Tuesday, 14 March 2017

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten books I need to read this spring

(Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish!)

I feel as though I've been getting behind on my reading, because I've been attempting to read far more than it's physically possible to do. I'm still ten books ahead of schedule on my Goodreads target, but I feel like I'm about eighty behind!
Hopefully by listing these books here, it'll give me the kick up the bum that I need to get them read over the next couple of months.

10) 'Carve the Mark' by Veronica Roth
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I know this is going to be a controversial choice, but I feel as though I want to read 'Carve the Mark' to make my own judgment regarding all of the accusations surrounding it. Described as both racist and ableist, there have been compelling arguments from both sides of the debate, but I feel as though I'd like to make up my own mind about this book. 

9) 'The Burning World' by Isaac Marion
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Isaac's promotion of this book really annoyed me. If he hadn't been acting like an idiot, I probably would have bought it and devoured it on release day, because I LOVED 'Warm Bodies'. I'd like to get this one read (despite the thick size) but I'm not that excited anymore. 

8) 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' by J.K. Rowling
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I am going to reread this book IF IT KILLS ME. 

7) 'Isla and the Happily Ever After' by Stephanie Perkins
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I don't know why I can't read this damn book. I was meant to read it last February for my personal series challenge, then I was meant to read it in autumn to catch up with the aforementioned challenge... And I still haven't read it. I know for a fact I'm going to devour it in one sitting, so I can't for the life of me figure out what's stopping me from doing that. 

6) 'Orangeboy' by Patrice Lawrence
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This is cheating, because I HAVE to read 'Orangeboy': it's the #SundayYA book club pick of the month. I've been putting it off for long enough, though... There's just something about this one that makes me feel apprehensive. 

5) 'Caraval' by Stephanie Garber
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I'm terrified of the hype surrounding this one, which is the only reason I haven't devoured it yet. It's beautiful, it sounds like it's going to be magical and wonderful in equal measures, but I'm so scared that it's not going to live up to my expectations. 

4) 'Frostblood' by Elly Blake
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I participated in the damn blog tour when this was released, and despite the fact that I was a few chapters in I still haven't finished it. I need to start this one again from the beginning and commit to finishing it. 

3) 'The Girls' by Emma Cline
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This was THE biggest debut of 2016. I finally managed to borrow a copy from the library after months of waiting, and it's still sat there, waiting for me to pick it up. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!

2) 'Girls on Fire' by Robin Wasserman
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I missed out on participating in the blog tour for this book, but Little, Brown still kindly sent me a review copy. I feel so guilty for not having time to read it yet, so this is high on my priority list! 

1) 'Strange the Dreamer' by Laini Taylor
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I was intended to read 'Strange the Dreamer' last month, but I didn't get the time: it's quite a large book, and things have been hectic at work. I'm hoping to start it at some point soon, though - I was absolutely desperate to get an advanced copy of this one, so it'd be a shame to waste the opportunity!

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! What books are you going to read this spring?


  1. I hope to pick up Strange the Dreamer even though it didn't make my list. I must be hiding under a rock because I've not heard about the controversy about Carve the Mark. I have so many books I need to get read but am in a real "mood read" right now. In fact, the book I picked up last night wasn't even on my list.

    1. See, I'm in a not reading at all mood at the moment - I'm not sure why, but I'm finding it very hard to concentrate on anything. Hopefully this list will help that, but I'm not too sure...

  2. I just finished Strange the Dreamer over the weekend and it was absolutely incredible! I hope you love it too!

    My Top Ten

    1. Eek, I haven't heard much about it so this is reassuring! Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. I don't have a copy of Strange the Dreamer, but it's still one that I really hope to read when I can!! :) I hope you get to all of these soon.


    1. Fingers crossed you'll get hold of a copy soon! :)

  4. Like I get that people are pissed about Carve the Mark, but I don't think you should really feel bad about reading it. I guess you come in looking for what they are talking about tho right? and decide from there

    1. I'm definitely going to try and keep an open mind while I read it. I've seen so many conflicting opinions, so I don't think it's as clear cut as everyone's making out.

  5. I've heard both good and bad things about Carve the Mark. It's one I haven't read yet either and to be honest, I'm not sure when I will get to it. Still need to pick up 'Lola' and 'Isla.' Odd since I gush about Anna and the French Kiss ALL THE TIME. :)

    Happy spring TBR-ing.

    1. I wasn't too sure on Lola (even though I read it in one sitting!) and I think that's why I'm putting off Isla, because Anna's probably one of my favourite contemporaries - so cute!

  6. I was late to read ISLA too. I'm not sure why I waited either, especially since it took so long to publish! I'm nervous of the hype of Caraval too but hope to read it sometime soon!

    1. I might force myself to sit down and read it next week - I've owned it for nearly two years, so it's getting ridiculous now!
      I think the reason I'm really worried about Caraval is because I've heard hardly anything bad about it. There's no way it can be that good... Is there?!

  7. I really enjoyed Caraval, hope you do too!
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