Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring 2019 TBR

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, asks us for ten books on our spring TBR. I have a lot more than ten books that I would like to read this spring, but I’ve chosen a selection of them to list below.


1. The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins – I’ll be reading this soon for a blog tour on the 10th of April.

2. Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer – I have a few unread Heyer novels on my shelf, but this one is a library book so I will need to read it first.

3. The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb – Having read and loved Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy, Liveship Traders Trilogy and Tawny Man Trilogy over the last few years, I think it’s time to move on to her next series, The Rain Wild Chronicles!

4. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope – This is on my Classics Club list. I’m looking forward to reading it as it will bring the wonderful Palliser series to a close and will mean I can then try some of Trollope’s standalones.

5. The Butterfly Room by Lucinda Riley – I’ve received a review copy of Lucinda Riley’s latest novel, which is being published in May.

6. A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay – On my NetGalley shelf. I can’t wait to read Kay’s new historical fantasy novel inspired by Renaissance Italy.

7. A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes – There have been several retellings of the Trojan War from female perspectives recently and this is another one.

8. The Wheel of Fortune by Susan Howatch – I’ve just finished re-reading Howatch’s Cashelmara and it has left me wanting to move straight on to a re-read of this one.

9. The Surgeon’s Mate by Patrick O’Brian – It’s been far too long since I last read an Aubrey/Maturin book. This will be my seventh.

10. The King’s Evil by Andrew Taylor – I enjoyed the first two books in Andrew Taylor’s Marwood and Lovett series, so I’m expecting to enjoy this one too.


As well as these books, I will be continuing to take part in the Agatha Christie Challenge for which I’ve been reading one Christie novel every month, and I also need to choose something to read for the upcoming 1965 Club in April. I have lots of books to explore from this year’s Walter Scott Prize longlist too! I think it’s safe to say that I won’t be running out of things to read in the near future.

Have you read – or will you be reading – any of these books? What is on your spring TBR?

40 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring 2019 TBR

  1. Margaret says:

    These all look so tempting.

    I’ve read The King’s Evil and think it’s just as good as the first two in his Marwood and Lovett series – I hope you’ll enjoy it too. Years ago I read lots of Susan Howatch’s books (her Starbridge series), but not The Wheel of Fortune – I missed that one, it looks good!

    • Helen says:

      I loved the first two Marwood and Lovett books – I’m pleased to hear you think The King’s Evil is just as good! I can’t remember much about The Wheel of Fortune, but I know it was my favourite of the Susan Howatch books I read years ago, so I’m looking forward to reading it again.

    • Helen says:

      You should definitely start with the Farseer Trilogy, which begins with Assassin’s Apprentice. It’s the first chronologically and all of her other series follow on from there.

  2. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

    Great list! Georgette Heyer, Robin Hobb, Anthony Trollope and Natalie Haynes are all authors I really want to check out. I started The Confessions of Frannie Langton recently and I’m enjoying it so far. πŸ™‚ Happy reading!

  3. Elle says:

    The Duke’s Children can turn into a bit of a slog, Trollope being a proponent of the why-use-one-word-when-six-will-do school of writing, but it’s a satisfying ending to the Palliser saga; I hope you enjoy it!

  4. buriedinprint says:

    Even though they’re short and entertaining, I imagine a Christie novel each month is something to keep track of. I found it difficult to keep up with a single Mazo de la Roche, when I was reading through her 16 Jalna books, even though they’re light and fun mostly. It ended up taking me two years instead of one, because I kept taking a “month off” now and again, for various likely-unimportant-to-anyone-else-bookish reasons. Good luck with your spring reading plans!

    • Helen says:

      So far the three Christie novels I’ve read this year have all been very different (a Poirot, a book written under her Mary Westmacott pseudonym, and a Miss Marple). I’m not sure if I will continue to read one every month for the rest of the year – it might become too much – but I’m looking forward to reading at least a few more.

  5. whatmeread says:

    I like the covers of some of these a lot. Of course, I think you’ll enjoy the Heyer, which is the only one I have read. I read a bunch of the Patrick O’Brien books years back, but I never got as far in the series as that one. My Trollopes have been the Barchester ones. I don’t often find the political ones around here. Happy reading!

  6. Judy Krueger says:

    That is an awesome list! I am somewhat seriously considering reading A Suitable Boy this spring but what if it kills my books read stat for the whole year? Ha Ha.

  7. Jane says:

    I haven’t read any of these, I hope there are some good ones for you – you’re right you won’t be running out of things to read! Good Luck.

  8. piningforthewest says:

    I’ll definitely be reading The King’s Evil at some point, I’m enjoying his Fire Court at the moment.

    • Helen says:

      I enjoyed The Fire Court – I thought it was even better than The Ashes of London. I’ll probably be starting The King’s Evil in the next few days.

  9. Lark says:

    Great list of books! I just finished reading Sprig Muslin and I totally loved it. Sir Gareth and Amanda made me smile all the way through. πŸ™‚

  10. FictionFan says:

    I’ve probably read Sprig Muslin but I can never remember which Heyer is which till I start reading them! I’ll be reading both Frannie Langton and A Brightness Long Ago over the next couple of months, so I hope we both enjoy them! Happy reading!

  11. Jessie says:

    The Confessions of Frannie Langton is high on my spring TBR list, and I’ll probably pick up one of my unread Heyer’s soon too. I’m very curious about A Thousand Ships, so I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. Happy spring reading, Helen!

  12. Melita says:

    I have fond feelings about Sprig Muslin!

    I read far too many O’Brian’s too close together so I’ve never finished the set nor gone back and reread any. I’d be more likely to reread Hornblower instead, I think. I think O’Brian is the better writer but I like Hornblower as a character better.

    I managed to read A Brightness Long Ago back in December when I found an ARC. It’s set about a generation before Children of Earth and Sky. In his best books, certain characters or scenes will strike deep and make me go, “Oh.” I can’t remember any from this book but it probably needs a reread. It’s GGK so very good anyway.

    • Helen says:

      It sounds as though everyone has enjoyed Sprig Muslin! I’ve never read any Hornblower – nautical fiction has never really appealed to me at all, but so many people were recommending Patrick O’Brian that I decided to try his books anyway and was surprised by how much I liked them. Maybe I’ll give Hornblower a try too one day.

      I’m glad you thought A Brightness Long Ago was good, even if it wasn’t one of his best. My favourites by Kay so far are Tigana and The Lions of Al-Rassan, although I haven’t read all of his others yet.

  13. Karen K. says:

    I’m also reading The Duke’s Children this spring — I belong to an online Trollope reading group which has been reading the ENTIRE Pallisers series the past two years, and have finally got to the one I haven’t read yet! They’re specifically reading the new restored edition available from Everyman’s Library. I’m really looking forward to it.

    The group’s web address is if you’re interested in joining in.

    • Helen says:

      It has taken me a lot more than two years to read the Pallisers (I read Can You Forgive Her? in 2014). I do love Trollope but have to be in the right mood for starting one of his books. I’m not sure that I could commit to a group read, but I hope you enjoy it!

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