Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR.
Some of these came out this year; others are due out by the end of February. I also have a lot of older books on my want-to-read list, but decided for this TTT post to stick to recent and forthcoming releases. They’re in no particular order.
Terminal Alliance (Jim C. Hines): a zombie plague, intrepid janitors, and interstellar war and treachery, all served up with Hine’s blend of humor and action. This is probably the closest I’ll come to reading a zombie book, but I trust Hines.
Artemis (Andy Weir): A heist novel set on a moonbase, from the author of The Martian? I’ll take it.
A Treacherous Curse (Deanna Raybourn): third in the Victoria Speedwell historical mystery series, about a very unconventional Victorian heroine with a mysterious past and an equally unconventional hero. I’ve loved the first two books, so I can’t wait to read the third.
Tempests and Slaughter (Tamora Pierce): First in the Numair Chronicles, and a book I’ve been waiting for for literally YEARS. Her last book came out in 2013. The most recent Tortall book (the universe in which Tempests and Slaughter is set) came out in 2011, and it was a collection of short stories; the last Tortall novel came out in 2011. It’s been a long dry spell, and I can’t wait to plunge into Tortall again—or in this case, Carthak.
A Scandal in Battersea (Mercedes Lackey): There’s no Valdemar novel this year, so I’ll have to satisfy my inner ML fan with A Scandal in Battersea, which reunites psychics Nan and Sarah with John and Mary Watson and Sherlock Holmes in the “Elemental Masters” alternate London.
Tempest (Beverly Jenkins): Third in the Old West series. Jenkins writes excellent historical romances featuring characters of color. Her characters and relationships are well-written, and she does her research. This series helps counteract the whitewashed version of the West promulgated by many Western novels and movies. (In fact, there were many POC in the old West.) I’ve really liked the previous books in the series, and want to see what happens to Regan, the niece/sister of characters in the previous two books.
Death and the Viking’s Daughter (Loretta Ross): Fourth in a mystery series that straddles the line between traditional and cozy. Ross’s Auction Block mysteries are well-constructed, and I love her two main characters—especially Death Bogart, Wren’s fiance, a former Marine with severely damaged lungs and PTSD. A little grittier and more realistic than many cozies, but with much of the small-town atmosphere and occasional humor that appeal to most cozy readers, this series has been a favorite of mine since the first book came out.
Hello Stranger (Lisa Kleypas): Despite its terrible cover (the dress is totally wrong for the period, and the pink is way over the top), I can’t wait to read Kleypas’s next Ravenels book featuring England’s (fictional) first female physician and a former Scotland Yard detective. Kleypas is an autobuy author for me, one of my three or four favorite historical romance authors.
The Woman in the Water (Charles Finch): Finch goes back in time to recount Victorian gentleman-detective Charles Lenox’s very first case. I love the Lenox mysteries as much for Finch’s compassionately-limned characters as for their precisely-crafted plots and meticulous historical accuracy.
Snow and Rose (Emily Winfield): An illustrated MG retelling of the Snow White and Rose Red fairy tale that is getting terrific reviews from some readers and authors I trust. I love fairytale retellings, and this tale has been a bit neglected in the recent spate of them.
What’s on your TBR list this winter?