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Seasonal TBR Jar — Spring Surprises!

March 14, 2019

Spring is here in just a few days (YAY! Goodbye, winter!), and that means it’s time for another seasonal TBR jar! If you didn’t see my first post in this series back in September, I’ll give a quick rundown:

The seasonal TBR jar is a series idea I came up with in which, every season, I make a list of books from my owned TBR that fit the “mood” of that season! Then, throughout the next three months, I will randomly pull titles from that jar to motivate me to work on my backlist.

My winter theme was graphic novels, anthologies, novellas, and contemporary titles, and these are the titles I marked off the list during winter:

  • Fence, Vol. 1 — C. S. Pacat ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • At the Cemetery Gates: Vol. 2 — John Brhel & Joe Sullivan ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Sea Was a Fair Master — Calvin Demmer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • We Should All Be Feminists — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ⭐⭐
  • The Lost Sisters — Holly Black ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Dead Lake — Darcy Coates ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Damaged Goods — Talia Hibbert ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Witching Hour Theatre — Jonathan Janz ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • It Ends With Us — Colleen Hoover ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My winter jar had 40 titles in total, so I’d say 9/40 (or 22.5%) is pretty good!

Now, for my spring jar:

In spring, I really like fun reads, whether they’re fluffy, cute, or just quick-paced. Because of that, I decided to have 4 categories of 10 titles each again:
1. graphic novels & manga
2. YA contemporary
3. romance
4. horror shorts (150pg or less)

(you can view my shelf with all of these titles here!)

Graphic novels & manga:

  1. Unnatural, Vol. 1 — Mirka Andolfo
  2. Moonstruck, Vol. 1 — Grace Ellis
  3. Bingo Love  — Tee Franklin
  4. Tales from the Darkside — Joe Hill
  5. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me — Mariko Tamaki
  6. Spell on Wheels — Kate Leth
  7. The Witch Boy — Molly Ostertag
  8. Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition, Vol. 3 — Natsuki Takaya (reread)
  9. Nailbiter, Vol. 1 — Joshua Williamson
  10. Ten Count, Vol. 2 — Rihito Takarai

YA contemporary:

  1. With the Fire on High — Elizabeth Acevedo
  2. Hope and Other Punchlines — Julie Buxbaum
  3. A Heart in a Body in the World — Deb Caletti
  4. Starry Eyes — Jenn Bennett
  5. Once and For All — Sarah Dessen
  6. How to Make Friends with the Dark — Kathleen Glasgow
  7. Broken Beautiful Hearts — Kami Garcia
  8. Let Me Hear a Rhyme — Tiffany D. Jackson
  9. If I’m Being Honest — Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
  10. Heroine — Mindy McGinnis


  1. Rebel — Beverly Jenkins
  2. The Takeover Effect — Nisha Sharma
  3. The Right Swipe — Alisha Rai
  4. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune — Roselle Lim
  5. Things You Save in a Fire — Katherine Center
  6. The Unhoneymooners — Christina Lauren
  7. Untouchable — Talia Hibbert
  8. A Princess in Theory — Alyssa Cole
  9. Criminal Intentions S1E1: The Cardigans — Cole McCade
  10. Rock — Anyta Sunday

Horror shorts:

  1. Throttle — Joe Hill & Stephen King
  2. Pretty Marys All in a Row — Gwendolyn Kiste
  3. The Visible Filth — Nathan Ballingrud
  4. The Green Mile, Part 1 — Stephen King
  5. Fortune Box — Madeleine Swann
  6. Jack & Jill — Kealan Patrick Burke
  7. Mapping the Interior — Stephen Graham Jones
  8. The Girl Who Hid in the Trees — Steve Stred
  9. Dream Woods — Patrick Lacey
  10. Splatterpunk Forever — Jack Bantry & Kit Power

Is there anything on this list you’re crossing your fingers I pull out of the jar? Let me know in the comments!


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  • Reply ✩ Ashley ✩ March 14, 2019 at 9:38 am

    How fun!!! I hope you pull out With the Fire on High and Starry Eyes (okay I feel like ContemporApril is going to be a fun month of this is my mood!) ?

  • Reply Alyssa March 14, 2019 at 9:55 am

    So fun! The Green Mile is a personal favorite of mine–so much better than the movie version, I think. I hope you enjoy these!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 30, 2019 at 8:43 pm

      Ooooh, that’s saying a lot because I really like the film! 😀 I’m looking forward to seeing how different it is. Thank you!

  • Reply Briana Prieto March 14, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Fortune Box was awesome. Enjoy!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 30, 2019 at 8:43 pm

      Excellent! I haven’t talked to anyone who’s read it before you, I don’t think. I’m glad you dug it 🙂

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators March 14, 2019 at 10:54 am

    I really enjoyed Starry Eyes! And I’m so excited for With The Fire on High and If I’m Being Honest! I hope you love them all!

  • Reply anovelglimpse March 14, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    I hope you get to read Starry Eyes, Once and For All, and The Unhoneymooners. I loved those three!

  • Reply Jordyn March 14, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    It’s so awesome that SO MANY of your winter picks were 5 stars! Fingers crossed that carries over into spring, haha. I hope you pick Heroine!! I’m definitely planning to pick that one up as soon as it comes out.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 30, 2019 at 8:43 pm

      I read the first chapter of Heroine a couple of nights ago and it was immediately so intriguing!!

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  • Reply Giselle March 14, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    So many that I want to read here! I wish I could get 5 more hours in a day just to read 😀

  • Reply jess @ crowing about books March 14, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    I haven’t read most of these, but I enjoyed Starry Eyes (and I’m not usually a romance reader)!

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  • Reply Avery @ RedRocketPanda March 14, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Looking forward to you reading Moonstruck. It’s such a nice squishy book with great Spring aesthetics!

  • Reply zoe attempts to read !!! March 14, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    this is such a great idea!! i hope you pull the unhoneymooners, if i’m being honest, and untouchable!!

  • Reply evelynreads1 March 15, 2019 at 3:25 am

    This is such a fun idea! I hope you enjoy all that you read!

  • Reply Laura Beth March 15, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Heroine, The Green Mile, and Things You Save in a Fire!!

  • Reply CJR The Brit March 17, 2019 at 3:26 am

    I really enjoyed my last Christina Lauten book hope you enjoy the Unhoneymooners!

  • Reply anovelidea March 17, 2019 at 5:57 am

    This is such a great idea! I hope you manage to get through a fair portion of your TBR, and I’m looking forward to hearing all about your upcoming reads!!

  • Reply Fadwa @ Word Wonders March 17, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Ohhh you have so many great choices on here!! I hope you love those you get around to reading <3

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  • Reply Annemieke March 18, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    I haven’t read any of these but heard great things about Witch Boy. And Fortune Box has such a interesting cover. It really draws your eye.

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