TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books Recently Added to My TBR


Happy Tuesday, everyone! This is my first #TopTenTuesday blog post, and this is the exact challenge I’ve been looking for to post more non-review content on my blog. This is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl, and if you’re interested, you can find a list of the future (and past) prompts by clicking on her blog name.

Today, after my three back-to-back classes (haha, fun), I’m headed to The Strand Bookstore to celebrate King of Scars‘ book birthday with none other than the genius herself—Leigh Bardugo! I plan on going to the fan meetup at 6, and then enjoying the signing with my friends at 7 before heading out for a late dinner. I actually left my copies of Crooked Kingdom and Shadow and Bone at home, and I got my mom to ship them over to me. So thank you, Mom. I love you!

Anyway, back to the topic— below you can see ten of my recent additions to the endless TBR pile that’s slowly taking over my life. It’s actually getting kind of out of hand, but I do have a reading goal of 220, so I really have to push myself to read more and procrastinate less. You can find my Goodreads here, in case you want to shoot me a friend request or just keep up with whatever I’m currently reading!

1. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

36118682A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

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.

Release Date: April 2, 2019

Date Shelved: January 20, 2019

2. Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

40148146marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.

An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.

But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.

When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.

Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.

Then her path crosses with Adam’s.

Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.

Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.

Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.

Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…

Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

Release Date: May 7, 2019

Date Shelved: January 20, 2019

3. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

42201431Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Date Shelved: January 22, 2019

4. Furyborn by Claire Legrand

34323570When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

Release Date: May 22, 2018

Date Shelved: January 26, 2019

5. Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury

36230905Sixteen years ago, rebellion swept the galaxy known as the Belt of Jewels. Every member of the royal family was murdered–down to their youngest child, Princess Anya–and the Union government rose in its place. But Stacia doesn’t think much about politics. She spends her days half-wild, rambling her father’s vineyard with her closest friends, Clio and Pol.

That all changes the day a Union ship appears in town, carrying the leader of the Belt himself, the Direktor Eminent. The Direktor claims that Princess Anya is alive, and that Stacia’s sleepy village is a den of empire loyalists, intent on hiding her. When Stacia is identified as the lost princess, her provincial home explodes into a nightmare.

Pol smuggles her away to a hidden escape ship in the chaos, leaving Clio in the hands of the Union. With everything she knows threading away into stars, Stacia sets her heart on a single mission. She will find and rescue Clio, even with the whole galaxy on her trail.

Release Date: February 26, 2019

Date Shelved: January 26, 2019

6. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

39754733At the news of her mother’s death, Natalie Tan returns home. The two women hadn’t spoken since Natalie left in anger seven years ago when her mother refused to support her chosen career as a chef. Natalie is shocked to discover the vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco’s Chinatown that she remembers from her childhood is fading, with businesses failing and families moving out. She’s even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant.

The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant’s fortune in the leaves: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed. Unfortunately, Natalie has no desire to help them try to turn things around—she resents the local shopkeepers for leaving her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was growing up. But with the support of a surprising new friend and a budding romance, Natalie starts to realize that maybe her neighbors really have been there for her all along.

Release Date: February 26, 2019

Date Shelved: January 26, 2019

7. A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai

40697008Fifteen-year-old Simran “Simi” Sangha comes from a long line of Indian vichole-matchmakers-with a rich history for helping parents find good matches for their grown children. When Simi accidentally sets up her cousin and a soon-to-be lawyer, her family is thrilled that she has the “gift.”

But Simi is an artist, and she doesn’t want to have anything to do with relationships, helicopter parents, and family drama. That is, until she realizes this might be just the thing to improve her and her best friend Noah’s social status. Armed with her family’s ancient guide to finding love, Simi starts a matchmaking service-via an app, of course.

But when she helps connect a wallflower of a girl with the star of the boys’ soccer team, she turns the high school hierarchy topsy-turvy, soon making herself public enemy number one.

Release Date: September 10, 2019

Date Shelved: January 27, 2019

8. We Rule the Night by Clare Eliza Bartlett

36527513Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first.

We Rule the Night is a powerful story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival despite impossible odds.

Release Date: April 2, 2019

Date Shelved: January 27, 2019

9. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

30095464Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Release Date: March 7, 2017

Date Shelved: January 27, 2019

10. The Fever King by Victoria Lee

39897058In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

Release Date: March 1, 2019

Date Shelved: January 28, 2019

….And that’s it for the ten most recent adds! Honestly, if I had been given a bigger number, I would’ve been able to fit all the book releases I’m anticipating this year.

Now it’s my turn to ask: Have you read any of these books? What’s on your TBR? Any particular 2019 release you’re looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below.


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15 thoughts on “TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books Recently Added to My TBR

  1. I love the look of A Match Made in Mehendi! Thanks for sharing.

    1. I know, it’s gorgeous. I’m so excited for it!

  2. Love From A to Z is high on my TBR. I loved Saints and Misfits and can’t wait for another book by S.K. Ali. Hope all these end up being enjoyable reads for you.
    My Top Ten Tuesday

  3. I love the number of diverse books here! The Bone Witch is one of my all-time faves, and I really hope you like it as much as I did! The pacing is slow, but the pay-off is SO WORTH IT. Plus, the sequel gets even better. So yeah, just a few things you can look forward to.

    Happy reading!

  4. Last of Her Name, We Rule the Night, and The Fever King are all on my TBR as well and I am so excited to read them! Happy reading!

  5. I haven’t heard Last of Her Name but it’s now on my TBR! Great list!

  6. oof back to back classes suck! but I actually haven’t ever been to a book signing, so I’m pretty jealous of you right now 👀

    all these books look so good! I’ve got a Netgalley ARC of Wicked Saints that I’m excited to get to, and I can’t wait to read Natalie Tan, We Rule The Night, and The Fever King! so many great reads coming out this year, my TBR is crying too 📚

  7. The Unhoneymooners looks good !
    Quite a few books I never heard before made your list 🙂

    1. I know, I’m so excited for it! And I tried to get a lot of underrated books on the list 😀

  8. Oooooo have fun at the signing! I just finished Last of Her Name and it is GOOD. The Bone Witch is AMAZING, although the first book I hated due to the slow pace and much world building, but I absolutely loved the second book and can’t wait for the third book to come out soon. I hope you get to enjoy the two books when you get around to reading them!

    I remember having three back-to-back classes (unfortunately I think it was 5 and I got stuck there for 12 hours). It was brutal and I hope your classes are at least treating you well (and they’re not as long). Good luck with 220 books!

    1. Thank you so much, Sophia! I definitely had a lot of fun. I’m really jealous that you got an ARC for Last of Her Name!!!! I loved Forbidden Wish, and I only recently found out about her Anastasia retelling. I hope Bone Witch is good. I have high expectations since I found out the author is also Filipino like me!

      And thank you for your kind words <3 I'm getting used to the back to back classes, but it's still so tiring every time I go back home. I just end up falling asleep!

  9. SO MANY BOOKS I WANT TO READ AAAAAAAAAAAAAH You’re not good for my tbr 🙁

    1. Hahaha, and they all look SO good too!

  10. Great picks. I will assure you that you will live Furyborn and The Bonewitch.😊

    Myrth | Cliste Bella

    1. Ugh typo. That should be *love hehe

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