I often don’t do the Top Ten Tuesday posts because it’s too hard for me to come up with, say, my 10 favorite female characters of all time. (All time! I just know I’m going to leave out someone really important!) But this week’s topic is extremely angst-free: the top 10 books on my spring TBR list. I’ve got tons of books I’m dying to read this spring, so here’s a random sample of them:
1. Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo — I feel it’s important for me to start the list with this impressive classic novel, since most of the rest of my picks will be fluffy romances. I have never read an unabridged version of this book, and now is the time! I’m four chapters in right now, and it’s actually quite a page turner.
2. Sarra Manning, Adorkable — Last year I read Manning’s You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me and thought it was really good, so now I’m trying to track down the rest of Manning’s work. Adorkable is a YA romance about opposites who can’t seem to stop snogging. (See? It’s already interesting, even though the plot isn’t exactly original — because of the snogging!)
3. Kristan Higgins, The Best Man — Kristan Higgins has a new book! OK, it actually came out last month, but it’s still exciting! There is a jilting at the altar, and also a winery. Sounds like fun to me!
4. Jennifer Echols, Star Crossed — I’ve been gobbling up Echols’ YA books, so why not give her first adult romance a try? I’m not normally super enthused about the romantic travails of Las Vegas publicists, but this is Jennifer Echols!
5. Jude Morgan, A Little Folly — Jude Morgan is one of those authors who deserves to be a lot better known, particularly among the Janeite crowd. Where do you go when you’ve already read all of Austen and Heyer? This guy! I really enjoyed both Indiscretion and An Accomplished Woman, so I have high hopes for this one too. I even splurged on the hardcover!
6. Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers — I’m reading this one for a challenge I’m doing, not because I have any particular affinity for Westerns. But I’ve heard this one is really good, so why not? I snagged it from the library a little while ago, so I’ll need to get to it soon.
7. Mary Stewart, The Crystal Cave — Stewart’s Merlin trilogy has been on my shelves for far too long. Time to dust book #1 off and read it! I’m hoping that Carl V. will once again host his Once Upon a Time Challenge, which he’s been doing every spring; assuming he does, these books will be perfect!
8. Julie James, Love Irresistibly — This latest book in James’ FBI/U.S. Attorney series is coming out in April. Apparently the hero is Cade Morgan, Rylann’s handsome co-worker from About That Night — I totally called it!
9. Sharon Kay Penman, Time and Chance — I’m participating in a group read of this book over at LibraryThing, which is good because I read When Christ and His Saints Slept quite a while ago! Time to move on to book #2 in Penman’s series about the Plantagenets.
10. Candice Hern, A Proper Companion — I was lucky enough to win this book through a giveaway at Austenprose. That site compared Hern to Georgette Heyer and Lauren Willig, so I’m hoping to enjoy this book a lot!