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Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR (December 18)

I want to finish the last three books of Stephen Lawhead’s Pendragon Cycle (two of which have to be via interlibrary loans) and the last of Diana Wynne Jones’s Chrestomanci books (also interlibrary loans). I have a few other books currently borrowed or requested again that I want to get through, but I don’t have any I consider significant enough to fill 9 and 10, I might put re-reads in that, I’ve been starting to buy the Lord Peter Wimsey books to re-read, I’ve managed to push-off the re-read, but I think I’ll needed it for January. What a mostly dark list though! I need some happier stuff for winter.

  1. Arthur by Stephen Lawhead (I have to get most of this series via interlibrary loan, and I wasn’t given enough time)
  2. Pendragon by Stephen Lawhead (I have to get most of this series via interlibrary loan, and I wasn’t given enough time)
  3. Grail by Stephen Lawhead (why does my library have the LAST book as the only one of this series)
  4. The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones
  5. Conrad’s Fate by Diana Wynne Jones
  6. On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books by Karen Swallow Prior (I had this but because I wasn’t motivated and couldn’t renew because others are waiting and it requires intense concentration, I didn’t get far into it; I may need to buy it in order to give it the attention that it deserves)
  7. Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (I think this is the last full-length Eliot novel I have left, I already started it, and it’s on my Classics Club list)
  8. All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot (I consider listening to the audiobook a necessary part of the Herriot experience, and our library doesn’t have this one, so I think I’ll be buying that)
  9. Maybe a Lord Peter Wimsey re-read or Anne of Green Gables re-read (or should I wait one more year?)
  10. Maybe a Lord Peter Wimsey re-read or Anne of Green Gables re-read (or should I wait one more year?)

5 Comments

    • Livia Rose

      Diana Wynne Jones’s books are a very mixed bag for me. Actually so is Stephen Lawhead, for fantansy/King Arthur/Ancient British historical fiction lovers I’d recommend The Pendragon Cycle (Taliesin, Merlin, Arthur, Pendragon and Grail) from what I’ve read so far with reservations (they are quite emotionally dark and violent although not usually graphic as Lawhead sets them “realistically” sort of in a dark period of Brittain, but they are SO compelling); however, I didn’t care for his (seemingly more popular?) Robin Hood retelling.

    • Livia Rose

      Yeah, I don’t see his books mentioned much online. My mom’s been borrowing them recently, so that helped me start although I expected them to be borrowing, I should have known better. They are charming and hilarious.

      • iloveheartlandx

        Yes they are so much fun! I think they’re older books, so they’re not really as well known in the blogosphere as more recent ones-I would never have known about them if it wasn’t for my dad!

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