Hi all! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these, I had a rather manic few days at work towards the end of last week, it’s been incredibly busy at the vaccine centres since we started doing boosters, so I had several packed days and was very glad to have today and yesterday off! I’m also taking a well deserved break this week and going on holiday with my friends, which I’m super excited for as we’ve not all been on holiday together since before the pandemic and it will be nice to have a chance to relax and recharge, as I don’t think work is going to be slowing down any time soon.
Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic was meant to be Online Book Resources, but since the only ones I really use are Goodreads and Audible, I decided to change things up a little. Instead I’m going to be talking about The Last Ten Books I Added To My Bookshelf, as that’s an evergreen topic that’s new every time you do it, and it’s a nice easy one for me after a busy week of work! So here we go, the most recent additions to my bookshelf:
- The Bronzed Beasts-Roshani Chokshi-Added around 2 weeks ago
After a bit of a palaver with shipping, as I had originally ordered from Blackwells, then that order got cancelled, I then changed to Forbidden Planet but it went out of stock with them and so I finally had to resort to Amazon, though I really didn’t want to, they were the only place that had it in stock in the UK so I couldn’t be choosy! I can’t wait to see how the final instalment of this series ends up, I’m sure it’s going to rip my heart to shreds.
2. The Forest of Ghosts and Bones-Lisa Lueddecke-Added around 2 weeks ago
I won this in a giveaway and I’m super excited to read it, it’s inspired by Hungarian myths and I love reading books that are inspired by mythologies that I’m not so familiar with.
3. Once Upon A Broken Heart-Stephanie Garber-Added around 3 weeks ago
AGH I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE. I really enjoyed the Caraval trilogy and I’ve been excited to see what Stephanie Garber would do next for the last two years and I’m so glad that she decided to expand the Caraval world, as I definitely got the sense from Finale that there was more to explore. I can’t wait to meet Evangeline, to see more of Jacks and to see what part of the Caraval world we get to explore next.
4. The Silence of The Girls-Pat Barker-Added in September
After reading The Song of Achilles, I saw the sequel to this one in Waterstones and thought it looked quite interesting, so I checked out the first one online and thought it sounded like something I’d really enjoy. I’m all for books that centre in women in periods when they are often forgotten, and I loved Briseis in The Song of Achilles, so I can’t wait to see Barker’s take on her.
5. The Nightingale-Kristin Hannah-Added in September
I’ve been on a bit of a WWII fiction spree this year, and this is one I’ve been thinking about picking up for a while, as I love sister stories and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. I’ve not actually read many books set during the Nazi Occupation of France in WWII, Code Name Verity is the only one which comes to mind, so I’m looking forward to seeing another take on that story.
6. The Love Hypothesis-Laura Steven-Added in September
I finally got Laura Steven’s most recent book, as I’d not seen it in any bookshops I’d been to since the pandemic until I made the trip to Waterstones Piccadilly last month. This is Steven’s first YA without Izzy O’Neill and I’m interested to see how I find it, but I’m sure it will be super funny and the idea of finding a scientific solution for love is certainly intriguing, though there’s very obvious consent issues there that I’ll be interested to see handled in the book.
7. Out of The Easy-Ruta Sepetys-Added In September
This is the last of Sepetys’ currently released books I have yet to read (I DNF’ed The Fountains of Silence as I couldn’t get into it). New Orleans in the 1950s is not a historical setting that I would say immediately screams me, but that’s kind of what I love about it? I love reading about time periods and places that I’m not so familiar, and I’m hoping that as with Sepetys’ other books, I’ll learn a lot about a less highlighted part of history.
8. Endgame-Malorie Blackman-Added In September
It’s the final Noughts and Crosses book! I started reading this series when I was eleven, so this ending is definitely going to be super bittersweet for me as it’s a series that has spanned fourteen years of my life. Though I didn’t love Crossfire as much as the previous books in the series, I’m definitely interested to see how Blackman ties everything up in this final book.
9. The Paris Library-Janet Skeslien Charles-Added In September
My friend Hannah read this book earlier in the year and said she really enjoyed it, so when Waterstones had a discount offer on, I decided to get this one. I’m really excited to read it, since as I said earlier in the post, I’ve been on a real adult WWII historical fiction kick recently. I also love finding out about aspects of WWII that I’ve not heard of before, and I’m not familiar with the history of the American Library in Paris, so I look forward to learning more about that and how the librarians were involved in the war. It also combines two settings I said I loved in my post last week, Paris and libraries!
10. As Good As Dead-Holly Jackson-Added In September
I’ve not actually read the second book in the series yet, so I really need to get on that, but if it’s anywhere near as good as the first book, I knew I’d be wanting the third book!
So there we go, the books I recently added to my bookshelf. Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? What books have you recently added to your bookshelf? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, this time it’s our annual Halloween freebie, never my favourite one of the year as I always find it hard to come up with topics. This time I’m going to go with Book Titles With Halloween Words In Them (think bones, ghosts, witches, monsters etc), which should hopefully be a fun one!