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March 24, 2014

Top Ten Books for Spring


Inspired by Trish's recent post (and her pretty button, pictured above) in which she lists her Top Ten picks for springtime reading, I decided to gather a stack of my own books to focus on, hopefully beginning in another week. Yes, I realize spring began on the 20th, so I'm a tad bit late to the party, but I'm currently reading East of Eden (finally made it to the last third of the novel!) and have high hopes to finish before I head out of town on the 1st. It's too big of a book to haul in my carry-on bag!

Here are the books that I'm most anxious to read before summer arrives. Some have been on my shelves for a few years, some were given to my by a wonderful friend, one is on loan from a co-worker, and the rest were either sent to me by the publisher or purchased at work. Now to decide which to read first! Any suggestions?


Not familiar with some of these gems? Click on the links to read more. I've heard nothing but great things about all of this books!

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

The Last Letter From Your Lover by JoJo Moyes

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Gemini by Carol Cassella

We Are Water by Wally Lamb

The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen

A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown


Yep. That's an ambitious list (and 11 books, not 10), but the first day of summer isn't until June 21st. Of course, I'd have to read one book a week in order to finish this entire stack, but you never know. With the crazy weather we've had this winter, we could wind up getting snowed in anytime in April. You just never know with the weather in Nebraska! ;)

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  1. The Boys in the Boat is soooo good. I'm jealous that you have Landline and Tell the Wolves I'm Home - they're both on my wish list.

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    1. I hope The Boys in the Boat hasn't been over-hyped! Everyone says it's soooo good. ;)

      I have Landline and Tell the Wolves I'm Home packed from my upcoming trip. Can't wait to read them!

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  2. Ahhh! You have some great-looking books here. I loved The Girl You Left Behind, and I see several others I want to read (Landline!). I need to post my own intended-for-spring stack. Probably later this week.

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    1. It was hard deciding which to pack for my upcoming trip to Oregon. I want to take them all, but I need to be realistic. I rarely get much reading in while on vacation. Usually just on flights and a little before bed. That said, I have five ready to go. :)

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  3. Nice selection! I've got The Last Letter from your Lover and A Homemade Life. Haven't gotten to either of them, yet. Enjoy your reading!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. Heading to Oregon tomorrow, so I'll throw a couple in my carry-on and a few more in my suitcase.

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  4. I enjoyed A Homemade Life and am looking forward to the new book she has coming out this year!

    Linda in VA

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    1. Good to know A Homemade Life is enjoyable! I don't know why I've waited so long to give it a read!

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  5. I've had the Anna Q since it came out and haven't read it yet! Why??
    I so love lists and piles of books, but I have learned about myself that as soon as I make a list or put out a bunch of books on a table, I start feeling like a student told what to do, and I end up putting them all away, and reading whatever pops into my head. :<)))

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    1. I have so many that I've had since they first came out. I think I tend to save them for the "right time" (less busy, less stressed, etc.), but I need to try to read more from my shelves. Lately, I want to borrow the new releases in order to talk about them to customers, but so many people would rather buy paperbacks, so I shouldn't worry about focusing on the brand new releases.

      I love making lists, too. We'll see how I do with this particular stack. :)

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  6. What a terrific list of books! I'm REALLY looking forward to Tell the Wolves I'm Home and Landline.

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    1. I've got both of those packed for my trip to Oregon. Now to decide which to read first!

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  7. I've heard good things about The Dog Stars. I'm hoping to get that later this year and start it. I hope you enjoy it! that's an interesting list you have there, some I've heard about and some I haven't. Thanks for linking them so we can read some reviews about them! Enjoy reading them all this spring, that's a lovely collection of books you have, too.

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    1. One of my former co-workers recommended The Dog Stars, Susan. I don't think I've talked to anyone else who has read it, though! It didn't seem to get a lot of attention when it first came out, but maybe it will gain some popularity now that it's in paperback.

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  8. Tell the Wolves I'm Home is a great one. You'll love it! And I want to read those Jo Jo Moyes books too... not sure why I haven't yet! I can't wait to read what you think of all of these!

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    1. I'm really excited about Tell the Wolves I'm Home. Funny, though, as I really don't know anything about it. Just that it's a favorite with a lot of friends and bloggers. :)

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  9. Two Jojo Moyes! Yay!

    And I am a little jealous that you have Landline already!! Enjoy.

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    1. I'm quite excited about Landline, as I love Attachments and Eleanor & Park. Still have Fangirl to read, too! And the Moyes books. Life is good when you have a big stack of potential winners to read, isn't it?!

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  10. My favorite from your stack is The Boys in The Boat. But, you have so many lovely titles there, including the wonderful JoJo Moyes!

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    1. And I thank you for sharing your copy with me and Rod. I'm very eager to read it, but it will have to wait until I get back from Oregon. I decided to only pack paperbacks, so it didn't make the cut. But I'll get to it before summer arrives. :)

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  11. I'm really hoping to pick up the Moyes and Rowell books soon and am seriously thinking that The Boys In The Boat might be a good book club choice. I'll be especially interested in your thoughts on that one.

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    1. Moyes and Rowell have become quite the darlings with readers, haven't they? They both have excellent dialogue skills which make their books so believable, I think. Hope you get a chance to read them. I'm hoping I like The Boys in the Boat as much as everyone else had. Lots of hype on that one...

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  12. Good luck with your plans! I am the worst with making lists and not following them...

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    1. I love to make lists, but have a difficult time following through, too. I have a good feeling about this one, though, as everything on it is something I've been dying to read. Thanks for the good wishes. :)

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  13. Well here's hoping you're done with the snow by now!! I think it's supposed to be 80 today. Too hot for April but next week should dip down again.

    I really need to get back to East of Eden so we can discuss it! Instead of reading I've been listening to my audiobook so I can work on Scott's quilt. I'm hoping to be done by next week though!!! :))) Tell the Wolves I'm Home is our book club pick for this month so I'll be reading that one soon as well. Hope you enjoy all these Les!

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    1. Boy, I would think we're finished with snow, but you just never know about Nebraska weather! We hit 82 yesterday, but it's a little cooler today. Hope we get some rain soon!

      East of Eden was really good. Probably one of my favorite classics read as an adult.

      I started Tell the Wolves I'm Home on my flight home from Oregon. I'm really enjoying it!!

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