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Spring has Sprung and here’s my Spring TBR

It’s been a little while since I went through my TBR list to see what I’ll be reading for the month but I’ve decided that doing it each and every month seemed to be a little restrictive and I felt disappointed in myself when I didn’t do it when life got in the way.

Therefore I have decided to try and doing it on a seasonal basis because well it works in shops and I’m bound to be able to keep it up a little more.

Eve of Man

I’m starting off my Spring TBR with Eve of Man.


All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past.

But at sixteen it’s time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She’s always accepted her fate.

Until she meets Bram.

Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom.

But how do you choose between love and the future of the human race?

This is the first book in a trilogy which has been recommended to me by not only my work colleague but also my sister-in-law (which make a change as she used to come and get books from Laura’s Library). Since this book has been recommended by two people I thought I’d look into it and thought it sounded alright so I’m giving it a chance even though I’ve been warned that it has been written as though they’ve already got a movie contract so I’m keeping an open mind.

Feminists Don't Wear Pink (And Other Lies): Amazing Women on What the F-Word Means to Them

Another one on my Spring TBR is Feminists don’t wear pink and other lies.

The reason why this is on here is that I stand for equal rights and I want to know other women’s opinions on what makes them a feminist and to understand how it affects different people from different backgrounds.

I also want to make sure that my daughter knows that no matter what people say she has every right to stand up for herself and for what she believes in without worrying about being called a bitch.


Next it’s Enchantee by Gita Trelease

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.

But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she’s playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…

This book has me a bit fascinated. I love the idea of magic during the French Revolution (even if I’ve tried to watch Les Mis but with two kids and a husband that don’t like musicals it’s not happened) and my book hs turned up today (20th March) and I can’t wait to get into it but I’m finishing what I started first.

Castle in the Air (Howl's Moving Castle, #2)

Another one of the books I will be planning on reading is House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones.

I loved the Howls Moving Castle movie by Studio Ghibli and when I read the book at the end of last year and I loved it all the more.

I’d love to nip back into that world and discover more of what is going on and to see how Sophie, Howl and Calcifer are getting along.

In addition, because I’ve added this book in my TBR list for Spring it is also fair that I add in this book too.

House of Many Ways (Howl's Moving Castle, #3)

In all honesty, how can I possibly read the first two books in a trilogy that came out a decade ago and not look to even attempt to complete it?

I don’t think I’d have a problem finishing this series as I feel I’ve been invested in these characters for a number of years and I love that Howl is so dramatic especially when it comes to his looks and the fact that drunk Howl actually had me laughing out loud which caused a few dirty looks in my direction.

I do like the idea that we are introduced to other characters from reading the synopsis and I hope they are as wonderful as the ones we have already encountered.

The Priory of the Orange Tree

I have seen this book everywhere at the moment and I’m really looking forward to reading this.

My concern, however, which I know I’ve mentioned before is I think the sheer size of it can be a little intimidating.

It’s a whopping 848 pages in the Hardback version which is the only copy I have seen of this at the moment and I don’t think I’d be able to get around to really appreciating this unless I had a couple of uninterrupted days to myself.

Finale (Caraval #3)

I cannot begin to tell you how much I am looking forward to reading this. I have loved Scarlet, Julian, Tella and Dante and their adventures through Caraval and the outcome of the last book has had me wondering what is in store for them all.

I want to know how Garber will manage to pull off what seems to be too complete different storylines for the sisters from Tella trying to stop the Coronation and Scarlett putting two men head to head for her affection (I’m rooting for Julian but I have been bitten by doing this before, although not literally).

Not long left to go because I can get my hands on it.

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)

Several years ago I read a book called Empress Orchid which I really enjoyed. I loved the setting and the scarifies she had made to save her family by becoming the King’s concubine.

Reading the synopsis of this book reminded me of Empress Orchid and how much I enjoyed this when it came in an Owlcrate (which I’m no longer getting) it was a nice surprise and happy that I didn’t have to scour my local bookshop and then have to get it delivered because it’s still not there to this date.

Just on a side note that cover looks absolutely amazing.

So I’ve got three months and nine books on my TBR. Don’t go back up and count them as there is only eight mentioned but I mentioned on my last book tag that I will be reading one the of books from there each month but one a month with my work and current commitments on top of what else I want to read over the coming month might be pushing it a little. Also, I don’t know which one to read first so it’s also a surprise to me.

So have you read any of these or have them on your Spring TBR list? Drop me a comment and let me know.

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