Top Ten Tuesday: Unread Books on My Shelves I Want to Read Soon

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I love my local libraries and they’re such a great resource for so many things.  Plus, there’s this beautiful thing called a holds list.  Trouble is, I work full-time and have a family, so I don’t always get through books as fast as I’d like sometimes.  This, in turn, leads me to play this game I like to call hold list roulette.  I keep clicking ‘deliver later’ because I’m either not in the mood for that particular book or because I’m buried in ARCs, group reads, or other things.

Too bad there’s not a payout for finally borrowing that book you’ve pushed back fifteen times.

Here’s a list of the oldest books on my holds list.

Insurgency by Jeremy W. Peters.  April 3, 2022

Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutano.  August 31, 2022

Cultish by Amanda Montell.  September 11, 2022

Up to No Gouda by Linda Reilly.  January 22, 2023

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez.  November 18, 2022

It’s One of Us by J.T. Ellison.  February 16, 2023

Thief in the Night by KJ Charles.  June 28, 2023

The Only Purple House in Town by Ann Aguirre.  July 18, 2023

Forget the Alamo by Bryan Burrough.  November 9, 2023

And There He Kept Her by Joshua Moehling.  May 10, 2023.

What’s been lingering on your TBR, just begging to be read?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring 2024 TBR

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I hope all of these books will be great reads!










1. Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez

Release Date: April 2

Why I’m Interested: I have not seen many books talk about Reddit. This could be really good.










2. The Titanic Survivors’ Book Club by Timothy Schaffert

Release Date: April 2

Why I’m Interested: The Titanic was such an interesting and tragic chapter of history. I’ve often wondered how the survivors coped with their memories from that time.











3. The Black Girl Survives in This One by Desiree S. Evans (Editor)

Release Date: April 2

Why I’m Interested: The title. Isn’t it fabulous and refreshing?









4.Late Bloomer by Mazey Eddings

Release Date: April 16

Why I’m Interested: Spring is a great time to read romance novels.










5. Indian Burial Ground by Nick Medina

Release Date: April 16

Why I’m Interested: The horror and mystery genres work well together, and this sounds like it could be quite the adventure.










6.Home Is Where the Bodies Are  by Jeneva Rose

Release Date: April 30

Why I’m Interested: I like watching old home videos of myself and my loved ones. The thought of discovering an old while watching something like this is a cool twist on the mystery genre!










7. Lavash at First Sight by Taleen Voskuni


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8. Snowblooded by Emma Sterner-Radley

Release Date: May 9

Why I’m Interested: Some stories excel when they mix a lot of different genres and ideas together. I hope this is one of them as the assassin’s guild alone sounds like it would have plenty of plot twists to keep the characters busy.









9. My Darling Dreadful Thing by Johanna van Veen










10. You Like It Darker by Stephen King

Release Date: May 21

Why I’m Interested: I try to check out everything Stephen King writes. Getting scared is fun!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2023 but Didn’t Get To

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There are a lot of them this week!


The Love Match by Priyanka Taslim


Organizing for the Rest of Us by Dana K. White










Holly by Stephen King










Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldreee











The Only One Left  by Riley Sager











Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo











Tom Lake by Ann Patchett











Dust Child by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai











Nigeria Jones  by Ibi Zoboi










The Secret Book of Flora Lea by Patti Callahan Henry


If you’ve read any of these books, would you recommend them?

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the First Half of 2024

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I do not have any witty commentary for you all today. I’m simply feeling grateful for how many different options we all have when deciding what to read next.

Here are ten books I’m looking forward to checking out over the next several months.










1. Four Eids and a Funeral by Faridah ÀbíkéÍyímídé 

Why I’m Interested: I like romances that include a lot of other plot lines, too. This one sounds like it has plenty going on with the story!










2. In Utero by Chris Gooch

Release Date: January 23

Why I’m Interested: One word – aliens.










3. The Unquiet Bones by Loreth Anne White

Release Date: March 5

Why I’m Interested: There’s something to be said for digging up bones buried in the wrong place and hopefully solving the mystery of how that person died.












4. Canto Contigo by Jonny Garza Villa

Release Date: April 9

Why I’m Interested: High school romances can be so much fun to read about.











5.Pretty Furious by E.K. Johnston

Release Date: April 16

Why I’m Interested: Do I advocate seeking revenge in real life? Of course not! Reading about fictional characters getting revenge sounds awesome, though.











6. Supplication by Nour Abi-Nakhou

Release Date: May 7

Why I’m Interested: This sounds really scary, and maybe too scary for me to actually read. If I do find my courage, it will be interesting to see how the main character escapes from the house where she is trapped.











