This is a neat weekly feature over at a blog I really enjoy, The Broke and the Bookish. They read books similar to some that I've been reviewing, and they're fun and they write well. Totally worth checking out.
Top Ten Books In My Spring 2014 TBR Pile
(For anyone who's new or newish to book blog talk, "TBR" is "To Be Read.")
1. Raising Chaos by Elizabeth Corrigan. I just read Oracle of Philadelphia and this is the sequel and I'm pretty excited to get back with the characters. Also, the author herself emailed me to see if I'd review the book and I replied back and guess what? NOT a form email response! Real person. I always always always end up enjoying books more when I get to talk it over with the author. That totally happened with Burn by Julianna Baggott and How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu.
2. The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris. My sister-in-love recommended Chocolat to me and I read it and I loved it. Like, really really really loved it. She recommended The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger to me and I read it and only gave it three of five stars and it took her a looooooong time to recommend another book to me. I'd love to read this whole trilogy "with" her.
3. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. OMG... So impatiently waiting for this one!
4. George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade. Triple recommendation going for this one! My sister recommended it to me, and I already had it on my "to-read" list, and it's about George Washington, my hero.
5. Under the Egg by Laura Fitzgerald. This is a younger middle grades read, but I'm actually really psyched to read it. I've heard it described as "if Dan Brown of The Davinci Code wrote for middle schoolers." I love Dan Brown! I think this is going to be a great debut for Ms. Fitzgerald.
6. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. A coworker told me that I should read it. She said that she sat down to start it and didn't move again until she'd finished it. That's a pretty strong recommendation!
7. We Were Liars by e. lockhart. I've read such excellent emotion-filled reviews of this book and I've had the egalley in my queue for so long. Time to take the plunge and read it, even if it makes me cry.
8. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. Winger was a big favorite of mine for 2013. I'm almost nervous to try Grasshopper Jungle though. What if it isn't as good as Winger? But I have been seeing some good reviews, so I'm getting braver.
9. American Blonde by Jennifer Niven. My mom and I love love love the "Velva Jean" series, so I have high expectations for American Blonde. I haven't read any plot summaries or blurbs or reviews, so I'm going in completely blind. Exciting.
10. Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard. This is the conclusion of a trilogy, and I've really liked the first two. It's been a little bit, though, so I might need to re-read the second one beforehand.
What about you? What books are you most looking forward to this spring?