Something I’ve been looking at lately is the books on my TBR. I started doing a massive TBR purge at the beginning of 2022 because, honestly, enough time had passed since I had put many of the books on my Goodreads TBR that my interest in them had wained and it was time to free up some space. Yes, I know, there isn’t a limit to how many books you had add to your to-read shelf on Goodreads but if that number gets too big it makes me have a little internal panic. Easier on my brain to just tidy up.
However, what came with that was me browsing a bunch of lists and adding more books back to that TBR! Something I thought could be fun (at least for me) is taking a peak at the last few books that caught my attention enough to add to my TBR and, case permitting, where I learned about them. So, lets take a peak at the last 5 books I added to my TBR!
A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1) by Arkady Martine – While this book on a surface level honestly does not appeal to me, two reviewers I very much trust recommend these books. I’m talking about Judith from Dead Good Book Reviews and Justine from I Should Read That. So often I agree with their bookish opinions so I figured I’d add this one to the TBR and give it a go sometime soon. Funnily enough, I was in a bookstore today and nearly bought it. I ended up buying my daughter $50 worth of books instead but the thought was there. (adult, science fiction, LGBT, space opera)
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray – This one I actually got as a recommendation in StoryGraph! I had just finished another historical fiction and this one popped up in my recommended section. The Personal Librarian is inspired by the true story of Marie de costa Greene, the personal librarian of J.P. Morgan in NYC. This one sounds like it will address some racial tension and the secret history of Marie. Could be a real winner. (adult, historical fiction, book about books)
The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera – I don’t remember where I saw this book but the description really pulled at me! This sounds like a post apocalyptic story where mankind has gone to space. Petra and a group of other humans take a very long snooze on a space ship and wake up on a new planet. The thing is, Petra is the only one that remembers Earth. While they slept on board the ship, it was invaded and everyone’s memory wiped but hers. This book is a little outside of my usual comfort zones but it still sounds like it could be great. (young adult, SFF, dystopian)
Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots – Hench is a book that I heard about from one of Books and Lala’s recent reading vlogs. She didn’t end up enjoying it but it sounds like something up my alley. Here we have what is essentially a super hero book but not in the way most of us are probably accustomed to. In Hench, the so called “good guys” do unspeakable evil in the name of the greater good and our heroine teams up with a supervillain to bring justice to those heroes not taking responsibility for their actions. (adult, science fiction, superhero, urban fantasy)
The Spirit Engineer by A.J. West – I love when I find something that sounds good in the “more books like this” section of Goodreads. I don’t remember what I was looking at to make this one pop up but it sure sounds fantastic! This book is set two years after the sinking of the Titanic and many people have turned to spiritualists to make contact with the dead lost at sea. For one spiritualist, things go a little too far. This is another book based on a true story and it sounds wonderful. (adult, historical, mystery, horror, gothic)
I love browsing my TBR and seeing what is hanging around. It is also fun to note how my tastes have changed over time from what I added years ago to what I am adding now.
What are some books you’ve added to your list recently?