Monday, March 30, 2015

10 Books I Just Added To My TBR List

This week's Top Ten Tuesday prompt at The Broke and the Bookish asks us to list 10 books we recently added to our to-read list. What a fun topic! It's nice to be able to share recent finds without actually committing to read them soon (as in a quarterly TBR list). And it's timely, too, as I just perused the latest issue of Library Journal and added several soon-to-be published works to my to-read list.

This is a completely random mix of old books and new releases and they're in no particular order. Hopefully one day I'll read them all! Do tell -- what new books have you found lately?
From the Goodreads summary:
"The dead can't speak to us," Professor Madoc had said. But that was a lie. Sometimes, only an outsider can get to the truth. Patrick has been on the outside all his life. Thoughtful, but different, infuriating even to his own mother, his life changes when he follows an obsession with death to study anatomy at university. When he uncovers a crime that everybody else was too close to see, he proves finally that he has been right all along: nothing is exactly as it seems. And that there have been many more lies closer to home...

*This is one of my Library Journal finds. The summary above neglects to mention that the main character has Asperger's. It sounds like a novel for people who like crime and mystery novels, but with a totally different type of detective. It's the book on this list I'm most excited to read.

  From the Goodreads summary:
In her New York Times bestselling debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages.

*I saw the sequel to this book on lots of Top Ten Tuesday spring TBR lists and I'm intrigued!

  From the Goodreads summary:
A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. In Wicked Plants, Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. It’s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. You’ll learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South), and which ones have been killing for centuries (like the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln's mother).

*This is another book I came across while browsing Top Ten Tuesday lists. The author also has a similar book about bugs.

  From the Goodreads summary:
Neil Gaiman meets Joe Hill in this astonishingly original, terrifying, and darkly funny contemporary fantasy.

*It's hard to tell exactly what this book is about from the two rather different plot summaries I read, but I'm intrigued as I like both Neil Gaiman and Joe Hill.

From the Goodreads summary:
Inspired by creating a library for his fifteenth-century home near the Loire, in France, the author tours from his childhood bookshelves to the Internet, from Ancient Egypt and Greece to the Arab world, from China and Rome to Google. He ponders the doomed library of Alexandria and personal libraries of Charles Dickens, Jorge Luis Borges, and others. He recounts stories of people who have struggled against tyranny to preserve freedom of thought -- the Polish librarian who smuggled books to safety as the Nazis began their destruction of Jewish libraries; the Afghani bookseller who kept his store open through decades of unrest. Oral “memory libraries” kept alive by prisoners, libraries of banned books, the imaginary library of Count Dracula, a library of books never written.

*Gotta love books about how awesome books are.

  From the Goodreads summary:
A vibrant tale of female boxers and their scheming patrons in 18th-century Bristol. The Fair Fight will take you from a filthy brothel to the finest houses in the town, from the world of street-fighters to the world of champions. Alive with the smells and the sounds of the streets, it is a raucous, intoxicating tale of courage, reinvention and fighting your way to the top.

*This book sounds awesome! It releases in a couple weeks and I'm looking forward to it.

  From the Goodreads summary:
From a real-life ambassador's wife comes a spectacular novel about the brutal kidnapping of an American woman living with her diplomat husband in the Middle East and the heartbreaking choices each must make in the hopes of being reunited.

*This novel comes out in July.

  From the Goodreads summary:
The Bookseller follows a woman in the 1960s who must reconcile her reality with the tantalizing alternate world of her dreams.

*"The Bookseller" is set in Denver and has the word "book" in the title, so it must be given a try.

  From the Goodreads summary:
Albert Podell set a record by going to every country on Earth. He achieved this by surviving riots, revolutions, civil wars, trigger-happy child soldiers, voodoo priests, robbers, pickpockets, corrupt cops, and Cape buffalo. He went around, under, or through every kind of earthquake, cyclone, tsunami, volcanic eruption, snowstorm, and sandstorm that nature threw at him. He ate everything from old camel meat and rats to dung beetles and the brain of a live monkey. And he overcame attacks by crocodiles, hippos, anacondas, giant leeches, flying crabs—and several beautiful girlfriends who insisted that he stop this nonsense and marry them.

Albert Podell’s Around the World in 50 Years is a remarkable and meaningful tale of quiet courage, dogged persistence, undying determination, and an uncanny ability to extricate himself from one perilous situation after another -- and return with some of the most memorable, frightening, and hilarious adventure stories you have ever read.

*A true-life adventure story! It sounds like a blast to travel vicariously around the world with this guy.

 From the Goodreads summary:
Dear Reader, I wasn't going to write a sequel to Me Before You. But for years, readers kept asking and I kept wondering what Lou did with her life. In the end the idea came, as they sometimes do, at 5:30 in the morning, leaving me sitting bolt upright in my bed and scrambling for my pen. It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them -- especially Lou -- again. And I'm hoping that those who love Will will find plenty to enjoy. —Jojo Moyes

*I loved "Me Before You" and I was super-duper excited when I recently learned of the forthcoming sequel!


  1. I just added a ton more books to my TBR thanks to your list. hehe. Happy reading!

  2. Nice list! THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR looks fabulous, as does THE BOOKSELLER. I'm definitely adding them both to my TBR list.

    Happy TTT!

  3. Looking forward to "After You".

  4. I recently added "Around the World in 50 Years," too! :) Sounds like a good armchair adventure. Hadn't heard of "The Fair Fight," wow.


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