books on my spring 2019 to-read list | #toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Once again, it’s time to talk about seasonal TBRs. As you may know, I have been making monthly to-read lists using prompts from a reading challenge. I only pick those at the beginning of the month, so I have no idea what will end up on my monthly to-read lists for the spring months. However, today I’ve picked 10 books I might be in the mood to read soon.

Fruits Basket volume 1 by Natsuki Takaya
I bought this manga volume last year, when I first decided to give manga a try. It’s an extremely popular series about an orphan girl who starts living with a family that has an ancient curse resting upon them. That’s really all I know, and it’s all I need to know.

The School for Good and Evil (School for Good and Evil #1) by Soman Chainani
I’ve had this middle grade fantasy novel on my shelves for a while, but I keep forgetting about it. I don’t read much MG, so this will definitely be a book out of my comfort zone. Middle grade novels tend to be quite quick reads though, which is something I’ll need in the upcoming months.

Maresi (Red Abbey Chronicles #1) by Maria Turtschaninoff
I picked this fantasy novel up during a book sale in January, and am so excited to read it. If I’m not mistaken, it’s about an island inhabited solely by women in a world where men get to make all the decisions and choices. It’s only 250 pages long, which is quite short for an SFF novel!

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
No, I still haven’t read this book. I know, it’s terrible of me. I’ve read both Out of the Easy and Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys before, and quite enjoyed them. Thus, there’s really no reason for me to believe I won’t like Between Shades of Gray, which is a YA historical fiction novel centered around a Lithuanian family in WWII.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
I tend to read more YA contemporaries during the spring and summer seasons, as they’re often more light-hearted and cute. I’ve had this one on my Kindle for a while, and it seems like the perfect time to finally read it. I believe this is set in Tuscany, which simply radiates summer vibes.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman
I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this YA dystopian novel, and I really need to read it soon. I feel like I don’t have to talk about its synopsis since everyone but me has already read it.

If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman
Like I mentioned before, I tend to read more YA contemporary during the spring and summer months. If the Dress Fits is a book by a Filipinx author about a plus size girl who takes her friend to her cousin’s wedding as a fake date. Fake dating + Filipinx characters + plus size girl? Yes, please.

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
I quite enjoyed Sandhya Menon’s debut novel, When Dimple Met Rishi, and am looking forward to reading more of her work. While her first book followed a girl who loved to code, this one is about an aspiring filmmaker! I love ambitious women, and I can’t wait to see what Twinkle has in store for me.

Changeling (Order of Darkness #1) by Philippa Gregory
Philippa Gregory is well-known for her adult historical fiction novels, which I haven’t read yet. This is a YA historical fiction book, however, set in Italy in the 1400s. I’m going to be honest, I read the words ‘Italy’, ‘1453’, ‘heresy’, and ‘witchcraft’ and I was sold.

The Queen’s Poisoner (Kingfountain #1) by Jeff Wheeler
Do I know what this YA fantasy novel is about? No. Have I owned a digital copy of it for ages? Yes. The Queen’s Poisoner is one of those books I bought when it was a Kindle deal, and promptly forgot about. No more hiding on my digital shelf though, I am going to tackle this book soon.


Will I actually end up reading these 10 books during spring? Who knows. I truly hope so. Have you read any of these books? Which novels are on your spring to-read list this year?

Top Ten Tuesday: A Spring TBR

op Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, it’s all about that spring TBR. So here are some books I hope to read this coming season.

 

The Desert Spear (Demon Cycle #2) by Peter V. Brett // I’ve been meaning to continue the series for a while now. I just found out that the library in the city I work in has the books in English! I have The Desert Spear now, so I’m hoping to read it soon. 

Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown // Another one I’ve been meaning to read for ages. YA science fiction? Sounds like something I need to try. 

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater // I absolutely adore Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle, so I want to read more of her backlist. I’ve heard incredible things about this one! 

Assassin’s Quest (Farseer #3) by Robin Hobb // I need to finish this trilogy. I need to know what happens to Fitz next. I also want to finish it so I can start with the Liveship Traders one. 

The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms #3) by Cinda Williams Chima // Reading in translation: De Troon van de Grijze Wolf // I read the first book (in English) at the start of 2017. I really wanted to continue the series, but didn’t want to buy more books to add to my TBR. So I discovered that my library has copies of the book, translated into Dutch. I figured I’d give it a go. I read the second book in Dutch last week, and actually genuinely enjoyed it. So I’ll be continuing the series in translation. I do want to own my own copies one day, and I’ll probably buy them in English so I can re-read them in English one day.

