Top Ten Tuesday (8): Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

July 13, 2015 Layla, Top Ten Tuesday 48

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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!


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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?

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48 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (8): Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession”

  1. J. Oh

    Ooh, thank you for this list! I’m adding Trixie Belden (which I’ve noticed on the sidebar, but personally never heard of/read in my own childhood), Daughter of the Forest, the first book of the Iron Seas series, and Anne and Henry to my reading list. Yay! :)

  2. Alexa S.

    I’m so happy that Daughter of the Forest is on this list of reads! I really enjoyed it, really love the world that Marillier has crafted and her writing. I hope you like it too!

  3. Cindy

    Nice! I have seem The Truth About Alice, Prudence, Anne & Henry, and Nimona before. As for The Truth About Alice, I have heard that it is a really good, emotional book. I have seen Prudence before, but haven’t heard much about it. The same goes for Anne & Henry. Nimona sounds and looks like a fun, exciting read (especially since I recently went through this phrase where I was obsessed with manga, webtoons, etc.). Great haul! :)

  4. Bube

    Great titles!
    Anne & Henry – sounds really good,I’m fan of Tudor History and I think this would be interesting read :)

  5. Nicole Lynn Hoefs

    Oooh looks like some good reads! I’ve been adding too many books to my TBR shelf, but that’s okay. There’s so many good books out there, just waiting to be read!

  6. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    I love the Finishing School novels, so I’ve been wanting to read Carriger’s adult series, too. And I need to get back to the Sevenwaters books; I read (or read most of?) the first book, way back when, but I’ve forgotten most of it, except that it was really good. And ah, Trixie Belden. I remember her well. Well, the character anyway. The mysteries are all sort of a blur.
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  7. Valerie

    You need to read Lies We Tell Ourselves ASAP! I absolutely loved it when I read it last year, especially since the author put in a ton of research into it!
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  8. laurie

    Daughter of the Forest is on my top ten reads of all time! If you love strength, magic, loyalty, familial love, romance and beautiful writing about beautiful settings, it will be on your list too!

    • Layla

      This is the dilemma! And you do need to get to it! I’m not sure how I felt about it – I actually read this one, while I listened to the others as audiobooks, and I’m not sure how that affected my reading experience.
      Layla recently posted…Lies We Tell Ourselves: Review

  9. Jeanna

    Anna and Henry sounds really interesting but I’m hesitant to read it. Like you said, I don’t know how it will translate to modern-day. Happy reading!

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    • Layla

      Holding my breath over Anne & Henry. Eee, I hope it’s a thing that I like. Really excited for Lizard Radio tho!

      I did really like Lies We Tell Ourselves – super well-written, and oh man, am I excited for her next book – but kiiind of couldn’t get behind the romance. I do want those characters to be queer and discovering their sexuality in this particular historical context, but I don’t ship them together. (Maybe once Linda stops thinking that Sarah is *exceptional*.)
      Layla recently posted…Lies We Tell Ourselves: Review

  10. Anne

    I just finished I AM PRINCESS X and loved it. I hope you do, too. I have NIMONA on hold at the library but they must only have one copy because i am watching my placement on the hold list and it is not moving quick enough for my liking.
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    • Layla

      That is always a struggle. I am there right now, too – I’ve been like next in line for Rabid for what seems like at least a week now? Come on, read faster! I think my library only has one copy of Nimona – I got lucky with that.

      Excited about Princess X but going to look for a hard copy, I think. :-D It’s way too big for my iphone.
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  11. Literary Feline

    I love Trixie Belden. :-) It’s been ages since I last read one of those books. I haven’t read any of Gail Carriger’s YA books, but I do enjoy her adult series quite a bit. Enjoy your books!

    • Layla

      My mom loooooved Trixie Belden as a kid, so I’m looking forward to jumping into this one. We’ll see how it goes! And hmm, I tried to read Soulless last year, but couldn’t get into it – maybe I should pick it up again, or see if there are audiobooks – that’s how I read her YA series.
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    • Layla

      I like the Finishing School series, but couldn’t get into Soulless. (I’m going to try again, because it’s possible I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind for it.) And yeaahhh, my mom used to tell me about Trixie Belden while I was growing up, and yet I’ve never read those books. Excited to have a chance to get into them now! :)
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