In grad school, I worked as a teaching assistant for a writing professor who always used to stop students after she would ask them to share their writing and they would start explaining and apologizing and contextualizing what they had written instead of just, you know, reading the writing. She would raise her hand and say, “No. Don’t apologize. Never explain.”
And she’s right, I know she’s right. Still. Before I get to my list for this week, some explanations and apologies and contextualization.
This week’s topic for the weekly Top Ten list hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is almost impossible: Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR List. I get reader’s block just contemplating that list. Just ten? And just for spring? Does that mean now? This week? April? May? Because here on the Great Plains, it was 63 degrees today, and tonight we’re supposed to have 8 inches of snow. That frequently happens in May too. So spring is a fuzzy concept. Plus, I don’t really keep up with publication dates for books, so I never know what new titles I need to read until my nerdy PLN starts talking about them. Also, as a book hoarder, I have hundreds of unread books on my shelves that I want to read right this moment. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have bought them. And then there are library books. There are piles of library books all over the house. Nerdy alert: I used to enjoy boasting that I had–and used–library cards in three states–big states too!–but now I have dwindled to library cards in only two states. And then there are the new books coming in. Do I need to buy new books? The hundreds of unread books on my shelves would suggest no. And yet, I order new books every month. (Well, more like every week. But I’m trying to cut back. Really, I am.) How could I possibly select ten books out of the hundreds that are currently vying for my attention?
So. Ten books. For spring.
Since I don’t know how to do that, here are the first ten books that popped into my head that I really, really want to read right now:
A Snicker of Magic. Because my whole nerdy PLN is talking about this book.
Grasshopper Jungle. Because my whole nerdy PLN is talking about this book too.
Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Loved. Because I have been rereading Anne Fadiman’s other books and thinking about the pleasures of rereading.
What’s Your Favorite Animal? Because I love so many of the illustrators featured in this book.
Charm & Strange. Because it won the William C. Morris Award and the reviews are really intriguing.
Mustache. Because it’s a Mac Barnett book that I’ve somehow missed!
The Watermelon Seed. Ditto.