Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My 2022-23 To Be Read List

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We seldom get snow in my part of the world, and I don’t really stick to seasonal reads. But these are books I plan to read in the next two or three months. And the long-range weather forecast is whispering about the possibility of some (for us) serious cold and MAYBE a little wintry precipitation, so maybe I’ll have a good day to curl up inside with a blanket and one of these books!

Some of these are upcoming releases, and some are books that have just languished on my shelves for too long.

Blue Running by Lori Ann Stephens

Fourteen-year-old Bluebonnet Andrews is on the run across the Republic of Texas. An accident with a gun killed her best friend but everyone in the town of Blessing thinks it was murder. Even her father – the town’s drunken deputy – believes she did it. Now, she has no choice but to run.

Della and Darby by Susannah B. Lewis

Twins Della and Darby Redd may be identical in appearance, but they couldn’t be more different. Della is outspoken, obsessed with purple, and desperate to be accepted by her peers. Darby is introverted, creative, and sees no need to speak to anyone besides her sister and grandmother, Birdie. Due to a tragedy from their past, all three women’s lives have been blanketed in judgment, scandal, and rumor, preventing them from experiencing true peace and contentment in their small town of Clay Station, Mississippi.

Daughters of Nantucket by Julie Gerstenblatt

Nantucket in 1846 is an island set apart not just by its geography but by its unique circumstances. With their menfolk away at sea, often for years at a time, women here know a rare independence—and the challenges that go with it.

Unseelie by Ivelisse Housman

Twin sisters, both on the run, but different as day and night. One, a professional rogue, searches for a fabled treasure; the other, a changeling, searches for the truth behind her origins, trying to find a place to fit in with the realm of fae who made her and the humans who shun her. 

Find the Moon by Beth Fehlbaum

For as long as she can remember, Kylie Briscoe’s been searching for the moon even though she has no idea why it soothes her. Placed in an impossible situation by her mother, Kylie cries for help. It brings rescuers and a new life, but it feels more like a death sentence when she is separated from her three-year-old sister Aliza, the only person Kylie’s ever really loved.

Now she’s in tiny Patience, Texas, with her eccentric potty-mouthed grandmother, ever-patient stargazing grandfather, an uncle who reminds her a lot of a cop who terrified her during a drug bust, a herd of Norwegian Dwarf goats, their “guard donkeys,” and three canine roommates occupying. Kylie’s former nursery.

When the authorities make a mistake that could cost her everything, Kylie must decide whether to tell the truth-all of it-in order to save herself and her sister.

Men of Clay by J. Laura Chandler

Adam Garcia last remembers entering his office at the embassy and then later awakening in the cold and musty darkness of a cave in the lower Jetta of West Jerusalem. He doesn’t know who tried to kill him, but Malach, the messenger, saved him and told him God had a mission and new identity for him. He is no longer Adam Garcia, United States ambassador, but Arel Kohn.

The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman

A professional spy for a mysterious Library which harvests fiction from different realities, Irene faces a series of assassination attempts that threaten to destroy her and everything she has worked for.

Irene is teaching her new assistant the fundamentals of a Librarian’s job, and finding that training a young Fae is more difficult than she expected. But when they both narrowly avoid getting killed in an assassination attempt, she decides that learning by doing is the only option they have left – especially when the assassins keep coming for them, and for Irene’s other friends as well…

Alice and the Assassin by R. J. Koreto

In 1902 New York, Alice Roosevelt, the bright, passionate, and wildly unconventional daughter of newly sworn-in President Theodore Roosevelt, is placed under the supervision of Secret Service Agent Joseph St. Clair, ex-cowboy and veteran of the Rough Riders. St. Clair quickly learns that half his job is helping Alice roll cigarettes and escorting her to bookies, but matters grow even more difficult when Alice takes it upon herself to investigate a recent political killing–the assassination of former president William McKinley.

The Winter Garden by Nicola Cornick

1605: Anne Catesby fears for her family. Her son, the darkly charismatic Robert, is secretly plotting to kill the king, placing his wife and child in grave danger. Anne must make a terrible choice: betray her only child or risk her family’s security…and her very life.

Present Day: When her dreams of becoming a musician are shattered, Lucy takes refuge in her family’s ancestral home in Oxfordshire. Everyone knows it was originally home to the notorious gunpowder plotter Robert Catesby. As Lucy spends more time in the beautiful winter garden that Robert made, she starts to have strange visions of a woman in Tudor dress, terrified and facing a heartbreaking dilemma.

Mrs. Claus and the Evil Elves by Liz Ireland

April Claus has grown to love her new North Pole home almost as much as she loves her husband, Nick—Santa himself. But even in Christmastown, the holidays can be murder…
April Claus is getting an early gift for her second Christmas in Santaland. Her dear friend, Claire, is visiting from Oregon, and April hopes to show off her adoptive country at its cozy, glittering best. But when the annual ice sculpture contest is derailed by a kamikaze drone-deer, it’s just the first in a series of un-festive events…

I had to have one good Christmas cozy on the list!

So what’s on your TBR list for the next two or three months? Do we have any books in common on our lists? Leave me a comment and let’s chat!

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8 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My 2022-23 To Be Read List

  1. I’m going to have to bookmark your list! There are so many I had not heard of that now I want to read, starting with Mrs. Claus and the Evil Elves by Liz Ireland. 😁

    Thank you for posting

  2. These all sound good. I hope you love them!

  3. Astilbe says:

    I hope you enjoy these books!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  4. CurlyGeek says:

    I haven’t heard of those, but they sound really interesting! Enjoy your winter reading.

  5. So many of these sound really good! I hope you enjoy them when you get to read them. I haven’t heard of a lot of them, but I’ll definitely be adding some to my own TBR.

  6. I hope you enjoy reading each of these when the opportunity/mood presents itself.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  7. I liked the first book in Liz Ireland’s series. Such an imaginative world she’s created! I just finished The Dark Archive and enjoyed it. The Invisible Library series is one of my favorites. I like the sound of Daughters of Nantucket. I will have to add that one to my wish list. I hope you enjoy all of these when you read them!

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