Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is the top ten books you recently added to your TBR list. I already talk quite frequently about my TBR list and a recent Top Ten Tuesday asked for the top ten books I plan to read in Spring 2015. This week, I’ll list the ten books that I added to my collection most recently.
10. The Establishment by Owen Jones – I picked up a copy of this during my work experience placement and am currently about 80 pages in. I am pretty slow at reading non-fiction, especially if it is academic in tone, and so I’m letting myself take my time because I want to continue enjoying it rather than it becoming a chore. I think that part of the reason why I struggle to read non-fiction is because of the pressure to skim-read articles and books at university. It’s a type of reading that’s going to take some time for my brain to relearn.
9. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – I don’t really know much about this, except that I was given it during my work experience because a colleague thought I would like it. It’s the first in series in which a woman is thrown back in time and meets her husband’s six-times great grandfather. From the blurb, this seems to be a bit too women’s fiction-y for my tastes, but I’ll keep it for a while and maybe give it a go.
8. Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson – Yet another one I got during my work experience. It’s about a social worker who attempts to gain the trust of “an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the wilderness”. This was a Waterstones Book Club pick for March and I have heard great things about it so I’m looking forward to reading it at some point.
7. The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan – The final book I got during work experience (they were very generous with the books!) this is an intriguing fantasy novel with a touch of romance. The cover for this one is lovely, and I don’t normally like red/black colour schemes on covers. I may actually pick this one up fairly soon.
6. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga – I actually requested this on bookbridgr a couple of months ago but never got sent a copy so was really pleased when we got sent a proof at work. I’ve heard good things about this book and am looking forward to reading it soon,
5. Hold Me Closer by David Levithan – This is a spin-off novel about Tiny from Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. I haven’t actually read WGWG yet but want to read it before I get to this, so this one might have to wait a while. (I received this as a proof which is why I own this and not WGWG.)
4. Finding Aubrey by Sophie Kinsella – I actually picked this proof up for my mum who likes women’s fiction before realising it is YA. It’s a contemporary novel about a girl called Aubrey who can’t leave the house – I’m assuming she suffers from Anxiety or a similar condition at this point, but that may not be the case. I’m mainly just curious about this because Kinsella is such a strong adult fiction writer. This will have strong crossover appeal, but will hopefully find its place with a YA audience.
3. The Boy in the Book by Nathan Penlington – I requested this on bookbridgr over a month ago and just assumed I was too late with my request as I didn’t receive anything within two weeks. Then this came through my letterbox last week. As far as I know, it’s a true story about a second-hand book with lots of annotations by its previous owner. The author tries to track down the boy and find out what happened to him, and this is the result. This sounds really meta and I love things about form and structure and the idea of annotations and people leaving their mark so this intrigues me.
2. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman – This was found under some old boxes in the staff room at work and it has dragons in it. Enough said. I’m really feeling this kind of book right now, so it might jump up on my TBR priority list.
1. Stonebird by Mike Revell – This is about a boy whose Grandma has dementia and his family is basically falling apart. Then he finds an old gargoyle who starts telling him stories. It sounds quite similar to A Monster Calls and I’m looking forward to reading it soon.
These are the ten most recent additions to my shelves. Please let me know if you’ve read any of these – positive feedback might spur me on to read some of them sooner rather than later – and tell me your most recent TBR books in the comments.