Top Ten Books On My Spring 2014 TBR List


Thank GOODNESS it’s almost Spring. Although, with the attitude of the eternal optimist, I always get a little thrill leading up to winter, dreaming of hats, snow and mulled wine, by the end of February I am as inevitably fed up as everyone else and longing for a bit of sun on my skin. So, when it’s finally warm enough to sit in my garden, courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday, what will I fancy reading?


1. All the Birds, Singing; Evie Wyld – This foreboding tale set in the bleak British countryside is just the thing to read before setting off across our own spooky moorland.


2. The Goldfinch; Donna Tartt – Take a deep breath….I have NEVER read any Donna Tartt. I know, I’m ashamed of myself too and I will sort it out this season.


3. The Goddess and the Thief; Essie Fox – I’ve not read any Essie Fox yet either (I know!) I’m hoping this one will impress, delight and spirit me away in India this year.


4. House-Bound; Winifred Peck – After hearing about this book in a podcast years ago I have been dying to give it a go. Thank goodness Persephone have done the honours yet again.


5. Life After Life; Kate Atkinson – I haven’t heard a bad word yet about this imaginative novel and that makes me very, very nervous. The Manchester Book Club book of choice for this month.


6. A Suitable Boy; Vikram Seth – a mammoth doorstop of a book that is as daunting a prospect as it is exciting. Will need a good few weeks of peace and quiet for this one please.


7. Gossip from the Forest; Sara Maitland – A delicate blend of forests and fairy tales, what could be more magical .


8. Cider with Rosie; Laurie Lee – Although I’ve read and loved Lee’s Spanish trilogy, his most famous account of an English childhood in a Cotswold village is surely the perfect book for spring.


9. A Tale for the Time Being; Ruth Ozeki – The real winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize in many eyes.

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10. Slightly Foxed: The Reader’s Quarterly – This beautifully produced magazine arrived on my doorstep this Friday all wrapped up in ribbon with a plethora of goodies inside. What a wonderful, wonderful project. I have Bundle of Books to thank for the tip-off!

Spring Orchard by Curtis Fry via Flickr

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Books On My Spring 2014 TBR List

  1. I’m just starting All The Birds, Singing! I am so excited. That cover is killer. I also need to read The goldfinch. Is it out in paperback yet? Gossip From the Forest looks beautiful. I’m going to have to add that one to mine. That’s the problem with reading people’s lists because I add so many more to my TBR.


    1. Paperback of The Goldfinch is out in summer I think and I’ll just have to sit tight because I don’t really do hardbacks! Can’t wait to hear what you think about Evie Wyld, I’m rather excited about it 🙂 As I am about every other book anyone seems to talk about these days!


  2. That’s a terrific list, very varied. I’m one of the ones who loved Life After Life, though not everybody in the book group did – my impression was that it was those who can’t accept fantasy or dislike it who couldn’t get on with the book. There are weak parts in it but the strengths outweigh those as far as I’m concerned. A Suitable Boy is a terrific read, but long!
    We’re reading the Goldfinch for one of the book groups (something I pushed for) and I’ve got bith Essie Fox and Evie Wylde on the wish list.


    1. Goodo 🙂 Really interesting theory on Life After Life…I was discussing it with a fellow book grouper today so will be really intriguing to see whether it holds up! I’ve heard lots of comparisons with the Time Traveller’s Wife, which was very clever but not as awe-inspiring as I had been promised. Thinking A Suitable Boy might be a good holiday job!


  3. Brilliant list! (And some beautiful covers too!) I’m also planning to read The Goldfinch this spring/ summer. I have read and loved both Tartt’s other books, so I’m really looking forward to this one! And I’ve got a copy of Life After Life on my shelf ready to read too.

    I look forward to reading your reviews for your choices – then I’ll know which ones to definitely put on my wishlist!

    Thanks for the mention by the way – Hope you enjoy your Slightly Foxed spring issue!


    1. Oh I have so much to thank you for 🙂 I just can’t think how I hadn’t heard of it before! It’s just such a lovely, cosy publication. It’ll definitely be something to look forward too every few months. I’ve purchased some of their books already!
      Just this minute picked up Life After Life. I am expecting MUCH so will let you know how it goes! Eek.


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