Musings From A Bookmammal

Top Ten Tuesday–10 Samples From My TBR Shelf


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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 a “free week” over at Top Ten Tuesday—each participant can choose ANY PROMPT to complete their entry! I decided to list ten random books from my TBR list. I selected these titles by looking at my “TBR” shelf in my Goodreads account–which currently contains about 200 titles–and choosing the first book from the first ten rows on this list. No cheating, I promise! The result is a pretty good reflection of my varied reading tastes—although I ‘m surprised that there are only two nonfiction titles on the list. Ready? Here we go!


JFK Jr., George & Me: A Memoir by Matt Berman     I’ve always been fascinated by the Kennedys —in fact, I have an entire shelf of books devoted to members of this political family. This new book is a memoir written by the creative director who worked for JFK Jr at George magazine. I recently read an excerpt in Vanity Fair magazine and was hooked.

123534Chang and Eng by Darin Strauss     I don’t know why I’ve never read this piece of historical fiction before—it came out in 2001. It’s based on the lives of two conjoined twins born in Taiwan in 1811, who eventually came to the US, married two sisters, and fathered a total of 21 children. I recently found a great used copy of this book and snapped it up. I enjoy historical fiction and I’m eager to start this book.

783448The Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchy     I just finished Chestnut Street, the late Maeve Binchy’s last (and probably final) book. It made me remember how much I enjoy her work, and that since she was so prolific, there are so many of her novels that I’ve never read. I’m going to begin with this one.

6183847What We Eat When We Eat Alone by Deborah Madison     I love reading about food and cooking—I think that our behavior and feelings towards food say a lot about our culture. This book looks at what people eat when no one else is present and how they feel about it. I think this will be a great addition to my collection of culinary memoirs and essays.

18528055Lesson Plans by Suzanne Greenberg     I always enjoy reading fiction set in schools—once a teacher, always a teacher! This novel is about homeschooling and the choices that parents make on behalf of their kids. I’m very intrigued by parents who choose to homeschool their children, and I’m looking forward to this debut novel.

18114509Painted Cities by Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewskis     I heard a radio interview with this local Chicago author a few weeks ago and immediately requested that my local library order this book of short stories—all of which take place in a particular neighborhood in Chicago.

4407American Gods by Neil Gaiman     I’ve never read anything by Gaiman, but I keep reading quotes from him about literacy, libraries, and reading that seem to speak directly to me. I rarely read anything in the fantasy genre, but I’m going to try to branch out a bit with this book. (I also have The Ocean At The End Of The Lane on my TBR list)

19100997The Arsonist by Sue Miller     I haven’t read anything by Sue Miller in ages but I usually like her work. Her latest novel is due to be published in late June, and it’s the story of an arsonist who begins setting fire to the homes of the summer people in a small New England town.

1938260Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln by Janis Cooke Newman     This novel is narrated through the fictional first-person voice of Mary Todd Lincoln. I’ve read a fair amount of nonfiction about Abraham Lincoln—particularly about his assassination—but I don’t know much about his wife other than that she was a rather eccentric First Lady who was committed to an asylum by her oldest son after she left the White House. This is a 600+ page novel and I’m really looking forward to immersing myself in life during the 1800s!

20662527The Broken by Tamar Cohen     I discovered this book from reading a review by Cleopatra Loves Books, one of my blogging buddies. She’s my source for recommendations for psychological suspense, and this sounds like a great one. It’s about two couples who are the best of friends—until one of the marriages ends. I’m not sure when this book is going to be released in the US, but I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy as soon as it’s available!

How about you? Have you read any of these? What’s on your TBR list these days? 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.

29 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday–10 Samples From My TBR Shelf

  1. “What we eat when we eat alone’ looks interesting ! I never like to eat alone – in fact I never do ! So I am curious about that one.

  2. The Broken does look really good! Cleo always does have such great psychological thrillers on her blog!

  3. the only one on the list I’ve ever read is American Gods; its a beautiful, intense book, and if you’re in the right frame of mind just the writing alone will break your heart its so powerful. Looks like a good list, in any direction.

  4. As long as my TBR list is, it is ridiculously improbably that nothing on yours is on mine — but that is actually the case. I did read American Gods, though. I thought it was good, but not great. It struck me as Gaiman’s equivalent of The Stand (which I only thought was good, not great). I generally like Gaiman, but American Gods was not my favorite. It wasn’t bad, though. At any rate, nice list. Here’s mine.

    • Yeah, I really want to give Gaiman a try but I’m just not sure where to start–it’s a genre I’m not at all familiar with. It seems as though the bloggers I read who also read Gaiman are, for the most part, pretty evenly split between American Gods and Ocean At The End Of The Lane–I think I just need to jump in and try one!

  5. Great choice for the freebie topic! What We Eat When We Eat Alone looks really interesting, going to add it to my TBR list 🙂

  6. I read American Gods once a few years ago, and while I liked it, it’s not my favorite Neil Gaiman work. I do however really love Coraline and the Graveyard Book. I also thoroughly enjoyed The Ocean at the End of the Lane, though I didn’t really know what to think until the very end when it all came together and I was like ‘OH! Now I get it!’

    The Broken is also on my TBR, Cleo always has such amazing books on her blog!

  7. Oh, so many great looking books here. Lesson Plans and Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln really caught my eye. Great topic.

    I’m sharing a list of books that I didn’t expect to enjoy, but really did. Hope you’ll visit

    • I actually took a peek at “Mary” this morning as I was writing this post and I think it’s going to be REALLY good–it may get moved up to the top of the list!

  8. I love to see when others have such varied taste! I am an eclectic reader and will try almost every genre. My TBR list has…over 900 books. Plus 950 books from the 1001 book you must read before you die list.

  9. I have a copy of American Gods in my TBR pile as well. I started it way back when, but lost the book in a move (luckily I found it recently!)

    • I’m looking forward to getting into some Gaiman as it’s a big departure from what I usually read–it’s just finding the time to get to it in the midst of all the other TBRs!

      • It is totally worth it, even if you choose a shorter read like Coraline (so creepy) or The Ocean at the End of the Lane. You can do one of those in less than a day if you want to 🙂

  10. Great topic this week. I haven’t read any of these myself so I can’t really recommend any. I hope you find the time to get to some of these soon! 🙂

  11. I don’t remember the Lilac Bus being a favorite Binchy, but all her books are so warm and comforting. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane is really peculiar. I’m loving it–so vivid. And I think I’ve got to read Mary.

    • Warm and comforting is the perfect way to describe Binchy’s books!
      I read a very little bit from “Mary” when I was writing this post and I think I’m going to love it!

  12. Oh I do hope you enjoy The Broken (and that it makes it to the US soon) I was looking through your list of books and realised I haven’t read any of Sue Millar’s books for a while either. Great choices 🙂

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