Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Winter 2023 To-Read List

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 Winter 2023 To-Read List. While I don’t always stick to seasonal TBRs, they are a good excuse to pull books from my large TBR and see how many I can get through.

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Books On My Winter 2023 To-Read List

Yona of the Dawn Vol. 40 by Mizuho Kusanagi

Things look dire for Kohka as South Kai’s elite assassins, the Dromos, infiltrate Hiryuu Palace! South Kai’s General Val gets a taste of the old days as he fights alongside former General Meinyan, but the biggest surprise is who appears before them in the midst of battle!

The Rise & Fall of The Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

The dinosaurs. 66 million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome and spectacular creatures vanished. Today their extraordinary true story remains one of our planet’s great mysteries.

In this stunning narrative spanning more than 200 million years, Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field—discovering ten new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork—masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy. Captivating and revelatory, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a book for the ages.

Brusatte traces the evolution of dinosaurs from their inauspicious start as small shadow dwellers—themselves the beneficiaries of a mass extinction caused by volcanic eruptions at the beginning of the Triassic period—into the dominant array of species, every wide-eyed child memorizes today, T. rex, TriceratopsBrontosaurus, and more. This gifted scientist and writer re-creates the dinosaurs’ peak during the Jurassic and Cretaceous, when thousands of species thrived, and winged and feathered dinosaurs, the prehistoric ancestors of modern birds, emerged. The story continues to the end of the Cretaceous period, when a giant asteroid or comet struck the planet and nearly every dinosaur species (but not all) died out, in the most extraordinary extinction event in Earth’s history, one full of lessons for today as we confront a “sixth extinction.”

Brusatte also recalls compelling stories from his globe-trotting expeditions during one of the most exciting eras in dinosaur research—which he calls “a new golden age of discovery”—and offers thrilling accounts of some of the remarkable findings he and his colleagues have made, including primitive human-sized tyrannosaurs; monstrous carnivores even larger than T. rex; and paradigm-shifting feathered raptors from China.

An electrifying scientific history that unearths the dinosaurs’ epic saga, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs will be a definitive and treasured account for decades to come.

Came The Mirror & Other Tales by Rumiko Takahashi

Five intimate magical-realist tales from manga legend Rumiko Takahashi! A supernatural mirror compels a teenager to draw out and destroy the evil lurking within others. But will his duty destroy him? A has-been manga creator acquires the power to curse his competition. Is it worth it? A pet cat possesses a human—warning, side effects may include partial transmogrification… And more!

Plus, a rare behind-the-scenes autobiographical story about Takahashi’s lifelong love affair with manga (and friendship with manga creator Mitsuru Adachi)!

Five intimate magical-realist tales from manga legend Rumiko Takahashi! A supernatural mirror compels a teenager to draw out and destroy the evil lurking within others. But will his duty destroy him? A has-been manga creator acquires the power to curse his competition. Is it worth it? A pet cat possesses a human—warning, side effects may include partial transmogrification… And more!

Plus, a rare behind-the-scenes autobiographical story about Takahashi’s lifelong love affair with manga (and friendship with manga creator Mitsuru Adachi)!

Spy x Family Vol. 1 by Tatsuya Endo

Master spy Twilight is unparalleled when it comes to going undercover on dangerous missions for the betterment of the world. But when he receives the ultimate assignment—to get married and have a kid—he may finally be in over his head!

Not one to depend on others, Twilight has his work cut out for him procuring both a wife and a child for his mission to infiltrate an elite private school. What he doesn’t know is that the wife he’s chosen is an assassin and the child he’s adopted is a telepath!

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol. 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge

In Taisho-era Japan, kindhearted Tanjiro Kamado makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has been transformed into a demon herself! Tanjiro sets out on a dangerous journey to find a way to return his sister to normal and destroy the demon who ruined his life.

Learning to destroy demons won’t be easy, and Tanjiro barely knows where to start. The surprise appearance of another boy named Giyu, who seems to know what’s going on, might provide some answers—but only if Tanjiro can stop Giyu from killing his sister first!

