Last year, I decided to re-focus my audiobook reading on looking at old books on my TBR. In 2011 & 2014, I started getting more serious about using the “Want to Read” shelf on Goodreads, and I’ve been adding things that sound vaguely interesting ever since.
Unfortunately, I have pretty limited library access due to my working hours, so over the years I’ve bought TBR books secondhand. I figure, they only cost me about $4.00 through Thriftbooks, and I wanted to read them at some point, sooo…. This meant that I ended up with WAY too many books (I purged over 100 in early 2017), but then… OVERDRIVE.
Overdrive is magical. It’s helped me bust through so much of my TBR in the last six months. Not every book is on Overdrive, however. These books are some of the oldest that I still think I’d like to read, but I’m going to have too find other means of acquiring them.
by Susan Coventry
Date Added: 12/9/2011
Joan’s mother is Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, the most beautiful woman in the world. Her father is Henry II, the king of England and a renowned military leader. She loves them both – so what is she to do when she’s forced to choose between them? As her parents’ arguments grow ever more vicious, Joan begins to feel like a political pawn.Â
When her parents marry her off to the king of Sicily, Joan finds herself stuck with a man ten years her senior. She doesn’t love her husband, and she can’t quite forget her childhood crush, the handsome Lord Raymond.
As Joan grows up, she begins to understand that her parents’ worldview is warped by their political ambitions, and hers, in turn, has been warped by theirs. Is it too late to figure out whom to trust? And, more importantly, whom to love?
While I was in college, I was introduced to Philippa Gregory and her Tudor series. I love them. I wanted more. There has been a lot of Tudor/Plantagent-era England historical fiction that has jumped on and fallen off my TBR, but The Queen’s Daughter still sounds interesting to me.
by Patricia Elliott
Date Added: 12/19/2011
Set during the French Revolution, this novel about a teen aristocrat who must question the justice of her own wealth while facing the cataclysmic divisions of her society will captivate readers as secrets come out, sympathies shift, and every choice can change or end a life.
Another casualty of my historical fiction barrages, this one during the French Revolution. This one captures me for two reasons – the cover, and the title. Well, mostly the “assassin” bit in the title. My hopes for this book is that the girl on the cover is the assassin and this all turns dark and interesting.
The reviews don’t really tell me if I’m right or wrong, but this seems to be a strong love-it-or-hate-it book.
by Esther M. Fiesner
Date Added: 12/19/2011
Nefertiti was far more than just a pretty face.
Nefertiti may be the dutiful daughter of a commoner, but her inquisitive mind often gets her into situations that are far from ordinary, like receiving secret lessons from a scribe. And she’s the kind of girl who acts first, and apologizes later whenever she witnesses injustice or cruelty. But she is also extraordinarily beautiful. And news of her striking beauty and impulsive behavior attracts the attention of her aunt, the manipulative Queen Tiye, who sees Nefertiti as an ideal pawn in her desire for power. Even though Nefertiti is taken from her beloved family and forced into a life filled with courtly intrigue and danger, her spirit and mind will not rest. She continues to challenge herself and the boundaries of ancient Egyptian society.
More historical fiction! Are we sensing a theme?
Really, y’all should see all the historical fiction I removed from my TBR.
I wanted to read a little more set in Egypt, because I’m really interested in Egyptian mythology, but also know almost nothing about it. Also one of my favorite authors rated this one 4 stars? So it’s not as worrying as The Queen’s Daughter and The Pale Assassin to me. I’ d still really like to read this YA fictional take on Nefertiti.
by K. M. Grant
Date Added: 12/19/2011
When Belle meets Luke, son of an alchemist and Scribe to the famous poet Chaucer, she is determined to travel with him to Canterbury on a pilgrimage. She hopes for a miracle: that her father will walk again. She also hopes to atone for her own part in his accident.
When I opened this one again to quickly review it, I noticed that it only has a 3.2 star rating. The thing is, reading the reviews… even the negative ones… this STILL sounds interesting to me. It seems like a story of finding oneself and also references Chaucer’s pilgrimage, which is super interesting to me. The only thing mentioned that makes em roll me eyes is the love triangle… but honestly that 30% of all YA anyway.
by Julie Chibbaro
Date Added: 12/16/2011
A mysterious outbreak of typhoid fever is sweeping New York.
Could the city’s future rest with its most unlikely scientist?
