Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a book blogging prompt hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I don’t participate every week, but I join in when I find the prompt interesting. This Week’s post is to share the top books on my winter TBR list.

I’ve decided to interpret the prompt as the top ten books that I’m excited to read during January, February, and March. I’ve decided to focus on new releases in young adult fiction, even though I’ll be reading some adult books and backlist titles as well.

2014 Winter New Releases


Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

This is pitched as Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast. I hope this debut delivers!

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

Boarding school and the ghost of Emily Dickinson told in a mix of verse and prose.

White Space by Ilsa J. Bick

I loved Bick’s 2013 novel The Sin-Eater’s Confession (review here), and this is about blurred lines between reality and fantasy. Plus my friend E liked it.


The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carlson

So this probably won’t be anything like Still Life with Woodpecker (my favorite novel) but it’s also about exiled royalty. In all seriousness, I love the idea of a young adult novel that looks at current politics, and the story of a daughter of a former dictator now living in America sounds right up my alley.


Half Bad by Sally Green

Magic in the style of Patrick Ness and Marcus Zusak? Sounds intriguing. I hope this debut warrants the comparison to those authors!

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutowski

I’m not sure that people should talk about Kristin Cashore’s writing in the same sentence as Cassandra Clare’s—they are no where in the same league, in my opinion. But I’ve read Shadow Societ and Rutowski’s middle grade novel the Cabinet of Wonders so I know I enjoy her writing, and the concept for this sounds different than anything else I’ve read in YA.


I’m also looking forward to checking off some book on my TBR list that have been there a while!

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

My sister has been trying to get me to read this since it first came out. I bought it recently at The Dusty Bookshelf.

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

I loved Where the Stars Still Shine and have had this sitting around for forever!

The Everneath series by Brodi Ashton

This series will be complete in January. Some of the teens in book club have really enjoyed it, as well as plenty of bloggers. I’m hit or miss with mythology inspired YA, but I figured I’d give this one a shot.



These lists often feel so arbitrary, as what I read largely depends on my mood. Today, these are the books on my agenda for the first three months of 2014 (though I’ll hopefully read more than ten!)

What are you looking forward to reading in 2014?

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12 thoughts on “Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR List

  1. And We Stay sounds pretty good. I’m excited for Cruel Beauty as well! Huh yeah that’s very strange that Cashore and Clare’s writing was mentioned in conjunction; you’re right, that shouldn’t happen. Here’s hoping that Rutowski’s new book is much more similar to Cashore’s work rather than to Clare’s. I’m also planning on reading the first two Everneath series this winter in anticipation of the finale’s release. I haven’t read many mythology-inspired YA, so I’m curious to see what I think of it. Good luck with reading these books, Molly! Hope you’re able to get to them all.

  2. I read and reviewed an ARC Cruel Beauty and didn’t love it. Then again, it may just not have been my type of book. :)

    I’ve been looking forward to The Winner’s Curse as well! It made it on my Top Ten Tuesday today.

    Happy reading!

  3. I am so excited for “And We Stay,” but haven’t really heard anything about it yet. “Something Like Normal” ended up being one of my favorite books last year, even though at first I wasn’t sure if I’d like it.

  4. I am excited for The Winner’s Curse too! I’ve been trying to alternate between new ARCs and backlist but I might have to break my system for this one.

  5. The Winner’s Curse looks great! I need to start the Everneath series, I’ve heard such great things about it.

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