Top Ten Tuesday: fresh-blossoming spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we all talk about a bookish topic and have fun making lists. Spring has definitely sprung, so we’re lining up our reading.

I don’t have a brilliant record when it comes to quarterly TBRs – I typically read perhaps half of them, then get distracted by other things. But I have a lot of commitments at the moment, which reduces my wriggle room (…aaaaand almost certainly means that when I get to pick something up on a whim it’s even more likely to be arbitrary and not on this list. Time will tell).

Things I’ll Definitely Be Reading Because Reasons

There’s quite a lot of planning guiding my reading this year, but I’m a cunning thing, so I’m planning to read books I’m really excited about. You’ll notice the absence of all that non-genre and non-fiction I challenged myself to read this year. Goals. They’re more like guidelines, anyway.

League of Dragons – however frustrated we’re all getting with Naomi Novik (and oh my but I am), there’s no doubt we’ll finish the Temeraire series in the hope of a satisfying conclusion.

A Conjuring of Light – okay, by the time this post goes live we’ll have started, but as of right now I am consumed with anticipation for the further adventures of Delilah Bard and co. But mostly Lila. I’m hopelessly, shamelessly partisan. ONE OF A KIND.

The House of Binding Thorns – one of my favourite authors has a book coming out and I’ve snagged an ARC, so you better be certain I’ll be reviewing it next month. The only reason I’m not reading it now is that I’ve got a deadline to meet first…

Surface Detail and The Hydrogen Sonata – yes, I’m counting two for one here, as I will be finishing off the Culture novels over the next month or so. I’m excited and a little sad, all at the same time.

Fight Club – The Book Was Better goes the low blow – I’m going to read the book behind one of my favourite films. I’m expecting this will be a tie at best; I’ve been impressed by Palahniuk in the past, but I’ve never enjoyed reading him.


Most Likely Picks For Sod This I Want To Read THAT ONE

The Boy With the Porcelain Blade – this didn’t quite make my reading last year (too many books, too little time), so it’s right up my list this year. Dark, swashbuckling fantasy with orphans, mad kings, corrupt governments and a mysterious institution? What’s not to like?

The Ninth Rain – in a similar vein, I’ve been wanting to finally read some of Jen Williams’s work – and while The Copper Cat is high on my list, I’ve got my claws on The Ninth Rain so it will come first! An eccentric lady explorer and a witch who sets things on fire – it has me at hello.

The Collapsing Empire – aside from the Culture, my list is very fantasy heavy – but I suspect Mr Scalzi can help me with that. I’ve not read any Scalzi in a few years (and I enjoyed Old Man’s War), so I’m excited to give this a whirl.

The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea) – my heart nearly exploded rereading A Wizard of Earthsea, so it’s unlikely I’ll even try to resist picking up the sequel this spring – I always loved Tombs, and I’m keen to see how it bears up.

Nod – I’m going to be spending more time in the crazy no-time of jetlag, so reading a book about the world forgetting how to sleep seems awfully on the nose. But when better to read it?


What are you looking forward to?