Top Ten Tuesday: YA Books on My Spring TBR

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

I don’t know about you, but this past winter felt like it dragged on for a decade. I am so thrilled that today is the first day of spring! We’re getting very close to the time of the year when I can go to the park and read for an afternoon without getting frostbitten or sunburned. I always enjoy such mild weather after months of needing to bundle up every time I step outdoors.

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann.

I added this to my TBR last year when I first heard it was on the way. It was the first romance novel about an asexual character that I’d ever heard of, and I’m still so curious to find out what it will be like.  I really need to read it one of these days.

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning.

A Top Ten Tuesday blogger on another site mentioned this title a few weeks ago. Retellings of classic fairy tales are right up my alley, especially when they involve villains like Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

3. Olivia Twist by Lori Langdon.

Confession: I was a nerdy kid who read the classics for the sheer joy of it. I loved Oliver Twist as a teenager, so I’m looking forward to seeing how that tale will be different if we assume that Oliver was the name a young girl took on in order to better survive her rough childhood.

4. Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLeMore.

Speaking of yet another new twist on a classic tale, this retelling of Swan Lake sounds amazing. Honestly, I love reading about sibling relationships in general. Mixing these two things together makes it very hard for me not to want to know what happens next.

(I promise you that this entire list won’t be comprised of retellings of famous stories!)

5. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas.

Based on how much I loved The Hate U Give last year, I can’t wait to see what Ms. Thomas written now.

6. My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma.

The pun in the title was what first drew me to this one since I’ve never actually seen more than a few minutes of that old MTV show My So-Called Life. All of the references to Bollywood dance numbers only made me more curious about it.

7. Social Intercourse by Greg Howard.

I was a huge fan of all of the versions of “The Parent Trap” growing up. As soon as the blurb for this one mentioned that film, I knew this was something I’d want to read.

8. The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding.

The part of the blurb that appealed to me the most was the reference to the main character developing a crush on another girl and then having to compete with her for the internship that both of them desperately want.

I can’t remember the last time I read a book about someone having romantic feelings for a person that they’re also competing with. What a unique spin to this genre!

9. Rafferty Lincoln Loves… by Emily Williams. 

I don’t mind standing next to horses or touching them, but the idea of riding one frightens me a little bit.

The thought of finding a missing racehorse is confusing and intriguing. I wouldn’t have the first idea what to do with it, but I am interested in seeing how these characters react to their odd discovery.


10. A Blade so Black by L.L. McKinney.

By now you honestly shouldn’t be all that surprised to see one final retelling on this list.  What can I say? I adore them. The original Alice in Wonderland was one of my favorite childhood books, so it will be interesting to see how making Alice older, faster, and stronger changes the plot.

What young adult books are you looking forward to reading this spring?


  1. On The Come Up! I simply cannot wait to read that one. Pretty sure I’ll head to the bookstore first thing after work the day of its release and if it isn’t there I might just set myself on the ground until it is. :’)

  2. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads says:

    I like the look of Olivia Twist! I hope you get to read them all.

  3. Sea witches also got my attention

  4. I requested Olivia Twist from Netgalley but declined. Hehe. 🙂 🙂 Hope you enjoy all these books.
    And btw, that cover of Sea Witch reminds me of To kill a Kingdom which Im currently Reading…

    • I hope you’ll be able to read Olivia Twist after it’s released.

      I hadn’t heard of To Kill a Kingdom, but it sounds like a good story.

  5. Let’s talk about love and My so-called Bollywood life made it to my list too 🙂 I seriously can’t wait to read these. Nice list.

    I hope you get to read all of these soon 🙂

    My TTT:

  6. Ooh, I am always on the lookout for YA with horses; “Rafferty Lincoln Loves…” is now on my radar!

  7. Blanca and Roja is definitely on my TBR too. It’s such a fresh idea and a stunning cover.

  8. I’m so excited for On the Come Up. After The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas’ books automatically make it on my TBR.

