Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: My Latest and Greatest


It's Tuesday and you know what that means—it's time for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, my favorite bookish meme.  If you want to join in the fun (and you really do), click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl, read a few instructions, make your own list, then spend some happy hours hopping around the book blogosphere.  It's a great way to spread some love in our community, discover new blogs, and, of course, get more recommendations for your TBR pile mountain mountain chain.

This week's topic is Top Ten Most Recent Additions to My TBR List.  Since I add books constantly to my TBR list on Goodreads, I can't remember which titles are the literal last ten I added.  So, I'm just going to talk about ten I've added recently that I'm really excited about.  Sound good?  Here we go:

Top Ten Most Recent Additions to My TBR List:


1.  The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber—I'm in the middle of Weisgarber's newest historical novel, The Glovemaker (available February 5, 2019), which I'm enjoying.  Weisbarger's written a couple of other books, but this is the one I most want to read.  It's about a black family trying to survive on South Dakota's drought-dry plains in 1917.


2.  The Night Visitors by Carol Goodman—I'm a big fan of Goodman's Gothic thrillers and her newest sounds like another intriguing read.  It concerns an abused woman and her son who are stranded in the middle of a snowstorm in New York.  A stranger takes them in for the night.  As the blizzard worsens outside, shocking secrets are being revealed inside ... 


3.  The Hidden by Mary Chamberlain (available February 7, 2019)—I can't resist a dual-timeline novel that features WWII, so I'm drawn to this one about a young German woman trying to find a mysterious woman who appears in an old photograph of her mother's.


4.  Home for Erring and Outcast Girls by Julie Kibler (available July 30, 2019)—I loved Kibler's 2012 debut, Calling Me Home, and I've been waiting anxiously for her to publish something else.  This one, her sophomore novel, is a dual-timeline novel about a woman in the present who's seeking to uncover the history of a home that once offered "ruined" girls hope and help.  


5.  The Orphan of Salt Winds by Elizabeth Brooks—A newly-adopted orphan arrives at her mysterious new home on the edge of a marsh. She soon discovers that her adoptive parents have a house full of secrets and lies.  While trying to make sense of her new world, her life is rocked again when a German airman crashes in the marsh.  What happens next will haunt her for the rest of her life.  Sounds good, no?


6.  The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman (available February 5, 2019)—This middle grade novel is about a group of children trying to survive on the streets of India.  Sounds heartbreaking, but intriguing.



7.  The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods—Another middle grade novel, this one revolves around a young boy who's saved from a car accident by a black WWII veteran.  As a thank you, the boy gets his rescuer a job at his dad's auto shop.  This is the Jim Crow South, however, so there's tension, even as the boy discovers just how much of a hero the vet really is.


8.  Where Dandelions Bloom by Tara Johnson (available July 1, 2019)—I'm fascinated by true stories of women who disguised themselves as men in order to serve in the Civil War.  This novel is about a young woman looking for a way to escape an abusive home and finding herself—and true love—on the battlefield.


9.  The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns (available May 28, 2019)—Another dual-timeline novel (my favorite!), this one concerns a Japanese woman who is cast out when her traditional family discovers that she's pregnant with the child of an American sailor.  


10.  Apple of My Eye by Claire Allan—This psychological thriller about a pregnant woman who's receiving threatening notes that call into question her husband's loyalty and her own ability to be a mother, sounds intriguing.

So, there you have it, ten of the most recent additions to my TBR mountain chain.  What do you think of my selections?  Have you read any of these?  What titles have you added to your TBR list lately?  I'm truly interested to know.  Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!

51 comments:

  1. These are all new to me but sound good - especially Apple of My Eye.

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    1. It does sound intriguing, doesn't it? I just can't stay away from psychological thrillers!

      Thanks, as always, for stopping by, Grace!

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  2. I love books that take place in the past, so I might decide to add Home for Erring and Outcast Girls & The Hidden to my TBR!

    My Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. Me too! Historical novels always appeal to me, especially if they revolve around WWII. I find that period especially fascinating.

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  3. The Unsung Hero of Birdsong USA and The Bridge Home both sound really interesting. I've been realizing recently that I really should try to incorporate more middle grade novels into my reading life. I used to read them a lot when my son was younger, but I've fallen away from it and have been intrigued by quite a few titles I've caught on the shelves as I head over to the little reading area my daughter and I have been sitting in in the library. These are definitely two I'll keep an eye out for!

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    1. I love good MG novels! I've been volunteering with the reading program at my kids' elementary school for years, so MG novels are always on my radar. I've read some really fantastic ones over the years.

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  4. The Night Visitors sounds really good. I've only read one book by the author, but I loved it.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I really like Goodman's books. Some of hers are better than others, of course, but overall, I'm a fan.

