Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR List

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, The Broke and the Bookish ask bloggers to list the top ten books on their TBR lists for spring. What a fun one!

I’m terrible at planning my reading, but these are the books I hope to read this spring! I’m taking bets on how faithful I stay to this list 😛

1. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde. I will be reading this for the Back to the Classics Challenge, and am really looking forward to it! I’ve read little snippets of Wilde’s writing and can’t wait to dive into this work.

2. Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde. I read a few essays and speeches from this collection for my freshman English 101 class and want to revisit Lorde’s writing about being a black lesbian woman. I recall her writing being really powerful, and the issues she addresses are fascinating.

3. The Last Nude – Ellis Avery. I got a signed copy of this new novel at Ellis Avery’s reading in Buffalo last month, and have yet to read it!

4. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides. I read The Marriage Plot last year and really like it. I picked up a secondhand copy of Middlesex on a whim and it looks pretty inviting.

5. Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut. This is the only book I’ll be reading for my English class to make this list — mostly because I don’t know anything about the other two novels we have yet to read. However, this is one of my favorite books, and I am really excited to read it in an academic setting!

6. The Kite Runner –  Khaled Hosseini. I’ve been wanting to read this for years, and I finally borrowed it from my mom.

7. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath – Sylvia Plath. I adore The Bell Jar and would love to learn more about its author. Her writing is beautiful and her journals sound fascinating.

8. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith. My aunt, the wonderful woman who introduced me to Harry Potter, recommended this to me recently. Although her endorsement is more than enough to spark my interest, I have read some really great reviews of it!

9. The Help – Kathrynn Stockett. My aunt actually recommended this one, too, and I had forgotten about it until now! I was interested in the novel when I read a review of it last summer, and I really enjoyed the movie. I’m looking forward to reading the book.

10. Travels With Charley – John Steinbeck. Come on, it’s by Steinbeck and it’s about a road trip. I’m pretty much morally obligated to read and love it.

What are your reading plans for the spring?

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10 thoughts on “Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR List

  1. The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my absolute favorite books; I really hope you enjoy it.

    The Kite Runner is also amazing! Very well-written, especially in terms of imagery and describing Afghanistan (I imagine, since I haven’t been there :p) but it’s beautiful imagery and a moving story.

    I keep meaning to read Slaughterhouse Five but have never gotten around to it…. :/

    My Spring to-reads are:

    1. Darkness at Noon ~ Arthur Koestler
    2. Methland ~ Nick Reding
    3. Kim ~ Rudyard Kipling

    Good luck with your reads!

    • I’ve heard that about The Kite Runner… and I’ll make sure to have a box of tissues nearby, as I’ve heard it can be very hard to read.

      You should read Slaughterhouse-Five! It’s a very strange but fascinating novel 🙂

    • Hooray! Have you read any of Vonnegut’s other books?
      Haha yes, it will definitely take a while to get through those… my spring list will most likely bleed into summer 😛

  2. Some great books on your list here! Dorian Gray is one of my favourites, likewise with The Kite Runner and Slaughterhouse-Five (I really need to read more Vonnegut – I have only read Cat’s Cradle and half of Breakfast of Champions by him).
    My reading plans for the next few months (which are Autumn down here in Australia) consist of finally reading The Hunger Games to see what all the fuss is about, as well as The Elegance of the Hedgehog, lots of P. G. Wodehouse, some Neil Gaiman, a few more classics. All sorts, really.

    • I’m really looking forward to Dorian Gray! I’ve read Cat’s Cradle, Galapagos, and Hocus Pocus by Vonnegut. I really liked Galapagos, but Hocus Pocus didn’t do it for me. Breakfast of Champions is on my “to be read eventually” list. I’m curious to know your thoughts on it; I’ve heard such good things.

      Sounds like you have some fun reading coming up! I read the first Hunger Games book a few summers ago and really enjoyed it. I hope you like it! I might have to read the rest of them this summer.

  3. Yeah, Galapagos sounds interesting, I want to look into that one. I need to restart Breakfast of Champions, when I started on it I wasn’t in the right frame of mind for Vonnegut (an author who I think you do need to be in the right frame of mind for, because he is so bizarre and different). But I want to try again because I have heard good things too.
    I have a lot of fun reading coming up. My backlog of books on my shelves I haven’t yet read has climbed over a hundred books now…I feel like if I suddenly didn’t have to work and could just read all day every day, it would still take me most of the year to finish everything! 😛

    • I definitely agree Vonnegut requires a certain frame of mind. The first two novels of his that I read caught me really off guard with Vonnegut’s writing style and plot structures. It’s so interesting how his books tend to revolve around a certain event rather than chronologically leading up to it. Good luck on your second attempt!

      Oh gosh, that’s a lot of books! It makes my little pile of about 10 unread books seem like nothing. But I never seem to want to read the books I already have. Once I own a book, I’m interested in some other, un-obtained title!

      • Thanks, and I hope you enjoy Slaughterhouse-five, it is quite amazing.

        I have realised I am far more addicted to buying books than I am to reading them. I mean, I try to read 50 books a year, and get close most years, but then this year I have already bought over 50 books (I keep finding them for cheap in places). I need to stop myself now for a while and just read the darn things! 😛

        • I’ve actually read Slaughterhouse-Five two or three times already. It’s one of my favorite books, which is why I’m so excited to read it in my English class. I can’t wait to learn more about it and gain a deeper understanding of it!

          Well, when books are cheap, you kind of have to buy them. It’s almost a moral obligation. But it might not be a bad idea to stay away from the cheap-book-selling places until you make a dent in this year’s 50 😛

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