Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top Ten Books On My Winter To-Be-Read list. I’m doing my 1st Quarter 2015 TBR.
My primary reading goal for the 1st Quarter is to get cozy with cozies. Here are books in 5 series I want to continue:
- Aunt Dimity’s Good Deed (Aunt Dimity #3) by Nancy Atherton
- The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Her Royal Spyness #6) by Rhys Bowen – I’ll probably read this one in December, actually.
- Gone West (Daisy Dalrymple #20) by Carola Dunn
- Top Secret Twenty-One (Stephanie Plum #21) by Janet Evanovich
- Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next #2) by Jasper Fforde
Here are the first books of 4 series I want to try:
- Death Of A Gossip (Hamish MacBeth #1) by M.C. Beaton
- Death by Darjeeling (Tea Shop Mystery #1) by Laura Childs
- The Big Over Easy (Nursery Crime #1) by Jasper Fforde
- The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire #1) by Craig Johnson
And 1 re-read:
- The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax #1) by Dorothy Gilman
How about an update on how reading my shelves is going?
- The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
- The Pigeon Pie Mystery by Julia Stuart ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
- The Kill Order by James Dashner ⭐ ⭐
- The Radleys by Matt Haig DNF (I just didn’t care about any of the characters)
- The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey DNF (The first half was fun, full of twisted fairytale retellings, but the second half morphed into an erotic novel, which is not what I enjoy reading)
- Romancing Miss Brontë Juliet Gael ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
- The Help Kathryn Stockett ⭐ ⭐
- Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow James Rollins Currently reading
- The Dark Hills Divide Patrick Carman ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
- The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger DNF (because I realized I’ve already read it!)
I think I should go back to my old policy of only buying books I want to re-read, or ones by favorite authors.
12 thoughts on “TTT: 1st Quarter 2015 TBR”
Have I told you about my library story? Because since then, my book buying has trickled down to perhaps once every three months? If that. I definitely follow your criteria of grabbing titles I only know I’ll want to reread after. Or if they aren’t available at the library. The last book purchase I made was the entire Skulduggery Pleasant series and only because it fell under the latter category. The Los Angeles County library has truly changed my life. 😀
I grew up using the library, worked there in high school, and take my kids weekly. The library is a HUGE resource for school books for us too. Does your library do inter-library loans with other library systems? That’s another way to have access to even more books!
Yep, it sure does. That’s why I love it so much. Speaking of library, I’m off to go through mine and cull some books that my kids are just too old for anymore. I’ve been winter cleaning our house (in 80+ degree temps, no less :/) and it feels so good to get rid of stuff!
I keep meaning to read a Ffore book. My mom likes Stephanie Plum too. 🙂 Wow good job on reading 10 books off your shelves. I didn’t want to read the Kill Order because I didn’t like Death Cure, so I’m glad I made the right decision. Yeah I’ve started only buying books that I already read and LOVED.
I really enjoyed the one Jasper Fforde book I’ve read, and excited to read more! The Stephanie Plum books are fun, quick reads for when you just want a laugh. I still have a bunch on my shelves that I’ve never read, but they’re mostly classics that I haven’t gotten to yet. The Kill Order ended up being backstory on my least favorite character. I started buying more books when we got a bigger house, and they’re mostly bargain books (I’m not plunking down $20 on something I know nothing about), but it’s not really a bargain when I don’t like the book, right?
Is Death of a Gossip a reread, going back to pick up one you missed or exploring a new series? I love Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth series and also her Agatha Raisin series.
I also read Rhys Bowen but haven’t yet gotten into Her Royal Spyness. I read all the Evan Evans and am almost up to date with Molly Murphy. I like Evanovich too and read Gilman’s early Pollifax books. I have The Cold Dish but haven’t read it yet.
I read a lot of cozies and 2015 will be no exception. This will be my first year in the Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge hosted at Goodreads by Yvonne (and also on her blog). I’m Dagny at Goodreads. Group is at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/58571-cruisin-thru-the-cozies-reading-challenge in case you’re interested.
Death of a Gossip is new for me. I’ve read all the Agatha Raisin books, and seen several episode of the Hamish Macbeth TV series.
Her Royal Spyness are fun, fluffy reads with some British history thrown in. I tried Molly Murphy, but it didn’t grab me. Evan Evans is on the TBR too, just lower down. 🙂 I read a bunch of the Mrs. Pollifax books as a teen, and I’m looking forward to re-reading a bit.
Thanks for the link – I will check it out!
Beaton’s Hamish and Agatha are so different (although I fear that as Hamish ages, he’s getting more like Agatha, lol). I totally enjoy both series. Hamish is more serious, but not heavy at all. I saw a few of the TV episodes too but didn’t really care for them.
The TV series was odd, although it was fun to see Robert Carlyle pre Rumpelstiltskin, and I do enjoy a Scottish accent. 🙂
Oh my, yes! I could listen to Scottish accents all day long.
It’s such a perfect time of year to do a cozy read-a-thon! I’ve read and enjoyed many of the authors above. I haven’t read and am intrigued by the Longmire series – that’s a TV series as well, correct? I like things with a Western flair – I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts.
Yes, Longmire is a TV show, and I love it! I started watching because Katee Sackoff is in it, but I really enjoy the show as a whole. It’s probably too violent to fit neatly into the cozy genre, not to mention the detective is a sheriff instead of an amateur, but it’s definitely got the small town, quirky characters bit down. 🙂
You should check out the Cruisin’ Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge that Madame Vauquer mentioned in the comments!