top ten tuesday

TTT #118 – Winter TBR

I find seasonal TBR lists a lot of fun to make when they come up for Top Ten Tuesday (as always created by The Broke and the Bookish). But when it comes down to it I don’t always end up reading what is on it. I didn’t even end up reading half of what was on my Fall tbr. Though, to be fair it was a bit over ambitious.

One of the reasons is that I plan these blog posts ahead of time. This was typed at the end of October. Not exactly the most wintery time of the year with Halloween around the corner.

Even so I try my best to see if there are books that I think I’d like to read during the Winter. And I’ve been planning on rereading some of the books I’ve listed during the Winter for a while now. For some reason Winter feels like the ideal time to reread theseb books.

How are you with seasonal tbr’s?



  1. Hogfather (Death 4, Discworld) by Terry Pratchett
  2. Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud (reread)
  3. Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud (reread except book 5)
  4. Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb (with the Robin Hobb readalong on instagram)
  5. King Arthur and his Knights by Howard Pyle
  6. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  7. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  8. Half Bad (Half Bad 1) by Sally Green (with La La in the Library)
  9. Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer 1) by Laini Taylor
  10. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

41 thoughts on “TTT #118 – Winter TBR

  1. Seasonal TBR’s are always begging me not to follow them.. I try to, and often start out great but.. two or three books in and other reads grab my attention and need to be read first, haha.
    I ended up reading only four of the books on my Fall TBR. Hopefully my Winter TBR will have some more success but we’ll have to see about that.

    I read Neverwhere earlier in the year, before I even started my blog. Although Gaiman’s writing is completely different than what I’m used to, I still really enjoyed it! Pretty sure I have some of his other books on my TBR shelves as well but.. Yeah, there’s so many on there that I don’t even know for sure any more.. [I think I bought a gorgeous copy with two of his works in during the Boekenfestijn.. I think..]

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    1. Haha I’m glad I am not the only one. It is just such a long stretch to have to come up with books for. πŸ˜€

      He writes quite differently, that is for sure and it even changes slightly per book I think.

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      1. I have the benefit in having my monthly challenges. So I try to set up those TBR’s according to my TBR’s for them but.. Brain often goes “Oh, you said you’re going to read that one? Let’s not, shall we.”

        No clue! Definitely eager to find out. Though I might have to reread Neverwhere to actually notice the difference..


  2. NICE list! I’ve been dying to buy and read something by Robin Hobb for years now but still haven’t gotten around to do it – fail.

    STRANGE THE DREAMER is on my Winter TBR as well. I can’t believe I haven’t read the book yet since Taylor is one of my all-time favorite authors but had trouble reading for the past couple of months and her books are ones you need your full attention-span with xD But my god, I’m so excited for the book!!

    Haven’t read a thing by Neil Gaiman as well, but I really want to. Which book would you recommend I should buy first by this author?

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    1. Haha, she does have a lot of books to get to.

      I hope you will enjoy it!

      I think I’d say The Graveyard Book, The Sleeper and the Spindle (graphic novel/illustrated book) or The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I think they are generally good introductions to his work. But I haven’t read that many by him yet. Just 5 I think… Considering everything he has written, haha.

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  3. King Arthur and his Knights- I should read that. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually READ any of the older Arthurian sources? Weird. And hope you like Liveship Traders. It wasn’t really my cup of tea but I LOVED the Fitz books. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yeah I haven’t either which is why I feel I should totally read it this Winter.
      I’m curious to see how I will like them. I quite enjoyed Fitz and not having him in these is going to be an adjustment.


  4. I hardly ever can stick to a planned out TBR too so I hear you!! πŸ˜‚ I tend to be more of a mood reader so that definitely doesn’t help with TBR organisation haha. And omg seasonal TBRs are even harder because I read so many American books so it’s always the opposite season for me if I’m focusing on new releases!!
    ANYWAY. I still really need to read The Bear and the Nightingale! And one of these days I’m going to start Robin Hobb books.πŸ˜‚

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  5. I like to think of them as being more like guidelines πŸ˜‰ I usually do end up reading at least half of them – so there’s some predictability to my habits – but I never let a declared TBR get in the way of a new whim. My TTT is very scifi focused for SciFi Month, so if I’m honest it’s more a 2018 TBR – I’d be amazed to get all these read by spring as (after a month of a pure SF diet) I really want to read some fantasy and other things too!

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    1. Haha, that is what I commented somewhere else too. πŸ˜‰ Great minds think alike.
      True. Forcing yourself down a tbr doesn’t work.
      OH I’d imagine you’d want to read something different for a bit. πŸ˜€

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    1. Haha, I’m normally reasonably good with monthly tbr’s but seasonal is usually a no go haha. Nine times out of 10 I even forget what is on them. πŸ˜€
      Gaiman is great for any time of the year.


    1. Oh, I hope we will both get to them soon. πŸ˜€
      The Liveship Traders are hopefully great, but officially part of a bigger series by Robin Hobb. πŸ™‚ It stars with the Farseers trilogy.

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  6. There always seems a million books that I want to read, and no time to read them in. I’m feeling optimistic about my winter TBR list though. I put American Gods on my list but I haven’t read any Neil Gaiman like a few people above, interested to see what you recommend as the best intro book for him.

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    1. I feel you. Where does the time go?
      Some feel that American Gods is a great introduction to him but I don’t agree. I think some of his children books like The Graveyard Book or shorter books like The Ocean at the End of the Lane are great to get started in his style. He writes a lot of different things though so I feel there is always something for every reader in his books.


  7. This is such a great list! I read Strange the Dreamer and it took awhile for me to get into but it’s so worth it! I hope we both manage to complete our TBRs.

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  8. Robin Hobb is an author I keep meaning to read but haven’t get around to it yet.
    I’ve just started The Bear and the Nightingale and it’s really good so far. I can’t wait to see where the story is going πŸ™‚

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  9. I am excitedly looking forward to what you will think of Strange the Dreamer. It has gotten mixed reviews and I am on the fence about reading it. So much yes, to our buddy read! *twirls* I have Neverwhere as a dramatized audiobook and I started listening to it, but the sound effects were annoying me. I have to give it another try. πŸ˜†

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  10. Tja, vermits een algemeen voornemen als ‘Lees meer eigen boeken’ al totaal mislukt komt het helemaal niet goed wanneer ik me voorneem om specifieke titels op een specifiek moment te lezen. Sinds we terugzijn van Centerparcs heb ik zelfs nog maar enkele bladzijden gelezen en sta ik nog een hele blogfeed achter. Ik vermoed dat een lijstje met een seizoenstbr dus geen goed idee voor me is. πŸ™‚

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