Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday for January 29, 2019!

    Here are previous Smoke & Mirrors Top Ten Tuesday posts.
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Today's theme is The Ten Most Recent Additions to my To-Read List!

This is from 
Lydia Schoch's Top Ten Tuesday listing for January 22
Thank goodness she stopped by and commented on my 
Top Ten Tuesday posting for that day! 
Else I might never have visited her listing!

The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias
by Dolly Chugh
This is a topic near and dear to my heart! 
We all have biases. Period. To deny that is to deny reality. 
However, that doesn't mean we can't fight 
to eliminate just as many of our own biases as possible!
This book has an amazing 4.57 rating on Goodreads! 
And that is with 161 ratings! (Not just one...or two!)
Ooohhh, how exciting!! :)

Anger Is a Gift
A second book from Lydia's TTT posting last week!
Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
This is a debut novel.
Trying a new author always excites me! 

How relevant this story arc is...
A child dealing with the aftermath of a parent 
having been killed by the police!

And a third book from Lydia!
(Lydia and I would evidently make a good reading team!)
The Cowkeeper's Wish: A Gealogical Journey 
by Kristen Den Hartog and Tracy Kasabaski
I am utterly fascinated by this book!
It is nonfiction, a recounting of past generations 
of these two sisters' ancestors and their journeys 
to create a better life for themselves as well as their offspring.
These people start by walking from coastal Wales to London, with their cattle in tow! Their great-granddaughter ends up in southern Ontario!

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The fourth and book that I became familiar with 
from Lydia's TTT post last week...

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Normally I might not be drawn to this type of book, 
but I admit the Goodreads synopsis intrigued me!

This is the initial installment in a series, 
so hopefully she will continue it in the near future...

The Sisters of the Winter WoodAnd finally, book #5, graciously offered by Lydia:
The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

The synopsis of this rather reminds me of 
The Bear and the Nightingale, which I loved!

Fantasy. Magical Realism. And Historical Fiction.
All in a book classified as Young Adult!
Yes! Lead me to it! 

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
Book #6...
I became acquainted with this book 
on Goodreads.
A retelling of Pride and Prejudiceset in Pakistan. 
However, it has been so long since I read 
Pride and Prejudice
I should probably reread it before reading this! 

scent coverThat brings us to book #7 for this posting.
I am thrilled to report that one of my all-time favorite authors, 
Erica Bauermeister, has another novel set to release May 21st 2019: The Scent Keeper
This woman uses language in such exceptional ways 
as to be totally unique! 
I cannot wait for this and will definitely have my favorite 
used bookstore owner order it in so I can 
have it as soon as possible following the release date! 
If I'm really lucky I'll pick it up on a weekend 
and be able to read it the same day!

Book #8 is Hope on the Inside by Marie Bostwick.
Everybody in my book club adored the two Marie Bostwick books we've read, 
A Single Thread, the first in the Cobbled Court Quilts series, and The Second Sister.

Book #9 is If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
A movie adaptation is due to be released this year. 
The first Baldwin novel I read and loved was 
Go Tell It on the Mountain
I recently read The Fire Next Time 
and Giovanni's Room
Both are intense reads, 
despite the relatively small page count for each.
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And lastly, book #10 is 
Between Shades of Gray by Ruth Sepetys. 
I adored Salt to the Sea when I read 
and reviewed it almost 3 years ago! 
I have since acquired a copy of Between Shades of Gray 
and hope to read it yet this year!

What books have you recently added to your TBR listing?

Have you read any of these?

Happy reading!


  1. Great list! Never heard of the Scent Keeper before, sounds interesting. Happy reading!

    Marti | https://bookishtreats.wordpress.com/2019/01/29/most-recent-additions-to-my-tbr/

    1. Thanks, Marti! I'm sure my book club will want to read this one as well! I will stop by to see what is on your list! :)

  2. Aww, I loved this post! It's wonderful that you found so much inspiration in that TTT post of mine.

    Yes, we have very similar tastes in books. :)