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Monday, January 18, 2016

TTT: Books I've recently added to my TBR pile

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've recently added to my ever-growing to-be-read (TBR) pile of books.
TTT is hosted by The Broke and Bookish

1. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
This won a Printz Honor last week. With its win, it instantly went on my TBR pile as I try to read all the Printz winners each year. I have actually already started this book.
2. The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Koningsberg
This book won the Stonewall Teen Book Award last week. I sponsor a Challenge to read all the Youth Media Award winners each year. The Stonewall Award goes to the best book with a LGBT theme. 
3. Enchanted Air by Margarite Engle
This book was another YMA winner. This book won the Pura Belpre Award for YA books written by Latino authors.
4. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction and an Alex Award winner, another YMA category. Everyone is talking about this book. I need to read it, too.
5. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
I just embarked on my own Pulitzer Challenge. This book won the Pulitzer in 2005. I just finished reading her first book, Housekeeping, which was a Pulitzer finalist in 1980. Now I want to read Gilead.
6. Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
I decided to read a Bellwether Award winner this year. This award is unpublished manuscripts which are socially engaged and ethical. The manuscripts are then published for the winners. Running the Rift won in 2010.
7. Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
I've seen this book on several best of 2015 lists. Now I want to read it.
8. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
I really enjoyed McLain's book The Paris Wife.
9. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Another book which everyone but me seems to have read. I actually had this book on my TBR list last year but I am adding it here for emphasis so I will REALLY get to it soon.
10. H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
A Kirkus Prize finalist for nonfiction. It sounds really good.

....and one for good measure
11. The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner
This sounds so, so good.


  1. Pretty much all of these are on my tbr! Great picks!

    Check out my TTT and Music Monday.

  2. Hi, Enchanted Air and Everything I Never Told You look great. I haven't heard of many of these. I'll be checking them out! :)
    My TTT

    1. The first three books on the list are YA, the other eight are adult. I have overdosed on YA lit the past few months so will be catching up on my adult reading for the next few months.

  3. Ive seen good reviews for Girl Waits with Gun. Have a good week!!

  4. My student book club wanted to read Critic's choice books for the month of Feb so we are going to read Out of Darkness. I've heard nothing but amazing reviews for it so I'm really looking forward to it. I also want to read Between the World and Me too.

  5. I have Between You and Me checked out right now. Just need to get reading! Great list:)

  6. Those are some great additions to your TBR pile...I have Girl Waits With Gun and Circling the Sun sitting on mine. Now if I only had time to read them. Isn't it sad that when you buy new books you can't buy extra time too?

  7. I'm also slowly reading my way through the Pulitzer prize winners - they have been of a consistently high standard so far, but I have yet to read Robinson.
    I would also like to get to the Coates book - everyone keeps raving about it.

    Happy reading :-)

  8. You already know my interest in the Ng book; I also would like to read Gilead and Circling the Sun.

  9. Running the Rift sounds really interesting and I've not heard of the Bellwether Award before. You've introduced me to something new!

    1. I hadn't heard of this award either until this year. The book Mudbound was a Bellweather Award winner and I read it several years ago and was so moved by it. I thought I would try my hand at another of the winners to see if a pattern develops.

  10. I've heard of a couple of these. Hope you're able to get to them soon!


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