TTT – Books I recently added to my TBR

Happy Top Ten Tuesday everyone! I finally got a lot of inspiration for future blog posts again, so I’m excited for that. But first, let’s take a closer look at my TBR…

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly tag hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. You can find all the prompts there! Today’s prompt was actually: “books I’ve added to my TBR and forgotten why.” But I’ve been so very selective with what I add to my TBR that I don’t have any books floating around for no reason.

So instead, with help from Goodreads, I will list the last ten books I added to my TBR!

1. Brighstorm – Vashti Hardy

Okay so I remember why I added this book (it’s because it sounds so cool, duh), but I can’t remember for the life of me where I saw this book. Was it Instagram? Was it someone’s blog? Or was it a random list of books from the Internet? I have no clue. Either way, here is a short little synopsis:

After their father died on a failed expedition to South Polaris, twins Arthur and Maudie Brightstorm must uncover the truth about what happened on that fateful day, and salvage their family name.

2. Vengeful – V.E. Schwab

I added this one after finishing Vicious and deciding that I did indeed like the premise of these books. I had heard so many things about Vicious and Vengeful, that I had to go read them at some point. Though I haven’t read Vengeful yet, but I’m planning to read it this year! Synopsis:

Vengeful follows Sydney and Victor again, after the events of Vicious had finished. But Eli has yet to pay for the evil that he has done, and Victor is not yet done with him.

3. Iron Gold – Pierce Brown

I shouldn’t even have to explain why this book is on my TBR. The Red Rising trilogy is probably one of my favorites ever, and I always always recommended it to people at my work. These books excellently portray the complexity of insurgence and all the ethical dilemmas that come with it. Oh, and you’ll get your heart broken a few times. Short synopsis:

The revolution in Morningstar did not achieve what it was supposed to. Instead, it is the tenth year of war, and Darrow must go on one last, desperate mission to save the cause he fought for.

4. Kingdom of the Wicked – Kerri Maniscalco

I seriously loved the Jack the Ripper series, despite expecting kind of not to, so I’m excited for this book as well. As opposed to JTR, this book will definitely have a lot more fantasy elements to it, and I’m pleased that it takes place on Sicily; I’ve never read a book that takes place in southern Europe before. Synopsis:

Twin sisters Emilia and Vittoria are sterghe: witches that live among humans. When Vittoria gets brutally murdered, Emilia is determined to catch the culprit; even if it means using forbidden dark magic and accepting the help of a prince of Hell.

5. Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik

Okay, so I made an attempt to read this book last year or something. And I couldn’t really get through it. BUT, I do want to finish it some day because I liked what was going on; it was just a little slow. I might save this one for winter because obviously it’s a wintery book. Short synopsis:

As the daughter of a moneylender, Miryem can turn silver into gold. Soon she attracts the attention of the Staryk: icy fae creatures that drag her to their kingdom. As even the tsar gets involved, it seems that Miryem and her two unlikely allies must embark on a quest to save both humans and Staryk.

6. The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang

Like Spinning Silver, I have actually already read part of this book. But I got distracted by other books and challenges and reviews I had to do and then forgot all about it. Shame on me, I know. I will pick this one up again, because I was actually enjoying it. Synopsis:

Peasant girl Rin surprises everyone including herself when she secures a place at Sinegard; the most elite military school in Nikan. Not only does she learn she has an aptitude for shamanism, she also learns that the gods long thought dead are very much alive. With a third Poppy War on the horizon, Rin realizes she must use her powers to prevent her country from crumbling.

7. The Beautiful – Renée Ahdieh

I haven’t read a single Renée Ahdieh book yet (I know, shame on me again), and I remember this one being really hyped up. The premise sounds super intriguing, so I’m hoping to pick it up at some point. Short synopsis:

New Orleans is ruled by the dead, but to Celine, the city is her refuge after she fled her life as a dressmaker in Paris. After some girls of her convent are brutally murdered, she decides to take matters into her own hands and accidentally discovers an age-old feud between the underworld’s darkest creatures.

8. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

I have a thing for reading books that have inspired popular tv shows, without actually watching the show. Did that with Game of Thrones and am likely to do that with Outlander. Watching the show would be much easier, because the books are huge, but alas. Synopsis:

It’s 1945, and Claire Randall accidentally gets transported back in time to Scotland of 1743 while on second honeymoon with her husband. Suddenly she’s a Sassenach – an outlander, but James Fraser makes her a woman torn by fidelity and desire.

9. Alien Separation – Gini Koch

I love this series, and this is the 11th installment of it. At the same time cheesy and thrilling, I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes aliens, intriguing plots, and fun characters. Though you might want to take notes, the plot goes very deep. Short synopsis:

The end of book 10 suggested that Katherine “Kitty” Katt would finally get a respite from attempts on her and her husband’s life, but alas, it may not be so. She, her family, and her friends are transported to another solar system. Scattered all over the planet, they must forge alliances and find their way home.

10. The Empire of Gold – S.A. Chakraborty

Aah, the book that is probably my most anticipated release of 2020. The Kingdom of Copper ended in such a way that I almost threw the book across my room. In a good way, of course. A gentle yeet. Anyway, super stoked for the finale of this series. Short synopsis:

Daevabad is in turmoil, and having only narrowly escaped with their lives, Nahri and Ali are now temporarily safe in Cairo. Peace grows every more elusive, and Nahri, Ali and Dara might have to fight the ones they ones loved.

And that’s all 10! Which books have you most recently added to your TBR?

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  1. June 9, 2020 / 1:05 pm

    I DNF Spinning Silver earlier this spring. I may go back to it one day!

    My TTT .

    • simonevanheijst
      June 9, 2020 / 4:31 pm

      I read a chunk last year but the plot was so slow to pick up. I’ll try again in the Winter!

    • simonevanheijst
      June 9, 2020 / 7:07 pm

      Me too! I just so happened to purchase one of the books on this list today 😊

  2. June 9, 2020 / 8:02 pm

    I’m not nearly as selective as you are. Whenever I see a book that sounds like something I would enjoy, I throw it on one of my TBR lists on Goodreads. I do that so I won’t forget I want to read the book, but then … I pretty much forget about it anyway. Ha ha.

    The only book I’ve read on your list is OUTLANDER, which I liked. I never moved on to the next book, though. Not sure why. I hope you enjoy it if you read it.

    Happy TTT!


    • simonevanheijst
      June 10, 2020 / 11:07 am

      I used to throw everything on my TBR, too, but I got completely lost in it, haha. I really want to read all the Outlander books, but they’re so huge.🙈

  3. June 10, 2020 / 4:24 am

    Cool list! What a neat variety of books. The Poppy War looks good, I’ve never heard of that one before.
    Happy reading! 💛

    • simonevanheijst
      June 10, 2020 / 8:31 am

      Thanks! The Poppy War is also great if you’re trying to diversify your reading; the author is Chinese American and the book has lots of Chinese history in it😊

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