Top Ten Tuesday: Books with a Unit of Time in the Title

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.

The topic this week is Books With a Unit of Time In the Title: seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, eternity, etc

  1. Casey Cep tells three stories in Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee – the crimes of Willie Maxwell, the trials of his lawyer Tom Radney and Harper Lee’s failed attempt to write about them.
  2. Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer (translated from Afrikaans by K L Seegers) – crime fiction set in South Africa, DI Benny Griessel has just 13 hours to crack open a conspiracy which threatens the whole country.
  3. The Day Gone By the autobiography of Richard Adams, the author of Watership Down.
  4. Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days by Jared Cade delves into the mystery of her disappearance in 1926.
  5. The Shortest Day by Colm Toibin – During the winter solstice, on the shortest day and longest night of the year, the ancient burial chamber at Newgrange is empowered. Its mystifying source is a haunting tale told by locals.
  6. The Wicked Day by Mary Stewart’s sequel to Mary Stewart’s Merlin trilogy, telling the story of Mordred, King Arthur’s illegitimate son, who was foretold by Merlin as Arthur’s bane.
  7. J L Carr’s A Month in the Country is a beautifully written book, set in the aftermath of World War I. Tom, his ‘nerves shot to pieces, wife gone, dead broke‘,  is still suffering from shell shock after the battle of Passchendaele. 
  8. The Year Without Summer by Guinevere Glasfurd telling how the volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora on Sumbawa Island in Indonesia in 1815 had a profound and far reaching impact on the world.
  9. The Year of Miracle and Grief by Leonid Borodin – a twelve-year-old boy, finds magic, mystery, romance, and sadness at beautiful Lake Baikal in Siberia.
  10. Yesterday’s Papers by Martin Edwards – solicitor Harry Devlin is investigating a crime dating back thirty years to the 1960s, the period of Beatlemania, with the focus on the sixties music scene.

19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books with a Unit of Time in the Title

  1. Oh my greatness… I feel as if I have to hang my head in shame today. I am a South African and LOVE Deon Meyer’s books (I actually read them in the original Afrikaans!!), and I haven’t added 13 Hours to my list. It’s such a brilliant book.

    I like the rest of your list as well and will take a closer look at the ones I haven’t read yet. It appears as if I like timely books…

    Happy TTT!

    Elza Reads

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    1. I loved 13 Hours and I’ve also read Blood Safari by Deon Meyer. What I like about them is that they’re not just crime fiction as they’re also about South Africa, the countryside and its people, that is just as fascinating. I’d love to read more of his books.


  2. The Year Without Summer is on my list this week as well. The only other book I’ve read from your list is The Wicked Day, which I enjoyed, but I would like to read The Day Gone By as I love Watership Down.

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  3. I can’t think that I would have anything that would fit this prompt but I really must have. On my black-hole (Kindle) somewhere I suspect… I’d like to read The Year Without Summer as I like books about volcanoes and the effect they have when they go off. Nice choices, Margaret.

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  4. Oh, I really like your choices, Margaret! I’d love to read the Cep and the Cade. And I’ve heard the Carr is very good. I like Deon Meyer’s work, too, so I imagine I’d like that one. I like the underlying theme of this one, too – well done!

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  5. I saw a film adaptation of A Month in the Country and it was wonderful – you’ve reminded me that I meant to read this a long time ago.


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