Books on My Winter TBR List

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is about our winter reading list. I’ve recently gone back to making quarterly TBR lists as a way to plan out my reading. My idea is that each of my quarterly TBR lists should include:

  • a classic
  • next in a series I’m reading
  • ARCs
  • a backlist book (published before 2021)
  • a book I already own
  • nonfiction
  • a book over 500 pages
  • a book for a challenge
  • a book about another country or culture

  1. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (a classic, a book over 500 pages, and a book for a challenge): I have time off coming this month, and what better way to use my time than with a big novel by George Eliot?
  2. How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson (nonfiction, book for a challenge): I was looking for a nonfiction read about an invention for the Nonfiction Reader challenge. This book is about six innovations that had lasting and unpredictable impacts on the world.
  3. The Storyteller by Dave Grohl (nonfiction): Grohl played in Nirvana, created The Foo Fighters, and he’s local (from Springfield VA). He’s always seemed like an interesting and genuine guy, so I’m curious about his memoir. It also seems like a perfect audiobook.
  4. Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (backlist, about another country): I loved The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane so I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while.
  5. The Burning God by R.F. Kuang (next in a series, backlist, over 500 pages): I start a lot of series that I never finish but I was just recommending this series to someone and realized how much I’d like to see it to the end.
  6. The Pilot’s Daughter by Meredith Jaegar (a book I own): I know nothing about this book but I got it in a book-of-the-month club for historical fiction. This is a historical mystery set in the 20s and the end of World War II, and it sounds like fun. Plus, if I don’t start actually reading the books I’m getting from this club I’m going to have to cancel it.
  7. Being Heumann by Judith Heumann (a book I own, nonfiction): Heumann is a disability rights activist who managed the office of special education at the U.S. Department of Education. She’s quite inspiring.
  8. The Puma Years by Laura Coleman (nonfiction, about another country): this is a book my book club will be reading in January, about a woman’s travels in the Amazon jungle. It sounds fascinating.
  9. Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy (ARC)
  10. Not the Witch You Wed by April Asher (ARC)

I also have a lot of books I want to read from the 2021 best-of lists, including Elizabeth Strout’s Oh William, Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World Where are You?, Mary Lawson’s A Town Called Solace, Dana Spiotta’s Wayward, Louise Erdrich’s The Sentence, and Colson Whitehead’s Harlem Shuffle. Those are all going on my TBR. But it’s always easier to read the “hot” new releases, so I’m trying to focus my TBR lists on other books.

That’s my winter TBR! Have you read any of these? What’s on your reading list this winter?

  17 comments for “Books on My Winter TBR List

  1. lydiaschoch
    December 14, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    I hope you enjoy all of these books! It looks like you have a nice variety of them to work with.

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  2. December 14, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    I have had How We Got to Now on my tbr for ages. I’ve heard good things!

    • December 17, 2021 at 12:11 pm

      I’m glad to hear you’ve heard good things about that one. I was struggling to find a book to meet the “Inventions” topic and this one sounded interesting and had great reviews. I’ll let you know how it is.

  3. December 14, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    I love how you set up your list of reading! That’s a great idea. Happy reading!

  4. December 14, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    I like that you’re so intentional with your TBRs. Mostly, I put mine together for fun since I rarely stick to them. Good luck with your TBR! I’ve only read ISLAND OF THE SEA WOMEN and I really liked it.

    Happy TTT!


    • December 17, 2021 at 12:10 pm

      I’m glad to hear another thumbs-up for Sea Women, I’m looking forward to that one. I’m trying to keep my TBR lists manageable but also intentional. I do find a good TBR helps push me to read things I might not otherwise. There’s always too much to choose from!

  5. December 14, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    I really like how you approached and organized this. Good job!

  6. December 15, 2021 at 7:33 am

    I want to read The Storyteller too, huge fan of Dave Grohl. I also have been meaning to read a Sally Rooney book. I”ll probably start with Beautiful World where are you? It’s all over the internet.

    • December 17, 2021 at 12:09 pm

      I’ve also read Normal People by Sally Rooney. I had some mixed feelings about it but I also loved the relationship between the two characters. It felt very real. I hope you like Beautiful World!

  7. December 15, 2021 at 10:52 am

    Great approach to planning your reading! I loved The Island of Sea Women — hope you do too. I’d like to read The Mill on the Floss someday as well. I read Middlemarch with my book group a couple of years ago and want to read more George Eliot. The Puma Years sounds so interesting! I hope you enjoy all of these.
    My TTT

    • December 17, 2021 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks Lisa, I loved Middlemarch and also really liked Daniel Deronda, so I figure I can’t go wrong with Eliot. I’m really looking forward to Island of Sea Woman, I’m glad to hear you loved it.

  8. WendyW
    December 16, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Oh I have Not the Witch You Wed as well! I hope it’s as good as it looks.

    • December 17, 2021 at 12:05 pm

      I don’t usually pick up romances as ARCs, because I like to stick with authors I hear really good things about. But we’ll see how this one is!

  9. December 16, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    I like how you break your TBR list into those different categories. So smart! I need to do something similar next year. Happy reading! 🙂

    • December 17, 2021 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks Lark! Enjoy your winter reading!

  10. December 17, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Good luck with your TBR! I want to start that R.F. Kuang series, but I’m scared because the books are so huge.

    • December 17, 2021 at 12:04 pm

      The Poppy War is long and takes a while to get going, but the series is great. I’ve enjoyed the audiobooks.

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