Top Ten Tuesday | My Winter 2019 TBR!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week’s theme is all about the books on our Winter TBR! In the winter I love reading books that have wintry or Christmassy settings, but I also find myself aching for chunky books that I can get lost in during the winter, when the nights are long and dark.

There are also some books being released in January and February that I’d like to get to over the winter, but as I’ll be talking about my anticipated 2020 releases for TTT in a couple of weeks I’ve decided to leave them off my list this week!

Curious to see how much of my Autumn TBR I read? You can check out my wrap-up here!


A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos; translated by Hildegarde Serle: This is the beginning of a YA fantasy series translated from French that I keep hearing good things about, and with that title there can’t be a better time to read it than winter.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon: This has been on so many of my TBRs this year and I just haven’t got around to it, but I’d really like to read it this year if I can! I feel like I need to just sit and enjoy this one over Christmas.

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers: I always say I love the His Fair Assassin trilogy even though I still haven’t actually read the third book, and I’d like to read it so I can get to the new books LaFevers is releasing in this world. I believe Mortal Heart is set during the colder months, so now’s a great time to read it.

NOS4R2 by Joe Hill: This is the December pick for Dawn of the Read, the horror book club I run with two friends, and I’m so excited to finally read some Joe Hill!

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang: I need to make an effort to read more self-published novels because I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book this year. It’s quite a chunker, so it’s another one I’ll be able to sit with and enjoy well into the cold nights.


The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden: I received this book through NetGalley and still haven’t read it, which is SHAMEFUL, but it’s also been on my winter TBR for the past few years and I keep not getting to it. I need to get to it this winter; I’ve heard such amazing things about this series.

Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao: With that cover, this YA fantasy debut seems like the perfect book to pick up during the winter.

Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: I know I said I wouldn’t be including any 2020 releases here, but I was approved for an eARC of Moreno-Garcia’s next novel – her first thriller! – which is due out in February, so I’d like to get it read and reviewed before the release date.

The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale: This is another novel I received through NetGalley and still haven’t read because I’m garbage, but it sounds like the perfect winter read and it has great reviews!

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray: I read and really enjoyed The Diviners back in October, and as the last book in this series is due to be released in the new year I’d like to catch up and find out what happens to these characters next!

Which books made your list this week?

51 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | My Winter 2019 TBR!

  1. Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea says:

    Ahh, I wanna read The Priory of the Orange Tree this month as well! It’s because I have two weeks off of school, which gives me ample time to dedicate to reading that huge tome. Also, I was on the blog tour for The Sword of Kaigen, and I enjoyed the book a lot! I think you need to have prior knowledge about the world since SoK is a spin-off though. Going in, the fact that there was little world building was a bit of a shocker.
    Ahh, I love the Diviners series so much!! ngl, Lair of Dreams was disappointing because nothing really happened in it though :(( But the characters and the setting were just as lovable as in the first book!

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  2. Lisa says:

    Oh boy, you have a couple here I need to read: The Priory of the Orange Tree and A Winter’s Promise — they’ve been on my to-read list for quite a while now. 🙂 I’ll be curious to see what you think of Lair of Dreams. I loved The Diviners when it first came out, but then never felt compelled to continue. Great list — I hope you enjoy your winter reading!

    My TTT

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  3. dinipandareads says:

    Great list, Jess! Priory was a helluva tome that took me a while to get through but not as long as I anticipated. It was a mixed feelings book for me in the end… I’m loving that NOS4R2 cover and I think it’d be the perfect murder-y Christmas novel to read! I’m now tempted to pick it up 😂 Hope you manage to get through and enjoy many of these!

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  4. Rissi says:

    Hope you enjoy ALL of these, Jess. Hard to believe it’s time to start talking about anticipated releases of 2020! Where does time go. Happy Winter TBR-ing; and thanks so much for the visit to Finding Wonderland.

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  5. Tammy says:

    I got approved for Untamed Shore too, I’m very excited! And I also want to read some self published books next year, and I’ve already bought The Sword of Kaigen, for the same reason you did, I’ve been hearing amazing things about it😁

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