TBR – March & April 2023

So far this year, I’ve read as per my TBR schedule. Excellent! I always feel better when I have a plan.

I made a New Years resolution to be more organised and so far it’s holding up. I am happy to pick up something unexpected still, that will never change, but I’ve definitely found having a schedule stops me wasting time on deciding what to read next.

So far this year, I have read 10 books – which is good going for me. I’m usually a little slower than this.

I’m trying to hold steady to this read rate – and plan to read around 10 books for the next two months also. That may or may not happen – I know my copy edits for The Words of Kings and Prophets will be in – however, I’m not going to let that stop me trying to reach my target – ‘trying’ being the main word in that sentence!

(And yes; I know I’ve put 12 books on this blog. What can I say, I break my own rules sometimes!)

Currently reading

These are the books that I started in February, but didn’t finish. I’m 15% into Spice Road and 40% into The Tyranny of Faith.

The Tyranny of Faith is EXCELLENT so far – as I knew it would be. If you haven’t yet read The Justice of Kings (book 1 in this series) then I highly recommend that you do. It feels like a fantasy The Name of the Rose mixed in with The Witcher.

Spice Road is a YA fantasy – so far it’s been excellent with the worldbuilding, but I have to say that I’m liking the main character’s sister more than the main character. Not a major complaint and I’m very intrigued. The prose is lovely too.


I was lucky enough to receive a copy of The Lost War from Orbit. In fact, I already have the older copy of this book, which I bought when it won SPFBO a few years ago. I didn’t read it at the time because I heard Orbit had snapped it up – and decided to wait to read the new version. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in later this month!

Oh, Genevieve Cogman, you had me at French Revolution and vampires. Need I say more?

I really enjoyed Barrow of Winter by H.M. Long, and I’m hoping for something special with Dark Water Daughter. Weather witches and pirates – yes please!

Continuing series

Finishing several ongoing series a big theme this year. I think when I started blogging there was a real drive to read new books, however I’ve definitely had to slow down there and finish the series I’ve started.

The absolute must read is the conclusion to The Red Queen’s War trilogy. I’m very excited to see how Mark Lawrence ties this series all together. The ending to Emperor of Thorns was deeply moving and stayed with me for a long time after finishing it. Let’s see if the second Broken Empire trilogy can master the same feat!

I adored The Empress of Salt and Fortune. I have no idea how this novella series all fits together, but I’m excited to see how Nghi Vo uses the shorter novella format to build her world.

Also on my continuing list is ‘grim heart’ epic fantasy Of Darkness and Light from Ryan Cahill. I loved book 1 in the series, lots of nostalgia in the plot, but Ryan Cahill also weaves the story to pastures new.

The Sun Eater series is a must read. Book 2 in the series, Howling Dark was a 6 out of 5 – yep, that’s how good it was. Looking forward to finding out what Hadrian Marlowe gets up to next!

New Duology

I’ve heard so much about these books by Sue Lynn Tan. Everyone knows that I love mythology and this series is based on Chinese mythology. I don’t know a huge amount about this and so can’t wait to explore it in more detail. These books were given to me for Christmas and I have to say, the covers are beautiful!


As you can see, there is lots of EPIC books on my list. Something lighter therefore shall be required to break all that up!

I’ve had this on my shelf for a wee while and I’m very excited to read it. It’s compared to the movie Practical Magic (staring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman) which I loved when it was released. I think I’ll be saving this book for when some of those epics up there get too dark!

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