Stuff and Nonsense: Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Want To Read In 2015


12.02.2014

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Want To Read In 2015


It's Top Ten Tuesday! Huzzah! This week we're talking about the ten books we most look forward to reading in 2015. (We're covering 2015 debuts in January, so I've tried to avoid any of those in this list).

Because of the Lockwoods by Dorothy Whipple. Persephone Books reprints this 1949 novel.
Because of Mr. Lockwood, and his sharp dealings, Mrs. Hunter -- newly widowed -- was to lose the value of her inheritance and through the years both she and her children are exposed to the patronizing gestures of benevolence of the Lockwoods.

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce. (Feb). A companion to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye.
When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait?

A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for twenty years, she will find atonement for the past.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I’m a sucker for retellings of stories like “Beauty and the Beast” or “East of the Sun, West of the Moon.”
For Feyre, the downfall of her merchant-class family into poverty wasn’t easy, but after five years, she’s starting to get the hang of things. Hunt, and her family lives; fail to catch anything, and they starve. It doesn’t help that her two older sisters are lazy and ungrateful, or that her father hasn’t bothered to recover from his misfortune, but Feyre is managing.

That’s Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us by Erin Moore.
In That’s Not English, the seemingly superficial differences between British and American English open the door to a deeper exploration of a historic and fascinating cultural divide. In each of the thirty chapters, Erin Moore explains a different word we use that says more about us than we think.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and every night. Every day she rattles over the same track junctions, flashes past the same stretch of cozy suburban homes. And every day she stops at the same signal and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof deck, living the perfect life that Rachel craves for herself … then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden, and soon after, the woman who lived there disappears

An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey.
Irrepressible Biddy Leigh, under-cook at the foreboding Mawton Hall, only wants to marry her childhood sweetheart and set up her own tavern. But when her elderly master marries the young Lady Carinna, Biddy is unwittingly swept up in a world of scheming, secrets and lies.

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua. [GN]
Sydney Padua gives us an alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage do build the Difference Engine, and then use it to do battle with the American banking system, the publishing industry, their own fears that their project will lose funding, and a villainous street musician who will force the two friends to reevaluate their priorities -- "for the sake of both London and science."

Doctor Death: A Madeleine Karno Mystery by Lene Kaaberbol. A historical thriller by one of the authors of The Boy in the Suitcase!
The year is 1894, and a young girl is found dead on the snowy streets of Varbourg. Dr. Karno is called in to determine the cause of her death, but before he can examine the body, the girl’s family forbids the autopsy from taking place. The only anomaly he manages to find is in the form of a mite in her nostril. Shortly after, several other dead bodies are discovered throughout the city, and Madeleine, her father, and the city commissioner must use the new science of forensic evidence to solve the mysterious cases before they all become the next victims of a deadly disease -- or of a heinous murderer.

So excited.

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