Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent TBR Additions


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is top ten books I’ve recently added to my to-be-read shelf. If you’ve been keeping up with my book hauls, none of these will be a surprise. You’ve seen them before. These are the last 10 book I bought.




1. One Death, Nine Stories – Marc Aronson (Editor)


Nicholas, Kevin. Age 19. Died at York Hospital, July 19, 2012. Kev's the first kid their age to die. And now, even though he's dead, he's not really gone. Even now his choices are touching the people he left behind. Rita Williams-Garcia follows one aimless teen as he finds a new life in his new job—at the mortuary. Ellen Hopkins reveals what two altar boys (and one altar girl) might get up to at the cemetery at night. Will Weaver turns a lens on Kevin's sister as she collects his surprising effects—and makes good use of them. Here, in nine stories, we meet people who didn't know Kevin, friends from his childhood, his ex-girlfriend, his best friend, all dealing with the fallout of his death. Being a teenager is a time for all kinds of firsts—first jobs, first loves, first good-byes, firsts that break your heart and awaken your soul. It's an initiation of sorts, and it can be brutal. But on the other side of it is the rest of your life. With stories by: Chris Barton, Nora Raleigh Baskin, Marina Budhos, Ellen Hopkins, A.S. King, Torrey Maldonado, Charles R. Smith Jr., Will Weaver, Rita Williams-Garcia.



2. Bone Gap – Laura Ruby


Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?  
Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.




3. Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow – Susan Campbell Bartoletti


By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3.5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. It would become the largest youth group in history. Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany's young people. Her research includes telling interviews with surviving Hitler Youth members.




4. The Gracekeepers – Kirsty Logan


As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance. 
In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland ("landlockers") and those who float on the sea ("damplings"), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives—offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.




5. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt


It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.  
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love—and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.




6. The Thing About Jellyfish – Ali Benjamin


After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting—things don't just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory—even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe . . . and the potential for love and hope right next door. 

 

7. Nimona – Noelle Stevenson


Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.  
But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.




8. Challenger Deep – Neal Shusterman


Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.  
Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.  
Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence, to document the journey with images.  
Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. 
Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. 
Caden Bosch is torn.  
A captivating and powerful novel that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by one of today's most admired writers for teens.


 

9. Attachments – Rainbow Rowell


Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.  
Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now—reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers—not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.  
When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained—and captivated—by their stories.  
By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.




10. Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America – Susan Campbell Bartoletti


What happens when a person's reputation has been forever damaged? 
With archival photographs and text among other primary sources, this riveting biography of Mary Mallon by the Sibert medalist and Newbery Honor winner Susan Bartoletti looks beyond the tabloid scandal of Mary's controversial life. 
How she was treated by medical and legal officials reveals a lesser-known story of human and constitutional rights, entangled with the science of pathology and enduring questions about who Mary Mallon really was.  
How did her name become synonymous with deadly disease? And who is really responsible for the lasting legacy of Typhoid Mary?




10 comments:

  1. I read Nimona at the end of 2015 and I HIGHLY recommend it! It was an amazing graphic novel. I want to read Lumberjanes from Noelle. I've heard nothing but great things!

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  2. Attachments is SO cute! Definitely read that one. :)

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  3. Attachments!! My favorite Rainbow Rowell book. I also liked The Goldfinch. I really want to read Challenger Deep. Great list!

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  4. Challenger Deep is on my TBR too. I'd definitely be interested in your review because I'm not sold yet. I hope you get to read some of these soon!

    Here are my Top Ten!

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  5. i own nimona, but i haven't read it yet. it looks so good though! i've read attachments, and it was really cute, i liked it a lot. really good post! :))

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  6. Attachments was so much fun! I hope you enjoy it.

    The Bone Gap always catches my attention when I see it pop-up. I'm tempted to check it out from the library.

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  7. I read Attachments and enjoyed it. I have The Goldfinch but haven't read it yet so I will be looking out for your review. I am also very interested in The Thing About Jellyfish and The Gracekeepers. Both of those books have caught my attention but I haven't added them to my TBR yet. Great list!

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  8. Great list, AJ! The only one of your list I've read is Attachments - and I loved it. It's light and sweet and funny and remains my favorite by Rowell. I've heard amazing things about Bone Gap. Hope you will enjoy it!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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  9. Nimona was such a good story!! I can't wait to hear what you think!!

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