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!

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

    • Our weather is quite similar for sure!

      Hope you like Weir’s new book. It’s cool you also follow certain authors whose work you enjoy.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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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