Top Ten Tuesday – My Spring 2020 Reading List
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 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!
This week’s TTT topic is 2020 Spring TBR. This was a pretty easy topic for me since I, of course, have tons of books I’m hoping to get to this spring. The hardest part was trying to narrow down to just ten to share and I failed on that so you get to see 13 books I’m planning to read.
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My Spring 2020 TBR
(in no particular order)
ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW by Kristan Higgins
Sometimes you have to break a family to fix it. From New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins, a new novel examining a family at the breaking point in all its messy, difficult, wonderful complexity.
REAL MEN KNIT by Kwana Jackson
When their foster-turned-adoptive mother suddenly dies, four brothers struggle to keep open the doors of her beloved Harlem knitting shop. A big-hearted, warm, funny story of community, family and unexpected romance.
MASTER CLASS by Christina Dalcher
The future of every child is determined by one standardized measurement: their quotient (Q). Score high enough, and they attend a top tier school with a golden future ahead of them. Score low, and they are sent to a federally run boarding school with limited prospects for future employment. The purpose? Education costs are cut, teachers focus on the best students, and parents are happy. Elena Fairchild is a teacher at one of the state’s elite schools. When her nine-year old daughter fails her next monthly test, her Q score drops to a disastrously low level and she is immediately forced to leave her top school for a federal school hundreds of miles away. As a teacher, Elena knows intimately the dangers of failure in their tiered educational system, but as a mother who just lost her child, all Elena wants is to be near her daughter again. And she will do the unthinkable to make it happen.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes an of-the-moment novel that peeks inside the private lives of the hypercompetitive and the hyperprivileged and takes on the college admissions bribery scandal that rocked the country.
Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there. What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy…
SHOREFALL by Robert Jackson Bennett
In the second installment of The Founders Trilogy, the upstart firm Foundryside is struggling to make it. Orso Igancio and his star employee, former thief Sancia Grado, are accomplishing brilliant things with scriving, the magical art of encoding sentience into everyday objects, but it’s not enough. The massive merchant houses of Tevanne won’t tolerate competition, and they’re willing to do anything to crush Foundryside. But even the merchant houses of Tevanne might have met their match. An immensely powerful and deadly entity has been resurrected in the shadows of Tevanne, one that’s not interested in wealth or trade routes: a hierophant, one of the ancient practitioners of scriving. And he has a great fascination for Foundryside, and its employees – especially Sancia.
Now Sancia and the rest of Foundryside must race to combat this new menace, which means understanding the origins of scriving itself – before the hierophant burns Tevanne to the ground.
JACK KEROUAC IS DEAD TO ME by Gae Polisner
Fifteen-year-old JL Markham’s life used to be filled with carnival nights and hot summer days spent giggling with her forever best friend Aubrey about their families and boys. Together, they were unstoppable. But they aren’t the friends they once were. With JL’s father gone on long term business, and her mother suffering from dissociative disorder, JL takes solace in the in the tropical butterflies she raises, and in her new, older boyfriend, Max Gordon. Max may be rough on the outside, but he has the soul of a poet (something Aubrey will never understand). Only, Max is about to graduate, and he’s going to hit the road – with or without JL.
JL can’t bear being left behind again. But what if devoting herself to Max not only means betraying her parents, but permanently losing the love of her best friend? What becomes of loyalty, when no one is loyal to you?
RUTHLESS GODS by Emily A. Duncan
Darkness never works alone… Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who–and what–he’s become. As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… or something. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet—those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer. This is the second installment in the Something Dark and Holy series.
FEELS LIKE FALLING by Kristy Woodson Harvey
From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd-couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness.
THE SECOND HOME by Christina Clancy
A debut novel set on Cape Cod that centers on a beloved family home and the summer that changed the lives of three siblings forever, perfect for readers of J. Courtney Sullivan and Elin Hilderbrand.
TO HAVE AND TO HOAX by Martha Waters
In this fresh and hilarious historical rom-com, an estranged husband and wife in Regency England feign accidents and illness in an attempt to gain attentionand maybe just win each other back in the process.
THE PRISONER’S WIFE by Maggie Brookes
Inspired by the true story of a daring deception that plunges a courageous young woman deep into the horrors of a Nazi POW camp to be with the man she loves.
THE LIES THAT BIND by Emily Giffin
In the irresistible new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted and Something Borrowed, a young woman falls hard for an impossibly perfect man before he disappears without a trace . . . The Lies That Bind is a mesmerizing and emotionally resonant exploration of the never-ending search for love and truth–in our relationships, careers, and deep within our own hearts.