 

The Circle by Dave Eggers // I have this book on my shelf, and I want to read it before I see the movie!

Insurrection (Insurrection #1) by Robyn Young // I’ve had this book on my shelf for quite a while. Somehow, I always overlook my historical fiction books. No more! I want to read more of my historical fiction ones. This is set in 1286 in Scotland, when the King of Scotland is murdered. Civil war threatens as everyone wants to be the new king. But so does King Edward I of England.

The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1) by Soman Chainani // Another one I have on my shelf! It just sounds like a wonderful MG (or is it YA?) fantasy book.

Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels #1) by Anne Bishop // I’ve just finished Anne Bishop’s The Others series -or at least the ones about Meg- and I can’t wait to read more of her works. I have this one on my shelf, so I’m hoping to get to it soon.

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) by Madeleine L’Engle // I have never read this. I know, scandalous! But a movie is being made, and the cast looks absolutely epic. So I want to read it, before ever seeing it. It’s pretty short, so I’m hoping to read this soon. 


So those are the 10 books I’m hoping to read in the coming season! Have you read any of these? Which one should I prioritize? Which books are on your Spring TBR?

A Spring Wrap Up Rolls Into a Summer TBR

When I made my Spring TBR a few months ago, I said I’d install a new system of creating TBRs. I’ll stick with 10 books per season, on the TBR. I chose 10 books in the beginning, and I’ll only switch out those I’ve read by the end of the season. 

To show you what I mean, here were the 10 books I said I’d try and read during Spring. 

However, of those 10 books, I only read 2 #donotjudgemeplease. Here are the ones I read: 

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch // 3.5 stars // I’m so glad I can say I’ve read this-because I only read it like a week ago. I enjoyed it, but it left me a bit underwhelmed to be honest. Most people have been absolutely raving about this book, so I had some expectations before going in. And while I liked it, it’s not something really special in my eyes. 

Air Awakens (Air Awakens #1) by Elise Kova // 4 stars // I really did enjoy this one. Again, I’ve seen many people rave about it -and the entire series so far really. I’m actually looking forward to continuing it. If you are interested in it, please don’t hesitate. The Kindle versions are sooo cheap. 

So because I’ve only read 2 out of the 10, the other 8 will stay on my TBR for the summer. I can only add 2 more to replace the ones I’ve read. 

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The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne #1) by Brian Staveley // This book has been on my to-read list for sooooo long. Honestly, it’s sad I haven’t read this. I think I’ve actually owned this copy for a little less than a year. That’s so long.

The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson // Okay, I love Brandon Sanderson, but I’ve only read 2 of his books. Therefore, 2 of his other books are on this list. I’ve heard such amazing things about this book, but I haven’t picked it up because the book is so long, and I haven’t had time for that commitment. 

The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima // Again, this has been on my shelf for so long. I think maybe even 2 years. Sigh, that’s so sad. But I’ve heard good things about it for years, and I think I’m just afraid to be disappointed. 

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf #1) by Ryan Graudin // This is another case of being scared of the hype. I’ve seen raving reviews about this for months. And I know I’ll probably love it. Yet I haven’t picked it up yet. 

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson // I started this series so long ago. I think even in 2013 or 2014? And I absolutely loved it. But I haven’t continued yet. I have noooooo idea why. I mean, I absolutely LOVED the first one! 

The Queen of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen // This book is another one of those which many people love. When it was released, everyone went crazy over it because it already had a movie deal with Emma Watson I believe? I’m not sure about that, but I think I heard it back then. Yet I still haven’t read it. Oops.

The Black Company (Companies of the Black Company #1) by Glen Cook // I’ve tried to start this one multiple times since I bought it, but the beginning always confuses me horribly! 20 pages in, I still have no clue what’s going on, who is who, etc. It’s really discouraging. 

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson // This seems like such an inspiring and funny read. I actually want to listen to the audio book for this one, because Jenny Lawson narrates it herself. 

Royal Assassin (Farseer #2) by Robin Hobb // I read my first Robin Hobb book, Assassin’s Apprentice, this year. I actually have the entire trilogy already, so I want to continue this soon.

