The topic for this week's Top Ten Tuesday has been exactly what I need to (hopefully) get back into this old blogging lark. I've been perusing my shelves at regular intervals recently, shuffling things around and generally trying to decide what my 'priorities' are (i.e. the books I'm dying to read RIGHT NOW). This is what I came up with:
1. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I still need to get the Russian Challenge underway and I've been eyeing this one up for some time. Thankfully, I found a copy on my Mum's bookshelf when I was home and in my favourite version (Penguin Classics from around the 60s).
2. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
Another acquisition from my Mother's shelves that came with a sparkling recommendation. Mum has even decided to re-read the entire works of Pym so no doubt there will be conversations and comparisons to be had.
3. Stoner by John Williams
This is a left over from my Winter Reads list but I couldn't let it go. I'm still so desperate to read it.
4. The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley
Ok, the majority of this list has come from my Mum's shelves rather than my own. This novel has the famous quote about the past being a foreign country so I am thoroughly intrigued.
5. The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak
Another one that crops up on so many TBR lists. I so want to read it but other things keep getting in the way. Soon.
6. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
I went mad when I saw this is The Strand bookshop in New York, bought it, then carted it (and many other books) through the New York streets in a massive rain shower. And yet, I still haven't read it. It's time.
7. Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs by Jeremy Mercer
I have Ellie to thank for this recommendation and Hayley from Dark Readers to thank for the book (Valentines Ninja Book Swap win).
8. The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally
WW1 and women...need I actually say more?
9. Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell
As well as browsing my shelves, I also browsed the hidden shelves of my kindle (I'm ashamed to admit how much is on there). I remember reading such brilliant reviews of this one and I've enjoyed her novels before so, it's about time I got to this.
And for my final choice, I'm going with a novel released in May this year:
10. The Heroes' Welcome by Louisa Young
I adored My Dear I Wanted to Tell You and this is it's sequel. Again, it's WW1 so it's pretty self-explanatory.
Have you read any of these? What's on your Spring TBR?