Top Ten Books I’ve Added To My TBR Recently

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week features a different theme/prompt for which you come up with a list of 10 books. This week’s theme: books recently added to your TBR. At first I was planning on sticking only to books I physically had, but that would basically end up just being a recap of my October book haul. So instead, I’m just going to list the ten books I most recently added on Goodreads!

As always, links will take you to Goodreads.

The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard

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The inspiration for the NBC series Crossbones. In the early eighteenth century a number of the great pirate captains, including Edward “Blackbeard” Teach and “Black Sam” Bellamy, joined forces. This infamous “Flying Gang” was more than simply a thieving band of brothers. Many of its members had come to piracy as a revolt against conditions in the merchant fleet and in the cities and plantations in the Old and New Worlds. Inspired by notions of self-government, they established a crude but distinctive form of democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which indentured servants were released and leaders chosen or deposed by a vote. They were ultimately overcome by their archnemesis, Captain Woodes Rogers—a merchant fleet owner and former privateer—and the brief though glorious moment of the Republic of Pirates came to an end. In this unique and fascinating book, Colin Woodard brings to life this virtually unexplored chapter in the Golden Age of Piracy.

Why I want to read it: I’m currently taking a course on the history of piracy and it’s piqued my interest in learning more about them. I’m interested to see how Woodard actually gets this information, as most of what we know about pirates comes from stories that are passed down (and thus unreliable) or from court documents from the trials of captured pirates.

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

10365343In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead.

Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuild­ing civilization under orders from the provisional govern­ment based in Buffalo. Their top mission: the resettlement of Manhattan. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—aka Zone One—but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain. While the army has eliminated the most dangerous of the infected, teams of civilian volunteers are tasked with clearing out a more innocuous variety—the “malfunctioning” stragglers, who exist in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives.

Mark Spitz is a member of one of the civilian teams work­ing in lower Manhattan. Alternating between flashbacks of Spitz’s desperate fight for survival during the worst of the outbreak and his present narrative, the novel unfolds over three surreal days, as it depicts the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder, and the impossible job of coming to grips with the fallen world.

And then things start to go wrong.

Both spine chilling and playfully cerebral, Zone One bril­liantly subverts the genre’s conventions and deconstructs the zombie myth for the twenty-first century.

Why I want to read it: I love sci-fi and dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels. I also want to branch out and read more zombie novels because I’ve always avoided those in the past (for totally unknown reasons).

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Twenty years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

Why I want to read it: Mostly because, as I mentioned for the last book, I love sci-fi, dystopia, and post-apocalyptic books. This sounds really unique too.

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

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Luminous, haunting, unforgettable, The Age of Miracles is a stunning fiction debut by a superb new writer, a story about coming of age during extraordinary times, about people going on with their lives in an era of profound uncertainty.

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life–the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

With spare, graceful prose and the emotional wisdom of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker has created a singular narrator in Julia, a resilient and insightful young girl, and a moving portrait of family life set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world.

Why I want to read it: I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like this. It sounds so interesting! I think it’ll be incredibly fascinating to explore what might happen if the planet’s rotation changed without any warning.

The Fireman by Joe Hill

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From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.

Why I want to read it: I’ve never come across any books, movies, TV shows, ANYTHING with a pandemic of spontaneous combustion. It sounds like it could be a great book – and it’s a nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards for best horror so it probably is pretty good. 🙂

Decked With Holly by Marni Bates

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Smartly blending of-the-moment pop culture references and timeless themes, Bates follows her YA debut, “Awkward”, with a hilarious, over-the-top adventure about a teen girl who becomes the fake girlfriend of a cute rock star.

Taking a Christmas cruise with her two cousins from hell isn’t Holly’s idea of a good time. And when seasickness forces her into an open suite, she’s pepper-sprayed by a gorgeous guy called Nick. But when Holly makes her exit, she’s greeted by a horde of screaming teenage fans. Because Nick happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for one of the hottest bands in America. Suddenly rumours are swirling and Holly’s face is plastered all over the Internet. The band can’t risk a scandal destroying their family-friendly image, so Dominic convinces Holly to be his fake girlfriend – just for two weeks. How bad could it be to be “fauxmantically” involved with a cute rock star? She’s about to find out…

Why I want to read it: I love Christmas and I’m desperate to read some Christmas-related books. 🙂 Plus, I LOVE the whole “fake relationship” trope. So really, this book has my name written all over it.

Infinity by Jus Accardo

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There are three things Kori knows for sure about her life:

One: Her army general dad is insanely overprotective.

Two: The guy he sent to watch her, Cade, is way too good-looking.

Three: Everything she knew was a lie.

