Lazy Sunday TBR List Roundup

by Joli

Happy Sunday! Here’s what the LQ ladies have added to our TBR lists in the past couple of weeks. What have you added? We like recommendations!


I’m currently reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, recommended by Janna. People’s stories during war really interest me, so I’m enjoying this one so far. Our book club also met this week, and this month’s book selection is And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini. I loved The Kite Runner (also by Hosseini) so am excited to read this one. I have a few misgivings about the style — it appears be told through different characters in each chapter — but am interested to see how it all plays out.


I have a pile of TBR’s sitting on bookshelves in my house. They sit there. Staring at me. Silently screaming “Read me!” … Can you tell I haven’t picked up my reading in awhile??

Anywho, the two big titles that were added to my list were Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman and The Daughters of Castle Deverill by Santa Montefiore. Nick Offerman may be one of my favorite people on the planet and I’ve heard great things about Paddle Your Own Canoe after completing his newer work, Gumption. I may or may not also have been tickled pink when Santa Montefiore read my review of The Girl in the Castle, making me that much more excited to read the second book in that trilogy. Come oooooooon US release!


I am home for the weekend and my family and I watched The Da Vinci Code. I’m not sure how I missed that early-2000s phenomenon, but I did. The movie feels like a kitschy mix between Indiana Jones and National Treasure, but it made me want to read the book of the same name by Dan Brown. I couldn’t keep track of all the details, which seem super interesting. That’s it for this week!


I added Faithful by Alice Hoffman. It was just released last week, and I’ve seen it on several anticipated new-release lists. I’ve also read a couple review of it by other bloggers, and it sounds up my alley! I’ve not read anything else by Hoffman, but I always like to discover new authors.

I also added Upstream by Mary Oliver. I don’t often add non-fiction to my list, but this one just sounds so lovely! It’s rated 4.48 on Goodreads too, so that seems to be a pretty good testament to this collection of essays. I find this paragraph of the synopsis on Goodreads especially enticing:

As she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, finding solace and safety within the woods, and the joyful and rhythmic beating of wings, Oliver intimately shares with her readers her quiet discoveries, boundless curiosity, and exuberance for the grandeur of our world.


I have too many #TBRs! I just added an older memoir, The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World. It, like Amy Krause Rosenthal’s Encyclopedia of Ordinary Life, is a personal encyclopedia. Jacobs’ version attempts to synthesize his quest for knowledge, including visits to Mensa meetings and trying strategies to digest thousands of pages of information. One of my students had it on his desk, and I had to pick it up to check it out. I’m also reading/looking forward to a couple of middle grade/YA titles – Nine, Ten: A Septemeber 11th Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin and Hope was Here by Joan Bauer. The former is a contender for our next seventh-grade all-class read.

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