Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring TBR of 2021

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme, created by The Broke and Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is my top ten books I’d like to read this spring. When you continue reading this post, you’ll see that I have quite a wide taste in genres. I usually like to read more horror. However, in the spirit of spring I want to focus on other books I wouldn’t have picked up myself if it weren’t for the wonderful suggestions I have stumbled upon in my short time here in the Blogiverse. Depending on the books I have access to, there will be information regarding length of audiobooks and who has narrated them πŸ™‚

Happy spring!

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
Genre: Horror, Short Stories
Length: 316 pages; 12:11:11 hours in Audiobook format
Narrator: David LeDoux
First published: 2007

20th Century Ghosts is a collection of short stories written by Joe Hill.
This book has been on my list for a long time – ever since I first discovered Joe Hill. I have already read one short story from the collection – Pop Art, and I adore it. Now is the time to read the full collection, and I am looking forward to it.

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Genre: Fiction, Classics, Science Fiction
Length: 216 pages
First published: 1966

To be honest, I don’t know a lot about this book. I’ve read how the book is built up – with diary entries. What makes this book interesting to me is, that we follow a mentally disabled man, Charlie, who is going through experiments to improve his intelligence. The process he goes through is mirrored in an extraordinary lab mouse named Algernon. I don’t know more about this book – but it sounds interesting and I hope my brain can comprehend it.

Full Moon Howl by Orlando A. Sanchez
Series: Montague & Strong Case Files #2
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Length: 249 pages; 6:24:48 hours in Audiobook format
Narrator: Kevin T. Collins
First published: 2017

“Mystery. Malice. Revenge.”
The first book in this series, Tombyards & Butterflies, was my first proper Urban Fantasy that I’ve read and it is fun. Our lead is Simon Strong – an immortal who also happens to be the best private detective in New York City. He runs the Montague & Strong Detective Agency with his partner, Tristan Montague – a mage of indeterminate age. I read the first book last year, and I want to continue following the series.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Series: The Brown Sisters #1
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction
Length: 373 pages; 10:17:00 hourse in Audiobook format
Narrator: Adjoa Andoh
First published: 2019

This is another book I don’t know much about either. I read a review on the third book in the series, Act Your Age, Eve Brown reviewed by The Suspected Bibliophile, and thought it sounded promising, so now I’ll try out the series. I am not sure if I can read the books separately or if I have to read them in order. I’ll just start from the beginning. This is a genre I don’t usually read, but thanks to the blogging community my interest have been peaked.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Series: The Locked Tomb #1
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, LGBT, Horror, Fiction
Length: 448 pages; 16:50:20 hours in Audiobook format
Narrator: Moira Quirk
First published: 2019

I can’t remember who said it – but they explained this book as queer with necromancy and I was sold.

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
Series: Deathless #1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 432 pages
First published: 2021

So, Jordan Ifueko left a Raybearer shape in my heart – and in the need of filling this hole, I came across this book. I read an article about getting more fantasy books with black women as the main character, so I checked it on Goodreads and lo and behold – Ifueko rated it with five stars! Now I HAVE to read it!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, LGBT, Romance
Length: 394 pages; 12:12:00 hourse in Audiobook format
Narrator: Daniel Henning
First published 2020

“Magical Island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.” I just really want to read it.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction
Length: 448 pages; 17:10:00 hours
Narrator: Julia Whelan
First published: 2020

I’ve wanted to get into historical fiction. The story of a young woman bargaining for eternal life then getting cursed with being forgotten by everyone she meets sounds like an interesting read.

The Martian by Andy Weir
Genre: Science Fiction, Fiction, Space
Length: 384 pages; 10:59:00 hours in Audiobook format
Narrator: Wil Wheaton
First published: 2012

There was a lot of hype surrounding this book some years ago, and it was on sale on Audible. I’ve always wanted to read it. It’s not the usual kind of Sci-fi I go for…I think, so hopefully, it’ll be fun!

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Witches
Length: 517 pages; 16:03:00 hours in Audiobook format
Narrator: Gabra Zackman
First published: 2020

I cannot remember who recommended me this book. It has either been on Goodreads, Reddit or TikTok. Since I want to get in on the historical fiction action then a mix between historical fiction and fantasy might be a good introduction to the genre(?). Also, I know we aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I just love the cover!

I am not sure whether or not I will be able to keep up with this Spring list, but I just want to read them all – and my TBR is growing everyday! I think going through this list has made me getting properly back into reading again after last week’s slump. So that’s good πŸ™‚

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I love this boi. He’s Gorgeous!

21 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring TBR of 2021

  1. I’ve had Flowers for Algernon on my TBR for years but everyone always says how sad it is, so I never get round to it because I’m worried it will crush my little heart. I loved Addie Larue, so beautiful and I thought The Gilded Ones was pretty unique.

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    • I’m really looking forward to reading it! I’ve been putting it off because I am scared that I’ll love it and when I love a book I don’t want it to end. When the book eventually ends, then I get sad D:


  2. There’s some fantastic books here! The House in the Cerulean Sea is one of my favourite books from this year so far. The Invisible Life of Addie Larue is something quite special as well. I haven’t read The Gilded Ones yet but I do have it on my shelf and it’s one that I am really looking forward to!

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