Top Ten Tuesday | Books that are Temping my Amazon Cart aka Window Shopping


The official Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme is taking a break until mid August. But the Broke and Bookish ladies have shared the official line up beginning August 15th (yay for an opportunity to get ahead of the game – even though I probably won’t), and a link up widget if anyone wanted to post during the hiatus. I decided to put a kind of Top Ten Tuesday post together this week. Just because.

Today’s topic is all about…

Recently Released Books (and the Temptation they Pose).


Soo… I have a problem. When it comes to book shopping, I’m a teeny, tiny bit addicted to Amazon. What makes it even worse is that six months ago we went ahead and bought Amazon Prime. Yeah. Now instead of 5-7 days, I get my books on a. their release date or b. in two days. Also making this bookish window shopping worse are those little carousals below the book you’re reading about that say, “Customers who bought this item, also bought.” You know the feature. It’s there. It’s full of books aka shiny, pretty tomes! And it knows exactly what mischief it’s up to.

Because I browse Amazon’s virtual bookshelves a little too often, I thought today I’d talk about ten books (excluding preorders) currently tempting (or maybe I’m stalking them?) me to hit the “buy” button. (Well, that reason applies, but also since I’m putting this together last minute, I opted for the lazy, easy topic.) Since July 11 is “Prime Day,” I’m wondering if some of these books will end up on my shelf this week. I mean, if I find any with good discounts, how can I not snag them??

Without further ago, the books catching my eye are as follows.

1. High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin | Why: Kate’s books are consistently well received, including among the circle of bloggers I trust. Add in the fact that WWI (can we say Downton Abbey addict??) is its era, and I’m all the more excited.




2. Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney | Why: Because contemporary fairytale + contemporary romance + cute cover = Way to this reader’s heart. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer | Why: This one sounds like an incredibly unique contemporary read. It’s about a girl who writes letters to her deceased mother, only to have someone begin to answer the letters. Yeah. Like I said, unique! (And just as a means of clarification, I mean this as a positive thing.) Amazon | Goodreads

4. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller | Why: Because pirates! I am still a nostalgic fangirl for Pirates of the Caribbean, and love the idea of there being a book series about a swashbuckling group of pirate-y characters. *squeal* Amazon | Goodreads


5. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco | Why: I’ve been eyeing this one for a while now. I’ve even had it in my hands at Barnes & Noble a time or two. But something always stopped me from taking it to the checkout counter. Given my love of BBC period dramas (even ones with “shadows” and a little bit of the “creepy” danger status), I plan to remedy this soon. Update: I've also preordered the paperback for this one, which means it's coming to my shelf in a couple months. Amazon | Goodreads 

6. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye | Why: I don’t tend to read a lot of fantasy, but I’ve been reading amazing things about this series, plus when the book sounds interesting, I’m all for discovering a new author. Amazon | Goodreads

7. Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill | Why: Another fantasy novel, which as I said above, isn’t a genre I read much of… but this one created a lot of buzz prior to its release. Add in its beautiful cover, and a description that promises a fierce heroine, and I’m curious. Amazon | Goodreads


8. Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh | Why: Contemporary romance is my jam. Love the genre, and plus, Courtney has a fabulous contemporary “voice.” To be fair, I actually already own this one, but I added it because it’s a new release, and you should totally check it out! Amazon | Goodreads

9. A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren | Why: Because SUSAN MAY WARREN! Need we say more?? Amazon | Goodreads
10. A Name Unknown by Roseanne M. White | Why: Because a. it’s another WWI novel, and b. one of the best recommendation bloggers there is around, Ruth (of Booktalk and More), says it’s amazing. That’s all that needs to be said. Amazon | Goodreads

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That’s it for this random edition of Top Ten Tuesday.

Help me decide: which of these should I prioritize and add to my shelves first??

Did you join Top Ten Tuesday this week? Comment down below with your bookish thoughts, opinions and any other comments. I look forward to chatting with you!

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  1. Oooh great list! SO many of these are books I am dying to read too- especially Letters to the Lost, Jack the Ripper, and Ever the Hunted! I really liked The Crown's Game and DotPK too, I hope you enjoy them!

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    1. Hi, Shannon! Thanks so much for visiting.

      Here's hoping we both like 'Lost,' 'Jack' and 'Hunted.' To be honest, the latter two aren't ones I might ordinarily pick up, but the hype and synopsis's DO interest me. So... yeah, I must see what they're all about. :)

      So glad 'Crown' and 'Pirate' are good reads. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Just Look Up and A Matter of Trust are both excellent!
    I look forward to reading A Name Unknown as well, since it has a gorgeous cover and her last series was a lot of fun.
    I will have to add Romancing the Throne to my list.;)

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    1. SO glad to know this, Amanda! I cannot wait to read both. But first I do have to read book two in Susan's series. :)

      Hope we both enjoy A Name Unknown. It sounds fabulous.

      Thanks, as always for visiting - and I'll totally take credit for making your TBR just a little bigger. ;)

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  3. I've heard so many mixed things about Stalking Jack the Ripper that I decided not to buy it on impulse. I've grabbed the free sample and plan to read it this week to see if I like it enough to read on. I need to use more samples and less one click!

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    1. That's an excellent idea! I didn't now there was a free sample. I did preorder the paperback and (so far) have heard only good things about the book. So... *fingers crossed* Let me know what you thing of the sample. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  4. Ever the Hunted & The Crown's Game & Daughter of the Pirate King have been calling my name lately. I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper - can't wait for the next in the series!! My TTT

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    1. I know the feeling, Carrie! 'Crown' has been calling my name since I saw the cover. Guess this means I *should* cave and give it a chance. :)

      Glad to know 'Jack' is a great read - and it's high praise coming from you. So I know it's a great read. :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting.

