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It’s 75 degrees outside, every Mountain Laurel in town is blooming and stinkin’ up the place, and the creepy-crawlies (bees, mostly) have returned — it must be Spring! Here’s the books I’m hoping to read before summer.
1. Scarlet (A.C. Gaughen) – Nothing like a good re-telling of an old story.
2. The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafón, trans. Lucia Graves) – Got this as a Christmas gift, and am letting it ripen on the shelf.
3. The Woman in Black (Susan Hill) – I’m way too big a chicken to watch the movie, and the book will be better anyway.
4. Year of Wonders (Geraldine Brooks) – I loved her novel March as well as her non-fiction The Nine Parts of Desire, and I can’t wait to find a copy of Brooks’ most recent work.
5. Dealing with Dragons (Patricia C. Wrede) – This was the first real fantasy novel I read, and it and Norton/Lacky’s The Halfblood Chronicles cemented my love of the genre. Time for a re-read.
6. America Walks Into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops (Christine Sismondo) – Stories about booze!
7. The Year of Living Biblically (A.J. Jacobs) – I liked The Unlikely Disciple (which was written by that author when he worked for Jacobs) and I’m interested to see what ridiculous and/or meaningful situations this book brings the reader into.
8. A Sacred Feast: Reflections on Sacred Harp Singing and Dinner on the Ground (Kathryn Eastburn) – I love Sacred Harp, and I’m in the process of educating myself on its history. This should be a good place to start.
9. Mistress of the Art of Death (Ariana Franklin) – A Christmas gift that I should have picked up before now. But I need to put some time between it and The Hangman’s Daughter, if only so I can get some sleep! Reading this will also count toward the Pay it Sideways Challenge.
10. Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston) – I’m not normally a fan of 20th century “classics,” (I read a fair amount of them in high school and didn’t enjoy it), but Janie sounds like an intriguing character. Reading this will also count toward the Back to the Classics Challenge.
What books do you want to read this spring?
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