Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books on my Winter TBR

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR. I have a lot more than ten books on my TBR, but I’m listing below some that I’m hoping to get to in the next few months.


1. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

At the top of my TBR is the book that was chosen for me in the recent Classics Club Spin. I’m looking forward to reading more Willa Cather.


2. Voice of the Falconer by David Blixt

I read and loved David Blixt’s The Master of Verona a few years ago. This is the second book in the series and I really didn’t mean to wait this long to read it!


3. The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley

The fourth book in Lucinda Riley’s Seven Sisters series will take us to Thailand and Australia. I’ve enjoyed the first three books so am looking forward to this one.


4. The Oaken Heart by Margery Allingham

Not one of Allingham’s mystery novels but a non-fiction book giving an account of life in her Essex village during the Second World War.


5. The Snow Globe by Judith Kinghorn

I’ve read all three of Judith Kinghorn’s other novels and this is the only one I still have left to read. The title sounds appropriate for winter anyway!


6. Munich by Robert Harris

I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Robert Harris so far (particularly his An Officer and a Spy and Cicero trilogy). I haven’t had a chance yet to read his latest book, Munich, but it’s quickly moving up the TBR!


7. Post of Honour by RF Delderfield

This is the second part of RF Delderfield’s Horseman Riding By trilogy. I was intending to read it straight after finishing the wonderful Long Summer Day, but got distracted by other books.


8. Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Having loved Robin Hobb’s Farseer and Liveship Traders trilogies, I think it’s time I started the Tawny Man trilogy. I’ll probably read the first book, Fool’s Errand, in the new year, if not before.


9. Marking Time by Elizabeth Jane Howard

I read the first of Howard’s Cazalet Chronicles earlier this year and want to move on to the next one. I can’t wait to catch up with the characters from The Light Years again.


10. Sugar Money by Jane Harris

I’ve been waiting for a new book from Jane Harris for a long time! I loved Gillespie and I and The Observations, so have high hopes for this one.


Have you read any of these books – or would you like to? What is on your Winter TBR?

33 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books on my Winter TBR

  1. Café Society says:

    I am so jealous of you still having Farseer novels to read for the first time – ten of them, if my maths is correct. Last night I started a re-read of the entire sixteen novel cycle to take with me through the winter nights. I warn you, I have never wept so much as I did through the last forty or so pages of the last in the series, which came out earlier this year.

    • Helen says:

      Yes, I still have the Tawny Man trilogy, the Rain Wild Chronicles and the three most recent books to look forward to. Thank you for the warning – I will be prepared!

  2. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

    Great list! Robin Hobb made my list this week too, I love a bit of high fantasy in the winter, and I’ve heard good things about Sugar Money so far. I’ve yet to read any Willa Cather but, again, I hear so many good things I should probably give her a try. Happy reading!

  3. FictionFan says:

    The only one I’ve read is Munich and I thoroughly enjoyed it – Harris is so great at putting you right into the middle of these historical events. I was sorely tempted by the Jane Harris, but since The Observations is still lingering unread on my TBR I heroically resisted. Have a great winter of reading! 😀

  4. Jennifer says:

    I read The Oaken Heart a year or so ago and enjoyed it if you can say that about a book about a war. I am eternally fascinated by life in Britain during WWII. I don’t think I have read a Robert Harris book but I recently listened to a podcast about his Cicero novels and have now added him to my list. It looks like you have a lot of good reading ahead of you.

    • Helen says:

      I’m pleased to hear you enjoyed The Oaken Heart (although I know what you mean about ‘enjoy’ maybe not being the right word). Robert Harris is great – I didn’t think he would be my sort of author until I tried one of his books and loved it!

  5. Lisa says:

    I really enjoyed The Oaken Heart as well. And I recently added a biography of Margery Allingham to the TBR lists. I should make a reading list too, except I don’t think I would stick to it.

    • Helen says:

      I seem to be good at making lists but not very good at sticking to them! I don’t know if I’ll actually read all of these books this winter as there are others I want to read too and I’ll probably get distracted. I’m glad you enjoyed The Oaken Heart as well. 🙂

  6. piningforthewest says:

    You have some great books on your list. I want to read The Oaken Heart too, I didn’t realise it had been reprinted, the last time I looked it was crazy expensive, but not now so that’ll be my next purchase.

    • Helen says:

      I hadn’t heard of The Oaken Heart until I came across it a few weeks ago. I’m glad you’ll have a chance to read it now that it’s being reprinted. It does sound good!

  7. JaneGS says:

    Definitely some great books there. I loved Death Comes for the Archbishop when I read it decades ago–definitely due for a reread. I liked Robert Harris’s Cicero books also–I didn’t realize he had a new book out. The Oaken Heart sounds so interesting.


  8. The Cue Card says:

    Oh nice list. I’m game to read the Willa Cather one as well. Though it might be January before I get to it. It looks like a gem.

  9. Jo says:

    The Snow Globe is great reading for this time of year. A wonderful book and one which stays with you.

    I have The Pearl Sister to read but know I need time when I can do nothing but to immerse myself in it. Might have to wait a couple of weeks.

    • Helen says:

      Yes, I remember that you liked The Snow Globe. I can’t wait to read it! I’ve been waiting until I have time to immerse myself in The Pearl Sister too – that’s the best way to read Lucinda Riley’s books, I think. 🙂

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