Tuesday 27 September 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - My Spring TBR List

This week, Top Ten Tuesday is asking us for our Fall Spring TBR list.

Making a list of 10 books from my rather extensive TBR pile is actually pretty easy.
I have books piled up everywhere, at work and at home.

So, to make this challenge a little more interesting for me, this week's TTT will be books on my TBR pile with a Spring theme or reference.


 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The gorgeous Penguin Threads cover on my edition of The Secret Garden.
Garden. Spring. Get it?
How on earth I got through my classics fuelled childhood without reading this, I do not know.


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Rigg

- proem -

Sleep is not, death is not;
Who seem to die live.
House you were born in,
Friends of your Spring-time,
Old man and young maid,
Day's toil and its guerdon,
They are all vanishing,
Fleeing to fables,
Cannot be moored.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson -

The previous book cover on this book has always intrigued me, but the more colourful movie tie-in cover works for me too. I'm curious to see what Tim Burton has done with this movie, so I had better read the book sooner rather than later.


Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano

- chapter one -

I met Francis Jansen when I was nineteen, in the spring of 1964, and today I want to relate the little I know about him.

I've been wanting to read one of the 2014 Nobel prize winning author's adult books for well, two years now! 


Springtime by Michelle de Kretser

This is a nice slim ghost story by an Australian author. Perhaps I could make it work for R.I.P too?


The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lakes District by James Rebanks

- contents -


This will probably make me want to travel again soon.
I've visited small sections of the Lakes District twice now & hope to return one day....


The Museum of Innocence: A Novel by Orhan Pamuk

- back cover blurb - 

It is a perfect spring day in Istanbul. 

Another Nobel prize winning author that I've been meaning to read for ages.
Spring in Istanbul sounds like a lovely thing to contemplate.


The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas

A bit of a stretch for this one, but it is true and correct that tulips flower in the springtime!


Cold Spring Harbor by Richard Yates


A Dance to the Music of Time: Volume One - Spring by Anthony Powell


The Boy Behind the Curtain by Tim Winton

Winton's powerful new memoir will be published by Hamish Hamilton in Australia this spring.
And I have an ARC!
Lucky me.


  1. Oh lot's of great reads there Brona. I'm sure you'll love The Secret Garden, it's a favourite of mine, I only first read it as an adult too. I've been meaning to get to Miss Peregrine for a while too, and of course I want to see the movie, I'm not sure that I'll get to see/read it all that soon.

  2. What a clever list! I am constantly amazed at the work people put into blog posts like this - amazing. And some great reading there, too.

    1. I'm reading slow at the moment, & therefore reviewing slow. These kind of posts keep me in touch & my big active:-)

  3. Anonymous27/9/16

    Mondiano and Pamuk...Nobles for the list. I know which author I prefer...Mondiano 'rien de tel' (..nothing like it!)
    Tim Winton keeps popping up on my radar. Seriously considering one of his books for AusReading Month.
    Dumas: quick read....long winded....but some good Dutch history in the mix!
    The rest are all new to me.
    Great list....!

    1. Hopefully I will get back into some serious reading after this weekend (it's a long weekend in NSW) & we're doing the family catch up thing. The warmer weather here is keeping me outside - spring is lovely in Sydney

  4. I like the sound of Museum of Innocence. I need to give Mrs Peregrine another go. I gave ip in the middle of the story... My TTT

  5. The Secret Garden was one of my childhood favourites - the cover of your edition is beautiful! I love The Black Tulip too. Great list!

    1. The cover is definitely part of the appeal about reading The Secret Garden sooner rather than later!

  6. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is SO good! I hope you love it! I'm really looking forward to seeing the movie! I love the cover you picked for The Secret Garden; it's also one I really need to read! Happy Tuesday and happy reading! :D

  7. I'm unfamiliar with most of these and the only one in my queue is A Dance to the Music of Time (love that title), have no clue about the story, and I won't get to it until probably 2018. Enjoy your fall reads. My list:http://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2016/09/top-ten-tuesday-september-27-2016.html


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