Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Additions to My Bookshelf!

This week's topic is: Top Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

I honestly couldn't tell you what the ten most recent additions to my bookshelf are. A lot of what I read are ARCs and library books and frankly I don't keep them in any sort of order based on when I received them, and I haven't purchased too many books in the past couple months or so. For this post, I basically just went into my room, looked around at the various piles of books littered around, and tried to guess at the somewhat more recent books to come in? Maybe? A few I actually know I got recently, but others are just recent books I'm really excited to own! I'm probably skipping over a bunch of random books I've acquired recently, but who cares, let's dive in!

The Only Good IndiansThe Shadow Saint (The Black Iron Legacy, #2)Never Come MorningCrossingsThe Mother Code

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones: I was so thrilled to win this book in a giveaway recently and I cannot wait to check it out. It's a horror novel "of revenge, cultural identity, and the cost of breaking from tradition," which sounds absolutely incredible. It's out in April and I'm hoping to dive in soon!

The Shadow Saint by Gareth Hanrahan: This is such a highly anticipated release in the fantasy world--and with good reason! My review copy from Orbit just recently showed up and I'm diving into it, well, today! I'm really intrigued to see where Hanrahan goes in this inventive world. 

Never Come Morning by Nelson Algren: So this book has a weird backstory. It was an extremely random and unplanned acquisition and I really know very little about it, other than the fact that apparently it's a very highly praised yet unknown book? The reason I got it is because there's a song that I really like off a recent album of a band that I also really like and apparently this book was the inspiration for the song. In an interview, they stated that the only way to really get the full meaning out of it was to have read the book, and well, who am I to pass up such an obvious recommendation for a book I've never heard of? I'm pretty excited to check it out, so fingers crossed! It also seems to be out of print, but fortunately Ebay had some cheap copies so I managed to snag one.

Crossings by Alex Landragin: I recently received this ARC in the mail and I really don't know a lot about this book either, but it sounds so interesting! The descriptions states that it is "a novel in three parts, designed to be read in two different directions, spanning a hundred and fifty years and seven lifetimes." How interesting does that sound!? Out in July! (or if you're in Austraia, I think it's already out!)

The Mother Code by Carole Stivers: This is a futuristic sci-fi that I'm finally starting to see being talked about in a few places, so I'm looking forward to checking it out.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-GlassThe History of Rome, Books 1-5: The Rise of RomeSextus PompeiusMaster and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin, #1)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll--MinaLima edition: I am in love with these MinaLima editions! They are some of the most gorgeous versions of these classics that I've ever seen. They have stunning and vibrant illustrations, interactive elements like maps that pull out and illustrations that you can sort of move around--it's far better than I'm making it sound. I received this as a Christmas gift and since Alice is one of my favorites, I was beyond thrilled. I already have the Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid editions and I recommend them so much!

Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten: I am so intrigued by this upcoming historical ficiton release. The cover featured is a pictur eof the ARC I have since there isn't an official cover out yet that I'm aware of. In case you can't read the tiny cover, all if says are "Serf. Murderer. Empress" and I am so very here for that. It's about "Catherine Alexeyevna: the first woman to rule Russia in her own right" and I'm really looking forward to reading this, though it's not out until fall so I'm not sure if I'll prioritize it yet or not since I have so many other books to focus on right now.

The Rise of Rome by Livy: Since I haven't actually personally purchased a lot of books recently (mainly ARCs and library books!), I figured I'd include a couple books I bought for this semester of grad school. The first one if books 1-5 of Livy's history of Rome for a class I'm taking on Livy! Somehow throughut my career as a Classics student I still haven't managed to acquire any copies of Livy;s work to personally own, so I had to finally pick up a copy. My focus tends to be more on the Hellenistic side of things, so jumping into solely Roman/Latin-based courses is somewhat new for me!

Sextus Pompeius by Anton Powell & Kathryn Welch: Another book for this semester is this book on Sextus Pompeius, which I may or may not be fully reading for a potential paper for another class! I've not yet decided on a topic for my paper, but I'm planning on reading up on Sextus Pompey a bit to see if there is an angle in there I actually want to go with. We'll see! Nonetheless, it's still be really interesting so far to explore more about him and his role since he isn't mentioned overmuch and is often portrayed negatively in ancient sources.

Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brien: I reaize that this is also a very random book, but I saw it at a library sale a few weeks back and I thought, "well I like naval endeavors and maritime-based stories, so why not?" I've never seen the movie and honestly don't know much about this book/movie, either, but life's all about trying new things, right?

Have you read any of these/are you planning to read any of these? Let me know!


  1. I'm so curious about The Only Good Indians now.

    My TTT .

  2. That edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is so eye-catching!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  3. Great list! That's such a pretty edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and I'm very intrigued by Tsarina.

  4. These are all so good. Enjoy.

  5. Crossings has me definitely curious now after reading that description.

  6. I am so excited about the Tsarina book! Here is my post-https://paigesofbook.blogspot.com/2020/01/top-ten-tuesdays-recent-additions-to-my.html

  7. I haven't read any of these, but I hope you love them!

  8. I have The Only Good Indians, The Shadow Saint, and The Mother Code as well, and I'm excited for all three😁

  9. That's really interesting about Never Come Morning! I think a lot about the relationship between songs and stories -- how often I wonder what a song would look like developed as a full novel, or how much I love songs based on classic works of literature -- and it's fantastic that you found a book so closely connected to a song you like from a band you also like.

    Also, re: the MinaLima editions: INTERACTIVE ELEMENTS?? I have never needed a copy of a classic more -- I am always looking for books with that kind of thing.

  10. This is awesome! I hope you enjoy these!