Looking Ahead – This Month’s TBR List (January 2018)

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I’m linking up again with Tina @ Reading Between the Pages to look ahead at the books I’d like to read in January. My TBR won’t be as ambitious this month as I’ve got an exam I need to revise for and two pieces of coursework I really need to make a start on. Also I’m reading a massive King book, so massive it, in my opinion, counts as three books! Anyway, here’s the hopefuls that may finally make the move from the unread shelf to the read.

Currently Reading…

Under the Dome by Stephen King

under-the-dome-stephen-kingIn UNDER THE DOME, King has produced another riveting masterpiece. The end of every chapter hooks you into the next, drawing you inside a psychological drama that is so rich, you don’t read it, you live it.

It is the story of the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine which is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one can get in and no one can get out.

The normal rules of society are suddenly changed and when food, electricity and water run short, the community begins to crumble. As a new and more sinister social order develops, Dale Barbara, Iraq veteran, teams up with a handful of intrepid citizens to fight against the corruption that is sweeping through the town and to try to discover the source of the Dome before it is too late . . .

Veronica’s Bird by Veronica Bird & Richard Newman

Veronica's Bird book coverVeronica Bird was one of nine children living in a tiny house in Barnsley with a brutal coal miner for a father. Life was a despairing time in the 1950s, as Veronica sought desperately to keep away from his cruelty.

Astonishingly, to her and her mother, she won a scholarship to Ackworth Boarding School where she began to shine above her class-mates. A champion in all sports, Veronica at last found some happiness until her brother-in-law came into her life. It was as if she had stepped from the frying pan into the re: he took over control of her life removing her from the school she adored, two terms before she was due to take her GCEs, so he could put her to work as a cheap option on his market stall.

Abused for many years by these two men, Veronica eventually ran away and applied to the Prison Service, knowing it was the only safe place she could trust.

This is the astonishing, and true story of Veronica Bird who rose to become a Governor of Armley prison. Given a ‘basket case’ in another prison, contrary to all expectations, she turned it around within a year, to become an example for others to match.

During her life inside, her ‘bird’, she met many Home Secretaries, was honoured by the Queen and was asked to help improve conditions in Russian Prisons. A deeply poignant story of eventual triumph against a staggeringly high series of setbacks, her story is filled with humour and compassion for those inside.

The Rest of the Month…

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The Wife Between UsWhen you read this book, you will make many assumptions.

It’s about a jealous wife, obsessed with her replacement.

It’s about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves.

The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman.

You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.

You will be wrong.

Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb

DEEP BUE TROUBLE AW.inddHer daughter Dakota is safe, but her cancer is threatening a comeback, and Lori needs JT – Dakota’s daddy and the man who taught Lori everything – alive and kicking. Problem is, he’s behind bars, and heading for death row. Desperate to save him, Lori does a deal, taking on off-the-books job from shady FBI agent Alex Monroe. Bring back on-the-run felon, Gibson ‘The Fish’ Fletcher, and JT walks free. Teaming up with local bounty hunter Dez McGregor threatens to put the whole job in danger. But this is one job she’s got to get right, or she’ll lose everything…

Outside of the above books, I’m not sure what else I’ll read but I’d like to carry over my TBR from last month and specifically read The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon as it’s a library book and I’ve only got one more renewal before I have to return it.

The Angels Game - Carlos Ruiz ZafonIn an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man – David Martin – makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books, and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city’s underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner. Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love.

Then David receives the offer of a lifetime: he is to write a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realises that there is a connection between this haunting book and the shadows that surround his home…

Oh, and come hell or high water, I’ll be reading this month’s Criminally Good Book Club pick – Killman Creek by Rachel Caine

Killman Creek - Rachel Caine

So, come tell me, what’s on your TBR this month, are we reading any of the same books?

29 thoughts on “Looking Ahead – This Month’s TBR List (January 2018)

    1. Yes, I’m really enjoying it! And so are the others in the readalong- I can bring you in, if you wanna start it – send you the schedule so you can decide? I watched the first season of the series so I’m enjoying the familiarity I have with the characters and seeing how the story compares to what I remember from the tv show

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  1. Well you know I’m reading Under the Dome! I’m also planning to read Killman Creek for Criminally Good! The rest of my TBR is a hot mess…I have a few review copies I need to read, the next Louise Penny for my book club, and a classic for my classic reading goal. Fingers crossed I can manage all that with UTD!

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    1. I’m on track with UTD, hopefully it’s a case of start as I mean to go on! I’m so excited for Killman Creek, as several people have said it’s even better than Stillhouse Lake! And good luck with the hot mess 😂📚🤣

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    1. Thank you, it’s often the case I read the first book and don’t get around to continuing the series so I’m making a special effort with this one. There’s actually 4 books in this series, when I was in Spain at the end of 2016, it had just been published, don’t know if it’s been translated yet though 🙂

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  2. More power to you to tackle Under the Dome! I still need to play catch up and read Deep Down Dead and Stillhouse Lake, the good news is I have every intention of reading both early this year 😊
    I’m also really interested in your thoughts on The Wife Between Us, I’m posting my review tomorrow. You should skip reading it until after you’ve read the book. Best to go in fresh!

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    1. Thanks for the heads up about going into The Wife Between Us fresh. And you’ve got two fab reads ahead of you with DDD and Stillhouse Lake – I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on them 🙂 I’m a quarter of the way through Under The Dome so I’m on track to finish it by the end of January

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  3. Fascinating lineup of books Janel. You are a braver woman than I, as I don’t think I could possibly read the story of Veronica Bird. It sounds heartbreaking. I can read heartbreaking when I know that it’s fiction – when it’s a true story, I do my ostrich impression.

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    1. I’ve finished that one, she has a despairing start in life but the majority of the book is about her career in the prison service and it’s so interesting. My review will be up on 20th Jan – it might change your mind 😉

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