Thursday, April 10, 2014

My Reading List

I am always on the prowl for good books to read, and I usually try to mix things up so that I don't get suck in one genre. Here is my to-read list for the Spring:

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Honestly, I hated the movie Coraline... mostly, I think, because it was creepy and scary when it was supposedly a kids' movie. Luckily my hubby and I watched it ourselves before letting our son watch it. It surely would've given him nightmares. And now, thanks to Coraline, I find Lalaloopsy dolls a little extra creepy. That said, I find that I generally like books better than their film interpretations, so I think I need to give this one a try.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

This one has been on my list ever since I had my Children's Lit Book Club. We never got around to reading it before the book club died, but I think it sounds like a fun read. I love high-quality kid lit, so hopefully this one won't disappoint.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

I love books about self-discovery, which is what made me add this one to the list. And I think everyone has times when they feel like doing something completely crazy in their journey to self discovery.

Bury Her Deep by Catriona McPherson

I recently discovered the "Dandy Gilver" series by Catriona McPherson. I started reading them out of order, but luckily, it doesn't seem to be making too much of a difference as they stand alone pretty well. So I'm just reading them as I can get my hands on them. The next for me is #3, Bury Her Deep. I love a good mystery and these are pretty fun despite their dark subjects.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Every reading list needs some non-fiction, and I have several on mine. I have enjoyed reading many books about the World War II era, and I imagine this one will be no exception. Survival stories are always inspiring, too.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I love a good dystopian future novel, and this seems to be a popular choice these days. I figure I need to read the book before I see the movie, so I'll be reading this as soon as I can get it from the library. I hope the hype isn't too much for the reality.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

I've read most of Sue Monk Kidd's other books and especially enjoyed her non-fiction. Now she's back with another novel. The cover is so beautiful that I had to add it to my list. I can't wait to see if the story is beautiful, too!

I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler's List Survivor by Laura Hillman

There are a lot of Holocaust stories out there, but I never shy away from reading them. Yes, they are horrible in the atrocities these people suffered, but they are also inspirational in the strength and  resilience shown in the worst situations imaginable.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

I love mysteries. I love book stores. So this sounds right up my alley. Plus I might need a pick-me-up after some of the more serious books on my list.

So what books are on your reading list this Spring? I would love to hear your choices!


  1. Thanks for the great sounding suggestions and summaries! Adding to my summer reading list.

  2. The Invention of Wings is fantastic. I just finished it for my book club & now I'm sad that its over. I enjoyed Wild as well.

    1. I can't wait to read The Invention of Wings. But there are tons of holds on it at the library, so I'm forced to wait.

    2. I borrowed it from someone in my book club because of the 500 holds at the library. Hopefully it will be available soon for you. I need to read her Traveling with Pomegranates.


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