Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

This week's Top Ten Tuesday {created by The Broke and the Bookish} focuses on the books we are most excited to read this winter. With the onslaught of new challenges and fresh reading plans, there are quite a few that I am looking forward to.

1. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare - This is a sequel I am eager to get my hands on, and I am so happy that it is coming out in the next few weeks. I haven't read The Mortal Instruments books, because I want to finish all of the prequels first, so I want them to come out and fast!
2. Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel - I'm not sure what it is, but I have been drawn to this book ever since I first laid eyes on it in my {dear departed} Borders. I am so happy that Coffee and a Book Chick is hosting a read-along so I have an excuse to read it.
3. Persuasion by Jane Austen - I have read this book before, but when I read it, it wasn't the right time for me. Do you know what I mean? I was in the mood for something rapid, instead of burrowing into the deep, layered language. I am excited to reread this one and hopefully appreciate it more this time around.
4. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis - I have been wanting to read this book for years, ever since my Behavioral Neuroscience teacher {that I happened to idolize} referenced the story in a lecture.
5. Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher - This is another reread ('tis the season, apparently?), one that I read when I was in high school. I remember it as being cozy and sweet, and I am looking forward to diving into it.
6. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult - This is going to be one of my first reads for the Alex Awards challenge. I guess saying that I'm excited about reading it isn't exactly accurate. I've already seen the movie and cried a ridiculous amount. I also DNFed the only other Jodi Picoult book that I ever tried to read. However, as I am going to start working on a pediatric cancer floor in January, I feel like this will be a good one for me to read early in the year.
7. American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar - I received this book in the mail months ago, but keep sliding it aside as it isn't coming out until January. However, the time has come for me to read it and I am very excited about it. I've heard only good things so far.
8. Graceling by Kristin Cashore - This is another book that has sat on my shelves all year, borrowed last year at Christmas from my sister-in-law. I'm hoping to return {most} of her books when I see her at Christmas this year, and while I've put this one off, I am actually incredibly excited to read it.
9. Divergent by Veronica Roth - I am officially number one on the hold list for this at the library. I've suspended my hold until after Christmas because I've got to get through the books I already have out as well as a slew of review books and challenge books (not that I will finish them all, but I'd like to at least make some headway). However, this is definitely one of the first on my list of twelve (yeah, I have a problem) that I will be picking up after the new year.
10. Evening Class by Maeve Binchy - So, I know next to nothing about Maeve Binchy, except that she's Irish. However, as of late I have had a hankering to read "comfort books," and something about her books just looks comfortable. I have this one out (selected on the random fact that it is about an Italian class, and my husband is an Italian teacher), and I am excited to get into it. It may prove to be a flop, but sometimes books I know nothing about prove to be my favorites.

And that's all for now! Now excuse me, I'm going to go read Arrowsmith. 


  1. Love the diversity of your list. I read Graceling and loved it!

  2. oh, i just finished Divergent not too long ago and all of the hype was well-deserved. it's excellent.

    and Graceling is YA fantasy at it's finest. i hope you'll read Fire soon afterward. i really, really do!

    and good gracious, i'm really having a fit for Clockwork Prince too. actually, i think the whole world is. :)

  3. What an awesome list. I would love to join the Wolf Hall read along, but as it is this very month, I guess I'll have to pass. Too many other things going on I suppose. Good luck with all your winter reading plans!

  4. I LOVED Graceling!! It was amazing! I can't wait for Clockwork Prince either!!

    Be warned: the ending of My Sister's Keeper in the book is MUCH different then the movie! I'm still trying to figure out why they changed it!

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  5. I want to read Clockwork Prince too. I can't wait to buy it next Tuesday even if it sits on my shelf for a couple of weeks. :)

    I hope you enjoy Graceling. It's one of my very favorite books!

  6. I love Jane Austin, but Persuasion wasn't one of my favorites.

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  7. Graceling was a pleasant surprise. I picked it up because of the cover but ended up falling in love with the story.

    Divergent, on the other hand, I was really excited about because I knew I'd love it - and I did. It's a fantastic novel.

  8. Divergent and Graceling are two of my favorite books! I also can't wait for Clockwork Prince! One more week!!!

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  9. Great variety on your list. I have mixed feelings about Jodi Picoult. Although I read a lot of "guilty reads," she is the guiltiest pleasure for me, but I did buzz through My Sister's Keeper.

  10. Hmm, Picoult. I'm biased because she is one of my favorite authors, but MSK was a good read. It made me cry, it made me mad, and I think I even laughed a few times. It was VERY difficult to read, because of the subject matter, but it was also a very emotionally-draining read that I was still thinking about long after I finished it.

    BTW I am an old follower who is finally making time to visit blogs I enjoy. :)

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  11. @Tanya Patrice - It sounds like it is a great book! Everyone has great things to say about it!

    @Asheley - I am kind of surprised that I haven't seen any reviews for it! I wonder if they didn't send out any ARCs.

    @Suey - Thanks! Wolf Hall is pretty good so far but definitely a heavy read.

    @Kelly - I've actually had the end of My Sister's Keeper spoiled for me already, but I am still interested in reading it. Strange that they changed the movie so much.

    @Jenni Elyse - I am already on the hold list for it at the library!

    @GF Book Mom - It wasn't my favorite when I first read it but I want to give it another try.

    @Alexa - I am so excited about both of them!

    @Karis - So excited!

    @Sarah - I need to get on it this week! I love that book.

    @LBC - Good to know that it is one of her better ones. I can't remember what it was that I read by her but it was some weird ghost story.

    @Molli - Thanks for coming by! I am definitely excited to give it a ride and expect to be crying frequently, on public transportation no less.


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