Top Ten Tuesday: Newbies on My Bookshelf!

SAVE TREESDespite my best efforts to keep my physical TBR pile relatively small, I have somehow managed to accumulate several books in the past few months. I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about- I just can’t resist buying books! (#bookishproblems, right?). Since this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is the Top Ten Books that Recently Came into My Possession, I thought I would shine the spotlight on the newbies on my bookshelves. Here are the books I have recently received, bought, and was sent for review:


The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews1. The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

My school gave a copy of this to many of the seniors as a sort of graduation gift for getting a certain GPA. It’s quite a short, little book, but the message it appears to deliver seems very valuable!

When Everything Changed by Gail Collins2. When Everything Changed by Gail Collins

I was given this book by one of my absolute favorite teachers. We have a dinner at my school for the top fourteen students in the class, and each student gets to invite a teacher to come with them. I invited my AP United States history teacher from last year, and he gave me this as a graduation gift. It was so nice of him, and I can’t wait to read it!


One More Thing by B.J. Novak3. One More Thing by B.J. Novak

After watching his brilliant work on the television show The Office, I immediately leapt at the chance to purchase B.J. Novak’s book of short stories. It’s been a while since I bought it, but it’s still near the top of my towering TBR list!

Our Town by Thornton Wilder4. Our Town by Thornton Wilder

My AP English teacher highly recommended this play to us all, so a few months ago I finally decided to buy a copy of it. She has fantastic taste in stories, so I know this is one that I’ll likely thoroughly enjoy! Plus, it takes place in New Hampshire, which is where I live.

Wonder Spanish Translation cover5. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

I purchased the Spanish translation of this book because I wanted to read something in a different language that was meant for younger readers so I would have a better chance of understanding it. I loved both the reading experience and the story itself- I would recommend it to readers of every age!


Her Campus College Guide cover6. Her Campus Guide to College Life by Stephanie Kaplan Lewis, Annie Chandler Wang, and Windsor Hanger Western

I am a member of the Her Campus Blogger Network, and I was ecstatic when they asked me to review their new guide to college life. It came at the perfect time, too, because I’ll be attending college for the first time this autumn. This is a great overview of TONS of helpful tips and advice about what to expect in college, both in an outside the classroom.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading7. Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

This is such a fun, interesting, unique adventure story! Kitty Hawk is a courageous and witty heroine who is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. If you ever wanted to learn more about whales or the Yukon Territory, then this is the book for you!

Sapient cover8. Sapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski

As soon as I read a short snippet about this book I knew that I had to read it. Reminiscent of Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, this story story about increasing animal intelligence is sure to make you question your beliefs concerning animals and science in general.

Fat Girl Walking cover9. Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons

I believe that every woman could benefit from reading this inspirational, eye-opening, and hilarious memoir. Part childhood story, part advice gleaned from real life experiences, this book delivers important messages about positive body image, self esteem, and loving ourselves the way we are.

The Emancipation of a Buried Man by Eddy Gilmore10. The Emancipation of a Buried Man by Eddy Gilmore

What a heart-wrenching, heart-warming memoir this is! The raw honesty and emotion in this book is enough to make you want to go out there and change the world for the better. It is incredibly eye-opening, and well worth a read.

What books have you gotten recently? What do you think of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!



14 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Newbies on My Bookshelf!”

  1. What a good set of recent gifts or purchases! When Everything Changed looks amazing, and I will definitely have to check it out myself. I read Our Town a few years ago; my memory of the story has since disappeared, but I do remember enjoying it. Great post! 🙂


    1. Thanks! 🙂 I can’t wait to read When Everything Changed- I was so excited when my teacher gave it to me! (He knows me so well haha) and it’s good to know that you enjoyed Our Town!

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  2. I hope you like One More Thing! It got mixed reviews on Goodreads, but I loved it. Definitely exceeded my expectations.


    1. I hope so too! I really like BJ Novak’s humor otherwise, so I’m hoping that I’ll at least find some of the stories funny. Happy reading! 🙂


    1. Wonder is such a great book! The story is really eye-opening, but it’s also just a great old school story about friendship and growing up. And the ending is completely worth it- it leaves you with that warm and fuzzy feeling! I hope you enjoy it whenever you get around to reading it! 🙂

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    1. I never thought about it being read in a psychology class, but it actually would make a good pick for that. It’s all about how Auggie (the main character) copes with the difficult situations in his life, from health issues to problems with classmates. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂


  3. I am SO right there with you with the book buying problem. Especially after review copies, I feel like I should step back from purchasing anything for a while…and then I get a Barnes & Noble coupon or I see a great deal on Amazon and then any hope of restraint is gone!

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    1. haha exactly! The B&N coupons I get via email are the worst, because I’m inevitably like- “well, it’s fifteen percent off, so I have to get at least ONE thing, right?” And before I know it, my cart is filled. Such is the life of a bookish person… I’m so glad that other people feel the same way! 🙂


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