#TBR ten titles I covet – but don’t have yet

My TBR is LONG already, so why would I want MORE BOOKS?  Book bloggers can NEVER have enough books.  It is a sickness, a compulsion, a craving.

I thought I’d share with you the TEN titles that I do NOT have a copy of, but I would LOVE to have on my Kindle.


The sequel to the fabulous “Beartown“, I’ve simply GOT to read this!

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown’s new hockey coach.

Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you’ll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the enmity with Hed grows more and more acute.

As the big match approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt grows deeper. By the time the last game is finally played, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after all they’ve been through, the game they love can ever return to something simple and innocent.

I read the great “Birdwatcher” last year, and can’t wait for another read by William Shaw.

No-one knew their names, the bodies found in the water. There are people here, in plain sight, that no-one ever notices at all.

DS Alexandra Cupidi has done it again. She should have learnt to keep her big mouth shut, after the scandal that sent her packing – resentful teenager in tow – from the London Met to the lonely Kent coastline. Even murder looks different in this landscape of fens, ditches and stark beaches, shadowed by the towers of Dungeness power station. Murder looks a lot less pretty.

The man drowned in the slurry pit had been herded there like an animal. He was North African, like many of the fruit pickers that work the fields. The more Cupidi discovers, the more she wants to ask – but these people are suspicious of questions.

It will take an understanding of this strange place – its old ways and new crimes – to uncover the dark conspiracy behind the murder. Cupidi is not afraid to travel that road. But she should be. She should, by now, have learnt.

Salt Lane is the first in the new DS Alexandra Cupidi series. With his trademark characterisation and flair for social commentary, William Shaw has crafted a crime novel for our time that grips you, mind and heart.

The description and setting are very appealing, and I’ve read some fab reviews for this one.

The Coffin Path is an eerie and compelling seventeenth-century ghost story set on the dark wilds of the Yorkshire moors. For fans of Michelle Paver and Sarah Waters, this gothic tale will weave its way into your imagination and chill you to the bone.

Maybe you’ve heard tales about Scarcross Hall, the house on the old coffin path that winds from village to moor top. They say there’s something up here, something evil.

Mercy Booth isn’t afraid. The moors and Scarcross are her home and lifeblood. But, beneath her certainty, small things are beginning to trouble her. Three ancient coins missing from her father’s study, the shadowy figure out by the gatepost, an unshakeable sense that someone is watching.

When a stranger appears seeking work, Mercy reluctantly takes him in. As their stories entwine, this man will change everything. She just can’t see it yet.

Just read the blurb and you’ll want to read it too! (or read this review)

Ran McGhie’s world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental-health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow’s oldest merchant families. Not only that, but Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who appears to have been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew has grown up. Entering his new-found home, he finds that Great-Uncle Fitzpatrick has turned it into a temple to the written word – the perfect place for poet Ran. But everything is not as it seems. As he explores the Hall’s endless corridors, Ran’s grasp on reality appears to be loosening. And then he comes across an ancient lift; and in that lift a mirror. And in the mirror … the reflection of a woman … A terrifying psychological thriller with more than a hint of the Gothic, House of Spines is a love letter to the power of books, and an exploration of how lust and betrayal can be deadly…

This title came to my attention when I read some glowing reviews by my fellow book bloggers.  It sounds like something I’d love.

Oliver has spent years trying to convince himself that he’s suited to a life of money making in the city, and that he doesn’t miss a childhood spent in pursuit of mystery, when he cycled around the cobbled lanes of Oxford, exploring its most intriguing corners.

When his girlfriend Kate inherits a derelict house – and a fierce family feud – she’s determined to strip it, sell it and move on. For Oliver though, the house has an allure, and amongst the shelves of discarded, leather bound and gilded volumes, he discovers one that conceals a hidden diary from the 1920s.

So begins a quest: to discover the identity of the author, Sophia Louis. It is a portrait of war and marriage, isolation and longing and a story that will shape the future of the abandoned house – and of Oliver – forever.

I loved this author’s “In her wake“, and this title sounds fabulous!

Some friendships are made to be broken.
Cornwall, summer of 1986.
The Davenports, with their fast cars and glamorous clothes, living the dream in a breathtaking house overlooking the sea.
If only… thinks sixteen-year-old Tamsyn, her binoculars trained on the perfect family in their perfect home.
If only her life was as perfect as theirs.
If only Edie Davenport would be her friend.
If only she lived at The Cliff House…

Amanda Jennings weaves a haunting tale of obsession, loss and longing, set against the brooding North Cornish coastline, destined to stay with readers long after the final page is turned.

