Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

It's been a while since I partook in this meme (in fact, the last time I posted was April 2016) but now that I have my feet under me again I'm ready to participate. I know I won't be posting every week but I think it's safe to say this will become a regular part of Tsundoku again.

Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week a new prompt is posted and you can participate by visiting her blog and linking up.

In no particular order here are the top ten books I am excited to dive into this season:
I, Lucifer

The Prince of Darkness has been given one last shot at redemption, provided he can live out a reasonably blameless life on earth. Highly sceptical, naturally, the Old Dealmaker negotiates a trial period - a summer holiday in a human body, with all the delights of the flesh.
The body, however, turns out to be that of Declan Gunn, a depressed writer living in Clerkenwell, interrupted in his bath mid-suicide. Ever the opportunist, and with his main scheme bubbling in the background, Luce takes the chance to tap out a few thoughts - to straighten the biblical record, to celebrate his favourite achievements, to let us know just what it's like being him.
Neither living nor explaining turns out to be as easy as it looks. Beset by distractions, miscalculations and all the natural shocks that flesh is heir to, the Father of Lies slowly begins to learn what it's like being us.
This, technically, has nothing to do with the TV series Lucifer, which I've been obsessed with lately, but the similarities are close enough that I'm rather excited to get to this one. Interestingly enough, I bought this on accident (damn that auto buy button on amazon) two months before I started watching the show.

Tess of the Road

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.
Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it's a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl--a subspecies of dragon--who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she's tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.
I have an ARC of this sitting on my kindle begging to be read. Originally I requested it because of the cover and the author, but finding out it's set in the same universe as Seraphina is what is going to make this a real treat. I'm so happy with all the dragon books coming out lately.

Tower of Dawn

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
Yeah so I still haven't read this one even though I profess to be an avid fan of the series. Sure, I wasn't too excited about it when it was announced but that's not really what's kept me from reading it. In fact, I'm not sure what has. But I picked up a copy (another copy I should specify because why would I own just one copy of a book I haven't even read lol) when it was on sale recently and so I hope this means I will get to it sooner than later.

To Kill a Kingdom

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.
The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?
Another ARC begging me to read it. This cover is gorgeous and the description is right up my alley. But honestly, the biggest reason I want to read it? Because it sounds different. The setting and the aesthetic are just a 180 from the things I've been reading lately and I'm hoping it will be a breathe of fresh air I desperately need.

Altered Carbon

Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course. But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn't be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society.
I've begun watching the new Netflix show and while I feel like I'm still holding my breathe (it's a fine line they're walking with the concept of an asian man in a white man's body but so far... well it doesn't seem inappropriate in that regard but only time will tell once the season wraps up) it has definitely reignited the fire I have for all things Cyber Punk. Reading the book will be a treat, I think.


In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.
I still have to read Song of Achilles but I already know I'll love. Same goes with this one. I have an ARC and it's high on my list to get to. I doubt I'll get to it before it comes out but I have faith that I will adore this one and be recommending it to everyone everywhere.

His Dark Materials

Northern Lights introduces Lyra, an orphan, who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. In The Subtle Knife she is joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds and leads to a thrilling conclusion in The Amber Spyglass.
The epic story Pullman tells is not only a spellbinding adventure featuring armoured polar bears, magical devices, witches and daemons, it is also an audacious and profound re-imagining of Milton's Paradise Lost. An utterly entrancing blend of metaphysical speculation and bravura storytelling, HIS DARK MATERIALS is a monumental and enduring achievement.
When I was younger I started reading this series but never even finished book one. Now, with the mini-series right around the corner (and with a so-far fantastic cast featuring Dafne Keen & Lin-Manuel Miranda!!!) or at least getting close to being right around the corner I'm excited to give it another chance. And where better to start reading it then when I'm living here in the UK?


When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other.
I'm not really sure what to expect from this one but it has a lot of early favorable reviews and a kick-ass cover so I'm looking forward to it.

