February 28, 2023

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Which Books Are You Looking Forward to Reading This Spring? (March-May)

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Heidi at Rainy Day Ramblings in order to discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging (and some slightly more personal matters throw in for good measure). After Heidi stopped blogging (apparently for good), five of us took over as hosts while providing new questions. The current team is composed of Berls at Because Reading Is Better Than Real LifeJen at That's What I'm Talking AboutKaren at For What It's WorthLinda at Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell and Roberta at Offbeat YA. This week's question is...


I don't know if I'll ever get around to buying all these books or when, since 1) early reviews and excerpts might cause me to change my mind in the future, and 2) given my current situation (see: unemployment status), book money is scarce...also, my NG/EW requests for some of these have already been declined ๐Ÿ˜ข, except for And Put Away Childish Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky (and the PDF is mine to keep!), This Is the Way the World Ends by Jen Wilde (funny how I got rejected for it right away on EW, but immediately approved on NG when the book was moved from the "Wish for it!" category to the "Request" one...) and Myriad by Joshua David Bellin. Anyhow, I wanted to give a bit of exposure to all the spring books that caught my eye, so here's my list (complete with pub dates)...


7th. Seanan McGuire: Backpacking Through Bedlam (InCryptid #12) (Adult)

Alice Price-Healy gave up her life for fifty years to focus completely on the search for her missing husband. The danger of focus like that is that it leaves little room for thinking about what happens after…and now that she’s finally managed to find Thomas, she has no idea what she’s supposed to do next. The fact that he comes with a surrogate daughter who may or may not have some connection to Alice’s recently adopted grandson is just icing on the complicated cake.
So the three of them are heading for the most complicated place in the universe: they’re going home.
But things on Earth have changed while Alice, Thomas, and Sally have been away. The Covenant of St. George, antagonized by Verity’s declaration of war and Sarah’s temporary relocation of an entire college campus, is trying to retake North America from the cryptids and cryptozoologists who’ve been keeping the peace for the past hundred years. And they’re starting in New York.
Alice and company have barely been back for an hour before the Ocean Lady and the Queen of the Routewitches are sending them to New York to help, and they find themselves embroiled in the politics of dragons, kidnappings, and of course, the most dangerous people of all: family.
Getting “back to normal” may be the hardest task Alice has undertaken yet.

Note: I'm finally making my way through this series - I recently finished Book 7.


14th. Rebecca Mahoney: The Memory Eater (YA)

For generations, a monster called the Memory Eater has lived in the caves of Whistler Beach, Maine, surviving off the unhappy memories of those who want to forget. And for generations, the Harlows have been in charge of keeping her locked up—and keeping her fed.
After her grandmother dies, seventeen-year-old Alana Harlow inherits the family business. But there’s something Alana doesn’t know: the strange gaps in her memory aren’t from an accident. Her memories have been taken—eaten. And with them, she’s lost the knowledge of how to keep the monster contained.
Now the Memory Eater is loose. Alana’s mistake could cost Whistler Beach everything—unless she can figure out how to retrieve her own memories and recapture the monster. But as Alana delves deeper into her family’s magic and the history of her town, she discovers a shocking secret at the center of the Harlow family business and learns that tampering with memories never comes without a price.

Note: I loved Mahoney's debut The Valley and the Flood, so I'm excited for this one (especially since it sounds like it's in the same vein).


28th. Adrian Tchaikovsky: And Put Away Childish Things (Adult)

Harry Bodie has a famous grandmother, who wrote beloved children’s books set in the delightful world of Underhill. Harry himself is a failing kids’ TV presenter whose every attempt to advance his career ends in self-sabotage. His family history seems to be nothing but an impediment.
An impediment... or worse. What if Underhill is real? What if it has been waiting decades for a promised child to visit? What if it isn’t delightful at all? And what if its denizens have run out of patience and are taking matters into their own hands?

Note: I've already read this one, and I loved it! Review on GR for now - blog post in a few days.

