Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - 2013 Autumnal Reading List

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is all about my Autumn reading list... and to be honest it's mostly made up of the books I bought at my recent trip to Mr B's in Bath..  My TBR list is huge, and I know that no matter what I say here, some of these will not get read this Autumn.  Not because they aren't great books, but simply because life (and book club) get in the way sometimes, and other times you just don't feel like reading anything you already own...  I have therefore cut the list down to seven, and because these lists can leave you feeling a little guilty if you don't do exactly as you intended when writing the list I feel like adding the following disclaimer....

Though every effort will be made to read the books listed below this Top Ten List does not indicate a committment to read the books listed below, despite all intentions of the person who has compiled this list.  Reasons for failure to read any of the books listed below include, but are not limited to: Alternative reading requirements of the compilers book club; Life events; and inspiration to start and/or complete reading of any book.

Quesadilla's by Juan Pablo Villalobos - I loved Down The Rabbit Hole, and I'm really looking forward to this tale of family life and politics in Mexico.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon - The book everyone is talking about?  Not only does it sound right up my alley the movie deal is done, all 7 books are written and it/she is the Next Big Thing.  Who can resist really?  I managed to get my hands on a first edition hardcover, now I just have to stalk find Ms Shannon to ask her to sign it... I was told signed first editions are selling for around £500!  I'd never sell though!

The City & The City by China Mieville - This plot reminded me a lot of one of my favourite TV shows of recent years - Fringe.  A tale of two universes, a murder is committed between the two and police from each side have to work together to solve.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - Bit of a cheat really as I'm reading this right now, so far so good...

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor - I've seen this series appear so many times on other Bloggers' Top Tens.  Mythical creatures, everyday setting (I think?), sounds intriguing...

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling - I tried so hard not to succumb to the lure of a new JK Rowling, but the reviews from before the time the authors identity was revealed convinced me to give it a chance.

The Grey King by Susan Cooper - Need to keep reading this series (4th in The Dark Is Rising sequence). My Greenwitch review will be coming soon. I'm told Grey King and the final book are really really good.  Well worth the effort.


  1. ooh, EIGHT!! I can't believe I forgot number eight... Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. I love his Gentlemen Bastards series, and this is the third instalment. Released next month I have it on pre-order, and I can't wait!!

  2. I loved the Dark is Rising series. The ending is epic. I don't know why they haven't got as much love as they deserve over the years as Arthurian legends are popular. I hope you have fun with them. Here's my TTT
    Vilia @ Backchatting Books

    1. Hi Vilia, thanks for visiting. I can't believe I went through my whole childhood never having heard of the Dark Is Rising. Only heard about it in my late 30's! Definitely need to spread the love a little :-)

  3. Shouldn't I know more about Quesadillas here in Texas? What are publishers thinking? Why isn't this one making the rounds here??!

    Here's my list of Top Ten Books I Can't Wait to Read This Fall!

    1. I went to an Author talk with this author, and he said that Books as a pastime and the literary tradition in Mexico are not particularly strong... In addition his first book while critically well received was published quite small scale, and Quesadilla's seems to be the same. It's only just been published in English. This is one of the great things about blogging, you get to spread the word a little. Thanks for visiting!