Teaser Tuesday & Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Deceived“Losing something she loved had ripped her open in a way she had not expected. The pain hurt, but the pain was right.”

Paul S. Kemp, Star Wars: Star Wars The Old Republic: Deceived


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. They created the meme because they love lists. Who doesn’t love lists? They wanted to share these list with fellow book lovers and ask that we share in return to connect with our fellow book lovers. To learn more about participating in the challenge, stop by their page dedicated to it and dive in!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

52 Vol 1 by Geoff Johns, et al

After the events rendered in Infinite Crisis, the inhabitants of the DC Universe suffered through a year (52 weeks; hence the title) without Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. How does one survive in a dangerous world without superheroes? This paperback, the first of a four-volume series, begins to answer that perilous question? Nonstop action amid planetary anarchy.

Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep by Michael Merriam

A new world is emerging years after war destroyed society. In a Minnesota lake, the last surviving loons, direct descendants of the legendary First Pair, await the one who can help heal the earth. Each year a human sacrifice is brought to them to be endowed with special gifts, but they come at a terrible price.

And Again by Jessica Chiarella

Would you live your life differently if you were given a second chance? Hannah, David, Connie, and Linda—four terminally ill patients—have been selected for the SUBlife pilot program, which will grant them brand-new, genetically perfect bodies that are exact copies of their former selves—without a single imperfection. Blemishes, scars, freckles, and wrinkles have all disappeared, their fingerprints are different, their vision is impeccable, and most importantly, their illnesses have been cured. As each tries to re-enter their previous lives and relationships they are faced with the question: how much of your identity rests not just in your mind, but in your heart, your body?

Cereus in Bloom by Shani Mootoo

Set on a fictional Caribbean island in the town of Paradise, Cereus Blooms at Night unveils the mystery surrounding Mala Ramchandin and the tempestuous history of her family. At the heart of this bold and seductive novel is an alleged crime committed many years before the story opens. Mala is the reclusive old woman suspected of murder who is delivered to the Paradise Alms House after a judge finds her unfit to stand trial. When she arrives at her new home, frail and mute, she is placed in the tender care of Tyler, a vivacious male nurse, who becomes her unlikely confidante and the storyteller of Mala’s extraordinary life.In luminous, sensual prose, internationally acclaimed writer Shani Mootoo combines diverse storytelling traditions to explore identity, gender, and violence in a celebration of our capacity to love.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know? Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil.  The lush city of Palmares Tres shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of this vibrant metropolis, June Costa creates art that’s sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June’s best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than amber eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist. Together, June and Enki will stage explosive, dramatic projects that Palmares Tres will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government’s strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die. 

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

‘On what slender threads do life and fortune hang…’ Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialised in the 1840s.

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound. Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family’s only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian

When Richard Chapman offers to host his younger brother’s bachelor party, he expects a certain amount of debauchery. He sends his wife, Kristin, and young daughter off to his mother-in-law’s for the weekend, and he opens his Westchester home to his brother’s friends and their hired entertainment. What he does not expect is this: bacchanalian drunkenness, a dangerously intimate moment in his guest bedroom, and two naked women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night. In the aftermath, Richard’s life rapidly spirals into a nightmare. The police throw him out of his home, now a crime scene; his investment banking firm puts him on indefinite leave; and his wife finds herself unable to forgive him for the moment he shared with a dark-haired girl in the guest room. But the dark-haired girl, Alexandra, faces a much graver danger. In one breathless, violent night, she is free, running to escape the police who will arrest her and the gangsters who will kill her in a heartbeat.

The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

Jessamy “Jess” Harrison, age eight, is the child of an English father and a Nigerian mother. Possessed of an extraordinary imagination, she has a hard time fitting in at school. It is only when she visits Nigeria for the first time that she makes a friend who understands her: a ragged little girl named TillyTilly. But soon TillyTilly’s visits become more disturbing, until Jess realizes she doesn’t actually know who her friend is at all.

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I received a ton of books over the holidays from friends and family. That’s not even counting what I bought just because I wanted it, so this is just a very small sampling of what I received recently. I’m never coming off from under my TBR pile. 😀 Happy reading!

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20 Comments on “Teaser Tuesday & Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

    • I love retellings, and I’m enjoying what Paige has done with this so far. 🙂 I love the Count of Monte Cristo movies. Unfortunately, I have not read the books. I plan to remedy that.


  1. I have “The Ghost Bride” sitting on my TBR pile as well. I completely forgot about that one! I need to get around to reading it soon.

    “52 Vol 1” sounds good. I don’t read a whole lot of DC aside from the occasional Batman or New 52 Suicide Squad. I think I need to try branching out a little more with my DC comic reading this year.

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    • So far it’s been interesting. Being that’s reading more like Urban YA Fantasy, we haven’t gotten to the point where I want to fight it yet. LOL.


  2. I have owned a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo for years. YEARS. And I have yet to pick it up *cringe* I don’t know what the holdup is either because I’ve seen the movie like a million times and it’s one of my favorites! The Summer Prince and Dorothy Must Die are both ones I still need to read as well – awesome selection here Tiara^^ x


    • Same. Have had the book for YEARS. Love the story. There are so many classics I love (Like The Phantom of the Opera) and haven’t read their books. I need to remedy that,


    • That is one of my TOP reads for this year. I plan to listen to it on audiobook and I order i it as soon as I get my new Audible credits in a week, so my husband won’t complain about all the money I’ve spent on books and games this month. LOL.


  3. Ahh, I love the Count of Monte Cristo! Chris Bohjalian I’ve read two books of his – one I loved – one not so much. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for your review of this one. The Ghost Bride I read at the end of 2014 (I think). It was good, not quite what I expected, but the author is very good at setting the scene and bringing the period to life.
    And I love the cover for Dorothy Must Die!
    Lynn 😀


    • I’ve read one book by Bohjalian, and it was Water Witches. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t care for it. However, I love his portrayal of the women in that one, so I have high hopes at least in that regards.


    • Thank you! Yes, I found it while picking books for the women of genre books challenge. It looked so interesting I added it.


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