If Prudence Galewski is ever going to get out of Mrs. Browning’s esteemed School for Girls, she must demonstrate her refinement and charm by securing a job appropriate for a young lady. But Prudence isn’t like the other girls. She is fascinated by how the human body works and why it fails.
With a stroke of luck, she lands a position in a laboratory, where she is swept into an investigation of the fever bound to change medical history. Prudence quickly learns that an inquiry of this proportion is not confined to the lab. From ritzy mansions to shady bars and rundown tenements, she explores every potential cause of the disease. But there’s no answer in sight—until the volatile Mary Mallon emerges. Dubbed “Typhoid Mary” by the press, Mary is an Irish immigrant who has worked as a cook in every home the fever has ravaged. Strangely, though, she hasn’t been sick a day in her life. Is the accusation against her an act of discrimination? Or is she the first clue in a new scientific discovery?
Prudence is determined to find out. In a time when science is for men, she’ll have to prove to the city, and to herself, that she can help solve one of the greatest medical mysteries of the twentieth century.
How could this not be interesting?! Also I adore that cover. I’d still really like to read this one and was super bummed out when it wasn’t on Overdrive.
by Kristen Painter
Date Added: 12/27/2011
The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers.
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.
Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.
This one may be a trap. Either it will be completely fascinating and I’ll love it, or it will be THE WORST and I will HATE IT and be miserable. I’m honestly leaning toward the it’ll-probably-be-a-DNF opinion, but if I don’t try it, I’ll never know, and isn’t that the most difficult thing for a reader? It may be terrible, but it may be wonderful, and we have to read it to find out.
by Kalayna Price
Date Added: 12/27/2011
Grave witch Alex Craft can speak to the dead, but that doesn’t mean she likes what they have to say…
As a private investigator and consultant for the police, Alex Craft has seen a lot of dark magic. But even though she’s on good terms with Death himself—who happens to look fantastic in a pair of jeans—nothing has prepared her for her latest case. Alex is investigating a high profile murder when she’s attacked by the ‘shade’ she’s raising, which should be impossible. To top off her day, someone makes a serious attempt on her life, but Death saves her. Guess he likes having her around…
To solve this case Alex will have to team up with tough homicide detective Falin Andrews. Falin seems to be hiding something—though it’s certainly not his dislike of Alex—but Alex knows she needs his help to navigate the tangled webs of mortal and paranormal politics, and to track down a killer wielding a magic so malevolent, it may cost Alex her life… and her soul.
Even since Anita Blake and I had a falling out, I’ve been wanting another necromancer to fall in love with. Alex Craft was added to my TBR in the hope that I would love it. That she would be an awesome necromancer and there would be tolerable but limited sex scenes, much less than Anita Blake. This is the only one that managed to stay on the TBR after I purged it last year, and like Blood Rights, I’m a little worried about it.
by Patrick Ness
Date Added: 1/12/2012
Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
I have heard nothing but good things about this book – everyone wants to read it and everyone who has read it seems to love it. Considering how popular this book is, I was a little surprised that the audiobook was available for loan on Overdrive, but I haven’t given up on it yet! 🙂
by Holly Black
Date Added: 1/23/2012
Welcome to the realm of very scary faeries!
Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could very well mean her death.
Holly Black is so insanely popular, this is another one I was surprised I couldn’t find on Overdrive. And, of course, with The Cruel Prince out this year, I am doubly tortured of having not read this yet. Although… I’ve never bee really fond of faerie books, so maybe I won’t like it as much as I’m hoping?
Still. I’d really like to read this one.
by Gail Carson Levine
Date Added: 1/23/2012
Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to be pretty…
Aza’s Singing is the fairest in all the land, and the most unusual. She can “throw” her voice so it seems to come from anywhere. But singing is only one of the two qualities prized in the Kingdom of Ayortha. Aza doesn’t possess the other: beauty. Not even close. She’s hidden in the shadows in her parents’ inn, but when she becomes lady-in-waiting to the new queen, she has to step into the light – especially when the queen demands a dangerous favor. A magic mirror, a charming prince, a jealous queen, palace intrigue, and an injured king twine into a maze that Aza must penetrate to save herself and her beloved kingdom.
I really enjoy Gail Carson Levine and have been reading her books since I was a kid. Even though Fairest is intended for a younger audience, I would still like to read it at some point. Levine has been a queen of fairytale retellings, and they’re wonderful fun to read at any age.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt was:
Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read
As you can see, this is just the tip of the iceberg of my TBR! I am working through it slowly and steadily, finding new treasures and mostly a lot of really regrettable novels. Oh well!