Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s all about books, lists and sharing the love we have of both with our bookish friends. This week we’re admiring the books that have flown onto our shelves over the festive season.
The book elves were exceedingly kind this year, and as usual the end of year sales meant I added even more to my December haul. Quite a few were Kindle or audio editions of books I already own, so I’ll focus on entirely new to me acquisitions for today’s post.
Fallible Justice – Laura Laakso
In this Christmas treat to myself – the first in a paranormal crime series – PI Yannia Wilde tries to adapt to life in Old London and prove the all-seeing Heralds of Justice can make mistakes (which like it would have consequences). If you’re curious, it’s on offer from Louise Walters Books through January!
What Abigail Did That Summer – Ben Aaronovitch
I haven’t kept up with the novellas that intersect the PC Grant series, but any story involving Abigail is always going to tempt me. Besides, this one is about that time with the foxes that Peter would really like to know about. And so would I. Thanks M!
Absynthe – Brendan P Bellecourt
Bradley P Beaulieu has a new name and a new world: Absynthe has a jazzpunk setting of automata, 20s glam and dark thrills. I’ve just started it, and while I’m finding Bellecourt’s style blunt and over-explanatory, I’m already curious about his world.
This Is Our Undoing – Lorraine Wilson
Past and present collide when an exiled rebel and the family of a murdered politician are trapped in a remote mountain haven together. I started this near-future dystopian thriller in the summer and treated myself to a hardback in the winter sale (go grab a copy!). I can’t wait to finish it.
Depth – Lev AC Rosen
I’ve had my eye on Depth for ages, and a friendly book fairy sent it to me for Christmas. This is a near-future noir set in a submerged New York, where a PI helping an archaeologist recover lost art is pulled into a murder case. I have a thing about drowned cities, okay? Blame John Wyndham.
Piranesi – Susanna Clarke
A Christmas treat, which I’ve already started listening to (I wasn’t going to resist being beguiled by Chiwetel Ejiofor’s voice). This story of a young man documenting his discovers in a labyrinthine world is surreal and charming, with echoes of other tales and a hint of unreliable narrator.
Driftwood – Marie Brennan
Interlinked stories of disappearing worlds just before they collide into one another, written by one of my favourite authors? Yes, please. My partner-in-enthusiasm Lisa sent me this apocalyptic fantasy and I’m looking forward to sharing my delight with her.
The Water Dancer – Ta-Nehisi Coates
A speculative re-imagining of the Underground Railway told from the perspective of a boy who has the power to move himself great distances through bodies of water. This is another case of me taking advantage of the winter sale – I’ve been curious about The Water Dancer for a while.
The Way Back Almanac 2022 – Melinda Salisbury
Melinda Salisbury wrote one of my favourite 2020 reads, and I love the sound of her practical guide to getting back in touch with the natural world. The almanac is part education, part inspiration, part journal and a big departure for me – a new approach to the year.
The Green Roasting Tin – Rukmini Iyer
Last up, the lovely Emma sent me a cookbook I’m already salivating over. Our meat consumption plummeted last year, and subscribing to Oddbox challenged me to find new ways to cook random veg – but I’m always looking for more ideas and this book is chock full of tasty inspiration.
Remarkably, no ARCs – I’ve gone over a month without making a request and intend to stick to a strict rule this year of only requesting ARCs if I can/will read immediately (…so yes I do want to get my hands on The Cartographers, but I won’t request until next month – if it’s still available; if not, I’ll buy a copy when it comes out. Possibly the gorgeous Goldsboro edition).
What books have you acquired most recently?