#TopTenTuesday Books Added To My TBR Pile

Bookshops may be closed (and are likely to remain so for some considerable time in Wales). But that doesn’t stop me buying books. Other people may have stockpiled toilet roll, pasta and bread flour. But in our house, Covid-19 lockdown has been the catalyst for purchasing, books, books and more books.

Don’t ask me why. With 260 unread books on my shelves (virtual and real) it’s not like I’m going to run out.

I could argue that I am doing my bit for the economy. I could also argue that my purchases are helping prop up independent booksellers. Both are true: the British economy is clearly suffering and the independent book shops and publishers need our support now more than ever.

The reality is that publishers and authors have done far too good a marketing job lately; with more than the normal stream of emails, newsletters and Twitter posts. When you have the resistance level of a gnat, it makes it so hard (no strike that, impossible) to resist. And so I just click to order. Click and order. Click and order. You getting the picture?

Which brings me to the weekly burst of fun that is Top Ten Tuesday.

This week’s topic is Books I’ve Added to my TBR and Forgotten Why. That’s far too easy so I’m bending the rules on this to tell you all about the ten books most recently added to my TBR.

4 books with a Welsh connection

Nia by Robert Minhinnik: published by Seren, an independent publisher in Wales. This is the latest novel from a past winner of Wales Book of The Year, featuring the lives of the Vine family and those around them in a fictitious Welsh coastal town.

Not Thomas by Sara Gethin: I meant to get this when it featured on the list of contenders for the Not The Booker Prize “award” in 2017. But it disappeared into the land of good intentions. It’s published by Honno, a Welsh Women’s Press.

Crushed by Kate Hamer: I enjoyed Kate’s debut novel, Girl In The Red Coat and was keen to read this new one when I heard her speak at an event in Cardiff last year.

A Smattering of Crime and Thriller

The Devil You Know by Emma Kavanagh, published by Orion. I have to buy this one since Emma lives only 5 miles from my home! This sounds like a taut thriller just as her earlier novel To Catch a Killer.

I Am Dust by Louise Beech: it was the theatrical setting that sold me on this novel published by Orenda.

2 In Translation

The Pledge by Friedrich Dürrenmatt: this is one of the titles published by the Pushkin Vertigo imprint. The story of a detective’s obsessive pursuit of a child murderer is one of four novels written by this Swiss-born author

A Man by  Keiichiro Hirano: Hirano is a huge name in Japan but this psychological story about the search for identity, is his first novel to be translated into English.

The Australian Corner

So few Australian novels make it to the UK that grab them whenever they became available. When you find two in succession, it’s a strong signal that they need to be bought!

Turbulent Wake by Paul E Hardisty is an issue-based novel with a broad geographic scope, moving from the Caribbean to Yemen and Africa. Scrublands by Paul E. Hardisty is a debut novel which was named as a Sunday Times Crime Book Of The Month.

Medical Front Line

War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line by David Nott: We’ve seen a number of powerful medical memoirs in recent years. I have high hopes for this book from a vascular surgeon who has volunteered his services in war zones for 25 years.

Have you been on a buying spree lately or have you been able to exercise more restraint than I have?


What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

11 thoughts on “#TopTenTuesday Books Added To My TBR Pile

  • June 12, 2020 at 5:13 am

    I haven’t heard of either of those Australians so I look forward to your (eventual!) reviews

  • June 11, 2020 at 6:15 am

    Oh, SO good to see a couple of Aussie reads make the cut! Scrublands is fantastic (in an incredibly creepy way), can’t wait to hear what you think of it. The growth of my own TBR has actually slowed quite a bit in the time of COVID – one of my favourite local haunts for book bargains sadly closed, and it appears to be permanent – but with toppling piles of books on basically every available surface, I still don’t run the risk of running out any time soon! Plus, it’s given me a chance to re-discover some of the books I was super excited about when I first bought them, then promptly neglected when I came home with the next stack… 🙂

  • June 10, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    I’ve bought a handful of books from my local indie since lockdown but helping behind the scenes with packing books for dispatch has meant access to old preview titles. But honestly I have at least as many books on my TBR pile as you and I’ve already run out of shelf space…

  • June 10, 2020 at 9:23 am

    I have been buying a bit too…. Mind you, I always do, but as I’m missing the charity shops it’s having to be online, and I’m afraid there has been quite a bit of it. Doing my bit to support the book trade!

    • June 10, 2020 at 9:39 am

      The shops (though maybe not the charity ones) are opening again in England next week so will you be heading out to do some real buying?

  • June 10, 2020 at 7:43 am

    interesting titles… Here in Pune, India still waiting for home delivery

    • June 10, 2020 at 9:41 am

      Sorry to hear that, it can be frustrating to have to wait for something to arrive. By the way, I’ve visited Pune – about 8 years ago. I worked for a company that had a small manufacturing plant just outside the city. Fascinating place

      • June 10, 2020 at 1:58 pm

        That’s interesting. We had bought a house in 2006 but moved here in 2018 from New Delhi. It was because of pollution. Pune is fascinating but now crowded as too many people had similar thoughts like us

  • June 10, 2020 at 7:14 am

    Oh yes I’ve been on a buying spree too and my Top Ten Tuesday post was about some of the books I’ve bought during the lockdown. I don’t have any of the ones you’ve bought. I like the look of the Welsh connection – well, all of them really!

    • June 10, 2020 at 9:42 am

      If you have a few inches spare on the shelves, I hope you find your way to buying one of the Welsh authors….


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