My TBR list is no longer a list. It’s no longer even a pile. Nor an island. Nor a continent. It has recently been upgraded to a planet and I don’t know what I’ll call it if it gets any larger 😀 According to Goodreads there are 2,459 books I want to read ASAP. Like, yesterday if possible.
Truer words have never been spoken, friends. But I love trying, don’t you? 🙂
This week for Top Ten Tuesday we’re looking at books we’ve recently added to our TBR lists. Here are 10 of mine, some of which I’ve added due to other people’s recent Top Ten Tuesday posts!
There is nothing extraordinary about Tucker O’Shay’s dreams. Go to college. Become president. Fall in love. And pretend like he has enough time to get it all done.
Sixteen-year-old Sarah Miller doesn’t expect anything out of the ordinary when she begins her first day at the one-room-school house in her new hometown of Rocky Knob. But when she meets seventeen-year-old Tucker O’Shay—the boy with the fatal illness who volunteers to tutor her in algebra—she finds herself swept up in a friendship that changes the way she sees the world and a love that changes her life.
Joanne Bischof’s YA novella (a finalist for both the Carol and the Christy Awards) This Quiet Sky is a favorite among reviewers and is called “heartbreakingly romantic and absolutely poignant” by author Katie Ganshert. This story promises to tear me up BUT after falling in love with Joanne’s writing while reading The Lady and The Lionheart I really cannot delay reading this one. Or the rest of her backlist.
Amy Lennox doesn’t know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother’s childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.
Amy’s grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House—but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy’s new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts—at whatever cost.
The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser is one that I discovered not too long on several Top Ten Tuesday lists. A girl who moves to an old house in Scotland and discovers that she’s a book jumper – someone who can leap into and interact with a story? Yes please. Add some suspense to the mix, and I’m completely on board!
Amid open fields and empty pews, small towns can crush big dreams.
Abandoned by his no-good father and forced to grow up too soon, Noble Burden has set his dreams aside to run the family farm. Meanwhile, James Horton, the pastor of the local church, questions his own calling as he prepares to close the doors for good.
As a severe storm rolls through, threatening their community and very livelihood, both men fear losing what they care about most . . . and reconsider where they truly belong.
Amy Sorrells’ book Lead Me Home has shown up on my radar over and over again, thanks to the various blogs I follow. Growing up in a small church that my grandfather pastored, the plot calls to me. And while I know in some ways it will be an emotional read, I also know that it will be worth it!
“Bravo! This fascinating blend of storytelling and teaching will shift the thinking of all who take this journey.” New York Times Bestselling Author, TED DEKKER
“This is your invitation into deeper identity, intimacy, and imagination with God. Like finding the place you’ve always longed to be. The moment you finish this book, you’ll race to grab one for a friend. Highest Recommendation!” Bestselling Author of The Long Journey to Jake Palmer, JAMES L. RUBART
“Allen has written a roadmap for dreaming with God. The Story of With is a beautiful, revelatory parable, filled with wonder, mystery, and adventure.” Author of Prone to Love & Untamed, JASON CLARK
The Story of With by Allen Arnold flooded by FB newsfeed in the weeks following the ACFW Conference in August. It seemed as though all I saw were friends reading this book and posting quotes that made my mouth water with the need to read it too. I don’t even really know what it’s about exactly LOL – there is no blurb… which, as a book blogger, makes me twitchy. BUT it comes so highly recommended that I (almost) don’t even care.
He feared no one…but himself.
Recovering from a past shaped by violence, Matt Holloway has sworn to live a different life than his parents did. Matt has found a purpose that keeps his lingering pain and fear at bay: helping others to heal. Yet the nightmares continue to haunt him.
Grace has lived a life of luxury, sheltered by her family’s money and connections. When a betrayal forces her to question everything, she leaves her family and accepts an ambitious position in a career for which she may not be ready.
When the two first meet, they cannot deny their instant, intense attraction. While Grace is willing to take another risk with her heart, Matt remains chained by his past and struggles to trust their future together. Fighting to save the children they’ve pledged to help, Matt and Grace must learn to overcome the pain in their past and find their true courage.
I just recently discovered Tammy L. Gray’s books, specifically when I read My Hope Next Door for review a couple of months ago. After I gushed over that particular book, the overwhelming response I got back from fans of Gray was “Read Mercy’s Fight!” Author Jennifer Rodewald called it, “Real life meets fighting faith. Loved this book. Raw, emotional and beautiful, it’s not your sweet, everyday romance. Ms Gray paints a vivid portrait of a powerful God meeting people in their darkness, fighting for their souls and breaking the bondage that seems impossible.“
As part of his regular street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience’s pockets while they watch. It’s harmless fun–until he decides to keep the spare wallet a city councilman doesn’t seem to miss, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds not money but compromising photos of the councilman and his “personal assistants,” The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named, “Nevermore.”
Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues–and their complicated feelings for each other–to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives from a wildcard bent on revenge.
Mike Nappa snags readers from the first page of this fast-paced thriller–and he never lets go until the end.
The Raven by Mike Nappa keeps popping up on the blogs I follow – and my friends who know I love suspense keep shoving it me, too. Turnabout is fair play, I suppose 😉 I really do need to make time for this series soon – the plot sounds right up my alley, as does the hint of romance.
“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”
In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled. As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.
Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed. Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.
But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?
Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.
It’s not often that I find a book that appeals equally to the Top Ten Tuesday blogs I visit as well as my Christian fiction blogging friends. But the Storm Siren trilogy by Mary Weber does just that. EVERYONE I’ve talked to loves loves loves this series, so even though it’s not my typical genre I absolutely must read a series that comes with that kind of recommendation.
Alexia D’Clere didn’t ask to be Protector of the Spear, but after her dying mother gave her the tiny metal object and made her promise to keep it safe, she had no choice. Orphaned at age eight, she began to take over the running of her parent’s castle with the help of a trusted steward. Yet, when a plot to murder her was revealed, a friar whisked her away to live hidden in the forest. There, she learned to shoot expertly with bow and arrow and hone her skills to see into the spirit realm.
Now, at eighteen, Alexia continues to keep the Spear protected, provide meat for the starving village, while secretly caring for her ill sister who still lives in the castle. With Alexia’s powers of spiritual discernment and her skill as an archer, she is no match for those who come for the spear. That is until she meets Ronar LePeine, one of the King’s elite guard.
Ronar desires nothing more than to do his duty to God and King and pay penance for past sins. Yet a forest sprite with red, flaming hair blocks his every move, all the while enchanting him like no other. Something evil lurks at Castle Luxley, and both Ronar and Alexia are soon thrust into the middle of a spiritual battle which will not only test their very beliefs, but put them both in mortal danger.
I love MaryLu Tyndall’s piratey books. I love medievally books too. So when I heard that MaryLu Tyndall was releasing a medieval fiction novel, I did a little happy dance. And I really do think that I’m going to have to just quit my job and read full-time to even get to these ten. How sad is that?
Matchmaker Bree Caxton has a 98% success rate, a book about to hit the stands, and an amazing boyfriend. Until, that is, he gets cold feet about their future and runs from their relationship.
Afraid no one will buy a book on love from a woman whose love life is a mess, Bree begs her one matchmaking failure, Nixon Voss, to pose as her boyfriend. But when they become a hit with readers, they must carry on their charade just a little longer. Fortunately, they’re both having fun…
But then Bree’s ex decides he wants her back and a newspaper presents a challenge that could expose the truth about her rocky love life. Now she must find the courage to embrace what is, or risk losing something much bigger than her reputation: her heart…
Fair warning on this one – I have no idea about the content rating because I haven’t read it (still on the TBR planet, after all). BUT Can I See You Again by Allison Morgan got a rare 5-star GOLD rating at RT Book Reviews. I’ve been reviewing for them for about a year now and I’ve given out two 5-star GOLD ratings … which is probably 2 more than most of the reviewers have given out. For a book to get a 5-star rating from me at RT Book Reviews, it has to be a book that gets deep into my heart and refuses to let go. A book I can’t tear myself away from, no matter what’s going on around me. So needless to say, I pay attention to the other 5-stars. And that’s why this book made it to my TBR planet.
She’s after the story that might get her the Pulitzer. He’s determined to keep his secrets to himself.
Independent, career-driven journalist Kristin Taylor wants two things: to honor her father’s memory by becoming an award-winning overseas correspondent, and to keep tabs on her only brother, Teddy, who signed up for the war against their mother’s wishes.
Brilliant photographer Luke Maddox, silent and brooding, exudes mystery. Kristin is convinced he’s hiding something. Willing to risk it all for what they believe in, Kristin and Luke engage in their own tumultuous battle until, in an unexpected twist, they’re forced to work together. Ambushed by love, they must decide whether or not to set aside their own private agendas for the hope of tomorrow that has captured their hearts.
I love love love Catherine West’s book The Things We Knew (#teamGray) but I haven’t read her backlist yet. She – and countless others – keep reminding me that I absolutely must read Yesterday’s Tomorrow. Apparently the hero Luke is quite yummy. And we all know how I like collecting yummy book boyfriends 🙂
What about you? What are some books you’ve recently added to your TBR list?