Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

Top 10 TuesdayNow that spring is finally (FINALLY!) in sight, it’s appropriate that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is the spring TBR list. This year I’m trying not to schedule my reading too far in advance…but I’m failing a little bit with that goal. 🙂 Between library holds, new releases, and the few reading projects I’m still doing, I have a full plate this spring! Here are some of the books I’m planning to read:

1. Nick Hornby, Funny Girl — I’m a huge fan of Nick Hornby’s, so I was thrilled to see that he just came out with another book! This one is set in the television world of 1960s Britain, which sounds intriguing!

2. Rachel Hartman, Shadow Scale — I recently read and enjoyed Seraphina, so I’m definitely looking forward to getting my hands on this sequel.

3. Juliet Marillier, Dreamer’s Pool — Juliet Marillier is one of my favorite authors, and this is the first book in her Blackthorn & Grim series.

4. Anne Cleeland, Murder in Thrall — Saw this one at Barnes & Noble and then discovered that my library has it, so I figured I’d give it a shot! It appears to be a mystery set in contemporary England with a romantic element.

5. Elizabeth Wein, Black Thorn, White Raven — This one has been on my TBR list for ages, and it’s finally coming out at the end of March! Can’t wait!!!

6. Jane Austen, Mansfield Park — I’m doing a year-long read of Austen’s novels with some folks from LibraryThing, and MP is slated for March/April. It’s been years since I read the book, so I’ll be interested to see how it strikes me this time around!

7. Intisar Khanani, Thorn — This retelling of “The Goose Girl” looks very interesting. I’m a sucker for a good fairy tale!

8. P.J. Brackston, Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints — Speaking of fairy tales. 🙂 The synopsis of this reminded me of Jasper Fforde’s Nursery Crime series, and that can only be a good thing!

9. Katie Van Ark, The Boy Next Door — I received this book as a gift from my #OTSPSecretSister last month, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. But ever since “The Cutting Edge,” I’ve been a big fan of love stories featuring figure skaters!

10. Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) — I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while, but I’ve been saving it for the 24-hour read-a-thon in April. (Yeah, I’m planning my reads a month in advance, so what?) I read Tina Fey’s Bossypants during a previous read-a-thon and found that it was a refreshing break in the midst of all the fiction I was reading.

So that’s my list, although it’s certainly subject to change! What are you planning to read this spring?

20 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

  1. Lianne @ says:

    Great list, Christina! I’d love to revisit Mansfield Park but it seems my reading pile is pretty much set for the season, haha (plus I am determined to read Middlemarch this year! It’s appalling how much I’ve been putting the book off :3). Happy reading 🙂

    My TTT

    • Christina says:

      I know what you mean — how does my reading get scheduled so far in advance?! But good luck with Middlemarch…I really loved it, if that helps! I had to read it for a class in college, but I constantly found myself getting ahead of schedule because I couldn’t put it down!

    • Christina says:

      Code Name Verity broke my heart in the best way possible! Rose Under Fire was a bit less emotionally wrenching (for me), but I did find it very thought-provoking and very necessary to be written. So I have high hopes for Black Dove, White Raven!

  2. Literary Feline says:

    Shadow Scale made my list too. But I really need to read Seraphina first. Both sound so good. Someday I will read Mansfield Park. I have only read three of Austen books so far, and I really hope to one day read them all. So many of the books on your list sound good!

    • Christina says:

      I thought Seraphina was very interesting! There were some things that turned me off initially, but as the book progressed, everything started to make more sense. And I definitely recommend Mansfield Park…it’s probably Austen’s most complex novel, although less romantic than the others.

  3. Sofia says:

    I really want to read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Kaling. Recently, I’ve taken an interest on reading that kind of books because they are so real and funny, and most importantly by amazingly talented women!

  4. Bonnie @ A Backwards Story says:

    I want to read SERAPHINA and SHADOW SCALE! Oooh, and DREAMER’S POOL, but I own so many of her books in PB that I’m waiting to buy it… I’m looking forward to a new Elizabeth Wein! Um, I need to look up PJ Brackson now…and someday get to THORN! Maybe for next month’s Fairy Tale Fortnight! I also have to finish THE BOY NEXT DOOR. Good choices!

    • Christina says:

      Haha, thanks — looks like we have similar tastes! I just got Dreamer’s Pool from the library and am eager to start it, but I still have a lot more Marillier left to read!

  5. Mallory @ The Local Muse says:

    I need to read Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire so I can read Black Dove, White Raven! I’ve heard so many amazing things about her first two novels. I love Austen, and I’m currently listening to Emma on audiobook, but I haven’t read Mansfield Park yet- I’m looking forward to it though!
    Thanks for stopping by The Local Muse

  6. curlygeek04 says:

    Ooh, new Elizabeth Wein, I didn’t know about that one. I enjoyed Mindy Kaling’s book, and I appreciate her show more because of it. I will definitely be reading the new Nick Hornby.

    • Christina says:

      MP is my least favorite too. I mean, it’s still Austen, so it’s still great! I’m just so conflicted about Fanny Price. I recently re-read P&P (my favorite!), so it’ll be interesting to compare the two.

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