Books I Recently Added to My TBR

I am always curious to know what books people add to their TBRs, and that has inspired me to write this post! I have done a few of these in the past, and I always love the discussions that happen in the comments.  So here we are again!

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag


A little more than a century from now, our world has been utterly transformed. After years of slowly overtaking the continent, rising floodwaters have obliterated America’s great coastal cities and then its heartland, leaving nothing but an archipelago of mountaintop colonies surrounded by a deep expanse of open water.

Stubbornly independent Myra and her precocious seven-year-old daughter, Pearl, fish from their small boat, the Bird, visiting dry land only to trade for supplies and information in the few remaining outposts of civilization. For seven years, Myra has grieved the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was stolen by her father after a monstrous deluge overtook their home in Nebraska. Then, in a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra suddenly discovers that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment near the Artic Circle. Throwing aside her usual caution, Myra and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas, hoping against hope that Row will still be there.

On their journey, Myra and Pearl join forces with a larger ship and Myra finds herself bonding with her fellow seekers who hope to build a safe haven together in this dangerous new world. But secrets, lust, and betrayals threaten their dream, and after their fortunes take a shocking—and bloody—turn, Myra can no longer ignore the question of whether saving Row is worth endangering Pearl and her fellow travelers.

After the Flood has been all over Bookstagram lately and has been getting rave reviews. With Fall coming, I am in the mood for all things Science Fiction, especially dystopian. I prefer my dystopian novels to have a sense of reality- I want to feel that this could be a possible future. From the description, I get that impression from After the Flood. It sounds like a book with many layers, which I appreciate!

His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler


Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in 13 unique and unforgettable ways.

Contributors include Kendare Blake (reimagining “Metzengerstein”), Rin Chupeco (“The Murders in the Rue Morge”), Lamar Giles (“The Oval Portrait”), Tessa Gratton (“Annabel Lee”), Tiffany D. Jackson (“The Cask of Amontillado”), Stephanie Kuehn (“The Tell-Tale Heart”), Emily Lloyd-Jones (“The Purloined Letter”), Hillary Monahan (“The Masque of the Red Death”), Marieke Nijkamp (“Hop-Frog”), Caleb Roehrig (“The Pit and the Pendulum”), and Fran Wilde (“The Fall of the House of Usher”).

I have been wanting to get more into anthologies, and His Hideous Heart sounds like the perfect place to start! I love the idea that each of the 13 (appropriate number!) stories is inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. It is also a great line-up of authors- some I have read and loved, and others I have been meaning read something from. It will be nice to get a taste of their writing in this way. I am so ready from some spooky stories for Halloween!

Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magic Women Writers by Taisia Kitaiskaia

Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women WritersCelebrate the witchiest women writers with beautiful illustrations and imaginative vignettes.

Literary Witches draws a connection between witches and visionary writers: both are figures of formidable creativity, empowerment, and general badassery. Through poetic portraits, Taisia Kitaiskaia and Katy Horan honor the witchy qualities of well-known and obscure authors alike, including Virginia Woolf, Mira Bai, Toni Morrison, Emily Dickinson, Octavia E. Butler, Sandra Cisneros, and many more.

Perfect for both book lovers and coven members, Literary Witchesis a treasure and a source of inspiration. Kitaiskaia and Horan bring fresh insights on your most beloved authors, suggest enchanting new writers, and invite you to rediscover the magic of literature.

I am into all things witches, and I love the literary twist this nonfiction book takes! I think it will be fascinating to explore different author’s takes on witches. It will also inspire me to pick up some of the novels that are dicussed! Literary Witches is a quick 116 pages and I think it will make for a fun read to get me in to the Halloween spirit.

The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis

44525770Before they became legendary writers, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, and Anne Brontë were detectors in this charming historical mystery…

Yorkshire, 1845. A young wife and mother has gone missing from her home, leaving behind two small children and a large pool of blood. Just a few miles away, a humble parson’s daughters–the Brontë sisters–learn of the crime. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified and intrigued by the mysterious disappearance.

These three creative, energetic, and resourceful women quickly realize that they have all the skills required to make for excellent “lady detectors.” Not yet published novelists, they have well-honed imaginations and are expert readers. And, as Charlotte remarks, “detecting is reading between the lines–it’s seeing what is not there.”

As they investigate, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne are confronted with a society that believes a woman’s place is in the home, not scouring the countryside looking for clues. But nothing will stop the sisters from discovering what happened to the vanished bride, even as they find their own lives are in great peril…

I mean.. the Bronte sisters as detectives?! Need I say more!? The Vanished Bride sounds like an original and entertaining cozy mystery and I can not wait to dive in. I am all about detectives novels with female leads! I have a feeling that this will be just plain fun and will be a great way to break up some of the darker reads I plan to pick up this Fall. The Vanished Bride comes out tomorrow so keep an eye out for it!

 The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

37007910Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences but those around you, as well.

New Oldbury, 1821

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia, and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall. The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…

Are we sensing a theme here!? I am in such a witchy mood! The warning in the description intrigues me- I need to know what that means. The Witch of Willow Hall sounds like my kind of historical fiction- atmospheric, dark, and with a little bit of a twist. I am also all about books that follow the lives of sisters, especially if they are witches- Practical Magic anyone?

