The Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Added to My TBR
I think technically I was supposed to pick a genre for this week’s list, and I was going to list fantasies, but then the first few books that really caught my eye weren’t technically fantasies and I just decided to tell you about the books I’ve most recently gotten excited enough about to add them to my TBR.
For my descriptions of the books, I’m mostly telling you how or why I added them to my TBR, rather than just describing them (you can read the blurb for that). I was all ready to tell you that I don’t add books to my TBR willy-nilly anymore, but as soon as I started looking at my TBR, I realized that a lot of these books were added on a whim. Seriously, you guys need to help me with my TBR sickness before it crushes me completely!
(These are listed in the order that I added them to my TBR, starting with the latest. Links go to Goodreads.)
1. Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
This sounds like my type of sci-fi. I tend to lean toward character-based sci-fi (that sometimes feels a bit like fantasy) and this book seems like it will fit the bill quite nicely. I’m pretty sure I saw a NetGalley feature on this book and there was a rec written by Marie Lu and she made it sound amazing. Guess I’m proof that marketing works.
2. The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
I saw this book recently on an email ad I received for BEA and I was sold as soon as I saw Neil Patrick Harris wrote it. I mean, it has a cute cover and Neil Patrick Harris wrote it. That’s all I needed to know to add it to my TBR. I mean, I guess I kind of skimmed the blurb … it’s about magic… or something.
3. Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
Um, okay this book I once again chose based solely on the author and the cover. But at least this time it’s an author I love and not just an actor who I’ve never read anything by. I’m fairly certain that if Jodi Meadows wrote it, I’ll love it! Oh, and do you see that cover? (I actually got this book from Edelweiss without reading the blurb at all. I literally just read it a moment ago and thought, Oh, I had no idea what this book is about but it sounds really good. Seriously, Nicole?)
4. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Finally, a book that I added to my TBR on actual, solid advice. I saw a review for this book on It Starts at Midnight and I was intrigued enough to check it out further. The comic strip illustrations sealed the deal for me and I downloaded it from Edelweiss. I need to read this one stat!
5. The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins
I think I technically added this one to my TBR for a giveaway, but I had been planning to add it anyway. Ellen Hopkins spoke at a conference I went to last year, and I was very intrigued about this book because she was inspired by her own real life circumstances—her daughter was kidnapped by her husband and taken from her for three years. So sad! This little fact was enough to spark my interest in Hopkins and her books.
6. Dead Ed in My Head by Barbara Catchpole
This one was sent to me by Raven Books, and it sounds like a really fun read. It’s about a teenage boy who befriends an old man. Then when the old man dies, he speaks to the kid in his head and talks him through everyday life situations. Sounds interesting, right?
7. Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
Okay, I have a confession to make. I don’t remember adding this book to my TBR. I don’t remember where I saw it. I don’t remember reading the blurb, and the cover didn’t really spark any memories either. I did just read the blurb and it sounds good, and it’s by Kristin Cashore, who I’ve never read but who I’ve heard great things about. Maybe it was a giveaway? Wait, no, I think maybe I saw it on someone’s BEA list? Seriously, people, what on earth is the deal here? I have no idea. (But, yeah, it does look good.)
8. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
I resisted adding this book to my TBR for SO long. It just doesn’t seem like a me book (horror isn’t really my thing). But I finally gave in to the name Stephanie Perkins and decided I have to at least give it a try. If I’m being honest, though, I probably won’t go out of my way to pick it up right away.
9. Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni
Oh, wait! Now I know why I added Jane, Unlimited! (I know, I’m being totally stream of consciousness here and talking about the wrong book, but trust me, it’s related to this one.) There was a giveaway run by Penguin and books 7, 8 and 9 on this list (and I think 10 too?) were all added for that giveaway. The difference is that I read the blurb more carefully for this one before I added it because I’d never heard of the book OR of Peter Bognanni so I wanted to make sure there was a good chance I was going to like it before I added it. The blurb completely won me over—this sounds like the type of YA contemp I love!
10. Warcross by Marie Lu
Yikes! This book requires an even bigger confession. I have never read a book by Marie Lu, but I own like five or six of them. (My mom did read the Legend series and told me that it’s really good—I just haven’t gotten to it yet.) I keep buying them based on hype alone. What is wrong with me? I mean, I’m pretty sure I’ll like them, but shouldn’t I just buy one first to make sure? Knowing me, I’ll end up reading Warcross first, while the others still sit on my shelf waiting for me.
What books have you added to your TBR lately? I want to know!