Lazy Sunday TBR List Roundup

by Joli

Here are the intriguing titles some of us at LQ have added to our TBR lists lately!


My sister-in-law was very sweet and sent us the books Following Atticus by Tom Ryan and a how-to/education book on The Tellington Touch by Linda Tellington-Jones. I’m excited for both because they are so different but both hit on my love of dogs and life-long growth!

Following Atticus is a true story that follows Tom Ryan and his dog Atticus as they attempt to climb New Hampshires 48 mountain peaks twice in one winter. This little dog may not be the first choice of most hikers, but with my own small dog here on the couch next to me, I can’t wait to see what Atticus (and his human) get into!

The Tellington Touch is a natural method of training and caring for animals. My sister-in-law has actually studied animal massage therapy and when I saw information on the Tellington Touch method I was really intrigued. We are currently training our puppy, and I like the idea of becoming closer with him while also working on small behavior issues!


The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown: I’ve spent the last week plopped on a couch watching the Olympics. I love the way Michael Phelps still gets emotional when he wins gold. And how about the Simones this year? Gold in gymnastics and swimming?! Anywho…my boyfriend’s mom recommended this and I think now is the perfect time to dive in.

What Alice Forgot by Lianne Moriarty: Technically this is no longer on my TBR list since I just finished it today, but I don’t care. I loved this! It was the perfect vacation read. Pretty easy to get into, but I was never bored.


To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
I saw this in the Minneapolis Star Tribune in the books section, and found the review ridiculously intriguing. Then, when I looked it up on Goodreads, I saw that it has 4.28 stars. That’s pretty darn good! The premise is that an explorer leaves his pregnant wife at home to map Alaska after it was acquired by the United States. I’ll let this piece of Goodreads do the convincing for you: “With gorgeous descriptions of the Alaskan wilds and a vivid cast of characters — including Forrester, his wife Sophie, a mysterious Eyak guide, and a Native American woman who joins the expedition – To The Bright Edge of the World is an epic tale of one of America’s last frontiers, combining myth, history, romance, and adventure.”

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Yes, I’ve never gotten to this classic. I’ve seen it mentioned several times over the past month or so, and I knew I needed to read it before, but now it just seems like it’s everywhere and everyone loves it. It’s time! Like Janna, I enjoy coming-of-age stories, so I’m looking forward to finally getting to this one.


The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
TWO FOR ONE! Just like Janna, I also recently added this to my list, and I’m already part way through it. A retreat guest HIGHLY recommended it to me and my boss and I was intrigued enough to give it a go. Afterward I’m passing it to my boss. The librarian said, “This is very popular right now.” when I checked it out.

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen
Written by a Finnish woman who immigrated to the US less than a decade ago, she compares things like education, employment, health care, and raising a child between the two countries. I found this on the “new” shelf at the library and was intrigued because I think many Nordic social services are needed in the US and was curious to see what her thoughts would be, having a foot in each world.

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe L. Moraga
My BFF recommended this book as a fantastic read during her visit to see me. I’ve added it to my Diversity Challenge list for future reading.


I’m with Mel and Janna’s Boys in the Boat! It’s been on my list forever, and Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy says the audiobook is fab. On the Olympic sport theme, I’m also dying to start You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott, a thriller featuring a fifteen year old elite gymnast.

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