Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For the rules see her blog.

This week’s topic is Books On My Spring 2019 TBR. Some of these books have been on my shelves unread for a long time, some are new additions and others are e-books from NetGalley that will be published soon. I’d like to think I’ll read all these books soon but realistically I know that I’ll only read a few of them this Spring!

Broken Ground by Val McDermid – DCI Karen Pirie investigates the discovery of a body in the remote depths of the Scottish Highlands.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – Capote reconstructs the crime and the investigation into the murders of the four members of the Clutter family on November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas.

How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn – a story of life in a mining community in rural South Wales as Huw Morgan is preparing to leave the valley where he had grown up. He tells of life before the First World War.

On the Beach by Neville Shute – set in Melbourne, Australia this is a novel about the survivors of an atomic war as radiation poisoning moves toward Australia from the North.

Iris and Ruby by Rosie Thomas – the story of a teenage girl, Ruby, who runs away from home to live with her grandmother, Iris in Cairo.

Here Be Dragons by Sharon Penman – set in 13th century Wales this is the story of Llewelyn, the Prince of North Wales, and his rise to power and fame and his love for Joanna, the illegitimate daughter of King John. 

A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty – crime reporter Harper McClain unravels a tangled story of obsession and jealousy after a beautiful law student is shot in Savannah, Georgia.

A Snapshot of Murder by Frances Brody – set in Yorkshire in 1928, when  amateur detective, Kate Shackleton investigates a crime in Brontë country.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – on the day of Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary, Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true.

The Island by Ragnor Jonasson – Nordic noir, set on the island of Elliðaey,  off the Icelandic coast. Four friends visit the island during a long, hot summer but only three return. Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir is sent to investigate.

29 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

  1. A few classics there. I saw a documentary on the murders In Cold Blood. I would like to read this book as well. Gone Girl is a spooky thriller. Yet to see the film. Ragnar Jónasson is a favourite and always good. Good luck and hope you manage to finish most of them.

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  2. I used to read heaps of Nevil Shute as a teen but not since then. I have several downloaded onto my Nook including Pied Piper which I want to read for my World at War challenge because it’s a bit different.

    I see The Island is part of a new series by Ragnar Jonasson… something to investigate because of course I need some new series to read. 😉

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    • Cath, I really thought I’d read On the Beach years ago, but when I looked at it I realised I hadn’t – or if I had I didn’t recognise it at all! And of course, you do need to start a new series, as well do – ha, ha. 🙂


  3. I want to read the McDermid, too, Margaret. I hope you’ll enjoy that one. And I really wonder what you’ll think of the Capote. It’s quite different to the lighter, more fun Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I like the variety in the rest of what you’ve chosen, too.

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  4. I love Sharon Penman’s books–I’m reading them in order and Devil’s Brood is next. I love the Welsh parts of the series, so Here Be Dragons sounds perfect.

    I thought the movie version of How Green Was My Valley was pretty good, and I’ve wanted to read the book for years.

    Happy Spring reading!

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    • The only one of Sharon Penman’s books I’ve read is The Sunne in Splendour which I absolutely loved, so I have high expectations for Here Be Dragons! And I’ve been meaning to read How Green Was My Valley for years too – there are so many books I want to read!!


  5. Whew, In Cold Blood is amazing, amazing. I remember where I was when I read it.
    I do love Nevil Shute, but On The Beach is the only one I am not interested in. It is very different from his others.
    I’m interested in the Brody book.


  6. I’ve just finished reading How Green Was My Valley and loved it, so I’m pleased to see it on your TBR. Here Be Dragons is a great book as well – I’m hoping to read the final book in that trilogy soon.


  7. A good looking batch! I’ve read and enjoyed both Broken Ground and In Cold Blood, and On the Beach is fishing about somewhere in my own TBR – I think I read it years ago and enjoyed it, but I’m not sure… Happy reading!


  8. On the Beach by Nevil Shute is one of my all-time favorite novels. I read it first at age 15, after seeing the film with Gregory Peck, and have read it twice since, the last time about 10 years ago, only to find that the novel had lost none of its power.
    I read How Green Was My Valley after seeing the film as well, and loved it for the additional depth and meaning it gave above and beyond the movie.
    In Cold Blood is such a classic, very raw. I can’t get out of my head, though, how Harper Lee traveled with Capote, did endless hours of research for him on the case, wrote a great deal, but in the end, he chose to give her no credit for her contributions, which was the end of their long decades of friendship. A great book.
    You have hours and hours of great reading ahead!


  9. I’ve heard that How Green Was My Valley is a phenomenal read. Iris and Ruby sounds like one I should check out as well. Happy spring reading, Margaret!


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