A Tree Grows in Brooklyn has been sitting in my Kindle Library for a couple of years now. And if I’m honest, I often forget I own this book until I see it on my want to read list on Goodreads. I figured if I made it a post on my TBR Thursday tag then that might persuade me to read it sooner. Instead what I find myself wanting to do is create a list of all the classics I need to read or reread at some point. So I’m adding to my TBR list rather than making it shorter, but I’ll make sure to place A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on the top.
Anyone have any classic books they love that they would like to suggest for my list? I’d love to read them in the comments below.
I’ve been trying to get out of my comfort zone of what I read. So for 2017 I’m trying to read books that I normally wouldn’t gravitate too and that is what has lead me to adding Flame in the Mist. The book is described as Mulan meets Throne of Glass and the setting of the book takes place in Japan, I figure that I’ve never read anything like that before so why not add Flame in the Mist to my ever growing list (Hey that rhymed!).
Plus I’m a sucker for a pretty covers and this book’s cover is stunning. The flaming bird on the front would make me pick this up alone without needing to read the summary first. Of course I’ll have to wait a few more weeks for this book as it doesn’t come out until May 16, 2017, but I’m sure it will be worth it.
One of my goals in 2017 is to try a new recipe at least once a week and I felt that a new cookbook would help to accomplish it. I have heard a lot of good things about Cravings by Chrissy Teigen and while I don’t know much about the author of this cookbook other than she’s married to John Legend and she’s also on Lip Sync Battle, I can genuinely say I’m not interested in purchasing this cookbook because of the celebrity behind the book.
I haven’t bought Cravings yet I’m going to pick it up on my next trip to the book store. If any of you have tried a recipe out of this cookbook let me know in the comments if you liked it and what recipe was your favorite. Perhaps I’ll even share on the blog how one the recipes turns out for me.
If you want to know my sense of humor watch anything with Amy Poehler or Tina Fey in it and that will pretty much let you know. I have especially had a growing appreciation for Amy Poehler ever sense I watched Parks and Rec, if you haven’t watched this show on Netflix yet you are doing yourself a disservice (in my humble opinion). But if you have watched this show and loved it then you will understand my appreciation for Amy Poehler (which is just a nicer way of saying I have a mild obsession of Amy Poehler).
I’m sure this book is better as an audible book as Amy reads it herself. I know that when I listened to Tina Fey’s Bossypants her narration of the story made it better. I can’t wait to get around the reading/listening to Yes Please, I’m sure it will make a great listen for all the road trips I’ll be doing this holiday season.
I will admit I am not one for poetry. At least not that I am one to read an entire poetry book mainly because I find poetry to be extremely personal and that because it comes from the writer in almost a more intimate way than any other literary genre writer out there may present in their works. I also feel that poetry also has to be personal to the reader and therefore takes a little extra time finding the one that feels matches me on a personal level.
Because of this thought process behind poetry I pretty much avoided it all together except for the lone poem I might come across on occasion, but a goal for myself in 2017 is to complete a reading challenge and a poetry book is usually on the list. To say I’ve been on the lookout to find a book that I would want to read is an understatement. I’ve searched on Pinterest, read other book blogs, and scoured through Instagram tags to find something that might peak my interest and then I came across The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. The title alone draws me in as I think this it represents apart of myself and can be relatable to a lot of women who have ever wanted to be rescued when they were younger and now realize they can do the rescuing themselves. And quite frankly it isn’t Milk and Honey which is every where at the moment so I didn’t want to read that one. I genuinely look forward to reading this and hope that it doesn’t disappoint.
Last month I read another book by the same author as this book, Susanna Kearsley. She may be one of my favorite authors since I read Rose Garden a few years ago and loved it so naturally The Winter Sea is on my TBR list. Much like the book I read last month, A Desperate Fortune, this book also focuses on the Jacobite revolution and intertwines the modern world with the historical.
I can’t wait to read this book and plan to this winter. I’m sure it will be just as good as the others I’ve read from Susanna Kearsley.
I’m not often one for nonfiction but I do love history especially history that chronicles events that aren’t the usual war, birth of nation type stories. When I say the cover of this book I almost didn’t need the description to tell me that I would be adding it to my TBR list. As I’ve noted in past posts I can be quite shallow when it comes to covers and have at times bought several books based on the cover alone.
The Age of Daredevils chronicles a time in which individuals willing got inside of a barrel and plunged over the edge of Niagara Falls. More specifically it focuses on the father-son duo known as the Hills who in the 1920s and 30s participated in the daredevilish act. Personally I hate heights and have a mild fear of water, so being placed inside a barrel to tumble down a wall of water sounds like a torture device but to a daredevil it would just be merely a challenge. It is because of this that I will most certainly be reading The Age of Daredevils, and read how others dared to live.
I want to like fairy tale retelling but I’ve failed to find one that excites me. I’ve tried reading a few, such as The Lunar Chronicles but figured out the first book Cinder within the first few chapters. Since then I haven’t managed to pick up another until I came across Tiger Lilyin a book recommendation from goodreads. It seemed interesting enough and I decided to add it to my long list of TBR.
For those of you who are not familiar with the character Tiger Lily she comes from Peter Pan. Now I have never read Peter Pan but I’ve seen the Disney movie well over hundred times in my lifetime. Tiger Lily isn’t a main character in Peter Pan and at least in the movie only has maybe 15 minutes you see her on the screen, but I’m interested in a story that focuses on her as the main character. Also I have managed to read the first chapter so far and the story seems to be told all from Tinker Bells perspective which adds a little something extra to the story in my opinion.
I’m hoping this is an enchanting tale and a really great read.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis has been on my TBR list for so long it is practically a bucket list item at this point. I would love to complete this classic series and to collect each book along the way; in fact, my plan is to overtime collect each book from a used bookstore or antique shop. I know that it is a series I want to display on my bookshelf and I think it would be cool to own older copies of each book.
If you don’t know what the Chronicles of Narnia is or if you’ve never seen any of the movies produced based off of the series then I’ll inform you a little bit about it. The most popular or well known book is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and it starts with four children who through a wardrobe encounter a fantasy land they have never experienced before called Narnia. Each book follows these four children as they travel back to Narnia over time.
I can’t wait to hunt down each one! It may take me awhile but I’m willing accomplish this.
Do any of you have any book related items on your bucket list?
Give me a historical fiction set on a plantation and I’ll read it almost every time. The Kitchen House was a Kindle deal once upon a time and I immediately scooped it up, but like most TBR Thursday picks its been in my library for a while without me ever reading it.
The Kitchen House is about an orphaned Irish girl named Lavinia who is brought to America to work and live on a tobacco plantation in the kitchen house with Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter and also a slave. The story tells of how Lavinia becomes deeply bonded with her adopted family in the kitchen house but how she is also separated from them because of her skin tone.
I get excited about this book every time I read the summary but I will admit I do forget I have it and therefore I end up neglecting it. But I know I have to read it soon, I just hope it doesn’t end up being disappointing.