Top Ten Tuesday | 17th December 2019

Good morning, fellow bookworms. We have reached Tuesday and that can only mean one thing: it is time for Top Ten Tuesday! A weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, who each week assigns a new topic to inspires us to create a top ten list based on it. This week’s topic is:

Winter TBR

There are many wonderful books awaiting me on my bookshelf and Kindle, however here are ten books I am really hoping to get to over the cold, wintry months of December, January and February:

1. Lady Susan & The Watsons by Jane Austen – After recently reading Sanditon, I hope to finish off this collection of Austen’s shorter/unfinished works soon.

2. The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale – An enchanting, magical book set in a mysterious toyshop, which I bought for my mum last Christmas and who has subsequently recommended it back to me.

3. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel – The award-winning, historical-fiction about Henry VIII’s right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell. A book that has been bumped up my TBR list after featuring it in my TTT list last week.

4. A Gift From Bob by James Bowen – A festive standalone from James and Bob, the real-life stars of the bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob, which should be a perfect read for this time of year.

5. The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick – A time slip, one of my favourite genres, from a new-to-me author, that I downloaded on a whim. Another book that I have bumped up my TBR list after featuring it in my TTT list last week.

6. The Poison Bed by E. C. Fremantle – An historical, murder-mystery from an author I have previously enjoyed, although this is a bit of a departure from her usual historical-fiction, Sisters of Treason and The Girl in the Glass Tower.

7. Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir – The third book from Weir’s ambitious six-book series, Six Tudor Queens. I loved the previous books about Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn.

8. River Rising by John A. Heldt – The first book in Heldt’s latest Carson Chronicles series, which I look forward to starting after finishing Heldt’s previous, time-travelling series, American Journey.

9. Calysta and the Beast by Joanna Alonzo – The first book in new-to-me author, Alonzo’s The Sacred Scarred series, which is a modern-day, Christian retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

10. The Favourite: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough by Ophelia Field – A history of the life of this powerful, glamorous and controversial lady, which is stated to be the real history behind the recent, critically-acclaimed film.


Now over to you: Have you read any of these? Are there any you think I should read first? What books do you hope to read this winter? If you have also taken part in this week’s TTT topic, please leave a link for your post in the comments below, so I come check it out.

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | 17th December 2019

    1. Lynn, I believe it was your review of The Toymakers which inspired me to buy it for my mum last Christmas, and subsequently for me to have it on my TBR read now, so thank you! 😀

  1. If I were you, I would place Wolf Hall quite high on your priority list. I remember being rather intimidated by the idea of it, as Mantel is often classed nearer the highbrow end of historical fiction, but I was pleasantly surprised by how readable it actually was when I got around to it.

  2. That’s a great list of winter reading! I’ve read a few of them and particularly loved Wolf Hall and The Phantom Tree. I hope you enjoy the Jane Seymour book – I’m in the middle of the Anne of Cleves one at the moment.

    1. Thank you, Helen – It was your comments on my last TTT post that inspired me to ass Wolf Hall and The Phantom Tree to my winter TBR, and I really looking forward to continuing Weir’s brilliant Tudor Queens series with the Jane Seymour book. 🙂

  3. Looks like a wonderful line-up! I loved The Phantom Tree and hope you do, too. I’ve added Wolf Hall to the wish list on my library app. I’m also curious about Alison Weir’s Tudor Queens series. So… I hope you begin with one of these three! 😀

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