Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:  Books on my Spring 2019 TBR

I love it when Top Ten Tuesday gives me the opportunity to have a proper look through my TBR list/pile because sometimes that pile seems so huge and ominous that a quick side-glance as I pick up my next book is all I dare risk. So, here are some of the books, both old and new, that I’m hoping I’ll get around to reading over the next few months.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I’m already reading this one, and at over 800 pages I feel I probably will be for a while. When I collected it from the library I was amazed at how massive and how heavy it is, and said straight away that if it wasn’t great then it was going back.
400+ pages in and I don’t even mind having to lug this huge fantasy novel around because it’s very very good.

A Time of Blood by John Gwynne – Second of the Of Blood and Bone series. I can’t wait to get back into this story and find out what happens next.

The Passage by Justin Cronin – I’ve been watching the new tv series based on this novel and it’s made me want to start the trilogy again. I read the first book a long time ago, but I can’t remember that much about it, it seems quite different from the tv show, so I’d like to start at the beginning and then carry on with the rest of the books.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – Another very striking cover, and another fantasy novel that I hope I’ll lose myself in soon.

The Rose and the Yew Tree by Agatha Christie writing as Mary Westmacott – Here’s something completely different in more ways than one. A break from the fantasy/post-apocalyptic themes that I love so much, and also a break from Christie as a crime writer.

Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff – Sounds a little bit post-apocalyptic, and may contain zombies. Sounds like my sort of tale.

Circe by Madeline Miller – I saw some quotes from this novel online a while ago and if the rest of the writing is so good then I think it should be a treat to read. I can’t believe that I’ve had this one on my TBR pile for so long already.

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker – People are falling asleep and not waking up, and their dreams are becoming increasingly vivid. The set up sounds intriguing, and I can’t wait to read this.

This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab – I think I’ll let the summary speak for itself on this one – Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

A Different Kind of Evil by Andrew Wilson – And for something a little different I might try to pick up the next in the Agatha Christie books as I enjoyed A Talent for Murder. This tale follows Christie on her travels to the Canary Islands to investigate the death of a British agent.

Have you read any of the books that made my list this week? Which should I give a place at the very top of my TBR pile, and what are you hoping to read over the next few months?

28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring 2019 TBR

  1. Annemieke says:

    I want to continue on with the Passage trilogy because of the tv show as well. They did change some things but the major lines are still the same. They just invested so much more in the characters and now they are just doing the first part of the first book which I think was a smart decision.

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    • pagesandtea says:

      I wish I hadn’t left such a massive gap between books because I’m definitely going to have to start again at the beginning. It must be years since I read the first one. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen of the tv series so far, just have a few more episodes to go.


    • pagesandtea says:

      Priory is very good but at times I’m wishing I got the e-book version 😀 I do like long books though, so perhaps I should check out Kingdom of Ash too as it’s one I’ve not heard of.


      • iloveheartlandx says:

        I did think about that, but I am a sucker for a pretty cover and I really wanted that on my shelf. It’s actually the last book in a longer series-the Throne of Glass series, so you’ll have to start with the first one!

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    • pagesandtea says:

      Priory is the first Samantha Shannon I’ve read. I couldn’t believe how huge it was when I collected it. It’s really good so far, but it’s going to take a while to finish I think 🙂


  2. kay says:

    I didn’t put Black Leopard, Red Wolf on my list but I’d like to read it this spring too, as it’s already waiting on my shelves. And I’ve also been reading The Priory of the Orange Tree. I agree that it’s quite good, enough that I’ve also stopped being intimidated by its size! Great list!


    • pagesandtea says:

      When I first received Priory I knew it would have to be very good to keep me carrying a book that size around with me. Have passed the halfway point now and I’ll definitely be finishing it 🙂


  3. Tina @ As Told By Tina says:

    I’ve seen a ton of people show love for The Priory of The Orange Tree. It doesn’t sound like something I’d be interested in but I’m glad you enjoyed it! I have read This Savage Song and I didn’t like the narrator so I feel like that ruined the story for me. I think if you read it, you’ll definitely like it better.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina


    • pagesandtea says:

      I’m well into the second half of Priory now and it’s still really good.
      A narrator can definitely make or break the story, so I’ll keep an open mind about A Savage Song. Hopefully i’ll get around to it in the coming weeks 🙂


  4. Lisa says:

    I just picked up The Priory of the Orange Tree! It’s huge, so good for you for making progress! I think I’ll hold off and dive into it on an upcoming trip. And I’m really looking forward to Circe. My book group will be reading it this summer. Great list! I hope you enjoy all of these.

    My TTT

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    • pagesandtea says:

      I couldn’t believe how massive Priory is – I didn’t really realise that when I ordered it, but it’s so good that I couldn’t imagine not finishing it now, even if carrying around isn’t always convenient. Hope you enjoy Circe too.


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