7. The Honey Witch  by Sydney J. Shields

Release Date: May 14

Why I’m Interested: The fairytale aesthetic. Imagine being cursed to never fall in love again! I mean, I know some people never fall in love even once in their lives and are perfectly happy that way, but it’s quite a different thought for those of us who have had that experience.











8. The Last Murder at the End of the World by Stuart Turton

Release Date: May 21

Why I’m Interested: The attention-grabbing title. A society without murder sounds appealing, but I’ll bet the catch to living there is going to be a big one.










9.Lies and Weddings by Kevin Kwan

Release Date: May 21

Why I’m Interested: This could be a nice refresher after some of the horror and other darker works on this list.











10.Becoming Who We Are: Real Stories About Growing Up Trans by Sammy Lisel

Release Date: May 28

Why I’m Interested: It sounds interesting.








Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Winter 2023-2024 To-Read List

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Here are ten books coming out this winter that I’m curious about. The first two have already been released, and I’ve included publication dates for the rest.










1. Yours for the Taking by Gabrielle Korn

Why I’m Interested: It’s cool to see what science fiction authors predict life could be like a few decades from now.












2.  Where the Dead Wait by Ally Wilkes

Why I’m Interested: The story sounds incredibly scary.












3. Fallen Thorns by Harvey Oliver Baxter

Publication Date: January 1

Why I’m Interested: Honestly, the amazing cover won me over before I even read the blurb. Doesn’t it look nice annd eerie?












4. Somewhere in the Deep by Tanvi Berwah

Publication Date: January 9

Why I’m Interested: It’s been far too long since I’ve read a good monster book. Now is a good time to change that.












5. The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years by Shubnum Khan

Publication Date: January 9

Why I’m Interested: Winter is a great time to read ghost stories in my opinion, and this one looks like it could be excellent.











6. Voyage of the Damned by Frances White

Publication Date: January 18

Why I’m Interested: Many of the books on this list are horror or dark speculative fiction. A light fantasy might help even things out!












7. Your Utopia: Stories by Bora Chung

Publication Date: February 13

Why I’m Interested: Much like I just said for #6, I’m balancing out scary stories with more hopeful ones this winter.












8. Island Witch by Amanda Jayatissa

Publication Date: February 20

Why I’m Interested: The tropical island setting will be a nice contrast to how chilly it is where I live at this time of year. I’m also interested in the gothic horror themes of this one.












9. Ours by Phillip B. Williams

Publication Date: February 20

Why I’m Interested: The surrealism in this one sounds very interesting, especially given the 1830s through 1870s setting.












10. Hope Ablaze by Sarah Mughal Rana

Publication Date: February 27

Why I’m Interested: I, too, know what it’s like to suffer from writer’s block after a traumatic event. My hope is that this will end on a high note with the main character recovering what she has lost.


Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books Releasing During the Second Half of 2023

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All of my summer picks were included in last week’s Top Ten Tuesday posts, so this week I’m going to focus on books that are coming out in the autumn.

There is going to be more horror than usual on this list because I enjoy being scared and because Halloween is a time of year when publishers like to release their scariest novels.

I did choose titles from other genres as well, though. Jumping around from one genre to the next is something I quite like doing.

Yes, I once again added a bonus book to my list. Sometimes 10 answers just quite isn’t enough.











1. Hemlock Island by Kelley Armstrong

Release Date: September 12

Why I’m Interested: It sounds deliciously scary.











2. The Meadows by Stephanie Oakes

Release Date: September 12

Why I’m Interested: Books that claim to be like The Handmaid’s Tale intrigue me. That’s a big role to fill, but I do silently cheer on every book that attempts to do it. Hopefully, this one will add an excellent sapphic twist to those themes.











3. Cleat Cute by Meryl Wilsner

Release Date: September 19

Why I’m Interested: It looks adorable.











4. All the Fighting Parts by Hannah V. Sawyerr

Release Date: September 19

Why I’m Interested: I know someone who has studied the problem of sexual abuse in religious communities for many years. My fingers are crossed that this will be a good representation of that issue and, more importantly, a well-written story in general.











5. All You Have to Do Is Call by Kerri Maher

Release Date: September 19

Why I’m Interested: This wasn’t a part of history that was ever covered in the history classes I took. I know almost nothing about it and am looking forward to changing that.










6. Black River Orchard by Chuck Wendig

Release Date: September 26

Why I’m Interested: Mr. Wendig’s books scare me so much I’ve never been able to finish one of them. Maybe this one will be different? I love his writing style…I’m just a little too scared of the spooky things he comes up with.










7. Family Meal by Bryan Washington

Release Date: October 10

Why I’m Interested: There aren’t a lot of books out there that talk about the difficulties of ending a friendship. It sounds like this one might leave space for a reconciliation which is yet another reason to read it.










