Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 1 December, 2015 by Lianne in Meme / 26 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Books on the Winter TBR List

I’m changing up this week’s TTT topic a bit as I’m hopelessly behind at knowing exactly what’s coming out and I still need to read up on that. So in the meantime, how about books that are up on the TBR queue for the winter months? 😀 Winter is usually the time of year when I tackle some of the chunkier books on my shelf–there’s just something about the weather, really–but my list is a mix of the door-stoppers, those long on my TBR queue, as well as some shorter reads because offline things are going to get a bit hectic for a while…

In no particular order:

  1. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson — I tell you, it’s the cover that’s prompting me to read it during the winter 😉 I meant to read it arlier this year but yeah, didn’t get around to it. (For additional incentive, I did pick up A God of Ruins last week sooooo, best get on it 😉 )
  2. Five Plays by Anton Chekhov — Continuing along in my reading of plays (which I read plenty of this past year) and in my theme of reading Russian authors over the winter months, I have this book to look forward to. I’ve never read any of Chekhov’s plays, only his short stories and novellas, but his plays are very popular so I’m looking forward to reading this 🙂
  3. Cygnet by Patricia A. McKillip — Toss-up between reading this and re-reading Winter Rose (review) but this is the only McKillip book I have on queue at the moment and I’d love to get around to it sometime soon, it’s been a while since I’ve read anything by her…
  4. The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien — Got my hands on this book back in October, I’m so excited to read it. Winter seems to be the time I associate with Tolkien as I first read LOTR in the winter, not to mention good members of the original trilogy movies <3 :D
  5. The Truth by Terry Pratchett — I’ll probably re-read The Hogfather or something but it’s been a while since I’ve read any Discworld novels and this book has been sitting on my TBR queue for some time now…
  6. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith — This book will probably distract me more than help me unwind from studying, lmao. My review for The Cuckoo’s Calling won’t be up until…next week, I think?…but suffice to say I really liked it and rushed to pick up the paperback.
  7. How to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn — My reward for studying (which I will read after my exam), haha. I should’ve done the same thing when Romancing Mister Bridgerton arrived in the post last week but alas, I could not help it, I had to read it (as I had been patiently waiting forever for the new edition to be released and shipped) 😛
  8. The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse — I finally got my hands on this book! It’s only been sitting on my GoodReads wish-to-read shelf since I first signed up for an account way back when 😛 Works out perfectly for the season, too 😀
  9. Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis — This book won the Giller Prize for 2015 and this time around I got my hands on a copy before it became sold out or anything 😀 Should make for a fascinating read.
  10. The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian — And finally, a bit of historical fiction on this list. I probably won’t get around to reading it until the new year but I’m looking forward to it! I heard a lot of good things about it 🙂



And that’s my list of books for this week! What books were featured on your TTT this week for releases next year? Looking forward to learning more about what’s coming out in 2016 🙂

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26 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. I honestly don’t pay much attention to upcoming debut books or authors, either. I went off the board this week and hope I have provided a service at the same time for holiday shopping tips for book lovers. I have read the Chris B. light in the Ruins and liked it. I hope you do get to it. My Top Ten Tuesday list

  2. I’m the same. I don’t tend to seek out upcoming debut books either and if anything I tend to be suspicious about debut books that receive a lot of hype before they’ve even been published. That being said I have had a look at some of the books that other bloggers have mentioned today and a few of them do sound quite interesting.

    Ooh, I’m encouraged that you really liked ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling!’ I tried reading ‘The Casual Vacancy’ a few years ago but gave up on it so ever since then I’ve been thinking that J.K. Rowling’s adult novels might not be for me. I’ll be reading your review with great interest 🙂

    • Same here, usually if there’s a lot of buzz or hype around a book, I tend to avoid it until the hype’s gone down considerably.

      Sorry to hear about The Casual Vacancy; I personally found it really fascinating but I can see why some could not get into it or didn’t like it, most of the characters were downright unpleasant without showcasing much of their more positive traits to balance them out. I also think you have to be in the mood to read that book, but it is on the sombre side. The Cuckoo’s Calling was more of the standard crime thriller novel (but with more characterisation, if that makes any sense; hopefully my review makes more sense, haha!), which was an interesting change of pace 🙂

  3. I sadly haven’t read any of the books on your TBR but I read some Chekov short stories earlier this year and loved them! It’s funny that it’s almost winter for you and you’re craving bigger books. It’s summer for me and I’m wanting to read shorter books 🙂

    • Haha, that sounds about right! Whenever it’s summer here I tend to go for the more fast-paced, shorter novels 😀

      Chekhov’s stories are brilliant, the themes and emotions he encompasses are just staggering. I’m looking forward to see how he handles his stories in a play format 🙂

  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    I have Fifteen Dogs at home and I was just about to return it to the library. Glad to see your recommendation.

  5. I love that you went this route with your list this week. It’s refreshing. I do enjoy new books–maybe too much sometimes–but the older ones are just as good if not better in many cases. You’ve listed quite a few books on my TBR pile or wishlist. Practically your entire list, really. I have heard such good things about The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian. And while I haven’t yet read anything by Patricia A. McKillip, I want to. I hear she’s a must read author. I still need to read The Cuckoo’s Calling.

  6. I ad no idea there was a new Tolkien book coming out. I’ll need to look into that. And I agree- winter is perfect for big chunky reads. I’m sometimes more inclined to take on a doorstopper or big series in the cold months.

    • The new Tolkien book sort of cropped up suddenly but I scrambled to pre-order it so fast, haha (it came out in October). Looking foward to reading it! 🙂

    • Haha, I’m excited to read the new Tolkien! Am thinking of reading that one first the moment my exams are done 😀 Hope you enjoy A Cuckoo’s Calling when you read it!

  7. Winter reading lists are always fun! I probably have one or maybe I’m still back on my fall TBR… but I rarely make it through any. 😉 Terry Pratchett’s mini series ‘Going Postal’ is really fun. One of these days I’ll have to re-watch it. Thanks so much for visiting Dreaming Under the Same Moon, Lianne. As always.

    • I think I had only one or two books I didn’t get to in my autumn list :3 Got too excited with winter, haha!

      I haven’t seen the Going Postal miniseries despite Claire Foy and Charles Dance being in it! But I did read the novel years ago and found it hilarious 😀

  8. Ooh, I like how you did the prompt! 😀 I get sooo intimidated by the doorstopper books. SO INTIMIDATED I TELL YOU. But I’ve got a fair few to read over Christmas too that I’m quite excited about! Particularly Winter by Marissa Meyer. Because, woah, 800+ pages!? I’m going to be busy with that book for a while. 😛
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

  9. JJ

    I changed the topic this week too, I don’t really keep track of debut authors much and most of the books I’m looking forward to in 2016 are sequels!

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