Today is officially the first day of Spring, and our thoughts turn once again to all the lovely books we’re lining up for the coming months. I’m about to emerge from the tyranny of the Monthly Mix-Up Mania challenge, which has been controlling the books I’ve chosen over the last year, so I’m looking forward to being completely free to read absolutely anything I like after the end of this month (never again will I take on a challenge that’s quite so all-consuming!). These are the books which are top of my list, compiled for Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish:
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
I love all Sophie Kinsella’s books – they’re always loads of fun and usually manage to get me giggling like a teenager. I usually prefer her standalone novels to the Shopaholic books she writes, so I’m really looking forward to this.
Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder
This came out nearly a year ago and I still haven’t got round to reading it yet. I do enjoy Mo Hayder’s gritty crime writing, so I’m definitely going to settle down with this book sometime soon.
A Curious Earth by Gerard Woodward
I loved the two previous books, August and I’ll Go to Bed at Noon and I can’t wait to finish the trilogy and find out what happens next to the bruised and grief-stricken remains of the Jones family.
The Tent, The Bucket and Me by Emma Kennedy
Everyone who reads this seems to love it, and I’ve read loads of reviews that praise it as a really hilarious read. I always like a good laugh so I want to read this soon.
Everyman by Philip Roth
This was a recommendation from the recent My Life in Books programme on the BBC and is narrated by a dead man looking back on his life. Of all the books I added to my pile as a result of watching this series (lots!), this is the one I’m most looking forward to.
Concrete Island by J. G. Ballard
I’ve not read Ballard before but I’ve a hankering to try his writing, which is loosely categorised as sci-fi with a surreal tinge. This book is about a man who crashes his car onto a concrete island below an overpass and becomes trapped there. It sounds like a really interesting premise and I’m keen to read it soon.
The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
I’ve heard great things about Sarah Jio, and her second novel, The Bungalow, seems to be popping up on book blogs all over the place. I’d like to start with her first novel and see if she’s really as good as everybody says.
Passage by Connie Willis
This is another author who comes highly recommended, but whom I’ve never tried before. Passage is about the afterlife, which is always a fascinating subject, so seems like a great place to start.
Maus by Art Spiegelman
I’ve never read a graphic novel before, but need to read one for a challenge this year. I did a bit of research and this is the one that most people recommend as the absolute best of the genre.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner was my absolute favourite read of 2011, and I’ve been saving Khaled Hosseini’s other novel as a lovely treat to enjoy this year. It’s time is coming soon.