Top Ten Books At The TOP Of My Spring 2013 TBR list!

toptentuesday-1So I like keeping list of books I want to read soon. I often think about which book to read next so this week’s list of books I want to read this spring, was rather easy to put together.

As always, the Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. There are a lot of people participating, people reading all kinds of books, so if you check out some of the other blogs, beware of your to-read list – it might explode!

  1. Jonathan Safran Foer: Everything is Illuminated. I hadn’t planned to read this anytime soon but then I discovered that it’s the next group read for the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die group on Goodreads, beginning March 15. I read and loved Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close last year so I’m actually looking forward to this read.
  2. SJ Watson: Before I Go To Sleep. I have heard so much good about this book about a woman who is unable to remember her past or who she is – and who slowly starts to question if everything is right with her husband and with what he is telling her. It’s a debut novel and it sounds unputdownable!
  3. Amy Chua: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. So this book has gotten a lot of bad publicity but ever since I heard an interview with Amy Chua, I’ve wanted to read it.
  4. Félix J. Palma: The Map of Time. I don’t know quite how to describe this book. It sounds like a combination of a lot of different genres and just utterly engrossing and fascinating. Like a wild ride. It takes place in London in 1896, it’s about a man who has lost his lover to Jack the Ripper and a woman who struggles against the rules of Victorian society. And it involves H.G. Wells and some sort of machine that will change anything.
  5. Erik Valeur: Det syvende barn. (The Seventh Child.) 7 babies are born at the same hospital and are all placed at the same orphanage from which they are all adopted – without knowing their back ground. But they all receive an anonymous letter detailing their past and this sets events in motion. Both my mother and mother-in-law have read this and loved it and it has been rather popular in Denmark so here we go. I will read more books by Danish authors!!!
  6. Erin Morgenstern: The Night Circus. Oh how I want to read this book. I actually want to read it so bad that I’m scared to do so and therefore, I keep pushing it back. I’m afraid that I have too high expectations and that they will ruin the book for me. But I want to read it and I will read it – and soon.
  7. Benjamin Hale: The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore. An interspecies lovestory. Bruno is a chimpanzee who falls in love with his human teacher. I was dying to read this when it was published, bought it – and it has been gathering dust on the shelf ever since … Now’s the time!
  8. Eowyn Ivey: The Snow Child. Everyone has read this, most seem to like it. It sounds like some sort of sad fairy tale and I have it home from the library and want to get to it to see what all the fuss is about – and if it is as good as people say it is.
  9. J.K. Rowling: The Casual Vacancy. Why haven’t I read Rowling’s new book yet? I bought it right after Christmas and I’m looking forward to reading it but somehow, I haven’t gotten around to it yet. When you liked the Harry Potter books, this is kind of a must-read and I really liked them so – another need to read soon. Maybe I’m a bit scared of this one not living up to my expectations too…
  10. Christos Tsiolkas: The Slap. This is another one I’ve been wanting to read for a while. A parent slaps someone else’s child and the repercussions are overwhelming. We had a case of that here in Denmark and the mother who slapped someone else’s child, was put in jail. I have felt the urge to slap kids if they are doing something to my girls, I can feel the lion mom come up in me, so even though I have never acted on this – and probably never will – I can see myself in this book.

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26 thoughts on “Top Ten Books At The TOP Of My Spring 2013 TBR list!

  1. Everything is Illuminate will blow your mind. It’s so good. Then you realize the author will like 22 when he wrote it and your mind is blown again.

    The Night Circus was a letdown for me… but many people love it. Would be interested to see your review. I reviewed it if you’re interested!

    The rest of your picks sound interesting! The Map of Time especially.

    • I’m fascinated so far by Everything is Illuminated. I haven’t read that far yet but I like what I have read. Especially Alex’s letters to JSF.
      I was interested in reading your review of The Night Circus. I wrote a comment on your review and I think it sounds like you have some valid points.
      Yeah, I’m really excited about The Map of Time! It’s one of those love them or hate them books, I think.

  2. Before I Go To Sleep is a fantastic book. I read it let year after people kept recommending it to me and I couldn’t believe how much I enter it. Hope you do too 🙂

    • I really hope I enjoy The Night Circus too. I have been looking so much forward to it so it would be too bad if I end up not liking it. You have some great books on your list too. I really love that Finnikin of the Rock cover – and Anna Dressed in Blood is on my wish list.

  3. Your list is made up of books I’ve read (which were really good), and books I want to read, of course. Haha! I wanted to read Map of Time with the Chunky Book Club this month, but my library doesn’t have it, and I’m already over my buying budget.

    • Lol. Book twins as always!!! I’m really looking forward to The Map of Time – it sounds so exciting. I really want to buy some books right now too but I have already bought so many books so far this year so I’m trying to take a bit of a book buying break right now …

  4. I don’t want to scare you more, but OMG READ THE NIGHT CIRCUS. It is sooooooo ridiculously good. 🙂
    And I’m interested to hear what you think of Everything is Illuminated. I loved Extremely Loud but didn’t enjoy this one as much.

    • Everybody has an opinion on The Night Circus. I really have to read it soon so I can form my own opinion!
      I loved Extremely Loud too – so far I really like Everything is Illuminated too.

  5. The Night Circus is pretty awesome. I refuse to read the Casual Vacancy – I don’t know I guess I feel that she betrayed me by writing a contempory novel.

    • I am still looking forward to reading The Casual Vacancy. Rowling is a good writer so hopefully this will be good too. But yeah, she is so completely synonymous with Harry Potter so it’s a bit weird that she has written something so completely different.

  6. I picked up The Night Circus about 6 months ago from Amazon and haven’t gotten to it yet, and that makes me sad. It’s also on my TTT list. 🙂

  7. Most of the books on this list are also on my TBR. I’ve also heard raves about The Night Circus but haven’t got round to it. I read Everything is Illuminated before ELAIC and I loved it. It is playful and also deeply moving. The Slap is great, we did it for our book club and it generated lots of discussion, mostly of a horrified nature.

    Here’s my list:

    • I can totally see The Slap generate a lot of discussion. I’m really looking forward to reading it! So far, Everything Is Illuminated is fascinating but I’m only about 30 pages in. I think you’ll have to read The Night Circus too!

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