Age of Myth (Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan // Michael Sullivan is one of my favorite fantasy authors, so of course I have to read his new release this season. I can’t wait to dive into this one!


So as you’ve seen, I’ve only added 2 books to my TBR for the summer: Age of Myth and Royal Assassin. This way, I’m still committing to the books I wanted to read in spring, but never got to. 

Top Ten Tuesday: A Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. Today, the topic is “Spring TBR”. You may or may not know, that I am TERRIBLE with TBRs. I never read the full list -and I’ve only once managed to read half of it. So I’m changing the way I’m doing these seasonal TBRs. 

Here’s what I’m going to do: I’ll keep the books from the previous TBR I haven’t read on the new one, and introduce new books for the ones I’ve finished. For example, I’ve read 2 books from my winter TBR. So I’ll keep 8 of the Winter TBR on my Spring TBR, and choose 2 new ones. 

All of these books were on my winter to-be-read list, but I didn’t get to them… Oops.

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch // I’ve been meaning to read this YA fantasy book for quite a long time. People are so enthusiastic about it, and the concept sounds interesting to me. I already have a hard copy of this, so I should really get to it.

The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima // Okay, this has probably been on my shelf for 2 years. I know, I’m ashamed of myself. To be honest, I’m afraid I won’t like it, because of all the great reviews I’ve seen (that makes sense in my head, I promise).

The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne #1) by Brian Staveley // Again, this has been on my shelf since the summer. I love fantasy, and this is quite a well-known book/author. So why haven’t I picked it up?

The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson // I do finally have a hard copy of this on my shelf, which is even more reason to pick it up soon. I do love the works I’ve already read by Sanderson, so I’m intrigued by yet another fantasy world.

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf #1) by Ryan Graudin // This book is everywhere. And I can’t deal with the fact that I haven’t read it yet.

The first 3 here are also from my winter to-read list. Like I said, I only managed to read 2 of the 10 books last season!

Air Awakens (Air Awakens #1) by Elise Kova // I’ve seen some pretty great reviews on this book and series, and the author seems like such a nice person (I based this opinion on her twitter account, sue me). So I want to read it!

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson // Another Sanderson book. I loved the first book of this series, but I never continued. To be honest, I find it embarrassing. Why don’t I pick it up?

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson // I’ve read a few pages of this and laughed so hard. A humorous non-fiction book about depression? Sign me up. 

The Queen of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen // This book has been massively popular for a while now. So when I won a $5 gift card from Anya @ On Starships & Dragonwings, I decided to pick this one up.

The Black Company (Companies of the Black Company #1) by Glen Cook // I bought this one last month because it was quite cheap on Bookdepository and it’s quite the famous fantasy series. So excited to read it! 


So this is my Spring TBR! I hope I’ll actually pick some of these up this time. What’s on your to-read list this season?

My Spring Wrap Up

SUMMER IS HERE. Yes, I absolutely had to write in capital letters. Why, you ask? Well, summer is my favorite season. Although it never really gets very warm here in Belgium –which makes me cry on the inside. Anyway, the start of a new season marks the end of the previous one so it is time to show you my spring wrap up. Every season I make a TBR, consisting of 10 books I want to read in said season. As I am notoriously bad at following a TBR, I never expect to read all of them. Yet my goal is to read at least half –which I haven’t even managed once.

My Spring TBR

Let’s take a look at what I was planning on reading in the past season, shall we?

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Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon // The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton // Rise of Empire (Riyria Revelations #3-4) by Michael J. Sullivan // Vicious (Vicious #1) by V.E. Schwab //The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton //

The Sin Eater’s Daughter (Sin Eater’s Daughter #1) by Melinda Salisbury // The Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1) by Brent Weeks // The Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson // Wizard’s First Rule (Sword of Truth #1) by Terry Goodkind // Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor //

So… How did I do?

And here it goes… Which ones did I actually read?

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1. Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon – 4.5/5 stars
2.
Vicious (Vicious #1) by V.E. Schwab
– 4.5/5 stars
3. The Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson – 5/5 stars

AND I’m currently reading Rise of Empire (Riyria Revelations #3-4) by Michael J. Sullivan so I guess that means I read 3.5 books out of 10? I’m not really satisfied with that number but let’s be honest, I’m getting better every month!

Do you make any TBRs? If so, feel free to share your tips on actually finishing it! I never even manage to read half of them.