Every week, The Broke and The Bookish poses a category for book bloggers to post their ‘Top Ten’ in that week’s category.
This week the category is ‘Top Ten Books on Spring TBR List’ with the guidance basically to list the books you are most looking forward to reading this Spring. Since I am participating in The Classics Club and The Victorian Challenge 2012 this year, I hope to make a significant dent in these lists this Spring so there are quite a few classics on today’s list.
For me, the year is divided equally into its four seasons: June, July & August are Summer; September, October & November are Autumn; December, January & February are Winter; leaving March, April & May as Spring. I don’t know why I have always though of seasons this way, maybe it’s to do with how school is structured, by for today’s list, I am focussing on books I am really looking forward to reading in the remainder of March, April and May.
Oh, and these are not in order – that would be much too difficult!
1. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë. I am so looking forward to this book and I am reading it next after I’ve finished And This Is True. I really loved Jane Eyre, which was my first Brontë, and even though I’ve had good advice from Caro that the Brontës were all very different, I just can’t wait to get back to 19th Century rural England. Also, Wuthering Heights count for The Classics Club AND The Victorian Challenge so I am killing multiple birds with one book-shaped stone!
2. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I got given this book for my birthday last September by a friend who had heard it was good. My friend went on to buy his own copy and read it before I could (my book backlog is rather ridiculous) and has said that it was absolutely amazing. With that kind of recommendation I am expecting great things from this book and am looking forward to sinking into Barcelona!
3. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins. Well there is certainly a lot of hype surrounding this series at the moment – I had a free period in the library on Monday and of the roughly 15 people in there, three people were reading (one being me) and the other two were both reading one of The Hunger Games books. With the film coming out in 3 days time, no wonder people are going crazy. My sister borrowed the first book from her friend and read it in one weekend, which is quite unusual for her, and we are both eagerly awaiting the delivery of our own copies of the trilogy! I just can’t wait to find out what is all the fuss about?!
4. Emma – Jane Austen. I haven’t read any Austen before (shocking, I know!) and so I am really excited about getting into this, my first. I chose Emma because my music teacher said that this was her favourite Austen so it seemed as good a place to start as any. I don’t really know anything of the story and nothing about the characters, so it should be really fun to read a book without any previous knowledge (something quite rare for me). It has been on my TBR shelf for a good six months or so, and has finally worked its way to near the top and it also counts for The Classics Club, so all in all I think it deserves to be read now!
5. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown. I have already read Digital Fortress and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown and I enjoyed them both (solid 4 / 5). However, this seems to be the novel that took the world by storm so I am looking forward to reading it. I read Angels and Demons (the preceding novel to The Da Vinci Code) whilst on holiday last summer, so it seems right that this one might tie in nicely with my holiday to Vienna this Easter, although that means getting through a couple of other books pretty quickly!
6. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens. This is a re-read for me – I read it in 2010 but I think I missed something as I found it hard to get into and nothing special. To be fair it was my first Dickens and I was quite young, so now that I am more experienced with Dickens (I’ve read Hard Times, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield since then) I am hoping to enjoy this much more the second time around. I enjoyed the BBC adaptation at Christmas and I am intrigued to see if the new film that is being made will bring something new to a story well known by so many. Another bonus is that it will also count towards The Classics Club and The Victorian Challenge!
7. The Girl Who Played with Fire – Stieg Larsson. This is another re-read. I absolutely loved the Millennium Trilogy when I read them for the first time back in summer 2010 and I have already re-read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo last December and loved it again! Insanely gripping plots – I can’t put these books down so I am really looking forward to reading the second instalment of Lisbeth’s life again. If you haven’t read these books yet then I seriously seriously recommend them – such vivid characters and instantly captivating plots!
8. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell. I really don’t know much about this book, aside from the fact that it has several different plots (?). It was recommended to me by the conductor of the regional wind ensemble I play during the holidays as one of the other ensembles he conducts played a piece of music composed to accompany it and he said it was a great read. If anyone has read this, I would love to know what you thought of it! I have put it on this list as I know nothing about the book or the author and that is scary but also exciting!
9. The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman. I really loved the His Dark Materials books when I first read them due to the inventive plot, great characters and the way they deal with serious questions. I re-read Northern Lights in December and really enjoyed it again, so I am looking forward to getting into the second in the trilogy, The Subtle Knife, a lot. It is quite a short and easy to read book so I am hoping to polish it off relatively quickly!
10. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee. This is (probably) my favourite book ever! For my GCSE in English Literature we had to study this book as our novel and it was so great for me – I loved reading it and learning all the quotes was a pleasure! This book says so much and says it so well, it a must read for everyone! I think this will be the 3rd time I have actually read it through as a book, but I have listened to the audiobook many times and when I was studying for English I just kept it around and dipped in and out, reading whichever bit was relevant to the area I was revising. If you have not read this book you must buy it and read it now!! On top of all that, it counts towards The Classics Club too – what’s not to love?