Top Five Saturday: Books On My Wishlist


Oh my goodness, life has become so busy and time pressured since work began again… barely a moment to keep head above the water day-to-day, rushing from one side of the campus to the other and back again… and any and all free periods taken up with cover, supervising, duties… And it became a choice between keeping up with the blog or catching some reading time, and I have to say that I chose reading – for my own personal well being!

But it is now half term and with any luck (and a willing child) I should be able to catch up on some of the topics I’ve missed, and the reviews – I’ve lost track of how many I am behind on.

So let’s start here with books on my wishlist – a wishlist which is so so long at this point! How I can select five from it, I am not at all sure. And I am already a day late with this one!

So, let’s think… My wishlist… so let’s exclude my TBR list and ARCs received. What we are looking at is books that I would like to have but currently do not – not electronically, in print or on audio. I tend to amble around Waterstones and take photos of the books I cannot yet afford, or which have been put back on the shelf because something else has taken priority at that moment. And let’s approach this chronologically by the most recent additions…

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V. E. Schwab

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

A Song For The Dark Times, Ian Rankin

“He’s gone…”

When his daughter Samantha calls in the dead of night, John Rebus knows it’s not good news. Her husband has been missing for two days.

Rebus fears the worst – and knows from his lifetime in the police that his daughter will be the prime suspect.

He wasn’t the best father – the job always came first – but now his daughter needs him more than ever.  But is he going as a father or a detective?

As he leaves at dawn to drive to the windswept coast – and a small town with big secrets – he wonders whether this might be the first time in his life where the truth is the one thing he doesn’t want to find…

The Killings At Kingfisher Hill, Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie

The world’s most beloved detective, Hercule Poirot—the legendary star of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile—returns in a delectably twisty mystery.

Hercule Poirot is travelling by luxury passenger coach from London to the exclusive Kingfisher Hill estate. Richard Devonport has summoned him to prove that his fiancée, Helen, is innocent of the murder of his brother, Frank. There is one strange condition attached to this request: Poirot must conceal his true reason for being there from the rest of the Devonport family.

On the coach, a distressed woman leaps up, demanding to disembark. She insists that if she stays in her seat, she will be murdered. A seat-swap is arranged, and the rest of the journey passes without incident. But Poirot has a bad feeling about it, and his fears are later confirmed when a body is discovered in the Devonports’ home with a note that refers to “the seat that you shouldn’t have sat in.”

Could this new murder and the peculiar incident on the coach be clues to solving the mystery of who killed Frank Devonport? And can Poirot find the real murderer in time to save an innocent woman from the gallows?

The Angel of the Crows, Katherine Addison

This is not the story you think it is. These are not the characters you think they are. This is not the book you are expecting.

In an alternate 1880s London, angels inhabit every public building, and vampires and werewolves walk the streets with human beings under a well-regulated truce. A fantastic utopia, except for a few things: Angels can Fall, and that Fall is like a nuclear bomb in both the physical and metaphysical worlds. And human beings remain human, with all their kindness and greed and passions and murderous intent.

Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of this London too. But this London has an Angel. The Angel of the Crows.

A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine

Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn’t an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.

Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan’s unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.

There is a range of genres looking at that list – and personally I feel I need a break from crime and detective fiction: Tana French and Jane Harper are both in my list of reviews to catch up with, and I am currently reading Robert Galbraith’s new one too.

So here is to seven days away from school – a pile of marking – a huge TBR list – a huge number of blog posts to catch up on.

It is good to be back at last!

Again, a David Mitchell book is an event, and a thing of beauty! But the music industry is not my natural setting and again I was caught between this and another book – Daisy Jones and the Six in this case – and Daisy Jones was read first. This time, because it was nominated on a book club I was part of.

Bonus: The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he’s part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count.

Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich – they’re the only ones worth stealing from – but the poor can go steal for themselves. What Locke cons, wheedles and tricks into his possession is strictly for him and his band of fellow con-artists and thieves: the Gentleman Bastards.

This one has been on my TBR for years. Literally years. I have heard nothing but praise for it, but so far have never quite got around to reading it! Go figure!

So, there we go: a range of books that I got in 2020 – save for the Scott Lynch – and do regret not reading during the year. Is regret the right word? Probably not to be honest: I do not regret the reading that I did do last year at all. But these are books that I would like to find time to catch up with this year – before prize season hits us again!

Pop in the comments below your thoughts on these – maybe let me know which I should read first!


Upcoming Topics (And Topics I Need to Catch Up On!)

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  • October 17th, 2020 — Animal on the Cover
  • October 31st, 2020 — Vampires

5 thoughts on “Top Five Saturday: Books On My Wishlist”

  1. Right now, part of my books on my wish light are part of that TBR list. Nevermoor is a series I don’t own yet and would love to read. I don’t yet own a collection of Harry Potter Books- my sister owns her own copy, but wouldn’t let me read them- so now this series is on that wishlist.

    As for classics- hope to own more books by some of the classic authors I love.

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