Upcoming releases I’m on the fence about

That Artsy Reader Girl has hosted Top Ten Tuesday since January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists and talk about books be sure to check it out.

This week the topic is to talk about the upcoming releases we’re on the fence about. These are the books we need help deciding if they’re worth adding to our TBR or not.

When a book catches my eye I add it to my list of books on my computer. Then I might add it to my monthly “books on my list.” These are the things I ask myself before I decide to get a book:

  • How expensive is the digital edition. (Most of the books I’ve added are expensive [$9.99 or more] and from authors or series I haven’t read before. I don’t buy expensive books.)
  • I seldom buy books from authors I haven’t read before. I try to get a book from the library first.
  • If the book sounds like one that’s really my favorite type of book–then I might buy it if it’s less that $5.00 or if the library has the digital edition.
  • If the book has lots of good ratings especially from friends who like similar books to me then I will add the author to my app that tells me when books go on sale and I will continue to see if my library gets the book.

Science Fiction


Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik (comes out Feb 5)

This is science fiction and romance and I love science fiction, but am wary if too much romance is put in and takes over the story. I want more science fiction and adventure than romance so I’m still trying to decide.

Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear (come out Mar 5)

Science fiction and space opera–both categories I love and I’ve read Elizabeth Bear before and usually like her books, but it’s a new series and it’s over 500 pages. (I’m not enjoying long books so much at the moment). Not as expensive as some book, but still more expensive than I usually pay for a book unless I know it’s a series I love.


A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Murder by Victoria Hamilton (comes out Feb 8)

This is a historical mystery set in Regency England and that sounds so good, but there are lots of mysteries now set in Regency or Victorian England. No one has reviewed or rated this book yet which is sad for the book and author. Makes me want to give it a try.

The Murder Book by Lissa Marie Redmond (comes out Feb 8)

This is a police procedural which I love. It’s the second book in a series so I would try to read the first book (A Cold Day in Hell) first. I will probably try to get the book from the library (though they don’t have a digital copy which means I’m less likely to actually read the library book–since I like digital versions so much.)

Murder at the Palace by Margaret Dumas (comes out Feb 12)

When I first saw the title I thought it was about a palace, but it’s an old movie theater…lol. I like books that have a little twist like that. However, the book has a ghost in it and ghosts usually aren’t a paranormal aspect I enjoy. And it’s a cozy. I don’t read too many cozy mysteries at the moment.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley (comes out Feb 12)

Some people call this a thriller as well as a mystery and I’m not a fan of too many thrills! My imagination goes wild sometimes and especially if I’m alone I don’t like that these days…lol. So if anyone has read this let me know that there aren’t too many thrills.

Death in Provence by Serena Kent (comes out Feb 19)

This takes place in Provence, France which is something that makes me want to read the book, but since it’s a new author and is expensive I need to find it at the library.

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (comes out March 5)

I love Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway series, but this looks like a stand-alone mystery and I want to make sure she writes more Ruth Galloway mysteries. Again, it’s expensive so I have to find it on sale or at the library.


Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers (comes out Feb 5)

This is young adult fantasy and I’m just not reading much fantasy (unless it’s urban fantasy) or many young adult books. It sounds good, but I’m tired of the young adult angst found in some books so I’ll have to think more about this one! And read more reviews!

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde (comes out Feb 12)

Again, a fantasy which I’m not reading very much. However, I haven’t read any books by Jasper Fforde and I’ve read so many good reviews of his books. This might be a good book to try since it’s a stand-alone novel.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (comes out Feb 26)

This is an adult fantasy and I love the cover. I love reading about dragons, but again it’s expensive and I’m not reading many fantasies so…..

Have you read any of these books or authors? What do you think–should I move them further up my list of  books so I will continue to look for price drops?