Hi, friends! I thought I’d share a spring reading wish list with you all today. I did something similar last autumn (see that list here), and it was really fun to share a few things I was reading and wanting to read, and then hear some of your comments about the books too. I’m actually still finishing one of the books on that list, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Turns out that book is LONG (I’m talking close to 800 pages). I have absolutely been loving it. To me it’s kind of a Pride and Prejudice but not so much about love and add in magicians. Ha! So, it’s right up my alley, but I feel like I haven’t read anything else in a while now. So these are mostly books that are on my list to read next.
1. The Trees by Ali Shaw — I became a fan of Shaw’s after reading The Girl with the Glass Feet years ago. I loved how imaginative and fantastical it was while also quite somber. Really fun read, and I heard she had a new book out that was like Pan’s Labyrinth and Station Eleven (the latter being a book I read and loved this past year). So this one is high on my list of excited-to-read-soon.
2. Warp by Lev Grossman — I read The Magician some time ago and really loved it. It contains one of my very favorite passages from any book I’ve ever read… a scene where many of the characters transform into different animals as they have to make their way across the world. The part where they become birds is just captivating. But, I found that I really only loved the first 2/3 of the book more so than the end (the characters travel to a different world towards the end of the book). That book is part of a trilogy, and I never ended up reading the rest. But Warp is somewhat of a prequel to The Magician, so I have a feeling it will be full of the fantastic storytelling that I loved from that first book.
3. The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz — A friend of mine bought me this book and said I would probably like it. She has good taste, so I believe her. I am also down to read any Pulitzer Prize winner as they don’t just hand those out to anyone, right?
4. My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith — This is probably one of my favorite authors, and I’ve read so many of his books, especially the Isabel Dalhousie series (a lady philosopher who sometimes solves mysteries… um, YES). And I saw that he recently came out with this book that has a charming and hilarious premise, so it feels like the perfect spring/summer read to me.
5. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman — They released the movie version of this last year and it looked really good, but I never got around to seeing it (I was probably too busy seeing the latest super hero movie… I am very cultured). Then I saw Elise (@elisejoy) mention this on IG, and I was like, “Oh yeah, I could totally just read the book.” So when I am in the mood for something that is likely to make me cry, this will probably be what I reach for.
6. The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart — This is sure to be one of those quick but fun reads. I’m not sure it’s considered a YA book, but it’s bound to be something that could work for many different reading levels. I loved The Mysterious Benedict Society and still don’t know why they haven’t turned those into movies directed by Wes Anderson. IT WOULD BE SO PERFECT.
7. Craft a Life You Love by Amy Tangerine — Amy is a friend of mine, and I can’t wait to start using this book. Creativity has always been a really important part of my life. It makes me feel grounded and also pushes me to explore new things. And I love that she has created a book (and kind of workbook) that infuses lessons and ideas on that subject with stories from her own experiences. Fun!
8. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver — I’m pretty sure I’ve read every one of Kingsolver’s novels (and a few nonfiction pieces she’s written as well). She’s one of my favorite authors and this is probably my favorite of all her books. I read it in early college (a little over ten years ago… but who’s counting), so I figured it might be time to give this one a second read. I very rarely read something twice, as it feels like there are SO many good books to read in the world that I’ll never get to them all in this lifetime as it is, but I still think this one may deserve a second go around. I’ve already forgotten big portions of the story, so I figured I’d add it to my list for the season.
9. The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman — Fun premise and I loved another novel by this same author (called The Cookbook Collector), so I was immediately interested when I saw she had a new book out. Excited to check this one out!
What about you all? What are you reading this season? Have you read any of these books and loved and/or hated them? (If you loved AND hated it PLEASE leave a comment because that just sounds fascinating). xo. Emma
Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Images of book covers from Amazon, featured image from Emma Chapman.