Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week’s theme is all about the best books I’ve recently added to my TBR list and why I’ve added them.
I am continually adding new books to my TBR and my to buy lists. I am actually doing this post based on the newest additions to my to buy list, which includes old books, new books, and those awaiting release. Just so you’re aware. I’m doing this because my TBR books are those I actually own, and I’m not allowed to buy any new ones (or, I’m not meant to).
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Seed loves you. Seed will never let you go.
Fifteen-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life protected within the small community at Seed, where they worship Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S. When some outsiders arrive, everything changes. Pearl experiences feelings that she never knew existed and begins to realise that there is darkness at the heart of Seed. A darkness from which she must escape, before it's too late.
I discovered this book during the #YAtakeover on Twitter and I have been excited to read ever since. I’ve got a few other books to read first before I buy this one, but I know this is one I want to read. It sounds dark and I’ve been warned to have tissues at the ready, but it just sounds so intense and absorbing that I need it in my life.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Seventeen-year-old Tamsen Baird didn’t set out to become a teenage widow. All she did was fall in love and get married. But when her nineteen-year-old husband, Noah, dies suddenly in the middle of the night, her whole life changes. Now Tam is forced to return to the existence she thought she’d left behind—beginning with moving back home and finishing high school. But in order to overcome her loss and find her way forward, she’ll need to reinvent herself and reach out to others in ways she never imagined. She’ll need to open herself up to living—and even loving—again.
In Young Widows Club, Alexandra Coutts depicts a teenager whose struggle with grief and disappointment is heartbreakingly real and, in the end, powerfully uplifting.
This is a book that sounds both incredibly appealling and a little bit daunting. It sounds so interesting, though, that I can’t help but want to read it. Even though it hasn’t been published in the UK I am eyeing up copies online to order and I know I shouldn’t but it’s hard to talk myself out of it.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.
Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.
When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.
This book sounds like my kind of book. I’ve seen good and middling reviews for it, but I don’t care, I want to read it. It’s another YA contemporary, I know, but that’s what I’ve been browsing lately, you know?
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.
But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with theWayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptillian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful - exactly what Rosemary wants.
Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They'll earn enough money to live comfortably for years... if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful.
But Rosemary isn't the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.
I blame Twitter for my strong need to read this book. The cover kept popping up on my feed (I think the puclisher kept tweeting about it) and I thought it was so pretty every time and eventually I just thought, screw it, let’s find out what this book is about. After that I have been obsessively checking the shelves at my local bookshop for it because if I happen to stumble across it on the shelf it would be rude not to buy.
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Fate brought them together. Will life tear them apart? Devorah is a consummate good girl who has never challenged the ways of her strict Hasidic upbringing. Jaxon is a fun-loving, book-smart nerd who has never been comfortable around girls (unless you count his four younger sisters). They've spent their entire lives in Brooklyn, on opposite sides of the same street. Their paths never crossed...until one day, they did.
When a hurricane strikes the Northeast, the pair becomes stranded in an elevator together, where fate leaves them no choice but to make an otherwise risky connection. Though their relationship is strictly forbidden, Devorah and Jaxon arrange secret meetings and risk everything to be together. But how far can they go? Just how much are they willing to give up?
This book was a complete surprise of a discovery and I can’t remember what article I was reading, but I feel it was Book Riot, but I just needed this book in my life like crazy. This book certainly sounds original and I cannot wait to buy it and start reading.
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
A breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor
Strange the Dreamer is the story of:
the aftermath of a war between gods and men.
a mysterious city stripped of its name.
a mythic hero with blood on his hands.
a young librarian with a singular dream.
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled.
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.
Welcome to Weep.
So, technically this book isn’t out until September and it has been on my radar ever since it was announced Laini Taylor had a new book coming out, but now we have a book tital and a proposed release date and so I will be buying this. This will be pre-ordered I want this book that much. Just so you know.
