Top Twelve Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Recently

Top Ten Tuesday is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I count down my top ten choices on a particular theme. This weekly event is hosted by Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Twelve Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Recently.

For someone who already owns more books than she physically has room for (Seriously. I’m currently preparing to donate 300+ books to my local library and domestic violence shelter as we speak to help free up some space) I sure do spend an awful lot of my spare time adding books to my ever-expanding to-be-read list. And why not? While my TBR list probably includes more books than I could ever possibly read in a single lifetime, there’s something comforting – and a whole lot of fun! – about discovering new stories that hold the potential to delight, inspire and move you. Today’s list is an interesting combination of currently available and forthcoming titles across a variety of genres, and I hope you can find within it at least one book that seems like it might be right for you. Happy reading!

As always, these choices are listed in no particular order.

To Be Published January 3, 2017 by Hachette Book Group
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On her first day at a new school, Lily befriends one of the daughters of infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham. Lily has never experienced anything like the Trenthams’ home, where Evan and his wife have created a wild, makeshift family of like-minded artists, all living and working together to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930’s Australia. An only child accustomed to loneliness, Lily soon becomes infatuated with the creative chaos of the Trenthams and aches to fully belong.

Despite the Trenthams’ glamorous allure, the artists’ real lives are shaped by dire Faustian bargains and spectacular falls from grace. As the girls find themselves drawn closer to the white-hot flame of creativity, emotions and art collide with explosive consequences – and Evan’s own daughters may be forced to pay a dangerous price for his choices.

To Be Published June 6, 2017 by Swoon Reads
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High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance — played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog — attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most…Laurent included.

To Be Published June 6, 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once And For All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

To Be Published May 9, 2017 by Hogarth
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A dark, sexy noir about the intensity of female relationships — whether mother to daughter or friend to friend — that lies behind the hedgerows of beautifully manicured Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California.

When Lady decides to take a break from her husband, she hires a live-in nanny so she can finish her book — but also possibly to avoid her children. S, a young artist/student, arrives on her doorstep to interview for the job and instantly connects with both her sons, but soon begins to act in a way that causes Lady to question her reason for being there. This twisty, moody, bizarre, and confidently written second novel is a riveting exploration of female friendship that will further establish Lepucki as a major voice in literary fiction.

To Be Published March 14th, 2017 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Wing Jones, like everyone else in her town, has worshipped her older brother, Marcus, for as long as she can remember. Good-looking, popular, and the star of the football team, Marcus is everything his sister is not.

Until the night everything changes when Marcus, drunk at the wheel after a party, kills two people and barely survives himself. With Marcus now in a coma, Wing is crushed, confused, and angry. She is tormented at school for Marcus’s mistake, haunted at home by her mother and grandmothers’ grief. In addition to all this, Wing is scared that the bank is going to repossess her home because her family can’t afford Marcus’s mounting medical bills.

Every night, unable to sleep, Wing finds herself sneaking out to go to the school’s empty track. When Aaron, Marcus’s best friend, sees her running one night, he recognizes that her speed, skill, and agility could get her spot on the track team. And better still, an opportunity at a coveted sponsorship from a major athletic gear company. Wing can’t pass up the opportunity to train with her longtime crush and to help her struggling family, but can she handle being thrust out of Marcus’s shadow and into the spotlight?

Published July 5, 2016 by Harper Perennial
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The literary love-child of The Devil Wears Prada and The Bell Jar, this singular debut novel is the story of Ethan, a wide-eyed new Ivy League grad, who discovers that his dream of “making it” at leading New York City fashion magazine Régine may well be his undoing.

When Ethan St. James graduates from Yale, he can’t wait to realize his dream of becoming a fashion editor at Régine. Born Elián San Jamar, he knew from childhood that he was destined for a “more beautiful” life than the one his working-class parents share in Texas — a life inspired by Régine’s pages. A full ride to the Ivy League provided the awakening he yearned for, but reality hits hard when he arrives at Régine and is relegated to the lowest rung of the ladder.

Mordantly funny and emotionally ruthless, An Innocent Fashion is about a quintessential millennial — naïve, idealistic, struggling with his identity and sexuality — trying to survive in an industry, and a city, notorious for attracting new graduates only to chew them up and spit them out. Oscillating between melodrama and whip-smart sarcasm, pretentiousness and heartbreaking vulnerability, increasingly disillusioned with Régine and his two best friends from Yale, both scions of WASP privilege, Ethan begins to unravel.

