Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring 2019 TBR

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Most of the new books I read come from the local library, so what I’m planning to read next at any given point all depends on Β how long the wait lists are for titles and how close I am to the top of the lists for the really popular ones.

I hope to read all of these books eventually. Whether that happens this spring or later in the year is anyone’s guess at this point!

1. The Good Neighbor: The Life and Works of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King

My family didn’t watch a lot of TV when I was a kid, but Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was always on the short list of approved shows. I’ve been waiting forever to read this biography of him. Hopefully, it will turn up soon.

2. Not One of Us by Neil Clark

All I know is that this is an anthology of stories about aliens and first encounters between us and them. That alone is enough to pique my interest!

3. Ask: Building Consent Culture by Kitty Stryker

I love hugging and cuddling with friends and relatives so much that sometimes I wonder if I were a Labrador Retriever in a previous lifetime. Ha! Β Not everyone is a hugger like me, so I always get permission first before touching folks. I’ll usually wait until I get to know someone well before platonically snuggling up to them just to make sure they’re really okay with that sort of affection. This book is about why consent is so important and how we can build a world where people feel free to say no or yes to all sorts of experiences. I can’t wait to read it.

4. A Thousand Mornings: Poems by Mary Oliver

Sadly, Ms. Oliver died earlier this year. I’ve slowly been reading her poems ever since then. She had such a simple and accessible way of describing the world that her poems are often what I recommend to people who haven’t had any good experiences with this genre so far. What a wonderful writer she was.

5. Slayer by Kiersten White

Some of you Top Ten Tuesday bloggers have given this book rave reviews. You’re only making me more excited to read it! I might have to go rewatch all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer again while I’m waiting for the library to tell me that my copy of it is available now.

6. Shame: Free Yourself, Find Joy, and Build True Self-Esteem by Joseph Burgo

This spring I want to build my self-esteem and confidence by, among other things, taking risks and trying new things. I’m thinking this book might help, too. Have any of you read it?

7. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Yes, I know I’ve mentioned this book in previous Top Ten Tuesday posts. No exaggeration, there are almost 200 other people waiting ahead of me before I’ll get a chance to borrow it from the library. In the meantime, I’ll remain patient and hope the Toronto Pubilc Library orders more copies of it soon. It’s awesome that Angie Thomas is getting so much love from her fans, though! She deserves every ounce of it.

8. Little Dancer Aged Fourteen: The Truth Behind Degas’ Masterpiece by Camille Laurens

As those of you who have followed this blog for a while already know, I love history and art. The thought of combining those two interests together into an exploration of the life of the real-life model for a famous painting fills my heart with joy. I can’t wait to find out who this little dancer was and what her life was like.

9. Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets and Honeybees, The Natural History of Where We Live by Robb Dunn.

I’m both fascinated by the number of species that share living spaces with humans and a little grossed out by it.

10. My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales edited by Kate Bernheimer

I feel like I might have blogged about this anthology before. It’s something I’ve been waiting a very long time to read, and I’m finally almost at the top of the library wait list for it. Is it time to start getting excited yet?

What are all of you looking forward to reading this spring? Were there any similarities between our lists this week?

191 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring 2019 TBR

  1. Great list! My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me is an anthology I’ve been meaning to get to for the longest time. I love the sound of Little Dancer Aged Fourteen and Not One of Us – thanks for bringing them to my attention!

  2. So I NEED that fairy tale book – first time I’m seeing it. I also need to read On the Come Up. However, I just read The Hate U Give in January so you could say I’m a tad behind. Hope you love all of these.

  3. I just finisher SLAYER!! It was good-ish. Also, I live near Latrobe, PA– which is where Mr. Rogers is from. The whole town is basically a shrine to him and Arnold Palmer. I loved watching Mr. Rogers when I was little. Great list– I hope you love all of these!!

    • Aww, thanks. I’m glad you liked it.

      I didn’t know Latrobe had those kinds of commemorations of Arnold Palmer and Mr. Rogers. I’d love to see them someday.

  4. Beautiful covers on this list – I think the only ones I’ve heard of are The Good Neighbor and On the Come Up. Definitely will have to check out some of these πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting my TTT.

  5. I saw the Mr. Rogers documentary earlier last year, and it was incredibly moving.

    Mary Oliver, what can I say. Her poems just speak to the soul.

    • Oh, that documentary was fantastic. I wiped away more than a few tears during it.

      I’m glad you’re also familiar with Mary Oliver’s work. What an amazing poet.

  6. The reviews on Slayer I’ve seen are either full of hype or on the meh-side of things. Safe to say I still haven’t made up my mind about getting a copy, haha. Definitely want to see if I can get my hands on all seasons Buffy though. I feel like a rewatch is in order since I was so young when I first saw the show.

    • Oh, that’s good to know.

      Buffy is a lot of fun to rewatch. Yes, there are a few dated moments, but there are plenty of other scenes that remain as fresh as ever.

  7. These are some interesting sounding books! I enjoy Mary Oliver’s work, but I don’t think I’ve ever read an entire compilation of hers, just individual poems. I think I need to change that, and sooner rather than later.

  8. Oh, this is a great list! I bought Slayer and keep saying I’m going to read it soon, too, and yet here we are. xD On The Come Up sounds pretty great, too, but our local library, sadly, doesn’t have it, so I have to go find it elsewhere. =/

    I’m totally sympathetic to your plight. I end up stuck in the void of the waitlist more often than I care to, as well. Hope you don’t have to wait too long!

    • Thank you. The library is great, but long waitlists can be a thing for certain titles.

      I hope you find copies of Slayer and On the Come Up soon.

