Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog, and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is: Books On My Spring TBR

Full confession, I haven’t had the best track record when it comes to my previous two TTT seasonal TBRs. Of the twenty books on my Fall and Winter TBRs, I successfully read only ten. That won’t stop me from planning my spring reading though!

Apparently I’m looking to escape into the past this spring; my list includes a lot of modern classics, coming-of-age novels, WWII stories, Edwardian era reads, and historical fiction in general.


Heidi by Johanna Spyri

I’ll be starting Heidi soon for the Classics Club Spin #17. I’m excited to finally read this sweet classic, especially in this gorgeous Puffin in Bloom edition. I think it will be perfect for early spring too!

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

I’ve been wanting to read this extraordinary memoir for a few years now, and there’s no time like the present, right?! I know Testament of Youth is going to break my heart, but I’m looking forward to “meeting” the remarkable Vera. Hopefully the spring sunshine will help to counteract some of the sadness I’ll feel while reading it.

Westwood by Stella Gibbons

This will be my third Stella Gibbons novel. I read both Cold Comfort Farm and Nightingale Wood in the spring, and I’d like to keep up that tradition with Westwood. This cover looks oh so springy too!

Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher

I tend to crave coming-of-age stories in the springtime, and this one sounds right up my alley. Coming Home actually appeared on my TTT Fall TBR and Rosamunde Pilcher’s Winter appeared on my TTT Winter TBR, so I’m way overdue on reading my first Pilcher novel. I have high hopes that she will become a new favorite author for go-to comfort reads.

The Lark by E. Nesbit 

This modern classic sounds like an ideal spring read. The Lark includes: flower selling, country cottages, female entrepreneurs, and a man named Rochester. What more could I possibly ask for of a spring read?!!


Mariana by Monica Dickens

Another book that appeared on my TTT Winter TBR, I think Mariana is an even better match for spring. Persephone Books are often cheerful, refreshing reads that are extra enjoyable this time of year. Plus, a coming-of-age modern classic set in England during the 1930’s ticks many of the boxes on my spring reading wish list.

Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

Since this year marked the centenary of (some) UK women winning the right to vote, I’m really in the mood for books about the suffragettes. This historical YA novel focuses on three young women who become involved in the fight for the vote. Things a Bright Girl Can Do is sure to be a fun, diverse take on this slice of history.

The King’s General by Daphne du Maurier

It’s been too long since I’ve read a Daphne du Maurier novel, and I can’t wait to pick this one up. The King’s General sounds like a compelling, dramatic, and romantic story to get swept away in this season.

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

This is one of my most-anticipated releases of 2018, and I don’t think I’ll be able to hold off on reading it for much longer. A beautifully written, richly detailed historical novel set in gritty Georgian London sounds like a great way to spend these early, chilly spring days.

Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce

Another WWII book, Dear Mrs. Bird centers around an advice column, female friendships, and the Blitz. I’ve just started this delightful novel and I’m already head-over-heels for it. This is exactly the type of spring read I’ve been craving.


Happy first day of spring lovelies!! What books are on your spring TBR?



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  1. Dear Mrs Bird is brilliantly escapist. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is a bit grittier, but I loved it. Things A Bright Girl Can Do also sounds delightful. Similarly, I’m looking for happier reads, so I might try that one!

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  2. That’s a great list. Testament of Youth is heartbreaking, but I think you’ll like it. The King’s General is good too – not my favourite du Maurier novel but I did really enjoy it. I’m about to start reading Dear Mrs Bird!

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  3. I loved Testament of Youth! It was so interesting to see the war from Vera Brittain’s perspective, and the post-war as well. I loved Heidi as a child and I’m curious how it reads as an adult. I also want to read Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock. Enjoy your spring reading!

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    1. I’m really looking forward to reading Testament of Youth; I’ve heard only phenomenal things. I wish I had read Heidi as a child, but better late than never. Hopefully we’ll both love The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock. Enjoy your spring reading as well!


  4. Mariana is wonderful and The Lark is a perfect read for spring — light and fun, with lots of gardens! I also have Testament of Youth on my Spring TBR list but I want to read some shorter books first, it is quite a whopper. I didn’t put Westwood on my list but I did buy a copy last summer and I keep eyeing it. I loved Cold Comfort Farm and Nightingale Wood. If you read it I’ll be eager to read your review!

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    1. That’s great to hear! Testament of Youth is very long, but I’m hoping it will be an engaging read. I’m very intrigued by Westwood as it seems a bit more serious than CCF and NW. I’ll be sure to let you know what I think when I get to it!


  5. Testament of Youth is unbearably sad in places, and really, really heartbreaking – her description of the war, her nursing experiences, the injuries, deaths and horrific conditions still have the power to shock after all these years, and you can see why Vera Brittain, Winifred Holtby and many others became pacifists. The King’s General is just wonderful (and sad, but in a different way). It’s my very favourite du Maurier, and I’ve read it over and over again, and always find it just as gripping!

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    1. I’m sure Testament of Youth is going to rip my heart out. The film adaptation was devastating and I can imagine the book will be much more so. That said, I am looking forward to finally reading it.

      I’m so glad to hear how much you love The King’s General! It’s not a du Maurier novel I see mentioned very often. It does sound gripping and bittersweet, and I’m even more excited to start it now!

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