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Top Ten Tuesday REWIND–Take A Peek At My TBR Pile



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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new question or theme is presented. This is “Rewind Week” over at Top Ten Tuesday—you can go back and answer any previous question!

I decided to list ten random books from my actual TBR pile—not just books on my ever-growing TBR list, but books that I’ve actually purchased (some new, most used) but haven’t yet read. A couple of them have been sitting here for a year or longer and a few were just bought last week. They’re a mix of fiction and nonfiction and a variety of genres within those two categories.

Ready? Here they are—in no particular order:


1. Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life by Pamela Smith Hill

I loved the Little House books when I was a kid and read them over and over again. I’ve recently learned a little bit about the actual life of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Rose—and I want to know more!

2. The Amateurs by David Halberstam

I recently read—and loved!—the book The Boys In The Boat, which was about the American rowing team that went to the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. I knew absolutely nothing about rowing—or, as it’s more properly called, “crew”—before I read that book, but now I’m hooked. This nonfiction book tells the story of the rowing trials at Princeton in 1984—the winner goes on to represent the US in the 1984 Olympics. I’m really looking forward to comparing and contrasting this book with The Boys In The Boat.

3. Eating My Words: An Appetite For Life by Mimi Sheraton

I really enjoy reading about food and cooking. This memoir is written by a renowned restaurant reviewer for the New York Times, Food & Wine, and many other publications, and I’m  looking forward to immersing myself in her world for awhile.

4. He’s Gone by Deb Caletti

This is a thriller about a woman who wakes up one Sunday to find that her husband is missing. As the police work to discover his whereabouts, she makes a series of discoveries about their relationship. I’ve never read anything by this author before–I saw this on display at a bookstore and thought it looked intriguing.

5. A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving

I feel like I’m one of the few people around who has never read this book. My mom read it long ago and absolutely loved it. I need to find the time to give it a try soon.

6. The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor

I’ve never read anything by Flannery O’Connor, one of the masters of the Southern short story, and I decided that I needed to do something about that.

7. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

I love reading books about books! In this short volume—less than 150 pages–Nick Hornby (author of About A Boy-a great, rather off-beat novel!) writes monthly essays about the books he buys and the books he reads. This quote from the book made me purchase it: “Books are, let’s face it, better than everything else. If we played cultural Fantasy Boxing League, and made books go fifteen rounds in the ring against the best that any other art form had to offer, then books would win pretty much every time.” I ask you–How can you not love that?

8. The Child That Books Built: A Life In Reading by Francis Spufford

This book is described as an extended love letter to children’s books. The author goes back to his first experiences with books such as Little House on the Prairie, The Wind in the Willows, and the Narnia Chronicles and describes how they helped to shape him into the man he is today.

9. Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics by Jeremy Schaap

As I wrote above, I recently read The Boys In The Boat about the US rowing team that won the Gold Medal at the 1936 Olympics. That book made me very curious about those particular Olympic Games—and I’m hoping that this book will answer some of my questions.

10. This One Is Mine by Maria Semple

This was the first novel written by the author of Where’d You Go Bernadette, which was one of the best books I read last year. I’m not sure that anything is going to top Bernadette in my mind, but I’m willing to give this one a try!

How about you? Have you read any of these?  What’s in your TBR pile right now? Please share!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

31 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday REWIND–Take A Peek At My TBR Pile

  1. The Child That Books Built sounds really good. I am going to have to check that out sometime. I really enjoy reading about other people’s experiences with books (guess that’s why I started a book blog, go figure).

  2. Good luck with your TBR pile 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy them all!

  3. I haven’t actually read (or heard of) any of these, but Triumph and The Child That Books Built sounds really really cool. Thanks for sharing, and Happy Tuesday!

  4. Oh, good choice for a list!
    I have far to mane books I’ve bough that are still TBR :/

    Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. I haven’t read any of these books yet, but I really like the sound of The Child That Books Built! 😀

  6. I’ve been wanting to read A Prayer for Owen Meany for a realllly long time — I ended up trading in my copy for some reason though, so it probably won’t happen any time soon!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT 🙂

  7. oooh I love that first book– I’d never heard of it and it’s definitely going on my TBR pile. I’ve recently gotten into reading about authors and Laura Ingalls Wilder was a big part of my childhood!

    This week I did baby names from YA Lit!

  8. I haven’t read any of these, but I agree with other commenters – The Child That Books Built sounds wonderful! I’m going to go pin it to my TBR Non-Fiction board right now.

  9. I’m from the town in which Owen Meany is set. So many people love John Irving’s work with such a fire, especially this particular book. Oh my goodness he annoys me. Cider House Rules? 600+ pages of my life I will NEVER get back. And Meany, I simply don’t get the appeal, the zeal, the desperate connection to it. Maybe because I grew up there but usually a cut a ton more slack to books that I feel connect me to my past. I’ll be interested to see what you think about it.

  10. Great minds think alike–I also did a TBR list on my blog today. 😉

  11. Terrific pile, and I loved Owen Meany… although I read it a really long time ago, and I wonder if it would still appeal to me now, at such a different place in my life. Re This One Is Mine — I loved Bernadette, and then read this one expecting to love it as well… and thought it was just awful. I’ve got to read that Nick Hornby – sounds great!

  12. I thought I had commented on this post, but I guess I got distracted! The Laura Ingalls Wilder book looks interesting, though I am less enamoured by her writings as an adult.

    Have you read anything else by John Irving? Owen Meany is my favorite, but the man writes incredible characters.

    • I read Garp a LONG time ago, but never read anything else. Several of my friends love his books–I’ve just never picked them up. I’d love to discover a new, prolific author that I really like–we’ll see!

  13. I kind of suck because I haven’t heard any of these! 😦 But they all seem pretty interesting. Thanks for sharing!

    New bloglovin follower 😀 Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    • You certainly do not suck! 🙂 I read a lot of nonfiction on some pretty specific topics–sometimes I read things that are really well-known–other times it’s books that I really had to search out!

  14. Thank you so much for the recommendation. “Wilder Life” does sound like something I would love. I will have to check my library for it. The Child that Books Built also sounds really interesting. I really love children’s books and seeing how they inspire kids (geeky teacher in me talking). Thanks for visiting my TTT! 🙂

  15. A Prayer for Owen Meany is a fantastic read! I fancy He’s Gone as this is right up my street!

  16. I didn’t know Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote a book about writing. That one looks really good.

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