It’s time to add some more books to my TBR. I’ve been doing a good job or reading down my list, so time for some growth.
As per usual, I’ve got several suggestions from The Modern Mrs. Darcy. First off is The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arim from a post on what to read after you’ve exhausted all of Jane Austen’s novels. I’m not sure I’ve read all of Jane Austen, but I have read about half on this list. This one sounded the most fun of the books I hadn’t read. It’s about a trip a group of women take to an old, tumbledown Italian castle. I want to read it just so I can imagine I’m traveling again.
Then The Modern Mrs. Darcy did a post on food fiction. From that post, I picked out Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan, and The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Divakaruni. Colgan’s book is about starting over, and starting a bakery. I could use some lighter fare in these dark, pandemic days. Divakaruni’s book blends magic and spices, a bit like Garden Spells, which was also on the list.
Next up is The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History by Kassia St. Clair. This is by the same author as The Secret Lives of Color, which I heartily enjoyed. A friend of mine brought this book to my attention, and I think it might be a good history book for Miss Adventure as well.
Next is a read aloud for my kids: Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh from a Strong Sense of Place post (my newest source of books). We’re doing modern literature this year for school, and I’ve been trying to pick some classics for our read aloud. At the same time, I don’t want all the books to be written by men, which are the books I immediately think of when I think “classic”. I had thought to read the kids an Agatha Christie murder mystery, but this is even better. Ngaio was Christie’s contemporary and the book is set in New Zealand, a country I don’t have a book from yet.
And finally, a book for me: The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes. I mean, who wouldn’t want to read that book, just from the title alone! As an added bonus, it will get me a U title, which is a difficult letter to fulfill in my reading challenge, and it’s available on Hoopla. This book came to my attention in a Tor post about what books you could read to scratch your In the Shadows itch. I haven’t watched the show, but I still want to read the book.
What do you think? Anything look good? Any other U-titled books you can recommend?
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