Top Ten Tuesday: spring 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 take a look at our spring TBR!

The days are getting longer, the weather is – well, it is, anyway, and it’s time to make a vague plan of what I’ll be reading this spring. It’s going to look a lot like my winter TBR, as I started the year with more intentions than discipline and promptly got waylaid by a heap of amazing ARCs. I have no regrets.

However, that does make it dead easy to pinpoint what I’ll be reading – not only are these books on my conscience, many of them are on the Subjective Chaos shortlist and I need to get cracking if I’m to meet my obligations in my chosen categories! 

Let’s start with a selection of those Kind of Awards nominees (and to be clear, I’m looking forward to everything this year as the shortlist is EPIC; but I don’t think I’ve wibbled about these ones yet).

First up will almost certainly be The Deep by Rivers Solomon, which was my birthday present to myself (along with an afternoon with James McAvoy. Yes, it was a good birthday, thank you for asking). Mermaids and a masterful writer tackling themes of slavery and memory sound like it will be an intriguing and possibly challenging read.

My fellow panellists have been making very positive noises about All City by Alex DiFrancesco (and kicking off our annual debate of What Even Is Genre), a post-climate apocalyptic tale of social divisions and survival.  No questions about what genre The Gilded Wolves sits in: I’m really looking forward to Roshani Chokshi’s much-lauded Parisian fantasy heist. I’m also really excited to explore the Elemental Logic series by Laurie J Marks – a queer feminist fantasy that I’d somehow never heard of until now (tut) – and to finally read Ian McDonald’s Luna trilogy, which has been languishing on my shelf for a couple of years. A family saga of corporate shenanigans in space? Yep, my jam.

But it won’t all be awards reading. I’ve still got a few ARCs to fit in, along with a much-delayed appointment with one Baru Cormorant (I’m not ready; I may never be ready). I’m all caught up on my Embers of War reread and ready to buckle up for Light of Impossible Stars by Gareth L Powell to see how whether Trouble Dog and her crew can survive both the Marble Armada and the enemy they’re afraid of.

I’m hoping that 2020 is the year where I finally fall in love with Adrian Tchaikovsky (I’ve enjoyed his short fiction, but I was left cold by Dogs of War) – as an SFnal thriller of parallel universes and monsters creeping through the cracks between them, The Doors of Eden sounds right up my street. Meanwhile Goldilocks by Laura Lam ticks so many boxes there’s a very real risk I’ll ditch all my other reading and inhale it next week: a thriller featuring a stolen spacecraft, an all-female crew, dangerous secrets and one shot to save humanity.

Last but not least is Dawnspell by Katharine Kerr (along with Dragonspell and A Time of Exile before we next meet, I suspect) as I continue with the Deverry Runalong Readalong.

What will you be reading this spring?