20 Books on My Spring TBR

It's been a while since I've made a seasonal To Be Read (TBR) list, but I couldn't resist when I saw that it was today's Top Ten Tuesday topic. I've written before about three strategies I used to tackle my TBR – 1) a book buying ban, 2) culling my shelves, and 3) seasonal reading lists. Since I've been participating in a no shopping challenge for the past three months, this felt like the perfect time to combine it with that third approach. I looked my shelves, library holds, and pre-orders to come up with 20 books on my spring TBR:


1. Beach Reads by Emily Henry (May 19) – I requested this for review after I saw it recommended by the Fug Girls. I can't wait to read it and think it will be the perfect book to transition into summer reading.

2. To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters (April 7) – A publicist pitched me this book, and I couldn't resist the idea of a historical rom com. I'm so used to read more serious historical fiction that this will be a fun change of pace!


3. Risen Motherhood by Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler – I've enjoyed this podcast in the past, so I was excited to buy their book when it came out. Since I'm thinking a lot about motherhood in this season, this felt like a great pick.

4. For the Love of Discipline by Sara Wallace – I bought this when our local Christian bookstore was going out of business, and I'm curious to see what it says. I'm not a fan of parenting books in general, so we'll see...

5. Memory-Making Mom by Jessica Smartt – Another purchase from that same sale!  With a goal of nurturing my relationship with my sons, I'm really looking forward to reading this book about building family traditions.


6. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman – Did I want to read this after seeing the title and cover? Of course! And when Kelly loved it, that sealed the deal. This seems like a fun, lighthearted addition to my list.

7. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness – This is on my 10 in 20 list, and I was able to borrow the audiobook from the library. I'm a little intimidated by it but hoping this one works better for me than the first.

8. The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore – This was a random Goodwill find, and it's time for me to finally read it (or DNF it, as the case may be). As we approach college decision time for seniors, it felt like a timely choice.

9. The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty – I listened to The City of Brass last year and then didn't get around to reading this book. The final book comes out June 30, so I'm hoping to go from this one right into that one.

10. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – I really enjoyed Rogerson's most recent release, so I'm excited to go back and finally pick up her debut. I've read mixed reviews, but I'm excited it's a standalone.

11. The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes – Do I want to start another series right now? Not really, but I can't resist a good historical mystery either. My library has this on audio, too, which will help motivate me to read it.

12. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton – Another book on my 10 in 20 list! Morton has been hit or miss for me in the past, but I'm looking forward to this one since I recently read and loved The Clockmaker's Daughter


13. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan – The sequel, The Heir Affair, comes out early in July, and I cannot wait! I have to prepare by re-reading this favorite, which I'll end up listening to on audio. 

14. Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers – I adored this extension of LaFever's His Fair Assassin series and am excited for the duology's conclusion, out in June. I'm going to re-read this first, of course.

15. No Limits by Ellie Marney – When I was looking at my my tentative TBR, I realized that I wanted at least one contemporary mystery/thriller. I loved this 2017 release and have never re-read it, so now is the time!


16. Igniting Darkness by Robin LaFevers (June 2) – As I mentioned, I'm excited to see how this duology concludes! I adore Sybella from the original trilogy, and Genevieve is proving to be a compelling heroine in her own right.

17. The Honey-Don't List by Christina Lauren (March 24) – I like this duo's rom coms more than their dramas, so I'm hoping this is the former. It sounds like it is, but I requested it from the library just in case. 

18. Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi (March 31) – I loved the original trilogy but have been less impressed by this continuation. Thankfully I can see it through to the end with the library. Maybe it will win me back?

19. The Switch by Beth O'Leary (April 30 UK / June 9 US) – O'Leary's debut, The Flatshare, was one of my favorite reads of 2019. I just re-read it on audio, and it made me even more excited for this upcoming release from her!

20. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver – I wasn't a huge fan of Silver's One Day in December, but the concept of this book appeals to me way more. I hope the second time is the charm!

What are you hoping to read this spring?


  1. I love Kate Morton! Her books are definitely my jam, although I have to say I didn't love her newest. Still, she's awesome. I also enjoyed NINA HILL. It's light-hearted and funny, but also poignant. I hope you enjoy all the books on your list. I did 20, too - 10 this week, 10 last week. Seasonal TBRs are the best!

    Happy TTT!

  2. The Kingdom of Copper sounds so good.

    My TTT .

  3. I loved The Secret Keeper! Kate Morton is pretty much always a hit for me.

  4. I hope you enjoy An Enchantment of Ravens! I recently read and found the writing to be beautiful <3 To me, it felt like a light-hearted story that I could sit back and relax with :)

  5. I hope you got to read all of the books! I just read The Switch this year, and I ended up really enjoying it. It just felt super charming and funny and sweet, and it was exactly what I wanted to read when I picked it up.


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