Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring Reading List

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today I’m sharing my Spring reading list. Here are ten books I’m hoping to read in the next few months.

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My Spring Reading List

1. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances by Ruth Emmie Lang

Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.

That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn’t like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn’s unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn’t care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf on her eleventh birthday, she’s known that a relationship with him isn’t without its risks, but as anyone who’s met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you’ll wish he’d never leave.

2. In The Days Of Rain: A Daughter, A Father, A Cult by Rebecca Stott

Rebecca Stott was born a fourth-generation Brethren and she grew up in England, in the Brighton branch of the Exclusive Brethren cult in the early 1960s. Her family dated back to the group's origins in the first half of the nineteenth century, and her father was a high-ranking minister. However, as an intelligent, inquiring child, Stott was always asking dangerous questions and so, it turns out, was her father, who was also full of doubt. When a sex scandal tore the Exclusive Brethren apart in 1970, her father pulled the family out of the cult. But its impact on their lives shaped everything before and all that was to come.

3. The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

4. Lily And Dunkin by Donna Gephart

Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you’re in the eighth grade.

Dunkin Dorfman, birth name Norbert Dorfman, is dealing with bipolar disorder and has just moved from the New Jersey town he’s called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse.

One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change.

5. Elevation by Stephen King

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

6. Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Leaving your house in the middle of the night.
Knowing your mother is doing her best, but she's just as scared as you.

Starting a new school, making friends.
Seeing how happy it makes your mother.
Hearing a voice, calling out to you.

Following the signs, into the woods.
Going missing for six days.
Remembering nothing about what happened.

Something that will change everything.
And having to save everyone you love.

7. Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere . . . else. 

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced . . . they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

8. Children of the Cave by Virve Sammalkorpi

1819. Iax Agolasky, a young assistant to a notable French explorer, sets off on a journey to the Russian wilderness. They soon discover a group of creatures living in a cave: children with animal traits. But are they animals, or are they human? Faced with questions of faith, science and the fundamentals of truth, tensions rise in the camp. Soon the children’s safety becomes threatened and Agolasky needs to act.

9. Flying Lessons & Other Stories by Ellen Oh (Editor)

Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascoes, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

10. The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

What are you reading this Spring?


  1. In the Days of Rain sounds interesting. I always find cults and cult-mentality fascinating.

  2. THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH sounds like a cute read. I'm also curious about IMAGINARY FRIENDS and EVERY HEART A DOORWAY. I'd love to see your thoughts on them!

  3. In the Days of Rain sounds so good.

    My TTT .

  4. Lately,I've been finding myself wanting to read more middle grade books. "The Fourteenth Goldfish" seems quite interesting.

    Happy readings!
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

  5. Oh I'm curious to hear your thoughts on Every Heart a Doorway! I know tons of people who loved this one, but I personally just found it average. I hope you'll like it :)

  6. Great list! I haven't heard of a few of these, I'll have to check them out. Happy reading!

  7. Every Heart a Doorway is on my TBR. It's a bit different from my usual reading but it looks really good. Hope you get to some of these!

  8. Lily and Dunkin has been on my TBR for a long while. Read lots of rave reviews, and have enjoyed other books by the author. I need to make time for some MG again. Enjoy them all!

  9. These are all pretty much new to me, I hope you love them!

  10. Oh, I love the Wayward Children series! Seanan McGuire is such an amazing author!
    My TTT!

  11. I REALLY want to read Imaginary Friend! I don't know why I haven't gotten around to it. I hope you love all of these!

  12. I adore Every Heart a Doorway as well as the rest of the series. Beneath the Sugar Sky was one of my least faves but it was still good and lots of people love it. I know I bought Elevation the week it came out and have still not read it. I've seen some pretty negative reviews though so I'd be anxious to hear your thoughts.

  13. I'm really tempted by every heart a doorway!

  14. Every Heart a Doorway is one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy!

  15. I'm not familiar with these authors but all these books sound great! Happy reading :)

  16. I can't wait to hear what you think about the Inexplicable Logic of My Life, it's high on my TBR list! :)

  17. I literally haven't had time to even think about a spring TBR! It's been chaos in my household this week. Hopefully by the weekend I'll be nice and calm and ready to read again!

  18. I have Imaginary Friends that I really hope to read soon!


  19. Every Heart a Doorway sounds fun. I'm terrible at sticking to TBR lists so I've almost given up on making them.

  20. I love how many different kinds of books you read- old, new, all genres! I NEED that goldfish book for Lena, she will love it and I have a book hangover from the last book we finished! Easter Bunny WILL be bringing that one, so thanks! A lot of your other ones are on my TBR (or my "maybe" list) so I will definitely be looking out for your thoughts on them! Hope you enjoy them!