World of Warcraft: War of the Scaleborn by Courtney Alameda

When the world was young, all life shook before the might of Galakrond, a massive primal dragon whose hunger could not be sated. Five primal dragons rose valiantly beside the titan-forged Keeper Tyr to combat this threat. Though the fight was desperate, Galakrond fell by their teeth and talons, and the five were chosen to become protectors of Azeroth. The titans gifted Nozdormu, Ysera, Alexstrasza, Malygos, and Neltharion with Order magic, transforming them into the Aspects: powerful dragons with command of time, nature, life, magic, even the earth itself. Other primal dragons followed on their path, and, imbued with the titans’ power, the dragonflights rose to shape the world and serve the Aspects.

That is the tale the dragonflights have always told . . . but it is not the whole story.

For as Alexstrasza and her flights set to reshaping Azeroth, not all of dragonkind sees Order magic as a gift. Spurning the titans’ interference, a group of rebel primal dragons are imbued with the elemental powers of the planet and are reborn as the Incarnates. Led by Iridikron, the Incarnates believe that dragonkind should be subservient to no one. They foment a rebellion against the Aspects: what they are and all they represent.

Despite the efforts of Alexstrasza and her primal friend Vyranoth to preserve peace, both sides slip closer to violence, as dragons are forced to choose a side or be swept up in the growing conflict. With battle lines and allegiances drawn, the war among dragonkind shakes the foundation of the world. Both sides realize they will have to make sacrifices to secure the future of their kind, sacrifices that will cascade through the ages.

Natsume’s Book of Friends Vol.1 by Yuki Midorikawa

Takashi Natsume can see the spirits and demons that hide from the rest of humanity. He has always been set apart from other people because of his gift, drifting from relative to relative, never fitting in. Now he’s a troubled high school student who has come to live in the small town where his grandmother grew up. And there he discovers that he has inherited more than just the Sight from the mysterious Reiko.

When Reiko was Takashi’s age, she bound the names of demons and spirits in her Book of Friends, enslaving them to her capricious whim. Now Takashi is the owner of the book, and the creatures will do anything to get their names back.

The African Samurai by Craig Shreve

In 1579, a Portuguese trade ship sails into port at Kuchinotsu, Japan, loaded with European wares and weapons. On board is Father Alessandro Valignano, an Italian priest and Jesuit missionary whose authority in central and east Asia is second only to the pope’s. Beside him is his protector, a large and imposing East African man. Taken from his village as a boy, sold as a slave to Portuguese mercenaries, and forced to fight in wars in India, the young but experienced soldier is haunted by memories of his past.

From Kuchinotsu, Father Valignano leads an expedition pushing inland toward the capital city of Kyoto. A riot brings his protector in front of the land’s most powerful warlord, Oda Nobunaga. Nobunaga is preparing a campaign to complete the unification of a nation that’s been torn apart by over one hundred years of civil war. In exchange for permission to build a church, Valignano “gifts” his protector to Nobunaga, and the young East African man is reminded once again that he is less of a human and more of a thing to be traded and sold.

After pledging his allegiance to the Japanese warlord, the two men from vastly different worlds develop a trust and respect for one another. The young soldier is granted the role of samurai, a title that has never been given to a foreigner; he is also given a new name: Yasuke. Not all are happy with Yasuke’s ascension. There are whispers that he may soon be given his own fief, his own servants, his own samurai to command. But all of his dreams hinge on his ability to protect his new lord from threats both military and political, and from enemies both without and within.

A magnificent reconstruction and moving study of a lost historical figure, The African Samurai is an enthralling narrative about the tensions between the East and the West and the making of modern Japan, from which rises the most unlikely hero.

The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly—she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.

