Top Ten Tuesday (19)

20 Mar

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books to Read This Spring, Or May and June Are On and Poppin’ and April’s No Slouch, Either

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish post a top ten list topic so that book lovers like you and me can pour over our shelves and make our own lists. You can check out all the other Top Ten Tuesday‘s on their site!


I am PSYCHED about this Top Ten Tuesday, guys. PSYCHED!! I sat down to write it up and I just got so jazzed, I can’t even tell you. You know why? Because the books coming out this spring are BANANAS. First of all, there’s a TON of them, and as a result we have MAJOR cheating on this list (more than 10 books y’all), and also frustration that I couldn’t list EVERY AWESOME-SOUNDING BOOK coming out this spring. Second of all, the BUZZ for some of these books is off the charts! I think for me, and in general, a few of these books are some of the most anticipated books of the year. HOLLA!

Book cover for Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue (The Seven Kingdoms #3) by Kristin Cashore (May 1, 2012). Guys, do you realize how many books are coming out on May 1? Seriously–and this is just from my own TBR–I want to read 16 books with that release date. SIXTEEN!! From that crazy number, though, BITTERBLUE is number 1. In fact, I’m going to go ahead and say that BITTERBLUE is my number 1 book that I can’t wait to read this spring. BOOM. The anticipation! is MAJOR.

Book cover for Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (May 15, 2012). I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on this book about two young British girls–one a pilot and one a spy–during World War II. While on a mission, their plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France, and one of them is captured. The story is told through her confession to the Gestapo. By all accounts of this book so far–already published in the UK–CODE NAME VERITY is knock-your-socks-off AMAZING. I WANTS IT NOW.

Book cover for In Honor by Jessi Kirby

In Honor by Jessi Kirby (May 8, 2012). I’m a big, BIG fan of all of this war/military-related contemporary YA that’s coming out this year. It’s obviously great for drama and intensity, but it feels really genuine for the times we’re living in. I love that it applies without being one of those books that OD’s on pop culture references. IN HONOR is about a girl whose brother dies while serving overseas and she goes on a road trip with his old best friend because it was her bro’s last wish. Also, the best friend is based to some degree on Tim Riggins. Let me repeat myself: TIM RIGGINS. I’m in.

Book cover for Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (May 8, 2012). I ADORED Morgan Matson’s debut, AMY AND ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR, so I’m chomping at the bit to read her sophomore effort about a family dealing with what sounds like illness who go back to their old summer vacation spot for some bonding time. Family issues and a little romancin’ ensue. Woot!

Book cover for The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #) by Jennifer A. Nielsen (April 1, 2012). I’m always game for some new fantasy, friends, and this one sounds like a really great one. I’m pretty sure it’s a middle grade (HOLLA!), and it’s about a lost prince and a secretive competition to find a boy to impersonate him in an effort to forestall civil war. Hearing good things about this one, too. Twisty fantasy? Why yes, don’t mind if I do.

Book cover for Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by R.L. LaFevers (April 1, 2012). So I’ve already read this one, but it was so SERIOUSLY amazing that I HAD to highlight it here so that you guys would hear about it. It’s honestly one of the best YA historical fiction books I’ve read maybe ever. It’s got political intrigue and this sisterhood of nun assassins in medieval France. It’s AWESOME. Also, THE COVER. #BAMF (Although, ALAS, I don’t recall any crossbows of unusual size in the book *sad face*.) 

Book cover for Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross (April 10, 2012). One of my FAVORITE new TV shows right now is Once Upon a Time, and one of my favorite kind of books to read are fairy tale retellings. Not only does KILL ME SOFTLY remind me of OUAT, but it also incorporates fairy tale elements from a bunch of different stories: Snow White, Beast, and one version or another of Prince Charming. Seriously, this book has my name all over it. 

Book cover for Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller (June 19, 2012). I feel like I’ve been talking about SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL a lot lately! But whatever, it sounds FANTASTIC. It’s another one of the books out this year about young men who have served in the armed forces and their families and loved ones left at home. In this case, Travis is home from active duty in Afghanistan and he’s trying to deal with his memories and his PTSD while also hoping to settle back in at home. Also, there’s the old girl friend Harper. *makes kissyface noises*  CAN’T WAIT for this one.

Book cover for While He Was Away by Karen Schreck

While He Was Away by Karen Schrek (May 1, 2012). I initially didn’t realize that I’d included so many of these war-based stories on this list, but I can’t even take any of them off. They all absolutely pique my interest. This one is told from the point of view of a girlfriend whose boyfriend goes off to Iraq and the fear and worry and WAITING she lives with. I’m interested to see how the distance and, obviously, the WAR/FIGHTING/DEATH changes them, for better or worse. 

Book cover for Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo (June 5, 2012). EEEP!!! This book is getting SUCH huge buzz and I totally understand why. High fantasy, beasties who eat people, war, darkness, hidden powers, a character known as the DARKLING. I mean, honestly. I’m just going to go ahead and jump on this bandwagon right now. 

Book cover for My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (June 14, 2012). I’m always up for a solid contemporary, friends. In fact, I feel like I’ve been reading more of them than I usually manage to, and this makes me UNSPEAKABLY happy. MY LIFE NEXT DOOR is about a girl who envies the family next door and eventually gets all hot and bothered over one of the sons. Literally, the boy next door. SWOON.

