Spring TBR

I had some success with seasonal TBR lists before, though I have to admit my winter list was a fail because a) life was crazy, and b) I only put weirdly serious books on it, which immediately put me off reading. Eh.

Anyway, I’m going for a combination of books already owned and new releases this time. I know I’ll be reading my favorite authors’ books as soon as they’re published (lots of romances, duh. Spring is going to be hell on my book budget.), but I want to mix it up a bit. Maybe I can even make some progress on my challenges.

  1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I already started reading it, so this is cheating a bit, but it’s my list and I can do what I want. This has been very high on my most-anticipated list of 2017. So far, so good. (read in May, a disappointment.)
  2. Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier – I’ve been reading this one for more than a month. It’s different from the previous two books and I’m not sure why it’s dragging so much.
  3. The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn – this will release on May 30 and I can’t wait! Because of Miss Bridgerton, the first book of this series, was one of the few romances I rated with 4.5 stars. (read in May, so good!)
  4. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab – obviously.
  5. City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong – I saw this one got 5 stars from three reviewers I trust implicitly, so I grabbed the audiobook when I had a new credit to spend. I’ve listened to a couple of chapters and it sounds great! It’s just going slowly because I don’t have a lot of time to listen to audiobooks lately. (read in April/May, loved it, already bought the sequel.)
  6. Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen – I can’t wait for this one. I haven’t talked about my love for Bowen’s romances yet, I need to do that soon, but she quickly became an auto-buy author for me. (read in May, binged it in 1 day, ha.)
  7. Stay by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy – yeah, like I said.
  8. I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne – I know I said I didn’t like Love Story that much but I *just* finished reading Walk of Shame (I binge-read it in a day) and it was gorgeous. Layne is another auto-buy author.
  9. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – I bought this one when it was a Kindle deal and haven’t had the time to read it yet. But I really want to! I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.
  10. One of Amelie Nothomb’s novels – I have several unread ones and I don’t know which one I want to read first, but I want to read more French books.
  11. Le Secret by Phillippe Grimbert – I’m halfway through this one and really should just finish it, it’s not long at all.

I think that’s enough for now, don’t you? :)

Have you read any of these? Which should I tackle first? 

What’s your most anticipated release for the rest of 2017? 

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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  • Read none of them. Only read two of the authors (Marillier and Schwab). So I am of no help today.

    • Well I read (listened to) City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong and it’s very, very good. I don’t read thrillers but I couldn’t stop listening to this one.

  • Greg Hill

    Well I can say City of the Lost is awesome (but taste is subjective so that’s just me lol) but I hope you like it when you try it. I imagine Strange the Dreamer is pretty good too, but I haven’t read her.

    • YES City of the Lost was amazing! I already started the sequel, haha! :D Strange the Dreamer was a huge disappointment, however. I’m really bummed because Taylor was one of my favorite YA authors…

      • Greg Hill

        Oh my gosh I thought the sequel was even BETTER! Enjoy. :)

  • Oh no, I was afraid Child of the Prophecy might be disappointing after the first two. I mean, I still love it, but it’s not at the same level. I’m also very curious to hear what you think of Strange the Dreamer. As for Our Dark Duet, I can only hope it lives up to ACOL. (Which I guess you found slightly disappointing?)

    I’m looking forward to Assassin’s Fate most!

    • I’m still working my way through Marillier’s book. I just can’t connect to Fainne! Her decisions bother me and it’s dragging. :( It’s horrible because I loved the first two books SO MUCH!

      Ugh, and StD (the worst acronym ever) was a disappointment, yeah. The more I think about it, the less I like it. Bah.

      And I have high hopes for Our Dark Duet. I *did* find ACOL disappointing, too, I guess I had a little reading slump, but it wasn’t BAD. I just wished for more. I have a review for that written somewhere, I just need to post it. (soon)

      I also have to move forward with reading Hobb, haha! I still haven’t finished the Liveship Traders. *hangs head in shame*

      • Yes, I definitely understand that. She frustrates me so much, too. I think it’s worth it in the end, but I also might be biased.

        Really? ACOL was more than I’d hoped for!

        Um, maybe don’t read Hobb while you’re in an every-book-is-disappointing reading slump. :P

  • Strange the Dreamer and Our Dark Duet are both on my list, too! I’m trying to be good about buying books (sigh) so I’ve been waiting impatiently for my hold on Strange the Dreamer to become available at the library…soon!

    The Girl With the Make Believe Husband is soooo good. I’ll confess that I was a bit worried about the premise, which seemed a bit outlandish, but I loved it. I’m actually planning on doing a mini-reread of all my favourite scenes before it comes out.

