Monday, March 19, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR Pile

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely Jana at The Artsy Reader Girl.


I have read five books from my winter TBR list, which isn't bad given how terrible I am at following lists. But I do love making lists, and so I cannot resist making one for spring  too. Fitting enough, this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is the Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR Pile, and I am determined to catch up on a little series reading.

1.

Death of an Unsung Hero (Lady Montfort, # 4) by Tessa Arlen ~ One of my favorite historical cozy mystery series. In the most recent installment, Lady Montfort has opened one of her houses as a hospital for soldiers. Only, not everyone is pleased with the idea and now a World War I officer with amnesia has been found dead in the garden.


2. 

Etched in Bone (Others, #5) by Anne Bishop ~ I cannot sing the praises of this series enough. The world building is amazing. Tensions remain high in the fifth book in the series as the Others and humans try to negotiate and hold onto a fragile peace. 


3.

The King Slayer (The Witch Hunter, #2)  by Virginia Boecker ~ I enjoyed the first book in the series and have no excuse for not reading the second. This is a series set sixteenth century England, at a time when witches were hunted and seen as a threat to society. In the second book, our heroine Elizabeth has lost her protective stigma, but there is a war going on and she has much to do for her enemy and that of the witches and wizards is still out to get them. 


4.

Small Favor (Dresden Files #10) by Jim Butcher ~ This used to be one of the series I was always up to date on, but somewhere I fell behind. I adore Harry Dresden, and it's about time I spent more time with him. True to it's title, in this book, Mab, monarch of the Sidhe from the Winter Court, calls in an favor. You can imagine it won't go so well for Harry. 


5. 

Red Lily (Vampire Blood, #2) by Juliette Cross ~ I went on a Juliette Cross binge awhile ago, ending with the first  book in the author's Vampire Blood Series, Black Lily. The resistance against the vampire monarchy is on the rise, but Sienna resistance of Nikolai may not be possible.


6. 

U is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone, #21) by Sue Grafton ~ I have been a fan of this series since the beginning. In this one, Kinsey investigates a cold case involving the disappearance and possible murder of a 4 year old girl two decades before. 


7.

Another Man's Moccasin's (Longmire, #4) by Craig Johnson ~  I have only seen a couple episodes of the television series, which I was not able to get into, unfortunately, but I do love the books. In this fourth installment of the series, Sheriff Walt Longmire investigates the death of a Vietnamese woman found alongside the highway. It brings back memories from his time in Vietnam during the war. I imagine this one will strike a chord with me as well, given my dad's service as  Marine during that war as well.


8.

Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante
(Maggie Hope #5) by Susan Elia MacNeal
~ I just love this series set in England around the time of World War II. Accompanying Prime Minister Churchill to the United States, Maggie finds herself in the Eleanor Roosevelt's confidence. An assistant gone missing, scandal, and with war a foot, Maggie finds herself yet again in the thick of things. 



9.
After Atlas (Planetfall, #2) by Emma Newman ~ Set in the same world but years in the future, and featuring different characters, I have heard wonderful things about the science fiction novel After Atlas


10.

Deja Moo (Perfectly Paranormal Museum, #3) by Kirsten Weiss ~ The third book in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum cozy mystery series. In this one, one of the cow guards trying to keep the thirty-foot straw cow in the center of town from going up in flames yet again is murdered.


What books are you looking forward to reading this spring? 


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55 comments:

  1. After atlas has me curious. I haven't read any of that series, but I do have her upcoming Before Mars on my TBR. The new Tessa arlen looks nice...

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    1. Greg - I am looking forward to Before Mars too. :-)

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  2. I'm not familiar with any of these books. I do hope you like them though. They look fun!

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    1. Chrissi - Thank you! I hope I will too--it will be like visiting old friends. :-)

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  3. I have always found a way to squeeze in Sue Grafton. Sad there will be no more letters.

    https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2018/03/eleven-books-i-hope-to-read-this-spring.html

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    1. Deb - I used to be better about keeping up with her books. I am kind of glad I have a few still to look forward to.

