Top Ten Tuesday, a concept started by The Broke and the Bookish, is a themed post that connects bloggers to bloggers, bloggers to readers, and readers to readers. Every Tuesday has a special topic, and this Tuesday is Top Ten Books on my Winter To-Be-Read List, in no particular order.
There are a handful of books from my Fall TBR List that will obviously be put onto this as well, but I thought I’d add in some more winter-themed, fantasy-esque books for this list. Truly, my winter reading is about 20 books, but we’ll stick with these!
1. Blythewood by Carol Goodman — “…Nothing could have prepared her for the dark secret of what Blythewood is, and what its students are being trained to do. Haunted by dreams of a winged boy and pursued by visions of a sinister man who breathes smoke, Ava isn’t sure if she’s losing her mind or getting closer to the truth…”
2. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu — “…Jack just stopped talking to Hazel. And while her mom tried to tell her that this sometimes happens to boys and girls at this age, Hazel had read enough stories to know that it’s never that simple. And it turns out, she was right. Jack’s heart had been frozen, and he was taken into the woods by a woman dressed in white to live in a palace made of ice…”
3. Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal — “…Here in the palace at Skyggehavn, things are seldom as they seem — and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined with that of mad Queen Isabel…” Or, as the author states in her note, “a fairy tale about syphilis.”
4. Dark Witch by Nora Roberts — “…Iona realizes that here in Ireland she can make a home for herself—and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated…”
5. The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter — “…The Hardscrabble children take off on an adventure that begins in the seedy streets of London and ends in a peculiar sea village where legend has it a monstrous creature lives who is half boy and half animal…”
6. The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson — “…A new string of inexplicable deaths is threatening London, and Rory has evidence that they are no coincidence. Something sinister is going on, and it is up to her to convince the city’s secret ghost-policing squad to listen before it’s too late…”
7. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver — “…An alchemist’s apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable. Will’s mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey…”
8. Moth & Spark (ARC) by Anne Leonard — “…A prince with a quest. A commoner with mysterious powers. And dragons that demand to be freed—at any cost…”
9. Deception’s Princess (ARC) by Esther Friesner — “…Maeve, princess of Connacht, was born with her fists clenched. And it’s her spirit and courage that make Maeve her father’s favorite daughter. But once he becomes the High King, powerful men begin to circle—it’s easy to love the girl who brings her husband a kingdom…”
10. Prisoner of Night and Fog (ARC) by Anne Blankman — “…Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet. Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler…”
It is, apparently, the Winter Books by Authors Anne! What is on your winter reading list?