{Bookish Babble} What I’ve Been Adding To My Already Oversized TBR Lately

Posted July 11, 2016 by Rachel Lightwood in Memes & Features / 13 Comments

I don’t about you, but I simply cannot resist reading is those “recently I’ve added these books to my TBR” posts. They’re completely addictive and I adore seeing what new books are out there or what releases people are getting excited for. Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner does something similar to this with the latest books, television shows, movies, and music she’s added to her ‘queue’. I thought it might be fun to try it out for myself! I did do this once before, but I’m thinking of making it more of a regular thing so it kind fo feels different?

Anyway, I particular love this idea as someone who is trying very, very hard to cut down their TBR. I think this will be a great way to check how well I can justify adding these particular new books to the TBR!


Love Elimination by Sarah Gates – I may be a little biased with this one because a) this author is from my city (which is a big deal ’cause my city is quite small), and b) I went to the author’s book launch last week and she was such a sweetie. This also happens to about reality dating TV shows which aren’t my fave in real life, but it makes this romance sound swoony AF.

Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley – Not only is that cover gorgeous, but the blurb sounds mysterious and steampunky and it is already getting a tonne of early praise. I’m actually really pumped for this release!

A Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White – An engrossing story about defying conventions and living up to impossible expectations. This sounds so darn feminist. Hallelujah! I have no interest in baseball (or sports in general, really) but I’m definitely intrigued by this… I cannot believe it’s not going to release until next year, though. *Sobs*. But can we give this marketing team a round of applause for this cover design – it’s so darn clever with the birds and the moon looking like a baseball!


Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer – A fantasy set in the dwindling, deliciously corrupt world of the fae… not only did the synopsis sounds amazing with the rocky sister relationship but a deliciously creepy fae world? War? Yes, please.

Lucky Girl by Amanda Maciel – To be honest, this add is mostly just to give this author a second chance after I disliked her book, Tease. But this year, I’ve also been reading a tonne of ’emotional contemporaries’ with these sorts of darker themes, and I do think this one sounds promising. Hopefully, it’ll be everything that I wanted in This is World the Ends.

100 Hours by Rachel Vincent – Okay, I know. This sounds like a summery version of Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick, but I’m hoping it’ll be better? It has potential. The last paragraph of that synopsis grabbed me. I’m hoping it’ll be suspenseful and edgy. *Fingers crossed*


One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn – So. Many. Good. Reviews! Seriously, this book has had so many good reviews lately. Pretty much all my blogging friends are drooling over it. On top of that, Zorn is the queen of Aussie YA and I actually haven’t read anything by her… so that needs to change.

The Dragon’s Price by Matthew J. Kirby – Well, dragons. I don’t need anything more. Dragons. The cover is gross, though.

Blood Red Rose by Rosalyn Eves – Alternative Victorian England. Magic. Sisters. Hungary. Beautiful cover. That is all.


To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough – Cold cases, murder, mysteries, the FBI, forensics… I’m not even slightly exaggerating when I say this book sounds like it was written for me, personally. Those are literally my all-time favourite ingredients! But *cries ’cause this doesn’t actually release until next year*.

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff – Aila’s review convinced me to give this one a chance.

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner – Diversity and a graffiti war. I don’t need anything more. I’m hoping for a new Night Owls!


Let me know: Have you read any of these or are they on your TBR too? Oh, and I’m intrigued – what do you classify as your TBR? I know some people only think of it as the books that they psychically own on their shelves to read, but I think of it as all the books I’ve shelved on Goodreads… which is probably why it’s so darn ginormous.
Rachel Lightwood

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13 responses to “{Bookish Babble} What I’ve Been Adding To My Already Oversized TBR Lately

  1. SOOOO many of these are on my TBR too! Spindle Fire, Blood Rose Rebellion, 100 Hours… those are at the tippy top of my must-reads! And The Dragon’s Price cover is SO fugly- makes me not care to read the book, which is bad! I mean, if I hear good things I would change my opinion, of course but as it stands now I am apathetic at best 😂

  2. Spindle Fire is the one I’m mostly looking forward to in your list. I was really intrigued by that cover too.
    And Blood Rose Rebellion! Alternative Victorian London?? I’m IN!
    You’re Welcome Universe also sounds terrific. I’m a sucker for a book with Graffiti, so I will definitely be picking it up when it releases.
    I hope all these live up to your expectations, Rachel. 🙂

    • The cover of Spindle Fire is gorgeous, isn’t it? *salivates* I don’t blame you at all. And that’s literally the reaction I had when I read Blood Red Rose’s description! It sounds so darn perfect. After Night Owls/TASOTH and Graffiti Moon have both turned me on to graffiti stories – hopefully, You’re Welcome Universe lives up to the hype.

      Gah, I hope they do too. I’m scared I’ve hyped them up a little too much, but fingers crossed there’s some good ones.

    • Least I can do, Eva! I’m glad you were able to find some new books to add to your TBR. I’ve heard mixed things about Playlist for the Dead so I hope it works for you. I’m eager to try it out and see what I think personally. You’ll have to let me know if you enjoyed it!

  3. Nathan

    I consider any book I mean to read, whether physical, kindle or library book at TBR. I haven’t read any of these books, they are new to me.

    • Same here, Nathan! I wish I could have just a psychical TBR – maybe that wouldn’t be so overwhelming? – but there’s just so many good books out there. I cannot help but add them all to my Goodreads TBR! I hope you were able to find something new to add to your TBR too.

  4. I cannot WAIT for You’re Welcome, Universe and 100 Hours!! I’m super excited for both. (And I loved Black Ice, so there’s always that. ;)) Great additions to your TBR! 🙂

    • I think I saw those two on your WoW post, actually! They both sounded too good not to add to the TBR. I’m sure that 100 Hours will be right up your alley if you loved Black Ice that much. Hopefully, it’s a little different though – for me! 😉

  5. Oh lots of books that are all new to me!! Love Elimination looks awesome. You’re Welcome Universe caught my eye too. My TBR is books I want to read not just the books I own. I think that may be why it is so big!! Hope you enjoy these when you get to them!

    • I’m glad I was able to draw attention to some new books for you! I’ve being so many good about Love Elimination lately and the author is so sweet. And ugh, I feel you with the TBR. I’d love to just have a psychical TBR because my is just ginormous.

      Thanks! I hope you find something to check out too.

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