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This week's topic was a great excuse for me to take to Goodreads and find new books including all of the books I've written down in my notes app over the past few months. I have this habit of writing down all of the books I come across, online or in a bookshop, and then forgetting to add them on Goodreads or request them from the library. I'm also going to take this opportunity to invite you all to add me as a friend on Goodreads!
Ten Books I've Recently Added to My TBR
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
A new Victoria Schwab - of course I am excited for this one! This book sounds so unique. Monsters and music, what a cool combination. I hope it is exciting and dark, which I know Victoria Scwab does well.
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Pirates and time-travel...how could this not be amazing? This is a 2016 debut and I'm so excited to discover this new writer and her story. I've heard great things about this debut. I love pirates. I love time-travel. The cover is gorgeous. Hopefully this wont' be on my TBR for long.
The Chimes by Anna Smaill
This one has been on my radar for a while after it was longlisted for the Man Booker, but then I saw it in Waterstones last week and it was calling to me. It was on the buy one, get one half off table but I didn't find another book to complete the deal so I walked away. Maybe next time...London, memory, music. It sounds wonderfully imaginative and unique.
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
I saw the third instalment in the Ibis trilogy in the bookshop recently and was intrigued - I immediately returned home and requested the first book from the library. It's an epic historical adventure about a ship sailing across the Indian Ocean and the lives of its crew set in 1830s India in the midst of the Opium Wars. I don't know much more about the story except that it's an epic saga, but it sounds so very different from what I usually read and that makes me very excited.
Cleopatra's Shadows by Emily Holleman
This is another historical fiction novel that sounds right up my alley. I hadn't heard too much about this one when I spotted it in the bookshop and so I was too timid to take the risk and spend the money for a hardback book on a book I didn't know much about. Since reading more about it, though, I'm definitely excited to read this - a story about Cleopatra's sisters, who both have their own exciting stories in this book.
Love, Lies & Spies by Cindy Anstey
A historical fiction debut about a young woman in 19th-century England who is more interested in science than romance. Oh and there are spies and intrigue. I love historical fantasy and this sounds like it could be a really interesting twist on the usual romance.
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
I'm not often drawn to portal fantasy or urban fantasy but I love it when it's done well (Daughter of Smoke & Bone). I haven't read a good urban fantasy in a while so I'm excited to see what this one is about. New York City, an ancient race of magical beings, an age-old war. It all sounds great.
Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
This is another 2016 debut that I've heard good things about - I was aware of this book but wasn't especially keen to read it until I heard that Kathy MacMillan had created a whole language for this book, à la Tolkien. The language is important to the story as well and so I really appreciate the effort in world building. There is a romance and a rebellion and a new fantasy world, so it's definitely my kind of book.
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Historical fiction is quite a theme on this list - and this one, set in 1906 San Francisco, immediately caught my attention when I was browsing 2016 new releases. The story follows a young Chinese-American girl as she navigates life among the daughters of privilege at her private school. Then a disastrous earthquake strikes and the story becomes one of survival. I'm really interested in reading about diverse characters in different historical times and so this one ticks all the right boxes.
Bodies of Light by Sarah Moss
And another historical fiction novel to round off the list. This is the story of mothers and daughters, the Sufragette movement, and the experience of one of the first women to study medicine in London. Stories about mothers and daughters hit me so hard (take from that what you will) as do stories of women's rights. I came across this one on Goodreads and knew immediately it was something I wanted to read.
I didn't realise that I've been lusting after so much historical fiction. I've always loved historical fiction, though, so it's not very surprising. I hope I'll be able to read all of these books sooner rather than later.