Wednesday, March 21, 2012

ttt: spring to-read list

I have an obsession with making lists, to put it mildly. I would count up the lists I have in Word documents on my desktop, but I don't want it to get embarrassing . . .

And really who doesn't love a good list? They're great for so many things: organizing, prioritizing, time-management, clearing one's head, procrastinating, remembering things to do or read or buy.

So when I found out about the Broke and the Bookish blog's weekly Top Ten Tuesday list, I couldn't resist joining in. Anyone is welcome and all the blogs involved are listed on the Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is "Top Ten Books on Your Spring To-Read List."

(And yes, I realize it's Wednesday today. Won't happen again).


Top Ten Books on Your Spring To-Be-Read List

1. Submarine by Joe Dunthorne. When I studied abroad in Greece last semester, I happened to come across Joe Dunthorne doing a reading for a tiny (but beautiful!) bookshop's mini literary festival. He was also on my flight back to Athens the next morning. I don't think I'd ever seen a real, big-time author before in real life, so it was pretty cool. Needless to say, his first novel, Submarine was immediately added to my to-read list. It's supposed to be hilarious, plus it's set in Wales, plus they've already made a movie version (which I can't wait to watch). I only wish I'd gotten Dunthorne's autograph.

2. I'm Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti. This has been at the top of my to-read list forever and I'm getting tired of seeing it there (the curse of an A last name, Ammaniti). It's been at least six years. It needs to be read.

3. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. Since I read The Handmaid's Tale a few years ago I've been meaning to read another book by Margaret Atwood. I have a funny feeling she's going to become one of my favorite authors someday.

4. Vixen by Jillian Larkin. It's been forever since I read a historical fiction. Or a love story. Or anything involving a flapper (I don't think I've read about any flappers outside my class on Fitzgerald and Hemingway, actually). 

5. The Meaning of Night Michael Cox. Another good looking historical fiction. I've missed them!

6. Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue. And yet another. Can you tell what I'm in the mood for? Plus, I know Miss Donoghue made a splash last year with her novel Room, another book I need to read.

7. 1984 by George Orwell. Nope, I've never read 1984. And apparently, it's a travesty for an English major to graduate without reading it (or so I've heard).

8. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Because last night I dreamt of Manderley and I don't even know what that means.

9. The Easter Parade by Richard Yates. Revolutionary Road was pretty great, so I'd love to read another by Mr. Yates.

10. The Shallows by Nicholas Carr. I'm not big into nonfiction but this one sounds interesting. From what I've heard, it's about society's obsession with the internet and how it's making people's attention span for longer reading shrink (that may be all wrong- just what I've heard). Obviously, some of us still like to read long novels (ahem!) but it does sound pretty fascinating.

Do I think I'll read all these this Spring? Definitely not. Did I enjoy making this list? Definitely so. Can't wait to participate in future Top Ten Tuesdays.

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