Top Ten Tuesday: More Tales From The TBR Pile (Planet)

Posted November 8, 2016 by meezcarrie in Top Ten Tuesday / 54 Comments


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!

this-quiet-skyThere 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.

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the-book-jumperAmy 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!

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lead-me-homeAmid 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!

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the-story-of-with“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.

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mercys-fightHe 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.

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the-ravenAs 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.

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storm-siren“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.

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she walks in powerAlexia 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?

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can-i-see-you-againMatchmaker 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.

(In case you’re wondering, my 5-star GOLD reviews were to The Memoir of Johnny Devine by Camille Eide and The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof, nearly a year apart.)

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yesterdays-tomorrowShe’s after the story that might get her the Pulitzer. He’s determined to keep his secrets to himself.

Vietnam 1967.

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 🙂

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What about you? What are some books you’ve recently added to your TBR list?

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54 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: More Tales From The TBR Pile (Planet)

  1. Sarah

    That book jumper books looks so intriguing!! MaryLu Tyndale’s is on my list too. And Mercy’s Fight is excellent.

  2. Patty

    I received an ARC of Lead Me Home. Really enjoyed it. I grew up in a small town and can totally relate to the story. Still haven’t read any of Amy’s other books, birch plan to!

  3. Patty

    I have just about 400 books on my Goodreads TBR list, but that is just where I go to add books as a reminder when I run across something interesting looking online.
    I probably have that many more on my actual book shelves many of which are not on that list!

    • Carrie

      lol oh goodness yes … i don’t want to think about the books on my shelves that AREN’T part of that goodreads list. Most are but some… yikes.

  4. carylkane

    Glad to see you have Yesterday’s Tomorrow on your list. 😉

    You’ll enjoy This Quiet Sky.

    I’ll be adding The Book Jumper to mine. I also want to read She Walks In Power. Of course, I have to read The Cautious Maiden and the list goes on and on….

  5. Sylvia M.

    Here’s are some already released titles that I have recently added to my TBR list.

    Do You Know What I Know? by Becky Melby
    A Cliché Christmas by Nicole Deese
    A Season to Love by Nicole Deese
    Rise of the Summerfields by Nancy Moser
    Calculated Risk by Zoe M. McCarthy
    The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof
    Direct Hit by Mike Hollow

  6. This Quiet Sky. Amazing. I very rarely cry at a book. Sobbed through the end of that one. Don’t miss it. The Story of With and Mercy’s Fight are also both very good. 🙂 I’ve got She Walks With Power near the top of my list.

  7. I’m reading The Story of With right now and I would describe it as a modern-day allegory, similar to Pilgrim’s Progress in some ways, only more relating to how we use our creativity in life. It’s been a can’t-put-down book for me as an author always examining my calling. And Joanne’s This Quiet Sky was such an excellent, moving read!

  8. Winnie Thomas

    No, no, no! Not more books to add to my list! Okay, guess I’ll just have to do it, but my Kindle won’t be happy. 🙂 I just looked and I have 2,874 books on it (mostly in the cloud, though), of which I may have read about 5% or so. LOL That’s not counting all the print books I have waiting and the 100 or so want-to-read on Goodreads, and a whole bunch more on my Amazon wish list. I think I’ll have enough reading material to last me for the next. . . oh, maybe 300 years or so. If I don’t add any more, which I am going to do right now. 😀

    Mercy’s Fight is awesome. Cathy West’s Yesterday’s Tomorrow is one waiting on my Kindle, along with This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof.

  9. Pam K.

    The only one of these I’ve read is This Quiet Sky. You will definitely need tissues handy. Joanne Bischof writes such beautiful stories. My TBR pile is also quite large.Having ebooks on my Kindle just compounds the problem (but at least those don’t take up space). I’ve had Deb Raney’s Two Roads Home on my pile for awhile. I’d read the first one soon after it came out but waited on this second book. I just received books 3 and 4 in this series as a late birthday gift so I’m hoping to get them all read and moved to the Deb Raney keeper shelf before too much longer. That will probably mean having to rearrange that shelf again. Oh, the problems of book lovers!

    • Carrie

      I totally agree about Joanne’s books! So powerful and beautiful <3 And yes ... we're always rearranging our shelves, aren't we? lol

  10. Just love this, Carrie, and my heart is all aflutter to know that This Quiet Sky is on your TBR! What a great list. Storm Siren was one of my favorite reads from last year and I blame Mary Weber for making me cry at the beach. 😉 The Story of With sounds amazing because of who Arnold is and what he represents. I’m really looking forward to that one, as well as these others!

    • Carrie

      i think, in order to properly conquer this particular section of my TBR planet, that I’m going to need to stock up on tissues 🙂

  11. You’re killing me here. I have just added every one of these books to my neverending TBR galaxy (how’s that for something bigger than a planet?) ;D

    You and I must have very similar tastes in books. All of these sound like things I want to read and I haven’t read any of them. If you want to read “She Walks in Power”, I have to ask, have you read the Valiant Hearts series by Dina L. Sleiman? I love Dina’s books.

    So, I have 50 books on my Goodreads TBR list because I don’t spend as much time on Goodreads as I probably should. I have 49 books on my Amazon wish list. I have 201 books on my Kindle app, of which I’ve probably read only a handful. Thanks to this post, I now have 90 on my handwritten TBR, and I can’t even begin to tell you how many books are all over my house that are still waiting to be read.
    So, yes, I certainly hope we will be able to read in heaven, but as someone who is working on her first novel, I also hope we will have time to write in heaven as well, and that will keep our TBRs growing for eternity. 😀

  12. Most of these are new to me, but Storm Siren is already on my TBR list as well. I hope you enjoy all of these when you get around to them.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  13. “This Quiet Sky” is wonderful! Such a moving piece of fiction. Also, Mary Weber’s series is really good YA fiction. Alison’s sounds really cute. Let me know if you read it and end up liking it, Carrie. 🙂

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