Spring To-Be-Read List

Spring is practically here, and it’s time to turn over a new leaf … of paper! Over the winter holidays I got a fab new stash of books to read, so today I am going to review my spring TBR list with you all.

If you know me at all, you’ll not be shocked to learn that they are all some variety of fantasy.

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My books in my Lady Lair 🙂

The Princes of Panajin, by Ryan Logan

This self-published fantasy novel is the first installment in Logan’s First Life series. From the book jacket:

“Thanan, the youngest prince of Panajin, was all too happy wielding his wooden sword against imaginary foe and running innocently down the cobblestone streets of his beloved capital, but even in a world of unsurpassed goodness and beauty, darkness had crept in.

Thanan is destined to be a great politician and leader like his older brothers, but balancing a busy schedule of unauthorized excursions, the responsibility of school and being a young emissary proves difficult for the prince when he unwittingly stumbles upon a dark plot to overthrow his family’s kingdom and destroy everything he holds most dear.

Far too young and unequipped to handle such things, and not knowing if the threat is real or just his youthful imagination run amok, Thanan takes it upon himself, with the help of a new found friend, Jesifaye, to subvert the evil plot and he himself becomes the target of the one they call ‘Master.’

Sensing a great power welling inside Thanan, the Master uses all the subtlety of lies and treachery to seduce the young prince to use his power for darkness and thus join forces and overthrow the kingdom and take it for himself. The struggle between light and darkness has never been more compelling.

The temptation is great…and the adventure even greater.”

My thoughts going into it: I’m already about 70 pages into this book, and so far it is quaint but poorly written. Here’s to hoping the remaining 285 pages improve. Be on the lookout for a review soon!


Dragon Champion, by E. E. Knight

I collected this book in one of my favorite ways: by going to the bookstore and picking an author I had never heard of at random. Finding titles to read from recommendations is, of course, a more sound method of choosing reading material. But I quite like the element of the unknown that comes with a random pluck off the bookshelf.

From the book jacket:

“After escaping those who killed his siblings, Young Auron, a rare, defenseless gray dragon, might be the last of his breed. Armed with nothing but his claws and a determination to survive, he sets off in search of his kind. But to find other dragons-or, at least, find out who’s killing them off-Auron will have to search a world of mercenary elves, vicious humans, and dangers of all kinds. Finding allies in the strangest places-and himself along the way-Auron is about to make the trek of a lifetime…”

The thing I found immediately intriguing about this fantasy novel was the twist its premise presents on the classic literary trope of dragons being antagonists. A dragon as the protagonist, battling against evil humans? I love it already. Let’s just hope the execution of a clever premise is well done.

Shadows of Self, by Brandon Sanderson

Is anyone actually surprised to see a Brandon Sanderson title on here? You guys know my obsession with his writing. This novel is the second installment in the Mistborn universe offshoot series featuring Waxillium Ladrian. It follows The Alloy of Law, which I loved.

From the book jacket:

“When family obligations forced Waxillium Ladrian to forsake the frontier lands and return to the metropolis of his birth to take his place as head of a noble House, he little imagined that the crime-fighting skills acquired during twenty years in the dusty plains would be just as applicable in the big city. He soon learned that there too, just being a talented Twinborn ― one who can use both Allomancy and Feruchemy, the dominant magical modes on Scadrial ― would not suffice.

This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society will now face its first test by terrorism and assassination, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax, his eccentric sidekick Wayne, and brilliant, beautiful young Marasi, now officially part of the constabulary, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife can stop Scadrial’s progress in its tracks.”

In addition to the magical elements and Sherlock Holmesian mystery presented in The Alloy of Law, I hope to see the subtle romantic tensions between Marasi and Wax continue to build. We shall see!


Tell me, what is on your TBR list this Spring? Have you read any of these titles?

Until next time,

xoxo Charlotte

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10 comments

  1. I’ve got a few royal biographies, some chick lit, and some cozies that I’m hoping to read in the next few months! I’m back in my reading mode and I’m powering through books at a decent speed haha- I’m also hoping to fit in a re-read of the Locke Lamora series before the new book comes out in the fall! (Locke Lamora and the Rivers of London are my favourite fantasy series 🙂 ) Your lady lair looks so bright and open!!

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    • Your TBR genres sound wonderful! I love a good cozy but haven’t read one in ages. Have you read any Agatha Raisen books? They’re by MC Beaton, and they are wonderful cozies.

