Top Ten Tuesday: springtime reading

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s all about books, lists and sharing the love we have of both with our bookish friends. This week it’s time to look at what’s on our spring TBR.

My reading this spring will – unsurprisingly – be dominated by ARCs and awards shortlists. With Subjective Chaos and the Hugo Awards to vote in, I’ve got a fair amount of catch up still to do; and I keep being distracted by amazing review copies (I’m not complaining!). In spite of all those obligations, there’s also a couple of new releases coming out that I won’t be able to resist…

Vicious – V E Schwab

I was quietly delighted to see V E Schwab make the Subjective Chaos – I hadn’t anticipated it, and it guarantees some lighter reading along the way this spring.

The Unbound Empire – Melissa Caruso

Whether I score an ARC or not, I’ll be moving heaven and earth to lay hands on a copy of the final instalment of Swords and Fire when it comes out next month. This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year; and the epic teasing Caruso has done on Twitter has done nothing but whet my appetite.

Trail of Lightning – Rebecca Roanhorse

I’m delighted to say this will be a Wyrd and Wonder read-along (as well as nominated for multiple awards), so it’s a late spring read but most certainly on the list!

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

I bounced off Children when I tried it last year, but I’m determined to give it another go. I love that it exists in the world (and oh my word that cover art), but it was just a bit young for me (no surprises: I’m not the target audience, and I don’t read a lot of YA because I don’t love the tropes). Still, that world building eh?

Space Opera – Catherynne Valente

Just when you’ve sworn never to read Valente again (I love her ideas, but I’ve regularly struggled to engage with her books outside of Fairyland), she goes and writes a Eurovision space opera. I mean, that’s sufficiently batshit bonkers that I have to take a look (plus it’s a Subjective Chaos nominee, so I really do have to take a look).

A Memory Called Empire – Arkady Martine

I’ve been looking forward to this one for months: space opera! Politics! Murder! Intrigue! It has so many ingredients I love, and I’ve heard a lot of good word of mouth. It’s next up on my reading list…

The Book of Flora – Meg Elison

The Road to Nowhere reaches its conclusion, and I’m excited (and nervous) to see where it leads. Flora is a trans woman in a male-dominated post-apocalyptic world fixated on sex and childbearing. Can she find a safe place where she is truly welcome to make her home? This has been a harrowing series, but I hold out hope that it will end on an optimistic note.

Unholy Land – Lavie Tidhar

Another book nominated for multiple awards, and my first foray into Tidhar’s work – what can go wrong? (Don’t answer that – I’ve already noted that opinions diverge strongly on this one). I’m intrigued though: time travel, murder, political commentary, saving the world – it sounds like a good mix to me.

The Psychology of Time Travel – Kate Mascarenhas

Erm, speaking of murder and time travel…  yep, I’m on a roll! Here we have an alternate past, where time travel was invented by 4 female scientists in the 60s; an alternate present, where it has become big business; and a murder in a possible future, which our heroine is desperate to avert. Solid pitch, I like it!

The Poison Song – Jen Williams

The final instalment of The Winnowing Flame is out in May, but will it blaze with glory or sputter out? I cannot call what Jen Williams has in store for us in the finale; there were enough surprises in The Bitter Twins that I can only stuff my fist in my mouth and prepare to read fearfully through my fingers. So scared. Can’t wait.

What will you be reading this spring?