    I can’t wait to hear your take on City of the Lost, Kaja! It’s definitely a bit different from the books you usually read (same goes for me too) but I have a feeling you’ll really like it.

    • I’m looking forward to reading your review on Strange the Dreamer. I was pretty disappointed in it, it’s such a shame… I really liked Taylor’s DoSaB series!

      And YES I liked the Girl With the Make Believe Husband, too! :D Both characters were very likeable, though I always feel like shouting “JUST TELL THE TRUTH” at characters in such situations. But it was a very enjoyable read.

      And I LOVED City of the Lost. I’m already listening to the sequel, haha! :D If you have any similar recs with female protagonists, send them my way.

  • April C

    Salt To The Sea is excellent! It’s also pretty timely given the climate surrounding refugees these days. Definitely would recommend reading this sooner rather than later.

    • Ooh, that sounds intriguing. I’ve heard nothing but good reviews for Salt to the Sea, so I’m excited to read it.

  • I’m so excited for the JQ book, too. I just love the cover.

    • I read The Girl With the Make Believe Husband (I don’t usually get arcs for such “high profile” romances so I was super happy!) and I liked it a lot! :)

  • I really enjoyed City of the Lost, and extra bonus for having the audio! I had the pleasure of listening to that one too, and I credit the narrator’s talent for making me love it even more :)

    • I LOVED City of the Lost, I’m already listening to the sequel! :D If you have any similar recs with female protags, I’d love to read more in the same genre.

  • This TBR has so many good books on. I am terrified of starting Strange the Dreamer. It’s sitting on my shelf judging my fear. I am so excited about it, though, so I don’t know why I haven’t started reading. Yes for Julia Quinn as well. I’ve just preordered my copy this morning and I am sat here questioning why it’s not the 30th yet because I want to get reading. I loved the first book and now I really want the next.

    Yay for having City of the Lost on your list! I loved that book and the second book in the series and I am now a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong so I hope you love it. I’m always nervous when people read books I love in case it goes wrong.

    Basically, I love every book on your list this time around so I hope you manage to get to them all.

    • I…disliked Strange the Dreamer. Ugghghhh this is so hard to write! :( I had such high hopes for it.

      I read Julia Quinn already (got an arc somehow, I was super happy about it, I don’t usually get such high profile romances) and really liked it! I hope you’ll enjoy it, too.

      I LOVED City of the Lost and I’m already listening to the sequel. Will there be more than 2 books? Which one would you recommend I read next? And do you have any similar recs?

      • I am so late replying to this! I can’t believe you didn’t like it! I will suitably lower my expectations but see this is why i am hesitant to start reading Strange the Dreamer. I want to like it so much so what if I don’t?

        And I am jealous. I am so excited for that book, Julia QUinn just writes romance so well. I’ve got a copy preordered though so it’s ok.

        I do think there’s going to be more than two books in the City of the Lost series, don’t know how many. I would probably recommend the Cainsville books. There are fantasy elements to it but they’re very subtle, it’s far more about the mystery and it’s finishing this year so you’ll have chance to read the whole series with no wait. I also loved the Nadia Stafford series but that’s one of her less popular ones for some reason.

  • Salt to the sea is so good, but a real tear-jerker. I would recommend you keep so tissues near by!

    • Well I like a good book-induced cry every now and then. :) Thanks for the warning, though!

  • I haven’t read any of these, but it sounds like you’re already making good progress on the list! Good luck!

    • Thanks, Kel! :) Yeah, I’m having a better reading month than I did before. I’m hoping it sticks because I really need some good books in my life.

  • Sara Letourneau

    Nice list! I finished Strange the Dreamer a couple weeks ago and really liked it. Not as much as Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but it’s beautifully imaginative. And yes, Salt to the Sea was very good. It’s funny what you can learn from historical fiction novels that they don’t teach in school.

    As for books I’m looking forward to this spring, Our Dark Duet is definitely one of them, as well as A.J. Hartley’s Firebrand (sequel to last year’s Steeplejack) and Elizabeth May’s final book in her Falconer Trilogy. I still have a number of older books to catch up on, too, and other new books from the winter that I haven’t gotten to yet. It’s going to be a busy spring reading-wise!

    • I’m glad Strange the Dreamer worked for you! I didn’t like it that much, though I’m a big fan of the Daughter of S&B series.

      I recently read another historical novel about WWII – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – and it was so informative but without being didactic or having huge info dumps. I loved it so much!

      And I always feel like I’m not caught up with my series and new releases, too. There are so many good books to read! Here’s to a spring full of fantastic reads. :)