Now there are three things Kori never knew about her life:

One: There’s a device that allows her to jump dimensions.

Two: Cade’s got a lethal secret.

Three: Someone wants her dead.

Why I want to read it: I love reading about alternate dimensions yet I find them kind of hard to find (except for Dark Matter and A Thousand Pieces of You, I can’t think of any off the top of my head).

Beneath the Guarding Stars by Everly Frost

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In a world where nobody can be killed, one girl will change it all…

PEOPLE SAY that when my brother died, his death challenged everything we knew about ourselves. Our ability to heal was no longer absolute. Our long lives were no longer guaranteed. Suddenly, we could be killed.

Fear of mortality took on a life of its own and triggered a chain of events that threatened the peace and security of my home country, Evereach. When I escaped government custody, no longer safely contained, I became a threat to the nation and to the world.

But Michael and I fought our way to the borders of Starsgard and, despite everything, the Starsgardians are willing to let us in.

But fear is quiet. It waits.

It waits for me.

Why I want to read it: This is the sequel to Beyond the Ever Reach (which I read when it was still Fear My Mortality) and I really loved the first book and have been dying for its sequel! This was just published on the 4th so hopefully I’m able to grab a copy soon. 🙂

Inherited by Freedom Matthews

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If saying ‘I love you’ meant death, would you still say it?

The Wilted Rose, of faery-tale and folklore, is a pirate ship filled with unfortunate souls-each forbidden to love. One such soul is Valencia ‘Lennie’ Roux. Raised in a brothel and an heir to a curse; Lennie never expected to pique the interest of any man. Yet with the arrival of vivid-eyed Nathaniel, she is torn between wanting to know him better and fearing what that knowledge would mean.

With Nathaniel bringing the crew’s total to six, the Wilted Rose sets off in search of the remaining two heirs. They hope that in reuniting, they will convince the faery Sorceress responsible for the curse, to end it. However lurking beneath the water is a long standing enemy of the Wilted Rose; who is determined to thwart their quest and bring down its leaders.

Together the eight heirs fight for survival, friendship and love.

Why I want to read it: It’s a YA fantasy with pirates. Do I really need to say anything else? I’m also not ashamed to admit that part of it is that cover… Look at it!

Freeks by Amanda Hocking

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Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act…

Mara has always longed for a normal life in a normal town where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. Instead, she roams from place to place, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night.

When the struggling sideshow is miraculously offered the money they need if they set up camp in Caudry, Louisiana, Mara meets local-boy Gabe…and a normal life has never been more appealing.

But before long, performers begin disappearing and bodes are found mauled by an invisible beast. Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence lurking in the town with its sights set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks. In order to unravel the truth before the attacker kills everyone Mara holds dear, she has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she was capable of—one that could change her future forever.

Bestselling author Amanda Hocking draws readers inside the dark and mysterious world of Freeks.

Why I want to read it: I love the idea of a fantasy that centers around a sideshow. It sounds like it’ll be pretty creepy too which always gets me interested. 🙂

What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do you want to read any of these?


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29 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I’ve Added To My TBR Recently

  1. I want to read so many of the books on your list! Inherited, Station Eleven, and Decked with Holly stand out to me in particular– I’m always looking for new Christmas books to read! 🙂

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  2. The Republic of Pirates is on my TBR as well! I’m writing a pirate fantasy and have recently been looking into books to help me bring a bit of reality to it! I’m reading another at the moment: Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly which I’m rather enjoying. It’s full of great insight!
    Happy Reading 🙂

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  3. I really enjoyed Station Eleven – but I admit it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. The Fireman was my first Joe Hill and I really liked it so have a couple of others by him now to try out. I definitely like the look and sound of the pirates book.
    Lynn 😀

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  4. This is such a cool list! I hadn’t heard of a lot of these but I’ll definitely be checking some of them out. The Fireman sounds so interesting.
    I’ve read Station Eleven and really enjoyed it! It’s quite different from a lot of post-apocalyptic fiction I’ve read in the past.

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  5. Thanks to you and this post, I just picked up Inherited by Freedom Matthews for super cheap for my kindle. MAH PENGUINS, that cover! That blurb! I needed it. XD

    Happy book-ing to you in the near future! Hopefully you enjoy all your recent bookish acquisitions (by which I mean, the books in your leaning tower of read-za!) Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday, if you’re interested; no worries if you’re not though! Happy Tuesday. ❤

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    • Haha, I think when I wrote this I had just recently stumbled across a post recommending a bunch of post-apocalyptic novels, so that’s probably why. It’s also one of my favorite genres though 🙂 Glad to hear you liked The Fireman! I’ve heard great things about it.

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