Top Ten Tuesday | Books on My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish– you basically get a topic every week, and you comprise a list of ten, or however many you’re able, that pertains to the topic of the week. Today’s topic is Top Ten Books on Your Spring TBR.

Some incredible books are coming out this spring, which is new for me because I’m usually most drawn to fall releases (is it just me or do more fantasy novels come out in the fall time)? But even though I’ve been in a reading / blogging slump, I’ve been keeping up with releases on Twitter, and spring promises some really fantastic reads. Side note, can this weather even be called spring? It’s March, and there’s a snow blizzard happening right now outside my doors…

I thought I’d divide my list into two – the first part being the books on Netgalley that I need to get to now that I’m semi-out-of-my-slump, and the other half are new releases that I really want to get my hands on. So without further ado, let’s get started.

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T H E  I N E X P L I C A B L E  L O G I C  O F  M Y  L I F E  B Y  B E N J A M I N  A L I R É  

S A È N Z  

I read and adored Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, and I read that so long ago that I’m interested to see where this one goes. I’ve actually read around half of it, and I did really enjoy what I read so far (despite there being some problematic issues, that I’ll talk more on when I do a review). I have, however, heard that the problems increase in the second half, which is really such a shame. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life follows the story of Sal, a boy whose mostly been comfortable with his story; he was adopted by a single dad in a Mexican-American family, and he’s white himself. But when tragedy hits his and his best friend, Samantha’s life, Sal begins to question the meaning of life, and is forced to confront grief, loss and the meaning of faith. Sal becomes irritable, angry, almost like he’s on a path to self-destruction.



T H E  T W E L V E  L I V E S  O F  S A M U E L  H A W L E Y  B Y  H A N N A H  T I N T I

Not gonna lie, I mainly requested this book because it has one stunning cover, but it sounds freaking amazing. It’s a father-daughter story, drawing on themes of loss and family to weave a part-thriller, and part-coming of age story. Samuel Hawley has a past as a criminal, chronicled on his body through twelve scars. He and his daughter move to a small town in Massachusetts to try and live their lives after the mysterious death of his wife, but Sam’s criminal past catches on to him, seeping into his daughter’s life too. It takes place in several different areas of the US, and I’m so drawn to the father-daughter aspect of it that I can’t wait to read it.



I T  S T A R T E D  W I T H  G O O D B Y E  B Y  C H R I S T I N A  J U N E

Again, another cover-request (I really need to stop doing that), but I got lucky because again, this sounds like something cute and light and entertaining. Tatum is falsely accused of a crime, so she’s stuck under house-arrest under the watchful eye of her stepmother all summer. She spends her time doing community service in the mornings, and working on her secret graphic design business at night – but when family secrets come out, things start to change. I’m guessing there’s a romance aspect to this otherwise family-centered drama, and I’m so excited to get to it.



M A D  M I S S  M I M I C  B Y  S A R A H  H E N S T R A

I haven’t read a ton of YA historical fiction, mainly because historical fiction rarely is my thing, but this sounds interesting. It follows the story of Leo, who lives in Victorian London as part of a privileged family. Leo has a speech impediment that makes it difficult for her to speak, but she can mimic others flawlessly. The only person who really takes an interest in her is Mr. Thornfax, but something’s off about him. Set in a backdrop of 1870s London terrorized and reeling from an opium epidemic, Leo must uncover the truth.



T H E  F A L L  O F  L I S A  B E L L O W  B Y  S U S A N  P E R A B O

This book is a unique sort of look into mystery and crime – when a middle school girl is abducted, another school girl is left behind, who witnessed the crime and now has to cope with what she experienced. It seems like it’ll be a psychological analysis of trauma in adolescents who are reeling from unthinkable experiences, and as someone who’s studied trauma in children in college, I’m interested to see how it’s employed in fiction.



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W H E N  D I M P L E  M E T  R I S H I  B Y  S A N D H Y A  M E N O N

When Dimple Met Rishi is, by far, my most anticipated contemporary of the year, mainly because it follows the story of an entirely-Indian cast in an arranged-marriage type of plot. As a Pakistani, I’ve been exposed to arranged marriage as the norm (despite my parents never encouraging it), and the portrayals of arranged marriage in Western society is like this ancient, barbaric tradition where the bride and groom are forced to marry. It’s not really like that at all in most cases – the parents set two people up, they consent, they marry, no force involved. This book seems to present it in a light manner, and I’m so excited to read it.



F L A M E  I N  T H E  M I S T  B Y  R E N É E  A H D I E H

With The Wrath and the Dawn, Renée Ahdieh climbed her way into my auto-buy authors’ list, and if Flame in the Mist is half as good as her previous duology, I’m sure I’ll love it. It’s basically a Mulan retelling, I believe, about an accomplished alchemist named Mariko who’s smart and cunning, but isn’t afforded the leisures that boys are. When she’s on her way to be married in a political alliance, her carriage is ambushed by bandits, and Mariko makes a narrow escape.



