Books I Recently Added to My TBR

I am constantly adding books to my TBR and I thought it might be interesting to talk about why I want to read them. I also get a secret joy out of adding more books to your TBRs!

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

The Grace of Kings is very much out of my comfort zone, but I have been watching some high fantasy BookTubers lately and really enjoying their videos. It has definitely piqued my interest in the genre! Petrik Leo reviewed The Grace of Kings and was raving about it and saying how underrated it was. I love a good underrated novel!

Stephen’s god died on the longest day of the year…

Three years later, Stephen is a broken paladin, living only for the chance to be useful before he dies. But all that changes when he encounters a fugitive named Grace in an alley and witnesses an assassination attempt gone wrong. Now the pair must navigate a web of treachery, beset on all sides by spies and poisoners, while a cryptic killer stalks one step behind…

From the Hugo and Nebula Award winning author of Swordheart and The Twisted Ones comes a saga of murder, magic, and love on the far side of despair.

I read and loved Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher recently and now I want to read everything she has ever written. I was told I would probably love Paladin’s Grace. Do I need to start yet another series? No! But this book is really calling to me.

Ellery Page, aspiring screenwriter, Scrabble champion and guy-with-worst-luck-in-the-world-when-it-comes-to-dating, is ready to make a change. So when he learns he’s inherited both a failing bookstore and a falling-down mansion in the quaint seaside village of Pirate’s Cove on Buck Island, Rhode Island, it’s full steam ahead!

Sure enough, the village is charming, its residents amusingly eccentric, and widowed police chief Jack Carson is decidedly yummy (though probably as straight as he is stern). However, the bookstore is failing, the mansion is falling down, and there’s that little drawback of finding rival bookseller–and head of the unwelcoming-committee–Trevor Maples dead during the annual Buccaneer Days celebration.

Still, it could be worse. And once Police Chief Carson learns Trevor was killed with the cutlass hanging over the door of Ellery’s bookstore, it is.

I am always looking for cozy mystery recommendations, and I stumbled upon Murder at Pirate’s Cove and instantly added it to my TBR. I actually have the audiobook downloaded from Scribd, so I think I will get to it soon.

The beauty of stories; you never know where they will take you. Full of dreams and nightmares, Honeycomb is an entrancing mosaic novel of original fairy tales from bestselling author Joanne M. Harris and legendary artist Charles Vess in a collaboration that’s been years in the making. The toymaker who wants to create the perfect wife; the princess whose heart is won by words, not actions; the tiny dog whose confidence far outweighs his size; and the sinister Lacewing King who rules over the Silken Folk. These are just a few of the weird and wonderful creatures who populate Joanne Harris’s first collection of fairy tales.

Honeycomb just looks like a beautiful book! I am curious to see what the illustrations inside look like. I have heard that it is a collection of very short stories that read like dark fairytales. Sounds perfect!

The girl knows she has a destiny before she even knows her name. She grows up in the wild, in a cave with her mother, but visions of a faraway lake come to her on the spring breeze, and when she hears a traveler speak of Artos, king of Caer Leon, she knows that her future lies at his court.

And so, brimming with magic and eager to test her strength, she breaks her covenant with her mother and, with a broken hunting spear and mended armour, rides on a bony gelding to Caer Leon. On her adventures she will meet great knights and steal the hearts of beautiful women. She will fight warriors and sorcerers. And she will find her love, and the lake, and her fate.

Spear is a queer Arthurian retelling that I have heard some fantastic things about! It is also under 200 pages, so it will be a quick read. I have been looking for some one-sitting books to read outside this summer, and this one looks perfect!

The sea holds many secrets …

Kevin Luong walks to the ocean’s edge with a broken heart. Remembering a legend his mother told him, he lets seven tears fall into the sea. “I just want one summer—one summer to be happy and in love.”

Instead, he finds himself saving a mysterious boy from the Pacific—a boy who later shows up on his doorstep professing his love. What he doesn’t know is that Morgan is a selkie, drawn to answer Kevin’s wish.

As they grow close, Morgan is caught between the dangers of the human world and his legacy in the selkie community to which he must return at summer’s end.

Seven Tears at High Tide is another shorter book and there is something dreamy about the cover that is calling to me. It is a YA queer love story with paranormal elements. It also has only 552 ratings on Goodreads, so it seems to be under the radar.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What was the last book you added to your TBR?

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17 thoughts on “Books I Recently Added to My TBR

  1. I can’t recommend the Paladin Romances enough. The second one is my absolute favorite, but all three have made me laugh out loud. I’m looking forward to you reading them!!!!

  2. I’m not sure how to pick one of these to also add to my TBR, because you always pick great books 🤔

    The cover for ‘Spear’ looks amazing though, and I can’t say no to a retelling!

  3. I just finished Murder at Pirate’s Cove and I adored it!! It’s definitely a series I will be needing to continue! It was so light and fun, with the right amount of mystery and danger.

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