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Top Ten Tuesday | April 5, 2022

Posted April 5, 2022 by Kait in Bookish Memes, New to the Queue, Top Ten Tuesday / 9 Comments

Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is a Bookish Meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s theme is FREEBIE!

Happy Tuesday!

I’m so happy that today’s topic is Freebie, because I’ve recently added a LOT of books to my (neverending) #tbr, and this is the perfect post to showcase them!

And now without any further ado, here’s this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday | April 5, 2022Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra
Published on August 2, 2022 by Hogarth Press
Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction
Pages: 432
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Like many before her, Maria Lagana has come to Hollywood to outrun her past. Born in Rome, where every Sunday her father took her to the cinema instead of church, Maria immigrates with her mother to Los Angeles after a childhood transgression leads to her father's arrest.
Fifteen years later, on the eve of America's entry into World War II, Maria is an associate producer at Mercury Pictures, trying to keep her personal and professional lives from falling apart. Her mother won't speak to her. Her boss, a man of many toupees, has been summoned to Washington by congressional investigators. Her boyfriend, a virtuoso Chinese American actor, can't escape the studio's narrow typecasting. And the studio itself, Maria's only home in exile, teeters on the verge of bankruptcy.
Over the coming months, as the bright lights go dark across Los Angeles, Mercury Pictures becomes a nexus of European émigrés: modernist poets trying their luck as B-movie screenwriters, once-celebrated architects becoming scale-model miniaturists, and refugee actors finding work playing the very villains they fled. While the world descends into war, Maria rises through a maze of conflicting politics, divided loyalties, and jockeying ambitions. But when the arrival of a stranger from her father's past threatens Maria's carefully constructed facade, she must finally confront her father's fate--and her own.

Top Ten Tuesday | April 5, 2022I Guess I Live Here Now by Claire Ahn
Published on May 24, 2022 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 416
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Melody always wanted to get to know the Korean side of her Korean American heritage better, but not quite like this. Thanks to a tiny transgression after school one day, she's shocked to discover that her parents have decided to move her and her mom out of New York City to join her father in Seoul--immediately! Barely having the chance to say goodbye to her best friend before she's on a plane, Melody is resentful, angry, and homesick.
But she soon finds herself settling into their super luxe home, meeting cool friends at school, and discovering the alluring aspects of living in Korea--trendsetting fashion, delectable food, her dad's black card, and a cute boy to hang out with. Life in Seoul is amazing...until cracks begin to form on its shiny surface. Troubling family secrets, broken friendships, and a lost passion are the prices Melody has to pay for her new life, but is it worth it?

Top Ten Tuesday | April 5, 2022Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young
Published on September 27, 2022 by Delacorte Press
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 352
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A rural island community steeped in the mystical superstitions of its founders and haunted by an unsolved murder is upended by the return of the suspected killer in this deeply atmospheric novel.
Emery Blackwood’s life was forever changed on the eve of her high school graduation, when the love of her life, August Salt, was accused of murdering her best friend, Lily. Now, she is doing what her teenage self swore she never would: living a quiet existence among the community that fractured her world in two. She’d once longed to run away with August, eager to escape the misty, remote shores of Saiorse Island and chase new dreams; now, she maintains her late mother’s tea shop and cares for her ailing father. But just as the island, rooted in folklore and tradition, begins to show signs of strange happenings, August returns for the first time in fourteen years and unearths the past that no one wants to remember.
August Salt knows he is not welcome on Saiorse, not after the night that changed everything. As a fire raged on at the Salt family orchard, Lily Morgan was found dead in the dark woods, shaking the bedrock of their tight-knit community and branding August a murderer. When he returns to bury his mother’s ashes, he must confront the people who turned their backs on him and face the one wound from the past that has never healed—Emery. But the town has more than one reason to want August gone, and the emergence of deep betrayals and hidden promises that span generations threatens to reveal the truth behind Lily’s death once and for all.

Top Ten Tuesday | April 5, 2022NSFW by Isabel Kaplan
Published on July 5, 2022 by Henry Holt and Co.
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 272
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From the outside, the unnamed protagonist in NSFW appears the vision of success. She has landed an entry-level position at a leading TV network that thousands of college grads would kill for. And sure, she has much to learn. The daughter of a prominent feminist attorney, she grew up outside the industry, better versed in gender dynamics than box office hits. But she’s resourceful and hardworking―what could go wrong?
At first, the high adrenaline work environment motivates her. Yet as she climbs the ranks, she confronts the reality of creating change from the inside. Her points only get attention when echoed by male colleagues; she hears whispers of abuse and sexual misconduct. Her mother says to keep her head down until she’s the one in charge―a scenario that seems idealistic at best, morally questionable at worst.
When her personal and professional lives collide, threatening both the network and her future, she must finally decide what to protect: the career she’s given everything for or the empowered woman she claims to be.

Top Ten Tuesday | April 5, 2022Briarcliff Prep by Brianna Peppins
Published on November 15, 2022 by Disney-Hyperion
Genres: Romance, YA, Contemporary
Pages: 400
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It's fourteen-year-old Avielle "Avi" LeBeau's turn to do what everyone in her family has done: leave home to attend Briarcliff Prep—a Historically Black Boarding School (HBBS). And as scared as she is to say goodbye to her parents and move to Georgia, she knows her fearless big sister Belle will be there to show her the ropes.
Before long, Avi settles into life at Briarcliff. New friends (and foes), challenging classes (at times too challenging), and maybe a cute tutor-turned-something-more (if her brothers don't get in the way). Meanwhile, Belle does what she always does: she runs the campus's social scene, especially now that she's dating Logan, the pride and joy of Briarcliff's sibling school Preston Academy.
But something about Logan doesn't sit well with Avi, no matter how many times Belle reassures her Logan is a good guy. And when Avi stumbles across the truth, her relationship with Belle is put to the test. If Avi reveals what she knows, their sisterhood might never recover. But if she doesn't, she might lose Belle forever.

