I'm a somewhat sporadic participator in Top Ten Tuesday, but every now and again I see a topic that I can't let pass by. Plus, I've been reading some chunksters lately so my blog feels a little neglected and in need of a bookish post! The topic this week is 'top ten books on my spring 2013 TBR list'. My picks aren't new necessarily new releases, they're just books I want to get to soon.
1. The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier - I was so excited to receive a copy of this book through Netgalley! Chevalier's Remarkable Creatures is one of my favourite historical fiction novels, so I'm looking forward to her new story, about the Quakers in 1850s Ohio.
2. The Rape of the Nile by Brian M. Fagan - This is an old book (1975) about a topic that fascinates me - the rush to find and loot Egyptian artefacts in the 18th and 19th centuries. I'm interested in Egyptology and have spent many a day at the British Museum in front of the Rosetta stone, but should we really have these artefacts? Did the early archaeologists and treasure hunters/looters do more harm than good?
3. My Promised Land by Ari Shavit - Israel fascinates me, so I'm looking forward to this title, which promises to be part biography, part history and part politics. Another Netgalley copy, this one is published in May.
4. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin - I am 100 pages from the end of A Feast for Crows at the moment. I will NEED to read the next book asap. After Dance with Dragons it's going to be a long wait for the next book in the series to be published.
5. On Gold Mountain by Lisa See - I love Lisa See's fiction books so I'm excited to read this non-fiction account of her family and their emigration to the USA.
6. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - This is the classic I'm in the mood for at the moment. This may change before I get to it, I'm very fickle with classics.
7. Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson - I've heard so many good things about this book but only recently picked up a copy. It'll be my first Atkinson.
8. The Lullaby of Polish Girls by Dagmara Dominczyk - This one is a new release, about three friends coming of age after migrating from Poland to America due to political upheaval. I'm looking forward to it as I've never read anything about Poland really, be it fiction or non-fiction.
9. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan - I am in a fantasy mood lately. When I lived with my parents, I read up to book 7 in the Wheel of Time series but then just stopped. I feel the urge to read it again but it's been so many years I will need to go back to the beginning. This is going to fill the hole that will be left when I finish Dance with Dragons (hopefully!).
10. Conquistadors by Michael Wood - I've been teaching my year 6's about the Aztecs this term and we spent a week on the discovery of Tenochtitlan by Hernan Cortes and his conquistadors. Now I want to find out more and this book seems perfect for the task.
So at the moment, these are my reading plans. It'll be interesting to see how many of them I actually read, as I read on whim and change my mind constantly! I'm anticipating that the announcement of the longlist for the Orange Prize/Women's Prize on Wednesday will change my plans somewhat, as it usually brings all sorts of wonderful books to my attention.
What are your reading plans for this Spring?