January 29, 2019

Goodreads Update January 2019

Today's Top Ten Tuesday Topic is "The Most Recent Books on Your TBR". Since this normally about the time I post my Goodreads TBR Update, I'll just post it here. I hope you'll forgive the fact that the list is longer than 10.


IQ by Joe Ide - This is the first in a mystery series that is getting rave reviews.

Ayesha At Last

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalalaluddin - Another Pride and Prejudice retelling. This is set in India and, judging by the synopsis on Goodreads, takes some liberties with the plot.

Winter of the Witch

Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden - This is the third book in the series that begins with The Bear and the Nightingale. I haven't read the second one, but that's okay. I'll put the third one on the list.

One Day in December

One Day In December by Josie Silver - I've heard this is a fun littly romance novel that isn't too heavy on the romance. It's nice and sweet.

Golden State

Golden State by Ben H. Winters - This is a dystopian novel set in a California where Lying is the most heinous offense. Our main character is in the business of capturing and punishing offenders.

A Fatal Grace

A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny - I loved the first book in the series so much, I went right out and bought the next one.

Small Fry

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs - Brennan-Jobs is the daughter of Apple genius Steve Jobs. This is the story of her bizarre childhood.


Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy - You know how I love a good drug addiction story.

Boom Town

Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis by Sam Anderson - The phrase "purloined basketball team" cracks me up.

American Prison

American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer - Another reporter did kind of the same thing a while back, except that guy got hired on as a guard at Sing Sing, which is a government facility. Bauer is working at a for-profit prison.

Washington Black

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan - This is getting rave reviews these days and I heard it's pretty funny, also.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh - This is supposed to be hilarious, but also point out how weird our society is.


Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro - The author turned in her DNA to Ancestry.com and found out the man who raised her isn't her father. Oh boy.

The Girls in the Picture

The Girls In the Picture by Melanie Benjamin - Benjamin wrote The Swans of Fifth Avenue that I loved last year. Not that I care what this is about, but it is about Frances Marion and Mary Pickford.

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria: Twenty-Four Days that Changed Her Life by Lucy Worsley - I have another Worsley book on my shelf that I haven't read, but I've heard good things.

Never Grow Up

Never Grow Up by Jackie Chan - I love Jackie Chan. Not only is he a martial arts master and a pro at stunts, but his comic timing is fantastic. He wrote a biography several years ago, but I can't wait to read what he's been up to since then.

The Warner Boys

The Warner Boys: Our Family's Story of Autism and Hope by Curt Warner - Curt Warner was on the Seattle Seahawks NFL team in the 1990's. After he retired, he and his wife kind of disappeared from the social scene. Now we know it is because their twin boys were diagnosed with severe autism and they needed to focus on them. I don't care that much about football, but I am interested in families living with autism.


What Would Mrs. Astor Do?: The Essential Guide to the Manners and Mores of the Gilded Age by Cecilia Tichi - I recently read Mrs. Astor Regrets, but I just now realized these are two different Mrs. Astors. This book is about Caroline Astor, who I believe was Brooke Astor's Mother-In-Law. That's ok. I also just finished a book about the Vanderbilts and it was set in that time.

The Paragon Hotel

The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye - This is set in 1921 and our main character is a woman fleeing New York to the West Coast. She meets a guy who helps her get set up in the Paragon Hotel in Portland, Oregon. She's the only white person in the hotel and the KKK has arrived in Portland. Many questions arise when a child goes missing from the hotel.

The Dakota Winters

The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash - This is set in the Dakota building in NYC in 1979. Anton moves back home from the Peace Corps and gets busy helping his night-show-host dad get back in the business.

Mary B

Mary B: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice by Katherine J. Chen - P&P retellings go one of two ways: they are awesome (Heartstone) or they are terrible (so many). This isn't the first time someone has attempted to write Mary's story. We'll see how it is.

1000 books

1000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List by James Mustich - MMy husband gave me this for Christmas. As you can imagine, it's huge. I heard an interview with the author where he talks about the list and how there are some things on it that might surprise you.


Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount - Another Christmas present from the hubby. I'm pretty excited that it's illustrated. That's always great.

Camp Austen

Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan by Ted Scheinman - You know I must have all things Austen, and if it's a man coming to the realization of how awesome she is, I'm definitely here for it.


Courtiers: The Secret History of the Georgian Court by Lucy Worsley - Where are all these Worsley books coming from? Good thing I like the things she writes about.

Circle of Shadows

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye - Skye writes YA fantasy books that have wide followings. I have her last one on my shelf, unread of course, but the cover on this one is too enticing.

Beastie Boys Book

Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, and a whole slew of contributors - Adam Yauch, the third Beastie Boy, died of cancer a few years ago. The Beasties were a large part of my high school and young adult years.

Oh wow. 27 books I added this month. Oops.