Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring 2021 TBR

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Stack of books on a wooden swing. I’m a mood reader, so these TBR posts for Top Ten Tuesday often turn out to be wildly different from what I actually get around to reading in any given season.

Spring is also the time of year when I generally read less and spend more time outdoors.

Toronto doesn’t have many dry days with mild and pleasant temperatures, so you’d better believe we take full advantage of them when they start showing up in the spring! The heat and humidity of the summer will encourage us to head back indoors soon enough.

With those things in mind, these books do sound good to me and I do plan to eventually read them on days that weren’t meant for picnics and hikes in the warm, friendly sunshine instead.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro book cover. Image on cover shows drawing of yellow hand holding a small bright yellow sun.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Publication Date: Already released

Why I Want to Read It: I enjoyed “Never Let Me Go” by Mr. Ishiguro and thought the fairytale-like themes of this new release from him sounded right up my alley.

Girlhood by Melissa Febos book cover. The only decoration on this cover is the title and author repeated over and over again with each repetition missing a little more of the words.

Girlhood by Melissa Febos

Publication Date: March 30

Why I Want to Read It: I love reading about other women’s experiences with every stage of life, including girlhood and puberty. These aren’t topics that are discussed enough in my opinion.

The Light of Days- The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos by Judy Batalion book cover. Image on cover shows woman wearing a headscarf and 1940s clothing standing alone.

The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos by Judy Batalion

Publication Date: April 6

Why I Want to Read It: I didn’t realize there were resistance fighters in the ghettos in Germany.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon book cover. Image on cover is a stylized drawing of plants growing in a medow. One of them might be harbouring a human as you can see a hand around it.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

Publication Date: May 4

Why I Want to Read It: I loved “The Deep” (my review of it is here) and can’t wait to see what Ms. Solomon does with the Gothic Fiction genre! It’s so cool when authors dip their toes in other genres or sub-genres.


Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir book cover. Image on cover shows astronaut fallling through space next to a planet.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Publication Date: May 4

Why I Want to Read It: I loved ” Martian” and can’t wait to see what thought-provoking hard science fiction Mr. Weir has for his fans this time. Yes, I do tend to stick with certain authors once I have an amazing experience with one or more of their books.


The President's Daughter by Bill Clinton book cover. It has no decorations.

The President’s Daughter by Bill Clinton

Publication Date: June 7

Why I Want to Read It: It makes me wonder which parts of the plot might have been inspired by President Clinton’s time in the White House! No, I don’t think it’s secretly autobiographical or anything like that, but maybe there were quiet moments from his presidency that inspired him to wonder how they’d fare as a thriller.

Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac book cover. Image on cover is of a native child petting a dog in a field.

Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac

Publication Date: June 8

Why I Want to Read It: I have relatives who worked in the medical field during the first few waves of Covid-19. They only know about its effect on reservations from secondhand experience, but even those tidbits of information were more than enough to make my ears perk up at the thought of learning more.

Are you also a mood reader and/or someone who struggles with these seasonal TBR prompts? Please tell me I’m not the only one!


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110 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring 2021 TBR

  1. Great list! The Light of Days sounds interesting, I’d love to learn more about the German Resistance.

  2. Great list, Lydia.

    I’ve read some of the authors but none of the books, hadn’t even heard of some of them. Sounds highly interesting. Happy Reading!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

  3. I feel like I am waiting forever for Klara and the Sun to arrive. Why does the mail take so long these days?

  4. Klara and the Sun is a lovely read, hope you enjoy it.

  5. Rez dogs sounds interesting – I suppose we’ll get loads of new fiction set during Covid in the next few years!

  6. Oof. Klara and the Sun is on my list, too. I just forgot to add it this week. :X

  7. Sorrowland has such a gorgeous cover. Hope you enjoy all of these, Lydia.

  8. Great list!

    I’m definitely a mood reader, so I’m excited to see how far I’ll get with my Spring TBR. There’s a little bit of everything on my list, so hopefully I’ll get to some of it.

    Happy reading!

  9. Intrigued by Sorrowland, I absolutely love that title. Hope you enjoy all these reads!

  10. Oooh, Adding Girlhood to my TBR! Great list. I also spend way more time outside now with my kid.. hopefully my reading doesn’t tank. lol

  11. I’m not familiar with these but they look good.

  12. I haven’t read any of Kazuo Ishiguro’s work yet (it’s still on my TBR) but the fairy tale aspect of this one does sound interesting! Happy reading! In your place, I would take one of these books with me on a hike or picnic to read in the sunshine.

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  13. A real interesting list Lydia. I have The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos on my TBR as well and will probably get to it in a couple of weeks. I almost added it to my list.

  14. I hope you enjoy Hail Mary. Hopefully, it’s as good as The Martian was.

  15. I’ve been thinking about reading Project Hail Mary. I loved The Martian. Great list!

  16. I totally forgot that Andy Weir has a new release! Thanks for the reminder. Added it to my TBR, too. I also stick with authors that I have had great readings experiences with!

