Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

You might be thinking that I’ve gone crazy, Spring is most definitely not just around the corner. Yes, well. Spring is coming in September for me (and everyone else in the Southern Hemisphere, of course, I’m not getting special treatment) and that is next month. For the rest of August I have a rough idea of what I want to read and I am going to participate in a read-a-thon which means I’ve already selected a TBR for the rest of the month just about.

Which brings me to choosing today’s topic. It was a revisiting week for TTT so this was a nice easy topic to jump back to I thought. There are a bunch of books that I know I want to read soon so I thought I’d share them with you. September will be heading right into crunch time for uni for me so I’m thinking that I’m going to tackle some big books. You see, I love to have a long book to go back to when I’m all busy with uni and work because it’s something consistent in the chaos. Well, that’s how I see it anyway.


This week’s theme is:

My Spring TBR

Now, I am just going to list off the big books that I want to get around to. There are plenty of others I could talk about but these have intimidated me for so long: it’s time to suck it up and take them down. So here are 10 books that I’m planning and will hopefully, actually read during the three glorious months of Spring.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over @ The Broke and the Bookish and each week there’s a different theme that we get to make a list about featuring ten related books. It’s so much fun and the topics are always great! It’s also a fabulous way to learn more about people’s reading adventures and I recommend heading over to the official page to do some exploring through the link up.


The Wise Man’s Fear
by Patrick Rothfuss

Page Count: 1,107

{ My review of The Name of the Wind }

Many of you probably already know that this is the second book in the Kingkiller Chronicles which is a FABULOUS series. I read the first one probably two years ago now (how did that happen) with the intention of continuing on once I found the courage to dive into this one. But I’ll tell you a secret: my edition is VERY LONG. 1,107 pages to be exact, *mini heart-attack*. But it’s time to stop putting it off because I just know that I’m going to fly through it.



Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens

Page Count: 508

In what may be Dickens’s best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.” In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride.

This has and has not been on my TBR for a long time. Which is impossible but allow me to explain. I’ve had a cheap version of Great Expectations for a long time but after reading Pride & Prejudice in the same edition the font scared me away and I’ve been reluctant to touch it, ten foot pole and all. But after watching the TV series Dickensian (which was so good omg) for my birthday I was gifted the glorious leather bound Barnes & Noble edition and so intend on actually reading this. Truth be told I’m super excited to dive in and am glad to have a lovely edition to do so with.



The Septimus Heap seires
by Angie Sage

Page Count: 564

Enter the world of Septimus Heap, Wizard Apprentice. Magyk is his destiny. 

A powerful necromancer plans to seize control of all things Magykal. He has killed the Queen and locked up the Extraordinary Wizard. Now with Darke Magyk he will create a world filled with Darke creatures. But the Necromancer made one mistake. A vital detail he has overlooked means there is a boy who can stop him – the only problem is, the boy doesn’t know it yet.

For the Heap family, life as they know is about to change, and the most fantastically fast-paced adventure of confused identities, magyk and mayhem, begin.

This is obviously not just one book. However, this series has been gathering dust on my shelf for a long time for no good reason. I’m going to change that. They’re reasonably big looking books and altogether make for a giant read. But in the words of Rafiki, it is time.



 Empire of Storms
by Sarah J. Maas

Page Count: 704

{ My review of The Assassin’s Blade }
{ My review for Throne of Glass }
{ My review for Crown of Midnight }
{My review for Heir of Fire }
{ ** SPOILERS ** My review of Queens of Shadows **SPOILERS** }

Well, obviously this one is on my TBR. It’s going to be a hunker without a doubt. The Maasinator does not write smaller books as series go on. It’s like they eat the fandom’s hype for breakfast and keep accidentally putting on 100 pages. I am praying for my wrists when it comes to holding this one.



by Guy Gavriel Kay

Page Count: 816

Eight of the nine provinces of the Peninsula of the Palm, on a world with two moons, have fallen to the warrior sorcerers Brandin of Ygrath and Alberico of Barbadior. 

Brandin’s younger son is slain in a battle with the principality of Tigana, which the grief-stricken sorcerer then destroys. After sweeping down and destroying the remnants of their army, burning their books and destroying their architecture and statuary, he makes it so that no one not born in that province can even hear its name. 

