New books come into my house every day, it seems. Sometimes I look around and wonder where in the world they all came from. My husband's cousin once said, "I've never seen this many books in one house before." Which made me laugh, because she didn't even know about the boxes of review copies that are stuffed into my guest room closet. Book nerd problems, I tell ya!
Considering my *little* book acquisition addiction (you can never have too much of a good thing, right?), today's Top Ten Tuesday topic du jour seemed especially appropriate. But before we get to that, I want to make sure you know how you, too, can join the TTT fun. All you have to do is go on over to The Broke and the Bookish, read the instructions for posting, write up your own TTT list, and share it with the rest of us. So easy. And fun! You want to get in on this, trust me ...
Okay, here we go with the Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession:
1. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton—After watching Jurassic World, which I didn't love (it was exciting/entertaining, but seriously lacking in plot and character development), I realized I'd never actually read the Jurassic Park books. I tried reserving the first one at my library, but they only had a couple of copies of the novel and both had looonnnggg waiting lists. So, I bought it. Read it. And ... yeah. Bottom line: I liked Jurassic Park the movie a lot better.
2. Still Life by Louise Penny—Lately, I've been really enjoying traditional murder mystery series set in small towns around the globe. I like the local color just as much (maybe more) than the twisty plots. I've been hearing about Penny's popular series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and finally decided to give it a try. Verdict: I'm loving it.
3. I Am David by Anne Holm and L.W. Kingsland (translator)—This is an older book, but I just barely heard about it. It's a survival story starring a 12-year-old boy who's been trapped in a brutal Eastern European prison camp his whole life. When a chance to escape arises, he takes it.
4. Open Season by C.J. Box—Like I said (see #2), murder mysteries set in quirky little places have been finding their way into my home a lot these days. This is another popular series that I've been meaning to read for awhile now. Open Season is waiting for me at the library—I just need to go pick it up.
5. Bones on Ice by Kathy Reichs—I love the novella trend. These short books help tide me over while I wait for the next installments in my favorite series. This one has my girl Temperance Brennan examining a mummified corpse from atop Mt. Everest. Sounds intriguing, no?
6. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler—This YA contemporary caught my attention because of the brown-skinned, black-haired girl on the cover. I always love it when books feature characters who look like my beautiful bi-racial daughter. The fact that the novel is a modern version of The Little Mermaid makes it even more enticing.
7. Earthquake by Aprilynne Pike—Even though it's a little predictable (at least in some ways), I enjoyed EarthBound. Thus, I had to comb the library shelves for its sequel. Voilá!
8. Summer of the Dead by Julia Keller—This is the third book in the Bell Elkins mystery series and the best, in my opinion. Set in small-town West Virginia (see #2 and #4), all these books offer didn't-see-that-coming plot twists as well as fascinating ruminations on Appalachian culture. Can't wait for the next book in the series, Last Ragged Breath, which comes out in August.
9. A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape From North Korea by Eunsun Kim—I just got a review copy of this book from the publisher. True survival stories always intrigue and inspire me, so I'm excited to delve into this one.
10. Weightless by Sarah Bannan—A copy of this contemporary YA about a good girl who gets shunned because of a scandalous video gone viral just landed in my mailbox. Sounds timely and interesting.
There you go. So, what do you think of my recent acquisitions? Have you read any of them? More importantly, if you have any suggestions for good mystery series set in a small town anywhere in the world, let me know. Also, I'd love to see your TTT list. Leave me a comment and I'll gladly return the favor.
My mountain of review books grows daily. To see a list of those currently in my possession (physical copies only—e-copies are not listed), click here.
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Bookin' Around the States
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2017 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge
1. A book you choose for the cover—The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell 2. A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able—The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh 3. A book set somewhere you've never been, but would like to visit - The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny 4. A book you've already read—Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling 5. A juicy memoir—My Story by Elizabeth Smart 6. A book about books or reading—The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan 7. A book in a genre you usually avoid—Maus by Art Spiegelman 8. A book you don't want to admit you're dying to read—Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham 9. A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven't read yet—The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan 10. A book about a topic or subject you already love—Trials of the Earth by Mary Mann Hamilton
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2017 Dystopia Reading Challenge
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 2. Wool by Hugh Howey 3. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood 4. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden 5. One Second After by William R. Forstchen 6. Across the Universe by Beth Revis 7. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky 8. Born by Tara Brown 9. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 10. Red Rising by Pierce Brown 11. Consider by Kristy Acevedo 12. Bluescreen by Dan Wells 13. Starflight by Melissa Landers 14. Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky 15. Vicarious by Paula Stokes 16. Replica by Lauren Oliver