Tuesday, March 31, 2015

10 Books I've Recently Added to My TBR

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for Top Ten Tuesday, the lovely meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is 10 books that you've recently added to your TBR list, so I'm going to go the traditional route and tell you the last ten books that have been added to my goodreads TBR.

1. 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories compiled by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor
100 Years of the Best American Short Stories

This book isn't released yet, but I'm trying to get into short stories and I figured this would be a great compilation for the novice to have. I have a couple editions of the Best American Short Stories I've picked up from library sales that I'll start with, but I'd really love to have this book when it comes out.

2. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

I don't remember how I found out about this book, but what probably intrigued me is that it's set in Wisconsin, which is a state I'm familiar with. It tells the story of the deaf son of a farming family who also breed a special type of dog. At some point it turns into a survival story, which I'm generally not a fan of, but I'd like to see how I like this one.

3. Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on their Decision not to Have Kids edited by Meghan Daum
Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on Their Decision Not To Have Kids

Either one of the writers at Book Riot or Book Riot in general was spouting praises for this book, and as a feminist who loves a good essay collection, I can't pass this one up.

4. This I Believe edited by Jay Allison
This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

Goodreads recommended this book to me after I read Listening is an Act of Love, and it looks like one of those feel-good, essay sort of things that I have a soft spot for. I'm not sure what that category is called, but I eat it up, and I think this will be an inspiring read.

5. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
A Little Life

This book is blowing up the bookternet and I am all about it. I love broken, tragic characters and family/friendship sagas, so from what I've heard this book will be right up my alley.

6. The Shore by Sara Taylor
The Shore

I think this is another one that hasn't been released yet, but one of the Book Riot contributors listed it as the best book they read one month. I think it's another family saga rife with long-harbored resentment coming to a head, and as I've established, I'm all about that.

7. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

This is a YA book about a school shooting. It's one of the few sensitive topics that really gets to me, but I've heard that it's very powerful, so I'd like to read it. And since it's for younger audiences, I don't think it will be too graphic.

8. Sugar by Bernice L. McFadden
Sugar (Sugar Lacey, #1)

I don't remember how I found out about this book, but I do remember hearing that it's supposed to be amazing. I think it's a slice-of-life story set in the South, and sometimes that's exactly what I'm in the mood for.

9. Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson
Fourth of July Creek

This book has also been appearing around the bookternet quite a bit. I think it's thriller, focusing on the story of a social worker who finds a boy starving in the woods and what happens after he finds the boy's family. This isn't my typical kind of read, but I've heard really good things about it so I'd like to give it a shot.

10. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

I heard about this short story collection on the Book Riot podcast (can you tell I love me some Book Riot?) and they way they described what the author accomplished in this collection made me really want to read it, especially since I'm trying to explore the short story genre.