Tuesday, June 30, 2020

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Most Anticipated New Releases for 2nd Half of 2020

What books are you looking forward to in the rest of 2020? That's the topic this week for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I'm not a person who pre-orders books, or who has to read the newest book immediately. I'll keep an eye on the library's new releases and hope to get near the front of the line for most of these. 
What I am excited about is Hamilton on Disney Plus this weekend! I've been listening to the songs this week to get ready!
(I've been having image issues on Blogger recently so I am not even going to try today. Could you see the images in my last few posts?)

Hamnet & Judith by Maggie O'Farrell
July 21, 2020
The last of the Women's Prize for Fiction books I expect to get to and I've read some great reviews already. 

Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith
September 15, 2020
The next in the Cormoran Strike/Robin Ellacott series - I didn't even realize there was an upcoming release until I was looking around for this topic

All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny
September 1, 2020
Another Inspector Gamauche - hope to get the audio version of this one

Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History's First Global Manhunt by Steven Johnson
May 12, 2020
It's all ready been released, but I'm a fan of Johnson's nonfiction and I'd like to read his latest 

Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella
October 27, 2020
I recently read a Kinsella after a break of a number of years and forgot how great she is at her type of book. Really so good.

Rapture: Fifteen Teams, Four Countries, One NBA Championship by Nick Nurse
September 29, 2020
Basketball is just about back, and Nick Nurse is a very interesting character. I could read this as the Raptors defend their title

Again Again by E Lockhart
June 2, 2020
Another one that has already been released, but it's pretty recent, and Lockhart is a great writer

Tuesday, June 16, 2020


As we get close to the Summer Solstice (June 20th) it is time to be thinking about what books are on the summer TBR list. Every week That Artsy Reader Girl hosts a list-making extravaganza called Top Ten Tuesday. Check out That Artsy Reader Girl for all the lists, and future topics.

Continuing Series:

The Ghost Fields 
Elly Griffiths

The Abbot's Agreement
Mel Starr

The Women's Prize Nominees:

All This Could Be Yours
Jami Attenberg

Anne Enright

The Canadians: 

The Testaments
Margaret Atwood

Linden MacIntyre

Books I Own and Want to Read:

Daphne DuMaurier

The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder
Sarah J Harris

YA Sync Books:

Like No Other 
Una LaMarche

Into White
Randi Pink

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I’ve Added to my TBR and Forgotten Why

The topic this week is Books I've Added to My TBR and Forgotten Why. I went to my Librarything account where I've added all the books I've bought over the years, starting in 2007 when I joined LT. There are more books there than the ten I have listed here. I changed my list a bit - these aren't one I've forgotten why. There were books that I can't remember why I bought, but the ones I've listed here today are ones I still want to read, and may turn into an unofficial Summer TBR list! 

For more posts on this topic, and for future lists, head over to That Artsy Reader Girl, host of this great weekly meme.

Oryx and Crake 
Margaret Atwood
I've actually read the next 2 books in this series, so there is no reason why I haven't read this. My son even had it on his reading list for a science fiction English course he took this year. (I'm pretty sure he didn't read this one. Funny story - as he's telling me the reading list for the course, 6 or 7 novels, he says - we won't have to read all these books. Oh, was he surprised to see what happens in a university English course!)

The Wheel on the School
Meindert deJong pictures by Maurice Sendak
Newbery Winner 1955
It's not even a long book! 

The Elegant Universe 
Brian Greene
A grand ole physics book about String Theory. I've read the counter argument book - The Trouble with Physics against String Theory. This is so old now, it's actually probably historical.

The Last King of Scotland
Giles Foden
It was a movie in 2006 which is probably when I picked up the book. Haven't seen the movie yet either.  

Say You're One of Them
Uwem Akpen
A collection of short stories, set in Africa. I think I've read a few of the stories but I definitely didn't finish it.

Dewey Decimal System of Love
Josephine Carr
Looks like a cute chick-lit type of book. Related to books? 

The Well of Lost Plots
Jasper Fforde
I read the first two in the Thursday Next series in 2008! And never continued. I've read other Fforde books since and am always impressed with their humour and plotting. 

The Land of Spices
Kate O'Brien
Some of the people I met on LT were into the Virago Modern Classics, reprints of old books by forgotten women writers. They have a lovely dark green edging which makes them easy to spot at books sales. I picked up a few but never got into reading them. These are probably the books that would be on the Women's Prize for Fiction list back in the day.

Beatrice and Virgil
Yann Martel
One of the tags of I have on this book is 'from wendycat' and I entered it in 2010. Wendy - I still haven't read this book! 

The Blythes are Quoted
LM Montgomery
I remember wanting this for Christmas in 2009, and getting it. It is so very pretty, and I have it on a display of my Anne of Green Gables figurines (I'll post a picture some day) but I never got into this last published book by Maud. I believe it is more akin to Olive Kitteridge - a series of short stories, but all contain to varying degrees, the Blythe family. 

I have to say, after writing about all these books I am quite excited to dig into some of these books. Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I bump to the top of this very old pile of books?

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books that Give a Summer Vibe

Top Ten Tuesday is thinking about those summer vibes. What books give you that summer vibe? I'm looking for books with summer in the title, or ones that remind me of summer. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl, and you can find more posts and future topics there.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy 
by Jeanne Birdsall
All the Penderwicks books take place in the summer as that is when all the interesting things happen to kids, on summer vacation. This is a delightful little series, where the children actually grow over time.

Thimble Summer 
by Elizabeth Enright
Originally written in 1938 and a Newbery Winner, my memories are hazy about this one, but I think it was just a simple, kind story.

The Last Summer of Me and You
by Ann Brashares
Classic chick-lit beach-book.

Last Days of Summer 
by Steve Kluger
Quality kids book set in WW2, lots of baseball, and heartbreak.

The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread
by Don Robertson
Morris Bird III walks across the city to prove his bravery and has many adventures.

The Dry
by Jane Harper
Great mystery set in Australia during a drought.

August Heat
by Andrea Camilleri
All the Inspector Montalbano books set in Sicily, Italy evoke summer time, and heat, and good food.

The Summer Before the War
by Helen Simonson
English coast just before WW1. Not as good as Major Pettigrew, but a good historical fiction read.

I Want to Go Home
by Gordon Korman
Summer = summer camp, and this is a fantastic children's story, one of the funniest I can remember reading.

Big Summer 
by Jennifer Weiner
This is next on my audiobook listens - I'll let you know how it goes.