Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Top Ten Spring Cleaning Books


"Top Ten Tuesday" is an original feature/weekly meme created on the blog "The Broke and the Bookish". This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at "The Broke and the Bookish".

It is now hosted by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl.

Since I am just as fond of them as they are, I jump at the chance to share my lists with them! Have a look at their page, there are lots of other bloggers who share their lists here.

This week's topic is: Spring Cleaning Freebie
(for example, books you're planning to get rid of for whatever reason, book’ you'd like to clean off your TBR by either reading them or deciding you're not interested, books that feel fresh and clean to you after winter is over, etc.)

We moved almost two years ago and I got rid of a lot of books I was never going to read. So, what's on my TBR pile now is mainly that: to be read.

There are plenty of books on my TBR list. Not only do I have a huge pile (well, tbh, I have two shelves full of books that I want to read), I am member of an online book club and have entered several challenges to reduce my pile this year.

Reading Challenge - Chunky Books 2021

Helmet Reading Challenge 2021

The World Reading Challenge

Xanadu Reading Challenge 2021

2021 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

Classic Challenge 2021



These are the books I plan to read until June (if nothing comes in between):

Binchy, Maeve "The Maeve Binchy Writers' Club" - 2010
Dickens, Charles "The Old Curiosity Shop" - 1840
Elliot, Jason "An Unexpected Light. Travels in Afghanistan" - 1999
Gogol, Nikolai (Никола́й Васи́льевич Го́голь/Nikolay Vasilyevich Gogol) "Gogols Mantel. Erzählungen aus Russland" (Der Mantel - The Overcoat - Шинель/Shinyeli) - 1842
Jacobs, Harriet Ann (Linda Brent) "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" - 1861
Judd, Naomi "Love Can Build a Bridge" - 1993 (Goodreads)
Lahiri, Jhumpa "The Lowland" - 2013 (Goodreads)
Rhoides, Emmanuel (Emmanuel Roidis) "The Curious History of Pope Joan" (aka The Papess Joanne) (GR: Ἡ Πάπισσα Ἰωάννα/I Papissa Ioanna) - 1866
See, Lisa "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" - 2005
't Hart, Maarten "Het woeden der gehele wereld" (The fury/rage/raging of the whole world) - 1993 (Goodreads)

So, hopefully, this will help me getting rid of a few of my books.

26 comments:

  1. I hope you enjoy all of these books! I read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan ages ago. I know I liked it but can't remember too many specific details anymore. :)

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-about-fresh-starts/

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    1. I read Peony in Love by Lisa See years ago and quite enjoyed it. I like books about Asia and China was my first "love" there.

      Thanks for your visit and your comment. And your link. Talk to you again next week.

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  2. GAH! I missed another TTT that would have been perfect for me! But I was also so comfortable laying in bed and reading all day to conserve energy and get feeling better after the vaccine, so I suppose it is not a big deal.

    These titles are all new to me; I hope you accomplish your goal with them this spring!

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    1. You had a good excuse not to participate, if you're sick you can't write. But I'm glad you feel better again, that's great news.

      And you do those TBR lists all the time, so I guess we haven't missed anything.

      A lot of those books have been on my shelf for quite a while, so I hope I will get them "done" this season.

      Thanks for your visit. Best wishes.

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    2. Thank you! It feels good to know that I can actually get blog stuff done today and tomorrow, and I am back to 100% and feeling like writing now. I was so worried my whole break would have ot be spent sleeping to feel better!

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    3. That is wonderful. Enjoy the rest of your break.

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  3. I bet Naomi Judd's book would be very interesting.

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    1. I think so, too. I found it on one of those book swapping shelves ages ago. It's quite a big one, so that might be the reason I never tackled it. Though I usually love chunky books. Well, there's no time like this moment. I'll report abou tit soon. Watch this space. ;-)

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  4. It's been 12 years since our last move, which is the last time I really cleaned off my shelves. I'm waiting for our next move to tackle my books because it's going to be a GIGANTIC project. We need to downsize, but who knows when we'll actually do it? In the meantime, I just keep collecting more books ... *sigh*

    Good luck getting all of these read. I haven't read any of them.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. I hope I'll get them finished this spring. They all have been on my TBR pile for a while and I chose them for a reason. LOL

      12 years is a long time, it had been 20 for us. You better start sorting now if you ever want to get ready. I know we weren't. But I hope this was our last move. The house is smaller than the last, manageable, a bungalow. We live close to my family. So, no need to go moving again. I hope.

      Thanks, as always, for the visit. Will have to see what you came up with. I checked yesterday but I guess I was too early. Our days here start a couple of hours before yours.

      Talks to you soon.

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    2. Now that two of our kids have moved out, our big house feels even bigger. We'll definitely be downsizing sometime in the next 5 - 10 years. Obviously, we haven't made any concrete plans, but starting to sort through books is a great idea. I have SOOOOO many!

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    3. True, you wonder why you needed all that space with them only occupying one room. LOL.

      I can imagine that you have just as many books as I had. I sorted out loads but probably added the same amount again in the meantime. Sigh.

      Good luck with finding a new house. That was the hardest for us but we managed in the end.

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  5. My 'to be read pile' keeps growing out of control with no end in sight. I buy books faster than I read them.

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    1. Don't we all? If only we could buy the time we need to read it together with the book.

      Thanks, Captivated Reader.

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  6. The Lisa See book and the Jhumpa Lahiri books were both hits with me.

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    1. I can imagine, Judy. I have read other books by both authors and really liked them. So, looking forward to them even more now.

      As always, thanks for your kind friendship.

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  7. I love the look of the Xanadu reading challenge! And I like how diverse your reading list is. :)

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    1. So do I, Greg. She even organizes an online discussion about all the different books people chose. In any case, it's a good incentive to read different kind of books. Because that's what I love, diversity.

      Happy Reading and thanks for your visit.

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  8. Lots of great selections this week! I don't think I've heard of The Maeve Binchy's Writers' Club, but I adore her other work, so that's definitely going on my own TBR pile ... which just seems to grow and grow by the minute.

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    1. Thanks, Christopher. I hadn't heard of it, either. I found it on one of those book swap shelves and it sounded interesting.

      The book I'm looking most forward to is the Dickens one. It's just such a large book (not chunky, just a large size, nothing you can take anywhere) which probably kept me from reading it before.

      And yes, my TBR pile grows all the time, even though I try to downsize it. Yeah, that's going to happen. LOL

      Thanks for your comment and your visit.

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  9. Wow! Lots of interesting books on this list! Great list!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  10. I'm glad you like it, Ronyell. Yes, they should keep me occupied for a while.

    Thanks for your link and your visit.

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  11. I also have The Lowland on my TBR (and it's been on there for quite some time now). Was hoping to also read it this year at some point! I hope you enjoy it and happy reading :)

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    1. I have already read "Interpreter of Maladies" and "The Namesake" and enjoyed both of them tremendously, so I am sure this will be a good one, as well.

      Happy Reading to you, too and thanks for your visit.

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    1. At some point, I'm sure, Lindsey. LOL

      Thanks for your visit.

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