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10 Sure to be Great Books On My Spring Reading List

So this week’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday over at ThatArtsyReaderGirl is books on my spring reading list. Keeping it to just ten is difficult (even without overlapping with previous TBRs of this year itself, which I am still working through!)

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10 Sure to be Great Books On My Spring Reading List

This one contains upcoming books – to be published in Spring 2023 – and is across genres (children’s fiction and non-fiction to general fiction and non-fiction; history, art, food, self-help, poetry, graphic novels, and more!)

24 Hours Is All It Takes

24 Hours Is All It Takes: Daily Habits Guaranteed to Change Your Life by Vivian Risi (Pub date: Apr 25, 2023)

What It Is:

My Why: I need this! Granted, my tiny habits plan I started on is helping me a bit, but I can always do with more tips and motivation, so yes, I need this!

Advika and the Hollywood Wives

Advika and the Hollywood Wives by Kirthana Ramisetti (Adult Fiction; Pub date: Apr 11, 2023)

What It Is: Advika Srinivasan never thought she’d be someone’s fourth wife, let alone the new wife of Julian Zelding, one of Hollywood’s most renowned film producers—a gripping tale of marriage, ambition, and power from the author of GMA Book Club pick Dava Shastri’s Last Day. 

My Why: Hollywood, an author I had meant to read earlier (with her first book Dava Shastri), plus something a little different from what I normally read.

Call Me Adnan

Call Me Adnan by Reem Faruqi

What It Is: A middle grade novel in verse about table tennis player Adnan, who dreams of the championship and a fun-filled family trip to Florida. But when tragedy strikes, he and his family must cope with a terrible loss and come together as one again. This poignant story about a Muslim family learning to heal is hope-filled and moving.

My Why: Reem Faruqi’s Unsettled kind of unsettled me a bit, in the best kind of ways. So I had to pick up this one as well. Plus, novel in verse, that description which says ‘tugging-at-heartstings’ is inevitable, and that cover<3

Lo and Behold

Lo and Behold (A Graphic Novel) by Wendy Mass and Gabi Mendez (Illustrator) (Children’s Fiction; 10 – 14 years, and up; Pub date: May 2, 2023)

What It Is: Can a virtual reality headset help change the way twelve-year-old Addie looks at things? Introducing an unforgettable graphic novel about connection, friendship, and the wonder all around us.

My Why: Graphic novel; VR; and more. Of course, I need to read this one!

Modern Art for Kids

Modern Art for Kids: Hands-On Art and Craft Activities Inspired by the Masters by Stephanie Ho Poon (Children’s Art Biographies/History; 6 – 10 years, and up; Pub date: Apr 25, 2023)

What It Is: Take a fun and engaging illustrated journey through modern art history, from Impressionism to Minimalism, to meet key artists and make crafts inspired by their work.

My Why: Art and craft books are always a fun way to spend some time doing one of the things I enjoy doing (and should devote more time too!) Plus, books like this teach readers not just arts/crafts but also about artists themselves, so lots to learn and have fun with within these pages.

Rogue Justice

Rogue Justice: A Thriller by Stacey Abrams (Legal thrillers; May 23, 2023)

What It Is: The #1 New York Times bestselling author of While Justice Sleeps returns with another riveting and intricately plotted thriller, in which a blackmailed federal judge, a secret court and a brazen murder may lead to an unprecedented national crisis.

My Why: Since I featured Stacey Abrams recently as part of a BHM post of picture book bios, I have been even more eager to read Stacey’s Extraordinary Words!! And it has been a while since I read a legal thriller, so why not this one, right?

The Secret Life of Oceans

The Secret Life of Oceans by Moira Butterfield and illustrated by Vivian Mineker (Children’s Nonfiction/Oceanography; 7 – 11 years, and up; Pub date: May 2, 2023)

What It Is: The Secret Life of Oceans is a collection of delightful stories and engaging facts, which imparts a love of Oceans and  nature on the next generation, inspiring them to look after the world around them.

My Why: I love such nonfiction reads, and I believe I have read another book in this series before but cannot find any record of it. Just shows I need to really get diligent on this! Anyways, nonfiction picture books are always a must for me! Such a delightful way to learn.

A Sky Full of Song

A Sky Full of Song by Susan Lynn Meyer (Children’s Historical Fiction; 8 – 12 years, and up; Pub date: Apr 11, 2023)

What It Is: After fleeing persecution in the Russian Empire, eleven-year-old Shoshana and her family, Jewish immigrants, start a new life on the prairie. Shoshana takes fierce joy in the wild beauty of the plains and the thrill of forging a new, American identity. 

My Why: Historical middle-grade fiction! Considering I love historical reads and middle-grade fiction as well, need I say more?

Tasting History

Tasting History: Explore the Past through 4,000 Years of Recipes by Max Miller; Ann Volkwein (Nonfiction/Food History; Pub date: Apr 18, 2023)

What It Is: Begin your very own food journey through the centuries and around the world with the first cookbook from the beloved YouTube channel Tasting History with Max Miller

My Why: I have seen a few of the episodes of Tasting History on YouTube. Regardless, cookbooks which do double (or more) duty, like this one, always call out to me and my taste buds! Plus, history!

When Clouds Touch Us

When Clouds Touch Us by Thanhhà Lai (Children’s Stories in Verse; 8 – 12 years, and up; Pub date: May 9, 2023)

What It Is: Inspired by the author’s own childhood, this stunning novel in verse, sequel to the award-winning #1 bestseller Inside Out and Back Again, picks up two years after Hà and her family arrive in Alabama as refugees from the Việt Nam War.

My Why: The fact that this one is a sequel to Lai’s Inside Out and Back Again, which is one of my favorite novels-in-verse so far..

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Dear reader, have you heard of any of these upcoming books? I do hope to get to read them soon (and also finish up the others on my TBRs – at least the ones I made this year!) by the middle of this year. Which of these books would you pick for yourself? Do let me know. And what is the next book you plan to read?

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