Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Since my Great Winter Slump, I have amassed quite a quantity of books I have to read and review – as well as various recommendations I’d like to get around to. Spring seems like the perfect time for some TBR cleaning, especially in these times of social distancing and quarantine.

So here’s some books that are on my priority list!

1. The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

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I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. A case worker assigned to a group of magical children, islands with secrets, found families. It seems like it’ll be a fairly light read (I need that!) and oh god look at the beautiful cover.

2. Carved From Stone and Dream by T. Frohock

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The Los Nefilim series is one of my favourite discoveries of 2019. I never imagined I’d like urban fantasy quite that much. Still, even though it was one of my most anticipated releases, I think I’ll put off this book a while longer, as it seems like it’ll be quite stressful and intense and emotionally difficult.

3. Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett

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Foundryside was another of my favourite reads in 2019. It was just so much fun (like Mistborn but better) and I very much can’t wait to crack open the sequel and see where the story takes us next.

4. Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

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I couldn’t help but request it as soon as I saw it was up for requesting and I do not think I’ll be able to resist it for long. Colonialism, painting magic, and that cover. Should be interesting!

5. Daughter From the Dark by Sergey & Marina Dyachenko

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I started this book already a while ago, but it was simply not the right time for it, so I hope I can finish it sometime in the following months! The Dyachenkos are one of those authors I’d read no matter what, without even checking the blurb of the book and weird literary SFF in general is awesome.

6. Legacy of Ghosts by Alicia Wanstall-Burke

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Another book I promised I’d read in November (sorry!) before I got hit by the slump. I hope I can get around to it as soon as possible because I feel really bad about sitting on an ARC for so long and I enjoyed Blood of Heirs quite a bit.

7. A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

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This has been sitting on my kindle quite a while. “Later,” I think. “When I feel up to reading more complex books again.” And I think I finally do. Space stuff, political intrigue, Byzantine-inspired worldbuilding…

8. The Four Profound Weaves by R.B. Lemberg

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I started this one only a couple days ago (even though it releases in September) because I simply couldn’t wait. It follows two older trans protagonists from different cultures, and cultural worldbuilding and exploring issues through SFF are two things I’m always glad to see. The prose is lovely as well. I’m familiar with some of Lemberg’s other Birdverse short stories – Geometries of Belonging and Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds especially – so it’s been exciting to see them tie together.

9. Shatterpoint by Matthew Stover

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Another book I’m currently in the middle of! It’s a lot more actiony and badass than what I usually go for, but the writing is genuinely good, and it’s balanced out by character development. It’s somewhat longer than I expected, but I am enjoying it. Plus, Star Wars.

10. Whatever counts for the new r/Fantasy Bingo Challenge 😉

Since April 1st marks the beginning of the new challenge, this will rearrange my TBR quite significantly as I scramble to knock out books as early as possible. One of the perks of being a moderator is having an early sneak peek at the card and therefore few more weeks to prepare and plan in advance, and all I can say is that the new card is very good and that I’m looking forward to yet another year of Bingo!

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR”

  1. Oh wow I hadn’t seen the cover of The House in the Cerulean Sea before, it looks so pretty!
    Erio’s successfully shilled The Four Profound Weaves to me too, I’m looking forward to it.

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