Winter to-read list | 2018 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is your winter to-read list (or TBR). I am notoriously awful at these. I love making to-read lists, but I never actually end up reading them. The only time I can do these successfully is when I have prompts to guide me. Then, the challenge makes me want to finish it and I’m not bound to one book. Maybe that’s something I should look into for 2019… That’s why I love participating in readathons, because they have prompts I can match my books to.

Train Man by Hitori Nakano
I’m actually hoping to read this before the end of 2018! I bought this because a) it sounded really interesting even though it’s quite old, and b) I wanted to diversify my reading by picking up books from authors from different countries. This is written by a Japanese author!

A Shiver of Snow and Sky (Untitled #1) by Lisa Lueddecke
This seems like the perfect book to read during winter. It’s a fantasy novel set on a frozen island, where the sky speaks through colors. Lights appear during clear nights, and they all have a meaning. Green means all is well, and the Goddess is happy. Blue means a snow storm is coming. The red lights are a warning. Can you think of what color the sky will turn during this book? It just seems perfect! A frozen island + fantasy + winter time in Belgium = happy Jolien.

Promise of Blood (Powder Mage #1) by Brian McClellan
Honestly, this book needs to get off my unread shelf. It’s been there for way too long! I do tend to read more fantasy during winter, which makes this the perfect time to finally read this book. It’s about a Field Marshal who overthrows the king and kills the corrupt aristocrats, which starts a war with the Nine Nations.

Night by Elie Wiesel
I need to read this soon. I have no idea why I feel like this is a winter read. Maybe because the subject matter is so sad and awful that I don’t want to read it when the sun shines? These are the author’s memories of the murder of his family, and his time in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. I feel like I need to read this now. Obviously, I know what happened in the concentration camps during WWII. But this will confront me with someone’s actual memories, and no doubt shake me up and realize just how harrowing it really was.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) by Mackenzi Lee
I found a new, hardcover copy of this book for only €5.50 on Amazon! Isn’t that insane? I absolutely loved the first book in the duology, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and I can’t wait to read Felicity’s story. I have heard a lot of mixed reviews on this book, and it seems like most people didn’t love this as much as the first one. However, I’m optimistic!

King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild 
I started reading this one at the start of November, but put it down while participating in some readathons. I do really want to read this soon. It’s about King Leopold of Belgium and the way he colonized Congo. As a Belgian, I know embarrassingly little about the colonization of Congo because we aren’t really taught much about it in school. It’s time to change that.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
I found this at a secondhand bookstore in Brussels a while ago, and have been dying to read it. I’m not sure what it is about this book I find so interesting, but I know I’m going to read it soon. This is about Li-yan and her family, who are Akha (a Chinese ethnic minority) and live in a small village. Li-yan is one of the few educated girls, and when she has a baby out of wedlock, she puts her up for adoption. It’s about Li-yan and her daughter, who grew up in California. How different their lives are, and how they are both searching for answers. It sounds SO GOOD. I also found the hardcover edition in near perfect condition for only €3 at that store!!

The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate #1) by J.Y. Yang
This author and their book, The Black Tides of Heaven, have been on many of my readathon TBRs, and I still haven’t read them. All I know about it is that it has Asian fantasy setting, is about siblings, explores the idea of gender, and is written by an Singaporean author who identifies as queer and non-binary.

Sons of the Blood (New World Rising #1) by Robyn Young
All I know about this book is that it’s historical fiction set in the late 1400s after the War of the Roses and the death of King Edward of York. And it’s about a bastard, and a locked chest. I read Robyn Young’s Brethren when I was a teenager and loved it. That’s a series I want to reread one day because I can’t remember much about it. But I have faith in her writing!

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
It’s time for another Kristin Hannah book. I haven’t read any of her works since The Nightingale broke me in 2015. I can’t believe it’s been that long already. Winter Garden follows two sisters who come home again when their father is dying, and fulfill his dying wish. When they were children, their mother often told them a Russian fairy tale. Now, the three women need to tell the story one more time. I’m intrigued!


Someone hold me accountable for this. I need to read these by the end of March! Or at least 75% of these… Have you read any of them? Which one should I pick up first?

14 thoughts on “Winter to-read list | 2018 TBR

  1. I was so hoping to get to The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (and its predecessor) soon but I feel like it’s going to take me forever to get there! These all sound wonderful/fascinating so I hope you enjoy your TBR list!

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  2. Ah, I loved the Tea Girl book! In fact, I just gave it as a gift to a family member. My book group discussed it earlier this year, and for once, it was pretty unanimous that everyone found it fascinating! On a lighter note, I also really enjoyed the Lady’s Guide — just a really fun book. Looks like a great list — ennoy!

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  3. Winter Garden is one of my favorite books of ALL TIME! I really hope you get to that one!! It’s so good. Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy was also good. Great list.

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  4. Great list! I actually loved The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy even more than The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – I hope you enjoy it!

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