Winter is a very quiet time for me, in terms of reading. Once the frenzy of RIP reading in September and October end, followed by the frenzy of November’s writing, I tend to go into a short hibernation, reading only quiet comfort reads, at least until January comes around and I sort of explode with energy again.
I could mention a lot of books that I hope to read over the winter, many of which I’ve listed these last few weeks in former Top Ten posts. I don’t want to just keep listing the same titles, however. You guys already know I want to read those books! So I’m limiting my top ten winter TBR list to those titles I have yet to talk about anticipating over the last few months. There are still plenty to choose from!
1. Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson – After meeting the author at a writer’s conference this summer, I am really excited about this book, even though it’s out of my comfort zone. Even better: the audiobook is read by the author, which I’m guessing is going to be perfect, since I already love the way Jackson narrates stories.
2. Together Tea by Marjan Kamali – A book club member mentioned this one to me, and it sounds like a perfect December comfort read. Plus, it’s by a local author!
3. Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters – I admit, I’ve put this one off a little since it came out this summer, because I know it’s going to rip me to pieces like other Peters’ novels have. So this one will probably wait until late winter.
5. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – I hesitate to put Card’s name anywhere on my blog. I am so against the man that I’ve avoided his books for years. A few months ago, I decided to give in and try the book itself, separating it from the author. I have yet to do so, but admit that the story does sound interesting, and one that would be a great January read.
6. The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming – More nonfiction! I got this audiobook awhile back. The Romanovs fascinate me, but I have a difficult time with history books in general. This is written for a middle grade audience, which will make it a bit simpler and therefore easier for me to engage and follow. I know, I’m ridiculous.
7. Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – Okay, I admit, this was one of my most anticipated books that I mentioned way back in August. But then RIP came around, and I put off reading (or listening, because I have the audiobook) to it. Now, it’s back to the top of the list!
9. Nekropolis by Maureen McHugh – Back in the summer of 2013, Jason read a bit of this book out loud to me and the boys. From what I could tell, this is adult dystopia in a Middle Eastern setting, which is not something I’ve read before. I was really impressed by the first chapter, which has stuck with me in the eighteen months since I heard it. I’m hoping to finally get to it this winter.
10. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – I debated on this one. My friend Stephanie has been trying to get me to read this one forever, but I’m really scared of it. She says it’s brilliant, though, so I’m going to try. It just edged out A Feast For Crows by George RR Martin, mostly because while I loved the first two Song of Fire and Ice books, I really didn’t like the third, and I’m a little leery to continue. So Cloud Atlas it is! Now let’s see if I actually manage to get to it, heh!
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