Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: My Ambitious, Out-of-This-World Spring TBR

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! Once hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, it is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s a weekly book feature where a topical list-prompt is posted and readers respond with their top ten for that prompt. Yours truly tends to go over ten, but hey, what can a passionate reader do?

This week’s topic is: Books On My Spring TBR List

Since we’re already almost done with March (what.), I think I’ll consider spring as April and May (if only it would last that long, grumbles the American who lives in a state where we have all four seasons in one day on the regular). I usually read one book a week, but I’d really like to aim for two…though considering how long my list is below, it looks like I might need to be even more ambitious than that.


Seven Shades in Black by Sam Sykes: I have followed Sykes on Twitter for what seems like ages, but I’ve never actually read anything he’s written (though I’ve always meant to). When Orbit was kind enough to send me a copy of this book, I knew I couldn’t pass it up (even if I secretly think that cover is abysmal).

Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker: I actually started reading a book by Parker when I was…middle school or high school, I think, but ended up never finishing it, because I had to turn it back into the library and was already at my max fines limit, don’t tell my mother it happened. I’ve thought about that book from time to time, but never found myself getting another copy of it. The plot to this one sounds so interesting and I’m excited to finally actually read a book by this author!

A Time of Dread by John Gwynne: Another author who I’ve always meant to read, but haven’t had a chance to (I suck, I know, hold your sticks and stones). I’m very thankful to Orbit for sending a copy my way, so I could finally get a taste of Gwynne and see what all the hype is about!

The Unbound Empire by Melissa Caruso: You better be sure I’m here to find out what happens to these characters!!!!! I’d loved to reread the first two books before I slip into this one, but I’m not sure if I’ll have time (or the patience) before devouring the final book in this trilogy.

SPFBO Books:

As I believe most people know, I was a last-minute-addition judge for the SPFBO contest, which is entering it’s final months! I am right on schedule to finish all the finalists books with the blog I’m partnered with a month before they are due (by the end of May) and, by the time April starts, these are the last three I have slotted to read. I’m excited to see how they fare in terms of my own personal opinion and reading tastes!

Ruthless Magic by Megan Crewe
Sworn to the Night by Craig Schaefer
Aching God by Mike Shel

Books For Fun:

The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers: I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book and I was lucky enough to get it for Christmas last year! As I’m sure you can tell from this post, I’m trying to read a lot of the sci-fi that’s currently on my shelves before I think a romance binge is happening, and this is definitely on that list, because I honestly can’t believe I haven’t read this yet.

There Before the Chaos by K.B. Wagers: An ARC that is now sorely overdue, but trust me when I say that my excitement for reading it hasn’t lessened any!

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky: Another overdue ARC that I’m quite curious about, especially since I’ve heard nothing but praise from many bloggers whom I respect.

A Bad Deal for The Whole Galaxy by Alex White: Apparently all I have are overdue ARCs but I am quite excited to see what the crew are going to do in this next installment!

Planetside by Michael Mammay: I’ve been curious about this book ever since it was announced and finally bought it a few months after it came out, because I’m seriously curious about it. Of course, still haven’t read it yet, but hopefully now it will happen!

Outsiders by Jay Posey: I’ve had this book for years. YEARS. Why haven’t I read it? Why am I the way that I am?

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley: Honestly, I know nothing about this book. I just loved the cover, so I bought it, and now I hope I’ll fall in love with it. *shrugs*

So, that’s…*does quick maths*…14 books over the span of two months. That’s doable, right? *she asks, after barely reading two books in March*


Totally doable…

Read on!

25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: My Ambitious, Out-of-This-World Spring TBR”

  1. I need to read the Becky Chambers book (and the rest of the trilogy, if I like the first one). These look like a great selection — I love seeing all the SF books on your list!

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  2. I feel like my TBR is going to grow a lot because of this post. Most of those books look like exactly the sort of thing I like to read!

  3. Oh this is a great, ambitious list, I hope you’ll get to read a lot of these! I haven’t read any of these books, but I’ve heard SO much about The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet, I hope you will love it 🙂
    Happy reading, Nicole! ❤

    1. Thank you so much! I’m already starting on a negative foot, as I keep checking out books from the library that are…not on this list. 😛 But I hope you read some good books here soon, too! ❤

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