Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature created at the fabulous The Broke and the Bookish, featuring weekly top ten lists on a variety of bookish topics. This Tuesday the topic is “Ten Books on my Winter TBR”. My list is heavy on the comics this winter, but there are a few novels for teens and adults that I have my eye on as well.
Saga, Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (December 9)
Pippi Won’t Grow Up by Astrid Lindgren and Ingrid Nyman
Angel and Faith, Season Ten, Volume 1: Where the River Meets the Sea by Victor Gischler and Will Conrad (December 23)
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (February 3)
Hawkeye, Volume 4: Rio Bravo by Matt Fraction, Francesco Francavilla, David Aja and Annie Wu (February 17)
Rat Queens, Volume 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch (February 24)
Most of these are series titles, collecting several comic book issues, all of which I’ve enjoyed reading in previous volumes. Pippi Won’t Grow Up is part of a series of Pippi comics that I haven’t checked out yet, but since I love comics and I love love love Pippi, I figure this one is made for me. And I’m curious about Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor, because I’ve read his books Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art and Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form, but I’ve never read his narrative-based work.
I finally picked up some Segwick this year and enjoyed the two titles that I started off with quite a bit – Revolver and She is Not Invisible – so I’m excited to check out his 2015 release, The Ghost of Heaven, which links together four stories of four individuals from four very different times. I loved Gayle Forman’s If I Stay and enjoyed the follow up Where She Went, and her latest, I Was Here, sounds like my kind of book. And then there’s The Third Twin which just sounds like the perfect blend of creepiness and suspense.
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (December 2)
Who can resist an illustrated, fantastical fable from an author like Murakami! This short novel is about two children and a “tormented sheep man” trying to escape from a nightmarish library. Yes, you read that right. The Guardian has some sample pages from the book on their site – it looks fantastic. I can’t wait (luckily the book comes out next week)!
In addition to these ten new releases, I have several backlist titles on my Winter TBR. I’m planning to FINALLY read The Twelve by Justin Cronin, the sequel to The Passage which is one of my favorite books of all time. I also want to read Wild Seed by Octavia Butler and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, because both titles have been on my TBR for far too long. And then I have a few recent releases on my list as well, including Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes, Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet, and Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King.
What’s on your Winter TBR?