Advent is a great time to try something new! Today, I am linking up with the Broke and the Bookish, a blog that invites book bloggers to share top ten lists on various bookish topics. I am sometimes a book blogger, and I do love a good list.
So: here are the top ten books on my To Be Read List for Winter!
The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Winter is a great season for classic mystery novels. Since I got back into Agatha Christie this fall, I’ve decided to read all her books in chronological order (I’m nerdy like that sometimes). The Mysterious Affair at Styles is her first. I’m excited for the debut of Hercule Poirot.
The Secret Adversary. Dame Agatha’s second novel, of course. This one introduces crime-solving, wisecracking duo Tommy and Tuppence. I have tried to like this pair before without much luck. But this might be their season! And speaking of people I’ve tried and failed to like . . .
Bleak House. Winter is also a great season for big fat novels about orphans and inheritances and the English legal system of the 19th century. I have never been much of a Dickens fan, but I have enjoyed the plays and BBC adaptations I’ve seen of his books, so this is the winter I give him another try. Just never A Tale of Two Cities again, ever.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). Mindy Kaling is so funny on The Office. I’m hoping she’s also hilarious in print.
I’m Not the New Me. I just read Wendy McClure’s newest book, The Wilder Life, about her childhood (and adult) love for the Little House books. Wendy, I think we should be friends, and I think I am going to like this memoir, too.
The Long Winter. Speaking of the Little House books, it’s about time to dig out my set of yellow paperbacks and give this beloved series another read. The Long Winter will make my complaints about no longer having an attached garage seem even wimpier.
The Snowy Day. Zoe loves this and other Ezra Jack Keats books. I’m excited to put this one in Prime Read Aloud Real Estate (Zoe’s bedroom book shelf).
Ready Player One. “At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia . . . a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut–part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera,” the inside of the dust jacket proclaims. We’ll see if I’m cool / nerdy enough to like it!
Science Fair Season. I am always secretly proud of myself for reading non-fiction books for fun. This essay collection about kids and their science fair projects looks like a great read.
Ten Little Caterpillars. I got this for Zoe from a Scholastic book order this fall and have actually managed to save it for Christmas. (Pro Tip: delayed gratification is not one of my strengths.) “From the creators of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”, the cover proudly states. Bill Martin Jr. and Lois Ehlert are responsible for many of our favorite picture books, so I guess they should be proud.
And that’s ten! What’s on your To Be Read shelf this winter?