Top Ten Tuesday: My Winter TBR

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl, asks us to list ten books on our Winter TBR. As usual, I have a lot more than ten books that I’m hoping to read in the next few months, but I have chosen a selection of them to list below.


1. The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie – This is December’s book for the Read Christie 2019 Challenge and one that I was planning to read anyway as there’s a new BBC adaptation coming in 2020. I’ve enjoyed taking part in the challenge this year and was pleased to discover that it’s happening again next year!

2. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – I picked this up to start reading a month or two ago, but decided the time wasn’t right. I do still want to read it as I’ve heard so many positive things about it, so it is going to be a winter read now instead of an autumn one.

3. Big Sky by Kate Atkinson – In November I finally managed to catch up with the fourth book in the Jackson Brodie series, Started Early, Took My Dog, and now I have the fifth book, Big Sky, from the library so will need to read it soon.

4. The Wheel of Fortune by Susan Howatch – I don’t do nearly enough re-reading these days, but Susan Howatch’s Penmarric was a re-read for me in 2018 and Cashelmara in 2019, so it makes sense to pull this one off my shelf for a re-read in 2020!

5. The Sun Sister by Lucinda Riley – This is the sixth book in the Seven Sisters series and is set partly in Kenya. I’ve been putting off starting this one because of the length, but I’ll have some time off work over Christmas so will probably read it then.

6. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett – This will be my first Ann Patchett book so I don’t know what to expect, but it does sound good!

7. Greenwitch by Susan Cooper – After enjoying Over Sea, Under Stone and The Dark is Rising earlier this year, I’m looking forward to moving on to Greenwitch, the third book in the sequence.

8. The Brothers York by Thomas Penn – Most of my reading tends to be fiction, but I wanted to include at least one non-fiction book on my Winter TBR too. This book is about one of my favourite periods of history, the Wars of the Roses, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

9. The Hardie Inheritance by Anne Melville – This is the final book in a trilogy and as I loved the first two, both of which I’ve read this year, I’m hoping this will be another enjoyable read.

10. My Classics Club Spin book! I’ll find out on Sunday which book I’m going to be reading from the Spin list I posted two days ago.


Have you read any of these? What did you think? And what is on your own winter TBR?

22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: My Winter TBR

  1. Calmgrove says:

    I started a library copy of Greenwitch soon after it was published in the mid 70s but it was too sombre at the time — I’d just started teaching and probably needed something a bit lighter — but regret never returning to it. 2020 may be the year!

  2. Margaret says:

    I’ve read The Pale Horse and I think I’ve read (but am not sure because I think I read it years ago) The Wheel of Fortune – Susan Howatch was a great favourite of mine and I read as many of her books that I could find.

    • Helen says:

      The Wheel of Fortune was my favourite of the three Susan Howatch books I’ve read, so I’m looking forward to reading it again. When I’ve finished my re-reads maybe I should look for some of her other books.

  3. FictionFan says:

    If I remember correctly, I found The Pale Horse really quite spooky, so you should save it for a dark night when you’re all alone, with only the sound of the wind outside and the faint tapping of a tree branch against your window… πŸ˜€

  4. Alyson Woodhouse says:

    These all sound very promising. I might try the Kate Atkinson series at some point. It wasn’t really appealing to me, but I am currently reading Life after Life, which I am finding surprisingly gripping, so I will probably end up reading the Brody books at some point in the future.

    • Helen says:

      Life after Life was the first Kate Atkinson book I read and I loved it, so went on to read more of her books. Until then, the Jackson Brodie series hadn’t appealed to me either but I’m so glad I decided to give them a try.

  5. Jo says:

    Some good reads. The Pale Horse is an interesting Christie. It will be interesting to see what they do with the tv adaptation.

    Like you I have yet to tackle The Sun Sister, but now I have two weeks off I hope to start it at some point. I almost don’t want to read it knowing that the next book will be the last.

    • Helen says:

      I’m looking forward to watching The Pale Horse. I think most of the recent adaptations have been well done. And yes, it’s a shame the Seven Sisters series is coming to an end, but it will be interesting to see how all the loose ends are going to be tied up and to find out more about the missing sister, Merope!

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