Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession” and we’re happy to be participating!
1. Trixie Belden and the Secret of the Mansion by Julie Campbell
We’re reading this for our TMG Readalong this month! It’s the first Trixie Belden mystery and apparently the opening line is something like, “Oh, Moms, I’ll just die if I don’t have a horse!” So I’m pretty excited to start this one, thanks to my local library. I’m in Florida visiting family right now and this book has joined me. (My mother read Trixie Belden during her childhood and was excited, too!)
2. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
I’ve never read anything by Juliet Marillier before and stumbled upon The Daughter of the Forest at my local library. Since I’d been meaning to read Marillier’s work, I picked it up – and it’s the beginning to her Sevenwaters Trilogy, so I’m hoping I like it because there are more books in store for me if I do. Apparently it’s loosely based on the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale “The Seven Swans,” too, which is only a plus.
3. The Kraken King by Meljean Brook
I’ve really enjoyed the other romances I’ve read in the Iron Seas series (and have been looking forward to this one after reading a bunch of favorable reviews for it! also, it was initially released in a serialized format, which is interesting to me, too). They’re steampunk romances, if anyone else is interested in that particular genre? (And if you are, I liked Riveted a lot!) This finally came in at the library for me.
4. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
I loved Devoted and have been curious to see what Mathieu’s first book looks like. Wendy also reviewed it favorably, so the combination of that and my enjoyment of Devoted have me really eager to begin this one. This was also part of my recent massive library haul, and if you’re noticing any overlap between this post and my TTT a few weeks back about my to-read list, it is because I’m actually trying to get through them.
5. Prudence by Gail Carriger
A good friend of mine read this recently and she has ALL THE FEELINGS and wants to talk about them. I really enjoyed listening to the audiobooks of the Finishing School series last summer, so despite the fact that I haven’t read Soulless, I’m going to give this one a go.
6. I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
It’s a novel about two girls who create a webcomic centered on their heroine, Princess X. One of the dies? Maybe? It’s a mystery that the other one has to figure out after she starts to see Princess X everywhere. I don’t know, I was told it was about female friendships and webcomics, and really, if you tell me it’s about female friendship, I’m pretty much onboard.
7. Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz
Kim sent me this last month! Gender-bending sci-fi that’s coming out this fall. From the blurb: “Fifteen-year-old bender Kivali has had a rough time in a gender-rigid culture. Abandoned as a baby and raised by Sheila, an ardent nonconformist, Kivali has always been surrounded by uncertainty. Where did she come from? Is it true what Sheila says, that she was deposited on Earth by the mysterious saurians? What are you? people ask, and Kivali isn’t sure. Boy/girl? Human/lizard? Both/neither? Now she’s in CropCamp, with all of its schedules and regs, and the first real friends she’s ever had.” You want to read this, too, right?
8. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
At the Harlequin Teen breakfast at BEA this year, they mentioned Robin Talley’s upcoming fall release What We Left Behind, and I totally want to read it. Lies We Tell Ourselves was available through my library though, and since I hadn’t read it, I downloaded it. It’s about a lesbian relationship that emerges in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, and I can’t believe I haven’t read it already.
9. Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius
Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in high school. I’m not sure how I’m going to feel about how this translates to a contemporary setting, but I’m excited to try it since it’s a combination of my academic interests + life as a blogger. (Can there be a sequel about Elizabeth I in high school, universe?)
10. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Webcomic turned graphic novel debut? And it’s fantasy? Technically this is cheating, since this is waiting for me on the holds shelf at the library, but I’m going to go get it as soon as I get back.
So … that’s what I’ve picked up recently! I might scour my childhood bookshelves and see if there isn’t anything I can pack in my suitcase, though. :) (Also, so many of these are from my public library, because my public library is just wonderful. Yay, Durham!)
What about you? What’s been added to your bookshelves recently, and what are you most excited about?