pressure.

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  10. I know nothing about The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets, but I do know that is a fabulous name for a book.

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  11. Yes to all of these books! Is it terrible to be a copy-cat and put many of these on my TBR list? Haha.

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  12. Once I got all the Japanese names straight (ended up making a family tree on a post-it note for the inside cover), I loved The Makioka Sisters. Paul Auster has been on my authors to read list for too long.

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  13. Lots of good looking books in there! I read the Patrick Ness, of course. I also need to get going with Bradley. I was reading him at the beginning of the year and then sort of fizzled and they all got wet/muddy in the move, so that made me even sadder since I hadn't finished yet!

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  14. Nice list, I'm happy to see One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest on there.

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  15. What a great list! I several titles that I would like to read at some point.

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was an interesting read, especially if you follow it up with the movie (or at least make comparisons). Monsters of Men . . . well, it's a part of one of my favorite trilogies.

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  16. Such interesting, different-sounding titles!

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  17. I'm so impressed that you've been able to stick to these TBR lists! I don't think I have as much discipline as you, my dear.

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  18. *sigh* I knew opening this post was going to do major damage to my TBR list. Thanks a lot, Andi. (you can take that both ways, ha!!)

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  19. I love how you chose both new and old books for your list!

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  20. Great reading list! I really hope you'll enjoy The Makioka Sisters - such a good book. Cranford has been sitting on my shelves for a while. And, Margaret Drabble is another author I'd love to discover. Oh so many books!

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  21. I have not read a single book on your list, so I will be curious to see how it goes! I have been wanting to read Cuckoo's Nest and the Bradley and Ness series.

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  22. The only book I’ve read on your list is The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets and, to be honest, I put it down about 50 pages in. It sounded SO good so I hope you like it a lot better!

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  23. The only book I've read from your list is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and it is SO GOOD! You should definitely read it :P

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