Top Ten Tuesday: Incoming Books

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is a ‘freebie’, meaning we can choose our own topic.

It’s been a few months since I highlighted any of my new acquisitions, so I’m listing below ten books that have recently been added to my TBR.

1. The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn – I loved my first Kate Quinn novel, The Rose Code. Her new book, The Diamond Eye, is out now and I’m hoping to read it very soon.

2. All the Seas of the World by Guy Gavriel Kay – This is set in the same world as Kay’s previous two novels, Children of Earth and Sky and A Brightness Long Ago, both of which I’ve read and enjoyed, so I was pleased to receive a review copy from NetGalley.

3. The Toll-Gate by Georgette Heyer – I’ve just started reading this in preparation for the upcoming 1954 Club hosted by Karen and Simon. There’s nearly always a Heyer book to read, whichever year is chosen (and an Agatha Christie as well).

4. The House of the Deer by DE Stevenson – I receive the daily Lume Books newsletter which offers a selection of their titles free or at reduced prices. This DE Stevenson novel was on offer a few weeks ago, but it looks like I’ll need to read Gerald and Elizabeth first.

5. Death on Gokumon Island by Seishi Yokomizo – I’ve enjoyed two of the previous books in the Kosuke Kindaichi mystery series and this one, said to be inspired by And Then There Were None, is the latest to be translated into English.

6. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe – I signed up to read this via Pigeonhole in fifteen daily instalments. I’ve had mixed experiences with 18th century literature in the past, but will see how I get on with this one!

7. Yes, Giorgio by Anne Piper – I’ve never heard of this 1961 novel, but it was another special offer from Lume Books. It’s described as a ‘classic comic romance’ and was made into a film starring Pavarotti.

8. In Place of Fear by Catriona McPherson – I’ve been interested in trying Catriona McPherson’s books for a while, as I keep seeing them on other blogs I follow. This is her new book, set in 1940s Edinburgh, and I hope it will be a good one to start with.

9. Winchelsea by Alex Preston – This ‘adventure novel for adults’, about smugglers in the 1740s, sounds as though it could be my sort of book. We’ll soon find out!

10. A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin – I’m not at all sure whether I’ll like this one, but it was a ‘Read Now’ title on NetGalley last week and is getting mainly good reviews, so I thought I’d give it a try.


Have you read any of these? Are you tempted by them? Which new books have been added to your TBR recently?

24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Incoming Books

  1. Calmgrove says:

    The Winchelsea novel seems intriguing — we briefly visited the rather bracing beach one afternoon when we stayed near Rye a couple or so years ago, and this Moonfleet-style adventure also reminds me of the Dr Syn (alias the Scarecrow) tales by Russell Thorndyke, one of which I’ve got but have yet to read.

  2. CLM (@ConMartin) says:

    Of course, I love The Toll-Gate but I had read it fairly recently so decided not to reread for the 1954 Club. I will look forward to your review. I’d been saving The Rose Code for months but much to my surprise someone in my book group was reading it so I quickly suggested it as our April book. I am planning to visit Bletchley Park in June after years of reading about it!

    Have you read any of Jane Aiken Hodge’s historicals? The Savannah estate is called Winchelsea.

    • Helen says:

      I’ve read some of Jane Aiken Hodge’s books but haven’t read the Savannah ones yet. I’m glad you liked The Toll-Gate – I’ve only read about half of Heyer’s novels and was pleased to find I had an unread one published in 1954!

  3. Karen K. says:

    I also have The Toll-Gate on my list for the 1954 Club — one of several, so I don’t know if I’ll get to it in time! But I love that you can nearly always find a Heyer for this event (already finished a P. G. Wodehouse from 1954, another reliable author). I hadn’t heard of The House of the Deer but I do have an old copy of Gerald and Elizabeth so maybe I should read that one soon.

    I’ve also read Moll Flanders and was surprised by how much I liked it, 1700s novels are not really my strong point. I think I had an audio download which may have helped. There is a pretty good film adaptation also with Alex Kingston and Daniel Craig in a hilarious wig.

    • Helen says:

      Yes, I’ve found that there are a few very prolific authors you can usually rely on to have written a book for every club year! Agatha Christie is another.

      I have just started Moll Flanders and am finding it very accessible so far. I’ll have to look out for the film!

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