Monday, November 7, 2016

Ten Books Most Recently Added to My TBR List

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday.

It's time for another round of "what I recently add to my TBR list." At some point this year I decided to freeze my "to-read" shelf on Goodreads (which I was getting very picky about adding to) and instead start throwing everything onto a "might-want-to-read" list. Once I finally work my way through the books I've wanted to read for years, I'll start pulling stuff from my "might-want-to-read" shelf. For me, a "to-read" list feels too much like a "to-do" list, so I wanted to mentally shift into a list of options I may or may not ever want to read.

With that said, here are the latest adds to my "might-want-to-read" shelf, starting with the most recent.

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I saw this emphatically recommended two days in a row, first by Eli as a recommendation if you liked All American Boys (which our book club just read), and then on The Broke and the Bookish.

2. News of the World by Paulette Jiles
This popped up on my Goodreads feed with a strong recommendation from a book reviewer I trust. I clicked through and saw that it was highly rated and also nominated for Best Historical Fiction in the Goodreads Awards, so it seemed worth adding to my list.

3. Crack by Shaka Senghor
I recently finished Writing My Wrongs, Senghor's memoir, in which he talks about writing and publishing several works of fiction while in prison. I'm interested to see how his fiction writing compares to his memoir.

4. Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
I keep running across this title, and after seeing it nominated in the Memoir and Autobiography category in the Goodreads Awards, I noticed it had an astounding 4.30 rating on Goodreads with 8,000+ ratings. It went on the list.

5. Sông I Sing by Bao Phi
This was highly recommended by a friend who said it fit with her own experience as a Viet-American. I don't read enough poetry and thought I should consider reading this collection from a National Poetry Slam finalist.

6. Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
This was another one that came across my Goodreads feed with a very strong recommendation from someone I trust. I'm always interested in diversifying my understanding of history, and this one sounds super cool.

7. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
I've heard very mixed reviews of this book, so I wasn't eager to read it, but it keeps coming up again and again. I saw it mentioned positively on Disability in Kid Lit from someone who had experienced cancer herself, so I decided it was time to add it.

8. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
I've enjoyed Stork's previous books, so when I saw that he'd written another one, I immediately added it to the list.

9. Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby
This book kept coming up in an ad on Goodreads, and I saw it had a high rating, but I didn't look much into it. Then I saw it mentioned positively on Disability in Kid Lit and decided I should put it on my list.

10. Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time by Paul Rogat Loeb
At our book club discussion of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, someone had brought a copy of this other book because the book club had read it many years ago and she was reminded of it when reading Stevenson's words on hope and perseverance. I thought there might be a time (hopefully not because of this week's election...) that I would need help overcoming cynicism about the world.

Which books have you recently added to your list?

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