Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Fall 2021 To-read List

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 Fall 2021 To-read List.

Not easy when I have so many books I want to read. These are the first ten that came to mind, but this is not a reading plan and I could just as easily read other books this autumn:

First two novellas:

Another Part of the Wood by Beryl Bainbridge – 159 pages -literary fiction set In a remote cottage in Wales where two urban couples are spending their holiday with the idealistic owner and his protege. The beginning is idyllic but catastrophe lurks behind every tree.

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay 189 pages – a novel for the reader to decide if it’s fact or fiction. On St Valentine’s Day in 1900, nineteen girls and two schoolmistresses visit Hanging Rock. Some were never to return.

Two books from my NetGalley shelf:

Just Like the Other Girls by Claire Douglas – standalone psychological thriller. Una Richardson’s heart is broken after the death of her mother. Seeking a place to heal, she responds to an advertisement and steps into the rich, comforting world of Elspeth McKenzie. But Elspeth’s home is not as safe as it seems.

The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jónasson, a standalone novel. After the loss of her father, Una sees a chance to escape Reykjavík to tutor two girls in the tiny village of Skálar – population just ten – on Iceland’s storm-battered north coast. The creaky old house where they live is playing on her already fragile mind when she’s convinced she hears the ghostly sound of singing. Then, at midwinter, a young girl is found dead.

Two books from my TBR list:

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel, the final novel in her Wolf Hall trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, tracing his final years. I wanted to read this so much when I bought it (in 2020) and it has sat around the house ever since, but it’s a hardback copy and I keep putting off reading it. If I don’t read this soon it will be 2022 before I get round to it.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, which I bought in 2013! It’s about Harold’s journey on foot from one end of the country to the other – from South Devon to Berwick-upon-Tweed and I was intrigued. I wondered which places he went through. It’s definitely time I read this.

And finally two more recent acquisitions:

Another Journey Through Britain by Mark Gregory Probert. He follows the route taken by John Hillaby in his 1960s book Journey through Britain. The ride starts from rugged Land’s End in south-west England and ends up at the wild north-east coast of Scotland at John o’Groats. Buying this book is what made me remember I haven’t read Rachel Joyce’s novel, also about a journey through Britain.

The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld, a novel that weaves together the lives of three women in three different eras, linked by the Bass Rock, an island in the Firth of Forth, north-east of North Berwick. There’s Sarah in the 1700s accused of being a witch, Ruth, newly married in 1955 to a widower, Peter, and Viv, Peter’s granddaughter, in the present day.

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Fall 2021 To-read List

  1. That’s a Beryl Bainbridge I’ve not heard of. Given its connection to Wales I should probably read it! Hope you enjoy the Mantel as much as I did. It took me months to read it because it was so intense but definitely worth it.

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    1. My difficulty with reading Mantel’s book is that my copy is the hardback and it’s so cumbersome. I’m so used to reading on my Kindle – maybe I’d better the e-book.

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  2. I found Picnic at Hanging Rock very thought-provoking, as it deals with the aftermath of unresolved disappearances. A definite classic, and I hope you enjoy it.

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  3. About time I read Harold Fry too, Margaret, it’s a book that has my name on it. LOL I’ve heard about The Bass Rock somewhere else recently, I gather it’s quite good. Happy autumn reading.

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    1. I’ve seen reviews of The Bass Rock and wondered whether to read it. Most recently it was the starting book for a Six Degrees of Separation post, which made me decide to read it.

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  4. A very interesting list indeed. I have read Lindsey and Fry. Fantastic tales. Bainbridge is always a favourite although I think I have only read one or two by her. Jonason and Mantel are on my list as well. The Bass Rock is new to me. I love stories in different time frames so have to look for this one.

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