Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR

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It’s actually coming into fall in Australia so this probably should have been titled ‘Ten Books on my Fall TBR’. I like looking neat and organised, however, so spring it is! The books don’t change anyway. 🙂

Keep in mind that not all of these books are recent or near-future releases—some of them are old releases I’ve been wanting to read and am planning to read this season.

1) The Winner’s Curse – Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse Marie RutsokiAs a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

RELEASE DATE: March 4, 2014.

EXPECTATIONS: Action-filled plot. Characters torn between choices. Strong fantasy world-building. Hope it’s as good as everyone’s been saying. 🙂

2) The Rose and the Dagger – Renee Ahdieh

The Rose and The Dagger - Renee AhdiehIn a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever.

Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

RELEASE DATE: May 3, 2016.

EXPECTATIONS: Gorgeous, lyrical writing. Shazi to be as strong and beguiling as she was in the first book. The romance to be as bitter, as lovely, as heartbreaking. Who’s surprised to see this here? 😛

3) The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything - Morgan MatsonAndie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

RELEASE DATE: May 3, 2016.

EXPECTATIONS: Cute romance. Likeable main character. Some family or relationship issues, but generally light-hearted.

4)  The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

the star-touched queenCursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, 16-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected.

As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds friendship and warmth. But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran’s magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger.

RELEASE DATE: May 3, 2016.

EXPECTATIONS: Authentic sense of Indian mythology. Strong world-building. A complex yet flawed protagonist I want to root for.

5) Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here – Anna Breslaw

Scarlett Epstein Hates It HereMeet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her pot-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.

When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. Scarlett never considers what might happen if they were to find out what she truly thinks about them…until a dramatic series of events exposes a very different reality than Scarlett’s stories, forever transforming her approach to relationships—both online and off.

RELEASE DATE: April 19, 2016.

EXPECTATIONS: Lots of references to fanfiction and fandom-speak. Internet slangs. A funny and relatable main character.

6) Fifteen Lanes – S. J. Laidlaw

Fifteen LanesNoor has lived all of her fourteen years in the fifteen lanes of Mumbai’s red light district. Born into a brothel, she is destined for the same fate as her mother: a desperate life trapped in the city’s sex trade. She must act soon to have any chance of escaping this grim future.

Across the sprawling city, fifteen-year-old Grace enjoys a life of privilege. Her father, the CEO of one of India’s largest international banks, has brought his family to Mumbai where they live in unparalleled luxury. But Grace’s seemingly perfect life is shattered when she becomes a victim of a cruel online attack.

When their paths intersect, Noor and Grace will be changed forever. Can two girls living in vastly different worlds find a common path?

RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2016.

EXPECTATIONS: A heartbreaking yet realistic look into how the rich live versus how the poor live in India. Extremely well-developed characters. Difficult relationships and issues.

7) A Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro

a study in charlotteThe last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2016.

EXPECTATIONS: Chemistry with a capital C between Holmes and Watson. An interesting mystery. A snooty-ish Holmes.

8) I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You The SunJude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life.

The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

RELEASE DATE: September 16, 2014.

EXPECTATIONS: Lots of sadness. Difficult relationships. Well-characterised, quirky protagonists.

9) Symptoms of Being Human – Jeff Garvin

Symptoms of Being Human - Jeff GarvinRiley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

RELEASE DATE: February 2, 2016.

EXPECTATIONS: Tons of references to internet culture. Gender fluidity that’s actually gender fluidity.

10) 13 Ways of Looking at A Fat Girl – Mona Awad

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat GirlGrowing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (a.k.a. Mississauga), Lizzie has never liked the way she looks—even though her best friend Mel says she’s the pretty one. She starts dating guys online, but she’s afraid to send pictures, even when her skinny friend China does her makeup: she knows no one would want her if they could really see her. So she starts to lose.

With punishing drive, she counts almonds consumed, miles logged, pounds dropped. She fights her way into coveted dresses. She grows up and gets thin, navigating double-edged validation from her mother, her friends, her husband, her reflection in the mirror. But no matter how much she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl?

RELEASE DATE: February 23, 2016.

EXPECTATIONS: I’ve been in a bit of ‘books with fat characters’ mood lately, after Dumplin and Future Perfect. These books always get really low scores on Goodreads so I’m hoping this one will defy expectations. 🙂

What’s on your TTT this week? Let me know in the comments or leave me a link!

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83 thoughts on “Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR

  1. Oooo, awesome picks here on your list! I forgot about IGYTS for my list, so I’ll definitely be adding that, lol. Also, I am, too, interested in the Symptoms of Being Human, A Study in Charlotte, & 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl! All three of those novels sound SO good, although I’ve only heard a few things from other bloggers/readers.

    On the other hand, I haven’t heard of #5 or #6, but they do have interesting premises. Great post, Reg!! 🙂

    -Jess @jbelkbooks

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  2. I’ve not heard of the majority of these books, but I’d be interested in looking into them (as if I didn’t have enough to read already, aha.)

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  3. Symptoms of Being Human was just missed off of my Spring TBR! It sounds brilliant and I can’t believe I haven’t picked it up yet! The Star Touched Queen is a iffy one. I’m excited for it but I’m not sure if it’s going to be AMAZING. Great list XD

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  4. I’ve read and loved so many of the books on your list. I APPROVE! The Winner’s trilogy is one of my all-time faves so I’m deliriously happy to see that you plan to read it soon. You should cross action-filled plot off your list of expectations though because it’s more of a slow-paced, political intrigue/strategy kind of book. I’ll Give You the Sun is my favourite YA novel! I APPROVE AGAIN! It’s so beautifully written and not actually that sad. I hope you enjoy it (and the rest of the books on your list too)!

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    • Your approval is gold to me! Some people have told me that The Winner’s Curse starts off slow and gets a bit more engaging after a while, so I’m hoping for that to be true. Political intrigue/strategy always interests me. 😛

      And it seems like people really LOVE I’ll Give You The Sun! I’m in the middle of it now and the writing took some getting used to, but I can see why people like it. ❤

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