Top Ten Tuesday | Middle Grade on my 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 ‘Books I Hope Santa Brings’, but to be honest I haven’t really asked for many books this Christmas. So instead, I thought I’d talk about some of the Middle Grade novels on my TBR!

I’ve fallen head over heels in love with Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor series over the past month, and 2020 has been such a horrible year, and those books such a comforting escape, that it’s made me realise I should be reaching for more and more Middle Grade. So here are ten I’ve got my eye on!

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson: Anderson won the very first Wales Book of the Year Children & Young People Award for The Girl Who Speaks Bear this year and I’ve been meaning to give her work a try. I love the sound of this one!

Wilde by Eloise Williams: Sticking with the Welsh theme, Williams is Wales’s very first Children’s Laureate and this is her latest novel which I believe involves witchcraft.

Glass Coffin by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch: This is the next book in The Darkwood Series, which I love, and it’s due out in June. This series has such a good sense of humour and I’m looking forward to joining this group of fairy tale misfits on their next adventure.

The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar: This historical novel follows a young girl from Seville who joins a crew of ruthless women, which, frankly, is all I want from my fiction. This one sounds like perfect summer reading!

The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery: This one, on the other hand, sounds like the perfect winter read, and follows a young boy in the Second World War who teams up with his imaginary friends to save his sister from the Midwinter King. It sounds so charming.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: I’ve put the Percy Jackson series off for years because I’ve always had a feeling I wouldn’t click with Riordan’s sense of humour, but this series has such a huge fanbase that I’d like to give it a try myself.

A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison: This novel follows three sisters trapped by a curse and, as one of three sisters myself, it’s one I’d like to try.

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia: I’ve wanted to get my hands on this one since it was first announced, I love the idea of a Middle Grade novel about La Llorona, and I keep meaning to give Tehlor Kay Mejia’s work a try.

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens: This is the first in a historical Middle Grade series about two girls who start solving crimes, and to be honest that sounds like everything I need in a book. I’ve bought this one for my niece this Christmas so I hope she likes it!

A Most Improper Magick by Stephanie Burgis: There’s so much fantasy set during the Regency era out there and this series sounds so sweet. I’ve read and enjoyed work by Burgis before, so I should give this one a try!

What did you talk about this week?

31 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Middle Grade on my TBR

  1. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den says:

    Yeeees! I’m always so excited when more people turn to middle grade. It’s a fabulous category, regardless of age. Nevermoor is one of the middle grade books that had me really looking at reading more of it, too. xD What a powerful series. The House with Chicken Legs is on my list, along with the author’s new book. I got copies of both this year and just didn’t pick them up yet, but I’ve heard they’re good! Paola Santiago was really good, though! I hope you get a chance to read it soon. Can’t wait for its sequel already haha!

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  2. Jenna @ Falling Letters says:

    I’ve got The House with Chicken Legs and A Pinch of Magic on my TBR as well. Riordan/Riordan Present books aren’t generally a fit with me, either, but I did love the Sal & Gabi books. Hope you find some great middle grade titles to enjoy 🙂 (Though Nevermoor sets a high standard!!)


  3. Rachana says:

    I’m also obsessed with Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor series! I had forgotten how much I loved reading middle grade until I picked it up. I haven’t heard of most of the books you mentioned but they all look so beautiful and magical and hopeful. A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison is one I think I’ll be adding to my tbr too! Wonderful post, Jess!

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  4. elenasquareeyes says:

    I don’t read middle grade but I’m always impressed with how pretty middle grade covers are, I especially like Paola Santiago and the River of Tears. I hope you get a lot of book-shaped presents and some of these come into your life soon 🙂

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  5. Brooke Lorren says:

    My daughter really liked the Percy Jackson books. My son’s favorite author is Lauren Magaziner; so far all her books have been Middle Grade, in case you’re looking for new middle grade authors to try. He’s loved all her books except Pilfer Academy, which he hasn’t read yet (he’s getting that, along with a signed bookplate Ms. Magaziner was kind enough to send, for Christmas).

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  6. dinipandareads says:

    Awesome list, Jess! MG books have been such winners for me this year. I have most of these on my TBR and sitting on my Kindle shelf waiting to be read 😅 I hadn’t heard of The Midnight Guardians before though and it looks really good so I’m defo gonna check it out! I’d add Amari and the Night Brothers to this list cos it’s an amazing MG that I can’t wait for everyone to read! 😍 Hope you enjoy all of these!

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