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett 

44318414At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.

The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from, and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.

Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives they return to the well worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.

I have been on a historical kick lately so I think it is finally time that I read something by Ann Patchett, who I have been meaning to read for years! Her latest release, The Dutch House, sounds incredible and the early reviews have been glowing. It appeals to me because it seems to focus on family and is set over the course of many decades. The fact that it has been described as a dark fairy tale also catches my attention!

Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson

37959896. sy475 Three women are brought together in an enthralling story of friendship, heartbreak, and resilience. Set at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, this is an amazing debut novel. 

Duty. Honor. Country. That’s West Point’s motto, and every cadet who passes through its stone gates vows to live it. But on the eve of 9/11, as Dani, Hannah and Avery face four grueling years ahead, they realize they’ll only survive if they do it together.

Everyone knows Dani is going places. With athletic talent and a brilliant mind, she navigates West Point’s predominantly male environment with wit and confidence, breaking stereotypes and embracing new friends.

Hannah’s grandfather, a legendary Army general, offers a stark warning about the dangers that lie ahead, but she moves forward anyway, letting faith guide her path. When she meets her soul mate at West Point, the future looks perfect, just as planned.

Wild child Avery moves fast and doesn’t mind breaking a few rules (and hearts) along the way. But she can’t outpace her self-doubt, and the harder she tries, the further it leads her down a treacherous path.

The world—of business, of love, and of war—awaits Dani, Hannah, and Avery beyond the gates of West Point. These three women know that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But soon, that adage no longer rings true—for their future, or their friendship. As they’re pulled in different directions, will their hard-forged bond prevail or shatter?


Another week, another buddy read! I have really been embracing buddy reads lately and I love it because it introduces me to books I had never heard of before or would never have picked up on my own. I rarely, if ever, read military fiction but I am definitely open to dipping my toe in to the genre. I love that Beyond the Point seems to focus strongly on female friendships- we need more of that in fiction! Can’t wait to dive into this one and to discuss it!


Phew, that is it! Do you sense a bit of a theme here?! I am so ready for Fall reading! As the weather cools down, I am all about SciFi, historical fiction, and spooky reads.

40 thoughts on “Books I Recently Added to My TBR

  1. I am excited for The Witch of Willow Hall as well. I added it to my TBR. I like anything relating to the Salem Witch trials. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. I’m very excited to get my hands on The Dutch House!!

    I am also in a very witchy mood (currently devouring A Discovery of Witches) and am adding The Witch of Willow Hall to my TBR STAT.

    Thanks for the great post!

      1. A Discovery of Witches is very good… so far. I got maybe 50 percent of the way done on the audiobook but got distracted by the TV show. The world and lore in the book is quite fascinating.

  3. It looks like you’re in for some great seasonal reading! His Hideous Heart is on my TBR as well, though I’m not sure if I’ll get around to it this October. Otherwise, I’ll also keep an eye out for your reviews of After the Flood, The Dutch House, and Beyond the Point, all of which have been on my radar as well! Happy reading to you this fall 🙂

  4. I originally found the Literary Witches because there’s a deck of oracle cards the authors did The Literary Witches Oracle. It’s really quite pretty. I hope the book is good as well!

  5. The Witch of Willow Hall is very atmospheric and pretty interesting too. I ended up DNF’ing it but I think that’s because I wasn’t in the mood for the writing at the time.

  6. I feel myself gravitating towards sci-fi and spooky reads as the weather cools down too! This is my first time hearing about After the Flood (I don’t have a bookstagram 😅), but I’m definitely adding it to my TBR. The story certainly sounds like it has an element of reality to it.

  7. I’m also interested in His Hideous Heart although I do generally love anthologies. I’m really excited for Hex Life too which is another anthology but of different witchy stories. I’m really glad I saw this post too as I have The Witch Of Willow Hall on my TBR but completely forgot about it. Maybe I’ll try and get to it soon as well; it does seem like the perfect time to read it. I hope you end up loving these books

  8. “I prefer my dystopian novels to have a sense of reality- I want to feel that this could be a possible future” – I couldn’t have said it better myself! Same, same, same. I’m really particular about the details when I pick up a new book, the story-line has to be tight, the characters well developed and easy to follow, in short, I think a lot of new science fiction writers have a hard time reeling it in and properly setting up a world I can get lost in, so I end up not finishing a lot of books of late. I recently got a rec from a friend to check out “Two Skies Before Night” because he said it was movie ready, but I was a little skeptical. Author Robert Gryn proved me wrong! He’s a great details guy and this was a title I’m very glad I picked up. It’s like science fiction meets detective fiction meets fantasy. The double murder mystery takes place in a city where there is an “Above” and “Below” for the alien races that live there with a very strict class system. Detective Lang is in charge of figuring out the murder of an alien couple, the man from the above (the elite class) and the woman from the below. I know that sounds a little out there but trust me…. it feels like something that could happen in the future…perhaps even happening now, but without aliens. You can read more about it on his website:

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