War and Peace

At a glittering society party in St Petersburg in 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. Terror swiftly engulfs the country as Napoleon's army marches on Russia, and the lives of three young people are changed forever. The stories of quixotic Pierre, cynical Andrey and impetuous Natasha interweave with a huge cast, from aristocrats and peasants to soldiers and Napoleon himself. In War and Peace, Tolstoy entwines grand themes - conflict and love, birth and death, free will and faith - with unforgettable scenes of nineteenth-century Russia, to create a magnificent epic of human life in all its imperfection and grandeur.
Not a new book by any means but a book I've wanted to read for about a year now. I recently downloaded the mini-series and after watching it I think I'll have the push to get to this one finally. I will admit I've read the first hundred pages or so last summer and found them rather easy to get through, or easier than I expected, but the size was still daunting. This'll definitely take a chunk of time but I'm okay with that because I think it will be worth it.

Children of Blood and Bone

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.
How could I not put this one on my list? I don't think I've seen one bad review and it's been advertised just about everywhere. Certainly seems like something I should get to right away. Plus, #ownvoices and where can I go wrong with that?

What are you all looking forward to reading this season? Let me know in the comments!
*all covers linked to Goodreads 


  1. This is an amazing list! Tess of the Road, To Kill a Kingdom, Furyborn and Children of Blood and Bone are just some of the books I really want to read too..I heard a lot about Circe and Altered Carbon is actually on Netflix but haven't watch it, maybe I should read the book first?

    1. I've started watching the show and I'm really enjoying it so I think it's a safe bet that you can watch it before you read it. Thanks for stopping by, Cherry!

  2. Great list! War & Peace alone would be a great accomplishment.

    1. This is my second time trying to get into it. I had to stop before because school got in the way but now I'm on holiday and about 100 pages in and totally in love with it. Thanks for stopping by, Tasheena!

  3. War and Peace has been on my TBR list since basically forever. At least since my husband read it while we were in college. One of these days!

    Meanwhile, my current spring TBR list is right here.

    1. Every list I've seen it one basically recommends it as one of the greatest novels of all time so I'm sure you won't regret it when you get to it! But you definitely need to carve out, like, a month which is so hard. Thanks for stopping by, Hamlette!

  4. To Kill a Kingdom was soooo good! <3 I hope you love it as much as I did. Thanks for stopping by earlier!

    1. Yay! Love to hear it! I'm sorry it's taken me this long to get to it since I've had the galley for a while now and had it on my TBR even longer then that. Thanks for stopping by, Destiny!

  5. Fantastic list! I've been meaning to read To Kill a Kingdom, it sounds so amazing! I hope you enjoy all of these! Happy reading!

    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday!

  6. Tower of Dawn was amazing!! It took me a little to get to it as well because I wan't the biggest fan of Chaol. I'm still not the biggest fan but this book was so touching, totally worth the read. I hope you like it. To Kill a Kingdom, Furbyborn, and Children of Blood and Bone are some of my most anticipated reads. Great list :)

    Elena @ The Novelistics

    1. I've definitely heard mixed things and that's what's really kept me from diving into ToD. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by, Elena!

  7. Children of Blood and Bone is AMAZING! I hope you love it. I also have to read Tower of Dawn. I've been losing interest in the series so it's been taking me forever to read it.

    I hope you love every single one of these books! :D <3

    1. I'm sooo excited to dive into CoBaB as soon as I pick it up. I find that I lose interest in the TOG series in between books but whenever I dive back in I rekindle my love for them completely. Thank you so much, Heather!

  8. I have both ToD and Furyborn. I really need to get to them. Claire Legrand was the moderator for the Obsidio event I went to, and she and Amie were talking about Furyborn and it sounds incredible.

    1. I'm so jealous you went to an Obsidio event! I still have yet to pick up the book but it's sitting in my Amazon cart just waiting LOL. Thanks for stopping by, Sam!

  9. I really loved Tess of the Road and Furyborn was a good read too. His Dark Materials was not my thing, haha.

    1. That's so good to hear! I feel like I haven't seen Tess of the Road around the blogosphere too much. I remember getting through about a third, or maybe even halfway, into the first book of His Dark Materials and I can definitely see why it's not for everyone. I'm hoping I'll actually finish them before the mini-series comes out. Thanks for stopping by, Annemieke!

  10. I've just recently picked up a copy of Children of Blood and Bone and I can't wait to start in on it! :)


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