Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2017 To Be Read (TBR) List

The Broke and the Bookish are back at it with a new Top Ten Tuesday topic! They want to know what everyone's got planned to read this spring because yes, spring is on its way (which means summer isn't far behind! Yay warm weather!)

Since we're working on starting up a Mock Printz here at the library (The Michael L. Printz award honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year - Click here to learn more about the Printz award), I'm going to try to read a lot more newly published titles. But don't worry your pretty little heads because I've still got lots of catching up to do on older titles as well. Plus, I'm still working on the library Reading Challenge

So here are ten or so titles I'm looking forward to reading here in the next couple months! 

 1. The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu
The girls of Devonairre Street in Brooklyn, who have always been told that they are cursed to cause the deaths of anyone who falls in love with them, do not regard the curse as real until the sudden, violent death of a boy they all loved. 

2. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
Determined to reclaim her crown from a corrupt government and exact revenge for the deaths of her parents, Crown Princess Rhiannon narrowly escapes an assassination attempt and finds herself on the run in outer space alongside a refugee pilot who has been framed for the attack.

 3.The Valiant by Lesley Livingston  4.Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I'll be listening to the audiobooks of these two! Fiona Hardingham reads Valiant in which the 17-year-old daughter of a proud Celtic king is captured by a band of brigands and sold to an exclusive training school for women gladiators under the patronage of Julius Caesar, circumstances that force her to put her survival in the hands of an enemy who was responsible for a beloved sister's death. 

And Steve West (swoon) reads Strange the Dreamer, which is really all that matters but here's a lovely description anyway: 
the aftermath of a war between gods and men.
a mysterious city stripped of its name.
a mythic hero with blood on his hands.
a young librarian with a singular dream.
a girl every bit as dangerous as she is in danger.
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage

 5. Just Fly Away by Andrew McCarthy
(I'll be counting this for my - "Written by a Celebrity" in the Reading Challenge
Fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father had an illegitimate child, now an eight-year-old boy who lives in the same town, and she begins to question everything she thought she knew about her family and life. 

 6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
An ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.

 7. Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey
Miss Lydia Whitfield has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father's choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan. Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won't hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it.

8. Bang by Barry Lyga
Ten years after accidentally shooting and killing his baby sister, 14-year-old Sebastian is haunted by the loss to the point of considering suicide. When he meets Aneesa, their friendship challenges his views of his self worth. Suddenly, Sebastian is making pizzas for their YouTube channel and not solely focusing on feeling like a pariah. But he can’t outrun his past...

 9. A Discovery of Witches - Books 2&3
(I just finished the first book, and it ended on a cliff hanger! Now I must read the rest!)
Discovering a magical manuscript in Oxford's library, scholar Diana Bishop, a descendant of witches who has rejected her heritage, inadvertently unleashes a fantastical underworld of daemons, witches and vampires whose activities center around an enchanted treasure.

10. The Heist Society series by Ally Carter
(The lovely Gnoming Librarian just downloaded these audio books, so now I can listen to them!)
A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop's father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.


  1. Awesome list! I enjoyed Empress of a Thousand Skies more than I thought I would! I hope you'll like it too! Happy reading!

  2. Aww I adored The Heist Society and promptly ordered the sequels upon finishing! It's really good! :)

    I so badly want to read The Hate U Give, Valiant and Strange the Dreamer - I've heard endless good things. :)

    Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic
    My TTT Post!

  3. I loved Deborah Harkness's books. The Hate U Give and Strange the Dreamer made my list too this week.

  4. Hi! Ha, I didn't know Andrew McCarthy wrote a YA book! I'll have to check it out :)
    My TTT

  5. Heist Society is such a fun series, I hope you enjoy it!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/top-ten-tuesday-98/


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