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  5. I’ve just started The Orphan of Salt Winds! It’s great so far. Very atmospheric.

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    1. Oh, good! I'm glad to hear that. I'm picking the book up from the library today. I can't wait to read it.

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  6. The Woman in white kimono sounds beautiful 😍

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    1. Doesn't it? It was inspired by the author's father's experience, I believe, which makes the book even more intriguing in my opinion!

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  7. Ooh, I kind of like "The Hidden"...love playing detective with scraps of history like that!

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    1. Me, too! These are my favorite kinds of books.

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  8. Great list! Hope you enjoy them all. ��

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    1. Thank you! I hope so, too.

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  9. Yes, I'm waiting on the Carol Goodman book. I've seen a few of the others, but am trying not to add too many. I'll be reading THE NIGHT VISITORS though.

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    1. LOL. I add books to my queue constantly, but I only end up actually reading a very small percentage of them. I like keeping track of ones that look interesting, though.

      THE NIGHT VISITORS sounds good, doesn't it? I'm excited for it.

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  10. I haven't heard of any of these, but man some of those covers are gorgeous.
    Here's our TTT: http://jennreneeread.blogspot.com/2019/01/top-ten-tuesday-and-most-recent.html

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    1. There are some pretty ones here, aren't there? Historical covers are usually my favorite because they're so nostalgic and evocative.

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  11. I'm excited for the new Carol Goodman novel, too. And The Bridge Home is at the top of my TBR list. Happy Reading! :)

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    1. I just bought THE BRIDGE HOME. It sounds excellent and I didn't want to wait for it to come in at my library. I'm super impatient sometimes!

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  12. I can't resist a dual time line story either so that one is definitely going on my TBR. Great list!

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  13. Great list of books. I particularly like the sound of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree.

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    1. I just picked it up at the library today. I like the sound of it too. I've read plenty of books about people trying to survive on the inhospitable plains, but never from an African-American perspective. Sounds really interesting to me.

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  14. These all sound so intriguing! My TBR is definitely growing with each TTT post I read. :)

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    1. LOL. That's the best and worst thing about TTT -- it adds more titles to our ever growing TBR piles!

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  15. Great list! I've been eyeing Home for Erring and Outcast Girls too. It sounds so good.

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    1. It does, doesn't it? Too bad it doesn't come out until July :(

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  16. I love the cover for The Orphan of Salt Winds. Hope you get to enjoy some of these treasures soon!

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    1. I picked up the book today and the cover is actually not as pretty in person. Ha ha. I still think it's intriguing, though, and the book is good so far.

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  17. Wow! So many of these sound superb. The Personal Story of Rachel DuPREE, The Hidden, and Where Dandelions Bloom all need to go on my wish list.

    Good luck with getting all these read. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Thanks! I can't wait to read them all :)

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  18. Ooh, these books all look really pretty.
    Happy reading.

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    1. I agree! I love me a pretty cover.

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  19. I hear you -- my TBR is neverending and I am always adding to it too. I keep looking at The Unsung Hero of Birdsong -- that cover is just lovely and yet it's such a complex story behind it.

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    1. I just ordered the book from Amazon. I'm excited to read it. It sounds amazing.

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  20. This looks like such a great compilation Susan and so many I've not heard of before, I will be off to find out more! Thanks!

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    1. I'm glad you found some new titles that might tickle your fancy.

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  21. I feel like I've been reading fantastic blurbs for Carol Goodman books for years (I probably have at this point) and yet I haven't read a single one! Will have to also read the blurb for this one. Maybe I'll actually read the book. lol

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    1. If you like dark, engrossing Gothic thrillers, definitely give her a go. Her older books are all kind of the same, but they're good! My favorite, I think, is THE WIDOW HOUSE.

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  22. So many beautiful covers in your list this week! I'm totally drawn to pretty covers myself. Hope you enjoy these! :)

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    1. Me, too! I can't resist a pretty cover. I love it when the story sounds like a good one, too.

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  23. Nice choices! I hadn’t heard about most of these, thank you for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome! There are so many great-sounding books out there. I want to read them all! LOL

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  24. The Hidden sounds like my kind of book. And I love the cover!

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    1. Right? I love dual timeline mysteries, especially when they concern WWII. I hope THE HIDDEN is as good as it sounds!

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  25. Ohh great post and a great list of books The Bridge Home looks and sounds so beautiful and amazing as well, I hope you can get too all these books. Thank you so much for stopping by my TTT Post.

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    1. I bought THE BRIDGE HOME from Amazon and I can't wait to dig in. It sounds amazing!

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  26. You have great taste in books. I want to read everything on your list!

    My Top Ten Tuesday post.

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