31st. Mira Grant: Unbreakable (Adult)

The girls of Unbreakable Starlight were part of an ancient tradition of magical warriors defending the Earth from the forces of the Outside. They knew their powers and their place, and they planned to fight to the very end. They just didn't think the end would come so very soon.
And they never dreamt that when the dust settled, two of their members would be the last magical protectors in the world.
For Piper, her time as a member of Unbreakable Starlight was the best part of her life, the first and only time that she had been truly happy. She'd had friends, she'd had powers, and she'd had her animal companion to make sure that she understood the patterns she saw in all things. Until it all came crashing down.
For Yuina, whose sister died on the night of the assault that killed most of the world's magical protectors, forgetting what she used to be is all that's mattered to her for years. She's been trying her best to toe the line and be the good little symbol of a forbidden calling that her government wants her to be, and she'll keep trying even if it kills her.
But magical protectors existed for a reason, even if they've all died and the heralds who used to invite replacements to the fight have been forced into hiding. And if the magical protectors aren't holding the line against the Outside, who is?
Lines exist because somebody drew them, and now, with the world left undefended, the lines are getting blurred. Soon enough, something's going to break.

Note: You know I love Mira/Seanan, and the premise is practically Buffy on steroids ๐Ÿ˜‚.



1st. Lauren Thoman: I'll Stop the World (YA)

Trapped in a dead-end town, Justin Warren has had his life defined by the suspicious deaths of his grandparents. The unsolved crime happened long before Justin was born, but the ripple effects are still felt after thirty-eight years. Justin always knew he wouldn’t have much of a future. He just never imagined that his life might take him backward.
In a cosmic twist of fate, Justin’s choices send him crashing into the path of determined optimist Rose Yin. Justin and Rose live in the same town and attend the same school, but have never met―because Rose lives in 1985. Justin won’t be born for another twenty years. And his grandparents are still alive―for now.
In a series of events that reverberate through multiple lifetimes, Justin and Rose have a week to get Justin unstuck in time and put each of them in control of their futures―by solving a murder that hasn’t even happened yet.

Note: You know me and time travel and M/F friendship, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰


4th. Ai Jiang: Linghun (Adult)

Follow Wenqi, Liam, and Mrs. in this modern gothic ghost story by Chinese-Canadian writer and immigrant, Ai Jiang. LINGHUN is set in the mysterious town of HOME, a place where the dead live again as spirits, conjured by the grief-sick population that refuses to let go.

Note: The blurb is VERY short, but the premise is SO up my alley!


4th. Rachel Eve Moulton: The Insatiable Volt Sisters (YA/Adult)

It's the summer of 1989 and Beatrice and Henrietta Volt are coming of age on remote Fowler Island in Lake Erie, their ancestral home and wild playground. Thicker than thieves, they plot their futures while their parents pick their marriage apart piece by piece. The girls have no idea that their parents are separating. Or that the plan is to separate them.
Ten years pass and Henrie gets a desperate call from her sister--their father has died suddenly and B.B. needs Henrie to come back to the island for the funeral. When Henrie arrives, the island seems even stranger than she remembers. But the truth is, she doesn't remember much about the island, and nothing at all about the night she left. She just feels a vague and perplexing sense of dread and a sharp fear of the quarry pond behind the house.
Told from the perspectives of four flawed, fascinating women, The Insatiable Volt Sisters is a lush, enthralling fable about monsters real and imagined and the sometimes painful bonds of sisterhood. From the unbounded imagination of Rachel Eve Moulton, the critically acclaimed author of Tinfoil Butterfly, comes another eerie, terrifying exploration of family and legacy: Will the Volt sisters inherit the horrors of their past or surpass them?

Note: Sisters and secrets and supernatural, oh my!


25th. Nicholas Binge: Ascension (Adult)

An enormous snow-covered mountain has appeared in the Pacific Ocean. No one knows when exactly it showed up, precisely how big it might be, or how to explain its existence. When Harold Tunmore, a scientist of mysterious phenomena, is contacted by a shadowy organization to help investigate, he has no idea what he is getting into as he and his team set out for the mountain.
The higher Harold’s team ascends, the less things make sense. Time moves differently, turning minutes into hours, and hours into days. Amid the whipping cold of higher elevation, the climbers’ limbs numb and memories of their lives before the mountain begin to fade. Paranoia quickly turns to violence among the crew, and slithering, ancient creatures pursue them in the snow. Still, as the dangers increase, the mystery of the mountain compels them to its peak, where they are certain they will find their answers. Have they stumbled upon the greatest scientific discovery known to man or the seeds of their own demise?
Framed by the discovery of Harold Tunmore’s unsent letters to his family and the chilling and provocative story they tell, Ascension considers the limitations of science and faith and examines both the beautiful and the unsettling sides of human nature.

