Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: (Tentative) Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is: Winter 2018 TBR

As I've mentioned before, I don't really make legitimate 'TBR' lists. I'm a huge mood reader, so although there are usually books I prioritize or, in the case of review requests, have to read at a certain times, I can't guarantee when I'll read a book. However, there are quite a few books I 100% plan to read in the next couple months, including December, so I thought I'd share the ones I'm really hoping to get to because I need to catch up!

I'm only including books in this list that I actively have my hands on, whether it's an ARC from a publisher or a book I bought, it's something that I physically have and can pick up anytime, which makes this a (somewhat) doable list. I narrowed it down to twelve for this list and the sad thing is that this is hardly half of what I want to read. Help.


The Hod King (The Books of Babel, #3)The Wolf in the WhaleThe Ruin of Kings (A Chorus of Dragons, #1)A Hero Born (Legends of the Condor Heroes #1)



The Hod King by Josiah BancroftTechnically this one is on its way to me, but I will have my hands on it soon and I can't wait! I have seen so many reviews for it already and they are all the highest of raves, so I am pumped to read this. (Do people still say pumped?) (Release date: 1/22/19)
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky: This one is about an Inuit shaman and is set "in he frozen lands of North America in 1000 AD," which sounds fantastic. I love some cold, polar-esque fantasies, so I'm really exciting to see how this is. I would like if there were actually cool wolves in it, but I'm not getting my hopes up. (Release date: 1/29/19)
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons: The blurb champions this book as "uniting the worldbuilding of a Brandon Sanderson with the storytelling verve of a Patrick Rothfuss," and that seems quite bold to me, but if it's true, I'm all for it! This sounds like a pretty interesting new epic fantasy, and supposedly it has dragons and demons as well, so of course I'm here for it. (Release date: 2/5/19)
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

A Hero Born by Jin Yong: I can't believe I have this already! This book was published in the UK this year already I believe, but I recently won an ARC of it and I am beyond excited to check it out. This one is a classic epic fantasy from China that apparently has the same popularity as Tolkien or Rowling and that has finally been translated into English. (Release date: 9/17/19)
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository


The Wolf and the WatchmanThe Bloodprint (The Khorasan Archives, #1)Dark of the West (Glass Alliance #1)The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)


The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dag: I have no idea what to expect from this book. All I know is that it's set during 18th century Stockholm, is translated, and seems to be some sort of twisty, intense thriller mystery? The blurb also says that the author "paints a deliciously dark portrait of late 18th century Stockholm, and the frightful yet fascinating reality lurking behind the powdered and painted veneer of the era," and that sounds super interesting. (Release date: 3/5/19)
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan: I finally have a copy of this book in my possession (my library still doesn't have a copy), so I'm hopefully finally going to get to it soon. I also find this cover particularly badass-looking. (Release date: 10/3/17)
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway: Another fantasy debut! I'm not sure what this one is about, but it showed up and I'm excited to check it out! (Release date: 2/5/19)
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi: I'm really hoping to have a chance to check this one out super soon! I've heard nothing but raves about this so far, so my anticipation is high. Also, that cover! (Release date: 1/15/19)
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository


Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1)Children of Time (Children of Time #1)Golden StateThe City in the Middle of the Night


Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao: Another one I've been wanting to read for a while! It features an Asian setting, an anti-hero lead, and a reimagining of The Evil Queen legend. (Release date: 10/10/17)
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky: Tchaikovsky is a sci-fi author I've been wanting to read for a long time, so this looks like a good place to start! I did not realize this was 640 pages, but... we'll try it out! (Release date: 12/11/18)
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

Golden State by Ben H. Winters: I believe this is a sort of dystopian future about a futuristic version of California. I'm not really sure how to describe what this is about, so here's a brief bit from the blurb: "Laz is a resident of The Golden State, a nation resembling California, where like-minded Americans retreated after the erosion of truth and the spread of lies made public life, and governance, increasingly impossible. There, surrounded by the high walls of compulsory truth-telling, knowingly contradicting the truth--the Objectively So--is the greatest possible crime. Stopping those crimes, punishing them, is Laz's job. In its service, he is one of the few individuals permitted to harbor untruths--to "speculate" on what might have happened in the commission of a crime." (Release date: 1/22/19)

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders [Head's up--the UK edition's pre-order on Book Depository is $9 for the hardcover right now, just in case you're wanting to buy this one!] I still haven't read All the Birds in the Sky, which I plan to do, but I got an ARC of this one so I'm just going to jump into Anders' work with this book! (Release date: 2/12/19)

Have you already read any of these or are you looking forward to any? What books are on your winter TBR?




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26 comments:

  1. Looks like an ambitious list. Hope you get to at least some of them and have a great week. - Katie

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    1. It is, I fear I've overestimated my abilities, haha. Thanks!

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  2. The wolf in the whale is an amazing title name haha I will definitely have to check these out!

    Lotte | www.lottelauv.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Wow! I hope you manage to get through all of these :)
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/top-ten-tuesday-190/

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    1. Thanks! I'm crossing my fingers, but not getting my hopes up, haha.

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  4. That's a great list of books. Happy reading! :)

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  5. 'a hero born' sounds like a book I want to read, I have seen the two version tv series and I really like that. honestly, there's just very little english translations for these kind of books. I'm putting this on my reading list.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. I didn't realize there were TV series, but now that I think about it it seems obvious that there would be. I agree there aren't many English translations for these types, I really hope they start making more of them.

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  6. I have an ARC for The Gilded Wolves, so I have to read that soon. The Wolf in the Whale is an interesting title. Hope you get to this list this season!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to! She's been on my radar for far too long.

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  8. I want to read The Gilded Wolves, too. My seasonal TBRs are mostly just books I'm trying to remind myself to read, but I don't often get to them!

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    1. Same here! I try to keep shoving them in my face so maybe I'll read them, but honestly, who knows?

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  9. Ooh good luck getting to these! I think The Wolf in the Whale sounds super interesting, and I've read a couple of her previous books so I'm curious. Forest of a thousand Lanterns is another one I'd like to get to.

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    1. Thanks, I'm going to need it! I haven't read anything else by her, but I think depending on how this one goes I might just need to check some out.

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  10. Great choices. I will be reading Gilded Wolves this winter too. The cover of The Wolf in the Whale compels me. I'm just drawn to it

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    1. Awesome, I hope you love it! And same here, that cover design is fantastic.

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  11. This is an amazing list, so many of these are on my TBR. I'm especially interested in Children of Time, I've been seeing it on so many end of the year "best" lists.

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    1. It sounds really interesting and I like the sound of the concepts it plays with. I hope you get a chance to read the ones on your TBR!

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  12. Great list! I'm hoping to read Dark of the West and The Ruin of Kings as well.

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    1. Awesome, I hope you get a chance to read them and enjoy them!

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  13. I really like the sound of The Ruin of Kings and Gilded Wolves.
    I'm hoping to read Forest of a Thousand Lanterns this winter too :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! The Ruin of Kings has been really drawing my attention lately as well.

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