Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Recent Additions To My TBR Pile

By Jim Dean, January 21, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Timmy Failure: Sanitised For Your Protection by Stephan Pastis (Walker) – I’m a big fan of Stephan Pastis’s hilarious, and touching, Timmy Failure series and was given this a few days ago, meaning it’s gone straight to the top of my TBR pile. (Metaphorically, at least. If we’re being literal, it’s at the bottom, as you can see, but that’s only because it’s bigger than the rest so the picture looked wrong otherwise!) For those who haven’t read, this is a very funny series about a less than competent boy detective, and his sidekick Total. Who happens to be a polar bear.

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas (Bloomsbury) – This has been on and off my TBR, at one point I think I put it to one side because I was trying to get to more 2016 releases, but then a mixture of excitement from Dahlia Adler, Becky Albertalli, and Katie Webber meant that I HAD to put it back towards the top of my list! It sounds really intriguing, about two boys who are in contact in other but who can never meet as one is allergic to electricity while the other needs it to keep him alive.

Alice Jones: The Impossible Clue by Sarah Rubin (Chicken House) – As mentioned above, I love historical mysteries, but there’s also some great contemporaries being published at the moment – I devoured Helen Moss’s Adventure Island books last year, reading 14 in just 12 days, and have also been really enjoying Elen Caldecott’s Marsh Road Mysteries. This story about a girl investigating the disappearance of a scientist who was working on a way to turn invisible sounds very cool.

The It Girl: Team Awkward by Katy Birchall (Egmont) – I’ve had this a few weeks but read Candy Harper’s Leap of Faith and Marianne Levy’s Accidental Superstar in quick succession and, while I adored both, needed a break from the lighter contemporary YA so went for a few MG and adult books in between. However I’m ready to dive back into Anna’s adventures now, after being a big fan of Katy Birchall’s 2015 debut.

Nancy Parker’s Diary of Detection by Julia Lee (OUP) – As a huge fan of historical mysteries like the books of Robin Stevens, Katherine Woodfine, and Patricia Elliott, there are several I’m really anticipating this year – new ones from those three authors, and the Mystery and Mayhem Egmont anthology featuring Robin, Katherine, and lots of other great writers. I wasn’t actually aware of this 1920s-set novel until I was given a copy but it sounds excellent – it’s the story of a 14-year-old housemaid, who longs to be a detective, working for a glamorous woman and stumbling into a mystery.

Night Owls by Jenn Bennett (Simon & Schuster) – Another which had somewhat passed me by last year, I got VERY interested in this one after seeing Fox Benwell (author of the exquisite The Last Leaves Falling under the name Sarah Benwell) recommend it massively. I don’t actually know much about it at all, but a recommendation from Fox, who has superb taste, is pretty much all I need to know.

Front Lines by Michael Grant (Electric Monkey) – Despite being a big fan of Grant’s GONE series, I’ve never gotten around to his Messenger of Fear books. However alternate histories of World War II intrigue me and a stunning review of this book over on Reality’s A Bore has left me really keen to read!

Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den by Aimee Carter (Bloomsbury) – MG adventure is one of my very favourite age range/genre combinations and this new novel by Aimee Carter, about a boy who discovers he can change into an animal at will and has to set out to rescue his mom from the herd of rats who’ve kidnapped her, sounds excellent!

Second Term at Trebizon by Anne Digby (Egmont) – A reread rather than a new book, but the Trebizon series of school stories is one of my favourites so I’m delighted to see them hitting shelves again thanks to Egmont! Lucy Truman’s gorgeous illustrations make the books even better.

What do you think?