Top Ten Tuesday is all about books – sometimes non bookish things – and a top 10 list. It was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
How it works:
That Artsy Reader Girl assigns each Tuesday a topic and then I have to post my top ten(or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list that fits that topic. This week’s topic is:
I’ve been trying so hard to get rid off books from my To Read list on Goodreads because a lot of them are ones I’m not planning to read anymore or something like that.
But while I’ve been removing books from my To Read list on a weekly base in my Down the TBR hole article, I also add new books on a weekly base to my To Read list, lol.
For my Down the TBR hole article I look back to the books I added first to my To Read list and today I get to look into the books I added last, so that’s fun haha! Here we go!
| Original Witch by Cameron Drake |
I just met the boy of my dreams— literally. But there’s a catch. He’s turning into a werewolf. And I think I might be a witch.
In the small town where I grew up, I was a little odd, but who wasn’t? I never told anyone about my dreams, where I went in them, or who I met; no one told me about their weird problems either.
But when I left for college, the dreams followed me… and now they’re real.
The startlingly handsome boy I’ve been dreaming about for years? He’s in my freshman lit class. I try to avoid him but he doesn’t take the hint.
And then things start getting really weird.
The boy from my dreams? The one I see all over campus? Turns out he’s dreamed about me, too.
I just want to be a normal college student, with a normal life and a normal boyfriend. But I’m not. Lights blow out when I’m angry. I know certain things before they happen. Butterflies follow me when I’m in a good mood. If I’m going to save myself and the boy of my literal dreams, I need to figure out what is happening to us and why. And I need to do it fast.
I came to love Cameron’s drake writing so much when I read her Mermaid Trials book last year and I’ve been wanting to buy and read more by her ever since. Somehow, I hadn’t added her other books to my TBR yet so I did this very recently, just a couple of days ago actually. This one looks interesting and I’m really excited to read it someday!
| the Helm of Darkness by A.P. Mobley |
War on the Gods #1
When they wake up, the world they know has been tossed away. Their city is in ruins, strange creatures walk the earth, and worst of all, everyone is gone. They stumble across Diana and Spencer, two kids around their age who possess incredible magical abilities, and who claim to be the demigod children of Greek gods. Not only that, they also claim the year is 500 AS, five hundred years after the gods conjured a massive storm that destroyed most of humanity and helped them take the world as their own once again.
Andy and Zoey are soon handed an impossible task: To save humanity. To lead a war on the gods.
They’ll have to battle monsters, death, and their own inner demons to survive and to protect the people they love.
This looks like such an epic read and something I’d really enjoy so I had
no choice whatsoever other than putting this one to my tbr haha.
I really hope I get around to buy and read this book this year!
| I was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon |
Ariel Lawhon, a rising star in historical suspense, unravels the extraordinary twists and turns in Anna Anderson’s fifty-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. Is she the beloved daughter, revered icon, and Russian grand duchess or is she an imposter, liar, and the thief of another woman’s legacy?
Countless others have rendered their verdict. Now it is your turn.
Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia, where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed.
Germany, February 17, 1920: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water or even acknowledge her rescuers, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious young woman claims to be the Russian grand duchess.
As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre at Ekaterinburg, old enemies and new threats are awakened. The question of who Anna Anderson is and what actually happened to Anastasia Romanov spans fifty years and touches three continents. This thrilling saga is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twisted.
An Anastasia Romanov re-telling? I’m so super interested in this!
I cannot wait to get my hands on it and hopefully read it soon!
| Dear George, Dear Mary:
a Novel of George Washington’s First Love by Mary Calvi|
“Love is said to be an involuntary passion, and it is, therefore, contended that it cannot be resisted.” –George Washington
Did unrequited love help spark a flame that ignited a cause that became the American Revolution? Never before has this story about George Washington been told. Crafted from hundreds of letters, witness accounts, and journal entries, Dear George, Dear Mary explores George’s relationship with his first love, New York heiress Mary Philipse, the richest belle in Colonial America.
From elegant eighteenth-century society to bloody battlefields, the novel creates breathtaking scenes and riveting characters. Dramatic portraits of the two main characters unveil a Washington on the precipice of greatness, using the very words he spoke and wrote, and his ravishing love, whose outward beauty and refinement disguise a complex inner struggle.
Dear George, Dear Mary reveals why George Washington had such bitter resentment toward the Brits, established nearly two decades before the American Revolution, and it unveils details of a deception long hidden from the world that led Mary Philipse to be named a traitor, condemned to death and left with nothing. While that may sound like the end, ultimately both Mary and George achieve what they always wanted.
I love reading about American History, fiction or not. This one looks so very interesting and I couldn’t help myself… I put in a pre-order for this book hihi.
It’ll release on February 19th and I hope it won’t take long for me to
start reading this one. I’ve been loving Historical Fiction lately
and really want to read more in this genre.
| Beautifully Broken Pieces by Catherine Cowles|
Sutter Lake #1
A man battling the ghosts of his past. Walker loves his life just the way it is. His town, his family, his brothers in blue. Everything simple and easy—until a chance encounter changes it all.
When Taylor’s solitude is interrupted by the rugged cop, they find that the very thing they were avoiding might be just what they both need. As their iron wills clash and passion flares…a killer lurks. And you never know who might be caught in the crosshairs.
