"Outside a dog a book is man's best friend, inside a dog it is too dark to read!" -Groucho Marx========="The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Jane Austen========="I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."-JK Rowling========"I spend a lot of time reading." -Bill Gates=========“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” -Jacqueline Kelly=========

Monday, December 16, 2019

TTT: My Winter Reading List

Top Ten Tuesday: My winter reading list

I. Books I want to read based on end-of-the-year lists of best books of 2019
  1. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  2. Normal People by Sally Rooney
  3. On This Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
  4. Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
  5. Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
II. Book Club Selections
  1. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Letham
  2. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
  3.  Love and Other Consolations by Jamie Ford
III. Cybils JH/SH Second Round books
  • I start my role as a second round judge for Cybils on January 1, 2020. Likely we will have 12-14 books to read and digest in 6 weeks. Crazy, huh? But I am excited and ready to go to work. 
IV. Mock Printz (YA book award) possibles are selected the end of January. I will try to read a few of these titles before that time.
  1. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.
  2. Frankly In Love. David Yoon. 
  3. Pet by Akwaeke Emezi 
I'll stop there. I know the majority of my time will be made up of reading Cybils books anyway.

How I did on my autumn reading list?  Hint: TERRIBLE. See below...

I. Books from my own shelf: Finished 4, DNF 2, read part of one as needed, currently reading one.

  1. Prague by Rick Steves----I read parts of this book while on our trip to Prague.
  2. Christy by Catherine Marshall
  3. Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks---DNF. It was returned to library before I was finished and I decided to NOT request it again.
  4. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson✔
  5. Called by Mark Labberton✔
  6. Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr
  7. Crooked Letter Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin---currently reading
  8. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchey---DNF. I read about 60 pages and decided to not finish it.
  9. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner✔
  10. An American Spy by Lauren Wilkenson✔
II. Upcoming book club selections: read two of three
  1. Disappearing Earth by Julia Philips✔
  2. Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins
  3. Mother Daughter Me: a memoir by Katie Hafner✔
III. Books I've started but need/want to finish: none
  1. East of Eden by John Steinbeck 
  2. The Submission by Amy Waldmen
  3. Fear by John Woodward
IV. Mock Printz/YA titles: none.
  1. Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America.
  2. How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox.
  3. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.
  4. Frankly In Love. David Yoon.
  5. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese.
  6. Internment by Samira Ahmed
  7. I, Claudia by Mary McCoy


  1. I hope your reading for your winter tbr goes well! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  2. Christy is a great book. A number of the others are very good. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2019/12/ttt-winter-tbr-list.html

  3. You have a ton of books to read this winter! I love that you included your actual shelves, too!

    My TTT.

  4. This is a very ambitious list, and you were traveling for much of the fall. Life events can make getting through a reading list challenging!

  5. I haven't read any of these yet, but they all sound amazing! Happy Reading! :)
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

  6. You Cybils judges really impress me with all the books you get read. Disappearing Earth is on my Winter TBR. I hope you get the chance to read a lot of these!

  7. I am also so excited that CYBILS reading is coming soon. I can't wait to see what books make the finals!

  8. I've heard great things about Frankly in Love! Happy reading!
    Krystianna @ Volumes and Voyages

  9. I have read 4 of the 5 Best books of 2019 you listed in part I. I liked Fleishman and The Testaments. Normal People and Trust Exercise I liked less so. I haven't read Ocean Vuong yet. Good luck with all your books.


I look forward to your comments and interactions! Join in the conversation.