Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Spring To-Be-Read list

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme brought to you by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish (the pic also belongs to them).  This week’s theme is Top Ten Books On My Spring To-Be-Read list (new releases or otherwise).

My TBR list is out of control, but here are a few that I am hoping to get to sooner rather than later!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – I love John Green and have heard only good things about this book.  I’ve been on my library’s hold list for almost two months.  It is a testament to my ability to be easily distracted by other books that I haven’t gone out and purchased this yet.

On the Island by Tracy Garvis Graves – A survival/romance story that I have also heard nothing but good things about.  The blog review I read was so positive that I bought this the next day and that almost never happens… I am really eager to get through my library holds so I can start this one!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – I browsed this one at a book store and knew I had to read it after seeing some of the photographs.  I spent much time in grad school talking about and perusing old photographs, so this is up my alley in that respect.  I’ve been on the hold list at the library for at least 6 weeks and suspect this one won’t come my way for at least another month or two.  So it may end up being summer reading!

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – This is April’s BHA pick, so I will be reading along with some others online.  I read this book as a kid and remember loving it, but it has been so long I couldn’t tell you the first thing about it.  Very excited to revisit an old favorite!

Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien – I have been trying to read all the dystopia I can this year because I love it and because I like to think big thoughts about it.  This one has a midwife as a main character and that is cool.

World War Z by Max Brooks – After my disappointing first encounter with a zombie book, I am looking to find one that will actually be as awesome as I think a zombie book should be.  And this book’s subtitle says “oral history” which make me think this would be a fun audiobook.  Also, my reading twin recommended it.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This is another that I have only heard good things about.  I admittedly roll my eyes at a romance set in Paris, but I also want to know what all the fuss is about.  So I will read it.  And hopefully not roll my eyes too much.

Paper Towns by John Green – I am working my way through all of the John Green this spring.  This is the other (besides TFIOS) which I haven’t read yet.

1984 by George Orwell – A classic dystopia.  I really am trying to read all the dystopia I can.  I find it fascinating!

Unwind by Neal Shusterman – All the dystopia.  This one made a bunch of top ten dystopia lists from last week, so I am going to add this one to the pile, too!

What are you hoping to read this spring?

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39 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Spring To-Be-Read list

  1. Okay, yeah, Anna and the French Kiss has a ridiculous premise, but I think the relationship between the main characters is SO well done. And I just really, really want Anna to be my best friend. 😀 I’ve read none of the others, though I’ve heard of a few. My TBR is also out of control!

    • I am hoping Anna and the French Kiss will pleasantly surprise me. But it is certainly not a book I would have looked twice at if I hadn’t seen many bloggers complimenting it so highly!

      • Me neither! I was like, “Another teen romance. About boarding school. Set in France. REALLY?” But it was the writing and the characters that made me fall head over heels. Pretty sure it’s still the only book on my blog that I reviewed and gave 5 complete stars because I just fell so head over heels. 😛

      • I definitely rolled my eyes at the cover, too….but I loved the book. And you can’t help but get swept up in the romance of it even if you’re a little cynical like me. Haha.

    • I love the John Green I’ve read and am very excited to finish the rest, but then I’ll be left with a gaping hole in my heart waiting for him to write more! Good authors have that effect on me!

      btw, I tried commenting on your blog earlier, but blogger was being surly and wouldn’t let me. 😦

    • I like to read a pretty wide variety of stuff. But I am sort of hung up on dystopia anything at the moment. Maybe going to see the Hunger Games will cure me? (Doubtful.)

  2. Hey! Loved “Unwind”…”Miss P’s Home for Peculiar Children” was pretty good, a little different than I was thinking…”A Wrinkle in Time” *sigh, a true classic.
    I saw you had a bad experience with a zombie book, which one was it? I don’t know if you’ve read the “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” by Carrie Ryan, but I really enjoyed the first two books of that series…I haven’t read the third yet.
    Can’t wait to see your reviews for the other books you listed above! 🙂

    • Rot & Ruin was the not-so-good zombie book. I have The Forest of Hands and Teeth on my list, too… I’m just a little more interested in the narrative device of World War Z being oral histories. I am a history nerd, after all!

