Newest Additions to the Towering TBR Pile!

Sunday, February 2, 2014
It's been a while so this one is long and full of many pictures because I am too lazy to hunt the books all down again for a single photo. It's all a mix of bought/sent for review, so I will credit everyone after  the picture.

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill.

I had read and really enjoyed Being Sloane Jacobs, so I ordered a paperback of this as soon as it was available. I read it one sitting and possibly even loved it more than BSJ.

This is a cool ARC -- it's for Matthew Quick's newest novel The Good Luck of Right Now and I received it as part of a TLC Tour.

I've never read any of Quick's novels (though Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock sounds like I would love it) so I am curious to see how I feel about this one.

These are all bargain buys I found at a Half Prince books. The Royal Diaries (Elizabeth I:Red Rose of the House of Tudor, Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Cleopatra: Daughter of the Nile, and Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess) books were each $1, and as I had loved them as a kid, I had to have them for that price.

I've been curious about Susan Elia Macneal's historical mysteryish series for a while now, so a good condition paperback of Mr. Churchill's Secretary for $2 was impossible to pass up.

I've loved all of Jennifer Donnelly's novels, so finally owning the first one I had ever read was also a steal at $2. A Northern Light is short, but it's beautifully written.

After hearing this compared to The Night Circus, I signed onto the TLC Tour for The Enchanted. I am little more wary about it now that a few friends have read it and commented on some of the unexpected content, but we will see.

Both of these are for TLC Tours as well. I had heard that The Perfume Collector was great so I jumped on that when I was offered the chance. The summary for Three Souls sounded very different and interesting. Plus, nontraditional time and location! Civil War-era China! Wheeee!

Also, The Perfume Collector is GORGEOUS in person. The cover, the spine... it's very pretty.

Second Star is a Peter Pan retelling with surfers. How could I not want to read that? So many thanks to the wonderful people at Macmillan for this one.

Daughter of the Gods is the  Stephanie Thornton's second book about forgotten historical women. I love love LOVED her first (about Empress Theodora) so her take on Hatshepsut is sure to be amazing. Thank you to Historical Virtual Book Tours for the chance to be apart of this tour.

Two of these are ones I bought because they were on sale. The Sky is Everywhere seems to be a blogger favorite and I am always in need of a good book to cry over. 

I bought The Splendour Falls because I am a Kearsley fangirl and two pages into my ARC of this, I knew I wanted a finished copy.

The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte is another HFVBT tour novel. It's a historical fiction about the American woman who married Napoleon Bonaparte's younger brother Jerome. I've never read any story focused on Betsy Patterson so this sounds really interesting to me.

Somewhere in France was supposed to be for a TLC Book Tour but my copy didn't arrive until the tour had already been concluded. However, Christina of Reader of Fictions liked this so I fully intend to read and review it soon.

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend is another generous ARC from Macmillan. This looks beyond cute and like a great contemporary.

There are a lot of TLC tour books in this haul. Bellagrand is one as is the next. I actually accepted this thinking it was another book so I am unsure how it will go. Ahem. We will see.

I am actually pretty excited to get to The Girl Who Came Home. Historical fiction based on the Titanic = yes. I want it.

Say hi to another Macmillan ARC and Penny! My Last Kiss sounds like a remix/improvement on The Catastrophic History of You and Me in my opinion, but the publishers are comparing it to Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why. I won't know until I read it, but here's hoping it's better than TCHoYaM.

Last but not least, a book I ordered:

Christina really loved Earth Girl and after she steered me 100 % right with Fortune's Pawn, I ordered this without hesitation on her recommendation. It didn't hurt that I found a copy for only $3. It looks awesome. I said before that I may cheat on my review books with it and that remains a distinct possibilty.

What new books are on your shelves?


  1. The Royal Diaries! I loved those as a kid, too!

    I'm glad to hear you liked BSJ/MtB! I'm next on the library's waiting list for BSJ and I'm very excited.

    So much historical fiction and so many pretty covers. *drool*

    1. YES. OF COURSE YOU DID. Because you are awesome and those books are fun.

      Yeeeesss, BSJ and MtB are made of cute. The MCs might be difficult for some, but I loved both.

      YES. I love the Perfume Collector cover the most. I think. The Girl Who Came Home is also lovely.

    2. Won't even lie, the Perfume Collector's cover is what drew me to request it. The shade of red and that coat are perfect.

  2. Now, I didn't finish The Night Circus but I read a little and The Enchanted is nothing like it. It's also been compared to Stephen King which is wrong as well. lol Looking forward to seeing what you think of it though. Christina loved Earth Girl? Might have to check this one out myself!

    1. How rude! I distinctly remember an email telling me it was like TNC. Uncool.

      And yeah, she rec'd that to me as soon as she saw how much I liked Fortune's Pawn.


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