Years later, a small band of survivors, led by Alessan, last prince of Tigana’s royal house, wages psychological warfare, planting seeds for the overthrow of the two tyrants. At the center of these activities are Devin, a gifted young singer; Catriana, a young woman pursued by suspicions of her family’s guilt; and Duke Sandre d’Astibar, a wily resistance leader thought dead. 

Meanwhile, at Brandin’s court, Dianora, his favorite concubine and–unknown to anyone, another survivor of Tigana–struggles between her growing love for the often gentle tyrant and her desire for vengeance. Gradually the scene is set for both conquerors to destroy each other and free a land.

Let’s not talk about how long I’ve had this book. This book makes me feel so guilty when I look at it. It burns a hole in my heart. I desperately want to read it because I honestly think that I’m absolutely going to love it when it do. But it’s enormous size has made me say “just one more YA” whenever I think about picking it up. I can do it guys, I can get this one started!



Sense & Sensibility
by Jane Austen

Page Count: 384

Unfairly deprived of their family inheritance by the grasping Mrs John Dashwood and her husband, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood and their mother find themselves in greatly reduced circumstances.

Compelled to leave Norland in Sussex for Barton Cottage in Devonshire, the two sisters are soon accepted into their new society. Marianne, whose sweet radiance and open nature charm the roguish John Willoughby, is soon deeply in love. Elinor, whose disposition is more cautious and considered, who carefully conceals her emotions, is suffering the loss of Edward Ferrars whom she has left behind.

Despite their very different personalities, both sisters experience great sorrows in their affairs of the heart: Marianne demonstrably wretched and Elinor allowing no one to see her private heartache. It is, however, the qualities common to them both – discernment, constancy and integrity in the face of the fecklessness of others – that allow them entry into a new life of peace and contentment.

This is not necessarily a big book, but it’s big enough and classic-y enough that it scares me. I need to stop tip-toeing around it and open those pages! Especially with my beautiful new edition that hauled in my July book haul. I hope I’m going to adore it comepletely when I do finally read it!



Vanity Fair
by William Thackeray

Page Count: 867

Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero is a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, first published in 1847–48, satirizing society in early 19th-century Britain. The book’s title comes from John Bunyan’s allegorical story The Pilgrim’s Progress, first published in 1678 and still widely read at the time of Thackeray’s novel. Vanity fair refers to a stop along the pilgrim’s progress: a never-ending fair held in a town called Vanity, which is meant to represent man’s sinful attachment to worldly things. The novel is now considered a classic, and has inspired several film adaptations.

The main reason that I haven’t read this yet is actually because of the fact it’s a classic rather than its page count. But don’t get me wrong, this book is positively huge. However, I have a funny habit of reading the first page or chapter of all my unread books spontaneously and I loved how this one started. I’m super keen to get onto it, this is simply a victim of my procrastination of classics.



A Clash of Kings
by George R. R. Martin

Page Count: 873

{ My review of A Game of Thrones }

I told myself in November 2015 that I would start the Song of Ice and Fire series and read them all with great enthusiasm and then maybe even catch up on the TV series. The fact that this is book two and on my TBR for Spring is a good indicator of how that went. They’re just such big books that there’s was no way I could read them all back to back. I think I’m ready to dive back into this world though because oh my god did I love book one.



Pillars of the Earth
by Ken Follet

Page Count: 973

The spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known—and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

This series does scare me with it page count, not going to lie. However, I really, really want to read it and find out what all the fuss is about. Like so many others of these time consuming mammoths I’m sure I’ll actually fall spine-over-page-ends in love with this once I give it a chance. This is actually part of my family’s library (that sounds fancy, I just mean the books I haven’t bought that live in my house, basically. I wish I had a library) so it’s not “technically” on my TBR – but I’ve been meaning to pick it up for a long time. I have a good feeling about this one guys.



by Tamora Pierce

Page Count: 584

Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost’s Guard, and she’s been assigned to the Lower City. It’s a tough beat that’s about to get tougher, as Beka’s limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Someone close to Beka is using dark magic to profit from the Lower City’s criminal enterprises–and the result is a crime wave the likes of which the Provost’s Guard has never seen before.

