In 2019 I rediscovered my local library after taking a reading hiatus during pregnancy, early motherhood and my return to work. I re-kindled my passion for adventure, scandal, friendships, rivalries, murder, ghostly goings-on and the escape a good book could give me. I had read books since becoming pregnant, but those were mostly re-reads of old favourites when I couldn’t sleep, text books (I’m the idiot who thought she could gain a degree with baby brain!) and magazines and going back to the library bought back so many memories of being a child and perusing the shelves for my discoveries of Jacqueline Wilson, R L Stine and C S Lewis.
During the first few months of 2020 I raided an online book retailer prior to them going in to administration- I received some of my order and a refund of what couldn’t be fulfilled and went on to purchase those titles elsewhere. I had also discovered book sale offers in stationary shops when looking for craft supplies for my offspring. So many books that hadn’t been opened yet! So many new-book smells! Then the country was grounded and we weren’t allowed in to libraries and unessential shops- if you managed to find a book in your local supermarket you’d be waiting to be eye-balled by the cashier for you non-essential addition to your trolley; this was when I discovered an e-reader subscription (because having 30 books on my TBR list clearly wasn’t enough!) and I read, and read and read (I also baked and walk the legs off my dog and learnt about the characters in many Disney films as well as their soundtracks).
So while we are slowly emerging from our homes, and libraries and shops are opening up again, I thought it might be a good time to asses my TBR pile now I’ve made a bit of a dent in it! My husband hopes that listing all my books will help me refrain from buying more (delusional really!) but my hope is that you may have read one of the titles, or have it on your list, and we can talk about them and share our ideas and recommendations for further reads.
So here it is! my TBR (which sits neatly in a three-tiered craft trolley I recently purchased online after seeing it on social media and loving the idea!)
All The Hidden Truths ~ Claire Askew A Cornish Summer ~ Catherine Alliott Platform Seven ~ Louise Doughty Believe Me ~ J P Delany Tell Me a Secret ~ Jane Fallon Some Kind of Wonderful ~ Giovanna Fletcher One False Move ~ Robert Goddard The Beauty of the End ~ Debbie Howells The Death of Her ~ Debbie Howells The Midnight Unicorn & The Darkest Unicorn ~ Alice Hemming The Missing Sister ~ Dinah Jefferies The Body in the Mist &The Body on the Shore ~ Nick Louth The Innocent Wife ~ Amy Lloyd Kill Zone, Snake Skin & Blood Stained ~ C J Lyons A Stranger in the House ~ Shari Lapena Bloody January ~ Alan Parks Kill Me if You Can & Kiss the Girls ~ James Patterson The Futures ~ Anna Pitoniak The House Across the Street ~ Lesley Pearse Let Me Lie, I See You & I Let You Go ~ Claire Mackintosh Cross Bones ~ Kathy Reichs The Death of Mrs Westaway ~ Ruth Ware
These are all paper back and hard back books, I haven’t listed my Kindle books as I like to read one of those in between the books on my list and we’d be here all day!
I really look forward to reading and reviewing these titles and I hope you’ll share your thoughts on them with me too!
Happy reading x