8. The Hive and the Honey by Paul Yoon

Release Date: October 10

Why I’m Interested: I need more short story collections in my life.









9. The Unmaking of June Farrow by Adrienne Young

Release Date: October 17

Why I’m Interested: I like books about curses and how curses might be broken.










10. Starling House by Alix E. Harrow

Why I’m Interested: A gothic fairy tale sounds like the perfect way to celebrate Halloween. I’m getting strong whiffs of horror from it, too.










11. Love in a Winter Wonderland by Abiola Bello

Release Date: November 10

Why I’m Interested: I’m fascinated by how much some folks love Christmas. It’s a holiday that stirs up mixed emotions for me, but I do enjoy reading about characters who have much simpler reactions to that time of year.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer 2023 to-Read List

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Happy summer to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere!

Here are ten books I’m looking forward to reading this summer.

Once the weather grows hot and muggy, I hope to spend a lot of my free time reading. If it’s too humid and warm outside to take a simple walk, why not go places in your imagination instead? I think that’s a wonderful way to pass the time until evening comes and it might cool down enough to be more active outdoors.

About half of these titles have already been released. I included publication dates for the ones that are coming but that aren’t quite available yet in stores or your local library.

Yes, there are 11 books on this list instead of 10. I couldn’t bear to trim any of them out, so this will help to make up for the weeks when it’s a struggle to come up with enough answers.

All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby

Why I’m Interested: Small town politics can be incredibly complex, especially for residents who aren’t Caucasian or otherwise stand out from the crowd. I look forward to seeing how those issues are addressed in this murder mystery.

Lady Tan’s Circle of Women by Lisa See

Why I’m Interested: It’s based on the true story of a fifteenth-century female physician in China. How cool is that?

You Were Always Mine by Christina Pride and Jo Piazza
Why I’m Interested: I hope this doesn’t sound strange, but I’ve actually had a conversation with a relative about what we’d do if we found an abandoned baby in a public place. It was an interesting thought experiment as far as who should be called and how society should respond to such things, so I hope it will be a good premise for a book as well.

The Only One Left  by Riley Sager

Why I’m Interested: Many people in nursing homes are kind, gentle souls…but some of them can have much darker pasts. I’m intrigued by how healthcare professionals deal with people who are frail now but who once did unspeakable things. It must be difficult sometimes.

Old Enough by Haley Jakobson

Why I’m Interested: I’m drawn to books about people healing from trauma and creating wonderful lives for themselves.

Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Release Date: July 18

Why I’m Interested: Ms. Moreno-Garcia is a great storyteller, and I’m always eager to see what she comes up with next.

Robots Through the Ages edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Release Date: July 25
Why I’m Interested: Robots are awesome.

Family Lore by Elizabeth AcevedoRelease Date: August 1
Why I’m Interested: It’s been a while since I read any magical realism. Summer seems like a good time to dive back into it, maybe because it was the end of summer the first time I tried this genre?

Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

Release Date: August 1

Why I’m Interested: Occasionally, I broaden my horizons and read literary fiction. This looks like it could be a good reason to step outside of my usual mystery, young adult, and science fiction/fantasy habits.

Forged by Blood Ehigbor Okosun
Release Date: August 8

Why I’m Interested: Mythology is so much fun to read.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2022 To-Read List

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Here are ten books that I’m looking forward to reading this fall. If there isn’t a release date included, that title was already published earlier this month.










1. The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas

Why It Interests Me: It’s been a long time since I’ve read any high fantasy.











2. Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix by Anna-Marie McLemore

Why It Interests Me: I was not a fan of The Great Gastby when I read it back in high school. Maybe I’ll like it more as a retelling? People’s tastes can change over time.











3. Sweet and Sour by Debbie Michiko Florence

Why It Interests Me: The friendship between the two main characters looks so sweet.











4. The Gathering Dark: An Anthology of Folk Horror edited by Tori Bovalino

Why It Interests Me: Can you believe that Halloween is less than six weeks away? I need to start thinking about what spooky stuff I should read for it.












5. Vanessa Jared’s Got a Man – A Novel by

Release Date: Today

Why It Interests Me: There’s nothing like cleansing your palette with a fluffy romance novel after reading something really scary if you ask me.











6. Soulmates by Susan Lee

Release Date: Today

Why It Interests Me: Don’t laugh, but I love puns in titles.












7. House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson

Release Date: September 27

Why It Interests Me: This is the perfect time of year to read about vampires. I mean, would Halloween really be Halloween without them?











8. Anne of Greenville by Mariko

Release Date: October 4

Why It Interests Me: As the editors of Long and Short Reviews have already noticed, I love new finding Anne of Green Gables retellings. Who knows? Maybe I’ll review this one for them after it comes out, too.











