Top Ten Tuesday — Spring Reading List

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  The blog hop features lists related to all things bookish–characters, authors, titles, and favorites. They’re an excellent way to find new interesting books on a variety of topics, and to connect with bloggers who love the books you do.


This week’s theme is Ten Books On My Spring To-Be-Read Pile.  The last time I did one of these to-be-read posts, I did a horrible job of forecasting.

I tend to read on a whim whatever catches my eye at the instant I’m ready to start another book, so I grabbed a few books off my TBR pile. Be warned that reality WILL NOT correspond to this list, though I’ll get around to all of these sooner or later.

I Heard the Owl Call My Name, by Margaret Craven

This bestseller from a quarter-century ago is one of my old favorites that I re-read periodically. It’s about a vicar who is sent to minister to an isolated Kwakiutl Indian band on the Pacific Northwest Coast. I was originally drawn to the book because I lived briefly in the region; I was familiar several of the places and even a couple of the people in the book.

But that’s not why I re-read it. I re-read it because I love, adore, and cherish learning about people who are different from me, and this book is one of the very best at capturing a totally different mindset.  I really love this book.

(Writing about it made me stop and read the first 57 pages.  I’m finally back, the next day.)

Alien in Chief: Alien Novels, Book 12, by Gini Koch

I got this book over the weekend at the Tucson Festival of Books. Koch’s blend of humor, science fiction, and a little bit of romance appeals to me.  She’s also a very nice lady, and I’m delighted to have been able to meet her several times over the years.

These books remind me of the Men in Black movies.

 Dreams of the Golden Age, by Carrie Vaughn

I first learned about Carrie Vaughn’s superhero books on someone’s Top Ten Tuesday. I enjoyed the first book even though superhero books aren’t my usual thing. When I came across another of Vaughn’s books, I made sure to buy it.  Interesting characters in unusual situations convinced me to suspend my disbelief.

To Ride Pegasus, by Anne McCaffrey

I picked this up at a used bookstore. I’ve read much of McCaffrey’s science fiction, but not this one. She’s always worth reading. The book is copyrighted 1973, so it’s not exactly au courant — but then, neither am I. I’m a pas de courant kind of guy who learns about the latest thing after it’s receded into history.

Revelation Space, by Alastair Reynolds

To show you how unhip I am, I recently bought this book as an attempt to catch up on new science fiction authors — the book is from 2002. Sigh. Some of us simply never get the memos about what the latest In Things are and we’re always trying to play catch up, at least until we throw our  hands up in despair and resign ourselves to be the uncool dudes wearing pocket protectors.

The Viscount Needs a Wife, by Jo Beverley

Sexy Regencies are, by definition, utterly ridiculous and inaccurate — no more based upon reality than my beloved science fiction genre. Well-bred young ladies back then simply did not carouse like sexually liberated, 21st century women. Thus, books like this are one of life’s guilty pleasures. This is the most recent by Ms. Beverley, whom I read fairly regularly. And guiltily.

His Ranch or Hers, by Roz Denny Fox

I got this book directly from Ms. Fox, who is a local author I’m acquainted with. I don’t ordinarily read ranch-based romances, but I’ll do it for Roz, who is a sweet lady.

Divergent, by Veronica Roth

I’ve seen the movie and its sequel. Time to read the book, don’t you think?


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  1. I use books I’m going to pick up from the library, and my favorites that will be released around the proper time to make this list–which ends up (fairly) accurate.
    Absolutely loved McCaffrey’s Pegasus series and Brainships series when I was a kid–I still have some well-worn copies on my shelf. 🙂
    My TTT

    1. I never know what I’m going to pick up from the library until I reach the checkout. Sometimes not even then. 😉

      1. I used to browse, too–then I discovered the holds list, which I tend to overload.

  2. I read the divergent series a while back! It was a great series to give me a break from heavier reading. That last one was a doozy though!

    1. Ah. Perhaps I think it’s like the final book of The Hunger Games trilogy, which I didn’t care for.

      1. I can’t tell you without spoiling it, but it’s very very different! I promise

  3. Revelation Space is either one I’ve already read or its on my list to read somewhere. Never read Ann McCaffrey!

    1. McCaffrey is worth reading if her type of book is your thing. Her best-known books feature lovable dragons, although they’re explained by science rather than magic.

      1. She’s never particularly interested me, truthfully. I’m probably missing out on something, but every time I read the back of one of her books, I think “Meh” and move on.

      2. If that’s your reaction to her premises, then you aren’t missing anything. I figure there are too many books out there to waste time on something I’m not interested in.

  4. Anne McCaffrey’s books are often a fun read. Although it has been a few years since i have read one of her books.

    1. It’s been awhile since I’ve read anything of hers, as well. I’m looking forward to it, though.

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