As the narratives of his conflicted childhood, cloistered collegiate experience, and existential crisis braid together, this deeply moving coming-of-age novel for the 21st century spirals towards a devastating truth: You can follow your dreams, but sometimes dreams are just not enough.

Published June 14, 2016 by Gallery Books
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In 1919, the Turner sisters and their parents are barely scraping by. Their father is a low-paid boot-stitcher in Johnson City, New York, and the family is always one paycheck away from eviction. When their father’s hand is crushed and he can no longer work, their irrepressible mother decides that the vaudeville stage is their best — and only — chance for survival.

Traveling by train from town to town, teenagers Gert, Winnie, and Kit, and recent widow Nell soon find a new kind of freedom in the company of performers who are as diverse as their acts. There is a seamier side to the business, however, and the young women face dangers and turns of fate they never could have anticipated. Heartwarming and surprising, The Tumbling Turner Sisters is ultimately a story of awakening — to unexpected possibilities, to love and heartbreak, and to the dawn of a new American era.

To Be Published January 24th, 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home” — no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted — and their unborn child — to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?

In this gritty and haunting debut, Tiffany D. Jackson explores the grey areas in our understanding of justice, family, and truth, and acknowledges the light and darkness alive in all of us.

To Be Published May 16, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
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There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

Published September 20, 2016 by Little, Brown and Company
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In Emma Donoghue’s latest masterpiece, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle – a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life.

Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.

Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, The Wonder works beautifully on many levels – a tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.

To Be Published August 22, 2017 by Simon & Schuster
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Maine-bred, independent Rilla Brae is no stranger to the deep. She knows the rhythms of hard work and harder seas. But when she experiences the sudden death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead blurs and she begins to be haunted by a girl on a nearby, uninhabited island. The girl floats a song over the waves, and it is as beautiful as it is terrifying. Familiar and distant.

Then Rilla meets Sam, a University of Southern Maine archeology student tasked with excavating the very island where the ghostly girl appeared. Sam sifts the earth looking for the cultural remains of an island people who were forcibly evicted by the state nearly a hundred years ago. Sam tells Rilla the island has a history no locals talk about — if they know about it at all — due to the shame the events brought to the working waterfront community. All Rilla knows for sure is that the island has always been there — an eerie presence anchored in the stormy sea. Now Sam’s work and the girl’s song lure Rilla to the island’s shores.

As Rilla helps Sam to unearth the island’s many secrets, Rilla’s visions grow — until the two discover a tragedy kept silent for years. And it’s a tragedy that has everything to do with Rilla’s past.

To Be Published June 20, 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Now it’s your turn! Which books have YOU added to your to-be-read list recently? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

12 responses to “Top Twelve Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Recently”

  1. So many of these are on my tbr! I’ve really been eyeing The Tumbling Turner Sisters! 🙂

  2. I am so, so excited for new Sarah Dessen, and this one sounds particularly cute and fun. I have ALLEGEDLY on my Kindle, and I’m looking forward to THE HEARTBEATS OF WINGS JONES and INTERNET FAMOUS (especially since my main mood lately has been contemporaries). Also, WOW, the cover for THE STRAYS has me DROOLING.
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  3. Saii says:

    Great list! These are all books I’ve been meaning to read too. I really wanna read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue it’s giving me My Lady Jane-ish vibes and I loved that book.

  4. Rissi says:

    “Once and For All” sounds really good, and at some point I’ve realized I need to try a novel by Sarah Dessen. Just have to decide which one. 🙂
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  5. I am so intrigued by these books! I want to read so many of them now. They’ve got gorgeous covers! 🙂 I’m particularly intrigued by The Strays.

  6. Joyce Xie says:

    All of your picks look super interesting! :O

    (side note: love the layout + graphics of your blog <3)
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  7. Elin says:

    OMG I love the cover on The Strays. So beautiful 🙂
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  8. Lori says:

    I’m pretty excited about Sarah Dessen’s new book! She rarely disappoints.

  9. I totally forgot about The Wonder! It’s on my TBR like yesterday list lol. I absolutely loved Room and can’t wait to read it – hope you like it too!
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  10. I’m sure the beneficiaries of your book donations will appreciate the repercussions of your book buying habits! 🙂 Hurray for another suburbanite Canadian blogger! 😀

  11. giovanna says:

    Once And For All,also made my list! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!! Great Top Ten 😀 My Top Ten Tuesday!

  12. Internet Famous sounds like it could be fun! 🙂

    Lauren @ Always Me

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