Top 10 Tuesday: New Books on my TBR List


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I’ve been trying to keep my amazon book wish list relatively pruned down to the books I *really* want, carefully curating my list, including descriptions and reasons for everything and weeding books out as I lose interest in them. But then I read blog posts with book recommendations and start salivating and going #allthebooks  and find my list exploding with unfettered potential again. I’m currently at a not quite pruned state so a lot of the books mentioned here were added very recently and have not been terribly well vetted and investigated. This is by no means, “The books I’m going to read next!!!!” These are the books that most recently waggled their eyebrows at me all suggestively and managed to find their way onto my list of books I’m hoping the magical book fairies will leave me. /Explanation.

Here are the Top 10 Books which were recently added to my wishlist:

51fwofyhf4L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Jennifer E. Smith is kind of having a moment in the blogisphere right now. We’re all swooning over her love stories and if we’re going to be honest, her cover art. Her books just look like you want to read them immediately and tell all your friends. Or maybe never tell your friends. I have a few of her books on my list, but This is What Happy Looks Like just recently found it’s way there after reading a review with a more thorough description that had me all, “Wait, it’s about what??? How am I not reading this yet????”

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

61BMpmDw23L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_I think I’ve probably heard about The Man In High Castle by Phillip K. Dick a few times now – it’s a tv show on Amazon as well as a book and I’m told I need to experience both and can’t decide which I want to experience first. I mentioned it casually to my husband the other day and he’s heard of it as well and is intrigued. Imagine if America lost World War II and now Nazi Germany and Japan basically own us. This is what that would look like.

51mTOJy+P2L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_You guys know that when Marissa Meyer writes a book, I’m going to be there with bells on. I just heard about her newest project, Heartless, which is about The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland before she became the Queen of Hearts and yeah, I’m all over that business. It won’t be released until November 2016 though so I’m going to have a long wait. Which means I’ll have to make due by finally reading Winter as soon as I can allow myself to walk that closely to the end of the Lunar Chronicles. I’m having weird reluctance there for some reason. I don’t want it to end, guys!

51Ck+KNuRTL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_I think Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy might have mentioned this next one, because she’s usually Suspect # Probably when it comes to me and my book wish list exploding. The Summer Before The War by Helen Simonson (of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand fame) sounds like the next historical fiction book to make my book club swoon.

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.

When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking—and attractive—than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing.

But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.

41MDPRGpAML._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a bookish woman in possession of good taste must be in want of a Jane Austen inspired novel to read. I’m certainly no exception. Curtis Sittenfeld is releasing a novel called Eligible in April 2016 that is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I know there are no shortages of modern retellings of Jane Austen novels, especially Pride and Prejudice, but I don’t care. I’ll be there with bells on.

41SWP08EYTL._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_Fingersmith by Sarah Waters was highly praised by a book blogger recently, sorry I can’t remember which one. What I do remember is that her gushing about this book was strong enough that I added it to my wish list immediately. It doesn’t hurt that the cover is beautiful. It definitely sounds super Dickensian, specifically, Oliver Twistian but that isn’t a bad thing.

Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a “baby farmer,” who raised her with unusual tenderness, as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby’s household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves—fingersmiths—for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home.

One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives—Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud’s vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be disposed of—passed off as mad, and made to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylum.

With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways…But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.

51GjUbF6dPL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_I’m pretty sure I’ve seen The Truth According To Us by Annie Barrows pop up on book blogs for ages, but then I heard it being compared to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and I was all like, “I’ll take two.” It’s got a similar root story of a female writer finds herself smack dab in the middle of a very small town and thinks she’ll be bored but finds herself loving it and learning more than she imagined.

51cU1DvID8L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_I think The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett is a book I heard about on a late night talk show and was googling and adding it to my wish list while the author was talking. I do that sometimes.

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

51V0W1ODnkL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_So, Anyway… by John Cleese is definitely a book that found it’s way to my wishlist while watching him on a late late show. When I saw him on Stephen Colbert’s show and they had the Dictator Hat-off, I pretty much fell madly in love and would have bought anything he was selling. Large furry hats have that effect on me apparently.

Then he talked about his book and I was like, ” I should read that.” I’m guessing my husband would read it, too, as he’s already legitimately a John Cleese fan – I’m late to the party, but ready to catch up.

51Kn2ohB8FL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Lastly, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman is a science fiction kind of apocalyptic book that sounds like it has enough humor and levity to keep me from being a flight risk.

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

What books are on your TBR list right now?

5 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday: New Books on my TBR List”

  1. Mariela Avatar

    I love The Man In The High Castle ( The TV Show) I need to finish the book. I started it, but since I couldn’t wait to see the show , I finish the show first and now I don’t care to read it because I know what is going to happen. But I will finish it this year.
    I wish they publish a paperback edition with the Kindle cover.
    My TTT.


  2. Caitlin Stern Avatar

    I do that, too–add a bunch of books to my TBR, usually a few at a time, then realize it’s gotten (more) out of control, and cut out books. Then repeat. 🙂

    I want to read Heartless and Illuminae, when I have the chance.


  3. Kate @ Mom's Radius Avatar

    Heartless and Eligible. Yes!!! I can’t wait for those two books. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart was good. I read it last week. Same with This Is What Happy Looks Like. I finished both in two days. I’m sure you’ll love them. The Truth According to Us was a bit harder. It took me weeks to get through, and I had to switch to audio when the book was due back to the library. I’m not sure which was better. I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it.


  4. _giovannard Avatar

    The Anatomical Shape of a Heart(Night Owls), sounds so good! I can’t wait to read it! Great Top 10!

    My TTT! 🙂


  5. Allyson Avatar

    I love that way you have your post set up! Great list 🙂

    My TTT.