Hello, Everyone! I hope you are all doing well and excited about the warm weather coming this week. Spring is in the air, and it’s time to relax in your favorite chair and let the cool breeze come through the windows while reading a good book. It’s a new season, which means new books are releasing. Unfortunately, like everything in my life, I am behind due to an overwhelming schedule and unforeseen circumstances with my health. I will be making some changes this month, starting with making a schedule to help me balance work, school, life, and other responsibilities. Like my best friend, Caitlin, it’s been a while since I finished a physical book because my schedule would not let me, so my goal is to get back into them. I know I might be weird, but reading a book on a tablet is not the same as reading a physical book. I love holding a book in my hands and turning the pages. It enhances the reading experience. I have an overflowing book cart and bookcase with books I haven’t read yet.
Here are some of the top physical books I need to read for reviews and books that I want to read this spring:
- The Lost Prince by Cait Marie. I am so proud of my best friend for publishing and creating a magical book full of characters that make you invested in the story. My favorite character is Princess Adalina; I love how strong and brave she is and that she didn’t give up on her beliefs in the first story. I can’t wait to see what happens in book two.
- A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. I heard so many good things about this Beauty and Beast retelling from my fellow Functionally Fictional book bloggers that I can’t wait to read it. I think it has been on my book cart for a year now.
- The Grace Year by Kim Liggett. I picked up this book at Target a couple of months ago because the cover and book synopsis drew me in. It’s young adult fantasy and a dystopian story about a sixteen-year-old girl named Tierney James who dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman—but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. When I read those few words, it immediately reminded me of The Hunger Games and Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale. I am super excited to read this book.
- Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare. I’m so behind on the Shadowhunter books it’s ridiculous. I still need to finish reading Lord of Shadows, the second book in the Dark Artifices series. I am such a huge fan of Cassandra Clare, and I can’t wait to dive back into the series. I have a couple of books on my book cart waiting for me to open.
- Tweet Cute by Emma Lord. Emma Lord’s contemporary romance novel sounds like a cute chick-lit perfect to read for the spring-fling season. I have heard great things about the book through my book reviewer friends.
- Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven by Bella Forrest. I enjoyed reading Bella Forrest’s vampire book, so I thought I would give her next book series a try. I am sure I will love it because there’s magic involved. The story is about a nineteen-year-old rogue witch being recruited to help guard an ancient magical Bestiary.
- Anoroc by Bryan M. Kuderna. Anoroc is a young adult science fiction novel that I have received an advance copy to review. It sounds fascinating as it has a richly-imagined universe with its own creatures called the Chigidles.
- Golden Curse by Michelle Lynn. Michelle Lynn has become one of my new favorite authors. I love her writing styles and her attention to detail regarding character and world-building. I have mostly read her romance books, but I am so excited to read her fantasy books because I love reading and writing books in the young adult fantasy genre.
- The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. This book’s title caught my eye as libraries are one of my favorite places to visit. The book sounds exciting as the summary states between life and death, there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Matt Haig tells a story about making choices and how choices affect a person’s life. The book sounds fascinating, and I am excited to learn more about it.
- A Girl Gone Crazy by Becca Baldwin. Becca Baldwin is a contemporary romance writer that I was recently introduced to as I was asked to read and review one of her short stories. I enjoyed reading her short story that I have now learned correlates to her novel, so I am excited to see how the main characters’ romance story blossoms and how they met.
What are some books you’re hoping to read this spring? Any releases you’re looking forward to reading? Please share and let me know below!