Top Ten Tuesday: WINter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday #13

Yes, you’re reading that right! I’m back AND I’m posting!

I took a hot minute off to spend some much needed time with the family during the holidays, but I’m planning on ramping back up to my normal blogging schedule over the next few days! *Fingers crossed*

In addition to today’s TTT, I also posted a long overdue review of Christina Henry’s Lost Boy so feel free to give that a looky-loo.

Today’s TOP TEN TUESDAY hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish is brought to you by our collective — yet rarely followed — WINter TBRs!

I decided to devote my list to:

5 reads that are ARCs (because responsibilites and such) or fairly recent releases that I’ve been meaning to get around to


5 reads that have been on my list for an unacceptable amount of time or are titles that fellow readers literally gasp in horror upon realizing I haven’t read

The only other caveat is that these are all books that I currently own (because I’m trying to be thrifty during the most wonderful — and expensive — time of year) and clearing them from my TBR would truly be a WIN.

So let’s do this! I present the “Top Ten Books on my WINter TBR.”

*Also, I’ll be returning to taking my own pictures of these selections for future TTT posts, but since a few of these titles are lent out at the moment, I’m going the stock photography route.*

ARCs/Recent Releases:

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1) The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk; releases March 6, 2018

A diverse YA contemporary centered on love and loss that Angie Thomas describes as “a stunning, heart-wrenching look at grief that will stay with you long after you put it down.” Don’t mind me y’all, I’ll just be over here sobbing in the corner.

2) The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin; releases January 9, 2018 

A sweeping family saga that asks: “If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?” Centered around four siblings and their attempts to answer that fateful question, this book is sure to be a thought-provoking page turner.

3) The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard; releases February 27, 2018

Alison Smith’s world seems perfect when the attractive and charismatic Will Hurley falls into her life. But that all changes when her best friend is murdered by Ireland’s most prolific serial killer who turns out to be none other than her beau, Will. Sentenced to life in prison, he must now help detectives find a copycat killer that has emerged 10 years later, but will only do so if Alison plays along. This twisted thriller seems right up my alley and I can’t wait to dive in.

4) Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds; released October 24, 2017

In my first non-ARC selection, I’m going with this compelling contemporary that takes place over the course of 60 seconds where a teen must decide whether to avenge his brother’s death. I’ve read nothing but fierce praise for this verse-written narrative and I’m ready to take this ride.

5) Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer; released April 4, 2017 (super recent guys!)

I know this might sound morbid — and I’m sure gravely under summarized — but this was pitched to me as a modern You’ve Got Mail set in a cemetery. Now, I’m not sure how accurate that is, but it’s currently sitting at a 4.35 on Goodreads, which solidifies the appeal for me.

Shame Pile: 

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6) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I’ll ditch the summary since I’m certain you’re already aware, but with the hype surrounding Warcross this season it seemed like the perfect time to check out the O.G. virtual reality read. Plus, the movie’s releasing in March so no time like the present.

7) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

Speaking of movie releases, this quirky LBGT love saga’s trailer dropped today. I watched it…twice…and now I’m even more hyped to check out Simon’s story.

8) Nevernight by Jay Kristoff 

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a book produce more f-bomb riddled reviews than this badass fantasy. Literally every time I see a new review it’s like this is the F***ing best/this was a f***ing rollercoaster ride/etf***ingc. Anything that can stir up that kind of emotion is going to capture my attention — and a spot on my TBR.

9) A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab 

I’ve written about this time-travelling tale of treachery before, and hopefully December will be the month that finally breaks the TBR spell. Schwab has become such a staple in the community and I fear I’ll be kicked out if I don’t hop onboard soon!

10) Six of Crows by Queen B Leigh Bardugo

I mean is there honestly anything I could write here that would make this okay? No? Thought so. All I can say is that it’s on the list. And I PROMISE to fangirl with the best of you when I’m finally done.

Huzzah! There it is: my WINter TBR out there for the world to see. What do you think of my list? Any shared titles? Any that deserved to be moved up? Should I stop typing now in order to read one of these immediately?? Your feedback now — more than ever — is imperative! 😉

And, as always: Happy Reading!

