This week on Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Broke and the Bookish, it’s all about Spring. We might be experiencing a last-minute cool down this week, but believe it or not, this coming Monday is the first official day of spring! Besides the lovely weather and gorgeous blooms, this spring promises one of my best TBR line-ups! It’s been a while since I’ve shared up-coming releases, so without further ado, here are the books I’m most excited to read this spring:
4321 by Paul Auster: A verbose choice for spring at 800 pages, 4321 is an innovative work full of promise and prose. Archibald Isaac Ferguson is born nearly two weeks early on March 3, 1947 in Newark, New Jersey, but from a simple beginning comes a story of four “simultaneous and independent” Fergusons as four copies of the young boy lead very different lives after leaving the hospital.
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter: My TBR just isn’t complete unless there’s at least one World War II novel. Following a family of Polish Jews separated during the war, the novel shares their struggle to survive, driven by hope and sheer tenacity to persevere against all odds.
Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach: A gripping tale told first-hand by the fiery Ava Antipova as she uncovers the clues left behind by her deceased twin sister Zelda. Was the fire really an accident? Or was it something more sinister… a punishment? A game? Zelda never forgave Ava for running away to Europe, leaving her to deal with their drunken mother, alone, but at what lengths would she go to bring her back?
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid: Set in an unknown country on the brink of civil war, Nadia and Saeed embark on an unlikely love affair countered only by the city’s unrest. Soon, the city morphs to an unfamiliar playing ground of check-points and bombs, but when rumors of a magical doorway spread, the pair must make the ultimate sacrifice to save themselves, risking it all for a new life at an unknown destination.
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg: Everyone seems to be reading this one! Unmarried, but successful, Andrea Bern struggles to make life work. Despite having a fulfilling career, she drinks a little too much and regrets a lot more, watching everyone but her live their ideal life. What do they know that she doesn’t? But when her niece is born with a heartbreaking ailment, she’s forced to reconcile her dreams with reality, hopefully in exchange for a life lived on her own terms and without judgement.
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs: A new YA science fiction series cited as a cross between Orphan Black and Lord of the Flies. Every two years, on her birthday no less, Min is hunted by a mysterious stranger and murdered, only to wake, unhurt, in a clearing outside of town. Meanwhile, Noah is plagued by nightmares of death and destruction, sending him into a downward spiral, but as an asteroid plummets toward Earth, there’s little time left to worry over two troubled teens until they take matters into their own hands. (Published March 21st)
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti: After spending years on the run, Samuel Hawley moves back to his late wife’s hometown with his teenage daughter, but after rumors of her mysterious death resurface, Samuel is haunted by the past. A thrilling father-daughter epic, spanning across America, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley studies the choices we make and the cost we pay to protect our family. (Published March 28th)
Marlena by Julie Buntin: After moving to a new town in rural Michigan, innocent and unsuspecting Cat is instantly drawn to her next-door neighbor Marlena. Beautiful and unruly, she’s a force to be reckoned with, turning Cat toward a life of teenage mayhem. But now, decades later, Marlena is found dead, drowned in six inches of icy water, leaving Cat haunted by the memory of the girl she once knew. (Published April 4th)
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer: After flying through The Southern Reach Trilogy, I’m psyched to re-enter the wild imaginations of Jeff VanderMeer. Set in the future, after the polluted world has given way to mysterious creatures, Rachel survives as a scavenger, which is how she first discovers Borne. Nothing more than a green lump, Borne reminds Rachel of the island nation of her birth, the first spark of an unbreakable bond between the two. In a world of secrets, Rachel is overcome by emotion, the need to focus, the need for answers, but as the Company’s dealings are revealed, will it be a world she can escape? (Published May 2nd)
Salt Houses by Hala Alyan: On the eve of her wedding, Alia’s future is threatened by the Six-Day War of 1967, but the new couple soon finds peace in Kuwait and start a family. That is until the city is invaded by Saddam Hussein in 1990, and the family scatters to safety. From Beirut to Paris to Boston, Alia’s children build a new future for themselves as they struggle to assimilate to new cultures, giving a heartbreaking answer to the age-old question: Can you ever go home? (Published May 2nd)
What are you reading this spring?