I began participating in the Top Ten Tuesday meme this past summer, so the autumn to-be-read list was my first attempt at this seasonal topic. I’d say I’ve done well since last fall – I’ve read five of ten, and I have plans to read two more this month.
For spring I’m taking a slightly different approach. The following books are on my list not because they’re out this season or because I’ve been meaning to read them for ages (although that is true of a few) – they’re on the list because they’re all by Irish authors. Now, this isn't some St. Patrick’s Day stunt (though the timing of this post is a lovely coincidence). I’m planning to vacation in Ireland this September. As soon as I’d made up my mind on location, I (like any good bookworm) started researching Irish authors. After all, I want to recognize names in the local bookstores! Bookshops are an essential part of any balanced vacation adventure (clearly).
Top Ten Books On My Spring To-Be-Read List
1. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – I’ve been meaning to read this first in a middle grade caper/spy series for… a long time. This is the perfect opportunity to finally follow through.
2. The Demon’s Covenant & The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan – I read the first book in this series (The Demon’s Lexicon) almost four years ago, right after it first came out. It’s about time I finished the story (and had a terrific laugh, which these are sure to provide).
3. Saga by Conor Kostick – This is another second book in a series. I’m not very good at reading sequels, it seems. But apparently I am good at reading Irish authors!
4. A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle – I have been assured by the Lonely Planet country guide to Ireland that Doyle is a BIG DEAL, literarily speaking. I saw reviews of this one a little while back, and it sounded sad and sweet.
5. Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd – If you search the internet for Irish YA, it is apparent that Dowd was an acknowleged master of her craft. This title won the Carnegie Medal in 2009 (in other words, it should be spectacular).
6. The Fire Opal by Regina McBride – Historical fantasy set in Ireland. Yes please!
7. Curse of Kings by Alex Barclay – An epic fantasy that promises adventure ‘in the tone of The Hobbit.’ Don’t mind if I do!
8. The New Policeman by Kate Thompson – Critically-acclaimed YA fantasy that promises adventures in new worlds, culture clash, and a thread of music along the journey.
9. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne – I read Boyne’s middle grade fable/gentle fantasy Noah Barleywater Runs Away and loved the subtle magic of it. This far more famous title was an earlier effort that inspired a film of the same name. Figured I’d better read it.
10. Saved by Cake by Marian Keyes – I’ve never read Keyes, but I was caught and held by the summary of this book and her darkly funny voice accompanying innocuous (one would think) recipes.
What books are you looking forward to this spring?