TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books on my spring TBR
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.
Oh boy, it has been a while since I’ve written a seasonal TBR post for Top Ten Tuesday. I am notoriously bad at actually reading any of the books that I feature on these lists, so I’ve tried to pick a selection of books which I’m not too desperate to read (just in case tradition prevails!).
I won’t be featuring any of the books on the YA Book Prize 2021 shortlist (which I released a chaotic reaction video for) or my 25 Before 25 list, so make sure to check out the books appearing on those lists if you’re interested in my reading plans throughout April.
But for now, let’s talk about what I’m planning on reading throughout the spring months.
Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab
The third book in the Cassidy Blake series, Bridge of Souls was finally released at the beginning of March after being postponed from September 2020. Following Cassidy, her parents, her best friend Jacob (and her cat!), Bridge of Souls will focus on the city of New Orleans and the ghosts that walk within its walls. I normally order the newest Cassidy Blake book for Sean for his birthday and we read it during his birthday week, so instead I think it’ll be nice to celebrate my birthday by rereading the first two books before finishing the series!
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
We started The Catcher in the Rye back in September, after picking it during a hectic game of Becca’s Bookopoly. Our intentions were good – both Sean and I wanted to read more classics – but unfortunately we read the first few pages of The Catcher in the Rye during a car journey and then never picked it up again. Oops. I would love to get this one finished soon so that we can spring clean it off of our Goodreads currently reading shelf.
The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan
We’re currently halfway through The Shadow Rising – book four in the Wheel of Time series – and I’m beginning to struggle with it. The pace is much slower, not all that much is happening, and there’s far too much Rand compared to The Dragon Reborn! However, I still want to persevere with the Wheel of Time series, so I’m hoping to finish at least one more installment before the spring ends.
Ghostcatcher by Sophie Green
The third and final book in the Potkin and Stubbs series, Ghostcatcher is one that I’m slightly apprehensive about reading. I love the idea of the Potkin and Stubbs novels – set in a noir town where it’s always raining, following a wannabe journalist and the ghost who finds her to investigate his death – but I haven’t been overly impressed by the first two books in the series. I love Karl James Mountford’s illustrations, but these are definitely on the younger end of the middle grade age range. Hopefully the loose ends will all come together nicely and the final installment will be satisfying.
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
I finally read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children last month, and I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it as much as I’d hoped I would. This is a series which I’m hoping to continue sooner rather than later – it’s taken me ten years to read the first book in the series, so I don’t want to wait another ten before I read book two!
Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater
The sequel to Call Down the Hawk, Mister Impossible is one of my most anticipated 2021 releases. As soon as I finished Call Down the Hawk I found myself wishing that I’d waiting for the entire Dreamer trilogy to be released before I started it, because it ends on one heck of a cliffhanger! This is another one which I’m thinking of rereading before I pick up the sequel, as I want to be as immersed in the world as possible.
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
I have been procrastinating finishing the Lord of the Rings series, because I have hated it so far. I loved The Hobbit, but the first two books in the Lord of the Rings trilogy have been boring, uneventful and have each almost sent me into a reading slump. This is probably the perfect time to read The Return of the King – my concentration is shot and I can hardly read at the moment, so it’s not as though Tolkien can make it any worse! – but I just can’t force myself to pick it up. I will finish the series eventually, though…
Rose Interrupted by Patrice Lawrence
Another book which has been sat on my currently reading list for months. I read half of Rose Interrupted in one sitting and felt so invested in the story and the characters, and then I put it down and somehow managed to never pick it up again! The copy of Rose Interrupted that I’m reading is a library copy, so I’m going to need to return it sooner rather than later as the UK begins to come out of lockdown, so this one is a high priority to get finished.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Shadow and Bone TV series is premiering on Netflix at the end of April, and I’m determined to reread the first book (at least!) before it’s released. I’ve never read the Six of Crows duology because I wanted to reread the original Grisha trilogy before diving back into this world, so depending on how quickly I can get through these I would love to get the five books in the first two Grisha series read before I start watching the show.
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
I loved both The Poet X and Clap When You Land, so I’m looking forward to reading Elizabeth Acevedo’s only currently published prose novel. Although I enjoy verse, I always find that I connect to characters and stories more when I read traditional prose, so if Elizabeth Acevedo’s prose writing is as strong as her verse then she’ll definitely be cemented as one of my favourite authors.
And those are ten of the books I’m hoping to get read in the next few months! Feel free to link your spring TBR posts down below. Are we reading any of the same books?
See you soon, and thanks for reading,