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Monday, March 18, 2019

TTT: My spring reading list

Top Ten Tuesday: 
What books will be populating my spring reading list?

I. I am hosting a challenge to 'Read My Own Books' between now and May 15th. I selected ten books I pulled from my own book shelf. They are:

  1. La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith (Currently reading)
  2. Redeployment by Phil Kay
  3. Ten Windows by Jane Hirshfield
  4. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
  5. The Four Things that Matter Most by Ian Byock, M.D.
  6. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  7. The Confessions of Fitzwilliam Darcy by Mary Street
  8. Small Wonders by Barbara Kingsolver
  9. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  10. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
  11. Fear by Bob Woodward
II. I know a few upcoming book club titles:
  1. Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa
  2. The Walk by Richard Paul Evans
  3. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
III. Books I've placed on hold at the library that likely will be available soon
  1. Shout: a poetry memoir by Laurie Halse Anderson
  2. Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott
  3. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
  4. Sadie by Courtney Summers
How did I do on my Winter TBR? Very good. I read seven of the nine books I wanted to read during that time period. See photo below.


  1. Congratulations on your winter TBR and good luck with the spring list.

  2. I really came to enjoy and appreciate On Chesil Beach when I read it the second time. Hope you enjoy reading it too! :)

    My TTT

    1. Oh, I am glad to hear that. I saw the movie a few months ago and thought it was pretty odd. I hope the book helps.

  3. I've always been intrigued by The Buddha in The Attic. I think it's the title! My TTT

    1. Good to know. It was a National Book Award finalist so it should be good.

  4. Good job getting those winter books read! Hope you knock out some of the books you own this spring. All the books on my TBR I either already own, have pre-ordered, or have already borrowed from the library too.

    1. I usually borrow books from the library, not buy them. But over the years people give me books as gifts or loan them to me and they begin to pile up. That is why I am hosting the 'Read My Own Books' Challenge.

  5. Great list! I hope you enjoy The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto! I loved it!

  6. Good luck with reading your own books! That sounds like a pretty good challenge! I should try it haha! And Sadie- that's one I wanted to read too, I need to fit it in somewhere.

  7. Seven of nine books read is very good! I hope you have equal luck with your spring reads. I hope to finally get to several fiction books that I purchased through the BOTM Club. I am still trying to decide whether I want to stick to that this year. I'm not one for buying books, honestly.

  8. Oh I'm reading Becoming at the moment!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/19/top-ten-tuesday-203/

  9. I'm also reading Becoming right now! It's so good.

    My Top Ten Tuesday post.

  10. I'm trying so hard to read more of what I already own, but these TTT don't help that much. Hahaha.

    Really want to read Becoming and Sadie. Voices sounds fascinating. I have a book on Joan of Arc at home that I need to read, too.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  11. I love your challenge idea! I should do that at some point, considering I have a whole bookshelf of physical books I have yet to read ...

    I don't think I've heard of any of the books on your TBR, so yay, more books to explore! Gonna have to go check them out on Goodreads.

    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday post.

  12. I just added The Friend to my TBR. I'm very excited to see what that one has in store. Happy reading!
    Dani @ The Restricted Section

  13. TBH I don't know the titles on this list but i'm gonna check them out!!

  14. Happy reading! I hope you enjoy all the reads on your TBR.

  15. Great lists! I usually have my mysteries, Book Club reads and whatever else strikes my fancy. I'm seeing a lot of buzz about "Circe" and "The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell."

  16. Your challenge sounds like fun :) I tried to pick books that I already have on my Kindle to add to my spring TBR. Best of luck with your reading!

  17. I always love reading other reader's lists! The one I next want to read on your list is Transcription. It's at the top of my LONG Amazon wish list!

  18. Hope you enjoy all of these, Anne. I haven't read any, but do think I've read about the 'Mr. Darcy' book on your list. Anything Austen related catches my attention. ;) Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland last week.


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