Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Some weeks I come up with fewer than ten answers to the prompt. This week I had eleven!

Memory Craft: Improve your memory using the most powerful methods from around the world by Lynne Kelly book cover. Image on cover is of a round ball that looks vaguely brain-shaped.

1. Memory Craft: Improve your memory using the most powerful methods from around the world by Lynne Kelly

Will this book be helpful? I don’t know, but I’m curious to see what it recommends!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid book cover. Image on cover is of a gorgeous woman wearing a shimmery, green evening gown.

2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I decided to read this because so many of my fellow Top Ten Tuesday bloggers enjoyed it. You’ve all convinced me to give it a try.

Life Changing Helen Pilcher book cover. Image on cover is of a series of 10 moths arranged from a black, small one one to a large, cream one.

3. Life Changing: How Humans are Altering Life on Earth by Helen Pilcher

If you ever meet me in real life and want me to blab without stopping, bring up human evolution, ecology, zoology, or climate change. I would happily discuss any of those topics with anyone for ages!

Outsmart Your Anxious Brain: Ten Simple Ways to Beat the Worry Trick by David A. Carbonell book cover. Image on cover is of a thought bubble filled with anxious scribbles.

4. Outsmart Your Anxious Brain: Ten Simple Ways to Beat the Worry Trick by David A. Carbonell

My anxiety is mild most of the time, but I’m always on the lookout for new coping techniques for it.

Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc book cover. Image on cover is of a house surrounded by green leaves. There is also a crutch, ear, and a few disembodied fingers on the cover.

5. Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc

I was the sort of kid who adored the original, sometimes gruesome versions of fairy tales. Some of those stories were incredibly politically incorrect at times, so I’m very interested in revisiting them from a social justice angle.

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle book cover. Image on cover is of a man wearing a top hat and black cloak walking down a dark alley.

6. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

The Ballad of Black Tom is a retelling of H. P. Lovecraft’s story “The Horror at Red Hook.” I can’t wait to see what it’s like.

Greenwood by Michael Christie book cover. Image on cover is of a beautiful pine forest.

7. Greenwood by Michael Christie

Since this is a Canadian novel, I don’t expect most Top Ten Tuesday participants to already be aware of it. I’m excited about it because it tells stories set in the same setting in four different eras: 1934, 1974, 2008, and 2034. I love it when authors do this. It makes the universes they create feel so expansive.

The Season: A Social History of the Debutante by Kristen Richardson book cover. Image on cover is of a pair of white, formal, silk women's gloves.

8.The Season: A Social History of the Debutante by Kristen Richardson

I was the sort of girl and am the sort of woman who dislikes dresses, high heels, and wearing makeup because of how physically uncomfortable they all are to wear for me. High heels are painful, lace is unbearably itchy, and I’ve had many allergic reactions to makeup.

I totally respect the fact that folks from many different genders enjoy this stuff today, but the thought of anyone donning all of those things at once and on purpose both horrifies and fascinates me. It’s going to be interesting to see how it was handled across various eras and cultures in the past.

History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times by Mary Frances Berry book cover. Image on cover is of a red-washed photo of the White House.

9. History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times by Mary Frances Berry

I don’t usually make references to politics on this blog, but I’m a U.S. citizen who is deeply concerned about what’s going on in my birth country. My reasons for being interested in this book are pretty self explanatory, I think.

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom book cover. Image on cover is of a collage of family photos from an African-American family.

10. The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

I love memoirs, old houses, and thinking about the people who lived in old houses decades ago.

This autobiography truly has it all.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal book cover. Image on cover is of two women wearing headscarves holding up their arms to wave at each other.

11. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Isn’t this a fabulous title? I know very little about Indian culture or the Sikh religion in general and am looking forward to changing that.

118 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR

  1. Let me join the choir, ‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’ is BRILLIANT. I might re-read it just so that I can post a proper 5-star review on Goodreads. So good. 🙂

    ‘Life Changing’ sounds like something I need to read…

  2. OMG, reaaaad Erotics Stories for Punjabi Widows! It is glorious and funny, and the women and how they interact with each other and *around* their culture’s expectations it’s just… so good! THis is such a diverse List Lydia, with titles I really need to check out further!

  3. I really liked Seven Husbands and showing how toxic the early Hollywood machine was towards women and LGBT. Greenwood is one I’m really excited for and hope to get to before the year is out. I hope you enjoy all these books!!

  4. The only book on here I have on my physical TBR is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo! I read some raving reviews about it, but for some reason I keep postponing on picking it up? People told me it doesn’t read as historical fiction so I should definitely give it a go though.

  5. I’ve read a book on memory before, and the techniques are pretty good (I don’t know about this one, but I’m assuming it’s similar). At the time, my memory was really bad because of aspartame poisoning. Memory techniques won’t solve any medical memory problems, but it will make remembering things easier (if you use them).

  6. Whoa, as someone with a passing interest in historical fashion, The Season: A Social History of the Debutante sounds great. Added to TBR, thank you!

  7. I love how your list includes so many non-fiction books!
    I feel like a lot of bloggers and readers overlook non-fic, which stinks because they’re AMAZING.

  8. Great list! Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows has been on my TBR far too long, I need to get to that one. I loved Evelyn Hugo – I hope you enjoy it! The Season and Disfigured both sound really interesting, I’ll have to check them out. Happy reading!

  9. Greenwood sounds really good. I liked both Dreamland Burning and Unsheltered, not to mention Midwinterblood. Same setting, different times is an excellent approach. I have heard that Erotic Stories actually includes…erotic stories, which kind of caught a few readers off guard, lol!

  10. Ooh, Greenwood sounds intriguing – like you, I enjoy it so much when authors give us this sort of sweeping view of a place / culture.

    Enjoy your reads!

  11. I’ve heard so much about the Seven Husbands ones that I’m curious about it, and it’s not my type of genre at all!

    Good luck with your list and happy reading. 🙂

  12. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers rave about Evelyn Hugo but I’ve never really thought it would be for me. Maybe I should give it a try someday 🙂

  13. YES! I really hope that you enjoy Evelyn Hugo, Lydia. That book absolutely wrecked me in the best way and made TJR an auto-buy author for me. Books with so much hype usually scare me but I really hope this lives up to it for you 😀 Haha great list and happy reading!

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