This is the book that I have put off for the longest. It is the oldest book on my bookshelf and I cannot tell you why I haven’t read it yet. I definitely need to remedy that I don’t think that it’s going to be a difficult or time consuming read. I’m hoping that I finish it and go I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT’S BEEN ON MY SHELF ALL THESE YEARS just so I can turn to myself and go: I told you so.


 What’s a big book you’re going to tackle this year?

This is obviously one of the most ambitious TBRs a person can make. A lot of these books are massive and beyond. However, they’ve all got a bunch of people behind them telling me that they’re amazing. So many people on Instagram have whacked me over the head with a bunch of asparagus for not getting to these sooner: SO HERE I AM. I think I’m going to feel so good for actually, finally reading these so I desperately hope that I do stick to this TBR for Spring. I have three months, I have motivation, and I’m finally going to take these beasties down. Watch me.

 Share your thoughts below!

End Note

~~ Kirstie ~~


24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

  1. Wise Man’s Fear is definitely on my TBR in the foreseeable future, especially when I hear so many good things about it (and more Deviiiii<3). The length, though… *twitches*

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  2. I’m still tackling my big book – I’ve been working on War and Peace since January. I like to dip in and out of it. I recently acquired a copy of Vanity Fair, but I think I’ll leave that one for next year (or the year after, or whenever I get to it). I’ve also got two big non-fictions by Peter FitzSimons that I really want to read, but they’re so long I keep putting it off, along with about a thousand other chunksters. I think next year will be the year of the chunkster for me.

    Dickensian was so good! I wanted to go on a bit of a Dickens binge when it was over, but didn’t end up doing it. I hope you like Great Expectations; I haven’t read it for a long time, but I remember really liking it.

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    1. Oh goodness, War and Peace is a big one! I hope you don’t accidentally drop it one your face reading one day because it might break your nose 😦 that would definitely happen to me.

      I’ve been wanting to read some FitzSimons as well!! You’ll have to tell me how they go if you get around to them. I’m currently dipping in and out of an historical non-fiction by Les Carlyon and it’s actually really good! It’s just finding the time …

      Uh I know right. I think I could have happily gorged on infinite Dickens books after that. I hope I like GE too!!


      1. War and Peace is one that I read only while sitting up – I am a little bit concerned about dropping it on my face otherwise haha.

        I can highly recommend two FitzSimons books – his memoir, ‘A Simpler Time’ and his biography of Sir Douglas Mawson titled ‘Mawson’ (funnily enough). He writes exactly like he talks, as though he’s there with you telling a story, so they can be a bit dense with information but are still pretty easy to read. But I have his ‘Gallipoli’ to read, as well as ‘Pozieres & Fromelles’ – they’re big hard covers, which I hate lugging around and is probably the main reason I haven’t read them yet!

        I haven’t read any Carlyon, but his books have been on my radar for a little while. Maybe after I read the FitzSimons I’ll get to him!

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      2. Ooh yay! I’m totally going to pick them up (because my TBR isn’t big enough) – the Mawson one sounds good! I’ve seen those other two floating around Dymocks a lot and am so tempted to pick them up.

        If you like FitzSimons you’ll probably like Carlyon too – it sounds like they have similar writing styles! Yay! So glad I’ve found a friend who reads these hunkers too haha 😂


  3. Some absolutely cracking classics here, I really hope you enjoy them! Sounds like you’ve got a hectic couple of months coming up; hope they go okay!


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  4. Just looking at those page counts absolutely terrifies me 😂 A Game of Thrones is on my shelf but I’m really not sure as to when I’ll read it. I also want to try a Patrick Rothfuss book because everyone praises him but I’m not normally an epic/high fantasy person.

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    1. Haha I know right?! *quakes in boots* and yes! If you love your high fantasy then you just have to check out Rothfuss – his books are long but they’re quick reads, promise!


    1. Awesome! I haven’t read any Kay yet but I really want to, I love the sound of all his books. I imagine if I like Tigana I’ll end up binge buying a few more of his – do you have any recs?


  5. Empire of Storms!!! YAS! That should be a beast to tackle too^^ I actually read the entire Septimus Heap series way back – every book was like hit or miss for me…I’d love book #2 and then book #3 not as much…4 would be great and 5 not so much LOL! I’ll be curious to see what you think of them 🙂

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