36 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: WINter TBR

  1. existingonpaper says:

    The Beauty That Remains sounds like an amazing read! I would give that a whirl myself, especially after reading such high praise from Angie Thomas. I can’t wait for you to read Simon vs. The Homosapien’s Agenda (I wish Albertalli stuck with that title for the movie, but I understand *sigh*). I have yet to read Ready Player One, A Darker Shade of Magic, or Six of Crows because I’m not a big fan of their genres, but hopefully one day that changes for me, especially considering how many of my own favorite bloggers are fans of ’em. Hope you get to everything on your TBR, and glad to see you’re back and in action!

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    • Nerd Narration says:

      Aww, what a lovely comment. Thanks so much for the kind words. As for The Beauty That Remains I totally agree — obviously lol. After seeing Angie’s words I was like “I’ll be requesting this immediately.” I also can’t wait to read Simon because so many people seem to adore it so! Thanks for the comment and the love.

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  2. Hannah says:

    The Immortalists sounds so intriguing! Since I‘ve read the synopsis of this a few weeks back I‘ve been wanting to get my hands on a copy, but I guess there’s no use and I have to wait till it’s actually published 😅
    As for your shame-pile: I have to admit, I haven’t read all of those, either. For those I have read, I can say that Simon vs. was a super enjoyable and fast read (I read it in less than a day), so this is probably something to read when you have only a few hours to spare and are in the mood for a lot of fluff 😊
    A Darker Shade of Magic is also really great! I love Victoria Schwab and she’s definitely up there on my list of favourite authors. If you haven’t read Vicious yet and aren’t in the mood to commit to an entire series, I‘d recommend you that (since it can be read as a stand-alone, even though we finally get a sequel) 🌸

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    • Nerd Narration says:

      Yeah, the Immortalists definitely grabbed my attention and I’m so thankful Penguin sent me a copy! I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out!

      And I’ve heard from several people that Simon is a day read so glad to keep seeing that confirmed!

      Did you personally enjoy ADSOM or Vicious more? I see a lot of debates there and could be swayed to transfer those two.

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      • Hannah says:

        I‘m looking forward to your thoughts on The Immortalists and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda! 😊

        I‘ve yet to finish reading A Conjuring of Light, so my thoughts on that are not set in stone, but my heart belongs to Vicious. It’s one of my favourite books (and my first Victoria Schwab book) and I just absolutely loved it! The Darker Shades series is great so far, too, though. And at least for me, the series keeps getting better with every book 😍

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  3. Steph says:

    Soo many good books on this list, Simon, Six of Crows, and the Shades of Magic books are some of my favorite!! I read Simon this time last year and it was a super cozy read that I finished in a day sitting next to my Christmas tree….if you liked the trailer I think it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll like the book!

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  4. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Great picks for this week, also oh my god A Darker Shade of Magic and Six of Crows are two of my ultimate all-time favourite series. You really need to read these as soon as possible because they are incredible and I’m sure you’ll love them (I really hope you’ll love them at any rate!) 😀
    I hope you enjoy the rest of the books on this list, there are some incredible ones to say the least. 🙂

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  5. 1girl2manybooks says:

    Ooh I love your list! I loved Letters to the Lost. Thought it was amazing, so I hope you enjoy it. I never Nevernight on my huge TRB that I haven’t gotten around to yet as well. Both Ready Player One and Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda are FABULOUS! You have some good reading ahead of you.

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  6. karenjo46 says:

    Great List!! I really want to read Ready Player One. My friend it’s his new favorite book. I loved Six of Crows, but it definitely took me a long time to get into it. It’s long and there were so many things happening, but by the end I was absolutely in love. Hope you enjoy that one. =)

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  7. elenalove97 says:

    Such an amazing list! I read Letters to the Lost earlier in the year and I loved it! Definitely one of the best contemporaries I’ve read in a long time! Nevernight, Six of Crows and A Darker Shade of Magic have been sitting on my shelf for ages and I really need to find the motivation to read them sooner rather than later. I loved Shadow and Bone and I actually want to try and finish the trilogy before picking up Six of Crows so, at least I have a good excuse for that one. Hope you get around to reading them soon and have a wonderful week!

    Elena @ Book Lady’s Reviews

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    • Nerd Narration says:

      I’ve been hearing such positive things about Letters so I’m excited to dive into that one! Plus, I figured a good contemporary was needed on this list. I’d definitely recommend finishing Grisha before diving into SoC (from what I’ve heard at least) so I think that excuse works! 😉 If you want to BR Nevernight/ADSOM in a few weeks let me know! =D

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