Spring Reading List

Spring has finally arrived!  With it comes beautiful weather, sunshine, and great reading!  I’ll be posting more about my successes and failures with my Winter Reading List in another post, but here are the books that I would like to read this spring.

Classics

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Nonfiction

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca

Washington by Ron Chernow

Kill ‘Em and Leave by James McBride

South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion

Modern Selections

The Sport of Kings by CE Morgan

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Mister Monkey by Francine Prose

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

 

Anyone else have any good reading plans for the spring?

Top Ten Books to Read in One Sitting

This week’s TTT is all about those quick reads! I’m listing the top ten books I’ve read in just one sitting. Now, some of these are pretty long; it’s a good thing I started them on a weekend when I had nothing to do, or I’d have been in major trouble!

1. Milk and Honey 


2. Eligible 


3. Franny and Zooey


4. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding 


5. Of Mice and Men


6. Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone


7. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day


8. Civil Disobedience


9. Girl on the Train


10. Annihilation 

Tournament of Books Quarterfinals

We’ve now finished the opening rounds of the Tournament of Books!  I’ve done alright with my predictions, but that is something I love about this Tournament.  It’s so subjective and based on the judge it is almost impossible to predict how every round is going to go.  I tend to pick the books that I’ve read and/or placed on my TBR prior to the start of the Tournament.  I’ll also pick books that have a plot summary that sounds like something I would tend to choose over the competition.  I’m always surprised at how wrong I can be sometimes, but I almost welcome it!  I always add new books to my TBR that I would never glance twice at if they weren’t in the Tournament.  I’ve found some incredible books this way.  And to think, I almost didn’t read them!

 

Here are my predictions for the quarterfinal round:

The Underground Railroad v. All the Birds in the Sky. My pick: The Underground Railroad

Version Control v. The Mothers. My pick: The Mothers

Grief is the Thing with Feathers v. Homegoing. My pick: Homegoing

The Nix v. Mister Monkey. My pick: The Nix 

 

I’ll be back next week to make my last few predictions for the rest of the tournament!

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday lists took a bit of a break, and so did I, but now that it’s back, I want to start up again, too!  With Spring just around the corner, this TTT is perfect!  I’ve chosen new or upcoming releases that I’m most looking forward to getting my hands on.

 

  1. The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
  2. Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
  3. The Idiot by Elif Batuman
  4. Exit West by Moshin Hamid
  5. No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts
  6. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  7. Hunger by Roxane Gay
  8. Borne by Jeff Vandermeer
  9. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  10. South and West: A Notebook by Joan Didion

 

What’s on your Spring TBR?

2017 Tournament of Books 

The Tournament of Books is upon us! I have read a number of these books, and started out familiar with even more. So, what I’d like to do again this year is do a little coverage and predictions for the tournament and the results!

Today I’m going to go through my predictions for the first round. As the tournament goes on, I’ll update my predictions and provide my reactions to the events as they take place. So here we go with the Tournament of Books!
Round One

The Underground Railroad v Black Wave. My pick: The Underground Railroad

The Vegetarian v All the Birds in the Sky. My pick: The Vegetarian 

My Name is Lucy Barton  v Version Control. My pick: My Name is Lucy Barton

The Mothers v High Dive. My pick: The Mothers

Moonglow   v Grief is the Thing with Feathers. My pick: Moonglow

Homegoing v Sweet Lamb of Heaven. My pick: Homegoing

The Nix v We Love You, Charlie Freeman. My pick: The Nix

Play-in Winner v Mister Monkey.  My pick: the Play-in Winner will be The Sport of Kings, which will also beat Mister Monkey. 
Anyone else have predictions for this round? Who do you think will win it all?

Readathon Day 2

So we’re into Day 2 of the 24 in 48 Readathon. How’s everyone doing?  This is just a quick update to say that while I’m going to fail miserably at reading for 24 hours this weekend, I’m still ridiculously pleased with my reading progress. Here’s some quick details:

Hours read: 5

Books finished: 2

Books DNF’ed: 1

So, while I haven’t gotten much time in, I’ve still made a lot of progress on that TBR stack. I’ll definitely be calling this weekend a win. I’ll check back with you all later to give you final numbers. 

24 in 48

This weekend is the 24 in 48 Readathon! The goal here is to read for 24 hours this weekend. I’m a bit of a late entry, but I’ve got very little plans this weekend, so I think I can do it!

I’m starting the Readathon a bit late, but here’s my answers to the Intro Survey:

It’s here! It’s time!

Welcome to the January 2017 edition of #24in48! Right now, it’s midnight ET on the official readathon clock, but we’re kicking things off with a bang. If you’re just now discovering the ‘thon or have been unsure of your weekend plans, you can still sign up and do so throughout the weekend.
A few notes as we get started:
If you’re planning on reading a full 24 hours (or even just trying to get close), make sure you track your time. You can do this a number of ways but the preferred method is with a stopwatch on your phone or computer or the new Bookout app for iOS devices (per a helpful readathoner). If you finish 24 hours of reading, you’ll be eligible to win one of three prize packs, including one just for non-US participants.

There is ZERO pressure to read for a full 24 hours. Seriously, guys. This is the fifth year I’ve been doing this thing, and I say every time, this is supposed to be fun and low pressure. The goal is to set aside some serious time to read with other like-minded readers.

Take a break, get some sleep, eat well. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

Make sure that your sign-up entry is correct (including email and social media/blog URL). If you’re not active on that social platform during the ‘thon, you won’t be able to win any of the amazing prizes we’re giving away. By URL I mean, don’t just type “Twitter” or “Facebook.” I need to be able to find you, so list your username or the URL of your feed (i.e. http://twitter.com/24in48readathon). If you need to update your entry, you can do so by going through the link you received in your confirmation email. If you didn’t get an email and need to update your entry, email me ASAP at 24in48readathonofficial@gmail.com.

If your name is announced as either a door prize winner or a challenge winner, go over to the Prize page and fill out the form. If you don’t check in there, you’ll miss your shot to win.

Follow the conversation (which honestly is my favorite part of the ‘thon) on social media. I’ll be posting from @24in48readathon on Twitter, on the official Facebook page, and @24in48 on Instagram and Litsy. You can – and should – use the official hashtag #24in48 everywhere as well.

I’ll be posting here every three hours with challenges and door prize giveaways, so check in early and often.
Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?

The Great Midwest

Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?

I participated last winter. 

Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first?

Not my first!

What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?

I have a lot of books I’m currently in the middle of reading, and I’m really just looking forward to getting lots of reading in, so all of them!

Tell us something about yourself.

I’m a knitter. Audiobooks may be in use today. 

Remind us where to find you online this weekend.

Right here on my blog, or on twitter (@BooksBeyondM). 
Good luck today!  I’ll check back in soon!