Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Want to Read

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  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
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This week’s topic is: Backlist Books I Want to Read.

It’s hard to limit this to just 10 – this is just a snapshot of some of the books I own and still haven’t read. They’re all fiction.

An Advancement Of Learning (Dalziel & Pascoe, #2)Maigret's Holiday (Maigret, #28)The Song of TroyFall of Giants (The Century Trilogy #1)Wednesday's Child (Inspector Banks, #6)

Family AlbumSea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy, #1)The DryThe IslandThe Lady and the Unicorn

  • Family Album by Penelope Lively, a novel of family intrigue
  • Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh – historical fiction, Ibis Trilogy Book 1 set in the 1830’s just before the opium wars in China
  • The Dry by Jane Harper, crime fiction set in the Australian outback
  • The Island by Victoria Hislop, historical fiction inspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony
  • The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier, historical fiction, weaving together fact and fiction about the medieval tapestries

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Want to Read”

    1. That a good thought Deb. The Island and The Lady and the Unicorn are the only ones that I’ve had for a while and I am unsure that I do want to read them. The others are more recent additions to my TBRs. I have toyed with the idea of having an expiry date and have got rid of some books that I’ve had for years – only to regret giving them away afterwards. And I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading some of the ones that I have for years before reading them.


  1. I wasn’t as keen on The Lady and the Unicorn as some of Chevalier’s other books but Sea of Poppies is excellent. I was really disappointed when it didn’t win the Booker, but when did the best book around ever win the Booker?


  2. To be honest, I wasn’t all that impressed with The Lady and the Unicorn, though it’s a long while since I read it so I may be doing it a disservice. I have enjoyed her other books though.


  3. Loved The Lady and the Unicorn. Definitely a Tracy Chevalier fan, and I was particularly interested in tapestry making when I stumbled across it.


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