  9. Ooh! You’ve got me excited about the new Angie Thomas book. I loved The Hate U Give. I think I”ll add On The Come Up to my TBR as well.

  10. More books! I like the sound of building a consent culture, and I love hugging too πŸ™‚ Thank heavens my boys don’t mind my constant hugging even though they’re 23 and 21, though the younger one is as tactile as me.
    ‘Shame’ sounds good too, my self-esteem needs all the help it can get!
    I’m intrigued by ‘Slayer’ as you also mention Buffy, which I absolutely love.
    It never occurred to me that Degas’ little dancer must have been a real person – duh! That’s going on my list.
    As for ‘My Mother She Killed Me’, how timely. I just posted about adult fairy tales and that’s one I shall add πŸ™‚ Thank you.

    • Since you loved Buffy, I’d definitely recommend keeping an eye out for Slayer. I can’t recommend it until I read it, of course, but lots of people have adored it so far.

      I didn’t know you were a hugger, too. How cool. Do you think you’d ever want to participate in Top Ten Tuesday? If you choose to, I’d love to hop over to your blog and read your answers. If not, no worries. πŸ™‚

  11. I’ve been seeing a lot about The Good Neighbor lately. I watched “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” a couple months ago and cried during the entire thing. Hahaha. But he was such a huge part of my childhood, I know I need to read this book as well.

    The anthology is going right onto my TBR now. Definitely my kind of book.

  12. Oh the Mr. Rogers book looks fantastic. I’d love to read that. His show was so amazing. And Never Home Alone I bet is SUPER interesting, although I’m not a fan of bugs haha and they are probably living closer to me than I like to think about. πŸ™‚

    Slayer looks awesome too.

  13. The books on this list seem really interesting! I really want to check out Shame, adding it to my tbr. I’m attempting to read more sort of “self help” type books this year, and I find them really helpful and nice to read.

  14. Great list, very diverse! I read On the Come Up and really enjoyed it. I also have Slasher on my TBR shelf, I’m looking forward to get into the Buffyverse once more. Happy reading!

  15. You already know I’m also waiting for my library hold on On the Come Up! That fairy tale anthology looks intriguing! I recently read Hilary McKay’s fairy tale retelling, Straw Into Gold, which was delightful. But I should maybe read Slayer, too!

  16. I’ve actually read the fairy tale collection! It was several years ago, but I really enjoyed it. In fact, I should probably go back to it, because I think there were a few that I probably missed. I just got a copy of Slayer from the library and had to return it unread — not because I lost interest, just because I had too much else to read at the same time. I guess i need to go back on the waitlist again! Great list — I hope you enjoy your spring reading.

  17. Most new books I read also come from the library (where I work)😁
    Incredible list, I may have only heard of 2 or 3 of these, but it’s an eclectic bunch. I have an Oliver poetry collection on my nightstand that I must get to.

  18. You’ve got a really interesting list! I’m intrigued by Shame. And I cried my way through the Mister Rogers documentary, he clearly touched me a lot more than I realized, so I should read his biography. And I’m a huge fan of Angie Thomas so this is on my hold list at the library (along with lots of other people).

  19. Hope the Little Dancer book about the Degas work is goodβ€”I like the premise and have enjoyed others like this (notably Girl with the Pearl Earring). Degas is an interesting painter with some dark corners.

    The Shame book intrigues meβ€”the title and subtitle don’t gel in my mind, so I’m wondering how they actually come together.

    Happy Spring reading!

  20. I also want to read On the Come Up sometime! I’ve been wanting to read more short story collections lately, so I might need to look into My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. It sounds like it may have some interesting stories. It looks like you have a variety of books to read this spring! I hope you get to read them all and have a nice spring!

    • Short story collections can be an amazing way to find new favourite authors. Honestly, that’s how I’ve discovered most of my must-read authors.

      I hope you enjoy My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me.

  21. I have completely forgot about On The Come Up! I am definitely also going to read that this spring. I loooved THUG so I am really excited about this one and where it will go.

  22. Such a great list! I haven’t heard of most of these, but I’m adding a few of them to my own TBR! I use my library a lot too, so a lot of what I’ll be reading will depend on when the books come in.

  23. I definitely need to read On The Come Up as well. I’ve heard some great things about a few of the books on this list.

  24. This is such a wonderfully interesting list. I would love and also not love to read the book about all the critters living in our same space – Never Home Alone. I would probably find it absolutely fascinating and horrifying in equal respects.
    I love the look of the collection of fairytales – the cover is really good and just appeals to me.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

  25. Some of these look fascinating, and are going on my “read it someday” list: Never Home Alone, the fairytale book, and the Mary Oliver poetry book in particular. I’ve read and loved some of Oliver’s work, and I’m eager to read more. As for Mr. Rogers, I was a child when his show was still being made, and I loved both him and the show, so I may pick up the book when I get a chance.

  26. Yay for On the Come Up! Seeing it on so many lists is making me want to bump it up on my pile, but I’ve kind of already committed to the order I have it in πŸ˜‚

  27. I’ve never seen Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, it sounds wonderful! I’ll have to look into it. My Mother She Killed Me…also sounds so good! I’m absolutely going to see if my library has that one. Hope you get to read all of these!

  28. I would love to read some Mary Oliver. I have never read any of her works but spring sounds like the perfect time. I haven’t read On the Come Up but enjoyed the movie of The Hate U Give so I bet the second book is great. Thanks for the visit.
    Belinda from Belinda’s Book Nook

  29. Hope you enjoy ALL of these, Lydia. I know when it first released there was LOTS of hyper surrounding “Slayer.” Hope it lives up to the excitement for you. πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much for the Finding Wonderland visit last week; apologies it took me so long to visit here.

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