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My To Be Read Pile 2022 Edition

Happy New Year!!!!

I hope you all had a rather marvellous festive season and managed to stay well and healthy. And also, books...did Santa bring you any? Did you celebrate Jolabokaflod? When I was a bookseller everyone assumed I would buy books for myself at Christmas. I am not joking when I say I NEVER received a book at Christmas when I was a bookseller. And so one year, I chose a book for myself, wrapped it up and put it under the tree ready to be unwrapped on Christmas morning.

This year, I was very lucky and received lots of lovely books. I also received a bout of the covid, which was less wanted and am currently self-isolating. But going back to the books, I thought it might be time to update my To Be Read list with all these lovely new purchases. If you missed one of the previous editions of my To Be Read Pile, then I've listed them below:

My 2021 To Be Read Pile

My Autumn 2021 To Be Read Pile

Books on Kindle to be Read (4 Books)

  • Maybe in Another Life - Taylor Jenkins Reid - This author continues to blow me away and this is an older novel with all the Sliding Doors feels.
  • Northern Lights - Nora Roberts - You know all about my obsession with living in Alaska, well this should help with that.
  • A Rose Petal Summer - Katie Fforde - Treated myself to this as part of a 99p offer. I love this author and given the amount of chocolate digestive biscuits I consume, could well audition for the part of a Katie Fforde heroine. Comforting.
  • One by One - Ruth Ware - Thriller from The Woman in Cabin 10. Looking forward to a good page turner.

Big Read Books (7 Books)

  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres - Always a nightmare to shelve in the bookshop (does it go under D or B?). Made into a successful film where the Italian accent is murdered by Nicholas Cage.
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman - Made into a successful BBC programme, first in the series. Important author.
  • Emma by Jane Austen - Made into a number of successful films, my favourite being the Kate Beckinsale version. The film Clueless was based on this novel.
  • Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie - My well-read father in law lent this to me about 2 years ago. He has now issued an all point bulletin for it's safe return and my arrest.
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - I read this years ago and love Dickens. Very excited to read this again.
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - Excited to be reading this as part of a buddy read with my good friend over on Instagram @fictionaddictionangela. The last time we read a book together we discussed Butterball Turkeys.
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - I haven't read this in years, but my parents got me a beautiful clothbound classic. Can't wait, will be humming the Kate Bush song the whole time I am reading this.
Book in the Big Read List

Physical Books (14 Books)

  • The Summer Without You by Karen Swan - Picked this up second-hand to read on holiday and promptly left it behind. This feels like a summer read.
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katerina Bivald - Recommended by my well-read father-in-law in the days when he trusted me with books.
  • A Special Relationship by Douglas Kennedy - One of my favourite authors, beautifully written novels.
  • Snow by John Banville - A crime Book of the month from Waterstones, lent to me by my sister who wanted to punch the investigator.
  • The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict - Given to me as a present on the 1st December by my lovely in-laws. This book is a puzzle within a mystery (wrapped in an enigma).
  • Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries edited by Martin Edwards - A collection of short stories from the British Crime Library series. A series which I love and feature on the blog often.
  • I Wish it could be Christmas Everyday by Milly Johnson - Who doesn't?
  • The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories edited by Jessica Harrison - I've definitely upped my short story collections this year and it is a beautiful book.
  • The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan - I swear I punched the air when I got this, in a celebratory way, nothing violent. I've been wanting to read this all Christmas
  • Underneath the Christmas Tree by Heidi Swan - How many Christmas books are too many? Asking for a friend.
  • Murder After Christmas by Rupert Latimer - Nothing to see here, no not a Christmas book at all.
  • A Surprise for Christmas edited by Martin Edwards - My word what's that over there. It's certainly not a Christmas book.
  • The Anonymous Venetian by Donna Leon - Phew! Death at La Fenice made it onto my Top 3 reads of last year. I loved it so much I asked Santa to bring me the next two novels in the series.
  • Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon - Another wonderful Christmas present. I have been immensely lucky this year.
Books General

And that is the lot. 25 books by my reckoning, with 8 of them being Christmassy books. This may give you some idea about what is coming up on the blog. (Christmas!)

Have a great week.