Top Ten Tuesday: Recent book add ons

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at, so clearly not my idea!

This weeks TTT is all about the recently added books on the TBR list/pile. 
(Sorry it is so late, that happens when you re-write a post that was supposed to be done!)
I will change that to make it a bit more specific. 

Because one, i add books almost daily to my TBR list mostly to remember to look them up a few times to make sure it is actually something i will want to read; two I buy a good amount of books that are reduced in price and have been on my wishlist for a while and when they have a good deal i can't not buy them for some strange reason and so i add books to my physical TBR pile because they are not necessary books i want to read RIGHT NOW but i buy them because... well cheaper then normal and all that. Third, i am a member of NetGalley, and i get a good amount of books that i want/have to read for that and i do try to get a few books each month and i do get a few each months, so that adds books to my TBR list as well because well i get to to read them so i should read them and on my list to read they go. 
And fourth... I read and watch a lot of Book Blogs and Booktube and books are recommended A LOT on those. Clearly. Because well books is what they talk about. So i add a lot of book on my list based purely on the fact that people that i enjoy watching/reading rave about them and they have good taste. So clearly i want to read that. 

To make this not even more rambly and long: 
I have a lot of different TBR lists as well as different book piles (physical as well as e-versions of piles as well as just listings) to pick from for "recently added to TBR". I had to narrow that very wide band of this weeks topic down. 

What i decided to do after a lot of thinking -and rewriting this post after already having it written and done and scheduled with a different list topic!- is that i will talk about the books i added to my TBR pile the I actually plan to read very soon and are the newest on that list. 

And that does narrow it down to about 10 books. Which was a coincident. A very happy one. And i might or might not have done a little happy dance when i figured that out (which might have looked like that, just a bit because dancing not my strongest point)

Lets get started on that, now after all that rambly-talky-writey think i just did, and go to the list of my most recently added TBR books on my "to be read as soon as possible, or right now!" list: 

1. Career of evil by Robert Galbraith

This book is on this list for a number of reasons actually. 
1. I literary just bought this book a few days ago -so clearly newly added to not only my TBR list but my actual physical owned book list
2. I just finished "The Silkworm" on Sunday and want to see how the next book stands up to the series since the Silkworm was much better then "The Cuckoo's Calling" (which i finished the Sunday a week before, yeah no idea why i keep finishing this series on a Sunday it really does just happen that way)
3. Since i seemed to be in the mood to read one book a week, -since i have done that twice in a row now it seems to be that way as i just said with finish both of those books Sundays and all- I should continue doing that before i leave the book on my shelves and collect dust before i remember that i wanted to pick this up. 
4. I want to see if Rowling managed to continue to become better at writing this type of book and that makes most sense if i read this book right away after finishing the other two because then i have the information still very fresh on my mind. 

Clearly i have a good amount of reasons to have added this to this list as well as put this book on my nightstand to read ASAP. 

What the book is about: 

 When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg.
With the police focused on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted world of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them... 
Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike is less surprised but not less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. 

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2. Made you up by Francesca Zappia

This is a book about a health problem. 

I am all for those kinds of books. 
No more reasons needed to buy it! 
Clearly. Because i am me. 
And now since i own it i should read it. And if that is not a good enough reason -the owning of the book i mean- then the topic should be the best reason to read this as soon as possible so that i might finally find a book that takes about a mental health problem in the right way. Hopefully. 

What the book is about: 

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She's pretty optimistic about her changes until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn't she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passages for teenagers. But Alex i used to being crazy. She's not prepared for normal. 

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3. Under a painted sky by Stacey Lee

Honestly? I loved the cover. 

And the story summary sounds great. 
So i wanted to give it a try and see if i will love this book or not. 
And who doesn't love a historical adventure book where both main girls are not white?

What the book is about: 
Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician - not an easy thing if you're a girl, and harder still if you're Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dreams, and instead, leaving her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail. 

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4. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

This book just sounds fantastic. Because Alexander the Great with fantasy elements? Just yes please. Thats all. 

What the book is about: 
Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.Alexander, Macedonia's sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to a newcomer...Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn't account for her first love...Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.And far across the sea, Sofia, a Persian princess and Alexander's unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters. 
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5. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 

This book has a few different reasons for why i want to read it very, very soon. 
1. This is one of the most recommended book of the people that trust a lot and have quite a lot of books that i enjoyed reading recommended from. 
2. I bought this book last year and wanted to read it, and haven't read it yet. Time to get to that. 
3. This book has some kind of health problem in it and i do want to read more books about that and see if it seems real to me or not. 
I could list a few more, but i won't because those are enough. And if you are not sure yet, after reading what this book is about and what i just said, search it on book blogs or book tubers that you trust. I am pretty sure that they either read this and loved it or want to read it because they heard had it recommended.

What the book is about: 
When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and boy scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he'll not only be unable to overcome- but that will define his life forever. 
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Those where all the books I want to get to published in 2015. And now on to those that i wanted to get to for a while now and haven't gotten to up until yet, but really, really want to get to very, very soon this year. Finally. 

6. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

This is one of those classics that i hear a lot about, where those that read this book love it. 
But it is really one of those books that intimidate me. Which happens rarely. Honestly it really does. 
I am not easily intimidated by books, no matter the topic or the size. Mostly because i really honestly just go into books that i either go into and like/love or i won't like/hate. No other options. 
This book intimidates me. 
It is not only the size, which honestly is really just... wow... 1263 pages the version i have. 
But also the topic itself and the way the book is structured. It is just... this book is intimidating to me!

What the book is about: 
Former prisoner Jean Valjean struggles to live virtuously after an unexpected act of forgiveness by a kindly bishop changes his life. His righteous actions change people's lives in surprising ways and culminate in romance between two young people.

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7. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

This book has been on my TBR since 2014. And i still haven't read it yet. I hate it when books are longer then a year on my not read yet list, i hate it even more when they are on my shelves and unread for that long. Yes, those are my reasons. i stand to them. 

What the book is about: 
It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13 year old New Yorker, miraculously surveys an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and at the center of narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.  
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8. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff 

This book. Dear God this book. I bought this in 2011. Yes you read that right. And maybe you read my reasons for reading the book above. I HATE it to have books longer then a year on my shelves that i haven't read yet. This book has been on my shelves for over 4 years and i still have not read it yet. 
I did tried to read this book twice. And didn't get over the first 30 pages. And it is honestly mostly my own problem. Because the writing and I just don't agree. I bought this because i love the topic, i find women in power positions fascinating. And most of the time women of historical events that had another status then a prostitute -lets be honest here!- are best written by a women. For some reason, at least in my personal experience.  For all those reasons i want to finally give this book a real try and at least read this book up to the half way point and see if i get along with it better at that point. And then reassess. 

What the book is about: 
Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnet, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Through her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world.She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first when both were teenagers. She poisoned the second. Ultimately she dispensed with an ambitious sister as well; incest and assassination were family specialties. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caeser and Mark Antony, among the most prominent Romans of the day. Both were married to other women. Cleopatra had a child with Caesar and - after his murder- three more with his protégé. Already she was the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean; the relationship with Anthony confirmed her status as the most influential woman of the age. The two would together attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled their ends. Cleopatra has lodged herself in our imaginations ever since. 

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9. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton 

Another Historical Fiction. I honestly did not mean to make this list have so many historical fiction books. But i am just behind on all those fantastic books i really, really want to read but for some reason just... not read. 
This is another one of those books that i have on my shelves for a while now. And really do want to read. But i just haven't yet. I think this book sounds fantastic. New Zealand history? A Mystery on top of that? That sounds fantastic. So i want to finally, finally!, read this and see if i am one of those people that hate it or love it. 

What the book is about: 
It is 1866, and young Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky. 

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10. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

I heard fantastic things about it. I really do mean that. There is one or two people out there that didn't love this. But most of them? Rave about this. Completely rave about this. 
I am always in search of a great fantasy book. Mostly? I just really, really want to get to this book and see if i like it or not. 

What the book is about: 
In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?
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I really hope and plan to read all of those in the coming 2 to 3 months. I hope. I want to try. Lets just say i made this list and want to try my best.  

I would love to hear what books you added to your TBR pile or shelves because I am always looking for new books to add to my list!

let me know! :)

Write more later.... 


  1. I have a few of these on my TBR shelf, too and hope to get to them before they become classics. lol You MUST read A Little Life - gut wrenching! I'm so happy that someone else has more than one TBR pile. I have my Goodreads pile, my library pile, four Amazon piles, and my Netgalley pile. It's anarchy! ;)

    1. The amount of piles sound about right ;)
      I really hope to finally get to A little life in the next few weeks, you definitely make me read it :)
      And i am so happy to hear that i am not the only one with not only list problems but also not getting to the books on them before they become a few years older then they were supposed to ;)

      Thank you so much for stoping by and leaving a comment :)

  2. Great list, very curious about Mistborn myself ! Heard great things about it.

    1. I am actually happy to hear that i am not the last person left on earth to not have read the mistborn series yet :D
      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment :)

  3. I always wanted to read Les Misérables by Victor Hugo after all the hype surrounding the movie. But to be honest I do not think I ever will because it does not interest me and like you said 1293 pages is a lot. Great post.

    1. Thank you for being on my side with les Miserables ;) It is very intimidating because the topic is overall interesting but the number of pages interesting? I am not sure. Still i want to at least give it a fair chance, since so many people love the book even more then the movie.
      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment :D

  4. Hey, just wanted to thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and leave your thoughts. You have a great list as well, I love the look of "Career of evil" will definitely be adding it to my TBR. :)

    1. You are welcome, and thank you for coming to my blog as well :) You had a great list so it was very fun to visit your blog :)
      The Strike series is a pretty great crime series, so you should try to read them, they are fun :)
      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment :)


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