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The Tottering TBR // Episode V

Greetings, friends!  Another week, another million books added to the TBR!  :-D

Added to the General TBR:

Tragically, six new titles this week…

  • Advertising emails added one book this week, Radiance by Catherine Valente.  GoodReads says it’s “a decopunk pulp SF alt-history space opera mystery set in a Hollywood—and solar system—very different from our own.”  Well, who can pass that up?!
  • 25488299-_uy1297_ss1297_I follow Maggie Stiefvater on Tumblr, and she sometimes posts random book recommendations.  This week, I read her post reviewing The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd.  Secret confession: I’ve always wished that winged horses were a real thing, so.  Stiefvater also says this book is like a combination of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Secret Garden.  Another irresistible recommendation!
  • This week, it’s Fictionophile who wins the prize for the double-whammy addition:
  • Of course, Cleopatra Loves Books didn’t let me off this week – she added The Bad Things by Mary-Jane Riley, which Cleo says includes a plot with two interwoven stories, something that I do greatly enjoyed when it is done well.
  • Finally, Escaping Reality recommended Lily, the Brave by Katherine Hodges.  Unfortunately, my computer isn’t letting me load the review page for some reason, but it sounds like a really intriguing YA book, with a protagonist reluctant to embrace her superhero skills.

Off the General TBR:

Not such a strong week on this side of the coin.  I reviewed (and hated) Love’s Haven by Catherine Palmer, and flipped one book from this tab over to the Personal tab because I ended up getting a free Kindle copy of it.  So, only two off!

Total for the General TBR:  849 (up four)


Added to the Personal TBR:

51zuc3jc3slI have a problem, a serious problem – free Kindle books.  Also Kindle books for less than a dollar.  They are suuuuper hard to resist!  And this week – I basically didn’t!  I’m not going to bother listing them all out – suffice to say that I added a dozen Kindle books to the Personal list this week.  Someone please help me!!!!

Off the Personal TBR:

I did at least make a smidge of progress here – I finished Albert G. Miller’s Fury series (review will be posted with December’s minireviews), so I do get to at least make one checkmark on the list!

Total for the Personal TBR:  567 (!!!!) (up ELEVEN!)


Added to the Series TBR:

Two added this week:

  • Stephanie had a minireview of For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne, one of the books in the Wedding Belles series.  They sound like happy chick lit to me, so I put them on the list.
  • I also added another chick lit series, Prince Edward Island Dreams, after reading a review for the first book, The Red Door Innon an advertising email.

Off the Series TBR:

I just finished the Lynburn Legacy last night (so many FEELINGS) but haven’t reviewed it yet, so no progress here.

Total for the Series TBR:  141 (up two!)


Added to the Mystery Series TBR:

5936450One addition this week, again thanks to Cleopatra Loves Books.  Her review of The Coffin Trail by Martin Edwards inspired me to add the series of which that book is the first – the Lake District Mysteries.

Off the Mystery Series TBR:

While I did review the next book in the Amanda Jaffe series, FugitiveI still have to finish and review the last book before I can check this series off the list.  I’m about a third of the way through Violent Crimes, and so far it is super exciting!

Total for the Mystery Series TBR:  65 (up one!)


Added to the Nonfiction TBR:

Three additions here (!):

  • The Literary Sisters recommended The Living Mountaina memoir by Nan Shepherd.  I actually really enjoy nature writing, so this book about the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland, sounded quite interesting.
  • FictionFan wrote quite the rave about Welcome to the Universe by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott.  She said that –

This is a great book, managing to be both hugely informative and entertaining – undoubtedly the best and most comprehensive of its kind that I’ve come across. It seems to me it is indeed suitable for a beginner so long as s/he has an enquiring mind and either the ability to understand the maths or the willingness to skim over those bits that are maths-heavy.

She also said that it has lots of pictures and graphs and diagrams, all things that I love, so it really sounds quite exciting!

  • I also stumbled across a book on Amazon about Theodore Roosevelt – Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge up San Juan Hill by Mark Lee Gardner.  While there were a lot of things about Roosevelt’s politics that I don’t agree with, no one can deny that he had a very full life, and I thoroughly enjoy reading about his adventures.

Off the Nonfiction TBR:

416hfdftmll-_sx331_bo1204203200_Despite the fact that I did actually finish a nonfiction book (!!!!), it was, unfortunately, not actually on the official list, so although Sunsets by Deborah Howard was an informative and thoughtful read, it doesn’t really help with my TBR numbers.

Total for the Nonfiction TBR:  53 (up three)


Grand Totals for the Week:  So embarrassing.  TWENTY-FOUR added and only three off, so up twenty-one on the overall TBR for the week!!!!!!!


11 thoughts on “The Tottering TBR // Episode V

  1. So Radiance sounds like the weirdest book ever – so naturally I added it to my TBR, too haha. I thought The Vanishing Year was a little more campy than creepy, but I think I’m in the minority opinion of that. You finished The Lynburn Legacy!! What did you think of the final book? I have never been able to write a review for it that I’m happy with. There were parts I didn’t like and parts I was confused by and then parts that I absolutely loved. I hope you enjoy the Wedding Belles series whenever you get to it! I really enjoyed For Better or Worse!


    • In re: Radiance, I really liked the sound of all the different types of writing making a cohesive story (like scripts and emails and whatnot). Sometimes that kind of thing can be fun if it is done well. As for Lynburn – it’s actually the next thing in line to review and I’m putting it off a bit because I’m not sure how to encapsulate all my feelings!!! Overall positive, but there were definitely things that annoyed me. But the trilogy was definitely a worthwhile read and one I see myself coming back to again!

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  2. I almost feel guilty for adding two books again this week, but I don’t really because they are both good – I was especially impressed by The Bad Things as I already knew Martin Edwards was a talented writer but Mary-Jane Riley really pulled something very clever off with ease.


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