Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

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Can you believe that spring is right around the corner? One of my favorite things to do on a warm spring day is to spend an afternoon at the park. After I’ve played frisbee or gone on a bike ride, it’s nice to sit underneath a tree and read a good novel.

These are the ten young adult books I’m most looking forward to reading over the next few months as the weather warms up.

1. The Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs.  I adored the first and second tales in this trilogy, so I can’t wait to find out what the fates of all of the character will be. This is such a whimsical and original series that I can’t begin to imagine how it will end.

2. Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky.The title alone immediately makes me want to read it. Imagine kidnapping your favorite celebrity and then not being sure what to do with him once you’ve captured him! I couldn’t stop giggling at this mental image.

3. The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming. I have been fascinated by the lives of the Romanov family for many years. It will be interesting to see if this author has dug up any new information about this case.

4. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. What do supporting characters do while the chosen one is off fighting battles? I have never heard of anything like this before. It’s such a creative idea.

5. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. I’ve never read anything from this author before, but this was another time when a fantastic title caught my attention right away. It will be fun to see if the storyline is as fascinating as I think it’s going to be.

6. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. A friend of mine spent a lot time worrying about her father’s life-threatening illness when we were in high school. It was an extremely difficult situation for their entire family, and so I’m curious to see how that same kind of situation will be handled by these two teenage brothers.

7. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. Depression is a terrible mental illness. The suicide pact that the main character makes when she’s at her lowest point sounds so sad. I’m intrigued by the hints of a possible romance in it, though, and would like to see how that all pans out.

8. Half Bad by Sally Green. Most witches are either white or black ones. The fact that Nathan is half black witch and half white witch was intriguing. I’d like to know more about how this works and if he has any special powers as a result of his unique heritage.

9. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older. The only thing cooler than street art is street art that starts weeping real tears when bad things happen in the neighborhood. As soon as I read that part of the blurb, I knew this had to be added to my to-read list.  

10. The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa B. Sheinmel. I love scary ghost stories. This one sounds like it will be full of plenty of spine-tingling moments.

What are you looking forward to reading this spring?


  1. Oh, The Family Romanov sounds really intriguing! So does The Library of Souls (that trilogy has been on my TBR for a while now.)

    • I’m glad you liked my selections, Katie. I think that The Family Romanov is going to be the first thing I read from that list.

      I’d be curious to be know what you think of The Library of Souls after you get a chance to read it. 🙂

  2. If you like audiobook, you’ll have to try Kill the Boy Band and Shadowshaper on audio. Both are fantastic on audio! 🙂

    Thank for visiting my blog earlier!

    • You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad that Kill the Boy Band and Shadowshaper were so good as audio books. I’ll keep that in mind once they reach the top of my queue.

  3. Finally a list where I have read a bunch of the books:
    Me and Earl and Dying Girl…LOVE IT
    The Crossover…a quick read, so creative, concrete poems, and a good storyline, too.
    The Rest of Us Just Live Here…not my favorite Ness book. I thought the handling of the important topics ended up coming across as trite or silly.
    Half Bad…a good started book for a series. I got “into” it.
    Shadowshaper…surprisingly creepy
    Thanks for visiting my TTT

    • You’re welcome, Anne. Thank you for all of your comments about my list. I’m glad that you liked so many of them.

  4. I like scary stories, too, and really enjoyed the Haunting of Sunshine Girl!

  5. If you want to laugh until your stomach hurts– I SO recommend Me and Earl. It is truly unique and hilarious. Also, Kill the Boy Band is on my library list, so I’ll be reading that soon-ish. I love that title!!

    • Good to know, Michelle! I have heard so many positive things about Me and Earl, so I’m really excited to read it.

      And, yes, Kill the Boy Band is a hilarious title.

  6. I still haven’t gotten to The Rest of Us Just Live Here. Must do that this year. I hope you enjoy all the reads from your list!

    • Thank you. A lot of the blogs that participated in Top Ten Tuesday mentioned that book this week. I hope it means that it’s a great one.

  7. I’ll have to look up that one by Candace Fleming. I’ve always been fascinated with the Romanov family.

  8. Interesting list! I haven’t read any of these titles but A+ to anything involving Russian history 🙂 Happy reading!

    My TTT

  9. The Library of Souls definitely sound fun, and familiar too. I wonder if I’ve looked at that one before? The Rest Of Us Just Live Here has me curious too, since I’ve heard a bit about that one. That might make it on my spring or summer list. 🙂

    • I sometimes wonder the same thing about certain books, Greg. Once or twice I’ve even started reading something only to realize a few chapters in that I’ve already read it and know how it ends. 😀

  10. I really liked the PAtrick Ness book! And I really enjoyed the entire Ransom Riggs trilogy too. Looks like you have some great books coming up — enjoy!

    • Thanks, Lisa. Have you seen the movie version of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Wayward Children? I’ve heard it’s pretty decent.

  11. I haven’t read any of the books on this list! I need to get one it. Thanks for the post

  12. I’ve looked at Sally’s books off and one, but never read them. They look/sound really unique though, so I suspect at some point I’ll get book one. Now, whether or not I take the time to read it, well, that’s an entirely different story. 🙂

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland!

  13. I love the sound of The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. Happy reading!

  14. I really want to read the Miss Peregrine’s series. I’ve heard really good things and I love it when books do something a little different and use different art forms. Rest of Us isn’t my favourite Ness book but I agree that it’s super creative and I kind of wish I came up with it! I’d highly recommend his other books too if you haven’t read them yet, particularly the Chaos Walking trilogy 😀

    • I will go look up the rest of his books, Helia. Thanks for the tip.

      The Miss Peregrine series is excellent. I can’t recommend the first two books in it highly enough.

  15. I loved The Rest Of Us Just Live Here. Such a good book! 🙂

  16. You have some really intriguing sounding books on your list! I’ve heard good things about The Rest of Us Just Live Here.

  17. I think it would be really cool if Anastasia really did manage to escape the killing… there was a letter from Rasputin and he said that if he was killed and the Romanovs had anything to do with it, then they would all die, but if they didn’t then they would be fine – which i think was pretty perculiar! 😂 I have a couple of these others on my tbr too 🙂

    • I completely agree with you, Lauren. I’ve often wondered what her life would have been like if she’d lived.

      I hope you enjoy the other books that you added to your TBR list. 🙂

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