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  4. It's a never-ending quest, isn't it - staying current on series you love. I've decided I'll not ever catch up. Ha! Several series that I've sampled here. Good luck with your list! ;-)

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    1. Kay - I like that phrase: a never-ending quest. It is certainly that. :-) I don't think I will ever catch up--at least not with everyone. But I will have fun trying!

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  5. The King Slayer looks good! Loves the cover and you make it sound really interesting!

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    1. Eustacia - I am anxious to read it. I enjoyed the first book and am curious to see where the series goes next.

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  6. I STILL need to start The Others series. I hope you enjoy the last (?) one!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Lauren - It's such a great series! I hope you get to it. :-)

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  7. I have put off reading Etched in Bone forever and I think it's because I'm sad it's ending. I know there is a companion series out now but still, no more Meg and Simon. It will make my heart sad! The King Slayer has such an eye-catching cover!

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    1. Barb - I don't want to say goodbye to Meg and Simon either. I like the cover of The King Slayer too. :-)

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  8. Already a fan of Tessa Arlen, Anne Bishop, and Craig Johnson so I always look forward to any book by one of them! Also interested in Emma Newman. :)

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    1. Jenclair - After Atlas is supposed to be really good. Hopefully I'll agree. :-) I'm looking forward to getting back into some of my favorite series.

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  9. I like the cover of The Red Lily!! Deja-Moo? Cute title-LOL HAPPY SPRING!!
    http://justmeandmyblogreviews.blogspot.com/2018/03/top-ten-tuesday-2018-spring-tbr.html

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    1. Joann - Happy Spring to you too! I am looking forward to both of those. :-)

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  10. I've missed a few in the Grafton series and need to go back and read them.

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    1. Kathy - I am really looking forward to getting back to the series.

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  11. I haven't read or even heard any of these series but a few of these definitely looks interesting. I am not much of a series person, so.
    I too suck at TBRs. I almost never follow them :D

    My TTT: http://flippingthruthepages.com/2018/03/fifteen-diverse-ya-contemporary-books-written-by-diverse-female-authors-on-my-spring-tbr/

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    1. Sim - You are probably smart not being a series person. I find them too addicting and am in the middle of far too many!

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  12. I have several series I need to catch up on as well. So many of the books on your list sound like fun! I'm going to have to add several of these to my own tbr. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. Poinsettia - I hope you enjoy them if you give them a try! I wish we had more time to spend reading.

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  13. I'm familiar with some authors but haven't got around to reading their books, yet. Making a book list is always fun (and motivational too) and I hope you'll enjoy reading them all. :)

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    1. Melody - I hope making this list will be motivation enough to read all of these this spring. I'm certainly excited about them right now. :-)

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  14. Love your blog layout with the kitties! Adorable. Looks like you have some nice fun reading this spring. Good luck!

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    1. Heather - Thank you. :-) I am looking forward to seeing what spring brings reading wise. Thank you!

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  15. I need to start both the Dresden Files and the Tessa Arlen mysteries, and catch up on the Maggie Hope series. Actually, there are a lot of series I need to catch up on: Kristin Britain's Green Rider fantasy series, Deborah Crombie's Kincaid and James mysteries, G. M. Malliet's Max Tudor mysteries, and there are still a few Charles Finch books I haven't read. Plus some fantasy series I want to start... Oh, there are too many books and not enough time to read them all!

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    1. Lark - Same here--so many series and so much catching up to do! I have only read one Crombie book, and I loved it. I need to start from the beginning.Charles Finch is another author I want to try.

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    2. Finch is wonderful: meticulously plotted mysteries, historically accurate detail, and excellent writing.

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  16. Wow, you're in the middle of a lot of series. I hope you enjoy all these books!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. AJ - And these are just a small few of the ones I am reading. I do love my series!

