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 week’s prompt is:
The Top 10 Books On Your Winter TBR List
I decided to list ten books that will be released from December 2014 through February 2015—plus two early March releases because when you live near Chicago, winter sometimes goes on into April! I’ve got 6 fiction and 4 nonfiction picks. Ready? Here we go—the Top 10 Books on my Winter TBR list!
When Books Went To War: The Stories That Helped Us Win WWII by Molly Guptill Manning (Dec. 2) This book will be released next week, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! It’s about the initiative to send books overseas to the troops during WWII, and the rise of paperback publishing that resulted from this movement. I read an excerpt of this book in a magazine recently and was absolutely riveted.
Almost Famous Women: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman (Jan. 6) This is a short story collection consisting of fictionalized accounts based on the real lives of real women.
I’ll Have What She’s Having: My Adventures In Celebrity Dieting by Rebecca Harrington (Jan. 6) Rebecca Harrington wrote Penelope, one of the funniest novels I’ve ever read—it’s one of those books that people either love or they just don’t get it. In this book, Harrington tries her hand at nonfiction and relates her experiences in recreating the dieting habits of famous people. I’m not expecting any hard journalism here—I’m mainly just curious as to how Harrington’s writing skills will translate into nonfiction.
West Of Sunset by Stuart O’Nan (Jan. 13) I love Stuart O’Nan’s novels (Songs For The Missing is one of my top ten book club worthy reads) so I’m really looking forward to his latest. This one will be a departure in style for O’Nan—it’s based on the last three years of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life, and I’m curious to see how this one will pan out.
Love By The Book: A Novel by Melissa Pimentel (Feb. 3) This novel—compared by some to Bridget Jones’s Diary— traces a year in the life of a young woman living in London who decides to follow a different dating guide every month for a year in her efforts to find true love.
The Half Brother by Holly LeCraw (Feb. 17) This novel is set at a New England boarding school and involves secrets and betrayals between two brothers. I love books that take place in school settings!
Golden State by Stephanie Kegan (Feb. 17) This novel is being compared to Defending Jacob and We Need To Talk About Kevin, two novels that I thought were both very disturbing and very thought provoking. This book is about a young woman whose brother is accused of committing acts of terrorism against several California universities—and she needs to decide how far to go to protect her brother.
Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon (Feb. 24) This novel shares a similar theme to Golden State—how far a father will go to protect his son, who is involved in a school shooting.
Just Kids From The Bronx: Telling It The Way It Was—An Oral History by Arlene Alda (March 3) I love reading oral histories and I’m looking forward to this new contribution to the genre, describing what day to day life was like over 60 years in the Bronx.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing Of The Lusitania by Erik Larsen (March 10) I really don’t know much about the Lusitania tragedy, but I love the way that Erik Larson—author of one The Devil In The White City—turns historical events into narratives that almost seem like novels.
How about you? Are any of these books on your radar for this winter? Which books are you looking forward to over the next few months? Please share!