Top Ten Tuesday | April 5, 2022You Should Have Seen This Coming by Shani Michelle
Published on April 12, 2022 by Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, YA
Pages: 368
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Hayden sees the past. Just touching an object will occasionally give her flashes of the previous owner's memories. And if that memory happens to be a deeply hidden secret, then she has no problem making you pay for your crime, in cash.
Cassie sees the future, and it sucks. She will randomly wake up from dreams filled with disasters that she feels compelled to stop, and she would really like to stop watching her boyfriend fall in love with someone else!
But when Cassie tries to warn Hayden that her latest blackmailing scheme is a trap, she knows she's really in trouble. All her visions warn her of the upcoming kidnapping, nothing she does stops it. And it's all Hayden's fault!
Can Hayden's gift help her find Cassie before it's too late?

Top Ten Tuesday | April 5, 2022TJ Powar Has Something to Prove by Jesmeen Kaur Deo
Published on June 7, 2022 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 304
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When TJ Powar—a pretty, popular debater—and her cousin Simran become the subject of a meme: with TJ being the “expectation” of dating an Indian girl and her Sikh cousin who does not remove her body hair being the “reality”—TJ decides to take a stand.
She ditches her razors, cancels her waxing appointments, and sets a debate resolution for herself: “This House Believes That TJ Powar can be her hairy self, and still be beautiful.” Only, as she sets about proving her point, she starts to seriously doubt anyone could care about her just the way she is—even when the infuriating boy from a rival debate team seems determined to prove otherwise.
As her carefully crafted sense of self begins to crumble, TJ realizes that winning this debate may cost her far more than the space between her eyebrows. And that the hardest judge to convince of her arguments might just be herself.

Top Ten Tuesday | April 5, 2022I'm the Girl by Courtney Summers
Published on September 13, 2022 by Wednesday Books
Genres: Contemporary, Horror, Mystery, Queer, Thriller, YA
Pages: 352
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When sixteen-year-old Georgia Avis discovers the dead body of thirteen-year-old Ashley James, she teams up with Ashley's older sister, Nora, to find and bring the killer to justice before he strikes again. But their investigation throws Georgia into a world of unimaginable privilege and wealth, without conscience or consequence, and as Ashley’s killer closes in, Georgia will discover when money, power and beauty rule, it might not be a matter of who is guilty—but who is guiltiest.

Top Ten Tuesday | April 5, 2022The Comedienne's Guide to Pride by Hayli Thomson
Published on June 14, 2022 by Page Street Kids
Genres: Contemporary, Queer, YA
Pages: 320
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Taylor Parker isn't out yet, but she's keeping an even bigger secret: she entered a sketch contest where the grand prize is an internship at SNL.
When Taylor applied to this opportunity for marginalized writers, she checked the "LGBTQ" box on the application without really thinking about it. But now that she's a finalist, she realizes she'll need to be out to win. Whether she's ready or not.
In the month leading up to the competition results, Taylor befriends Charlotte Grey, whom Taylor's had a crush on for years. As they spend more time together, they realize they're genuinely falling for each other--and while Charlotte is willing to take it slow, Taylor doesn't want to ask her to keep their relationship secret forever. Taylor just hopes she can muster the courage to come out before all her secrets do.

Top Ten Tuesday | April 5, 2022Accomplished: A Georgie Darcy Novel by Amanda Quain
Published on July 26, 2022 by Wednesday Books
Genres: Contemporary, Retellings, Romance, YA
Pages: 320
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that Georgiana Darcy should have been expelled after The Incident with Wickham Foster last year – at least if you ask any of her Pemberley Academy classmates. She may have escaped expulsion because of her family name, but she didn’t escape the disappointment of her big brother Fitz, the scorn of the entire school, or, it turns out, Wickham’s influence.
But she’s back for her junior year, and she needs to prove to everyone—Fitz, Wickham, her former friends, and maybe even herself—that she’s more than just an embarrassment to the family name. How hard can it be to become the Perfect Darcy? All she has to do is:
– Rebuild her reputation with the marching band (even if it kills her)– Forget about Wickham and his lies (no matter how tempting they still are), and– Distract Fitz Darcy—helicopter-sibling extraordinaire—by getting him to fall in love with his classmate, Lizzie Bennet (this one might be difficult…)
Sure, it’s a complicated plan, but so is being a Darcy. With the help of her fellow bandmate, Avery, matchmaking ideas lifted straight from her favorite fanfics, and a whole lot of pancakes, Georgie is going to see every one of her plans through. But when the weight of being the Perfect Darcy comes crashing down, Georgie will have to find her own way before she loses everything permanently—including the one guy who sees her for who she really is.

What books have you recently added to your #tbr? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to have a magical week!

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9 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday | April 5, 2022

  1. Ash

    Noooo I don’t need MORE books to add to my TBR. And some of these look fantastic. I love Adrianne Young. The last couple books I added to my TBR are a couple Ellen Hopkins books, Neon Gods, The Duke and I, and On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah.

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