Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring 2024 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Arty Reader Girl. Each week, we are given a bookish topic to discuss. This week’s theme is Books on my Spring 2024 TBR. I am doing my best to whittle down my large TBR and get to books that have been neglected for years. For my spring TBR, I’m trying to focus heavily on my ebooks and audiobooks, which I tend to ignore more than my physical books. However, a few physical books are also included on this list.

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Books on my Spring 2024 TBR

Leading The Rebellion by Jason Kingsley

In Leading the Rebellion: Questing to Succeed in Work and Life tech CEO, pop-culture entrepreneur and YouTube sensation Jason Kingsley reveals how he uses The Code of Chivalry as a guide to work, life and happiness. This unique business and lifestyle book will allow the reader to delve into the personal and work philosophies of a self-made millionaire.

A fascinating look into the business and lifestyle philosophy of Jason Kingsley OBE, CEO of Rebellion. Rebellion is one of the world’s most successful independent games developers and also a film and TV production company and publisher. Combining his love of Medieval History and success in business, this unique book will give insight into a modern interpretation of the Knightly Code of Chivalry, the moral system which combined a warrior ethos, knightly piety, and courtly manners, all combining to establish a notion of honour and nobility, in a motivational and aspirational take on how to live life to the fullest.

Each chapter will focus on one main chivalric theme, and how it has influenced his philosophy, helped equip him with personal tools to succeed, and how it has maximised his work-life balance. The book will also provide insight into his love for the medieval period and how this complements his professional life.

Tales From Watership Down by Richard Adams

Tales From Watership Down returns to the unforgettable characters of Fiver, Hazel, Bigwig, Dandelion, and the legendary hero El-ahrairah, and also presents new heroes as they struggle to survive the cruelties of nature and the shortsighted selfishness of humankind, embark on new adventures, and recount traditional stories of rabbit mythology, charming us once again with imagination, heart, and wonder. A spellbinding book of courage and survival, these tales are an exciting invitation to come home to a beloved world.

The Girl Who Remembered Horses by Linda Benson

In a world that has forgotten the ancient bond between horses and humans, can one girl’s dreams make people remember?

Sahara travels with her clan in a future, barren environment where recyclables are bartered for sustenance, and few remember horses or their connection to humans. But Sahara has recurring dreams of riding astride on magnificent animals that run like the wind. At the Gardener’s Camp, she discovers a valuable book and learns that her visions are real. But how can she persuade others of the ancient bond between horses and humans, when she is labeled just a foolish girl?

When Sahara discovers a helpless young horse, she must use both her courage and inborn knowledge to keep the animal safe, convince others of the true worth of horses, and learn the secret of her real identity.

Fae Song by Deonne Williams

Her music is magic, and she will need every note to save their lives.

Gwynn has finally joined the ranks of the most prestigious guild of bards. Eager to explore the world and create her musical legacy, she heads to the dazzling city to impress with her skills. On the road she encounters an elite warrior wounded in an ambush, and fate demands they join forces to defeat the dark forces that have hijacked her past.

Can she free her world from enchantment before her soul shatters?

Fae Song is book one of the enchanting fantasy series Ballads of Balahar. A magical world of mysterious forces, splendid Celtic mythology, and a friendship stronger than time.

Mind Games by Carolyn Crane

Justine knows she’s going to die. Any second now.

Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal.

With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem. Or is it?

In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness – only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone’s worst fears.

Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa

A charming tale of friendship, love and loneliness in contemporary Japan

Sentaro has failed. He has a criminal record, drinks too much, and his dream of becoming a writer is just a distant memory. With only the blossoming of the cherry trees to mark the passing of time, he spends his days in a tiny confectionery shop selling dorayaki, a type of pancake filled with sweet bean paste.

But everything is about to change.

Into his life comes Tokue, an elderly woman with disfigured hands and a troubled past. Tokue makes the best sweet bean paste Sentaro has ever tasted. She begins to teach him her craft, but as their friendship flourishes, social pressures become impossible to escape and Tokue’s dark secret is revealed,
with devastating consequences.

Sweet Bean Paste is a moving novel about the burden of the past and the redemptive power of friendship. Translated into English for the first time, Durian Sukegawa’s beautiful prose is capturing hearts all over the world.

Magus of the Library Vol. 1 by Mitsu Izumi

In the small village of Amun lives a poor boy named Theo. Theo adores books, but because of his pointed ears and impoverished life, he isn’t allowed to use the village library. As he endures the prejudice and hatred of the village, he dreams of going where such things don’t exist: Aftzaak, City of Books. But one day, Theo chances to meet a Kafna–a librarian who works for the great library of Aftzaak–and his life changes forever…

The LEGO Story by Jens Andersen

It’s estimated that each year between eighty and ninety million children around the globe are given a box of LEGO, while up to ten million adults buy sets for themselves. Yet LEGO is much more than a dizzying number of plastic bricks that can be put together and combined in countless ways. LEGO is also a vision of the significance of what play can mean for humanity.

This book tells the extraordinary story of a global company and a Danish family who for ninety years have defended children’s right to play—and who believe grown-ups, too, should make the time to nurture their inner child. The LEGO Story is built on Jens Andersen’s unique access to LEGO’s own archives, as well as on Andersen’s extensive conversations with Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, former president and CEO of the LEGO group and grandson of its founder, Ole Kirk Christiansen.

A riveting cultural history of changing generations’ views of childhood and the importance of play, The LEGO Story also a fascinating case study of how innovation and creativity helped leaders transform LEGO from a small carpentry business into the world’s largest producer of play materials and one of the most beloved brands in the world. Richly illustrated with never-before-seen photos from the family’s private archive, this is the ultimate book for fans of LEGO, revealing everything you ever wanted to know about the brand. 

