Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring Fling


The prompt from That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday this week is "Books on My Spring 2019 TBR."  So here are ten books I hope to read (or reread, or finish reading) this spring:

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery  (re-read)

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (finish re-reading)

The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien  (re-read)

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame  (re-read)

Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (re-read)

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by J. K. Rowling

Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit by Amy Stewart

Flora of Middle-Earth by Walter S. Judd and Graham A. Judd

(From my Instagram)

A little fantasy, a little junior fiction, a little sci-fi, a little mystery, and some cozy re-reads.  Should be an awesome spring!  If I actually read all of these, lol.  There are five here I'm confident I'll read (or finish reading) and five that... we shall see!  I'm very much a mood-reader, so reading plans like these often fall off the rails pretty quickly.

Are you a mood-reader?  Or do you plan out your reading?  Or do a bit of both?

28 comments:

  1. The Blue Castle is my all-time favourite L.M. Montgomery book. Great choice there for a reread.

    My Top Ten Tuesday post.

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    1. Lydia, the more often I read it, the more I love it!!! Kind of ties with a couple Anne books for my fave of hers.

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  2. I am 100% a mood reader too! It’s really hard to make TBR’s because of that. I read The Blue Castle this year, I LOVED it!

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    1. Callie, exactly. I see all these people with these TBR plans, and I'm like, "I plan to read some books." Hee.

      Isn't Blue Castle delicious??? I adore it.

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  3. I remember being terrified of Something Wicked This Way Comes (the movie), but all of the others sound good! Have fun!

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    1. MC, I haven't seen the movie. I would probably be scared of it too cuz I don't do well with scary movies at all. But I do like Ray Bradbury a lot, and people insist I would like the book, so here's hoping.

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    2. My mom loves it. I'm just not a Ray Bradbury fan, but since you are you'll probably like it. :-)

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    3. MC, yeah, I can see that. Bradbury is not for everyone. I've never gotten Cowboy to appreciate him much.

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  4. Very much a mood reader. Probably why I have six or seven books going at once.

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    1. George, yeah, I tend to have 2 or 3 going because there'll be one I "have" to read for whatever reason, and then one or two I "feel like" reading :-)

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  5. I'm totally a mood reader. I generally have been trying to read one serious book (classic, non-fiction, historical, etc.) for every two-three "fun" books lately, but otherwise I have no rhyme or reason to it. There are some books I read at a certain time of year due to the mood they put me in--creepy books in the fall, long fantasy books in the summer, etc.

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    1. RM, that's better than me! I toss in something sorta serious now and then, but it's more like 1 non-fiction for every 10 fiction. I do read most classics for fun, tho.

      Some books do call to me at certain times. I always get in a LOTR mood in December/January.

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  6. I think I'm "a little bit of both" when it comes to reading. I sort of plan it out, but then if I just Am Not Feeling It, I can't usually force myself.

    Fun list! I need to do one of these one of these Tuesdays.

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    1. Olivia, yeah, I can force myself to read books I'm not feeling... but sometimes it taints the experience, so I try not to do that with books I've never read before.

      Definitely join in sometime!

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  7. Something Wicked This Way Comes is great!

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    1. Beth, so I hear! I do enjoy Bradbury's writing.

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  8. Oh, Wind in the Willows. Definitely a cozy read.

    And don't you just love re-reads?

    I'm sometimes a moody reader, but mostly I make plans and try to stick to them. Often I find I cannot make up my mind, in my moodiness, so it is best to make plans. Hopefully, as I mature as a reader, I will be able to know my books better and choose them according to my moods. Does that make sense?

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    1. Ruth, so... I didn't like Wind in the Willows as a kid. And 2 of my 3 kids aren't liking it now (I'm reading it aloud to them). I'm finding myself VERY frustrated by Toad, which is why I didn't like it as a kid. But I don't remember how it all turns out, so I'm reserving judgement on whether or not I still dislike it.

      Your planning is awe-inspiring. That does make sense, and sometimes I do spend too much time trying to figure out what to read. But I've learned this past year that when I have a major plan of what to read when, especially when I *can't* change the plans because I'm reading books to discuss them with other people, I start to balk. And I quit enjoying books. So I'm going to try to not teach 3 lit classes at once anymore. Ever.

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      Three lit classes!!!!

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    3. Ruth, yeah. Technically, 4. I'm teaching 3 for our homeschool co-op: K-1st, 3rd-6th, and high school. But I'm also teaching my nephew high school lit online, and we're doing different books from the co-op. Sometimes there's overlap, and sometimes we do books that I've read recently enough that I don't need to re-read them, but it's been more than I want to do again. Next year, I'm teaching something to do with history for co-op, I think.

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  9. I'm VERY much a mood reader. I try to order tons of different types of books, but I must have tons of options of "light" fiction or rereads as options. I've decided my personality needs (not just for reading) what I call "structured spontaneity" meaning, I need a list of goals, books etc. to choose from, but the option to choose when, where, etc.

    Seeing one of your comments, I think I too disliked Toad as a child (I listened to it on tape), in my memory the book was all about him and his stupidity although, once I reread it a few years back, I'm wondering if we just never made it through it; Toad didn't feature as much as in my memory . . . and there is a very odd part about Pan that I had ZERO memory of.

    I borrowed Something Wicked This Way Comes, but I was too cowardly to try it. I was scared of Frankenstein and Dracula too. I tried Frankenstein and realized it's a joke and hardly scary it's so ludicrous, so maybe I've hyped up the scariness of some of these books.

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    1. Livia, "structured spontaneity" is a great way to put it. That's very much my preference too.

      I'm deep in a very Toad-ful part of the book and having trouble making myself read it to the kids. Sigh.

      I wouldn't call either Frankenstein or Dracula scary, though both certainly have unsettling things to say about human nature. They are not really anything like the movies based on them, that's for sure.

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  10. I've been wanting to read Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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    1. Skye, yeah, it's been on my radar for a lot of years. I have it from the library, so... soonly!

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  11. I liked Something Wicked This Way Comes, but I think Bradbury's best work is his short stories.

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    1. Beth, I do like a lot of his short stories. But my favorite of all I've read of his is by far Fahrenheit 451.

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  12. It seems like I still have one (or two!?) of Julianna's books to catch up on. Don't remember the name, but I know there was one I had to skip because I received a review copy of the next in the series and didn't have the time to read them in their proper order. I'll have to remedy this soon(ish). :D Thanks so much for the Finding Wonderland visit last week, Rachel - hope you enjoy all of these! :)

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    1. Rissi, I have two of Deering's books to read yet. I got into them because of the INSPYs and liked them so much, I bought the whole series!

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