Top Ten Tuesday: Unread Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists. Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

This week’s topic is Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why. Now, I don’t have any books in my TBR pile I’m avoiding reading because if I was they’d quickly be ejected from my TBR pile and, ideally, found a new, more appreciative home. However, I do have plenty in my TBR pile still unread. Don’t we all? Therefore I’ve decided to revisit an earlier Top Ten Tuesday topic and see how many of my Summer 2019 TBR I actually read. Don’t hold your breath for the words “All of them”!

Links from the book titles will take you to my review or more information about the book.


  1. A Modern Family by Helga Flatland‘a beautiful, bittersweet novel of rich insights and extraordinary perception as a family drama creates a quiet earthquake’  A good start as I read and reviewed this one as part of the blog tour.
  2. The Mathematical Bridge by Jim Kelly – historical crime mystery set in 1940s Cambridge, the follow-up to The Great Darkness. I’ve started this one but I’m only a few chapters in.
  3. Improvement by Joan Silber‘a bold and piercing novel about a young single mother living in Harlem, her eccentric aunt, and the decisions they make that have unexpected implications for the world around them’  Hmm, yet to pick this one up
  4. The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle‘Delicious but never indulgent, sweet with just the right amount of bitter’  Success! Another one I read and reviewed.
  5. The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey‘A novel of loneliness and regret, the legacy of World War II and the ever-changing concept of the American Dream’ Oh dear, another one still sitting untouched on the bookshelf.
  6. Transcription by Kate Atkinson‘a bravura novel of extraordinary power and substance’ And another…
  7. Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce – ‘A disturbing, toxic and compelling novel that explores the power of fear and desire, jealousy and betrayal, love and hate’ And another…you can see the way this is going, can’t you?
  8. In My Life by Alan Johnson‘this isn’t just a book about music. In My Life adds a fourth dimension to the story of Alan Johnson the man’ Wait a minute, Cathy’s actually read one of the books on her list? Yep, and reviewed it.
  9. Munich by Robert HarrisSeptember 1938. When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray? Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience? Thought it was too good to last. This one’s still waiting patiently as well.
  10. Ponti by Sharlene Teo‘A radiant, achingly beautiful novel about relationships between women’ (Megan Hunter, author of The End We Start FromAnd this one, unfortunately. Three out of ten. Bet you can’t wait to see my Autumn 2019 TBR list…

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Unread Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

    1. I’m with you on big books – the thought of them intimidates me too. I had to tackle Paradise Lost as part of my Open University course and the way I got through it was by listening to the audio version (narrated by the wonderful Anton Lesser) alongside the text.

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