Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer 2022 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. The topic this week is: Books On My Summer 2022 To-Read List.

As I’m taking part in the 20 Books of Summer Challenge I’m featuring 10 of those books. Some of these books are ones that have been on my TBR list for ages, some are library books and some are more recent additions from NetGalley.

  1. Winter Garden by Beryl Bainbridge – described on the back cover as ‘surreal’ (TLS) and ‘very funny as well as a frightening book’ (Guardian), I’m not sure what I’ll make of this book about a womaniser who begins an extra-marital affair, but I’ve liked other books by Beryl Bainbridge.
  2. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker – historical fiction, retelling the story of the Trojan war from the point of view of the women. 
  3. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith – a psychological thriller about two men whose lives become entangled after one of them proposes they “trade” murders.
  4. Killing the Lawyers by Reginald Hill – the 3rd book in the Joe Sixsmith series about a redundant lathe operator turned private eye from Luton.
  5. The Children Act by Ian McEwan – I loved Atonement, but I’m not sure I’ll like this one about a judge’s ruling that decides the fate of a teenage boy in ways she never intended or imagined.
  6. I’ll Never Be Young Again by Daphne du Maurier – her 2nd novel about a young writer in Paris who is obsessed by his love for a young music student.
  7. Undercurrent by Barney Norris – a novel described as: Filled with hope and characteristic warmth, a moving and intimate portrait of love, of life and why we choose to share ours with the people we do.
  8. Unnatural Death by Dorothy L Sayers – the 3rd book in the Lord Peter Wimsey series in which a wealthy old woman died much sooner than the doctor expected. Did she suddenly succumb to illness–or was it murder? 
  9. King Solomon’s Carpet by Barbara Vine – Jarvis Stringer lives in a crumbling schoolhouse overlooking a tube line, compiling his obsessive, secret history of London’s Underground. 
  10. The Invisible Man by H G Wells – science fiction about a man trapped in the terror of his own creation.

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer 2022 To-Read List

  1. You have some really interesting choices here, Margaret! Beryl Bainbridge’s writing can be very suspenseful – that one intrigues me. So does King Solomon’s Carpet – A Vine I haven’t read (yet!). Strangers on a Train is a classic, so I truly hope you’ll enjoy that one! In any case, I’ll be looking forward to your reviews as you get to them.

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  2. The only one I’ve read is The Silence of the Girls which I thought was excellent, I hope you find some good reads!

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  3. The Silence of the Girls is good so far! I’m only about 50 pages in but it’s a very quick read. I’m hoping to finish it soon.

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