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March TBR Additions - Too many???

I don't know why I can't stop watching for new, interesting sounding, cool covers, recommended books, but it's impossible. Even though I will never complete my TBR list, I always know I can look there for my next great read. I use Excel and have a column for all sorts of info that lets me sort to find the right book at the right time (hopefully). I can sort by oldest on my list (and some have been there a LONG time), or by genre, author, Goodreads or Storygraph rating, whether I own the book, who recommended it to me, etc. It's super helpful though it does take a bit of dedication to keep it up to date.

So, with all that lead in - here are the 15 books that bulked up my TBR list in the last month:

The Gilded Wolves #1 by Roshani Chokshi

Genre: Fantasy

Published 2019, 388 pages

Synopsis: this sounds fun - part heist, part treasure hunt, a bit Six of Crows, some Indiana Jones and a dash of Oceans 11. I'm in!

The Great Mrs. Elias by Barbara Chase-Riboud

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published February 2022, 512 pages

Synopsis: based on true, the story of one of the richest black women of the early 1900s, living in New York City. A murder in the city brings investigators to her door and delving into her secret past.

The New Neighbor by Karen Cleveland

Genre: Thriller

Due out July 26, 2022, 320 pages

Synopsis: a woman working for the CIA loses her marriage, her job and her house in a cul-de-sac where all the neighbors work for the CIA in some way. The new 'perfect' family moves in and takes over her life but she thinks something is wrong......trouble ensues. (an ARC I received)

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published February 2021, 368 pages

Synopsis: based on true, story is set in Paris 1939 where a French librarian joins the WWII resistance. Second timeline is in Montana 1983 where a lonely teen meets an elderly woman who shares interests, but also a secret.

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

Genre: Mystery

Published Feb. 2022, 352 pages

Synopsis: a black classical musician has his violin stolen the day before his big national competition event; a story of greed, racism, and perseverance.

The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh

Genre: Mystery

Published March 2022, 384 pages

Synopsis: a love story wrapped up in a mystery - when a woman gets sick, her husband looks into her past and finds he doesn't know the woman at all, not even her name.

The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published March 2022, 448 pages

Synopsis: based on true; a young woman Ukranian librarian is forced to join the Hitler fight and becomes an excellent sniper. After the war she goes to America on a good will tour and meets her destiny.

Carolina Built by Kianna Alexander

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published February 2022, 336 pages

Synopsis: loosely based on the story of a black woman who built a real estate empire in North Carolina after her emancipation and works at it in spite of her marriage, daughters, and family commitments.

The Boy With A Bird In His Chest by Emme Lund

Genre: General Fiction

Published February 2022, 320 pages

Synopsis: this COA story is about a boy with a rare condition of a hole in his chest with a bird and when he escapes home at 17, he deals with issues of being different, fear and depression, finding his way, falling in love, and heartache

Under a Sky of Memories by Saroya Lane

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published January 2022, 351 pages

Synopsis: three American women nurses go to war in WWII and while on a mission, their plane crashes and they're trapped behind the lines with other medics.

The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published 2021, 816 pages

Synopsis: an epic family saga following a black family from slavery through the civil war to current day as a young woman tries to come to terms with her identity and past; a story of race, resilience, love and loss

The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore

Genre: Nonfiction

Published 2021, 560 pages

Synopsis: 1860 - a woman is sent to the horrific state sanitarium on the basis of her husband saying she was crazy - taken from her kids and life because she disagreed with him on theology; she found other sane women in same ward and realized no one would listen till someone who had nothing else to lose spoke up

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

Genre: Fantasy / General Fiction

Published 2020, 339 pages

Synopsis: at 19 a woman suddenly starts waking up every New Years in a new year, out of any order; a story of time travel (fantasy?) and living life in the moment (a Jack Edwards recommendation)

Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann

Genre: General Fiction

Published 2021, 318 pages

Synopsis: debut with outsized characters, Texas swagger and when the prodigal son returns from exile, the powder keg explodes with secrets, rivalries, etc; who survives?

Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

Genre: Thriller

Published July 2021, 336 pages

Synopsis: two ex-con dads, one white, one black, set out for vengeance when their gay married sons are murdered. (some graphic violence) I have his earlier book, Blacktop Wasteland, on my TBR also - I better get busy!

Review here.

And there you have it, my TBR additions. As I was writing this post and reminding myself about each of these books, I found a couple that I thought "huh, wonder why I added that" and others that I'm eager to pick up. How do you add books to your TBR? Do you even keep a TBR and how does it inform your reading? Let me know in the comments.

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