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#TopTenTuesday: Ten Books I Recently Added To My TBR for 2016

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This will be a fun TTT, as all of them are, but it’s always splendid to see what everyone else has recently added to their TBRs! Since I’ve just attended ALA Midwinter, some of my books will reflect titles I collected there.

As usual, this weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Be sure to link up each week so we can visit your Top Ten!

murder is binding

Murder is Binding: A Booktown Mystery #1

I just discovered this series and already checked out three from the library.

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Last Stop on Market Street

It won the Newbury and is going in the School Library pronto! last boy and girl

The Last Boy and Girl in the World

Picked this one up at ALA Midwinter!

world without you

A World Without You



Also picked this one up at ALA Midwinter and don’t know how long I can wait before I dive in.

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The Case of the Girl in Grey

I’m currently reading the first in this splendid Middle Grade series. This next one looks to be inspired by Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White!


If I Had A Gryphon

Saw this picturebook at ALA, at least a poster for it, and it’s written by a friend of mine I met in Toronto!


Story Thieves

I heard James Riley speak at ALA and I’ve got to get started on this Middle Grade series.

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Lady Midnight

Yes, Cassandra Clare has a new book coming out!

black rabbit hall

Black Rabbit Hall

Read that synopsis and tell me you’re not interested in that book!

Are any of these on your TBR or Wishlist? I’m about to give my TBR on Goodreads a major overhaul, and plan to trim down quite a bit. My shelves need some organizing, and right now my TBR is a bit out of control. I’m happy to say that these 10 are ones I definitely want to get to in the next few months and as they are released.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Recently Added To My To-Be-Read List

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What are the last books I added to my TBR?

Of course I hopped over to GoodReads to take a look at my TBR list, and include here very recently added Children’s, Young Adult, and Adult titles. I don’t just include ARC’s because that’s not all I read, so you’ll some older books as well as some upcoming releases. In fact, you’ll find one book from the Victorian period!

As usual, this weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Be sure to link up each week so we can visit your Top Ten!

scent of triumph

Scent of Triumph by Jan Moran

I just found out about this one from Leah on Twitter, and it’s another Adult title set during WWII!

a sense of the infinite

A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith

This is out in May and sounds like a beautiful new Contemporary YA–focusing on “identity, loss, and the bounds of friendship.”

silver in the blood

Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George

This is out in July from Bloomsbury and just look at that cover! A Romanian setting–historical and fantasy combined? Yes, please!

cuckoo songCuckoo Song by Frances Harding

Sure, the cover seems a little creepy but this one is on the Carnegie Shortlist for 2015, and Kim from The Midnight Garden recommended it. Wendy Darling gave it 5 stars so that may be enough to get you to check it out as well!

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Any book that focuses on a library is one that’s going to end up on my TBR. Case closed.


The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

This Adult title isn’t out until July, but I happen to have an e-ARC of it, so am looking forward to reading a combination of You’ve Got Mail and How to Eat a Cupcake!

the hidden princeThe Hidden Prince by Jodi Meadows

I still have The Orphan Queen to read, but you can bet I will snatch up these novellas when they’re out.

the law and the lady

The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins

I am a fan of Wilkie Collins and I always will be, whether my undergraduate English professors approve or not. I haven’t read this title of his, so think it’s time that I finally did.

a fine dessert

A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall

Four famillies, four cities, four centuries: all making the same dessert, Blackberry Fool. Sounds enchanting!

when christ and his saints sleptWhen Christ and His Saints Slept (Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine #1) by Sharon Kay Penman

I added this one because after reading Lady Thief and starting Lionheart by A.C. Gaughen, I’m interesting in finding out more about Eleanor of Aquitaine. I have a book about her I bought while in England, but sadly, it’s in storage at the moment!

What books have been recently added to your TBR? Are of any of mine on your list?

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The Rich Beauty of The Crystal Mirror by Tim Malnick & Katie Green

The Rich Beauty of The Crystal Mirror by Tim Malnick & Katie GreenThe Crystal Mirror on November 13, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Picturebooks
Pages: 96

Suggested age range: 6 and up

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Book: This is a delightful and thought provoking collection of beautifully illustrated stories that will keep readers thinking long after the last word is read. Just the kind of book we at Spirit of Children’s Literature appreciate! Not only are the textual parables enchanting and rich, but the visual stories provide a true feast of saturated colors, gorgeous backgrounds and borders, and fantastic details.

Here are just a few of my notes about several of the stories.

The collection opens with “The Cuddliest Monster in the World,” which might seem silly at first, but illuminates rich themes about getting lost on our way, compassion, and the strength of loving others. I adored the ending of this one! “The Master Painter” lauds the power of creativity and the endless beauty of the world around us. What happens when that is hidden from us? “Polly, the Girl Who Was Always Changing” reminds readers of just how tricky it can be to navigate the intricacies our own developing identity, and this quest to “finding oneself.” There are intriguing ideas in these tales.

Spirituality in The Crystal Mirror: Rich, spiritual themes abound in this collection! This isn’t a religious set of stories, however; these tales cross cultural and religious boundaries, reflecting the beauty of ideas that are relevant across people groups and countries. Malnick and Green showcase themes that young and old readers alike can understand such as searching for one’s identity, longing for the unknown and unexplored, or approaching the world with the freshness and vision of a child.

Who Should Read This Book: Both young and older readers alike would appreciate and find delight and wisdom in the pages of these stories. I think this book would especially be fabulous as a shared book or as a read aloud with a class. The stories beg to be discussed, and I could even see extension and arts-based response activities revolving around the text.

The Final Word: The Crystal Mirror is a book I’ll be returning to again. There were some stories that I though, “Wait! I want more!”, but at the same time, the gaps left open could generate interesting discussion. I see myself sharing it with young readers of all ages, and it would work well as a read aloud. Its visual aspect opens up the potential for all kinds of arts-based activities, and let me tell you—these illustrations are amazing! Tim Malnick and Katie Green have put together a gorgeous book with stories that don’t always get tied up neatly, but still work. I’d have to say my favorite story is “The Story of Oswald Bat.” Go check it out. Thank you, Vala Publishing, for sharing this book with me!

You can check out the website, www.thecrystalmirror.co.uk

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