I’m hoping to read a total of 40 Books in Spring 2017. That includes 16 Nonfiction titles (some centered around booklists I’m planning on World War II and China), 13 Contemporary Fiction books, 4 Historical Fiction books and 7 Classics (including 3 for an Author Spotlight on Virginia Woolf that was pushed to this season). In addition I’ll be reading 3 books that are not included in this post for my April 2017 Book Of The Month package, which I will be selecting in the future.
For full disclosure, since Spring technically started on March 19th, I’ve actually already read and even reviewed a few of the titles on this list, like Cannibalism by Bill Schutt and Before The Rains by Dinah Jefferies.
Of course plans change, as is only too obvious by the fact that some of the books on this list are carryovers from last season that I didn’t end up getting to. I think A Little Life, Lonesome Dove and House Of Leaves may actually have been carried over twice now, so those are definitely on my must-get-to list. I like to plan out my posts for the blog on a seasonal basis because it gives me a framework within which to work and also by which to measure my progress. If I don’t end up getting to all of them and pick up something else instead, that’s okay.
Hope you find some inspiration for your own TBR list from mine!
Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt (2017)
Eating one’s own kind is completely natural behavior in thousands of species… With unexpected wit and a wealth of knowledge, American Museum of Natural History biologist Bill Schutt takes us on a tour of the field, dissecting exciting new research on the topic.
Worth It by Amanda Steinberg (2017)
From the founder and superstar CEO of DailyWorth.com… comes a fresh book that redefines the relationship between women, self-worth, and money.
All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead (2016)
ALL AT SEA is a remarkable story of love and loss… and of what a sudden death can do to the people who survive.
Disaster Falls by Stephane Gerson (2017)
In this piercing memoir, a father maps the contours of his grief and explores how his family navigates the unthinkable loss of eight-year-old Owen.
Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman (2011)
Reitman offers the 1st full journalistic history of the Church of Scientology, in an evenhanded account that establishes the truth about the controversial religion.
Ruthless by Ron Miscavige (2016)
The only book to examine the origins of Scientology’s current leader, Ruthless tells the revealing story of David Miscavige’s childhood and his path to the head seat of the Church of Scientology told through the eyes of his father.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (2014)
In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman of color while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years and commenting on the state of feminism today.
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Menton (2016)
Love Warrior is a gorgeous and inspiring account of how we are born to be warriors: strong, powerful, and brave; able to confront the pain and claim the love that exists for us all.
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom (with John and Elizabeth Sherrill) (1971)
Corrie ten Boom and her family became leaders in the Dutch Underground, hiding Jewish people in their home in a specially built room and aiding their escape from the Nazis. For their help, all but Corrie found death in a concentration camp.
The Nuremberg Trials by Paul Roland (2010)
Providing a definitive account of the most imfamous trials of the last century, this book examines the Nazi atrocities at Nuremberg during the Second World War.
The Nazi Officer’s Wife by Edith H. Beer and Susan Dworkin (1999)
Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later… she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi Party member who fell in love with her. In wrenching detail, Edith recalls a life of constant, almost paralyzing fear.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (2010)
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared… Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari (2011)
Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power … and our future.
China Inc. by Ted Fishman (2005)
The updated edition of journalist Ted C. Fishman’s bestselling explanation of how China is rapidly becoming a global industrial superpower and how the American economy is challenged by this new reality.
Age Of Ambition by Evan Osnos (2014)
Writing with great narrative verve and a keen sense of irony, Osnos follows the moving stories of everyday people and reveals life in the new China to be a battleground between aspiration and authoritarianism, in which only one can prevail.
Dealing With China by Henry M. Paulson (2014)
Dealing With China takes the reader behind closed doors to witness the creation and evolution and future of China’s state-controlled capitalism.
Before The Fall by Noah Hawley (2016)
On a foggy summer night, eleven people depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members,the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens.
Those Who Leave And Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante (2013)
In this third Neapolitan novel, Elena and Lila, the two girls whom readers first met in My Brilliant Friend, have become women. They are afloat on the great sea of opportunities that opened up during the nineteen-seventies. Yet they are still very much bound to each other by a strong, unbreakable bond.
Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson (2017)
When Isabelle Poole meets Dr. Preston Grind, she’s just about out of options. She recently graduated from high school and is pregnant with her art teacher’s baby. So when Dr. Grind offers her a space in The Infinite Family Project, she accepts. Housed in a spacious compound in Tennessee, she joins nine other couples to raise their children as one extended family.
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (2017)
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Middlesteins comes a wickedly funny novel about a thirty-nine-year-old single, childfree woman who defies convention as she seeks connection.
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (2017)
Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly, but the man turns out to be married. In Behind Her Eyes, the modern day love triangle is turned on its head in a way that will leave readers reeling.
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay (2017)
Award-winning author and powerhouse talent Roxane Gay returns with Difficult Women, a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection.
You Will Know Me by (2016)
Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk.
The Twelve Lives Of Samuel Hawley by (2017)
A father protects his daughter from the legacy of his past and the truth about her mother’s death in this thrilling new novel from the prize-winning author of The Good Thief.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (2014)
One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time, this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (2015
When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride.
The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian (2017)
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room comes a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire–the mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed late one night.
The Martian by Andy Weir (2014)
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive.
House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (2000)
A blind old man, a young apprentice working in a tattoo shop, and a mad woman haunting an Ohio institute narrate this story of a family that encounters an endlessly shifting series of hallways in their new home, eventually coming face to face with the awful darkness lying at its heart.
Before The Rains by Dinah Jefferies (2017)
1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband’s death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza’s only companion has been her camera. When the British Government send her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she’s determined to make a name for herself.
A Piece Of The World by Christina Baker Kline (2017)
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (2017)
Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (1991)
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.
The Waves by Virginia Woolf (1931)
In deeply poetic prose, Woolf traces the lives of six children from infancy to death who fleetingly unite around the unseen figure of a seventh child, Percival. Allusive and mysterious, The Waves yields new treasures upon each reading.
Orlando by Virginia Woolf (1928)
Virginia Woolf’s Orlando ‘The longest and most charming love letter in literature’, playfully constructs the figure of Orlando as the fictional embodiment of Woolf’s close friend and lover, Vita Sackville-West.
The Years by Virginia Woolf (1937)
The most popular of Virginia Woolf’s novels during her lifetime, The Years is a savage indictment of British society at the turn of the century, edited with an introduction and notes by Jeri Johnson in Penguin Modern Classics.
The Name Of The Rose by Umberto Eco (1980)
The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective.
The Handmaid’s Tale by (1985)
Set in the near future, The Handmaid’s Tale describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans.
Lonesome Dove by (1985)
A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize— winning classic, Lonesome Dove, the third book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy, is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America.
Lady Chatterly’s Lover by (1928)
Lady Chatterley’s Lover is a novel by D. H. Lawrence. The book soon became notorious for its story of the physical (and emotional) relationship between a working class man and an upper class woman, its explicit descriptions of sex, and its use of then-unprintable words.
What titles are you most excited to read in Spring 2017? Let me know in the comments!
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