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  5. Daughter of The Pirate King is so much fun! The Crown's Game is also pretty good. I have yet to read Stalking Jack The Ripper, but it sounds great!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/top-ten-tuesday-115/

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    1. Good to know, Jo! I'm so glad 'Pirate' is good; I've been seeing positive reviews on that one. Plus, 'Crown' has a really cool cover concept. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  6. I just caved and bought some of the ones that have been tempting me lately (with a gift card and Prime's $5 of $15 code how could I not?!) and High as the Heavens was one of them. I also really want to try a Courtney Walsh novel and can't wait to read Roseanna's new one (should be here any day now). As for A Matter of Trust, it was amazing and you absolutely should read it ASAP!

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    1. Good for you, Abbi. That's what we book worms do, right?? ;)

      I used the Amazon code too and picked up Romancing the Throne as one of my choices. I really should have picked up Kate's or Roseanna's but didn't. Next time (because see then I have an excuse for a "next time" ;D).

      As it's Susan May Warren, I've zero doubt 'Trust' is fabulous. But first I suppose I should read book two. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  7. Letters to the Lost and Daughter of the Pirate King were two great reads for me. Romancing the Throne was OK for me. It definitely had a strong ending. I hope you get and love them all.

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    1. Thanks, Sam! Glad to know 'Letters' and 'Pirate' are good reads. I have high hopes for both. :) And when a read is so-so, it's always a plus to have a strong ending. :)

      Thanks - and I appreciate you visiting!

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  8. So many of these are so pretty!! I definitely want to check out Daughter of the Pirate King eventually. I didn't love Stalking Jack the Ripper, but it certainly has an amazing cover.

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

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    1. They are, aren't they?? And I'll confess: I'm such a cover snob. ;)

      I love all the positive vibes 'Pirate' is getting! That one sounds so fun. Bummer about 'Jack.' I know that feeling too - some books, sadly, just don't live up to our expectations.

      Thanks so much for visiting, Tracy! :)

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  9. So many amazing books! I'm excited for Ever the Hunted and Stalking Jack the Ripper too.
    PS - I love the graphics in this post - they're so pretty!
    Megan @ http://www.wanderingsofabookbird.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I agree, Megan! Lots of great books to read - and so little time. Hope we both enjoy 'Jack' and 'Hunted.' :)

      Thank you. :) Appreciate you visiting!

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  10. Prime really does make self control that much more difficult doesn't it! Daughter of the Pirate King has been tempting me too!

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    1. It SO does, Lauren. Shelf control goes by the wayside with Prime. (And Amazon knows what they're doing there. :D)

      Thanks so much for visiting, and apologies for the late reply.

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  11. I like to have a few pre-orders every month but when I last went to top up my basket it looked like everything is out on the same day! So I've been really selective for September releases even though I want them all!

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    1. This feeling is one I understand all to well, Ellie. I usually fill up my cart too and then go through and practice being good and delete some of the books. *sigh* It's a struggle. ;)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting, and my apologies for the late reply.

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  12. Having Amazon Prime is the worst and by worst, I mean the best. I think I buy more books since getting it than I ever did in the past. It's hard not to give in to those preorders when you know the book is going to arrive on your doorstep the day of its release. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed Stalking Jack the Ripper, so I hope you like that one when you get it. Happy reading (and ordering)!

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    1. YES! Your opening statement is perfect, Alicia. I *know* I buy more books than I used to. In fact I just went to the bookstore and saw several that I was like, "I want to read that one!" only to realize I already had it because Prime! ;)

      YAY! Glad 'Jack' is good. Thanks, as always, for visiting - and apologies for the late reply.

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  13. I loved your top 10! I agree with almost all of your answers because they definitely all sound tempting. Romancing the throne seemed like a typical addicting book I would love, and Daughter of the Pirate king sounds like the best badass book about pirates EVER! I want to say that I resisted, but I am actually going to buy and read most of these.
    I love the designs of your blog, too. Great post!

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    1. Thanks, Sophie. I appreciate the kind words. :)

      'Throne' sounds super cute, and I'll confess: I did add it to my shelf since this post. (Darn, Prime strikes again!) Love the sound of 'Pirate King' though I haven't read it. Yet. Hopefully soon!

      Thanks so much for visiting! Happy reading (and apologies for the late reply).

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  14. Oooh! Stalking Jack the Ripper has been on my TBR for awhile now. If you end up purchasing, I'd love to hear what you think about it!

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    1. Thanks, Erica! I do have it pre-ordered (the paperback releases in September, I think...!), so hopefully I'll read it this fall - which is the perfect time of year for this one. :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting. My apologies for the late reply.

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  15. Great list with tons of books that are on my TBR as well! I'm super interested in reading Stalking Jack The Ripper, and also intrigued by Romancing The Throne, Daughter of the Pirate King and Ever the Hunted. I read and loved The Crown's Game so I hope you'll enjoy it! :)

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    1. ME TOO, Lindsey. I have it pre-ordered (the paperback) for September, so that seems like a great time of year to read this one! Hope we both enjoy. :) 'Throne' looks like a cute contemporary no matter what and of course, 'Pirate King' has been on my virtual TBR for months now.

      Thanks for visiting - and my apologies for the delay in replying. :)

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