Top Ten Tuesday: Ten recent additions to my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s perfect for those of us who have both a love of books and a love of lists! This week’s topic is…

The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List


In no particular order, here are ten books I’ve acquired recently:

1. Bats in the Belfry by E.C.R. Lorac – All of the Lorac novels published as British Library Crime Classics sound intriguing, so I’m looking forward to trying this one.

2. The Binding by Bridget Collins – I’m reading this now. I’m a few chapters into it and although it sounded fascinating, I’m not sure that it’s really my sort of thing.

3. The Afterlife of King James IV by Keith J Coleman – This non-fiction book appealed to me when I saw it on NetGalley. I hope it’s good!

4. The Horseman by Tim Pears – This is the first in a trilogy, so if I enjoy it I’ll be looking for the other two.

5. A King Under Siege by Mercedes Rochelle – I’ve received a review copy of this new novel about Richard II.

6. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer – I’m gradually building up my Georgette Heyer collection and this is one I’ve been particularly looking forward to reading.

7. Eleanor the Queen by Norah Lofts – I’ve been interested in trying something by Norah Lofts for a long time and recently came across a copy of this book about Eleanor of Aquitaine.

8. Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik – I really need to make some progress with my Reading the Walter Scott Prize project and this book was on last year’s shortlist for the prize.

9. The Reckoning by Edith Wharton – Part of the Penguin Little Black Classics series, this book contains two short stories by Edith Wharton.

10. Casting Off by Elizabeth Jane Howard – This is the fourth book in the Cazalet Chronicles and I still have the third to read before I can start this one.


Have you read any of these? What have you added to your TBR recently?

32 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten recent additions to my TBR

  1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

    Great list! Sorry to hear you’re not quite enjoying The Binding – I’d really like to check that one out, and I need to read some Georgette Heyer, too. The Afterlife of King James IV sounds fascinating!

    • Helen says:

      I’m sure a lot of people will love The Binding. It’s a fascinating concept, but not really working for me yet – I will keep reading, though, and hope it gets better. The King James IV book does sound good!

  2. Café Society says:

    Someone at my new book group last night had just bought a copy of The Horseman having read a strong review of the third in the trilogy. Unfortunately I shall have to wait until next month’s meeting to discover how she’s got on with it.

    • Helen says:

      I hope she enjoys The Horseman. All three books in the trilogy seem to have had good reviews, so I’ll be interested to see what the first one is like. If I enjoy it, it’s good to know that I won’t have to wait for the others to be published.

    • Helen says:

      I’ll be interested to hear what you think of The Binding. I haven’t quite connected with either the writing style or the main character yet, but I will keep reading. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves!

  3. Margaret says:

    I’ve read two of these – Bats in the Belfry, which I enjoyed more than other Golden Age books and Casting Off, which I read years ago. I loved all the Cazalet books, losing myself in the story of the Cazalet family and hope you enjoy this one and the last book, All Change too.

  4. piningforthewest says:

    I’ve read Casting Off and enjoyed it, I loved that series. I used to read Norah Lofts way back in the 1970s but not since then. Your books all look interesting.

  5. Cleo @ Classical Carousel says:

    I LOVE These Old Shades so you have a treat in store for you! Oh, Edith Wharton! I love her writing. I just finished The Age of Innocence and it was wonderful although The House of Mirth is still my favourite! I hadn’t heard of The Reckoning so thanks for the introduction and enjoy your reads!!

    • Helen says:

      I can’t wait to read These Old Shades, although I do have one or two other Heyer novels on my TBR which I should probably read first. I’ve only read Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton so far, but I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.

  6. Jessie says:

    Great list, Helen! I’m hoping to start The Cazalet series later this year and have been wanting to read Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves too. Hope you enjoy all these!

  7. Deborah Starling says:

    Great historical fiction blog! I am happy I found you and I appreciate the recommendations. I am always looking for new series and trilogies to read (feels like they last longer). My first book of 2019 is a must read for anyone who loves greek mythology and strong female leads. It’s a part of a trilogy (yipppeee) and it’s called “The Winnowing” by Patrick Garner. Greek Goddesses have to return to Amerca to stop a group of scientists from quite possibly ending the world. It’s like superheroes meet mythology meet fantasy meet historical fiction (if you think mythology counts!). I could not put this book down and have told all of my avid reader friends about it. I hope you will at least check it out – – Let me know what you think!

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