Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my spring TBR list

Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR List

If March 20th marks the beginning of spring, then I will still be reading 
Confessions, by Jean-Jaques Rousseau,...

and Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, 
which is my fourth turn with this essential American classic.  
This book was nowhere on my proposed list of books to read in 2015, 
but since I have somehow found myself mixed in with a book club in my community, 
and this was the next book chosen to be read by the group, I gladly consented.

The next six I hope to start in April or May: 
The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper,

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin,

The Fortune of the Rougons, by Émile Zola,

Walden, by Henry David Thoreau,

A Journal of the Plague Year, by Daniel Defoe,

and The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding. 

These last two I will start in June and they will carry over into summer: 
Bleak House, by Charles Dickens, 

and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself, by Harriet Jacobs.


Arenda said...

Wow, you've got some interesting books lined up! I loved Bleak House! Some of the lawyer-y bits are long, but the way all the different plot lines come together at the end is just brilliant - enjoy! :)

Lois Tinúviel said...

You have some chunky books coming up! Bleak House is a favorite of mine. :)

Ruth said...

That's a Dickens' for you. Always pulling everything together at the end. I cannot wait to start it (though I am a bit intimidated).

Ruth said...

Lois, you amaze me! Bleak House is a chunkster, and this is going to be my first time reading it.

Heidi’sbooks said...

Bleak house is very ambitious! Slow and steady wins the race. I haven't read Confessions, but after reading The Social Contract I think I've had plenty of Rousseau for a while. :) I think I've mentioned before that I'm doing a WEM bookclub. We've finished the history and drama sections. We are in the poetry section now. I've finished the Wordsworth selections and now I'm at Coleridge.

Ruth said...

I am having such a difficult time reading Rousseau, without having an attitude. The poor guy is dead, but I don't think I can be on good terms with him. Ever since he gave up his fifth child to the State, I have not been able to look at him the same. But I shall continue reading on to see what happens.

So your WEM group has not gone through the novels or biographies? You are saving the best for last? I am looking forward to the histories, one of my favorites, but I don't know how I will feel about poetry.

Sharon Wilfong said...

I have always considered myself well read, but except for Stowe and Dickens I haven't read any of these books. I need to look them up and get them. Thanks for sharing!

Cleo said...

When I saw Uncle Tom's Cabin pop up on my GR feed, I wondered what you were up to. ;-) I hope that you love The Fortune of the Rougons. It's one of my favourite Zolas. Ah yes, Bleak House ....... I hadn't forgotten. Another tome to enjoy. At least Ben Franklin is a wee book compared to Rousseau, whom I've been enjoying immensely BTW. I can hardly put it down.

You are so fortunate to find a book group! I wish I could find something but everyone seems to just want to read mainstream novels. Perhaps one day!

Happy reading, Ruth!

Jillian said...

Walden! Hearts. I need to reread.

Jillian said...

But you definitely don't want to read all of the above. You want to come reread Gone with the Wind. You probably just forgot to include it on your list. That's why I'm here. To help. :) :P

Ruth said...

You're welcome.

And me, too. I've only read Walden and UTC, so I need to get these others under my belt or in my brain.

Ruth said...


That's how I felt about a book club, too. It is wonderful to sit down with others to talk about a book. I just don't know if they will always choose classics. In that case, I'll just take a break.

Reading Rousseau is like a roller coaster of opinions for me. Right now I'm on pity. More on that later, if I ever finish it.

And Zola has to be my most anticipated this spring. : )

Ruth said...

Several of us are reading it in May. (Hint, hint...)

Ruth said...

Thanks for the help. : D

Jillian said...

LOL. So tempting, but I'm afraid I will be writing a novel in May. :) If I can get up the stamina.

Jillian said...

Just doing my part! :) I wanted to let you know I made us a button for the Gone with the Wind group read -- as and if you need one. It's in the post from yesterday, near the bottom. x SO EXCITED!

o said...

Yay Zola! :)

We've got Walden in common - I'm reading that in May for Fanda's Literary Movements challenge. Looking forward to seeing what you make of Defoe - I've not read that one yet but it's on my TBR. Also Lord of the Flies - I have read that and I have lots of opinions on it! :)

Ruth said...

Oh, I am tempted to take a look at your review of LOTF. I know the plot a little, but I'll have to wait until after I finish it or it may influence my thoughts. I had to make changes to my spring line up, so I am not sure if I'll get to it that soon.