top ten tuesday: fall 2015 tbr

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.

September 22: Top ten books on my fall 2015 tbr

Jumping back in on Top Ten Tuesday! I love making the seasonal TBR lists, even though I rarely make it through them. It’s fun to dream. Anyway, you might recognize a few of these off my summer TBR list… that I never got around to…! This fall has been so busy already so I don’t have many expectations, especially if I go with a couple of these chunksters here—that might be about all I can do! But all these books look so amazing, I still can’t wait to dig in.

fall tbr

  • A Little Life … Hanya Yanagihara
  • Black Mass … Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill (in progress)
  • City on Fire … Garth Risk Hallberg
  • Dead Mountain … Donnie Eichar
  • Fates and Furies … Lauren Groff
  • The Heart Goes Last … Margaret Atwood
  • The Last Pilot …Benjamin Johncock
  • Slash … Slash with Anthony Bozza
  • Station Eleven … Emily St. John Mandel
  • The Troop … Nick Cutter

And of course I have books from my TBR Pile Challenge and Ebook Challenge to read… sigh! I think I’m (almost) ready to throw in the towel on those challenges.

What’s on your reading list for the fall?

top ten tuesday: best of 2015 so far

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.

June 30: Top ten books I’ve read in 2015 so far

Halfway through the year, it’s a good time to reflect and pick the best books I’ve read so far in 2015. Looking forward to a lot of great reads in the second half of the year, too. Turned out to be half fiction, half non-fiction. In alphabetical order by title:

best of 2015 so far

  • All the Birds, Singing … Evie Wyld (review)
  • Attempting Normal (audio) … Marc Maron, read by author (review)
  • Columbine … Dave Cullen (review)
  • Delicious Foods … James Hannaham (review)
  • Hausfrau … Jill Alexander Essbaum (review)
  • Just Mercy (audio) … Bryan Stevenson, read by author (review)
  • Men We Reaped … Jesmyn Ward (review)
  • Our Endless Numbered Days … Claire Fuller (review)
  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace … Jeff Hobbs (review)
  • Sweetland … Michael Crummey (review)

Looking over this list, I realize that all but one of them (Columbine) were borrowed from the library! (But I loved Marc Maron’s audiobook so much I did go out and buy a hardcover copy for myself.) KC Public Library FTW!

What are the best books you’ve read in 2015 so far?

top ten tuesday: summer 2015 tbr

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.

June 16: Top ten books on my summer 2015 tbr

I’m terrible about keeping to these season TBR lists, but I like to make them! Summer officially goes from June 21–September 22 this year, and I’m ambitious so here’s what I think can read in that time… at least what I’d like to get through! We’ll see what comes up in between, though, and what I end up going for on audio during my road trips this summer 😉

summer 2015 tbr

  • A Little Life … Hanya Yanagihara
  • Americanah … Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Authority and Acceptance … Jeff VanderMeer (a twofer!)
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers … Katherine Boo
  • City on Fire … Garth Risk Hallberg
  • Dead Wake … Erik Larson
  • Get in Trouble … Kelly Link
  • Horrorstör … Grady Hendrix
  • Station Eleven … Emily St. John Mandel
  • An Untamed State … Roxane Gay

I’d also like to try to catch up a bit on my TBR Pile Challenge (need to read four more by the end of August) and Ebook Challenge (five more!). Not sure I’ll make it this year with the challenges again, sigh. Would it be cheating to do some of these selections on audio, even though I should read them in the format I committed to in the challenges?

What’s on your reading list this summer?

top ten tuesday: anticipated 2015 releases

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.

June 9: Top ten anticipated 2015 releases

I’m twisting this one a bit, because I don’t remember doing an “anticipated releases” post at the end of 2014, so some on my list have already been released this year (and I’ve already read a few!) Here they are, in chronological order by release date:

anticipated 2015

  • A Little Life … Hanya Yanagihara • March 10
  • Dead Wake … Erik Larson • March 10
  • Delicious Foods … James Hannaham (my review) • March 17
  • Hausfrau … Jill Alexander Essbaum (my review) • March 17
  • Music for the People … William A. Everett (about) • May 12
  • The Shore … Sara Taylor • May 26
  • The Last Pilot … Benjamin Johncock • July 7
  • Fates and Furies … Lauren Groff • September 15
  • The Heart Goes Last … Margaret Atwood • September 26
  • City on Fire … Garth Risk Hallberg • October 13

What new 2015 books are you looking forward to reading?

top ten tuesday: favorite authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.

April 21: Top ten all-time favorite authors

Great (and TOUGH) topic! What are the qualifications, the number of their books you’ve read? Maybe you’ve only read one book, but it was totally amazing and you can’t wait for their next? An author you will buy and read everything they’ve written? What about their public persona, do you agree with their views and statements? I made this list based on a little bit of all of these. In alphabetical order by last name:

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Margaret Atwood
Roxane Gay
Jon Krakauer
Wally Lamb
Rohinton Mistry

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Michael Pollan
Mary Roach
Lizz Winstead
Cheryl Strayed
Howard Zinn

Couple of childhood favorites: Roald Dahl, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Honorable mentions: Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver, Cormac McCarthy, Stewart O’Nan, Lionel Shriver, Colm Tóibín… errgh and others!

Who are your all-time favorite authors?

[Author photos from Goodreads, except Gay and Winstead]

top ten tuesday: latest tbr additions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.

March 31: Recently added to my TBR 

Ahem…
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The Thief of Always … Clive Barker
Find Me … Laura van den Berg
The Country of Ice Cream Star … Sandra Newman
Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy … Jeff VanderMeer
Station Eleven … Emily St. John Mandel
Americanah … Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Behind the Beautiful Forevers … Katherine Boo
An Untamed State … Roxane Gay
All That Is Solid Melts into Air … Darragh McKeon

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Fourth of July Creek … Smith Henderson
The Tusk that Did the Damage … Tania James
Get in Trouble … Kelly Link
Dead Wake … Erik Larson

Yeah it’s a little more than ten.   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

ETA: I forgot to include The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins! It was on my bedside table 🙂

What have you recently added to your TBR?