Monday, March 14, 2016

TTT: Spring To-reads

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This week's Top Ten topic, as suggested by The Broke and the Bookish, is ten books on your TBR list for spring.

That makes me feel like I should be choosing spring-like books, but realistically, I'm gonna read what I'm gonna read.  I've already talked about books in my classroom library that I want to get to, so today I'll focus on other books I'm eager to read right now.

1.  Today I started the audiobook of Kate Atkinson's A God in Ruins, the sequel to Life After Life, the audiobook I listened to last month.  I am so enjoying revisiting these characters from a new viewpoint.

2.  I have a possibly unhealthy interest in books about school violence.  I don't know much about This is Where It Ends, but I did see it on a list of great books for middle schoolers.  I'm interested to see how the topic was handled in a way that is both realistic and appropriate for this age group.

3.  I can't wait to read Thunder Boy Jr., Sherman Alexie's first picture book.  It is coming out in May, and I will probably actually buy and read it then too.

4.  I picked up and zoomed through the third volume of a Portland-based private eye graphic novel at the library last week.  I then went over to the library computer and put volumes one and two of Stumptown on hold.

5.  Booked, Kwame Alexander's followup to his amazing novel in verse The Crossover is another spring release I can't wait to get my hands on, and that I know will be a quick read.

6.  V. E. Shwab's name keeps coming up on blogs I follow.  I want to read one of her books to see what the fuss is all about.

7.  I have been meaning to read the latest book from English Teacher guru Kelly Gallagher, In the Best Interest of Students: Staying True to What Works in the English Classroom, since September.  Hopefully this spring I will finally do so.

8.  I've heard so many recommendations for Louise Penny's mystery series, but haven't gotten started yet.  I picked up Still Life a few months ago at a used paperback store.  I just need to READ it.

9.  Two for one--I am reading The Last Kids On Earth with my son and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with my daughter.  I don't read to them every night (bad English teacher confession), but I'm sure we'll finish both books this spring.

10.  I finally started Illuminae.  I have thoughts about it too, so there will be a review when I'm done!

I'm pretty happy with this list, I must say.  YA, MG, picture book, mysteries, literary fiction, graphic novel, professional reading...80% are by white authors, and I'd like to work on that, but overall I think I've got a good range of books to look forward to in the near future.

How about you?


  1. I adored This Is Where It Ends. It's a tough, but important read. I hope you get to these books this Spring!

  2. V.E. Schwab is amazing - and I've only read two of her books so far - Vicious and A Darker Shade of Magic.

    Happy reading!

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  3. I need to look for the new Kelly Gallagher book. Thanks for sharing it here!


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