Given that my TBR on Goodreads is completely out of control, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) was an easy one for me. I’ve been on Goodreads for over eight years so I’ve had a lot of time to add books only to promptly forget a lot of them. Just to give you an idea, my “Want To Read” shelf is currently around 1400+ *gasp* strong.
Don’t worry, you’re not the only one screaming internally at that number.
After finding these books that I had very little to no recollection of, my “Up Next TBR” is now in total upheaval because all of these sound like fantastic reads and I want to read them ASAP. At this rate I’m going to have to quit my job so I can devote my waking hours solely to reading!
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.
The Recognitions by William Gaddis
The book Jonathan Franzen dubbed the “ur-text of postwar fiction” and the “first great cultural critique, which, even if Heller and Pynchon hadn’t read it while composing Catch-22 and V., managed to anticipate the spirit of both”
The Recognitions is a masterwork about art and forgery, and the increasingly thin line between the counterfeit and the fake. Gaddis anticipates by almost half a century the crisis of reality that we currently face, where the real and the virtual are combining in alarming ways, and the sources of legitimacy and power are often obscure to us.
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
This irresistible first novel tells the story of a quiet boy who embarks on a dangerous quest in order to fulfill his destiny—and find his father—in a strange world beneath New York City.
When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor’s arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland’s uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it — until he realizes it’s the only way to solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.
Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
A magically inspiring tale of a man who is reincarnated through many lifetimes so that he can be with his one true love: Death herself.
What if you could live forever—but without your one true love? Reincarnation Blues is the story of a man who has been reincarnated nearly 10,000 times, in search of the secret to immortality so that he can be with his beloved, the incarnation of Death. Neil Gaiman meets Kurt Vonnegut in this darkly whimsical, hilariously profound, and wildly imaginative comedy of the secrets of life and love. Transporting us from ancient India to outer space to Renaissance Italy to the present day, is a journey through time, space, and the human heart.
Mama Day by Gloria Naylor
A fascinating novel that reworks elements of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. On the island of Willow Springs, off the Georgia coast, the powers of healer Mama Day are tested by her great niece, Cocoa, a stubbornly emancipated woman endangered by the island’s darker forces.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz’s only hope is to learn from the island’s hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her.
Timescape by Gregory Benford
The author of Tides of Light offers his Nebula Award-winning SF classic–a combination of hard science, bold speculation, and human drama. In the year 1998, a group of scientists works desperately to communicate with the scientists of 1962, warning of an ecological disaster that will destroy the oceans in the future–if it is not averted in the past.
Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez
Barry Lopez’s National Book Award-winning classic study of the Far North is widely considered his masterpiece.
Lopez offers a thorough examination of this obscure world-its terrain, its wildlife, its history of Eskimo natives and intrepid explorers who have arrived on their icy shores. But what turns this marvelous work of natural history into a breathtaking study of profound originality is his unique meditation on how the landscape can shape our imagination, desires, and dreams. Its prose as hauntingly pure as the land it describes, Arctic Dreams is nothing less than an indelible classic of modern literature.
Thunderhead by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written sixteen years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich—the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah’s canyon country. Searching for her father and his glory, Nora begins to unravel the greatest riddle of American archeology. but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.
*all blurbs are from Goodreads
Have you read any of these? Which books make it to your TTT this week? Let me know in the comments!
15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Added to my TBR and Forgotten Why”
Wow, you have a lot of books on your TBR list! I’m impressed.
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Impressed is a much better assessment than I’d give that outrageous number haha 😛 I need to do a purge I think.
Great list! Unwind has been on my TBR for years, one of these days I really need to give it a try.
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It’s apparently been on mine for several years too! It does sound good.
I thought Wild Robot was okay, but not overly compelling. I remember loving Gregor the Overlander, but I read it long, long ago. I have Arctic Dreams on my list, too.
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I haven’t read anything else by Collins (I know, I know) so I’m kinda keen to give Gregor a try soon.
Unwind is one of my favourite books, I hope you enjoy it!
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Thanks, glad to know you liked it that much!
My daughter loved The Wild Robot. I hope you do, too!
I love the cover on Reincarnation Blues! Good post!
Unwind was outstanding. Creepy and disturbing, but totally worth it.
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I have wanted to read that Valente book for the longest time!
Arctic Dreams sounds like a good books. Great list.
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Oh, there’s quite a mix of books on here! I’m not sure what I would do if I had a physical record of having 1400+ books on my TBR…that’s stressful (although I’m pretty sure there’s that many books on there…)
I have Gregor the Overlander on my bookshelf, but haven’t read it. I have read Unwind though and absolutely loved it. It’s disturbing to say the least, but the series is probably among my favorites.