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T10T: Recently Added to TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a freebie, so I decided to talk about the books I recently added to my TBR, and what I expect from them.

I think it would be interesting to go back to this post in a year and see how many of these I have read (and what I thought of them), how many of them I have removed from my TBR, and how many of them are still on my TBR.


1. I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

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I’ve been on the fence about this one for a while. On one hand, it’s an ownvoices non-binary novel, which is rare, especially in the YA age range; on the other hand, I don’t do well with stories involving bigoted parents, so I’m not sure how this will go, or if I will end up changing my mind and not reading it.

2. After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott

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Lesbian adult thriller! It sounds amazing as an idea, but I’m also aware that adult thrillers might not be my thing at all, so while I’m pretty sure that I’m going to try this, I have no idea what to expect. This would be my first adult thriller – unless I decide to read If We Were Villains first.

3. Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

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I have read two books by Adam Silvera so far, and really liked both of them, especially They Both Die at the End, so I’m really looking forward to this – I wonder how his writing style will look in a fantasy novel, and it’s not like ownvoices m/m YA fantasy is that common, too. I hope I love this.

4. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

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This is another case of “I have absolutely no idea what to expect”, because my experiences with this author have been opposites, since I loved her short story Do Not Look Back, My Lion (fantasy matriarchal society! gay!) and hated A Witch’s Guide To Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies (I can’t explain exactly why and it’s been months, but the tone of this specific kind of story gets on my nerves). Also, I’ve had mixed experiences with portal fantasy too, so I truly don’t know what to think, but I know I’m going to read it because I have an ARC.

5. The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar

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If I don’t love this, I’m going to be very upset. I mean, non-linear, beautifully-written f/f fantasy novel that should make me feel a lot, from an author I already know because of her short fiction… I have a physical copy of this one and I hope I can get to it before the year ends.

6. Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear

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A Mongolian-inspired fantasy story written by Elizabeth Bear, the author of one of my favorite books of this year! Most reviews of this are mediocre, which isn’t encouraging, but that was also true for Ancestral Night, and look how that one turned out (I don’t think I’ve talked about it on this blog yet? But that book. I’m still not over it.) Also, I liked the excerpt when I read it, and this cover is gorgeous.

7. The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky

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I love this cover, I love the idea of a fantasy following a main character who – I think – is two-spirit, and it comes highly recommended by multiple people. I’m not sure it’s my kind of fantasy story and if/when I’ll be in the mood for it (and I’m also somewhat hesitant with – as far as I know – non-ownvoices books about indigenous cultures, but it’s not like I’ve seen anything that says it’s bad), but I did like the excerpt, so I’ll try reading all of it someday.

8. We Were Promised Spotlights by Lindsay Sproul

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I’m not hearing the best things about this but it was free to download on edelweiss and will I ever not give a chance to an f/f book? I hope the inside is better than the cover, because really, that’s… kind of hideous.

9. Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather

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I actually really don’t like reading about nuns unless they’re the murderous, basically not-religious kind like in Mark Lawrence’s Red Sister, but this… can you guess what made me add it to my TBR? Well, it’s a gay novella. I never claimed to be unpredictable. I haven’t heard anything about it yet, so I’m not actually sure I will read it, but we’ll see.

10. Call Down the Hawk

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Another one I’m not sure about. The Raven Cycle was a 4-star series for me overall, and I didn’t feel that strongly about any of the boys (Blue was my favorite character, and my favorite aspects of the book were her relationship with her family and the creepy magic), so I don’t know if I want a whole book about Ronan and Adam. At the same time, I’m intrigued, so there’s that.


Have you read or are you anticipating any of these?

