Top Ten Tuesday: books that have been on my TBR the shortest

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s all about books, lists and sharing the love we have of both with our bookish friends. This week, we’re meant to be talking about our top ten rereads, but I did that last summer as a freebie – so I’m going to survey my most recent acquisitions instead.

I tend to splurge on books at Christmas and New Year – books I pick up in the sale, books I can’t resist them when buying presents for others, and books I get given as gifts. This year has been no different, but there’s been ARCs to boot! So if I look at the last 3 months, I’ve got quite a selection to pick from for this week’s top ten…

Many of these I bought to read, as I was working on my nominations for Subjective Chaos and then starting to fill the gaps in the final shortlist. So I’ll start with the top 5 recently purchased and already read.

The Murders of Molly Southbourne – Tade Thompson

When Molly bleeds, a molly is born. Mollies know everything Molly knows. Mollies can do anything Molly can do. And sooner rather than later, they’ll try to kill her. Unless she kills them first. This brilliantly executed psychological thriller ensured I’ll read anything Tade Thompson writes.

The Boy on the Bridge – M R Carey

After the Breakdown and before The Girl With All The Gifts, there was The Boy on the Bridge. Stephen is a genius, too young to have invented e-blocker and probably too unreliable to be part of the Rosalind Franklin‘s mission to save Beacon from the hungry plague. But does Beacon deserve to be saved? A brilliant companion to GirlBoy fleshes out (sorry, couldn’t resist) the world-building and introduces another unforgettable protagonist.

Shadowsong – S Jae-Jones

The Goblin King allowed his bride to escape the Underground, but the old laws demand blood. As Liesl and her brother Josef try to make a life in Vienna from their music, the Wild Hunt rides in search of victims. The brooding, melancholy sequel to Wintersong is gorgeously written, and goes to show I will still read and love star-crossed romance if it’s Gothic enough.

The Red Threads of Fortune – J Y Yang

Mokoya has lost her gift of prophecy, unable to forgive herself for not preventing the event that destroyed her family. Turning her back on politics and loved ones, she hunts naga with mercenaries – until an unexpected encounter forces her to confront her losses. This gorgeous Asian setting of a dictatorship caught between steampunk and magic is ripe with stories, and I love that J Y Yang unapologetically tells personal ones instead of the obvious civil war epic.

Embers of War – Gareth L Powell

Big screen visuals (a solar system of carved planets!) with a personal lens: haunted protagonists struggling to come to terms with who they are and what they’ve done, as the galaxy inches towards a war they are in no position to stop. I loved the ferocious Trouble Dog and her unexpected patience with her damaged, wayward crew.

Spare and Found Parts – Sarah Maria Griffin

A post-apocalyptic teen Frankenstein? Why not, I thought, and was delighted by the poetic writing and by the complexity of protagonist Nell as she confronted her feelings of isolation and determined how to make her world a better place. Also, Io is adorable.

Yes, I know that was 6, but I couldn’t pick and 2 of them were novellas, so hush.

Now to get on to recent purchases still stacked on my TBR (and we’ll see if I get to them before the spring TBR topic comes around in a few weeks time!)

The Citadel of Weeping Pearls – Aliette de Bodard

I can’t afford a copy of Aliette’s upcoming novella – a Xuya space opera take on Sherlock Holmes – but I did manage to snag a copy of the award-winning Citadel of Weeping Pearls.

The Tethered Mage – Melissa Caruso

In a world where magic is scarce, mages are conscripted into the army as children. With war looming, an heiress unexpectedly tethers a rogue mage with devastating gifts, who has escaped notice. I’ve heard good things about this debut novel set in a fantasy Venice, and honestly, you’ve usually got my interest by ‘fantasy Venice’ anyway…

The Bitter Twins – Jen Williams

I became an instant Williams fan girl when I read The Ninth Rain, and I’m cheating slightly because I’m reading this right now. GIANT BATS. DRAGONS. GRIFFINS. INEFFABLE HORRORS. VAMPIRE ELVES. LESBIAN ARCHAEOLOGISTS. RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALIST FASCIST FIRE WITCHES. SO. MUCH. SASS. Yeah, I’m going to be all caps. And I’m going to read it this week!

The Dragon Lords: Fools Gold – Jon Hollin

It says it on my twitter profile: Has dragons? Will read – especially when it’s a comedy romp about hapless adventurers trying to liberate gold from their over-taxing dragon overlords. Sure, I love dragons as good guys, but a good old-fashioned wrathful hoarder won’t go astray.

The Fisher of Bones – Sarah Gailey

Sarah Gailey is on a roll with intriguing novellas (very nearly appearing in both halves of this list for the excellent caper River of Teeth). The Fisher of Bones sees a young woman stepping into her father’s shoes as their Prophetess to lead her people on their blood-soaked, pre-ordained route to the Promised Land. Revisionist coming of age fantasy? Yes please.


What’s your most recent acquisition?