Top Ten Tuesday: it’s aspirational

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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. With the Ides of March upon us, all eyes are on the future: what will we read this spring?

2023 may be the worst start I’ve ever had to a reading year in terms of number of books finished, so this list is strictly aspirational: I should be so lucky as to read 10 books before summer. Thankfully, I’m reading the novella category for the Subjective Chaos Kind Of Awards – maybe I can finish ten reads if half of them are short? Maybe.

While I’m making very little headway on the written word, I’ve been steadily enjoying audio books (the only category of my winter TBR that I actually completed). They keep me company on walks and drives, and take the sting out of chores. Over the past year, I’ve stopped struggling to listen to books I haven’t read and made the acquaintance of a stack of talented narrators who have carried me through new reads. I’ve just finished an audio reread of The Calculating Stars so I look forward to more Lady Astronaut through the spring along with Lorraine Wilson’s The Way The Light Bends. I’ll probably fit in one more, but I’m not sure what it will be yet – possibly a reread of The Lies Of Locke Lamora (because apparently it’s been seven years since my last one. SEVEN YEARS WTF).

So, can I fit in 3 actual books as well? I can hope try. Between SF nominees for Subjective Chaos and the various ARCs and books I’ve acquired recently, I’m spoiled for choice. Given my general struggles to make time to read, safe to say that mood will be a big factor, but with Wyrd and Wonder coming along in May I might have to fit in at least one magical tale…. Or I might just have to run out and buy a copy of The Faithless. A few of my options here:

We’ll see. The even bigger question is whether I’ll get time and head space to write any reviews – work is currently wringing my brain dry, so reviewing is even more aspirational than reading…

What will you be reading this spring?