Spring 2023 TBR #TopTenTuesday

What’s on your Spring 2023 TBR?

Spring Reading Season TBR (2023)

Spring Reading TBR

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For spring, these are the ten books prioritized at the top of my TBR Mountain. I finished nine books from my Winter TBR; #10 was attempted but resulted in a DNF.

For this Spring TBR, there are a mix of genres and several ARCs, and I’m hoping for some winners here. Have you read any of these or is one on your TBR? 

I never plan more than ten titles for my quarterly TBR lists because I need to leave time for mood reading and review commitments. These ten books (in no particular order) are a priority on a much longer general TBR.

What is your most anticipated read this spring?

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2023 To Be Read List.

Top Ten Tuesday (meme)

Spring 2023 TBR

Only the Beautiful by Susan Meissner (ARC)

Only the Beautiful by Susan Meissner (cover) a picture of a woman and three children holding hands in a circle bordered by flowers

Genre: Historical Fiction
I always look forward to a new Meissner release! I loved The Nature of Fragile Things and A Fall of Marigolds and As Bright As Heaven.
(Pub Date: 4/18//2023)
***UPDATE: 4 Stars. Difficult and emotional content. My full review of Only the Beautiful here.

Fifth Avenue Glamour Girl by Renée Rosen (ARC)

Fifth Avenue Glamour Girl by Renee Rosen (cover) Image: a woman in a blue belted dress with black accessories and wide brimmed hat stands on the sidewalk next to a building

Genre: Historical Fiction, Biographical
I loved Social Graces by the same author.

(Pub Date: 4/25/2023)
***UPDATE: 4 Stars. I thought it would be more about Estee Lauder and from her point of view. My review of Fifth Avenue Glamour Girl here.

Homecoming by Kate Morton

Homecoming by Kate Morton (cover) Image: a darkened hallway with a light shining through the arched doorway at the far end

Genre:  Historical Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
I’ve enjoyed a few Kate Morton in the past, so I’ll give this a try.
***UPDATE: Long library hold list, so I’m moving this to my Summer TBR.

Mermaid Beach by Sheila Roberts (ARC)

Mermaid Beach by Sheila Roberts (cover) Image: a turquoise guitar stands upright next to a red, white, and blue cushioned chair on a white porch overlooking the beach

Genre: Women’s Contemporary Fiction, Romance
This is #7 is the Moonlight Harbor Series (yes, I’m a series completest!). My review of Sunset on Moonlight Beach here. My favorite is Beachside Beginnings #4 maybe because it was my first (not reviewed)
(Pub Date: 4/25/2023)
***UPDATE: 4 Stars. I love this entire series and recommend it for light summer reading. My review of Mermaid Beach and the series here.

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (cover) Imae: a graphic picture of a tree with a black trunk and limbs and green leaves against a maroon background

Genre: Fiction, Classic American Literature
Time for a Reread!
***UPDATE: 5 Stars. It hold up and is still relevant today. Not reviewed.

The Cuban Heiress by Chanel Cleeton (ARC)

The Cuban Heiress by Chanel Cleeton (cover) Image: a woman wearing a green dress and a wide brimmed hat sits in a chair on the deck of a cruise ship

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
I’ve become a Cleeton fan! The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba and Our Last Days in Barcelona and The Last Train to Key West reviews.
(Pub Date: 4/11/2023)
***UPDATE: 4.5 Stars. Page-turning and unputdownable histfic thriller. My review of The Cuban Heiress here.

Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley

Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley (cover) Image: a graphic image of a girl's face in a round frame surrounded by a reddish pattern

Genre: Fiction, YA Thriller/Suspense, Indigenous People
I loved Firekeeper’s Daughter by the same author.

(Pub Date: 5/2/2023)
***UPDATE: 3 Stars. I DNFed at 32% and then picked it up again and skimmed the rest. I enjoyed Firekeeper’s Daughter more. Not reviewed.

Ladies of the Lake by Cathy Gohlke (ARC)

Ladies of the Lake by Cathy Gohlke (cover) Image: 4 women walk toward the camera arm in arm across a grassy field with a lake visible in the background

Genre: Historical Fiction
Author of The Medallion and A Hundred Crickets Singing.
(Pub Date: 7/11/2023 ….. but I’ll be reading it in spring)
***UPDATE: 4.5 Stars. Compelling Family Drama. Review coming soon.

Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown

Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown (cover) a graphic picture of multiple images combined in a heart shapped collage against a red background with gold text

Genre: Nonfiction, Essay, Mental Health, Psychology
(buddy reading with my daughter)
***UPDATE: 5 Stars. Reflective and informational. My review of Atlas of the Heart here.

Symphony of Secrets by Brendan Slocomb

Symphony of Secrets by Brandan Slocumb (cover) Image: bright multicolored graphic shapes, white text

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Classical Music
I loved Violin Conspiracy by the author!
(Pub Date: 4/18/2023)
***UPDATE: 4 Stars. Interesting. A slow-burn mystery until around the 65% mark. My review of Symphony of Secrets here.


Do you have a Spring TBR?

What is your most anticipated read this spring? 

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

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  1. The only author I’ve heard of beyond Harper Lee (To Kill A Mocking Bird is a fabulous read) is Kate Morton. Unfortunately I’ve failed to engage with her in the past. My mum loves her but she didn’t wow me sorry

  2. I’m just now reading The Social Graces which you recommended to me. I’m loving it. So I’m sure I’ll eventually get to her newest, lol

  3. Every one of those covers is eye-catching and intriguing! Hope you get to enjoy all these wonderful reads! I really liked the bookish quotes you included as well.

  4. Great list! TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is my favorite novel of all time. It’s one of the few books I re-read on a regular basis. I also really like Meissner. ONLY THE BEAUTIFUL is heartbreaking, but compelling (like a lot of her books). HOMECOMING is on my list today, too. I always get excited about a new Morton book!

    Happy TTT!


  5. What a great list, Carol. I have 7 of these on my TBR, and I sure hope we both enjoy them. The one you are buddy reading with your daughter looks interesting as well, so I am going to see if my library has that one. Happy April, Carol.

    • My daughter and I really enjoyed Atlas of the Heart and I’ve been recommending it like crazy! I need to write a review this week!

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