Top Ten Tuesday: Recent TBR Additions

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Well, well, well. We meet again! Today is Tuesday and we all know what that means . . . A LIST! Tuesday is rapidly becoming my favourite days of the week, I must say. There’s is no greater joy in the world (apart from Harry Potter and chocolate) than making lists.

Top Ten Tuesday (or TTT) is a weekly bookish meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish where a new topic is listed for every up-coming Tuesday and we bloggers get to make a list and share them around. It’s an horrendous bucket of fun. Anyone can join so do link up on the official page if you make your list so everyone can admire how beautiful your post is!

This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

Now, my TBR (which you can view in full HERE on Goodreads) are the books that I own. So if I were to stick with the guidelines here I’d be making a rehashing of my latest book haul. So! Instead I’m going to make this list based off my “sound good” shelf on Goodreads – this shelf is my way of cataloging books I think sound good and would like to buy in the future once I’ve defeated some more books on my enormous TBR.

So I don’t actually own any of the following books . . . yet. Why do I bother distinguishing between the book I do and do not own? Because on my “sound good” shelf there are over 400 books, and on my “to read” shelf there are just over 150 (shh, I’m working on it). It helps to organise my reading life, basically. This list is in order of the latest books I’ve added to this shelf. Let’s get to it!


Fablehaven by Brandon Mull


For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite. {continued on Goodreads}

Goodreads summary

I keep seeing this book everywhere, it’s obviously a very popular book but I myself haven’t heard much about it in my daily wanderings. I watched a video where someone hauled this book recently and decided that that was it and I needed to add this to a list. From what I can tell this is a Fantasy, Middlegrade/Children’s Fiction novel.

It sounds like a super fun book so I can’t wait for the day when I buy it!



Life After Life by Kate Atkinson


On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. {continued on Goodreads}

Goodreads summary

I’ve seen a lot of Atkinson’s work around lately, in particular her other book A God In Ruins, and I saw a review of this book and thought it sounded really interesting. It revolves around this character who dies on many occasions throughout the book and is reborn in different situations . . . at least I think that’s the premise. It’s something close if not.

This ‘rebirth’ idea really tickled my fancy and I think next time I see this at a good price and I feel like buying a book, this will be the one I get.



Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway


Jodi Marshall isn’t sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy no one seems to know. After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch of necromancers that are descendants of Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their veins. {continued on Goodreads}

Goodreads summary

I found this book on the Goodreads recommendations page and originally turned my nose up at it . . . and then went back to the page because I saw the ‘descendant of Medusa’ line in the description. I think this is an interesting sounding book, I don’t know if I’ll be buying or borrowing a copy of it any time soon but I’m certainly interested in what it has to offer.



The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. {continued on Goodreads}

Goodreads summary

Now, I’m sure this is a book that 99% of you have heard of. The movie has recently been released in Australia (and I got to see a premiere showing of it!) and is coming out soon in the USA . . I don’t know about everywhere else, sorry. It’s a post-apocalyptic movie where an alien invasion happens over the US and everyone dies, just about.

I really enjoyed the movie and was determined that I didn’t want to read the book (originally, the summary just did not appeal to me), but now I absolutely will be buying this in my next book haul. It is inevitable.



Rise of the Arcane Fire by Kristin Bailey


This is the sequel in The Secret Order series, the first book I’ve just recently read, Legacy of the Clockwork Key, and it was really awesome. This is a steampunk series set in the 1800s, London and it’s ridiculously enjoyable.

I won’t post a synopsis for this one as it is the second book in a series and that would spoil it for all you lovely people about to go and pick up a copy to read, yes?



Grounded by G. P. Ching


In Hemlock Hollow, life isn’t easy, but it is simple. Things in my community haven’t changed much in over three hundred years, since the time my Amish ancestors came to what is now the Green Republic. I milk my cow by hand, make fresh bread every morning, and hope to be courted by Jeremiah, a boy I’ve known since childhood. {continued on Goodreads}

Goodreads summary

I discovered this book via a Goodreads group that I moderate (Fantasy Lovers – feel free to join!) as someone mentioned it in one of our discussions. I think this sounds like there’s a lot of action and fun to be had within the pages and even the cover has a super dystopic feel to it. Next time I’m in the mood for some dystopian books I will throw this into the cart. However, for some reason it’s really expensive on The Book Depository at the moment >>sad face<< .



Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George


A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn…

Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. {continued on Goodreads}

Goodreads summary

This sounds like some kind of twisted historical fantasy, which I think will make for a really exciting read. If I’m being honest, anything that involves breaking a curse is right up my alley – especially if there are dragons involved . . .not that there are in this book, I’m just saying.

This was another book that I discovered via suggestions on my Goodreads group. In any case, it’s categorised as YA Fantasy: I’m in.



The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter


Every girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it’s Kate’s turn.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom – and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld – and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

I actually found this book whilst scrolling through some sales on the website Booktopia and I thought, hey ho, that looks like a lot of fun. At what point was I won over for this book? When Hades was mentioned. What is it with Greek Mythology that’s just so enticing? You will more than likely see this in a future book haul, I imagine.



Redeployment by Phil Klay


Phil Klay’s Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. {continued on Goodreads}

Goodreads summary

I first heard about this book on Regan’s YouTube channel, PeruseProject (specifically, in THIS video), and she has really similar interests to me when it comes to history. So of course her high praise of this book meant that I went and added it to my list. I think this will be a really powerful read and I will definitely buy it at some point in the future.

It would be great to get around to reading this book this year as this is a National Book Award winner and that is one of the criteria on Pop Sugar’s 2016 reading challenge!



Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit


Kraków, 1939. A million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. This is no place to grow up. Anna Łania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. She’s alone.

And then Anna meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve. And when the soldiers in the streets look at him, they see what he wants them to see. {continued on Goodreads}

Goodreads summary

Following on in the war theme, I recently discovered this book. I absolutely adore the cover and that made me want to check it out further. It sounds like it’s going to be a really powerful read and possibly quite sad seeing as it’s set during WWII and our protagonist is very young. This is another on this list that I will definitely be buying at some point!


Okay! That’s my list for this week. Lot’s of books to think about and probably buy in the near future.

What do you think? Have you read any of these books – I’d love to know your thoughts on them!

Have you made a list for this week’s TTT? Comment with your link down below so I can check it out!

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8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Recent TBR Additions

  1. I finished reading ‘Life After Life’ last week; I was interested in it for the same reason you were. I found it a bit slow to get started but it was fantastic once I reached about the 200 page mark. I liked it overall, but I think it was a bit long. I’m reading ‘A God In Ruins’ at the moment and it’s good too, but I don’t *quite* love it yet.
    Also, I read ‘The Gospel of Loki’ on the weekend and it was pretty great – he’s so sassy and up himself, but completely likeable. You should definitely read it.

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    1. Awesome, thanks! I think I will have to have a crack at one of her works to try it out and see what all the fuss is 🙂 and yay! I’m glad it was enjoyable. Can’t wait to read it now! (Good job on all those books you read for that marathon, btw!)


  2. I really want to read Anna and the Swallow Man too! SOMEDAY. And omg The 5th Wave…I feel awful about how behind I am with that one. XD Like there’s a movie and sequels and yet I haven’t even touched it??!? Gah What have I been doing with my life. 😛
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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    1. Haha there are so many books like that for me. *cough*TheLunaChronicles*cough*. Oh, the shame! And if you do get around to reading Anna and the Swallow Man I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for your cake-filled review!


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