Top 10 Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early

I am really bad about new releases – there are so many books I want to read, and my TBR just keeps getting longer and longer. Here, though, are a few books that I know will jump right to the top of my list when they come out – and I so wish I could get my hands on them now! Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted That Artsy Reader Girl.

1. The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson

I’m sure this won’t surprise you – I love books. I love to read. I love to buy books. I love to look at books. And this book just sounds like a wonderful comfort read to me. It’s about a woman who has unexpectedly inherited her uncle’s bookstore after his death, and finds that he has left behind a mystery and a scavenge hunt just for her.

2. The Mermaid by Christina Henry

I have been on a bit of a mermaid kick lately (I am actually working on a YA fantasy about a mermaid – hopefully more to come on this in the next year or so), and this sounds like a fun read. This is about a mermaid-turned-human who agrees to be a mermaid for P.T. Barnum, only to find that it is easier to join his circus than to get away from it.

3. The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

I can’t decide whether this is more horror or more apocalyptic novel, but it sounds amazing! It is about a child name Wen who moves into a new home with her fathers, but strange things are happening inside the house. This sounds like more than just a haunted house story – I can’t decide exactly what it is but it sounds amazing!

4. The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

I am really picky about dystopian novels – I feel like so many of them follow the same pattern, but this one looks like could be a little different. People’s shadows keep disappearing, and once their shadow disappears they are granted mysterious powers – but when these powers come, they lose their memories. One couple hides away in an abandoned hotel, thinking that they have escaped this mysterious force, but they are not as safe as they think.

5. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

Every now and then I like to read a good old-fashioned mystery, and this sounds fantastic. Twenty years after Hilaria Blake’s body was found in her home, Hilaria’s now-son Jack is found dead, and his sister Maude is sure that it was murder.

6. Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen

Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie growing up, and so I have a habit of picking up every re-telling I can find, whether it looks good or not. This, however has a twist that fascinates me: it is told from the perspective of Lucie, the woman who turns Jean-Loup into a beast, and who really does not want to see him turned human again.

7. Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

I feel like this could be really hit-or-miss, but I want to read it anyway because as much as I love my children, they can totally be little terrors sometimes. This is a novel about a young mother who is struggling to manage her high-needs child Hanna. Hanna has a close relationship with her father, and sees her mother as an obstacle to that relationship.

8. Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rosas Contreras

I feel like it’s cheating a little to put this on this list because I already have an ARC of this one! But seriously, this book looks so good. Chula and Cassandra are children from a wealthy family, relatively protected from the violence of 1990s Columbia. Petrona is a maid for the family, particularly vulnerable to the political upheaval, and torn between true love and her responsibilities to her family.

9. Witchmark by C.L. Polk

This seems to be a fantasy novel taking place right after World War II. I’m honestly not sure that this will be my favorite, exactly, but the description says that wealthy families use their magic to “control the fates of nations” and I’m really curious to see how that plays out. Hopefully I’ll get my hands on a copy soon and do a review for you all!

10. The Love Letter by Rachel Hauk

This is a love story mash-up between a couple separated by their parents’ loyalties during the Revolutionary War, and a man and woman living in the modern day connected by their ancestors. I usually need my romance to need a healthy dose of plot and conflict, and this sounds like it will have a great mix of the two.

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