Note: "Times moves differently"...and she takes the bait ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐Ÿ˜‚.


25th. Sarah Beth Durst: The Lake House (YA)

Claire’s grown up triple-checking locks. Counting her steps. Second-guessing every decision. It’s just how she’s wired-her worst-case scenarios never actually come true.
Until she arrives at an off-the-grid summer camp to find a blackened, burned husk instead of a lodge-and no survivors, except her and two other late arrivals: Reyva and Mariana.
When the three girls find a dead body in the woods, they realize none of this is an accident. Someone, something, is hunting them. Something that hides in the shadows. Something that refuses to let them leave.

Note: An all-girl (supernatural?) thriller? Count me in!



9th. Jen Wilde: This Is the Way the World Ends (YA)

As an autistic scholarship student at the prestigious Webber Academy in New York City, Waverly is used to masking to fit in—in more ways than one. While her classmates are the children of the one percent, Waverly is getting by on tutoring gigs and the generosity of the school’s charming and enigmatic dean. So when her tutoring student and resident “it girl” asks Waverly to attend the school’s annual fundraising Masquerade disguised as her, Waverly jumps at the chance—especially once she finds out that Ash, the dean’s daughter and her secret ex-girlfriend, will be there.
The Masquerade is everything Waverly dreamed of, complete with extravagant gowns, wealthy parents writing checks, and flowing champagne. Most importantly, there’s Ash. All Waverly wants to do is shed her mask and be with her, but the evening takes a sinister turn when Waverly stumbles into a secret meeting between the dean and the school’s top donors—and witnesses a brutal murder. This gala is harboring far more malevolent plots than just opening parents’ pocketbooks. Before she can escape or contact the authorities, a mysterious global blackout puts the entire party on lockdown. Waverly’s fairy tale has turned into a nightmare, and she, Ash, and her friends must navigate through a dizzying maze of freight elevators, secret passageways, and back rooms if they’re going to survive the night.
And even if they manage to escape the Masquerade, with technology wiped out all over the planet, what kind of world will they find waiting for them beyond the doors?

Note: Ouch! I DNF this one...Review to come.


23rd. Joshua David Bellin: Myriad (Adult)

Agent Miriam Randle works for LifeTime, a private law enforcement agency that undertakes short-term time travel to erase crimes before they occur. Haunted by the memory of her twin brother’s unsolved murder at the age of six, Miriam thinks of herself as Myriad—an incarnation of the many lives she’s lived in her journeys to rearrange the past.
When a routine assignment goes wrong and Miriam commits a murder she was meant to avert, she is thrown into the midst of a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of LifeTime. Along with her partner Vax, Miriam flees into the past in an attempt to unravel the truth before LifeTime agents catch up with her.
But then her brother’s killer reappears, twenty years to the day since he first struck. And he’s not through with the twin who survived, not by a long shot.

Note: Time travel? siblings? OH YES. I've just started it, and I'm loving it so far!


Well, that's it for now. Did you enjoy this post? Would you like to participate in the meme on a regular or semi-regular basis, and get emailed the prompt list? Just head over here and fill in Jen's form! (Of course, you can jump in anytime you like - you are under no obligation to actually do all the posts, or even most of them, just because you signed up, and you can remove yourself from the list at any time). And if you're interested in participating in a more casual manner, or only in commenting, here is the TMST prompt list for the month of March:

  • March 7th: Travel: are you getting out? Where have you been?
  • March 14th: How do you measure blogging success? Followers, page views, interactions, etc.
  • March 21st: Tell us about some famous author from your city/state/country
  • March 28th: What is your ideal book/audiobook length?

I'll be back for the meme on March 14th, but I'm looking forward to everyone's answers to the travel question as well, so that I can live vicariously...๐Ÿ˜‰

Now tell me something...which spring books are on your TBR list?