9. The Age of Goodbyes by Li Zi Shu, Y.Z. Chin (translator)

Release Date: November 8

Why It Interests Me: The blurb makes this sounds like a dense but ultimately rewarding read. It also reminded me of some stories from my ancestors that sometimes conflict with each other or with what the history records officially say. The truth can be rewritten so easily that it can be hard to tell what really happened in certain cases!










10. We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds

Release Date: November 29

Why It Interests Me: Every single subplot in this book sounds intriguing to me, from the stress of switching schools to dealing with prejudice to having a seriously ill relative. Some of it reminds me of what I had to juggle alongside my studies when I was a teenager.  You never know what other people are quietly struggling with in life or what you might share in common with a stranger.

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

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Here are the books that are scheduled to be published this winter that I’m most looking forward to reading.

1. Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business (Mindy Kim, #1) by Lyla Lee

I know someone who got in trouble with their principal for selling unauthorized snacks at school. It will be interesting to see if the same thing happens to Mindy.

Publication Date: January 14

2. Little Gods by Meng Jin

There’s so much going on with this plot. Its themes relate to history, physics, grief, and so much more. I like it when writers do that.

Publication Date: January 14

3. Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Publication Date: January 21

It’s always interesting to read two or more subplots set hundreds of years apart that share something important in common.

4. Numenia and the Hurricane: Inspired by a True Migration Story by Fiona Halliday

Publication Date: January 21

As soon as I heard this was based on a true story, I knew I had to read it even though I don’t normally like to read about boats being lost at sea. I can only hope it will have a happy ending!

5. Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller

Publication Date: February 4

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6. The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story by Aya Khalil

Publication Date: February 4

This sounds so heartwarming.

7. Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane by Kirsten W. Larson

Publication Date: February 25

When I was a kid, I thought history class was boring and irrelevant to my life. If only I’d been taught about people like Emma Lilian Todd!

8. Docile by K.M. Szpara

Publication Date: March 3

The premise of this book scares me. Not only are characters enslaved, their memories and personalities are essentially wiped after it happens. How horrifying!

9. The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Ms. Yu is a wonderful writer in general. The fact that she’s chosen to write about Mozart’s sister of all people only makes me more excited for this title.

Publication Date: March 3

10. When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

Publication Date: March 10

Ending a friendship can be so painful. We need more stories about the after effects of stuff like this, so I’m glad this one is on the way.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring 2019 TBR

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Here are a few of the many books I’m hoping to read this spring. The only way I could narrow it down to ten of them was if I only chose titles that are going to be published sometime between now and the summer solstice!

1. The Tradition by Jericho Brown

Release Date: April 2

Why do I always get the urge to read poetry in the spring? Does that happen to any of you as well? This collection’s focus on how history has repeated itself over and over again is grabbing my attention already.

2. When I Arrived at the Castle by Emily Carroll

Release Date: April 16

I’ve never read a gothic horror graphic novel before, but this one is going to make me break that streak. The thought of someone going to live in a castle without having any idea what dangers lurked there is quite interesting to me.

3. Cannonball by Kelsey Wroten

Release Date: April 30

It’s been my experience that a lot of people are hesitant to talk honestly about the things in their lives that aren’t going well, so I’m quite curious to see how this character broaches the topic of possibly having an unhealthy relationship with alcohol.

4. Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination by Brian Jay Jones

Release Date: May 7

Honestly, who didn’t love Dr. Seuss when they were a kid? I know almost nothing about his personal life, so it’s probably going to be eye-opening to get to know one of my childhood heroes.

5. Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad by Gordon H. Chang

Release Date: May 7

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6. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Release Date: May 14

After two young sisters are kidnapped, the various narrators in this book show all of the different ways the characters react to such a terrible event. I think this sounds like a very interesting premise!

7. Hybrida: Poems by Tina Chang

Release Date: May 14

I really like poetry in general. This collection about raising a multiracial child sounds like it’s going to be a good read.

8. Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football by John Urschel, with Louisa Thomas

The stereotype that jocks can’t be intelligent or interested in academics has always rubbed me the wrong way. I’m really looking forward to learning why Mr. Urschel decided to switch from playing football to earning his Ph.D. in mathematics.

Release Date: May 14

9. Once More We Saw Stars by Jayson Greene

Release Date: May 14

The author of this memoir lost his two-year-old daughter in a freak accident. After she died, he wrote what sounds like will be an amazing book about love, grief, and how to move on with your life when the unthinkable happens. It feels a little disrespectful to say I’m looking forward to reading this due to how heartbreaking the subject matter is, but I am curious to see what he’ll have to say.

10. The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull

Release Date: June 18

As soon as I heard that this was about a race of super advanced aliens coming to Earth to perform some sort of research, I knew this was something I’d want to give a try.