My fiction wish list is never-ending…

I had a conversation with a fellow book club member about titles we want to read.  I was talking about a specific title and I guess I was raving…. Gulp! Who me? Rave about a book????   Anyway, she said “I guess you’re going to read that one next”.  “No”, I said. “It is number 124 on my TBR.  I have over one hundred titles that I have made commitments to review and they must come first.”

Her reply?  “What’s the fun in that?”

Her response got me thinking.  Since I have agreed to review all these titles (the majority of which I’m sure will be great reads), I feel I must read them first.  And then, if I’m being honest with myself, I have to accept the fact that before I read them all, I will have agreed to review some more.  This pushes my personal wish list further and further away… However, life is short, and why shouldn’t I read a few titles that I’m really looking forward to?

What a dilemma!  What do YOU think?to-be-read

Anyway, here are the top ten titles I’m going to read AFTER I finish my review  They are all either mysteries or thrillers, so I guess it is obvious what my preferences are as to genre.


The hope that kills” by Ed James

(1st in a new Scottish police procedural – I’ve read one of Ed James’ other books and really enjoyed it.)




Whisky from small glasses” by Denzil Meyrick

(another 1st in a Scottish police procedural)





When she was bad” by Tammy Cohen

(I’ve never read this author, but this was recommended by several of my Goodreads friends with tastes similar to mine)




Lie with me” by Sabine Durrant

(I’ve loved all the other titles of hers that I have read)





Rubbernecker” by Belinda Bauer

(one of my favorite authors + recommended highly by a friend)



herHer” by Harriet Lane

(recommended to me by several friends)



long-way-homeLong way home” by Eva Dolan

(first in a series of British police procedurals – and it has a GREAT cover)



behind-closed-doorsBehind closed doors” by B.A. Paris

(I’ve never read this author, but this was recommended by several of my Goodreads friends with tastes similar to mine)


coffin-roadCoffin road” by Peter May

(one of my favorite authors – I think his work is fabulous – AND it has a great cover)





For reasons unknown” by Michael Wood (first in a British crime series)


Oh, and by the way, I DO enjoy other genres and have a wish list of those as well.  But alas… that is for another blog post, another day.


About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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29 Responses to My fiction wish list is never-ending…

  1. I’m excited to see Behind Closed Doors on your list, it is an emotional intense read. Coffin Road is on my Wishlist, I haven’t read him before so that is exciting to know he is one of your favourites. I love Thrillers too but still have to read to my mood. # 100 on my list can easily become my next read. 🙂


  2. carhicks says:

    I am in the same boat. I have so many that I agreed to review. I will still review because as someone said, the reviews are still good even after the book is published. I tend to read the ones that really peak my interest first though even though I know the others will also be good.


  3. ron877 says:

    Just this week I sent a reply where I stated I just didn’t have time; the review list I committed to was becoming overwhelming, and the author would be in the queue “Undetermined date for review.” I received the book this morning. Warning labels don’t work.


  4. Annie says:

    Oh, you need to read Lie With Me! Such a great book!


  5. gkdewolfe says:

    Lynne, read some of the books that are truly calling to you…..get off the treadmill for a short period of time. This way you will feel rather “refreshed” and will approach your “have to reads” with an open mind (not wishing you were reading some other title!!) Do this periodically and let all the other books “go” and stop and enjoy what you are longing to read. Of the books you have listed as wishing to read, I can vouch for Rubbernecker and Her (read them each twice!) and Behind Closed Doors wasn’t bad…good twist near the end. Thanks to your list, I have added three titles to my “to be read pile”! THANKS & Hugs, Gaye

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  6. I broke up with my TBR (committment issues) and learned not to binge request reviews. I still have a big stack due to a few blog tours and requested ARCs, but they are titles I really want to read. It is funny how fast things can get out of hand 😂 I am learning though. I never want my blog to feel stressful. I have also made a point of letting any authors who contact me know, that when I accept the books, I am currently not agreeing to get to them right away as I have a long list. It seems to be helping.

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  7. I don’t let myself get more than 12 books behind for reviews, because it makes me feel overwhelmed and strained. I like to mood read too much, and I don’t like putting off personal reads. I don’t know how you do it!


    • Fictionophile says:

      I’m weak. I find it hard to say no sometimes, though I am getting better at it! Also, I am a reviewer for NetGalley and Edelweiss and they have SO many great titles…


      • Yeah, Netgalley (and binge requesting) are definitely my downfalls as well! There’s just so many good books out there! Eidelweiss has only sent me one eARC so far, and I couldn’t finish it, it was so bad. We’ll see if they send me any more!


  8. fredreeca says:

    Great list…my TBR list is a lot longer than 124…but who is counting. Lol


  9. sahmoun2778 says:

    I have struggled with this issue too. I finally decided that I am probably a better reviewer if I allow my mind to follow its interests. Now, I make it a point to read a book of personal interest after every 2-3 “agreed to review” books. This helps keep the pleasure in the process, at least for me.


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