My To Be Read Pile Autumn 2023 Edition
Happy autumn! At the time of writing this post we are experiencing record sunny temperatures here in the UK. But I am waiting for my favourite time of year. It's the time of year when it is ok to have as many fairy lights twinkling, pumpkin spice lattes, snuggling under blankets, hot chocolates and watching nature put on its best show of vivid oranges and reds.
It's also the time of year when I put together my list sharing what is on my To Be Read pile. It might be next week, it might be next month but these are books I have picked up, been given, found and can't wait to read! In case you have missed any of the previous editions the are listed below:
Classics (8 Books)
- Dracula by Bram Stoker - I have reviewed this on the blog before, but have been bought a wonderful illustrated edition by my good friend Dannie.
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - I am reading this as part of a buddy read with my good chum @fictionaddictionangela
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins - The cover alone is already giving me goosebumps. Perfect Autumnal reading
- Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray- I first read this years ago and loved it. Becky Sharp is a fabulous character
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens - Much loved book about a much loved magician...oh hold up
- Great Expectations by David Copperfield.....is this the one with the woman in a wedding dress?
- Hard Times by Charles Dickens - Clearly I had not fallen on hard times when I got all these lovely Dickens books
- The Old Curiousity Shop by Charles Dickens - The final one of my Charles Dickens books. That's one or two to be getting on with then.
Crime (13 Books)
- The Kind Worth Saving by Peter Swanson - Love this author and disappeared down a black hole of crime works after reading Rules for Perfect Murders
- The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels by Janice Hallett - Blooming loved The Appeal, and there is a Christmas Appeal coming for...er....Christmas.
- One for the Money - Janet Evanovich - could not be more different to Charles Dickens and features the fabulous Grandma Masur.
- The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith - I bought this on a lovely weekend in Edinburgh. It seemed fitting.
- The Last Devil to Die by Richard Osman - Technically I have not got this yet, as it is due to be published on the 14th September. But who am I kidding. This will be a purchase immediately- UPDATE IT HAS ARRIVED!!
- Indemnity Only - Sara Paretsky - first of the V.I Warshawski series. I had an urge to reread this.
- The White Priory Murders by Carter Dickson - I received this last Christmas and can't wait to read this when the weather is not mind-blowingly hot.
- The Creek by L.J. Ross - really fell into a hole purchasing these. Probably should have read this over the summer
- Sycamore Gap by L.J.Ross - A tree featured in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves on Robin's journey from Dover to Northumberland to Nottingham taking in the Humber Bridge and the Menai Bridge at the same time. I'm rolling my eyes over here.
- The Crow Trap - Ann Cleeves - first in the Vera Stanhope series.
- The Heron's Cry - Ann Cleeves - The second in the Matthew Venn series
- The Mysterious Mr Badman by W.F. Harvey - purchased in the wonderful White Rose Bookshop in Thirsk.
- Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie - The next in my Hercule Poirot reads.
Fiction (5 Books)
- Return to Cornish Bay by Phillipa Ashley - New author to me, and kindly lent by my good friend Jackie
- Thirty Days in Paris by Veronica Henry - Another new author to me, and again, kindly lent by my good friend Jackie
- Hidden Treasures by Fern Briton - There have been barely any Christmas reads on this list. That will be changing, I can tell you!
- Over the Gate by Miss Read - The next in the Fairacre series to read, loving re-reading this series and collecting the Penguin orange jacket covers
- One Enchanted evening - Katie Fforde - Katie Fforde, cooking, a small hotel in Dorset this has all the makings of a lovely read.
Children's Books (2 Books)
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman - The final book in the His Dark Materials Series. I'd better hurry up and read this as will have forgotten what happened in the first two.
The House at World's End by Monica Dickens - the next in our Village Classics Book Group and much beloved by dear Sarah who kindly wrote a post about the group on the blog.
Non-Fiction (1 Book)
- Diary of a CEO by Stephen Bartlett - This was the biggest impulse purchase of all. I heard him on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, screeched into Waterstones and bought it immediately.
And that my dears is the lot! 29 books. Modest compared to some years. I will be back on Tuesday with one of the books from the list. In the meantime have a great weekend.