Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

It’s the Easter holidays, so it’s time for a TBR. Several of these books are going to look very familiar, as they are books I haven’t got around to reading the last few times I was home for the holidays. Fourth or fifth time the charm, I guess?

1. THE HAND ON THE WALL, by Maureen Johnson

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I am hoping that reading this trilogy in one go (finally!) will help me enjoy this a lot more than I have so far. It’s one mystery split over three books. This means that so far there hasn’t been the big reveal to the central mystery set up in TRULY DEVIOUS.

Not getting that payoff has made it feel very disappointing, as it is a mystery series, and a key hallmark of that is that you find out whodunnit. That’s probably the main reason it’s slipped down my priority list so far, as the lack of answers so far has made me less engaged.

2. BONE CRIER’S DAWN, by Kathryn Purdie

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It’s quite easy to pinpoint why this one hasn’t been picked up yet – it’s a YA fantasy romance duology ender. I’ve been drifting away from YA for a while because, as an acespec reader, I’m getting frustrated and bored by the sheer focus on romance in YA SFF. It feels like it has to take up at least 40% of most YA SFF these days.

I enjoyed the first book, BONE CRIER’S MOON, well enough, but I simply have not been in the mood for YA fantasy romance for about the last year. Hence, it’s just sat there.

3. THE FAITHLESS HAWK, by Margaret Owen

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Unlike the previous books, I could not tell you why I hadn’t got around to reading this one. I really loved the first book in this duology, THE MERCIFUL CROW, and, despite a lost parcel that had to be re-ordered, this sequel has been on my shelf a year now. (And it’s a slender book, so it’s not like its thickness has been putting me off either!)

Well, I would like to finally read this one, having adored LITTLE THIEVES, the author’s latest book. I probably ought to finally read this before the sequel to that comes out!

4. SISTERS OF THE SNAKE, by Sarena and Sasha Nanua

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SISTERS OF THE SNAKE was simply a victim of timing in the winter. I was looking forward to this Hindu mythology inspired prince and the pauper retelling. However, between exams and catching up on eARCS (at the time of writing, I’m still very much behind, but not quite so awfully!), I just ran out of time to read it.

The sequel, DAUGHTERS OF THE DAWN, is coming sometime in the summer (perhaps autumn for the UK) so I could really do with reading it before then, to work out if I’m interested in continuing the series.


Book cover for JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE ABYSS: title in white on submerged city

The sequel to THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD (yes, both books have incredibly long titles), JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE ABYSS finishes off this sci-fi duology about a submerged world. Catastrophic floods has submerged the world, so now communities live in underwater cities, like London, with great unknowns beyond.

The protagonist Leyla’s father was taken away by the authorities, and her search to get him back led her to some dark secrets. Now the consequences of her actions will shake their watery world, if the government doesn’t get to her first.

6. ALL THE WANDERING LIGHT, by Heather Fawcett

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Continuing the theme of US books, next up is another YA fantasy. ALL THE WANDERING LIGHT is the sequel to EVEN THE DARKEST STARS, a Himalayan inspired trekking book.

I found the first book OK but nothing earth shattering, and hadn’t intended to keep reading the series. However, I’ve been seeing some reminders of the first book around, so decided I might as well finish the series off. It’s quite different, in some ways, to a lot of other YA fantasy out there (but very similar in terms of character dynamics.)

7. GODS AND MONSTERS, by Shelby Mahurin

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The finale to the YA fantasy romance series SERPENT AND DOVE, GODS AND MONSTERS is a absolute chonker of a book (600+ pages! Very rare for YA!) It’s another book suffering from my romance-less mood, but taking an additional hit due to the sheer length.

I can’t remember the other books, which are also surprisingly long for YA (both being above 500 pages.) That’s a lot of re-reading in order to finish off this series, so it’s been sitting on my shelf for about nine months.

8. COLONYSIDE, by Michael Mammay

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Another trilogy finale, though more of a companion added on than a direct sequel, COLONYSIDE is the last book of the military sci-fi PLANETSIDE series. I love the mystery element of these books, as well as the feel of well-thought-through technology that could be ours (if given a hundred odd years.)

The author’s new standalone, THE MISFIT SOLDIER, is due out very soon, so I’d like to complete his debut series ready to dive into his latest book, which is more cons than intrigue and about a late-career soldier ready to be done with service.

9. T.I.G.E.R.S., by M. A. Bennett

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This series (S.T.A.G.S.) is a bit of a nightmare to type out because of all the full stops! T.I.G.E.R.S. is the fourth instalment with the fifth (and maybe final?) book, H.A.W.K.S., coming this July. If any book on this list gets pushed back, it will be this one – to simply binge through to the two in the summer.

This is a UKYA thriller series about the British elite and their secret societies hunting down and generally making life miserable for those they don’t think belong in “their” circle (like private schools, the halls of power, etc)

10. BECOMING, by Michelle Obama

I’ve wanted to read BECOMING since it was published several years ago (2018!!) But then it took two years to come out in paperback, and then I just wasn’t interested in a biography, particularly one concerned with American politics, given that was dominating our (British) news at the time.

At this stage, if I wait any longer, then another part of another election cycle will start taking over the new again, and I’ll just put it off again. So time to pick it up.

What books are you hoping to read in the spring.

19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

  1. I didn’t realise Truly Devious was one mystery set over three books…I can definitely see how that would be frustrating. To be honest, I don’t think mysteries really work as series, I think you can do linked standalones (like with the same detective or whatever) but there has to be a self-contained solution in each book, otherwise it’s just not fun. I also totally feel you on the overabundance of romance in YA, I’m not acespec but have been single for a long time and it gets really frustrating that every character in YA novels has to have a relationship of some kind. Not everyone has (or wants) that.
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    1. Yeah, I’m reading a mystery on the expectation I get the answer at the end of the book… And yeah, the perseverance of romance in YA does irritate me. I would have been so much more comfortable as a teen if not every character I read was looking for romance


  2. I loved Michelle Obama’s Becoming (but then, I’m from the U.S.). May I ask a question about your web site, since I also use WordPress? How do you get your cover images to align left, with text next to them? I’m able to align images right and, if they’re small enough, put text on their left. But no matter how small I make images, if I align them left WP will put the next paragraph (text) box below the image, not to the right of it. Are you using a specific block from the WP block editor? Thanks.

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      1. Thank you. That’s the block I can’t get to work with left alignment. I suspect there’s something with my theme that makes it act that way. I appreciate your taking the time to answer my question. Blog on!

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