I came across this one when I was looking into February releases and the synopsis is so intriguing! I’m not familiar with this authors work and can’t wait to get aquatinted with it. This looks like something I’d enjoy. And I definitely love reading about law enforcement characters hehe.
| Tomboy by Avery Flynn|
the Hartigans #3
Ice Knights defenseman Zach Blackburn has come down with the flu, and my BFF—his PR manager—begs me to put my nursing degree to use and get him back to health. Of course she would call in a favor for the most hated man in Harbor City.
But when he’s finally on the mend and I’m sneaking out of his place, everything goes sideways. Paparazzi spot me and pictures, plus accusations that I slept with him, fly faster than a hockey puck.
At first, all of Harbor City wants my blood—or to give me a girlie-girl makeover. But then…the team finally wins a game. And now this fickle town wants me with the big jerk twenty-four seven.
Argh. I never slept with him the first time! But no one will listen. Then the grumpy bastard goes and promises to break his no-fan-appearances rule to help raise money for a free health clinic—but only if I’m rink-side at every game. That’s not a deal I can turn down.
But when the team keeps winning, and I realize there’s more to him than his bad reputation, suddenly remembering to keep my real hands off my fake date gets harder and harder to do.
This looks like a book I’d thoroughly enjoy! I’m not familiar with this author yet, but she’s been on my radar for a while and I’ve heard good things about her work. I haven’t read the other two books in the series yet but I believe they’re interconnected and can be read as stand alone books.
I really hope to get around to read this one next month.
| a Bad Bit Nice by Josie Kerr|
Second Chance Neighbors #1
Em Davidson is a curvy, never-married, 43-year-old Internet security analyst who has been working at the wrong job, living in the wrong house, and involved with the wrong man for about 10 years too long. All she wants is a challenging career, her very own home, and an age-appropriate Mister Ideal who will make her toes curl when he kisses her.
Mick Brennan is a bearded, tattooed widower of 20-plus years who thinks, maybe, just maybe, he might be ready to dip his foot back in the dating pool. He might not know exactly what he’s looking for in a relationship, but he knows he doesn’t want a girl half his age.
When Em moves into her dream home, she had no idea that her downstairs neighbor could be her Mister Ideal. When Mick meets his talkative upstairs neighbor, he’s more intrigued by her than he has been in any other woman in two decades.
Can these two lonely people overcome the wounds of their pasts to discover love again?
This contemporary/second-time contains explicit sexual situations and graphic language.
I can’t remember when and how I came across this one but I want to read it so badly haha! I looks so interesting and something I’d really enjoy.
There was no doubt about it, when coming across this book:
this one had to be added to my To Read list!
| the Kicker by Josie Kerr|
DS Fight Club #1
Little Miss Perfect
Charlotte Markham always seemed to have it all: family, wealth, career, but now, at age thirty-six, she’s tired of being Little Miss Perfect and just wants to be herself.
When Charlotte has a chance encounter with Tig, he impresses her with his brash confidence and complete honesty. Tig immediately responds to Charlotte’s sweet demeanor, and feels compelled to encourage the fragile woman from underneath her veneer of perfection. Opposites may attract, and Tig and Charlotte’s relationship is more complementary than clashing. But when Tig bows to familial pressure, a frustrated and heartbroken Charlotte must convince Tig to take his own advice and become the man that he wants to be.
MMA fighter? I’M in! lol. But seriously.. I love reading contemporary romance that has MMA fighters in it. The synopsis looks really interesting and this author in general has my interest so I’m glad someone recommended this series to me and I can’t wait to start reading it, hopefully sometime this year!
| Only the Positive by Elle Thorpe|
Only You #1
I made a mistake that might have ruined someone’s life. I’ve moved to Sydney to avoid the glares and the questions from the people back home, but there’s one thing I can’t run from—the guilt and pain that follows me relentlessly. All I can do is dull it with alcohol and casual sex. But then my new boss, Mr Dark and Delicious, deserted me, mid kiss, with my skirt hiked up and my shirt discarded on the alley floor. I should hate him―him and the secrets he’s keeping. But I can’t stay away. Because the pain and guilt he’s hiding mirror my own.
All she wanted was one night. That, I could do. I’m the king of casual. Love them and leave them, before they leave me. With chemistry off the scale, we couldn’t even make it home, both of us too impatient, ripping each other’s clothes off in the alleyway outside the bar. Then my phone buzzed, and one text message stopped everything. I couldn’t think. Couldn’t breathe. All I could do was run. I’m toxic, but I can’t tell her why. I can’t bear the look of horror I know would cross her face. But I also don’t know how to keep something so life altering from the woman I’m falling for. Not when I need her just to survive it.
I had the opportunity to read an arc of #3 in this series and I loved it a lot – Review will go online upcoming Thursday! So that obviously meant I also had to add the other books in the series to my To Read list as well. I love discovering new to me authors that I also end up loving so much. Can’t wait to read this book!
| Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan|
Something Dark and Holy #1
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy..
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to put in a preorder for this one – the book releases in April – because I was already maxed out – promised my hubby to pre-order no more than 3 books each month, lol – I really hope I get around to buy it soon after its release. This sounds like MY KIND OF BOOK and I’m so curious and excited about it!