Days at the Morisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa

Twenty-five-year-old Takako has enjoyed a relatively easy existence—until the day her boyfriend Hideaki, the man she expected to wed, casually announces he’s been cheating on her and is marrying the other woman. Suddenly, Takako’s life is in freefall. She loses her job, her friends, and her acquaintances, and spirals into a deep depression. In the depths of her despair, she receives a call from her distant uncle Satoru.

An unusual man who has always pursued something of an unconventional life, especially after his wife Momoko left him out of the blue five years earlier, Satoru runs a second-hand bookshop in Jimbocho, Tokyo’s famous book district. Takako once looked down upon Satoru’s life. Now, she reluctantly accepts his offer of the tiny room above the bookshop rent-free in exchange for helping out at the store. The move is temporary, until she can get back on her feet. But in the months that follow, Takako surprises herself when she develops a passion for Japanese literature, becomes a regular at a local coffee shop where she makes new friends, and eventually meets a young editor from a nearby publishing house who’s going through his own messy breakup.

But just as she begins to find joy again, Hideaki reappears, forcing Takako to rely once again on her uncle, whose own life has begun to unravel. Together, these seeming opposites work to understand each other and themselves as they continue to share the wisdom they’ve gained in the bookshop.

I hope you enjoyed the Books On My Winter 2022-2023 To-Read List. What books are you hoping to read this winter?

22 Comments

  1. This looks like a fun TBR. I hope they are all good.

    1. Author

      Thank you. I hope they live up to my expectations.

  2. Love your list and the different genres here. Happy reading 🙂 The African Samurai looks so interesting

    1. Author

      Thank you. I always try to read a mix of genres.

  3. I rarely read the books on my seasonal TBRs either, but still have fun putting them together. Thanks so much for visiting my website this week AND I hope you enjoy all of these. 🙂

    1. Author

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who tends to enjoy making the seasonal lists but not necessarily reading them. Thank you.

  4. I highly recommend The African Samurai and Spy x Family! I enjoyed both books this summer. May you have a wonderful winter of reading!

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
    https://readbakecreate.com/winter-2024-tbr-ten-books-i-hope-to-read/

    1. Author

      Glad to hear you enjoyed them. I can’t wait to read them. Thank you.

  5. Oooh, the dinosaur book looks really interesting, I’ve added it to my TBR! Clan of the Cave Bear is one of my favorite books, I hope you like it!

    1. Author

      Glad I inspired you to pick add that one to your TBR. What I’ve read of it has been really interesting. Thanks, I hope I enjoy it too, it’s a book I’ve been meaning to read for years.

  6. It is so good to see Clan of the Cave Bear on a TBR list.

    I have not thought about Earth’s Children series in a long time, and I had thoroughly enjoyed it. Makes me want to re-read the series!

    1. Author

      Older books don’t tend to make these kind of lists very often. I know a lot of people who loved the series and its one I have been meaning to read for forever. Maybe it’s time for a reread!

  7. Looks like an interesting and adventurous Winter TBR! Hope you enjoy all of your selections and thanks for visiting my TTT!

    1. Author

      Thank you. It should be a lot of fun reading.

  8. Looks like you’ve got some fun reading ahead of you. Enjoy!

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

    1. Author

      Thank you. I’ve really looking forward to these books.

  9. Great list! I love Clan of the Cave Bear – I read that when I was way younger than I should have read it, but it’s an amazing story and I’ve read it so many times since then. The dinosaur book looks really intriguing, so I’ll have to add that one to my TBR. And I love the vibrant colors and designs of the other covers! Enjoy your winter reading.

    1. Author

      Thank you. It`s actually embarrassing how long I`ve had that book on my TBR but I`m excited to finally read it. The dinosaur one is interesting so far but I`m only a couple chapters in.

  10. Nice list! I love bookstore or bookshop books. Thanks for visiting on Tuesday.

    1. Author

      Thank you. The bookshop setting genres is growing on me and I want to read more books like that.

  11. A great looking tbr. All the manga looks really interesting.

    1. Author

      Thank you. I really love reading manga and hope to get these and start them soon.

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