Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring's TBR List

Did you notice the change in the title? I felt like the word "lineup" no longer went with the vibe that I wanted this series to have. It sounded too formal. Too constricting. Too boring? I almost felt like I was back in school where I was forced to read certain books.

So goodbye lineup and hello TBR list: a much more relaxed sounding way of letting you know which books I'm interested in reading this spring.

I've got two things in mind for this spring: exploring the old and discovering the new.

Let's breakdown those two catergories, shall we?

This idea applies to two different things. 1) Books that were written a really long time ago aka classic novels. 2) Books that have been on my TBR list for years.

This season I'm challenging myself to read books that are not in my go-to genres: YA and Chick Lit. I took a graphic novels class in college and loved it. However, it has been almost two since I last picked a graphic novel. I want to get back into reading them and finding new favorites.
Now I've recently discovered the British author, Sophie Kinsella, and I love her stories, but I want to expand my knowledge of other countries and their cultures even more. Right now, I've got my eyes on Junot Diaz from the Dominican Republic.


01| The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants - Ann Brashares: Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn't look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they're great. She'd love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they're fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants -- and the most memorable summer of their lives -- begins.

02| To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee: 'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.'
A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man's struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.
03| The Book Thief - Markus Zusak: It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
04| This Is How You Lose Her - Junot Diaz: On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness--and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own. 

05| Gray - Pete Wentz, James Montgomery: Imagine you are on a tour bus, the miles whistling away beneath you as you sleep. Tomorrow you will wake up in downtown Somewhere. It doesn’t matter. All the skylines look the same. Time is only marked by events. The world is on a first-name basis with you.
But you…you barely even know yourself. There are those who give in completely to the idea of what it means to be famous. And those who can’t ever seem to leave the past behind. Life is a deep and contemplative story stuck on repeat—love, loss, self-destruction, self-discovery.
06| Jim Henson's Tale of Sand - Jim Henson: Join us as we explore this missing piece of Jim Henson's career in a celebration of his creative process. Discovered in the Archives of the The Jim Henson Company, A Tale of Sand is an original graphic novel adaptation of an unproduced, feature-length screenplay written by Jim Henson and his frequent writing partner, Jerry Juhl. A Tale of Sand follows scruffy everyman, Mac, who wakes up in an unfamiliar town, and is chased across the desert of the American Southwest by all manners of man and beast of unimaginable proportions. Produced with the complete blessing of Lisa Henson, A Tale of Sand will allow Henson fans to recognize some of the inspirations and set pieces that appeared in later Henson Company productions

Now I want to hear from you! 

What's on your current TBR list? Got any recommendations for me? Share away in the comments below!

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