January 19, 2016 • Cee • Lists


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!

This week’s topic is “top ten books I’ve recently added to my TBR.” On my recently added TBR list, there’s a lot of 2016 unreleased books with six out of the ten being Middle Grade books. I’ve just been getting excited over Middle Grades because they all sound so delightful and fun. So much emphasis on friendships, which I feel is missing in YA.

Let’s see what books I added!

This is a reimagining of Jane Eyre, and though I never read the book (but watched plenty of film/TV adaptations), I’m still excited about this book, especially since Jane Steele, the main character, is a serial killer with dark humor mixed into it. Jane Steele sounds like so much fun.

The Gallery had me at the time period. It gets even more better when I read that there’s: a wealthy family living in New York City, one of the family members refusing to leave her room, and hidden messages in paintings. I am all for 1920s sleuths!

Friendships, friendships, friendships! You have Lily, a transgender girl, and Dunkin, a boy dealing with bipolar disorder. They meet, and the rest is history! My heart wants this Middle Grade so much.

Things I already love about this book: agoraphobia (so interested to see how Whaley portrays this), friendships, and the gorgeous colors and mixed media on the cover. I hope the “fix your mental illness” bit doesn’t turn into “love can fix your mental illness” because that is a terrible message.

A pair of sisters from the Philippines who have to rely on each other? This sounds like a tearjerker! I love reading books about siblings and storytelling. It fits perfectly into the things I love reading about.

Dancing! That’s what Dillon, the main character, wants to be! I love reading books about kids going out there and doing what they love. Dillon seems to have a wonderful energy about him that is very inspiring for young readers to read about and experience. It sounds super cute and inspiring.

I can feel this book making me an emotional mess, and I am very ready for it. Thyme Owens and her family move to New York because her little brother has been accepted into a new cancer drug trial. Thyme will have to deal with the new changes in her life and deal with longing for her home.

This graphic novel looks so delightful! It is set in an alternate reality where Charles Babbage and Ada, the Countess of Lovelace, do actually build the Difference Engine. They use it to “to build runaway economic models, battle the scourge of spelling errors, explore the wilder realms of mathematics, and, of course, fight crime—for the sake of both London and science.” Doesn’t that sound like fun?

FRIENDSHIPPPPPPPS. AND TIME TRAVEL! What a winner this book will be! Once Was A Time is the book I neeeeeed in my life. I’ve read too many books that emphasize on romance and time travel, but what about friendship? This book is what I’ve been waiting my whole life for.

I admit, I became interested in American Girls because of that gorgeous illustrated cover. How pretty is that? I don’t have any expectation for this book, but I’m pretty excited to see what it says about American culture and Hollywood.

What books have you recently added to your TBR? Are any of the books I added on your list too? 


13 Responses to “TOP TEN TUESDAY | Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR”

  1. I’m glad to see My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights in this list! Can’t wait to read that one. :)

  2. I haven’t heard any of this book except for Jane Steele, and I’m really curious about it even though I haven’t read Jane Eyre yet. And The Gallery sounds interesting, I’m adding it to my TBR now! :)

  3. So many of these books look so interesting I’m so excited to add them to my TBR (which has needed a little bit of an update). Especially American Girls because THAT COVER.

  4. I hadn’t heard of the Jane Steele book- I hope it’s great!! I think Seventh Grade in Tights looks so good. I love the author so I’m hoping I love the book too.

  5. AngelErin says:

    Awesome list!! Jane Steele made the list for my TTT too!! :D here’s my TTT http://angelerin.blogspot.com/2016/01/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-ive.html?m=0

  6. Sebastian says:

    I already wanted to skip your text about JANE STEELE after reading “reimagining of Jane Eyre” because I haven’t read JANE EYRE, too, but then I saw “serial killer with dark humor” and immediately had to look it up on GR :D I’m still not sure if this book would be my cup of tea but I’ve read a very good Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper story by Lyndsay Faye last year so maybe I should give it a try some time :D

    I also really like the covers of the books on your list, especially MY SEVENTH-GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS looks SUPER pretty! :D

  7. So many interesting books on your TTT. I hadn’t heard of any of these, which now will probably end up on my TBR.

  8. Carrie says:

    Ok. So. Now I need to add Lovelace & Babbage to my TBR list lol. I do have Jane Steele on My TTT this week too :)

  9. Jane says:

    I read Jane Eyre in high school and was never a fan, this version sounds like much more fun!

  10. AHHH these all look awesome. And MG is such a great category – I’ve been enjoying them more and more lately!

  11. Alexa S. says:

    What a lovely selection of novels, Cee! I’m particularly intrigued by The Gallery (which sounds fabulous) and The Land of Forgotten Girls (Philippines!! sisters!! THIS IS MY JAM). Thanks for sharing :)

  12. These sounds so very good! I do enjoy reading middle grade books here and there. I do think they have the best covers!

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