Top Ten Books You Recently Added to Your To-Be-Read-List (Top Ten #76)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Paper Bindings - Top Ten Books You Recently Added to Your To-Be-Read-List (Top Ten #76)

A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten Books You Recently Added to Your To-Be-Read-List :

01."The Twain Shall Meet: The Mysterious Legacy of Samuel L. Clemens' Granddaughter by Susan Madeline Bailey, Deborah Lynn Gosselin - I recently went to the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT and was told to check out this book when I asked the docent if Twain had any living descendants. I'm a fan of genealogy and find the descendants of famous people in history fascinating so I figured I'd give this book a shot.
"Did famous author Mark Twain’s only surviving child, Clara, and her daughter, Nina Clemens Gabrilowitsch, take a life-long secret to their graves?"
02. "Ghost Boy" by Martin Pistorius - I completely forgot I added this book until I checked out my "Books I Want to Read Now" list on Goodreads for this TTT. I like to read nonfiction/memoirs every once and a while and I think I added this book because the idea of being trapped in your mind, hearing etc. everything around you yet not being able to respond in any meaningful way both interests and terrifies me.
"They all thought he was gone. But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten years. In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin's parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live. Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. The stress and heartache shook his parents’ marriage and their family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought."

03."Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng - Mysteries are always appealing to me ("Pretty Little Liars" fan) and I liked the added plus of diversity. I especially like mysteries mixed in with family dramas.
"Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . . So begins this debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart."

04. "The Invisible Library" by Genevieve Cogman - Mystery and a library? Sign me up. It's like "The Librarian" movies and TV series in book form (though sadly without Noah Wyle). You'll probably see a review for it at some point as I think it's on the list to be read in the book club all of us at “Once Upon A Dream Books” have going on. ;)
"The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies - think Doctor Who with librarian spies! Irene must be at the top of her game or she'll be off the case - permanently... Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission - to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book. Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested - the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene's new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own. Soon, she's up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option - the nature of reality itself is at stake."

05. "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee - I'm a big fan of "To Kill a Mockingbird" so it's no surprise that I had to add the sequel due out this summer. Lee has only published one book in her lifetime so I hope this one is just as good as the first. The fact that it was actually written before "Mockingbird" gives me high hopes that it will be.
"An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014. Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her. Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right."

06. "The Infinite Sea" by Rick Yancey - I just finished "The Fifth Wave" and loved it despite my dystopia/trilogy fatigue. I figured I might as well continue with the series.
"How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race. Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate."

07. "Calling Me Home" by Julie Kibler - Similar reasons as "Everything I Never Told You".
"Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler is a soaring debut interweaving the story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky with an unlikely modern-day friendship Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It's a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle's guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Over the years, Dorrie and Isabelle have developed more than just a business relationship. They are friends. But Dorrie, fretting over the new man in her life and her teenage son’s irresponsible choices, still wonders why Isabelle chose her. Isabelle confesses that, as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell deeply in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family's housekeeper—in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences makes it clear Dorrie and Isabelle are headed for a gathering of the utmost importance and that the history of Isabelle's first and greatest love just might help Dorrie find her own way."

08. "Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown Up" by Grace Helbig - JoRayne was kind enough to give this to me for Christmas and I'm excited to start reading it. I'm INFJ and Pinterest boards on this topic tell me that I'm prone to like self help/how to type things. The addition of this book on my Goodreads "To read list" proves that, I guess ;). Either way, I like that it has tips on random daily occurrences in the life of a late 20 something mixed in with witty humor.
"One of the sharpest, funniest voices on YouTube" (Forbes), comedian Grace Helbig offers an irreverent and illustrated guide to life for anyone faced with the challenge of growing up. Face it—being a young adult in the digital era is one of the hardest things to be. Well, maybe there are harder things in life…but being an adult is difficult! So Grace Helbig has written a guide that’s perfect for anyone who is faced with the daunting task of becoming an adult. Infused with her trademark saucy, sweet, and funny voice, Grace’s Guide is a tongue-in-cheek handbook for millennials, encompassing everything a young or new (or regular or old) adult needs to know, from surviving a breakup to recovering from a hangover. Beautifully illustrated and full-color, Grace’s Guide features interactive elements and exclusive stories from Grace’s own misadventures—like losing her virginity solely because her date took her to a Macaroni Grill—and many other hilarious lessons she learned the hard way." Amusing and unexpectedly educational, this refreshing and colorful guide proves that becoming an adult doesn’t necessarily mean you have to grow up."

09. "Damsel Distressed" by Kelsey Macke - Fairytale reimaginings are always fun and I'm trying to branch out from my standard contemporary/historical favorites into some fantasy.
"Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters' story. Those girls don't get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status. When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time. While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story. And maybe even find herself a happily ever after."

10. "Hunt for Jade Dragon" (Michael Vey #4) by Richard Paul Evans - I'm not crazy about Evans' other work but I really enjoy his Michael Vey series. If you like "X-Men" and the like, you'll like this. 
"Michael and his friends must rescue a child prodigy as the thrilling action continues in this electrifying fourth installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling series! Michael, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the Electroclan head to China in search of a girl who may have discovered why Michael and his friends became electric. Her name is Lin Julung, or Jade Dragon, and she’s a child prodigy with an IQ higher than Einstein’s—and Ostin’s. But Hatch gets to her first, and the Elgen are holding her prisoner in their Taiwan Starxource plant. Now the Voice wants Michael and the Electroclan to go to Taiwan and free her before Hatch can realize his dreams of an army of electric children. The hunt for Jade Dragon is on, and it’s a race against time!

What is your Top Ten this week?
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Tracy is a history/film fan who loves to read YA, historical and contemporary fiction. She’s also a sucker for a sad tale. Harry Potter (“Harry Potter”), Peeta Mellark (“Hunger Games”), Nathaniel Blake (“Little Men”) and Daniel Landon (“Catcher, Caught”) are her literary boyfriends. She’s also the resident Ravenclaw and librarian.


  1. The how to be a grown up book made me laugh. Let me know how it is! I still need to read the 5th wave. I've heard Damsel in Distress is really good!

  2. Ghost Boy is on my TBR recently too - I listened to Invsibilia and needed to know more!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  3. Nice! Let me know what you think of it

  4. Everything I Never Told You was really different, I really liked the contemporary drama - Hope to hear your thoughts on it soon :)
    <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. Thanks :) I think that's the one I want to read more on the list. Will do!


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