An actual Top Ten Tuesday, because The Broke and the Bookish is back, baby! And this one is pretty much perfect, actually, because I think I might get just as much enjoyment out of planning what I’ll be reading as actually reading.
(Just as much? That might be a bold claim. Take that with a grain of salt.)
Either way, whether it’s just-as-much enjoyment or not-quite-as-much-but-still-quite-a-bit-actually, I had a lot of fun writing this post. I usually get pretty ambitious when I write out my book lists, and then realize when I’m halfway through three serious books that all I want to do is read some YA. All of spring is ahead of us, though, and there’s lots of time to read coming up. I’m hoping to make it through these books in the next couple months.
me writing this post
- Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo
I WILL FINISH IT. I WILL. I’m just getting to what I call Part 2, where Cosette is all grown up and we get the fantastic Look Down remix and meet Gavroche. I watched the movie for the first time in January and loved it, and immediately started reading the book.
Technically I watched the movie 3 times and then started reading, but let’s not quibble.
2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
My boi. :’) I’m a pretty big Neil Gaiman fan. Coraline and The Graveyard Book are some of my all-time favorites, so I’m psyched. I don’t know a whole lot about the plot of this one – it’ll be a wild ride, kiddos!
3. Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, by Michael Perry
Ah, small town life. I’ve read parts of Perry’s work before, but I don’t think I’ve sat down and read one of his books cover to cover yet. My own town has less than 400 people (EAT IT MICHAEL PERRY), so I’m curious to hear his take on things. I feel like I’ll be able to relate. Also, this is possibly the best/most accurate title ever.
4. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
So apparently it’s this epic story… and it’s about rabbits. And it’s epic. That’s about all I know about this, but it comes to me highly recommended and brimming with good quotes, so here we go!
5. Bulfinch’s Mythology, by Thomas Bulfinch
CLASSIC. I’m a pretty big mythology nerd, so I’m really looking forward to this. It’s a whopping 862 pages, and covers Greek myths, Norse myths, King Arthur’s court, Charlemagne… all the good stuff. I feel like I might feel the need to reread some Percy Jackson after this, or to play Age of Mythology. #hardcoregamer
6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
I absolutely loved the movie. The ending was so powerful, and exactly right – though I also left the theater laughing incredulously and saying, “UM. Did they really just do that?” I’ve heard that the novelization is great, and that you’re really able to understand the characters more. #getpumped
7. Dragonwatch, by Brandon Mull
C’mon. You knew this was coming. And it’s released TODAYYYYYY!
8. The Lies of Locke Lamora
One of my favorite movies is Ocean’s Twelve, because I just love heist stories. And this is supposed to be one of the best heists ever, set in some vaguely medieval setting. I started this once before, but I tend to have trouble finishing long books – maybe it’s an attention thing? Either way, I want to give this one another shot.
9. Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just, by Timothy Keller
I’ve read two of Keller’s books before, and both of them just blew me away. Social justice is pretty important to me, and I approach that as I approach everything in life – as a Christian. It seems like that’s how Keller looks at things too, and I’m looking forward to reading his thoughts.
10. At Home in the World, by Tsh Oxenreider
I’ve followed Tsh’s blog, The Art of Simple, for a long time. Basically, she’s lived and is still living an amazing life, and I want to be her when I grow up. (actually I might technically be grown up plz hlp) Tsh has lived and traveled all over the world, and this book is about how we balance our wanderlust with our desire for roots and community. Which is one of my biggest problems in life. Teach me your ways, Tsh.
This book comes out April 18. And you better believe I pre-ordered.
So that makes ten! Have you read any of this? Are any on your spring TBR? Lemme know!