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  17. The cover for Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante really caught my eye as I was scrolling down. The synopsis sounds great too. I love books that are set in that time period. Happy reading!

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    1. Suzanne - I am eager to dive back into that series. I really enjoy it. It's one of my favorite time periods to read about as well.

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  18. I would like to read Deja Moo, that looks good.

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    1. Ellen - It does sound good, doesn't it? I have enjoyed the series, especially the cat. :-)

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  19. I have yet to get to The Others series. Loved the TV version of Longmire and want to check out the books.

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    1. Nise' - I may give the TV version of Longmire another try someday. So many people I know really enjoy it. I hope you do enjoy The Others series if you read it!

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  20. I'm bad at following lists but I love making lists too lol. Deja Moo looks fun.
    I've got another snowday here so catching up on some blog hopping now :) Enjoy your week!

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    1. Lark - Making lists is fun. :-) I hope I do get to Deja Moo soon. I have enjoyed the series so far. I hope you enjoyed your snow day! Sometimes I wish we had those here--but without the snow. LOL

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  21. What a GREAT list of books!! I am especially interested in "The King Slayer" (I own the first book, which I MUST read, lol), "Small Favor", and "The Red Lily". You know me, I'm a paranormal, fantasy, and urban fantasy fan! Lol. But oh, I've just noticed "After Atlas"!! Well, I'm an SF fan, too!! I had not heard of this one, either. So on to Goodreads later to add all of these! Thanks so much for sharing!! <3 <3

    I will be commenting on your "Can't Wait Wednesday" post, too, no worries! I just have to run and get ready to go to work now. But.....I'll be back, as Arnold likes to say!! :) :)

    HUGS TO YOU, MOUSE, AND YOUR MOM!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 :) :) :) :)

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    1. Maria - Thank you! I hope you get to The Witch Hunter one of these days. It does seem like something you would enjoy. :-) I know I did. I hope you enjoy the others if you give them a try! Thank you for the hugs!

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  22. My son reads the Dresden Files books. He's on #6 now. I might give them a try some day. I love the television series, but my son says they are quite a bit different. ☺

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    1. La La - Yes, the books are quite different from the Dresden Files television show--but I liked that too. :-) The books have more vampires in them than my husband likes, and so he didn't make it too far into the series.

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  23. I really want to read Black Lily!! I need to add it to my list! Great picks here!

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    1. Samantha - I hope you do read Black Lily! It's pretty dark, but I enjoyed it.

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  24. Oh I love Grafton's series. I still have the last 2 to finish. Was so sad to hear of her passing.

    Death of an Unsung Hero looks amazing! Happy reading!

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    1. Anna - I was really sad to hear of Grafton's passing too. She was such a trailblazer for women mystery writers. Thank you for stopping by!

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  25. Great list of books you are waiting on. I need to revisit with Susan Elia Macneal's series. I've only read the first but really enjoyed it. I think the Dresden files was also one that I liked but only read one or two. Can't wait to see which ones you end up reading this Spring!

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    1. Iliana - Thank you! I am looking forward to reading them. I just recently read one of the Maggie Hope books and was reminded just how much I love that series. :-)

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  26. I loved Death of an Unsung Hero! That was the first book in the series that I'd read but it definitely won't be the last. I really enjoyed the 2 main characters. I have the first in the Anne Bishop series on my TBR and I loved Deja Moo! Great list - very versatile.

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    1. Katherine - I am so glad to hear you loved Death of an Unsung Hero! I can't wait to dive in. Hopefully soon. :-) I hope you enjoy the earlier books in the series when you get to them. :-)

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  27. Those all look fantastic...and unfamiliar to me. I will be taking a closer look at several of them :) Thanks for sharing and enjoy!!

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    1. Megan - I hope you enjoy whichever ones you decide to try! Thanks for visiting!

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