The setting, the beautiful cover, and many positive reviews have convinced me that I MUST read this book!

Dr Janet Palmer is the new lead psychologist at HMP Halvergate in a remote, bleak area of Norfolk. At first, she was excited by the promotion. Then she starts to see how many secrets are hiding behind the high walls.

A string of inmates have committed suicide, leaving no reasons why, and her predecessor has disappeared – along with his notes. The staff are hostile, the threat of violence is ever-present, and there are rumours of an eyeless woman stalking the corridors, punishing the inmates for their sins.

Janet is determined to find out what is really going on. But the longer she stays and the deeper she digs, the more uncertain she feels.

Halvergate is haunted by something. But it may be a terror worse than ghosts…

After reading some glowing reviews written by book bloggers that I respect, I knew I HAVE to read this.

DI Ben Kitto needs a second chance. After ten years working for the murder squad in London, a traumatic event has left him grief-stricken. He’s tried to resign from his job, but his boss has persuaded him to take three months to reconsider.
Ben plans to work in his uncle Ray’s boatyard, on the tiny Scilly island of Bryher where he was born, hoping to mend his shattered nerves. His plans go awry when the body of sixteen year old Laura Trescothick is found on the beach at Hell Bay. Her attacker must still be on the island because no ferries have sailed during a two-day storm.
Everyone on the island is under suspicion. Dark secrets are about to resurface. And the murderer could strike again at any time.

Again, it was glowing reviews from other bloggers that alerted me to this title. Reviews like this one.

It all started with the email.
Rachel didn’t even mean to look. She loves Jack and she’s pregnant with their child. She trusts him.
But now she’s seen it, she can’t undo that moment. Or the chain of events it has set in motion.
Why has Jack been lying about his past? Just what exactly is he hiding? And doesn’t Rachel have a right to know the truth at any cost?

There are three things you should know about Elsie.
The first thing is that she’s my best friend.
The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better.
And the third thing… might take a little bit more explaining.

84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago?

Do any of these titles strike your fancy?

Have you already read any of them?

If I were to splurge and buy just ONE of these, which one should it be?


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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41 Responses to #TBR ten titles I covet – but don’t have yet

  1. You are not good for me! I have added all of these books to my TBR list 😎

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  2. carhicks says:

    Definitely the Frederick Backman book and Hell Bay.


  3. oh yes I covet house of spines too!

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  4. bibliobeth says:

    Great list! I’ve just read The Coffin Path and really enjoyed it and am looking forward to Three Things About Elsie at some point too! ☺️

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  5. Great list. Three Things About Elsie is on my wishlist as well 🙂

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  6. The Avid Reader says:

    I have ‘Three things about Elsie’ sitting on my book shelf, ready to be read. I can’t wait to finish my latest read, so I can get to this book!

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  7. Carrie says:

    Only 10? I could probably come up with that many I’d want a day. 🙂


  8. These all look great! I have Everything but the Truth, but would love to have several more of these – especially Three Things About Elsie 🙂


  9. Zoe says:

    Fantastic list. I don’t have any of these either and they all look good.
    Not great for reducing my TBR list though 😊

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  10. Abby says:

    Lynne, I too am *anxiously* awaiting Us Against You!!! Beartown is my 2017 favorite and I was over to the moon when I discovered that a sequel will come out. I haven’t seen or heard anything about an ARC for this book. It’s on my Most Wanted list for sure.


  11. Jane C says:

    Oh no! I do have some of these, but you’ve reminded me about Three Things About Elsie, a book I’ve been wanting to read for sooo long but the TBR pile keeps distracting me. And now you’ve expanded my ‘Want!’ list by at least another three books. Woe!


  12. There’s quite a few familiar (and brilliant titles here) thanks for the link!
    But… how did I miss that Beartown was getting a sequel- you’ve made my day!!


  13. Everything but the Truth is a fantastic read you need to get that one first. 😄

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  14. Cathy says:

    I haven’t read any but they all sound intriguing. If I had to choose one I think it would be Hell Bay.


  15. I absolutely loved The Birdwatcher, and can’t wait to read the follow-up!


  16. Sandra says:

    Oh dear, Lynne, now I want most of these too! I’m about to read The Birdwatcher (whilst staying on the beach at Dungeness!) but now you tell me there’s another book out. I’ll just have to revisit so I can read that one ‘on location’ too. The House of Birds looks enticing. And Oxford is where I used to live so…. The Cliff House is set in Cornwall, where I live now so I really HAVE to read that one… Need I go on!


  17. skyecaitlin says:

    Lynne, these look amazing!

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  18. I want to read The Cliff House too! I enjoyed The Binding Song when I read it! 🙂


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