I keep a shelf in my house for the books that are calling my name. Here’s what it looks like right now:
Current Reads: The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert, which gets better and better as I make my way through it. I haven’t been rooting for a woman protagonist this hard for a long time– Alma’s setbacks are making me angrily clean my kitchen! I have faith, though, that she’ll reinvent herself yet again. I also started Human Acts, by Han Kang, but I don’t think I’ll finish it. I think it’s a little too dark for me at the moment, but the writing is beautiful.
For School: There Are No Children Here, by Alex Kotlowitz, is the nonfiction book I’ve chosen to read alongside my AP students for their independent reading project. I rarely read nonfiction, so I’m interested to see how well I can get into the habit. And another class will soon be reading Lord of the Flies, so along with Elie Wiesel’s Night, I’ll need to do a rereading alongside my unit planning.
TBR for Spring: Now– the exciting ones. The books that I’m excited to read this spring and summer. Some have been on this shelf a long time and some jumped out at me at the library. You’ll notice a preponderance of women authors, and I’m hoping that many of these stories are about discovering, reinventing, or rescuing oneself.
Like Water For Chocolate – Laura Esquivel (a re-read, and one that merits its own post)
Five Quarters of the Orange – Joanne Harris
Song of a Captive Bird – Jasmin Dapznik
Year of Wonders – Geraldine Brooks
The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka
The Painted Drum – Louise Erdrich (one of my all-time favorite authors)
Girl Waits with Gun and Lady Cop Makes Trouble – Amy Stewart (these look so fun!)
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
Afterimage – Helen Humphreys (becoming a fan of hers after The Lost Garden)
The Steady Running of the Hour – Justin Go
The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
Possession – A.S. Byatt
The rest of the books on the shelf are more adventurous and far-reaching: perfect for summer. 🙂 Let me know in the comments if you’ve got reviews of these or if there’s a book you’re dying to read this spring!