Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where I suddenly realized the day before that I’d run out of scheduled TTT posts that I wrote back in the beginning of January (!!!) and I needed to get my rear in gear and write one.
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’ve completed by GoodReads challenge (I finished it March 1) and I’ve been taking a mini break from reading (I’ve been working on rude cross-stitch patterns instead) because I’ve got book reviews/First Impression Friday posts scheduled out through July and I think I burned myself out at the end of February. But what books do I currently have on my Spring 2021 reading list – and when does Spring 2021 end, anyway? (I think I’m still living in Spring 2020.)
1 – Professional Troublemaker by Luvvie Ajayi Jones
This one is for my Fantastic Stranglings Book Club, and it’s due to arrive in the mail on Thursday so I’m extra looking forward to starting this one. As with all my FSBC books, I haven’t read the synopsis or really read anything about it so I’m going into this one completely blind.
2 – Magyk by Angie Sage
I brought the entire Septimus Heap series back from my parents a few weeks ago and I am looking forward to re-reading them. I’ve long been of the opinion that Septimus Heap is better than Harry Potter, but I’ve never managed to finish all seven books. I’ve read one through five (at least – maybe I read six?), and I’ve read the first three at least five times over. I bought book seven when it came out in 2013 but I never finished the series because I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I’m finally going to get around to it this spring!
3 – A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabros
I picked this one up on sale for Kindle (I follow Book Riot on Facebook and they post daily Kindle deals) because it reminded me a bit of Castle in the Sky. I’m wanting to get through my Kindle backlog sooner rather than later (especially since I’ve still got like a dozen books on hold at my library and those wait lists are so very long).
4 – Broken by Jenny Lawson
This is going to be April’s Fantastic Stranglings Book Club book, and I absolutely can’t wait. I’ve bought all of Jenny Lawson’s previous books (including her coloring book) and she is one of my absolute favorite authors and people, despite the fact that I’ve never met her in person. (I had an opportunity at one point but missed it – she came to Huntsville a few years ago for a book festival and I decided I didn’t want to go and I regret it every day.) I can’t wait to read this book! It’s also the reason I got into cross-stitching. Stabbing something thousands of times is actually really soothing.
5 – The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
This one should be the next library book that comes available for me to borrow, and I’m very interested in seeing how the author writes about Birmingham, since that’s where I live and I can tell when people have only read about Birmingham online and haven’t actually visited the place. Also, it’s a retelling of Jane Eyre, which is fascinating.
6 – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
We’ve literally had this on our shelf for years (we have two copies!) and we met Delia Owens way back in 2019. I still can’t believe I haven’t read this book, when it’s officially captured the record for being number one on the NYT’s hardcover fiction bestseller list for the longest amount of time.
7 – Spellmaker by Charlie N Holmberg
I read Spellmaker either late last year or early this year (what is time, anyway?) and I immediately pre-ordered the sequel. It came out earlier this month and I still haven’t read it, but I think it should be higher on my list so I don’t forget what happened in the first book.
I think we’re only going to do seven books this time – I’ve got a ton of library holds out but none of them are going to be available before Spring is over (seriously – I’m number 233 on The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue!), and I’m hoping that the Septimus Heap series becomes a seven-book marathon.
What books are you reading this season? Do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.