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31 thoughts on “T10T: Recently Added to TBR

    1. I added it because of your lists! I don’t hear of enough diverse adult thrillers, so that’s refreshing.
      The cover of WWPS looks weird already and I don’t really know what to make of it (also, is it me or does it not make sense to market something as “Cameron Post meets Everything Leads to You”? How can a book be a cross between a heavy story about conversion camp and an atmospheric summer-y romance with little to no homophobia, I don’t know)

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      1. I wish I had more recs, ugh! A lot of the other diverse thrillers look… terrible

        RIGHT? I went in expecting something cute because 1) Everything Leads to You comparisons (I know it’s stupid because of the Cameron Post thing, but still) and 2) the publisher posted on that it was a best friends to lovers story with a gif of two girls kissing (spoiler: it’s nothing like that at all). It’s not really cute at all, it’s mainly about lesbophobia and lesbophobic bullying for some reason (with a lot of unnecessary heterosexual sex scenes ugh)

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  1. i feel the same about I Wish You All the Best. i know it’s not really a tragic story, but i still don’t like reading contemporary fiction about bigoted parents. it hits kind of too close to home for my comfort.

    also, the cover for Range of Ghost is beautiful! i haven’t read anything by Elizabeth Bear before, but hopefully i’ll do it soon!

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    1. Yeah. On one hand, I want to support it because we need more non-binary books, but as of right now, I try to mostly stay away from stories about bigotry, especially if it’s coming from people close to the main character. I’m not in the right place for that, either.

      So far, I’ve only read one book by Elizabeth Bear, so I want to see if I love her other stories as well. That cover really is pretty.

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    1. Thank you! I don’t hear often of diverse adult thrillers, especially ones that follow queer women, so it really is refreshing, I hope I’m able to get to it soon.
      And I hope we both like The Winged Histories!

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  2. I love The Wolf in the Whale! And I’d also like to check out Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear. She’s hit or miss with me- but her world building is so unique it’s like I cant say no.

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    1. I’m sorry I didn’t reply to this one sooner – for some reason, my blog thought it was spam, and I don’t check the spam folder as often as I should.

      I’ve only read Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear so far, and I definitely want to read more now, too. I’m not sure what I’ll start from, but I have heard so many great things both about her fantasy novels and the Karen Memery novella.

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    1. I have no idea what I’m going to get from SotVB either. At least it really sounds like a new concept? I usually like Tor.com novellas so I’m hesitantly hopeful, but really, what even

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  3. I really adored I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST – the parents were awful, but there was a bigger emphasis on support from the MC’s sister and her husband than on their parents, I felt. But I do understand why that might be hard to read. I loved Raven Cycle, but I’m kind of… uninterested in Call Down the Hawke? I might still read it, depending on the reviews, but I’m very unsure. Hope you’ll enjoy all these if/when you read them. 🙂

    My TTT

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  4. I’m curious to know what you think of the Wolf in the Whale if you read it, because I couldn’t finish it : it’s one of the rare books that made me feel sick. These reasons could be kind of spoilers but they happen at the beginning of the story (the spoilers informations they are in the next paragraph).

    There was the fact that the main character was raised as a boy and think of themselves as a boy but the reveal that they had female physical characteristics (I don’t really know how to phrase it, sorry) and how it was handled didn’t seat well with me. There was also the fact that starting a point, the MC is constantly under threat of sexual violence, which again made me really uncomfortable.

    I didn’t read reviews of the book (that’s how sick it made me) but maybe if you like it I’ll pick it up again because the premise sounds really cool.

    A lot of the books on your list are also on my TBR, I hope you end liking them 🙂

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    1. That’s really disappointing about the sexual violence, I usually don’t like books that do that constantly. I’m not sure when (if?) I’ll read it, but thank you for the warning.

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  5. I hope you enjoy all of these! And about We Were Promised Spotlights: SAME. I saw it, downloaded it because the synopsis and cover were super appealing, but then I saw some of the early reviews on Goodreads and now I’m feeling a little scared to read it. No, not scared, nervous.

    If it’s bad, I’m going to be so sad!

    Happy reading.

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    1. Happy reading to you too, and I hope We Were Promised Spotlights works for both of us! After what I’ve heard, I won’t feel too guilty if I end up DNFing it, but I hope that’s not the case.

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