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The Last Ten Books Through the Door

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is focused on the last books we acquired. I haven’t been buying as much recently, but there’s been some great bookmail and library trips keeping a steady stream through the front door. In fact, I might need a little help choosing what to read first.


Weightless by Sarah Bannan

This is a little outside my wheelhouse, but I can’t resist a book in second person so I might have to give it a shot.

In the Country by Mia Alvar

I’ve heard nothing but endless praise for this short story collection, so I definitely cheered when it was unexpectedly waiting for me at the library last week.

The Remarkable Rise of Eliza Jumel by Margaret A. Oppenheimer

Nonfiction about one of Amrica’s wealthiest women, who rose from poverty to marry (and eventually divorce) the notorious Aaron Burr. I’m reviewing this one on assignment, but you bet your tail I’m excited about it.

I Was a Revolutionary by Andrew Malan Milward

Short stories about the “ghosts of history” are very much my jam, thank you very much.

The Girl Who Slept with God by Val Brelinski

I have no idea what to expect from this one, but I love that there will obviously be some moral challenges and have been hearing early praise.

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie

I’ve actually never read anything by Salman Rushdie, so I’m not sure if this is the place to start…we’ll see!

Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson

This book is GORGEOUS, you guys. You can take a peek at what it looks like inside on Edelweiss. Plus it has an epigraph from Joanna Newsom, so obviously I’m swooning hard.

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

So excited! This sounds like the perfect blend of what Atwood does best.

The Nakeds by Lisa Glatt

Billed as “a family drama set against the backdrop of the sexual revolution and 1970s California”? I’m in. I think this one is coming to the beach with me (yes, a library book…I’m living on the edge).

The Ambassador’s Wife by Jennifer Steil

I’m really intrigued by this novel about a woman who is kidnapped in the Middle East, as it’s written by the wife of a European Union ambassador.

What were some of the last books to come through your door?


  • I’ve read Midnight’s Children by Rushdie and it was great. I saw him speak a few years ago and it made me want to read everything he’s ever written! I’m sure it will be good.

  • I want to read Weightless. I’ve heard some good things! I hope that you enjoy these books. :-)

  • That’s a nice looking stack of books! The Remarkable Rise of Eliza Jumel sounds really interesting. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

  • The Girl Who Slept with God sounds interesting…I’m going to check that one out. And – I still haven’t read any Atwood, but plan to soon (soon is a relative term). Where do you think I should start? And…you should know that per your Murakami post, I’m a little bit nervous!

    • I don’t know if I could really tell you to start anywhere but The Handmaid’s Tale and think (hope!) you’d get the same answer from most people.

  • Oooh I few newbies for me to look into! I have a copy of The Girl Who Slept With God as well, and am really interested to see how it goes.

  • Kay

    I’ve seen Weightless around and want to see what it’s about. A lot of these are new to me, but interesting. :-)

  • Diane D

    I would not know where to begin. Hope you enjoy them all Shannon.

  • Lots of new ones to me, so I look forward to your $.02!

  • What a lovely stack of books. Bats of the Republic looks so beautiful! I will have to look into it (even literally). And the Eliza Jumel sounds interesting. I’m proud to be first in the library line for the Atwood; it’s still on order though.

    • I’m so excited to actually *read* Bats of the Republic because just looking at it is such a great experience!

  • Amanda

    The Nakeds definitely makes me curious right away!

  • Bloggin’ ’bout Books

    WEIGHTLESS is on my list, too. I didn’t realize it was in second person. Hmmm … I just got a review copy of THE AMBASSADOR’S WIFE. It does sound really good.

    Happy TTT!

    • I think second person is usually pretty great, as long as you know about it going in! Hopefully it works for Weightless.

  • The Girl Who Slept with God is one I really want to read. It simply fascinates me. No other reason other than the blurb just sings to me to read it when it releases.

  • Jennine G.

    The only two books I’ve bought the entire year are Go Set a Watchman and Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4). Nervous about the Lee book most definitely and hoping the Outlander series can keep it up through so many books!

  • Oooooooo, pretty! I love a gorgeous pile of books.

  • Love this list! I still need to read… well, all of these. And my list is on my blog. :)

  • I think I would put The Heart Goes Last and In The Country first all sound good though.

  • Atwood makes me anxious in the best way. So does JCO, for that matter. Just reading the blurb for The Heart Goes Last leaves me nervous, because I know she’ll knock it out of the park and it’ll just smack me.

  • Sarah Says Read

    Oooo new Atwood!

  • I really want to read The Remarkable Rise of Eliza Jumel. It sounds absolutely fascinating. Enjoy all your new reads!

  • I need to get my hands on the new Atwood! So excited.

  • What a great stack, Shannon! I really, really, really want to read In the Country; I’ve got to remember to request this one.

  • Wow envious you have the new Atwood. And you’ve got me curious about The Ambassadors Wife.

  • Fantastic pile! Atwood always intrigues me but I’m VERY curious about The Girl who Slept with God.

  • I’m very jealous of your Margaret Atwood arc!

  • Great pile! I’ve never read Rushdie either, will be very curious to hear what your experience is like! I’m on a quest to read more Margaret Atwood soon (have only read 3, but loved them all) – I think I’m going to start with her backlist but also interested in her newer short story collections as well.

  • Coming over to take all these from you, thanks.

  • Oooh… The Heart Goes Last. Please read it and tell me it is good!

  • As usual, absolutely jelly about your ARC-getting abilities. The Girl Who Slept with God sounds fabulous!

  • That’s an amazing pile of books! I think The Ambassador’s Wife looks very promising and I usually love Margaret Atwood. I look forward to hearing what you thought about many of these.