Top Ten Tuesday

Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection

Happy Monday/Tuesday, lovelies! I hope the start of 2022 has been treating you well. We’ve finally managed to dig ourselves out of the snow and most of the community even has power again! Things have been quiet here in the land of the four winds, thankfully so, after the chaos and insanity of the holidays- well quiet if you don’t count my cat, who almost never stops talking (it’s cute until it isn’t). I’ve gotta keep typing to a minimum at the moment, as I took a fall earlier in the day and my right hand and wrist are pretty banged up, nothing serious, but half my palm is bruised and my wrist feels… well, like it caught most of my weight very suddenly which it did.

This week I’m showing off my latest book acquisitions, and now that I’m at a bookstore full time, there’s always something new to go home with, be it ARCs or new releases. Under the cut we’ve got all sorts of things- from gay mermaids *squeals*, sneaky magicians, aquatic creatures making forays onto land, and much more!

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by That Artsy Reader Girl.

The Aquanaut: A Graphic Novel by Dan Santat

Ever since her father was lost at sea, Sophia has been moping around Aqualand, a marine theme park. But Sophia’s world is turned upside-down when an “aquanaut” breaks into the park’s research lab.

To her amazement, Sophia discovers that the aquanaut is not what it seems: inside lives a band of goofy sea creatures! And when they all realize that Aqualand is more sinister than advertised, Sophia is determined to help the aquanaut crew free the park’s captive marine life before it’s too late.


If You Change Your Mind by Robby Weber

Harry wants nothing more than to write Hollywood screenplays. He knows the first step toward achieving that goal is winning a screenwriting competition that will seal his admission into the college of his dreams, so he’s determined to spend his summer free of distractions—also known as boys—and finish his script. After last year, Harry is certain love only exists in the movies anyway.
 
But then the cause of his first heartbreak, Grant, returns with a secret that could change everything. To complicate things further, new-in-town Logan is charming and sweet, making Harry question everything he knows about romance. As Harry tries to manage his feelings for Grant and Logan, he realizes life doesn’t always follow a script.


A Little Bit Country by Brian D. Kennedy

Emmett Maguire wants to be country music’s biggest gay superstar – a far reach when you’re seventeen and living in Illinois. But for now, he’s happy to do the next best thing: Stay with his aunt in Jackson Hollow, Tennessee, for the summer and perform at the amusement park owned by his idol, country legend Wanda Jean Stubbs.

Luke Barnes hates country music. As the grandson of Verna Rose, the disgraced singer who had a famous falling out with Wanda Jean, Luke knows how much pain country music has brought his family. But when his mom’s medical bills start piling up, he takes a job at the last place he wants: a restaurant at Wanda World.

Neither boy is looking for romance, but sparks fly when they meet – and soon they’re inseparable. Until a long-lost secret about Verna and Wanda comes to light, threatening to unravel everything.


Out of the Blue by Jason June

Crest is not excited to be on their Journey: the month-long sojourn on land all teen merfolk must undergo. The rules are simple: Help a human within one moon cycle and return to Pacifica to become an Elder–or fail and remain stuck on land forever. Crest is eager to get their Journey over and done with: after all, humans are disgusting. They’ve polluted the planet so much that there’s a floating island of trash that’s literally the size of a country.

In Los Angeles with a human body and a new name, Crest meets Sean, a human lifeguard whose boyfriend has recently dumped him. Crest agrees to help Sean make his ex jealous and win him back. But as the two spend more time together and Crest’s perspective on humans begins to change, they’ll soon be torn between two worlds. And fake dating just might lead to real feelings…


The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer.

When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged with keeping the terminally ill woman alive long enough for her to undergo the Trial by Ordeal: a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water, and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals.

Then a coded message from Kiva’s family arrives, containing a single order: “Don’t let her die. We are coming.” Aware that the Trials will kill the sickly queen, Kiva risks her own life to volunteer in her place. If she succeeds, both she and the queen will be granted their freedom.

But no one has ever survived.

With an incurable plague sweeping Zalindov, a mysterious new inmate fighting for Kiva’s heart, and a prison rebellion brewing, Kiva can’t escape the terrible feeling that her trials have only just begun.


The Tea Dragon Festival by Kay O’Neill

Rinn has grown up with the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling across a real dragon turns out to be a different matter entirely! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. With the aid of Rinn’s adventuring uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel, they investigate the mystery of his enchanted sleep, but Rinn’s real challenge is to help Aedhan come to terms with feeling that he cannot get back the time he has lost.


A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

Robin Blyth has more than enough bother in his life. He’s struggling to be a good older brother, a responsible employer, and the harried baronet of a seat gutted by his late parents’ excesses. When an administrative mistake sees him named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society, he discovers what’s been operating beneath the unextraordinary reality he’s always known.

Now Robin must contend with the beauty and danger of magic, an excruciating deadly curse, and the alarming visions of the future that come with it—not to mention Edwin Courcey, his cold and prickly counterpart in the magical bureaucracy, who clearly wishes Robin were anyone and anywhere else.

Robin’s predecessor has disappeared, and the mystery of what happened to him reveals unsettling truths about the very oldest stories they’ve been told about the land they live on and what binds it. Thrown together and facing unexpected dangers, Robin and Edwin discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles—and a secret that more than one person has already died to keep.


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18 thoughts on “Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection

    1. Thank you! My hand and arm aches a bit and I can’t really hold onto anything tightly without pain, but there’s minimal bruising and it doesn’t seem like I sprained my wrist, so I’ll take it!

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    1. Thank you! And it’s nice that someone else understands my cat pain, everyone else in my life is like, “It’s sweet, he’s just saying hello!” and my response to that is, “He’s been saying hello every minute he’s awake for the last ten years, I’m ready to move passed the introductions,” I try to tell him I’m going to return him for a quieter model, but he knows I’m lying so it doesn’t phase him in the slightest.

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  1. sorry to hear about your wrist. my mom also took a tumble and hurt her wrist recently. she was more hurt about not being able to work then the pain…lol. hope it starts healing soon. my weather station just called for snow for my state possibly on Sunday and where I live, we don’t get snow, maybe once every other year, so not thrilled. the cover for the aquanaut caught my attention so that will be going on my anticipated list.

    my post: https://blessedmommysc.blogspot.com/2022/01/top-ten-tuesday-january-releases-i-want.html

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