Genre: Chick-Lit, Romance, Contemporary
The International Bestseller
Sara is 28 and has never been outside Sweden – except in the (many) books she reads. When her elderly penfriend Amy invites her to come and visit her in Broken Wheel, Iowa, Sara decides it’s time. But when she arrives, there’s a twist waiting for her – Amy has died. Finding herself utterly alone in a dead woman’s house in the middle of nowhere was not the holiday Sara had in mind.
But Sara discovers she is not exactly alone. For here in this town so broken it’s almost beyond repair are all the people she’s come to know through Amy’s letters: poor George, fierce Grace, buttoned-up Caroline and Amy’s guarded nephew Tom.
Sara quickly realises that Broken Wheel is in desperate need of some adventure, a dose of self-help and perhaps a little romance, too. In short, this is a town in need of a bookshop.
This book I stumbled across a few weeks ago and I really want to read. It looks like there is a UK paperback being released in August so I will wait until then to get reading, but this books appeals to me on so many levels. The main appeal is it is a book about books, I love it!
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
As their senior year approaches, four diverse friends joined by their weekly Dungeons & Dragons game struggle to figure out real life. Archie's trying to cope with the lingering effects of his parents' divorce, Mari's considering an opportunity to contact her biological mother, Dante's working up the courage to come out to his friends, and Sam's clinging to a failing relationship. The four eventually embark on a cross-country road trip in an attempt to solve--or to avoid--their problems.
Told in the narrative style of Akira Kurosawa's RASHOMAN, AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES is at turns geeky, funny, and lyrical as it tells a story about that time in life when friends need each other to become more than just people that hang out.
Look, this book sounds good okay. I know it’s another contemporary, but I have found so many good ones lately I really want to read. ALso, I like the fact thes is all about four friends who play Dungeons & Dragons, the geekiness of the concept appeals to me.
Other Broking Things – C. Desir
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
From the author of Bleed Like Me, which Booklist called edgy, dark, and turbulent with passion comes another compelling and gritty novel about addiction and forbidden romance, starring a fearless, unforgettable heroine.
Natalie's not an alcoholic. She doesn't have a problem. Everybody parties, everybody does stupid things, like getting in their car when they can barely see. Still, with six months of court-ordered AA meetings required, her days of vodka-filled water bottles are over.Unfortunately, her old friends want the party girl or nothing. Even her up-for-anything ex seems more interested in rehashing the past than actually helping Nat.
But then a recovering alcoholic named Joe inserts himself into Nat's life, and things start looking up. Joe is funny, he's smart, and he calls her out in a way no one ever has.
He's also older. A lot older.
Nat's connection to Joe is overwhelming, but so are her attempts to fit back into her old world, all while battling the constant urge to crack a bottle and blur that one thing she's been desperate to forget.
Now, in order to make a different kind of life, Nat must pull together her broken parts and learn to fight for herself.
This book (another contemporary) just sounds interesting. The concept of a teenager going to AA intrigues me because there are teenagers drinking too much and partying too hard, beyond the point of it being normal teenage rebellion. Then the slightly weird idea of her spednign time with an older guy whilst she is trying to figure out who she’s going to be if not a wild party girl. ALl of it just appeals to me.
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
This just in: romance takes center stage as West End theatre's Richard Troy steps out with none other than castmate Elaine Graham
Richard Troy used to be the hottest actor in London, but the only thing firing up lately is his temper. We all love to love a bad boy, but Richard's antics have made him Enemy Number One, breaking the hearts of fans across the city.
Have the tides turned? Has English rose Lainie Graham made him into a new man?
Sources say the mismatched pair has been spotted at multiple events, arm in arm and hip to hip. From fits of jealousy to longing looks and heated whispers, onlookers are stunned by this blooming romance.
Could the rumors be right? Could this unlikely romance be the real thing? Or are these gifted stage actors playing us all?
This is not, technically, a new addition to my TBR shelf, but it is one that is so high up there on my to buy list that I am pretty sure I will buy it soon regardless of my book buying ban rules because that is how much I want this book in my life. You do not even understand how much I want to read it after all the good thigns I’ve heard about it.
Have you got any books you’re so excited to buy you can barely contain yourself? And do you find yourself getting stuck in one genre when browsing books because that’s what you craving at that moment?