Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Spring 2013 TBR List

Top 10 Tuesday newTop Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books On My Spring 2013 TBR List

Easy-peasy! My TBR (to-be-read) list grows by leaps and bounds. The challenge is not to come up with ten — it’s deciding which ten out of the hundreds of unread books in my house will actually make the list.

Without further ado:

Let’s start with a few books already pre-ordered, which will bump up to the top of my reading pile as soon as they arrive:

1) The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman. From Goodreads: “THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac – as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly’s wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark, from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman.” Okay, it’s Neil Gaiman. I’m in.

2) NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. Joe Hill writes some of the scariest horror I’ve ever read. The new book sounds terrifyingly terrific.

3) Tempest Reborn by Nicole Peeler. The 6th and final book in the amazing Jane True urban fantasy series. Jane is a totally kick-butt heroine with a soft spot for good books, yummy food, and hot guys. I’ve love watching Jane’s development of the course of the series from sad, downtrodden town pariah to fully empowered action hero with heart. Go, Jane!

A few books that have been on my shelves for longer than I care to admit:

4) Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell. The only book by this author that I haven’t read yet — and given the fact that I’ve adored everything else she’s written, I’m really looking forward to finally sitting down with this one.

5) The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. I’ve been wanting to get to this silly-sounding series for years! This spring, I’m going to make it happen.

6) The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley. I’ve read three of Susanna Kearsley’s atmospheric, romance-drenched time-slip novels, and want to read this one ASAP, as I understand a character from The Shadowy Horses features in her new upcoming book, The Firebird.

And a few newer acquisitions, which I really, really, really intend to read!

7) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I’ve read nothing but good reviews for this new release, and it’s been a while since I’ve read a book that made me cry. (I’ve been warned)

8) The Child’s Child by Barbara Vine. I’m not usually a mystery buff, but this story about family secrets and a book-within-a-book sounds too good to miss.

9) Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. So much buzz about this book! Must check it out, see if it lives up to the hype.

10) The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones. My city’s public library system is featuring this book as its current “One City, One Book” selection. Coming off the most recent season of Downton Abbey, this tale of an English manor house and the entanglements of its inhabitants sounds very appealing to me.

Whew! That’s ten! If I don’t get distracted by some other ten or twenty books, I hope to make a serious dent in this list over the next few months. Have you read any of these? Any thoughts or recommendations? And what are you planning to read this spring?


16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Spring 2013 TBR List

    • In a way, I’m glad that we have to wait a couple of months for the Neil Gaiman book. Maybe I can get through some of my other urgent reading first!

  1. NOS4A2 sounds interesting and the cover for The Child’s Child caught my eye. I’ll keep a look out for your thoughts on The Univited Guests, it’s certainly atmospheric! Hope you make a good dent in your TBR list this spring.

  2. NOS4A2 and Tempest Reborn made it onto my list too! Admittedly, The Ocean At the End of the Lane should have been on there as well but got left out! Susanna Kearsley is an amazing author and I actually won a copy late last year of The Shadowy Horses but still need to read it! Me Before You was heartbreaking but fantastic. Hope you enjoy it too!
    My TTT!

    • Well, my reading plans never quite work out the way I expect — so I hope I’ll read a lot of these, but I’m sure I’ll get distracted by 10 or 20 other books along the way!

  3. I love The Eyre Affair – oddly enough, I read it as an assigned text in an English 101 course (the professor used it as an example of post-modernism). And Susanna Kearsley is pretty much a blind-read author for me, I’ve loved every book of hers that I’ve read. And Gaiman! I forgot to put him on my own list!

    Great list 🙂

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