  3. I’ve heard really good things about World War Z but haven’t got around to reading it yet. If you’re a graphic novel fan (or even not) I highly recommend The Walking Dead series. The characterization, the quality of the writing and the surprises hooked me.

    New follower, via Twitter. Here’s my TTT

    • I’ve never read graphic novels before. I’m not sure if it would be up my alley, but I like to try new things because sometimes I learn something new. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Great list. Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children looks like a really good book, and I’ve got Anna and the French Kiss and Paper Towns on my TBR pile too. You should definitely read The Fault in Our Stars as soon as possible; it’s really amazing. It made me laugh and cry and basically feel all the things, haha.

    • I’m so close to the top of my library’s hold list (number 3 in line!) that I am going to wait it out. I just wish the John Green fans in my town would read a little faster!

  5. I’ll probably be talking a bit about TFiOS on my blog next Wednesday, but I will say that I read it in less than a day, which is testimony to how well-written and compelling it is. I have never read A WRINKLE IN TIME, but probably should, just because it makes so many people’s lists of favorite “classics.”

    I must confessed to being intrigued to read a zombie novel. I don’t usually go for horror, paranormal, or whatever category zombie books might fit, so I’d like to find a good zombie book to show me how that type of book can be done well. My introduction to steampunk was via Scott Westerfeld’s LEVIATHAN series, and that was awesome. I’d like a zombie book that will do the same thing for that genre. Perhaps WORLD WAR Z is it?

    Good list!

    • All the love for TFiOS is making me super impatient to get it!!

      I also didn’t peg myself as a zombie book enthusiast, but I am really hoping to find one that I like. We’ll see how World War Z goes… I think the premise sounds interesting at the very least!

  6. Birthmarked and Unwind are both very good dystopias. (Fun fact: Unwind is very disturbing to listen to on audio but the narrator is great) Anna and TFiOS deserve all the hype. Can’t wait to see what you think.
    I saw World War Z on another list today and now I’m definitely intrigued.

  7. I loved ‘Miss Peregrine…’ and ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ wasn’t too bad either! I think I am the only person in the world who disliked ‘Paper Towns’…I just couldn’t stand it. I think there is probably something wring with me though so I’m sure you will love it! x

    • I can see how some of John Green’s characters would rub people the wrong way, but so far I have liked more of his characters than I have disliked. So we’ll see!

  8. Anna and The French Kiss looks quite girly and fun! I wouldn’t mind reading it! I really need to see what all the John Green fuss is about too! Thanks for sharing your list and stopping by my TTT this week! =]

  9. just did World War Z. So good. Like reading National Geographic articles, not your typical zombie stories.

    Also, 1984 is so amazing even this many years later. Will leave you with chills.

    Working on Keep Momma Dead right now. It’s free from the Prime Kindle lending library. Didn’t mean to be reading another “zombie” book but it came recommended from a co worker. Really lyrical language and imagery.

  10. Anything with John Green is good enough for me.

    WWZ is also a definite TBR Top Ten. Unfortunately, the movie got pushed back to next year. I think I would have been more motivated to pick it up had that not happened.

    Great list! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  11. I LOVED Miss Peregrine’s! It was so amazingly good and shocked the crap outta me! Hope you enjoy it and the other wonderful books you have on your list!

  12. I LOVED Miss Peregrine’s! I could not put it down once I started it. And I remember, I started it in the park, under a tree, on a nice early summer’s day. And I felt as if I was IN the book. Ah….
    I have heard nothing but praise for The Fault in Our Stars and this is one I hope to read soon. Same with World War Z. I was pulled into the zombie craze by a friend and this book sounds very interesting.
    Thanks for visiting my blog! Love yours!

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  14. I read “Anna and the French Kiss” about a month ago and thought it was cute, but it didn’t live up to the hype for me. But last week I read the companion book “Lola and the Boy Next Door” and LOVED it. I’m in the minority – most people seem to prefer Anna.

    “The Fault in Our Stars” lived up to the hype for me. It was amazing.

    I’m planning on reading “World War Z” at some point, but I read “The Passage”, “The Road”, and “The Stand” all at once and decided I needed a break from apocalyptic novels. I’ve had “1984” on my bookshelf FOREVER and just never pick it up.

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