Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish.  
The following are books that I am planning on reading for the next few months.  There may be others that add to or supplant some on this list.

1. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout:  This is for our Thursday Night Book Group.  We read and enjoyed Olive Kittredge and this looks to be a good read also.

2. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke:  This is a reread of this classic.  Our monthly SF Group selected this for December. 

3. Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges:  This is a great biography of one of the pioneers of the modern computer and more.

4. Moravagine by Blaise Cendrars:  A comic cross between Celine and Beckett, this is an expressionist masterpiece.

5. Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy: Iwill be reading a selection of his (long) short stories in January alongside the next item on the list.

6. The Short Fiction of Thomas Mann:  I plan to read and reread some of Mann's great short fiction like Tristan, Tonio Kroger, and other tales.

7. Tolstoy: A Russian Life by Rosamund Bartlett:  This is a recent (2011) biography from an author who has just released a new translation of Anna Karenina.

8. The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes:  This presents the history of science in the Romantic age from Captain Cook to the first voyage of Charles Darwin.

9. The Infatuations by Javier Marias:  I have read his The Man of Feeling and look forward to returning to this great Spanish author.

10. Woodcutters by Thomas Bernhard:  Described as "A searing portrayal of Vienna's bourgeosie";  I expect this to be as good as Wittgenstein's Nephew.

Some other tbr books that are not in the top ten include:  The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa;  Complexity and the Arrow of of Time edited by Charles H. Lineweaver, Paul C. W. Davies and Michael Ruse;  Breath: A Novel by Tim Winton;  and, Talking to Ourselves by Andres Neuman.


Brian Joseph said...

This looks to be a great list. My short term TBRs are so malleable and subject to change that I am hesitant to put one out for the world to see.

The only book that I have read on your list is Childhood's End. I reread it myself a few years ago and found that I still thought that it was extraordinary.

James said...


Most of these books are "required" reading for groups or a class. Nonetheless I am looking forward to them all with the Clarke, and some of the Mann and Tolstoy, being a reread - it is that good.

Lory said...

The Age of Wonder was one of my favorite books this year. Your other choices look wonderful too. Enjoy!

Joel said...

The Age of Wonder looks interesting, I may have to look that up. Great list by the way!

James said...


Thanks for your comment. The Age of Wonder is a history of science in the Romantic Era that reads like a novel. If you have an interest in scientific discoveries and their impact on culture this is the book for you.

James said...


Thanks for the recommendation. I am looking forward to reading Holmes' book.