Welcome one, welcome all, to Top Ten Tuesday! For those who are unaware (or who might need a reminder) Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by book bloggers and list lovers, The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted fantastically by Jana from That Artsy Girl! Each week a topic is chosen for bloggers to respond to.
I haven’t participated in a Top Ten Tuesday for a couple of months but I couldn’t pass up on this week’s topic since there are so many anticipated reads that I had recently came across my reading radar. In case it wasn’t already obvious, this week’s topic is The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List. I usually rank the selections for Top Ten Tuesday but since this week’s topic is about the most recent things added to your TBR I thought we could mix it up from my usual ways and go from the most recent to least recent (of ten) books added to my TBR list. These were all added in this last month so… I need to stop growing my TBR, clearly. Let’s waste no more time and dive straight in…
1. The Beholder by Anna Bright
I’d heard this was a retelling by way of Cinderella meets The Odyssey but a lot of advance readers seem to be disputing that marketing claim. To me, I’m getting similar vibes as The Selection by Kiera Cass – so it’s no surprise to see that Cass has blurbed this book. Regardless of whether the marketing pitch is accurate or not, I’m still intrigued by this one because… ok, fine, I was lured in by the pretty cover and the promise of voyage by sea, ok?! But I mean, come on, look at it.
2. Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures by Stephen Fry
The second of the ‘Stephen Fry takes on Greek mythology’ books, this one seems to concentrate on the heroes of the piece, rather than the gods which his previous Mythos focused on. I’m intrigued to read both and I’m sure I’ll pick up a copy of this via audiobook because there’s just quite a comforting thing abut listening to Stephen Fry narrating anything – this is definitely solely a byproduct of his Harry Potter audiobook narration, but I’m looking forward to seeing if that translates well into retelling myths and legends.
3. Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton
I LOVED Tessa Gratton’s The Queens of Innis Lear and I had NO idea she was writing another book based on Shakespearean characters but I’m SO excited to hear she is! I don’t know what to expect from this one though since I think this is set in Innis Lear so I’m curious how that will affect the source material she’s drawing from Henry IV (which is one of my fave Shakespeare plays). I cannot wait for this one, though I’m seeing conflicting things about when it is being published – hopefully sooner rather than later!
4. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
I fully intended to pick this one up during the Winter Biannual Bibiliothon that took place earlier this month. One of the challenges was to read a favourite book of one of the readathon hosts and I settled on this one because I’d never heard anything about it and it was available on Scribd as an audiobook. Needless to say, I never made it through all of my readathon TBR but it still meant I added this title to my overall TBR list so hopefully I’ll get to it soon.
5. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Probably against my better judgement, I ended up loving Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game so when I saw she had another book due to be released I made sure to add it to my TBR. I’m less sure about the synopsis for this one though, but we’ll see since I wasn’t 100% sold on The Hating Game either and look how THAT turned out…
6. Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
When I read It’s Not Me, It’s You in 2016 on a complete whim, I didn’t expect to enjoy it nearly as much as I did, but Mhairi McFarlane’s wickedly funny writing style won be over completely. Since then I’ve added a few of her books to my TBR, including this one which was published recently. I know nothing about it but zeroed in on this line of the synopsis so I think you can tell where my head’s at: “Lucas has not only grown into a broodingly handsome man, but also has turned into an actual grown-up with a business and a dog along the way.” I mean…
7. Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orïsha, #2) by Tomi Adeyemi
Unsurprisingly, I really enjoyed the first book in this series Children of Blood and Bone when I finally got to it at the very end of 2018. I thought it was pretty damn good in terms of worldbuilding and character development and, yeah, sure the actual structure of it and the plotting was a little trope-y but tropes are there for a reason and I am a sucker for them, to be honest. I can’t wait to see where the second book will take these characters and how it will draw on the solid foundation of the first book.
8. Kingsbane (Empirium, #2) by Claire Legrand
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, Furyborn, and I can’t wait for the sequel, Kingsbane, so OBVIOUSLY this one is on my TBR list. To be honest, what most surprises me about this one is that I only just added it onto my TBR in the last month… clearly I am slacking on making sure I keep up with news of sequels’ releases! But now it’s on my radar, I won’t be taking my eye off it – hopefully it will be released in 2019 like Goodreads seems to think!
9. Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
Yet another YA fantasy on my list but this one is, wait for it (I’m willing to wait for it), a STANDALONE. Yes, you heard that right, all of the story is told within one (1) singular book. Unheard of, right? That shouldn’t be enough of a draw to make me add it to my TBR but um in this day and age it kind of is?! It makes it refreshing at least… and even if the synopsis sounds a tiny bit trope-y, I’m really hoping this one takes my expectations and walks all over them, proving me wrong. If nothing else, it promises “A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.” Um yes please?
10. The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy, #2) by S.A. Chakraborty
I’m a broken record but… I really enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, City of Brass, and I can’t wait to see what S.A. Chakraborty does with this sequel. The books themselves are STUNNING hardbacks and if that wasn’t reason enough to aimlessly add a book to your TBR list then I don’t know what IS. No, seriously, I’m excited to see where the story goes in this book so obviously I’m keeping an eye on it and I actually even pre-ordered this one so GO ME for remembering to get hyped about a sequel in advance of its actual publication!
There we have it, folks, those were the ten most recent additions to my TBR. Which books have you added to your TBR recently? Do you have a Top Ten Tuesday list of your own? Be sure to link it in the comments below!