Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Tops of My Spring TBR Pile

There are all kinds of great books coming out this spring, and even more great books that have been out for ages that want reading this spring.  Today's Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and Bookish is asking us what books are at the top of our spring TBR lists.  Here are ten books I'm excited to read this spring!

1. The Mapmaker's War by Ronlyn Domingue -"In an ancient time, in a faraway land, a young woman named Aoife is allowed a rare apprenticeship to become her kingdom’s mapmaker, tasked with charting the entire domain. Traveling beyond its borders, she finds a secretive people who live in peace, among great wealth." Okay, so this sounds a little more fantasy than I was expecting, but I'm still very curious!

2. The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag - Okay, so it's a house where the main character gets 99 days to turn her life around with the help of talking portraits featuring former residents like George Eliot and Beatrix Potter.  Why yes, that does sound very interesting indeed.

3. Taken by Erin Bowman - I was very excited when this one showed up on my doorstep from Harper Teen.  Dystopian YA about a place where all the boys vanish at midnight on their eighteenth birthdays.  Yes, please.

4. The House Girl by Tara Conklin - I just started this book about a slave girl in Virginia whose story overlaps with a modern lawyer's case to get reparations for descendants of American slaves.  Looks promising!

5. A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty - I've been loving Jaclyn Moriarty's books since I read Feeling Sorry for Celia to take a break from required reading in college. It's a little different because it's a fantasy set partially in a world where colors are dangerous entities and partially in our world with a crack in between.  Sounds fantastic! 

6. Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw - I kind of "oopsed" into a review copy of this one through Library Thing's Early Reviewers.  I'm kind of so dismally behind on things they've sent me in the past that I figured if I just requested a few to remind myself of my interest in them, I wouldn't even stand a chance of actually getting chosen for one.  I did.  What better opportunity to rehab my Early Reviewer reputation than to start with this book about five Malaysians looking for a better life in Shanghai?

7. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami - Ti over at Book Chatter is hosting a spring read-along this spring, and I'm considering joining up.  I think I'd like to have some company for my first Murakami. 

8. The Registry by Shannon Stoke - William Morrow Paperbacks sent me an e-mail about their "New Adult" books, and this one struck my fancy. "In this patriotic new America, girls are raised to be brides, sold at auction to the highest bidder. Boys are raised to be soldiers, trained by the state to fight to their death.  Nearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her auction year. But a warning from her married older sister raises dangerous thoughts. Now, instead of going up on the block, Mia is going to escape to Mexico—and the promise of freedom."  If this is what New Adult can be, I'm definitely interested!

9. Fever by Lauren DeStefano - The last book in the Chemical Garden Trilogy just came out, but I haven't yet read the second one.  I loved Wither, so I'm looking forward to catching up with the rest of this series. 

10. The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai by Ruiyan Xu - I dipped into this one recently, but I wasn't quite ready to dig into something quite so literary yet (again).  It's about a man injured in a hotel explosion in Shanghai who loses his ability to speak Chinese.  Reviews are mixed, but I'm still curious.

What are you looking forward to reading this spring?


  1. This is a great list! Love it. Just added some of these to my wish list. Thank you!

    Here's my list of books I can't wait to read this spring!

  2. I haven't read a lot of Dystopian reads, but Taken does sounds very interesting. I can't wait to read it, but I'm probably going to wait untill the sequel is out as well.

    Nina@J'adore Happy Endings

  3. Yikes, I don't a single one of those books.

  4. The Mapmaker's War is one that I've been really curious about and am looking forward to hearing more about. I'm dying to read The House at the End of Hope Street. It can't come out soon enough!

  5. You're adding more books to my tbr list! The Mapmaker's War and the House at the End of Hope Street sound so interesting!

  6. What a list! The only one I can comment on is Fever, and while I still plan on reading the final book in the series, this one sort of cooled me on the Chemical Gardens

  7. I haven't read any of these books but two of them, The House Girl and The House on the end of Hope Street were already on my to read in 2013 list. I added two more. Thanks

  8. I just started THE HOUSE GIRL, too. It's excellent so far! I'll be interested to see what we both think of it :)