Top Ten Tuesday – recently added to my TBR pile


It’s ages since I joined in with a Top Ten Tuesday and i have had a fair old few books this month so why not eh?

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature created over at The Broke and the Bookish blog. They have a different theme each week so check them out and take part, its good fun.

You’ll see that my Top Ten will only have 9 photos below, thats because one of the pics is a 5 book box set which actually makes it 13, so ya boo sucks to you!


The Dark is Rising box set by Susan Cooper

It is Midwinter’s Eve, the night before Will’s eleventh birthday. But there is an atmosphere of fear in the familiar countryside around him. Will is about to make a shocking discovery – that he is the last person to be born with the power of the Old Ones, and as a guardian of the Light he must begin a dangerous journey to vanquish the terrifyingly evil magic of the Dark.

I first heard about this last Christmas and read book 2 The Dark is Rising and adored it. It will now be my go to book every Christmas but I fancied reading the rest of the story sometime so when i saw this box set I knew i had to have it.

Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney

Set against the stark, timeless beauty of northern Greenland, and fin-de-siècle New York and London, Under a Pole Star is a compelling look at the dark side of the ‘golden age’ of exploration, a study of the corrosive power of ambition, and an epic, incendiary love story. It shows that sometimes you have to travel to the furthest edge of the world in order to find your true place in it.

I kind of won this on Twitter just by being the first to tweet the hashtag i think. Anyway its a whacker of a book at about 600 pages and not my usual thing but I’ll give it a go sometime i’m sure.

Final Girls by Riley Sager

They were called The Final Girls. Three young women who survived unimaginable horror. Three victims of separate massacres grouped together by the press. Three strangers bound by similar traumas. Lisa. Quincy. Samantha. When something terrible happens to Lisa, put-together Quincy and volatile Sam finally meet. Each one influences the other. Each one has dark secrets. And after the bloodstained fingers of the past reach into the present, each one will never be the same.

This was kindly sent for review but from the little i’ve seen of it is a bit grim and gruesome for me. I’ll give it a good try though. Just look at how damn gorgeous the proof is though! those pink sprayed edges are heavenly!

The Little Book of Advent

The Little Book of Advent is an indispensable collection of readings from some of the most celebrated modern-day spiritual writers, with passages specially selected for each day of Advent.

Christmas is on its way again and I love all things about it but especially Advent. Not for us the tacky calendars with chocolate in. I just love the advent message and this little book with words from many different folk from all walks of life sounds really good.

It’s Not Me It’s You by Mhairi Mcfarlane

Delia Moss isn’t quite sure where she went wrong. When she proposed and discovered her boyfriend was sleeping with someone else – she thought it was her fault. When she realised life would never be the same again – she thought it was her fault. And when he wanted her back like nothing had changed – Delia started to wonder if perhaps she was not to blame… From Newcastle to London and back again, with dodgy jobs, eccentric bosses and annoyingly handsome journalists thrown in, Delia must find out where her old self went – and if she can ever get her back.

I’ve seen this so all over You Tube and heard so much about Mhairi’s work being funny and sassy and right now I need both of those things in my life so decided to give it a go. So far its living up to my expectations.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Meggie loves books. So does her father, Mo, a bookbinder, although he has never read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared. They live quietly until the night a stranger knocks at their door. He has come with a warning that forces Mo to reveal an extraordinary secret – a storytelling secret that will change their lives for ever.

First off, this is a gloriously beautiful cover, agreed? Secondly the story sounds amazing too so how can i go wrong.

See What I have Done by Sarah Schmidt

When her father and step-mother are found brutally murdered on a summer morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden – thirty two years old and still living at home – immediately becomes a suspect. But after a notorious trial, she is found innocent, and no one is ever convicted of the crime. Meanwhile, others in the claustrophobic Borden household have their own motives and their own stories to tell: Lizzie’s unmarried older sister, a put-upon Irish housemaid, and a boy hired by Lizzie’s uncle to take care of a problem. This unforgettable debut makes you question the truth behind one of the great unsolved mysteries, as well as exploring power, violence and the harsh realities of being a woman in late nineteenth century America.

This is based on the story of Lizzie Borden and does sound rather intriguing. Plus the cover is interactive if you have an app called Blippar which you can download to your phone or tablet and the cover comes to life! it’s sooooo coooool!

Ink by Alice Broadway

Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all.

Another proof and another stonking cover, all shiny and autumnally orange. This is a very original YA book with a slightly icky theme but i’m looking forward to giving it a go.

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to – and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

I’m late to the party with this series of books but love the humour in what i’ve read so far.

So thats my list, whats yours?

Is your TBR overflowing or just about manageable? Ha! what am i saying of course its not!





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