Q U E E N S  O F  G E E K  B Y  J E N  W I L D E

Queens of Geek sounds like such a wonderful, warm tale of love, friendship and just fun. Three friends – Charlie, Taylor and Jamie are going to SupaCon, and they’re sure it’ll be the time of their lives. Charlie’s ex-crush, Alyssa, shows up at the con, and they form a connection that Charlie had always thought was one-sided. Taylor’s the opposite of Charlie; she likes to blend in, and doesn’t like change – so much so that she’s not telling Jamie that her feelings transcend friendship. But SupaCon might be her chance to do something daring, to try something she otherwise would not.



R A M O N A  B L U E  B Y  J U L I E  M U R P H Y

Ramona Blue follows the story of Ramona Blue, who stands six-feet tall with flaming blue hair. Ramona’s been sure of three things in her life: she likes girls, she loves her family, and she’s destined for something bigger than her small-town life. But certain events don’t let her escape – she’s forced to be the adult in her family, but the return of Freddie, her childhood best friend offers her a distraction. As their connection rekindles, Ramona comes to realize that she might like girls and boys. I know this book got a lot of flack for potentially having problematic language in the past, but the author has come out and said that it’s a book about a girl coming to terms with her bisexuality – and Julie Murphy’s dealt with contemporaries so beautifully in the past, that I’m excited to see what she does.



A L W A Y S  A N D  F O R E V E R ,  L A R A  J E A N  B Y  J E N N Y  H A N

Next to When Dimple Met Rishi, this is perhaps my most anticipated contemporary of the year. I loved the first book in this series, and while I was iffy about the second one,  I think Jenny Han does such a wonderful job of writing wholesome contemporaries, with the perfect balance between family dynamics, friendships, personal development and romance that no way am I going to give up this trilogy just yet. I’m not going to read the synopsis, because I want to go into it oblivious, but I do hope that there’s no love triangle or turmoil – I would really, really like to see Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky’s story laid out to its full potential.



Well, that’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Let me know what books from the ones above you’re looking forward to, and which ones you’ve already read and enjoyed. As always, thanks for stopping by – and happy reading!


  1. I will be looking forward to your review of Inexplicable Logic of My Life. Like you mentioned, I’ve heard some mixed reviews for it, as well as that it is problematic. I must say that I am surprised that Saenz would write these types of issues as he identifies as a Mexican-American gay man…

    I LOVE the new site by the way!

  2. There are so many great reads on this list! I totally want to read Queens of Geek and when Dimple Met Rishi the most out of all of these. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life is also high up there, too. So many good books, so little time! Do you have copies of all these books already? If so: super jelly!

  3. I just read 12 Lives of Samuel Hawley. It’s intense. I was lucky to pick it up in an ARC giveaway at a local bookstore. I am really interested in When Dimple Met Rishi. Love the cover.

  4. I can’t wait for you to read Dimple! It was so so cute. I loved that it portrayed both the positive and the negatives of an arranged marriage. I’ve talked to white people about arranged marriage, and they all see it in such a negative light! My parents had a love marriage (LOL this always cracks me up), but loads of my family members had arranged marriages and they were all very successful. It’s not something that I would do personally, but I hate that it’s portrayed with so much ugliness. If both parties consent to it, I don’t see what’s the big deal??

    Anyways, I’m really excited about Queens of Geek as well. I’ve heard such great things about it. And the Julie Murphy book! NEED! I’m also looking forward to It Started With Goodbye. It sounds like a delightful story and I’m a sucker for books about family with a dash of romance.

    I hope you’ll enjoy all these books! 🙂

    • Same! My parents didn’t have an arranged marriage, and they’ve never expected me to either, but so many people I know have been smoothly and happily gone through the process. I definitely think there are some misconceptions that might be sorted out (somewhat) by this book, even though I think it’s equally as important to be aware of the negatives. I’m really glad that you enjoyed the book; I’ve been hearing nothing but praises. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, Nick. ❤️

  5. I have When Dimple Met Rishi on my list too. You have a few I haven’t heard about yet, so I’m off to check them out. My list just got longer I think. LOL

  6. Your new theme & blog set-up is absolutely gorgeous!! I just wanted
    to say that first! 😀 All of these sound like they’re going to be
    amazing. Queens of Geek and The Inexplicable Logic… are the 2 that I’m
    dying to get my hands on. While I’m excited about Flame in the Mist,
    I’m going to go into it with some hesitancy, as I’m getting some
    appropriation vibes from it (although I hope I’m wrong about that!).
    Thanks for the post!! Happy reading, Aimal! 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Neha- that means the world to me! 😁

      I’m wary about Flame in the Mist too for that very reason – I think Renée did a great job with her world-building based on Iranian culture in The Wrath and the Dawn, and I hope that she keeps that up with this new series. I remember her saying when I went to a signing that her mother is of East Asian descent, though I’m not sure if she’s Japanese. Either way, we’ll see how it goes, hehe.

      Thanks for stopping by. ❤️

  7. there are so so many great books up there right? I heard so many good things about W H E N D I M P L E M E T R I S H I B Y S A N D H Y A M E N O N, I am excited about that one myself

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