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There are a whole heap on this list that speak to me, and I need to explore more, but can I just gush about Real Men Knit? From the cover to the blurb — all of it just makes me SMILE!
verushka recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn TBR
I’m really excited for Real Men Knit. It sounds like so much fun.
What a great list! A new Emily Giffin book is always something exciting to look forward to!
Right? I completely agree!
Admission sounds like such a good read.
My TTT .
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I really hope it will be. It’s definitely a timely one.
I’m really curious about Master Class, it sounds horrifying! And Shorefall is one of my most anticipated spring reads as well. So many books, I wish we could read them all!
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I am really looking forward to Shorefall and seeing what direction that series takes.
I’ve only read one by Emily Giffin but I definitely want to read more. And I’m sure I’ll be picking up Jenn Bennett’s latest. Love her!
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring 2020 TBR
Same here. I think Chasing Lucky is the one I’m most excited for from this list.
Shorefall is also on my TBR list! Ruthless Gods is one that I’m interested in; I just need to read book one first.
Crystal @ Lost in Storyland recently posted…10 Fantasy Books to Read This Spring
I’m really excited to continue both of those series.
I quite enjoy Emily Giffin’s writing, but it has been a few years since I read anything from her. Hope you are able to read all of these this Spring.
Happy reading to you too!
I’m really wanting to read Chasing Lucky, too. I also still need to pick up Foundryside. It’s sitting on my shelf just waiting on me.
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I hope you enjoy Foundryside. I thought it was such an interesting series opener.
I read Vox by Dalcher – her books are scary!
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They really are!
Great list! To Have and to Hoax is on my list this week, too, and I can’t wait for Shorefall. Happy reading!
Jess @ Jessticulates recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday | My Spring 2020 TBR
Happy reading to you too!
I finished Bennett’s book on Sunday. I liked it. Another great hero, and a very complicated family. I was supposed to read Buxbaum’s book this week, but then I got the new Kasie West book from the library, so it might be read next week instead. I read Jack Kerouac. I read it very quickly, and was engrossed by the story, but not sure what my takeaway was supposed to be. I hope you enjoy them all
Sam@wlabb recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR
I’m glad to hear Bennett’s book was good. I’ll be curious to see if I like Jack Kerouac. I’ve seen a couple of mixed reviews for it.
Great list. There are so many amazing sounding books there!
There really are. I’m glad we’ll have so many good ones to read while we’re all stuck at home.
Ooh some of these sound really good, like To Have and To Hoax. I also want to read Masterclass!
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I think Master Class is going to be intense!
Preach it Patrick Stewart haha! 🙂
Nice mix. To Have and Hoax definitely sounds fun, and Shorefall I’ve seen popping up a bit and I’m curious about that series now. I feel like I haven’t read a good fantasy novel in ages.
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I’ve been slumping with my fantasy reads too so I’m excited to get back to this series.
Shorefall made my list too! I’m so excited for it!!
I’ll be reading Shorefall too and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Lauren @ Always Me recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR
I’m so excited for it!
Great list. I still need to read Foundryside.
Here’s my list: https://speedyreadercom.wordpress.com/2020/03/17/top-ten-books-on-my-spring-tbr-list/
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I hope you enjoy it!
Thank you so much for including Feels Like Falling on this awesome list! I hope you enjoy! xo Kristy
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I’m so excited for Real Men Knit! It sounds so cute and I love that cover 😍 I’ll be reading Ruthless Gods soon as well and I really hope that I enjoy it and that it doesn’t leave me feeling more confused lol happy reading!
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I’m excited to continue that series with Ruthless Gods too. I’m very curious to see where the story goes.
I hope you love all the books on your TBR <3 And I love that gif haha Its perfect for all the quarantines going around! Tho unfortunately we are in the middle of a blizzard here in CO, so no sun for me 🙁
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A blizzard? Wow! Stay warm!
Shorefall is also on my Spring TBR. Other books I’m interested in include Chasing Lucky and Ruthless Gods.
I’m hoping to start Ruthless Gods this week. I’m so excited to see where that series goes next.
I hope you are able to read all of these in Spring! And I am very curious to see what you will think about Chasing Lucky! I have seen positive reviews.
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I’m really excited for Chasing Lucky. Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite contemporary authors.