  9. There’s so many interesting books on your list. 🙂

  10. I am definitely adding Olivia Twist. It sounds quite interesting. Plus My So Called Bollywood Life is in so many TBR lists, I seriously need to get my hands on this.😂

    • I hope you like Olivia Twist! I just recently started seeing people talk about My So Called Bollywood Life. Suddenly, everyone wants to read it. It’s funny how that happens sometimes.

  11. Hallie Fields says:

    Awesome list! Let’s Talk About Love was a really great read and I also just read an ARC of My So Called Bollywood Life and it was so adorable!

  12. Amazing list! So many good ones on this list. I especially can’t wait for On the Come Up! <3 Thanks for stopping by!

    • You’re welcome. On the Come Up sure sounds like it’s going to be a great story. My fingers are crossed that it will be.

  13. Yay for spring! Sea Witch looks amazing, and I’m kinda piqued by My So-Called Bollywood Life too. The cover jumped out at me and it sounds fun!

  14. Ooh these books look so good! Enjoy!

  15. You’ve got some good ones listed here. That Sea Witch cover is great!

  16. Oh, Sea Witch looks really good! I also love fairytale retellings so I’ll have to check that out.

    Have a great week.

  17. Sea Witch is for sure something I want to check out as well! I hope you get to read all the books and the weather is better for you 🙂

  18. So many good ones on your list. I can’t wait for Blanca & Roja and On the Come Up. Happy reading!

  19. This is a great list. I read one of the books (Olivia Twist – liked it a lot), have ARCs for 2, want to get my hands on three, and just added one to my TBR (thank you!). I hope we both get to read them all.

    • It’s so cool that you’ve already read Olivia Twist and that you liked it a lot. Good luck with getting ARCS for the three you requested.

  20. Sea Witch sounds awesome! Happy reading 🙂

  21. Sea Witch sounds so fantastic! And I love Angie Thomas!

  22. Reading in the park sounds so nice! Spring is bringing rain our way, which is good because we had such a dry winter. I am adding some of your spring TBR list books to my wish list. What a great list! Love the cover of Sea Witch. I am really looking forward to Olivia Twist too. I read Oliver Twist when I was a teenager and loved it–and I am a fan of the musical. I hadn’t known Angie Thomas had a new one! I will have to look for that. I hope you get to read all these books!

    • Ooh, there’s nothing like a spring thunderstorm. I hope you get many of them over the next few months.

      Have fun reading Olivia Twist and Angie Thomas’ new book.

  23. Did you see that the release date for On the Come Up got pushed back to 2019? Angie just posted it on Instagram the other day. I’m sad because I was really looking forward to reading it, but also excited because she said she needs more time with the book to get it just right — and I’m fully confident it’ll be worth the wait!

    • No, I hadn’t heard that. How disappointing, but it will be worth it if it means the story is even better in the end.

  24. Let’s Talk About Love looks cute– and Sea Witch is definitely a maybe for me. It’s out of my comfort zone, so I wanna see some reviews on it first. Great list 🙂

  25. I haven’t read any of these books but I’m really interested in Sea Witch. The book I’m most excited to get to this spring is A Court of Frost and Starlight.

  26. I’m looking forward to so many of these, especially A Blade So Black! 🙂

  27. Sea Witches looks amazing! Hope you enjoy them all as they release 🙂

  28. I really like how more and more sexualities are represented in literature. I really need to read that book that has asexual character!

    • I couldn’t agree with you more. That’s something that is long overdue. I’m thrilled that it’s finally happening.

  29. “Olivia Twist” is a super fun read! Loved that it’s realistic historical fiction too, rather than fantasy. ‘Bollywood Life’ sounds and looks really cute too. 🙂

    Happy spring TBR-ing; hope you enjoy. And thanks for the Finding Wonderland visit.

  30. OH MAN your TBR list is awesome! I’m intrigued by Sea Witch, Blanca and Roja, and A Blade So Black.

    • Thank you very much. I hope you enjoy Sea Witch, Blanca and Roja, and A Blade so Black if you decide to read them. They sure do sound good.

  31. SeaWitch has such a striking cover! I hope the story lives up to that cover. 😉

  32. I’m looking forward to reading Olivia Twist!

  33. I want A Blade so Black soooo much! Wonderful list!!


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