Tuesday, March 31, 2015

top ten tuesday: tbr piling

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish, where we talk about random bookish things each week! This week's theme is "March 31: Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List."

I have a problem. And that problem is that my TBR list on goodreads now outnumbers the amount of books that I have marked as "read" on there. I just see so many amazing books as I browse through goodreads, and if something looks even remotely interesting, I'll add it to the list. So there is a good mix of things on there, and without further ado, I present Ten Books I Have Added To My TBR In The Last Week(ish).

1. Mechanica – Betsy Cornwell
Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.
But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.
Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

This Cinderella retelling sounds a lot like Marissa Meyer's Cinder to me, which makes me happy because I love how that retelling went. I have high hopes for this book, which comes out on August 4.

2. The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest – Melanie Dickerson
"Swan Lake" meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day becomes the region's most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the forester.
Jorgen is the forester for the wealthy margrave, and must find and capture the poacher who has been killing and stealing the margrave's game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a connection during a dance, he has no idea she is the one who has been poaching the margrave's game.
Odette justifies her crime of poaching because she thinks the game is going to feed the poor, who are all but starving, both in the city and just outside its walls. But will the discovery of a local poaching ring reveal a terrible secret? Has the meat she thought she was providing for the poor actually been sold on the black market, profiting no one except the ring of black market sellers?
The one person Odette knows can help her could also find out her own secret and turn her over to the margrave, but she has no choice. Jorgen and Odette will band together to stop the dangerous poaching ring . . . and fall in love. But what will the margrave do when he discovers his forester is protecting a notorious poacher?

Another retelling! I love the story of swan lake, but I have never read a Swan Lake retelling, so I'm very excited to read this one! It sounds full of intrigue and romance, with a great heroine. I'm definitely marking its release, May 12, on my calendar. 

3. Steering the Stars – Autumn Doughton and Erica Cope
Two girls. Two stories. One journey.
Be careful what you wish for…
Aspiring writer Hannah Vaughn worries that she is doomed to live out the rest of her existence in a sleepy Oklahoma town. For as long as she can remember, she’s dreamed of something more – adventure, excitement, intrigue. When her sister invites her to London and she’s accepted to a prestigious writing program at The Warriner School, she jumps at the chance. But will it be epic or an epic fail?
You’ll never know if you don’t try…
Nothing ever happens to straight-A student Caroline McKain and that’s exactly the way she likes it. With her best friend in London and junior year looming on the horizon, all she wants is to remain invisible. So when she is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, she must ask herself: Can an invisible girl really take center stage?
Follow Hannah and Caroline as they navigate the complexities of first love, family and growing up. As their bond is tested, the girls will learn that being apart can ultimately bring you together. Steering the Stars is a fresh, heartfelt young adult story about fate, discovery, and the magic of friendship.

I'd never heard of this book before, but when I saw it on my goodreads recommendations page, the cover drew me in. Though it sounds a bit like a cheesy contemporary, I saw that it had some very positive reviews, which made me want to read it even more! I've already ordered this one.

4. Soundless – Richelle Mead
From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore.
For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.
When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.
But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.
Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever...

I love love love Richelle Mead, so when I saw that she was writing a new book, I immediately put it on my TBR list! Then, upon reading the synopsis, I realized just how awesome it sounds and how much I seriously cannot wait for this book. It comes out on November 17.

5. A Madness So Discreet – Mindy McGinnis 
Grace Mae knows madness.
She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.
When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.
In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.

That cover! That blurb! Oh my lordy I am so excited for this! I saw it on someone's Waiting On Wednesday, and I immediately added it to my TBR list. This quickly has become one of my most highly anticipated books for this year. Release date is October 6. 

6. The Secret History – Donna Tartt  

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last - inexorably - into evil.
I don't read a lot of adult fiction, but so many people have recommended Donna Tartt to me, so I had to check out at least one or two of her books. The Goldfinch, while wildly popular, scared me because of its breadth. I'd heard a lot about The Secret History, mostly people obsessing over it on tumblr, so I promised myself that I would pick it up and try it before the year is over. It sounds dark and twisted, steeped in mythology and folklore, and I'm scared and excited to dive into it. 
7.  The Queen of the Tearling – Erica Johansen
On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.
Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.
But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.
The Queen of the Tearling introduces readers to a world as fully imagined and terrifying as that of The Hunger Games, with characters as vivid and intriguing as those of The Game of Thrones, and a wholly original heroine. Combining thrilling action and twisting plot turns, it is a magnificent debut from the talented Erika Johansen.

I originally discovered this book because my friend Violet was reading it, which I saw on goodreads. I trust her taste implicitly, so I added it to my shelf based solely on that, but upon reading the synopsis, I am intrigued enough to really want to read it. Especially since there is a sequel coming out sometime this year, if I'm not mistaken. 

8. 99 Days– Katie Cotugno 
Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.
Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”
Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

This sounds like an amazing contemporary with a twist, and so many of my friends on goodreads put it on their TBR lists that I had to follow suit. I will definitely be trying to get my hands on this on Aprill 21. 

9. Da Vinci's Tiger – Laura Malone Elliot  
Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.
When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families.

Um. Did you read the synopsis?!? What more needs to be said, honestly? I have such high hopes for this book, one of the few that I have seen about renaissance Italy and all of the art and poetry and scandal going on there. I cannot wait for NOVEMBER 10 (gahhh so long).

10. Starcrossed – Josephine Angelini
How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

As you all know if you've been reading my blog for a little while, I am a bit obsessed with ancient Greece and its myths and stories. I just find them captivating and relatable, even thousands of years after they were first told. This is a modern retelling of the Trojan war, I believe and was a recommendation from my friend Violet. I hope to get around to it soon!

What are some of your recent TBR acquisitions? 



  1. A lot of these are on my TBR list too! I hadn't heard of The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest though, but it definitely sounds like something I'd love.

    1. I just found out about it yesterday, but yes I immediately thought it sounded like something amazing :) thanks for stopping by!

  2. Love your TBR list. Da Vinci's Tiger sounds like an book I would love.

    1. yes!!! i think that one is the one on this list that I am most excited for! :)

  3. Mechanica looks like it's going to be a great book! I found out about it a little while back and I cannot wait for it to come out. And 99 Days sounds really good as well. Great list!

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    1. yes, I love Cinderella retellings so I'm definitely excited for Mechanica!! thanks for stopping by :)


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