Book cover for This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers (June 19, 2012). So, I’ve made a pledge to read some more books in genres I usually avoid and don’t usually interest me. Number 1 with a bullet on this list is zombies. But I think Courtney Summers is as good a first zombie book author as you can get, and THIS IS NOT A TEST is shaping up to be intense, scary, and harrowing. But you guys? There’s blood spatter on the cover. I’m already terrified. 

Book cover for The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa (April 24, 2012). I feel like I took a BIG break from vampires, guys, but then two things happened: I read the Vampire Academy series and I heard that Julie Kagawa’s next series was going to be vampy. All of a sudden, vampires are making a comeback on my TBR, and I’m kind of glad. Ever since I read the Iron Fey series, I’ve been a fan of Julie Kagawa’s and I can’t wait to see how she does vampires. This one sounds like dystopian vampires, and that is EXCITING.

21 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (19)”

  1. Melissa March 20, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    Awesome list! I’ve been hearing lots of good things about Shadow & Bone — it sounds like a great read!

    Here’s my list:

  2. 1girl2manybooks March 20, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    Ahhh I forgot Second Chance Summer! For some reason I thought it was coming out a bit later. Definitely one I’m looking forward to!

  3. Briana March 20, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of The False Prince, and it was fantastic! I was unclear whether ti was middle grade or young adult; I think it would work unequally well for both. And I was really excited that the story actually ended, even though there are going to be sequels. I would definitely recommend it.

  4. Danica Page (Taking It One Page at a Time) March 20, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    Okay seriously every single book on here is a book that I’m dying to read. I didn’t put these on my list, but now I feel like I should have put all these on mine.

    Can’t wait to read these ones.

    My TT/Top Ten Tuesday post is here

    Happy Reading!

    ~Danica Page
    Taking It One Page at a Time

  5. Kimberly @ Turning The Pages March 20, 2012 at 2:04 am #

    Great list!! I want to read all of those, I revieved ARCs of Code Name Verity and Shadow and Bone 🙂 Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday

    Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

  6. Pocketful of Books March 20, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    All these books look really good! ‘This it not a test’ especially looks really interesting! May is a book month for books! x

  7. Ange/Libby Blog (@marmaladelibby) March 20, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Bitterblue and The Immortal Rules look SOOO good! I want I want! Grave Mercy is up next on my list actually and it looks great! Here’s our Top 10 this week! Happy Reading!

  8. Hollie March 20, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    I’m looking forward to so many of these books as well, even though none of them made my list. I just want all the books, haha!

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  9. Karis March 20, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Nice list! Bitterblue! Such a LOOOONG time coming! A few of these other ones made my short list, but got edged out. I can’t wait to read The Immortal Rules and This Is Not a Test!

    Check out YA Litwit’s Top Ten Spring TBR Books and my GIVEAWAY of a SIGNED HC of Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver!

  10. April C (@booksandwine) March 20, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    This Is Not A Test is really good. I think it’s right up your alley and you will love it. Seriously Courtney Summers is legit forever and ever.

    Also? Grave Mercy. I’m reading that on my iphone and kindle, but mostly iphone because it’s a lot easier to sneak read on there and OMG THE FANTASY THE KICKASSNESS I DIE.

    Also? Totally am dying to read Bitterblue and The False Prince. I love this whole fantasy wave.

  11. Lacey March 20, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Any book where there’s a character that makes you think of Tim Riggins, count on me to read it. My heart belongs to that man, haha!! Thanks for the great suggestions.

  12. barefoot_med_student March 20, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Oh. My. Holy.
    Code Name Verity sound ah-mazing!!!

  13. Rebecca March 20, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Great choices! I need to get my hands on Bitterblue when it comes out, but that means I have to read her other books first! Hmm, amazon here I come! I also need to get Grave Mercy and The False Prince. If only I had unlimited funds I would buy so many books!

    Here’s my Top Ten list:

  14. Ashley Prince March 20, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    I am so ready to read Grave Mercy! I have an ARC that I received at work (I work at B&N) and I can’t wait to read it. I also am interested in that Blood of Eden series.

    Great list. 🙂

  15. Candice March 20, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Is it possible to write a blog post in response to your blog post? Because seriously, I’m itching to do that. I feel like I need to comment on EVERY SINGLE BOOK you listed! This spring is gonna be killer in terms of all the books coming out; I’m already feeling pulled in 800 directions, just from your list! 🙂

    But since I’m sure you don’t want to hear me ramble on with all my comments to your list, I’ll just leave you with this thought: Zombie books are where it’s at. Scary, creepy, make you want to hide under your covers. They’re way out of my comfort zone but I looooovvvveee them! 🙂

  16. Linda March 20, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    This is not a Test sounds so good. Great list!

  17. Melanie @thedailyprohecy March 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Ahhh, I couldn’t wait for Grave Mercy, but you even made it worse for me! Haha, that book sounds so good. And not to mention This is not a test. What a creepy cover and great summary.

    My list:

  18. Alison March 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    I’m excited for Bitterblue too (even though I haven’t read Fire yet).

  19. StoryLoverX March 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    I’m really excited about Shadow and Bone. Grave Mercy also a a very awesome premise. Too many great books are being released this year.
    My Top Ten Tuesday

  20. reutreads March 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm #


  21. Heidi March 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Totally worth cheating for these books! Code Name Verity was top of my own list, I cannot wait for The Immortal Rules and I’ve only just started Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series and think it’s like crack. Grave Mercy was AMAZING, and I’m excited for This is Not a Test and The False Prince as well.

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