      I just Googled Locke Lamora, and I’m going to have to add that to my TBR list. And thank you! I am slowly but surely getting my Lady Lair fully decorated!

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  2. Shadows of Self and Bands of Mourning both blow Alloy of Law out of the water, if the final book maintains the upward trajectory next year I think I’ll end up liking Wax and Wayne’s stuff better than the original Mistborn books. I can’t speak for the other ones you mentioned but Dragon Champion sounds pretty neat.

    My pull list for the next few weeks is…
    Kings of the Wyld by Nick Eames – a story about an 80s glam rock band getting back together for one last tour, except instead of playing music it’s a world where “bands” perform in team gladiatorial combat for a quick buck, and a bunch of old fat gladiators have to overcome their seething resentment of each other for one last show.

    Cold Counsel by Chris Sharp – a world where orcs, trolls, ogres and goblins are ruthlessly culled by genocidal elves who see it as environmental protection and barely regard other races as sentient, and one survivor of such a culling ends up in possession of a very large axe, some combat skills, and a manipulative witchy aunt who’s been plotting out a massive political scheme for many years now.

    Everfair by Nisi Shawl – black steampunk in an alternate universe where a conglomeration of scientists purchase the Congo from King Leopold before he can ruin it and most of Africa, and then they transform it into a gleaming utopia where race is is no longer a glass ceiling.

    Laird Barron’s new pulp horror anthology Swift to Chase, which I’ve been very careful not to spoil myself on past the name because that’s just not done with a Laird Barron collection.

    In Calabria by Peter Beagle – His take, from what I understand, on some elements of unicorn mythology that are specific to Italy. The Last Unicorn but less tragic and much more slice of life, or so I heard.

    Aaand those are the new ones, there’s also the backlog I need to get through like the rest of the Shadow Campaign series, Nnedi Okorafor’s new Binti novel, the last couple of Expanse books and novellas I missed since Cibola Burn. And a bunch more that make me glad I don’t have enough of a social life to intrude on my reading time.

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    • I am glad to hear that you think that Shadows of Self and Bands of Mourning exceed Alloy of Law. To hear that you may start to like the Wax and Wayne series more than the original Mistborn series really says a lot, in my mind. I was blown away by the original Mistborn series. All of Sanderson’s writing is superb, of course, but what really blew me away by the original Mistborn series was the utter depth and complexity of the universe. There was absolutely nothing hand-wavy in any of it, which is rare when a universe and character cast is so expansive. Alloy of Law, on the other hand, was quaint in comparison. I loved it for what it was — a cheeky, lighter, smaller story. The universe felt much smaller, though, as did the cast of characters. It felt like more of a snack and less of a full meal, compared to the original Mistborn series. So I appreciate hearing your take on the subsequent Wax & Wayne books.

      I’m not familiar with any of the other titles you mentioned, but many of them certainly have intriguing premises. Finding/making time to read, or do any passion, can be quite tough. I struggle on a daily basis to juggle social obligations with my more introverted persuasions.

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  3. I really struggle to actually read! My job is kinda demanding at the moment and I struggle to concentrate after a whole day spent thinking… i think maybe I need to just read some less-demanding books. I do listen to audiobooks, but sometimes it’s just not the same!! Do you have any advice?

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    • I totally know what you mean about work leaving you feeling mentally too drained to read. I feel that way with blogging sometimes, like the mental taxation from work leaves me too mentally and emotionally exhausted to write. So many of my blogger friends love audiobooks as well, but I personally don’t like feeling that distracted when I drive. Maybe, like you said, you could try some lighter genres? I love a good cozy when I need some escapist reading. My personal favorite is the Agatha Raisin series by M. C. Beaton.

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  4. On my spring TBR list is more than likely all the blog posts I’ve missed. I’m not even joking! It’ll be a spring of writing more than reading for me. I have a few books I need to read though; including but not limited to Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’, John Grisham’s ‘The Firm’, Friedrich Nietzsche’s ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’, Stephen Hawking’s ‘A Brief History of Time and Jean-Paul Sartre’s ‘La Crime Passionnel’. So quite a few to be working on when time affords me the opportunity. I haven’t read a full book since reading ‘The Seducer’s Diary’ by Soren Kierkegaard at the back end of 2015.

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