The Rise & Reign of the Mammals by Steve Brusatte

We humans are the inheritors of a dynasty that has reigned over the planet for nearly 66 million years, through fiery cataclysm and ice ages: the mammals. Our lineage includes saber-toothed tigers, woolly mammoths, armadillos the size of a car, cave bears three times the weight of a grizzly, clever scurriers that outlasted Tyrannosaurus rex, and even other types of humans, like Neanderthals. Indeed humankind and many of the beloved fellow mammals we share the planet with today—lions, whales, dogs—represent only the few survivors of a sprawling and astonishing family tree that has been pruned by time and mass extinctions. How did we get here?

In his acclaimed bestseller The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs—hailed as “the ultimate dinosaur biography” by Scientific American—American paleontologist Steve Brusatte enchanted readers with his definitive history of the dinosaurs. Now, picking up the narrative in the ashes of the extinction event that doomed T-rex and its kind, Brusatte explores the remarkable story of the family of animals that inherited the Earth—mammals— and brilliantly reveals that their story is every bit as fascinating and complex as that of the dinosaurs.

Beginning with the earliest days of our lineage some 325 million years ago, Brusatte charts how mammals survived the asteroid that claimed the dinosaurs and made the world their own, becoming the astonishingly diverse range of animals that dominate today’s Earth. Brusatte also brings alive the lost worlds mammals inhabited through time, from ice ages to volcanic catastrophes. Entwined in this story is the detective work he and other scientists have done to piece together our understanding using fossil clues and cutting-edge technology.

A sterling example of scientific storytelling by one of our finest young researchers, The Rise and Reign of the Mammals illustrates how this incredible history laid the foundation for today’s world, for us, and our future.

Steins;Gate: The Complete Manga by Nitroplus & 5pb

What do you get when you cross a microwave with a cell phone? Apparently, a time machine! Self-proclaimed mad scientist Kyoma Hououin and the Future Gadget Lab members now have the ability to send text messages into the past. Will they use this newfound power for personal gain? To change the world? Or for something much more sinister… Find out in Steins;Gate!

Collects the complete 3-book Steins;Gate manga series in one omnibus volume!

I hope you enjoyed seeing the Books on my Spring 2024 TBR. What books are you planning to read this spring?

36 Comments

  1. I didn’t even realise there was a follow up to Watership Down!

    1. Author

      It’s not talked about much, so I’m sure a lot of people have missed it.

  2. I’ll have to check out that Kingsley book! I’ve seen some of his YouTube videos and found them eye-opening. I never realized how flexible medieval armor could actually be. The Mammals book is one that’s been on my TBR. My list is here.

    1. Author

      I hope you enjoy it if you do pick it up. I picked it up because I watch his channel regularly.

  3. It looks like you have a great mix of books to read this season. I hope you love them all.

    1. Author

      I usually aim for a mix of books to keep my TBRs interesting. Thank you.

  4. Tales from Watership Down sounds good.

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

    1. Author

      Agreed. It will be interesting to see what happens in the book compared to the first book.

  5. I’m so curious about Sweet Bean Paste.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    1. Author

      Same. It sounds very interesting.

  6. Interesting list of books. The LEGO Story sounds really good. Enjoy your books. Have a great week!

    1. Author

      Thank you. We originally bought that one for my son who loves LEGO but I want to read it as well.

  7. Oh, I’ve been wanting to read The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, and now I’m interested in The Rise and Reign of the Mammals too! They both sound so interesting.

    1. Author

      The dinosaur one was pretty good, a nice mix of paleontology and envisioning how the dinosaurs lived. Hope you enjoy them if you do read them.

    1. Author

      It really does. I’ve had it for so long now that I need to finally read it. Thank you.

  8. I recently saw a review of sweet beans paste and it caught my attention, I hope you enjoy it

    1. Author

      That’s exactly how I ended up adding it to my TBR, a random review I saw on it. Thank you.

  9. Oh, Sweet Bean Paste is for sure going on my TBR pile. Some great selections here. Hope you enjoy them all!

    1. Author

      Thank you. I hope you enjoy it when you do read it. It sounds very interesting.

  10. I hope you love them! I’m also trying to get to my neglected books this spring.

    1. Author

      Thank you. Good luck getting to your neglected books.

  11. You have some very interesting books on your list! Sweet Bean Paste was on my TBR a while ago but I had completely forgotten about it. I hope it’s enjoyable!

    1. Author

      I’m glad I could remind you about Sweet Bean Paste. Thank you.

  12. I hope you enjoy all these! Happy reading.

    1. Author

      Thank you.

  13. The Rise and Reign of the Mammals is a book I’m pretty sure I would like.

    1. Author

      I hope you do pick it up and enjoy it.

  14. I think all of these are new to me! I hope you enjoy them.

    1. Author

      Thank you. I’m sure I will enjoy them.

  15. Mind Games sounds interesting! I hope you enjoy it and the other books on your list.

    1. Author

      It really does and it’s been waiting for quite some time for me to get to it. Thank you.

  16. Great list! I’ve only heard of Rise and Reign of the Mammals, and that one is on my TBR, but the others look so intriguing. I hope you enjoy all of these when you get to read them!

    1. Author

      Thank you. Did you read his book about Dinosaurs? Can’t wait to get to these.

  17. These are all unfamiliar titles to me, BUT I love how varied your list looks. Seems like the kind of TBR where a reader wouldn’t be bored because there’s a little bit of everything. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting my list on this week.

    1. Author

      Thank you. I always try to have a varied TBR so there is always something different to read.

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