  1. I haven't read any of these books, but they all sound interesting. I am particularly interested in The Memory Eater. :)

    1. If it's anything like her debut book, it's going to be fabulous! And I can see you reading it ๐Ÿ™‚.

  2. I don't understand why you would get turned down, you write such great reviews. I get turned down sometimes because I have more than just book reviews on my blog. Thats OK, I have 100 books on my kindle that will be reviewed. Lol

    1. "I don't understand why you would get turned down, you write such great reviews."
      ๐Ÿ˜ญ ๐Ÿงก Thank you! But regardless of review quality, I think most publishers are only interested in how many followers you have.

      "I get turned down sometimes because I have more than just book reviews on my blog."
      Do they tell you as much? That's a stupid reason if I ever heard one. No one only posts reviews and/or bookish content. And I think most readers look for variety on the blogs they follow.

      "I have 100 books on my kindle that will be reviewed. Lol"
      100 books??? *faints*

  3. These aren't my type of books but they have very suggestive covers. I hope you get to enjoy them though you have already read one & dnf another.

    I don't know what books are out until I see them in people's blogs so no books to look forward to. I never read recent releases anyway.

    Have a lovely day.

    1. Yep, some of these covers are great. I hope the books live up to them!

      "I never read recent releases anyway."
      Never ever?

  4. I'm looking forward to reading Icebreaker by Hannah Grace when it becomes available in Canada. It's not technically a spring book as it's a hockey/ice skating romance, but it'll be available in spring and those sports are all year round sports in Canada!

    1. Oh, none of my books is a "spring" book either, they only happen to come out in spring.

      I saw Icebreaker was published in August...I didn't know U.S. books took so long to come out in Canada, what with their being neighbour states...

  5. I am sad you DNFed a book you were looking forward to, but I can't say I have had any luck with Wilde.

    1. It was my first book by her, but it felt very unsophisticated...basic YA, so to speak. I saw you liked Queen of Geek, even if The Brightsiders didn't particularly work for you.

  6. I still can't believe InCryptid is on #12 already.

    I'll stop the World makes me think of the Modern English song. :)

    I'll be interested to read your review of the Wilde DNF... I know we discussed that one before briefly I think.

    That last book sounds WILD.

    1. Haha, if InCryptids stuns you, think about the 16+ books in the October Daye series...๐Ÿ˜‚

      We briefly discussed Wilde? Oh gosh, I'm forgetting? My DNF (mini) review will be up at the beginning of May anyway!

      Myriad IS wild. I can see you loving it!

    2. I started the first Daye book once... just read a few pages.

      I think it was basically oh I read one of her other books and it was okay haha so it wasn't really in depth :)

    3. I should have clarified- my second comment there was re: the Wilde book. anywho... :)

    4. Oh, thank you for clarifying - I thought it was about the OD novels LOL.

  7. Lots of cool covers here! Also lots of cool sounding books. I'm glad you got to read that one already and loved it! These do sound like they're right up your alley. I hope you'll get a chance to read all these somehow!

    1. Thank you! I will have to make peace with the fact that YA thrillers rarely work for me (hence the Wilde disaster), while YA horror/magical realism seems to always be at the top of its game. And the adult sci-fi genre has been so good to me lately.

  8. Great list! I have copies of Ling Hun and I'll stop the World, so I'll definitely be reading those. Spring is usually bursting with new releases, and my own list is very long!

    1. I'm looking forward to your reviews of those two (well, your reviews, period ๐Ÿ˜‰)! To be honest, I had never noticed that spring was such a prolific season before you mentioned it LOL.

  9. I don't normally read YA, but The Memory Eater sounds interesting. I look forward to reading your thoughts should you get to it!

    1. If it's anything like her first book, I have great expectations! She usually mixes magical realism with mental health rep, and it really works.

  10. Dude I need like ALL of these. Ascension, Myriad, The Lake House, and This is the Way the World Ends are all on my MUST read list, and quite a few of the others are still on my TBR! So, I love your choices!

    1. ALL of these? Why am I not surprised? ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Myriad is MINDBLOWING! And I hope you'll like TITWTWE better than me, but either way, I'm looking forward to your thoughts!


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