Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring in the Air!

Actually, we're in the middle of a winter storm here, so all the flowers are coated in ice and look very bedraggled.  But it's supposed to warm up this afternoon, so I'm really hoping no permanent damage has been done to our peach and cherry-plum trees.  They're so laden with blossoms that I've been hoping for lots of fruit.

Be that as it may, spring officially begins next week, and the list prompt from The Broke and the Bookish reflects that fact.  Here are the top ten books on my spring TBR list!  By summer, I want to have all ten of these read.

Beyond the Great Snow Mountains by Louis L'Amour -- I haven't read any L'Amour for a few years, so grabbed this collection of short stories off the library shelf a couple weeks ago.  Hope to start it soon.

Black, White, Other by Joan Steinau Lester -- reading this right now on the recommendation of a friend.

By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman -- reading this aloud to my kids right now -- it's so fun!

Hood by Stephen Lawhead -- a friend loaned me this when she learned I love Robin Hood.  Looking forward to it.

Jane and the Stillroom Maid by Stephanie Barron -- I've been wanting to get back into this series for over a year, so picked this up at the library the other day.

One Thousand White Women:  The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus -- I've long been fascinated by stories of white settlers who got adopted by natives.  This is a fictional account of true events that looks so good.

Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash -- I'm about a quarter done with this.  The stories are so varied!  I love how most of them take place in the North Carolina mountains around places I'm very familiar with like Boone and Lenoir and Blowing Rock.

Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan:  The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate by Rick Bowers -- The whole story of how comic book writers took on the KKK and beat them fills me with joy, and I can't wait to read a whole book about it.  Fiction writers can change the world!!!

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome -- Lots of people insist my kids and I will love this, I just need to find time to read it.

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien -- I'm sooooooo far behind on the read-along I'm participating in.  I'm not even finished with The Fellowship of the Ring yet, and I ought to be well into TTT by now.  On the other hand, I'm enjoying savoring it and not really pushing myself to read faster.  But I also need to not neglect it.

What's on your TBR list for this spring?


  1. I have the Lawhead books on my possibly TBR eventually list; it will be nice to see a review . . .

    I've never read Westerns. Any recommendations and warnings?

    1. SOOOOOOO many people have recommended Lawhead's Robin Hood trilogy to me -- I wanted to read them back when I had My Year with Robin Hood a couple years back, but never did. Excited to start them now!

      Weirdly enough, I have not read gobs of westerns myself. Handfuls, but not gobs. I really like Zane Grey (esp. Riders of the Purple Sage) and Max Brand (esp. Montana Rides!) and Louis L'Amour (esp. Hondo). Owen Wister's The Virginian is seminal and awesome, but takes a while to get through if you're not previously invested in the characters. I love Charles Portis' True Grit. I enjoy Elisabeth Grace Foley's westerns, especially her novella "Corral Nocturne." If you want something set in the west but more about women than men, I really liked Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson.

  2. I need to reread LOTR - it's been too long! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

    1. Lauren, this is my first re-read in several years. I've missed it!

  3. I've not read any of these, except for most of The Two Towers :) Swallows and Amazons is a book I want to read though, and Stephen Lawhead is an author I've heard good things about I think.

    1. Rachel, I've read The Two Towers a few times before, and I read By the Great Horn Spoon! as a kid, but the rest of these will be new to me too.


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