Top Ten Tuesday #22: Spring 2017 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

I love making TBR lists though I hardly read the books I place on them. I say this every time I make one, as if it’s a mantra, but it’s true. However this time, since I’m indecisive on what to read next, I hope that making this list will help to push me to my next read.

Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

This is a cheat. I’m currently buddy reading this with Emily at Embuhlee liest (we’ve been buddy reading Hobbs’s books since the Farseer trilogy, which was awesome),  so I placed it on here to guarantee that at least one of these books will be read.

Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer

I’ve been reading this on and off for the past couple years. However, I’d like to restart it sometime this month or next and complete it this year. It’s a book on writing that is beautifully illustrated. I’ve taken a while to work through it because I procrastinate on the exercises.

Eona by Alison Goodman

I enjoyed Eon when I reread it (last year, I believe), so I’d like to give it’s sequel a read and complete the duology.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling

I recently complete the last Harry Potter book on audio, so I’d like to hop to this next to see if it’s worth hanging on to. So many people have read and hated it that I’ve tried my best to avoid being too spoiled or too influenced before reading it.

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg (illus.)

This is a library book that I checked out since December… Don’t judge me. For some reason, I keep forgetting to read it (which is why it’s on this list) and the librarian who checked out my books skipped this one (which is why I still have it). I feel guilty though, so I plan to read and return it soon.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

I attempted to read this when I was younger, but only got through half of it. I think the use of word “daemon” turned me off. My plan was to read it last year, but obviously I didn’t get to it. It sounds like a story I’ll enjoy.

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

The TV adaptation of The Strain is one of my favorite TV shows and I can’t wait for the next season to start!! (I hope it hasn’t been cancelled.) I love the TV show so much that I want to read the book and since I haven’t yet made any progress on my Horror Reading Challenge, this will be a good book to start with.

Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire

This should have been completed last year, but I got distracted. I’ll restart and complete it this spring.

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

The whole point of reading Jane Eyre last year was so I could read Jane Steele and Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea. I read neither books, so I’ll read Jane Steele in the spring and Wide Sargasso Sea in the summer. I’m procrastinating on Rhys’s book because I did not like it when I read it in college.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

I don’t watch Trevor Noah’s TV show, but reviews of his memoir have made me interested in reading it and learning about his experience growing up in apartheid South Africa.

And now for some comics! I just realized that I didn’t include any above 😮 except for Encyclopedia of Early Earth, which is a graphic novel.  I hope to read this batch of comics this spring:

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 10-12 by Hiromu Arakawa

I love Fullmetal Alchemist and I miss reading the manga so I plan to continue with it this spring.

Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection, Vol. 1 edited by Hope Nicholson

This is on the list of books I must read this year.

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins

The hype made me get this one, but I’d really like to read it. I think it’ll be funny. Btw, is this a graphic novel or just an illustrated book?

Velvet, Vol. 3: The Man Who Stole the World by Ed Brubaker, illus. by Steve Epting

I love Velvet. I must read this soon.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young (illus.)

I’ve heard this one is crazy fun, so I look forward to it.

And here are books I absolutely must complete this spring. (Can you tell that I love adding more and more things to these lists??)

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

This has been on my TBR before it was even published so it must be read and completed soon.

Parasites: Tales of Humanity’s Most Unwelcome Guests by Rosemary Drisdelle

Reading this book makes me squeamish, but I’m learning loads. The plan is to complete it by summer.

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

I’m rereading Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle books and just started Eldest. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed this story.

And that’s it!
Really, I won’t add anymore books.
Let me know what you plan on reading next below. 

34 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #22: Spring 2017 TBR

  1. Hahaha at that cheat book. Nothing like a good guarantee that something will be read from a TBR list! It’s such a curse! Always have the impression that for every 100 books added, only 2 gets read soon enough. Also love how it has become a surprise when you don’t mention comics among the list! Never enough comics! Hope you get around the ones you’ve mentioned, I’ve heard great things from all of them, except Moonshot and The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil.

    – Lashaan


    1. A curse it is indeed. And my book buying stats from last year reveals that 100 to 2 to be about right. Cause of all the books I bought, I read only a handful of them.
      I learned of the Gigantic Beard That Was Evil from booktube. Peeps say it’s fun. And Moonshot is a Native American comics anthology.

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  2. I’m really looking forward to Born a Crime, and I also want to read the Bear and the Nightingale. Golden Compass is very much worth a read. I hear great things about Jane Steele although I need to reread Jane Eyre one of these days. People love it so much; I never warmed to it but want to see what I’m missing.


    1. I felt the same about Jane Eyre before rereading it last year. It really is a good read. And Jane is such a strong female character. I like her.


  3. I never got past the first book in the Eragon series. Sounds like you’d recommend continuing? I loved The Golden Compass (and the rest of the trilogy), but I think it’s a hard book to get into for kids. I’m hoping to revisit the trilogy before his new book comes out in the fall. I loved The Bear & the Nightingale — hope you do too!


    1. Yea, Eragon does drag a bit. I think the series is worth the read though. It has some faults, but it’s enjoyable. And I agree with you about the Golden Compass. I think older folks (adults and peeps in their late teens maybe) would get more out of those books.


  4. Eona! Thank you for indirectly reminding me that I need to read that soon, too.

    The Bear and The Nightingale is already one of my favorite books of 2017, so I hope you enjoy it, too. Wonderbook was gorgeous, and Cursed Child was… not bad, because there were parts I really enjoyed, but other parts left me shaking my head. So I’ll be interested in reading your thoughts once you finish it.

    My Spring TBR is a mix of new books (Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer, Jordanna Max Brodsky’s Winter of the Gods, Roshani Chokshi’s A Crown of Wishes) and older ones (Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice, finishing Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness Quartet). I also think I’ll bring Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven for reading during my upcoming trip to Iceland.


    1. lol at the pause for Cursed Child. I’ll approach it cautiously with minimal expectations.
      Your TBR looks great. Station Eleven was a really good read. I think you’ll like it though it.

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  5. Yay for Robin Hobb 😉

    I tried the Golden Compass as well when I was younger and didn’t like it. I can’t even say why. Just wasn’t interested. I watched the movie years later and now will probably just stay away from the books 😀


    1. I’m too curious about Golden Compass and Pullman so I gotta return.
      And Hobb is awesome. I hope we learn more about the Fool. He’s probably my fav character after Nighteyes.

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  6. I never manage to read all the books I put on my reading lists either, but it does help focus me and remind me which books are high priority 🙂 Some great ones on your tbr, and I’m glad I’m not the only one who hasn’t read Cursed Child yet!


  7. I love Fullmetal Alchemist! I haven’t read the manga though but I bet it’s just as amazing as the anime 🙂


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