Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Julia's Top Ten Books I've Recently Added To My TBR


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Top Ten Books I've Recently Added To My TBR 

Hey everyone. Julia here! This topic was so much fun! It is inspired by Jamie's New To The Queue posts so go check out those. I decided just to do a list with a summary of things I have recently added to my queue. I didn't give an explanation, because it's usually one of the following reasons. 1) The description grabbed me or 2)It's a book in a series I am reading. So enjoy! I can't wait to hop through your links and find more books to add!


1. Duke of My Heart by Kelly Bowen

"Captain Maximus Harcourt's returned home from his latest voyage to find a naked earl—quite inconveniently deceased—tied to his missing sister's bed. Now he's at the mercy of the captivating Miss Ivory Moore, known throughout London for smoothing over the most dire of scandals. Miss Moore treats the crisis as though it were no more serious than a cup of spilt tea on an expensive rug. Max has never in all his life met a woman with such nerve. Her dark eyes are too wide, her mouth is too full, her cheekbones too sharp. Yet together, she's somehow...flawless. It's just like his love for her, imperfect, unexpected—yet absolutely true."



2. And I Darken by Kiersten White

"No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion. But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point."


3. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

"Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years. At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed."



4. The Legend of Lyon Redmond by Julie Anne Long

"Rumor has it she broke Lyon Redmond’s heart. But while many a man has since wooed the dazzling Olivia Eversea, none has ever won her—which is why jaws drop when she suddenly accepts a viscount’s proposal. Now London waits with bated breath for the wedding of a decade…and wagers on the return of an heir. It was instant and irresistible, forbidden...and unforgettable. And Lyon—now a driven, dangerous, infinitely devastating man—decides it’s time for a reckoning. As the day of her wedding races toward them, Lyon and Olivia will decide whether their love is a curse destined to tear their families part...or the stuff of which legends are made."


5. Lumière by Jacqueline E. Garlick

"After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her away. Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own. Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same prize, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all."


6. The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker 

"Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Struggling to make their way in 1899 New York, the Golem and the Jinni try to fit in with their immigrant neighbors while masking their true selves. Meeting by chance, they become unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures, until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful menace will soon bring the Golem and the Jinni together again, threatening their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice."


7. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith 

"When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no 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. With the police focusing 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 worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…"


8. Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey

"Anna was living a normal life. She was ambitious and worked hard; she had just bought an apartment; she was falling in love. But then she started to develop worrying symptoms: her face felt like it was burning whenever she was in front of the computer. Soon this progressed to an intolerance of fluorescent light, then of sunlight itself. The reaction soon spread to her entire body. Now, when her symptoms are at their worst, she must spend months on end in a blacked-out room, losing herself in audio books and elaborate word games in an attempt to ward off despair. It was during this period she began to write this book."


9. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

"Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose."


10. Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

"Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared."


Tell us what books you've added to Mount TBR lately!







30 comments :

  1. I really loved Girl Waits with Gun! Hope you also enjoy it:0)!

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  2. I still have most of these on my TBR pile but Girl in the Dark was amazing, even if me questioning it at some turns.

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  3. I want to read The Fate and the Fury and Uprooted, too. Dang, I should have added them to my list.

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  4. Uprooted is awesome! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it :) I also really enjoyed the golem and the jinni.

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  5. I've seen Uprooted around quite a lot, it's probably time to finally read this!

    - Jen from The Bookavid

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  6. OOh nice! I'm curious about And I Darken! Hope you enjoy these!

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  7. I need to get round to The Golem and the Djinni and Uprooted, too! Aah, so much to read, haha.

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  8. I loved Fates and Furies and Career of Evil is on my shelf patiently waiting for me to open it...sometime...maybe this year. I've added so many holds lately at the library because January releases bowled me over.

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  9. I really want to read Fates and Furies too. Girl Waits With Gun is on my must read list- I've checked it out several times from the library, but haven't gotten to it (the copy at our library is a lending one so you don't have very long with it and you can't renew it). I'm dying to read it though!

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  10. I want to read And I Darken as well. Oh, and Uprooted is amazing!! :)

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  11. I'm planning on reading Fates and Furies sometime this year. And Career Of Evil is very good. Just really very good. I love that series.

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  12. Uprooted and Career of Evil are both super good!

    - Lauren @ The Laurenest

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  13. Just hear about Uprooted yesterday. Yet another book added to my tbr pile!

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  14. Lumière by Jacqueline E. Garlick is actually AMAZING!! I also recently added And I Darken :) Super excited for that one!

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  15. Girl in the Dark was one of the most haunting things I read last year. I just kept imagining Anna's circumstances. It's told as beautifully as fiction, but everything is real.

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  16. I want to read And I Darken. I've heard good things about Fates and Furies. I hope you enjoy reading all these books!

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  17. I saw Uprooted at my library a few weeks ago and thought it looked awesome. Good choice!

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  18. I read and quite enjoyed Uprooted, and The Golem and the Jinni.

    I'm a little torn about Career of Evil, though. With each book in the series, some pieces of the story don't work for me, but by the end I always want the next book!

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  19. hehe Duke of My Heart sounds so funny!

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  20. You have some good stuff on your list! Uprooted is excellent as is the Golemn and the Jinni. I enjoyed Girl Waits with Gun too. I really want to read And I Darken!

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  21. I love today's prompt, as it's giving me a chance to (as well as add more to my TBR pile) mark which bloggers may soon be reviewing books I'm interested in, now that I know they have the books. :D
    I really liked The Golem and the Jinni (funny, my copy has Jinni spelled with a 'd') although it's ponderous in the way epics are. And I LOVED Uprooted. I hope you like them both!

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  22. Ok I want to read all the books on your list!! Have a great week!!

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  23. There are so many books on your list I want to read! Especially Kirsten White's! Have a great week!

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  24. I have Girl Waits With Gun in my massive TBR pile too. I grabbed this novel last year at a local indie bookstore that had Amy Stewart there talking about her new novel, Girl Waits With Gun... Amy Stewart talked about the inspiration behind writing Girl Waits With Gun and signed copies of her novel afterward!! Here's my blog post about attending the Amy Stewart author signing event, if you're interested in reading it! http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/10/author-signing-event-amy-stewart.html

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  25. I've read Lumiere and The Golem and the Djinni. They were enjoyable reads. Hope you get to them soon!

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  26. I bought The Golem and the Djinni when it first came out, and still haven't read it. I plan to get to it this year. I've heard a lot of good things about it.

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  28. A Criminal Magic sounds amazing! Just added it to my TBR.

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  29. I've read and loved "Girl Waits With Gun," and I hope you do too! Can't wait to read your thoughts on it once you get to it!

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  30. I really wanted to read the ginny and dajinn but I left it that time to read later. I have ye to buy it. It's very costly here. hmm what to do, broke and bookish! haha

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