Top Ten Tuesday: Newest Book Purchases

Top Ten Tuesday #15 

Happy Tuesday, fellow book lovers! Can you believe we’re already into the first full week of February???I blame the above gif on: 1) The panic that I’m already so behind on my blogging goals this early into the year and 2) That I’ve been binge watching This Is Us and it’s clearly on the brain…

Anyways it’s been a hot minute since I participated in a TOP TEN TUESDAY and it’s actually changed hosts since my last post. It’s now being hosted by Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.Today’s prompt was “Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read,” however, I feel like I’ve done that post a few times recently so I’m mixing it up.

Instead my TOP TEN TUESDAY is devoted to my Top Ten Newest Book Purchases…or the 10 most recent physical additions to my TBR.


1) Identical by Ellen Hopkins

I bought this due to hyped reviews and because I was looking for my next This Darkness Mine-esque read. The book centers on two 16-year-old polar opposite twins and their journey to heal from their tragic hidden pasts. I know that sounds — forgive me — identical to several other stories out there, so I hope it delivers the shocking and disturbing twist ending that’s promised.

2) The Dry by Jane Harper

This thriller made it’s way into my cart due to the fact that it made so many of my friends’ Top of 2017 lists. It’s about a Federal Agent who returns to the small town he fled a decade ago to investigate the mysterious death of his best friend — and former alibi. Intriuged? You should be! Plus, Harper’s second book (Force of Nature) dropped today so what better time to read this page-turner?

3) Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat 

I took a risk when I purchased this one because I broke my own house rule. You see, I never purchase another installment in a series unless I know that: 1) I enjoyed Book 1 enough to be invested in future books or 2) The next book was super duper cheap…because you know frugality…Anyways, I’ve been meaning to read this controversial series for years and I found a good sale so let’s hope this pans out.

4) Zero Repeat Forever by G. S. Prendergast

This is probably the least hyped book of my most recent purchases. I know a lot of people didn’t like it, but I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings. All I needed to know was that this was a sci-fi take on Beauty and the Beast and I was sold.

5) Roar by Cora Carmack 

I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I’m thrilled this fantasy read has found a home in my library. Beyond the stunning cover art, it’s Carmack’s first foray into YA and I’m here for it. I’ve enjoyed a few of her NA/Romance stories, and I’m excited to see if there’s a spark in her newest debut. bc2 (1)

6) The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

This important read made the rounds last year, but escaped my shelves until last week when an unexpected SIGNED EDITION showed up on my doorstep. This story is a fierce glimpse into rape culture and teenage sexuality and I’m interested to see how Reed contributes to the much-needed discussion.

7) Romeo & What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff 

Probably the fluffiest of my newest additions, this YA contemporary was an author-inspired purchase. Last year I read Petroff’s My New Crush Gave To Me and simply adored it. It was cheesy and blissfully age appropriate and provided a nice balance to the heavier reads of December. And given this list, I suspect it’ll do the same for my February reads.

8) Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde 

I don’t know why, but I link this book with Ashley Poston’s Geekerella. They both feature geeky leads, a cosplay con, and a diverse cast of characters, but the latter was a fairy tale retelling. And if you were paying attention (See #4), you know why I read Poston’s first. I’ve heard Queens delivers a more uplifting story, so we’ll have to see which reigns supreme.

9) The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 

This fae gem arrived in my very first FairyLoot box and I about died. Seriously, I apologize — to you and your eardrums — if you watched my unboxing video on Instagram because I had no chill whatsoever. I’ve also been plagued with social and work responsibilities since it’s arrival and haven’t been able to dive in…yet.

10) When I Was The Greatest by Jason Reynolds 

Last, but certainly not least, is Reynolds’ diverse debut novel and least reviewed work. Reynolds made my radar last year with Long Way Down a topical look at gun violence and vengeance told through verse. Similarly, this urban fiction tale focuses on drugs, bullying, and societal pressures facing teenagers today.

So there you have it! My ten newest additions to the library! These were all purchased last month — WITH gift cards — so while I’m doing a piss poor job of keeping my TBR under control, at least I’m being financially responsible. Have you read any of these? Where should I start? What was your most recent addition?? Let me know below!

And, as always: Happy Reading!

34 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Newest Book Purchases

  1. Joana @ Bookneeders says:

    I LOOOOOVED The Cruel Prince!!! 💜💜 I hope you love it!!
    Queens of Geek is the cutest thing ever, it’s just so sweet and fun! I haven’t read Geekerella tho.
    The Nowhere Girls, Roar and The Dry are on my TBR too 🙂 Zero Repeat Forever sounds good tho so I will probably check it out 😛


    • Nerd Narration says:

      I’m telling you that gif is there for a reason. I’m being tested by not being able to read it yet. I’m diving in tonight NO MATTER WHAT! lol

      Glad to hear Queens lives up to the hype. I’m not sure when I’ll get to it, but I’m really trying to knock out my already owned books — despite this post being about new purchases =P


  2. beachbookworm says:

    I also have The Dry on my TBR because it was on the bargain shelf at Barnes & Noble for like $6. I love thrillers and I can’t wait to read it. (whenever that may be) I’m about 50 pages away from being done with The Cruel Prince and I’m really loving it. So far I think the hype is definitely worth it. 🙂

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      • PerfectlyTolerable says:

        I usually don’t follow hype for books, but almost every “Most anticipated book of 2018” list that I read had the Cruel Prince in it and then both Owl Crate and Fairy Loot included it in their January box (I’m not subscribed to either but saw it on some of the blogs I follow) I was super curious about it, so when I stumbled upon it at Barnes and Noble I picked it up! I was glad I did 🙂

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      • Nerd Narration says:

        I totally understand. It can be quite risky to give into the hype books, but like you said this one was just getting unprecedented love. It’s the ONLY reason I ordered the FairyLoot box that it came in…well that and for the ACOTAR stuff. 😉


  3. Hall Ways Blog says:

    I am amazed that books you bought last month are your OLDEST on the TBR list. You have a bunch that are also on mine, but most of mine are years old. I get super excited when they publish, get them, and stare longingly. I want to read a Cora Cormack and get her connected with Lone Star — she’s a Texan! Great post!


  4. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Oh great picks for this week, and I also love how you featured books you recently added as well! 😀 Queens of Geek is on my to-read list too, but it’s been there for a while I will say, and I really hope you love The Cruel Prince. The Jan Fairy Loot box was amazing right? The book is just as amazing I can say for sure. 🙂

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      • Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads says:

        Oh man, I thought it was great. It definitely gets a bit cheesy at times and can be a little unrealistic in terms of everything working out really well, but it’s a nice feel-good contemporary IMO. 🙂

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