  17. I hope you enjoy reading these—and have the weather for it!

  18. Klara and the Sun, yes and yes. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to read it for the ongoing Japanese Literature Challenge, but it’s definitely on my radar.

  19. Sorrowland looks so good! I’m a mood reader as well, so I get it 🙂 And hey, at least it hasn’t snowed in Toronto. It’s not warm, but it’s not freezing. I’ve been staying away from people and I’m looking forward to re-exploring the natural parks around my house. Anyhoo, wicked ramble… I hope you enjoy whatever you read this season!

    • Cool! Hope you like Sorrowland.

      And, yeah, we haven’t really gotten snow lately. That is nice!

      Enjoy your local parks. We have so many of them.

  20. Oh, I’ve seen a lot of reviews for Klara and the Sun lately! Definitely sounds interesting.

  21. I hadn’t heard of any of these but Sorrowland sounds really good!

  22. I’ve seen Hail Mary on a lot of lists today. I liked The Martian better than Artemis so I wonder where this one will fall on the “I like” scale of Weirs books. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

  23. I hope you will enjoy all of these!


  24. Hope you enjoy all of your spring TBR hopefuls AND some nicer weather, too, Lydia. 🙂 Thanks bunches for the visit to Finding Wonderland. Appreciate this.

  25. I hope you enjoy this awesome list. Sorrowland is on my tbr as well. It sounds so intriguing.

  26. Jo

    I want to read the Judy Batalion book too. I actually tend to read more in the Spring and Summer as I spend a long time outside reading.
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  27. Andy Weir and Kazuo Ishiguro are both favorites so I’m pumped.

  28. When I saw news about the new Andy Weir book, I thought, oh, so this is the follow-up to The Martian. Until I looked on GR and saw that he also gave us Artemis, which I feel like I read but I don’t recall much about. So, I’m hopeful for Project Hail Mary.

  29. Project Hail Mary sounds super intriguing. Hope you’ll enjoy all of those, but especially those spring days 🙂

  30. So many great possibilities here! I, too, love “days that were made for picnics”! In SoCal we get lots of those days and I tend to take them for granted.

  31. Sorrowland has a gorgeous cover! I hope you enjoy these if you get to read them this spring!

  32. It’s the same way here in Michigan. We get precious few nice days before the summer heat and humidity kicks in. The Weir book looks good. I’m the same way with authors…

  33. What a list! I’m also looking forward to Klara and the Sun. The Clinton/Patterson novel looks intriguing!

  34. My book club would love Girlhood. I’m going to have to put it on my “book club ideas” list for when it’s my turn to choose again. Great list.

  35. I haven’t heard of any of these, but I hope you’re able to get to them all and enjoy them! Hearing you talk about Toronto makes me glad for where I live, as it doesn’t really get cold very much around here.

  36. I can’t wait to read Hail Mary – it sounds like it will be amazing!

  37. I love the look of Sorrowland and I’ll definitely be keen for the new Andy Weir also

  38. Looks like Bill Clinton’s getting into the novel-writing business! Although he’s probably coming up with ideas and having a ghostwriter put down the actual words.

  39. Oh wow, Bill Clinton is writing a book with James Patterson? Great list!

  40. Klara and the Sun sounds so interesting! I hope you enjoy all of these reads.

  41. What a list! I am impressed. Don´t know most of them but I will definitely check some of them out. Thank you for sharing and enjoy the good weather while it lasts.

  42. THE LIGHT OF DAYS is one I definitely want to read, too. I don’t know when I’ll actually get to – one of these days!

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


  43. Nice list! Light of Days is going straight to my TBR–thanks!

  44. I have Project Hail Mary preordered because my partner absolutely loves The Martian – I still need to read it, so hopefully I’ll enjoy it too! I hope these books live up to your expectations.

  45. I’m excited for Andy Weir’s new book too. His stories are always so entertaining. 🙂

  46. I’m really looking forward to Hail Mary, too! I’d also bet Sorrowland will be great, especially after The Deep! I really want Daveed Diggs to do the audiobook, too. To be fair, I want him to do most audiobooks. xD He’s got a wonderful voice.

  47. Louise @ Foxes and Fairy Tales

    Sorrowland should be interesting, I enjoyed The Deep as well.

  48. I’m excited for Hail Mary too but I wasn’t a big fan of his last book so I’m a bit worried I won’t like it.

  49. Great list! These sound great! 🙂 Getting more time to spend outdoors is always nice.

  50. I’m looking forward to Hail Mary! I love Andy Weir!

  51. Klara and the Sun and the Light of Days almost made my list too…

  52. Happy spring weather and reading, Lydia! 😊 I haven’t read any of these but I loved Any Weir’s The Martian.

  53. Kay

    I didn’t think to include Project Hail Mary to my list but I definitely want to read it to. Happy reading!

  54. I still haven’t read anything by Rivers Solomon but I really want to. I own one of his books and I am really looking forward to getting to it this year. I’ve only heard great things!

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