Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

 TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl .  If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow head on over and check it out!

The topic this week is: top ten books on your spring TBR.

Which is kind of not how I read, but here's the thing. I have 79 items checked out from my local public library, another forty or so I brought home from my classroom library, plus, oh, maybe 30? books I already own. (Yes, all those school and library books could be contaminated, but so could I, and I'm not leaving home for anything other than rare grocery runs from here on out, and my household consists of people in the low-risk categories.) So of all the millions of books in the world, those are the ones I'll be choosing from. And as I mentioned earlier, I've been stressing out (unlike the rest of the world, right?) so my focus right now is on comfort reads. Which means no fucking Station Eleven, The Stand, or Life As We Knew It

(Actually, that might be a hilarious top ten: ten books I will NOT be reading during my social distancing experience.)

Instead, I'm currently drawn to fantasy, thrillers, and re-reads. LET ME ESCAPE. 

Your recognition of that gif will probably reveal which generation you're from, BTW. 

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)So, of the books currently in my home, which ten am I most looking forward to being whisked away by?

1. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

I grabbed Courting Darkness at the library thinking, "Oh, I liked that author!" then when I started reading it, realized it was actually a continuation of the series. Not remembering it very well, I grabbed all three books from my classroom as I evacuated Friday afternoon and re-read the first book this weekend. I feel like I don't need to re-read the second book, because I get where it's going, but I'd like to re-acquaint myself with Annith's story, in part so I understand the beginning of Courting Darkness.

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks2. Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
I've been wanting to read this since before it came out. I started listening to it a week or so ago when I was working on my huge Goodreads purge and reorganization project, and brought my classroom copy home to finish it up.

Foul Is Fair (Foul Is Fair #1)

3. Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin
This came to my attention because the author was tweeting about how glorious it was to be publishing something so righteously angry. Then I heard "MacBeth retelling." Then I saw the cover. SOLD! Or borrowed from my public library, technically.

Death Comes to Pemberley

4. Death Comes to Pemberly by P. D. James
I saw this on the library stacks and screeched to a halt. One of my early favorite mystery authors? Doing a Jane Austen inspired book? Absolutely irresistible at any time, and perfect for escaping from current reality.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

5. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
My autographed copy is sitting on the shelf in the upstairs room with the comfy chair by the window. *Happy sigh.* I think this will be my third reading of it.

Shadowblack (Spellslinger #2)

6. Shadowblack by Sebatsian de Castell
I read the first book in the series when it was nominated as an Oregon Battle of the Books title. It grew on me, and although I'm a little intimidated by the length of the series as a whole, I decided to give the next book a go and see what I think. 

The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults

7. The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide by Frances E. Jensen and Amy Ellis Nutt
Ironically, I JUST paused in the writing of this post to argue with my teenager about the need for her to eat something even though there's "nothing to eat" in our house. She's currently slamming things around in the kitchen to demonstrate my complete unfairness and unreasonableness in expecting her to cook for herself when she's hungry and cranky. Maybe I should bump this higher up the list.


8. Jackpot by Nic Stone
Okay, this is kind of terrible: one of my students is reading this, but they didn't take it home, so I grabbed it from the class cupboard and took it with me instead. I'm pretty sure it's the only way I'll get a chance to get my hands on the class copy anyway, as it's quietly but steadily popular.

Patron Saints of Nothing

9. Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
I don't know much about this one. It was a Book of the Month selection, it's #ownvoices Filipino American, and, um, that's it. I want to read it so I can booktalk it to my students. 

Frogkisser!10. Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
This is one of the books my students read for the Oregon Battle of the Books that never happened. Some of them liked it, some of them didn't, but I've always liked Nix in the past, so I'm going to read it. I read a couple of chapters months ago and found it charming, but that was just to get a feel for it. 


  1. I keep forgetting about Death Comes to Pemberley! But it sounds so good!
    My TTT!

  2. The Teenage Brain sounds really interesting.

    My TTT .

  3. "Which means no fucking Station Eleven, The Stand, or Life As We Knew It" lol right? Who needs MORE stress lol??!?

    I need to get back to LaFevers.

  4. I enjoyed Strange the Dreamer and its sequel, I hope you do too!

  5. Two children and 27 years teaching teenagers from 13-19. They need to be frozen until they turn 21. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/03/ttt-031720.html

  6. OMG, is that the Calgon commercial? Take me away! I really liked Jackpot. I do wish it had had a more definitive ending, but other than that, I loved it. Hope you get lots of comfort from your TBR

  7. I definitely want to read Look Both Ways and Foul is Fair! I hope you enjoy them! And you have actually reminded me that I need to read Muse of Nightmares, oopsie? I assume you liked both books if you are rereading?


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