Ten Books I’ve Added to My TBR Recently

It’s Tuesday, and that means another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by our friends over at The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is ten books I’ve added to my TBR recently. I added a number of these books from reading Top Ten Tuesday and The Friday 56.

1. The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

Short Synopsis from Goodreads: A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe. More…

2. My Name Is Leon by Kit de Waal

Short Synopsis from GoodreadsA brother chosen. A brother left behind. And the only way home is to find him.

Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas. But the adults are speaking in low voices, and wearing Pretend faces. They are threatening to take Jake away and give him to strangers. Because Jake is white and Leon is not. More…

3. My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

Short Synopsis from Goodreads: What if the most terrifying person you’d ever met was your ten-year old sister? A spine-chilling psychological thriller from one of Australia’s finest YA authors.

Che Taylor has four items on his list: 1. He wants to spar, not just train in the boxing gym. 2. He wants a girlfriend. 3. He wants to go home. 4. He wants to keep Rosa under control. More…

4. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Short Synopsis from Goodreads: In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do. More…

5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Short Synopsis from Goodreads: Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. More…

6. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Short Synopsis from Goodreads:
David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth: David wants to be a girl.

On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal: to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in his class is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long… More…

7. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Short Synopsis from Goodreads:
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin. More…

8. As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds

Short Synopsis from GoodreadsWhen two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires—literally.

Genie’s summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia—in the COUNTRY! The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Thunderstruck and—being a curious kid—Genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he covers it so well (besides wearing way cool Ray-Bans). More…

9. Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel

Short Synopsis from Goodreads: Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in centuries-buried rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth-century world has ever seen. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, with its bones as black as ebony, but to seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt, it’s the “rex,” the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling, temperamental archaeologist father in the history books (and conveniently make his father forget he’s been kicked out of school), if they can just quarry it out. More…

10. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Short Synopsis from Goodreads: Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he? This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph. More…


  1. Definitely some good books on here and I already fancy a couple of them at least! I’ve seen some very positive reviews for Labyrinth Lost and I also like the look of The Diabolic.
    That Shusterman cover is fascinating – it really draws the eye and every time I look at it I see something different!
    Happy reading.
    Lynn 😀


  2. I’ve heard of a few of these books, the only one that I would consider reading is The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, I have Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe on my TBR for DiverseAThon.


    • It’s fantastic. Ben Saenz lives in my town and spoke in my wife’s family therapy class last summer. He’s definitely a character and his writing is awesome. Happy reading! Thanks for stopping by.


  3. I have the Diabolic going on my e-reader right now. I’m at our annual library conference so I brought something fun to read. The rest of your list sounds really good too. I’m interested in the new Shusterman book also. It sounds good. To be honest, everything on the list sounds good to me.

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  4. I’m really looking forward to My Sister Rosa. It sounds so twisted and good. The Hate U Give is also a book I’m looking forward to and Labyrinth Lost was one I really enjoyed. I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel because I need more Latina witches in my life.


  5. So many of these are on my TBR too! I really want to read The Diabolic ASAP because it looks so good. I have The Hate U Give pre-ordered and it comes out the day after my birthday (at least in the US) which is perfect 🙂 I just borrowed Labyrinth Lost from the library and I’m hoping to start it tonight!
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

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  6. The Diabolic was on my TTT this week as well! All my friends have liked it so far, so I have high hopes! Scythe is on my goodreads TBR as well. I recently got the ARC of it, but haven’t had time to pick it up and read it. I haven’t read anything by Shusterman, so I hope I like it! Great picks!

    Here is my TTT for the week! Just followed you. 😀


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