Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

Overflowing Pile of Books on My Spring TBR List

Can I get through this pile before summer?
Some of these are leftovers from winter that I did not finish or get to.

Surprised by Joy - C.S. Lewis (still reading now)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Journal of a Solitude - May Sarton 

Farmer Boy - Laura Ingalls Wilder

On the Banks of Plum Creek - Laura Ingalls Wilder

By the Shores of Silver Lake - Laura Ingalls Wilder

To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf (still reading now)

Night and Day - Virginia Woolf

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God - Jonathan Edwards (may have to wait until summer)

The Faerie Queene - Edmund Spencer

Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak

Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy (may have to wait until summer)

Mansfield Park - Jane Austen 

Bonhoeffer - Eric Metaxas (still reading now)

Amazing Grace - Eric Metaxas (may have to wait until summer)

P.S. I almost forgot: I am also beginning The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens

19 comments:

  1. Ah, Mansfield Park! I can't wait for your thoughts. The Faerie Queene? YIKES. Best wishes with that one. Good to see some Laura on your list. That ought to balance out Spenser. (I am jaded. Adam of Roof Beam Reader says that one is worth a read.) AMAZING GRACE SOUNDS EXCELLENT. I'm curious for your thoughts on the Woolf titles. :) x

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    1. Some years ago I read Book One of TFQ and I thoroughly enjoyed it, EVEN THOUGH I had to resort to an outside resource to help me understand the writing. The idea of reading the entire thing is extremely intimidating. I'm not exaggerating. However, reading it with a group is highly encouraging. So I am hoping this will be a positive experience. : )

      I'm totally looking forward to reading Amazing Grace (but I want to finish Bonhoeffer first, which is a chunkster).

      BTW, I am absolutely loving To the Lighthouse, though it is not an easy read given it is in stream of consciousness; but there is something touching about Woolf that resonates with me.

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    2. Yes, that's how I feel about Woolf!! :) Well, I'll look forward to your remarks on Spenser. Maybe they'll inspire me!

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  2. By "that one" I am referring to The Faerie Queene. Should have proofread my remarks before hitting submit. :)

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  3. I loved the To The Lighthouse when I read it earlier this year! Really liked Doctor Zhivago as well!When I read Mansfield Park at the age of 16, I abhorred it; the only Austen I ever abhorred. But on re-reading it last year at the ripe age of 32, I really really liked it, so i am very curious about your thoughts on that one! I am also very keen about Amazing Grace...I have it on my TBR and must get to it sometime soon! I will there for the Faerie Queene and Pickwick Papers...former I am dreading and latter I am loving! Happy Reading!

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    1. Thanks for your feedback. I'm anxious to get to Dr. Zhivago and Mansfield Park. Of course, TFQ is intimidating, but I think with a big group of us reading it, we will be able to encourage one another and give helpful insight.

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  4. An admirable range of books. I had not heard of this title by Lewis, but I did read Edwards sermon many years ago...it's quite powerful even in print. Looking forward to the Pickwick Papers read along.

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    1. Great! Can't wait to read Edwards' sermons.

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  5. I loved To The Lighthouse, so I'll be interested to hear what you think of it when finished. Glad to see that you have a couple of children's books added for a little brain relaxation. :-) I ordered all the next biographies on ILL two months but they haven't come in yet, so I'm not sure what to do. I'll just wait, but I may have to do some catching up. Argh! I'm looking forward to both TFQ & PP; in spite of their size I think that they'll be very fun reads!

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    1. Well, since I am behind in my reading anyway, I can wait to start the next WEM bio. I don't mind b/c there are other books I want to read on my other challenges.

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    2. Aw, thanks, Ruth! That's very kind of you. Let's wait for a little while and see. My library is so terrible. They stopped patrons from doing ILLs online and make them go in, because they said it would cut down on people ILLing books they have in the system and therefore make the wait time less, but the wait time has almost doubled. And it's also inconsistent. So, if I don't have them by May, you may want to go ahead.

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  6. Yeowsa! That's an ambitious list. But a good one :-) I really enjoyed Dr. Zhivago once I got used to everyone having like 6 nicknames.

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    1. Did you see the mini series version of Dr. Zhivago with Keira Knightly?

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    2. Not yet, though I'd like to. Have you? I've seen the Omar Sharif version several times, mostly when I was a kid.

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    3. Yes, and the story is so very odd. I was curious how close to the book it is. Nonetheless, it is the miniseries that caused me to want to read the book.

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    4. Well, yes, it IS a bit of an odd story. Russian doctor goes to war, comes home, falls in love with random chick and abandons wife, lots of snow, gives up random chick and returns to wife, has heart attack. Very, very Russian, isn't it?

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    5. Absolutely tragic. Like a car accident that you keep looking at.

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  7. Great TBR post and I wish you O (Behold the Stars), Jean (Howling Frog) and Cleo Classical Carousel) luck reading Faerie Queen! It is a massive challenge! Looking forward to all your reviews, 'classic book' lovers!

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