Sunday Brunch #TBR Roundup

by Mel
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Welcome to the Sunday Brunch #TBR Roundup. While you sip your Sunday morning coffee, you can see what we’ve added to our “To Be Read” lists this past week (Sun 14 Feb – Sat 20 Feb). Discover all of the various places we get our reading recommendations. Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?


Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver
I’ve read a few of Kingsolver’s novels (loved Prodigal Summer and Flight Behavior!) and saw this collection of essays as I was browsing her Goodreads page.

Cress by Marissa Meyer
This is the third book in The Lunar Chronicles; I read Cinder and Scarlet a while ago. A friend mentioned she was waiting impatiently for Winter to arrive at her library and it sparked my interest in the novels again.

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf
I heard about this book on NPR then found the corresponding article on NPR’s website. I’m a sucker for biographies and environmentalism.


Cities I’ve Never Lived In: Stories by Sara Majka
I get the Sunday paper and always read the books part of the Variety section before I fold it in half to do the crossword puzzle. Found this there and thought it sounded good!

As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto: Food, Friendship, and the Making of a Masterpiece
by Joan Reardon, Avis DeVoto
I was at my local library in the cookbooks section when this gem caught my eye. It’s a book of letters written between Julia Child and her friend/mentor, Avis DeVoto. I’ve always loved Julia so I snatched it right up!


Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil
This is the only book I added to my list this week. It was a bit of a random add. Number 25 on Bekky’s Reading Challenge List was “Read a book written by someone who shares your first name” and when I did some research this was the most interesting one that came up. Every now and then I need a good, quick, entertaining YA read, so I added this to my list. Plus, it’s about geeks, how could I resist?

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
I’ve known of this book but never really considered reading it—I feel like I get enough of this topic from Brené Brown. However, a trusted friend highly recommended it, and I know it could be useful in my life, so I stuck it on my list.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Because Joli told me to.


Beloved by Toni Morrison
This book has been sitting in my to-read list for quite a while. But, just yesterday, I came across this article on Whether the writer is correct or not in categorizing Beloved in the horror genre, I was reminded of my original interest in the novel, and I felt it was about time I checked it out.

Joyland by Stephen King
I went to the bookstore and saw this on top of a stack of books. I liked the retro look of the cover, and I like Stephen King. Thus, it ended up on my to-read list.

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