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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions To My Book Collection

Bonjour tout la monde, today’s Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is Most Recent Additions To My Book Collection. And … well, I’ve actually had only one—but I do have another four on order and coming, eh, hopefully soon. And, as I’ve already done my Most Anticipated Books of 2022 (part 1) this list will be Most Anticipated Books of 2022 Part 2 (Ha! Ha!)

  • AT FIRST LIGHT — Barbara Nickless
  • GATED PREY — Lee Goldberg
  • CROSSING THE LINES — Amanda Huggins
  • THE CHRISTMAS MURDER GAME — Alexandra Benedict
  • THE DICTATOR’S WIFE — Freya Berry
  • THE MAID — Nita Prose

And there you have it. Of course this list like any list is subject to change as in, additions, as the year progresses and more new releases cross my radar. And you, what books have you recently acquired? Do tell …


A New Year and New Projects

I haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions, I don’t see the point. But what I am going to do is try and focus on two small projects while (once again) promising myself to try and read more. Especially as—every book blogger knows—our TBR piles never but ever shrink, rather they just continue to grown.

Setting goals works for some, but given my health situation and trying to live a less stressful life (no reading or watching the news, thank you very much) I’m going to actually try focusing more on writing this year—hence the two projects. One is more short fiction to share here, on the blog, the other is a spin-off set of adventures I’ve been thinking about for a character I’ve been developing, and setting it in a universe I already have laid out (for another series).

This adventure series will be set in space, and feature a 16 year old (going on 17) protagonist who currently lives on Europa. This will be something completely different for me, with this age range of character and direction I want to go in—which is First Person POV. Something I know people either love or hate. But as the series I’m imagining is centred around this young woman and her experiences within this universe, I want the reader feel everything she goes through.

It will either work, or it won’t. The whole point is to have fun writing and to divert my focus toward something pleasurable and not stressful.

I’m hoping you’ll indulge me here, on the blog, and want to follow along with me and Sigrid Thorin’s amazing space adventures!

Thanks for reading.


Miss Marple, If You Please

So many of us read and continue to reread Agatha Christie, the undisputed queen of crime, as she’s been called. But I realised I haven’t read or reread any of her works well, in a very long time. So I’m over due on (a) either finding a book by her I haven’t read (still plenty by the way) and (b) reviewing her here, on the blog. I can probably do a double for 2022 given there’s an Agatha Christie challenge going around on twitter encouraging readers to get back into the Miss Marple or Poirot groove.

So what better time than now to talk Christie and our favourite reads or, in this case, sleuths. Mine being Miss Jean Marple, the irascible and, some would say, nosey old biddy from the tiny village of St. Mary Mead.

I don’t remember the first Christie book I read or, the first Miss Marple I read either, they were both back when I was still stealing books from my sister’s pile to read under the blanket at bedtime. I think I was maybe as young as 8 or 9 when I first read Christie, yes, I know, I didn’t fully understand a lot of what I read at that age, not really. But I still remember wanting to read more.

I think what sealed the deal for me reading more, was also seeing the stalwart actress Margaret Rutherford playing Miss Marple in the movie Murder, She Said. From there on in I became a fan of Marple—I really didn’t click with the character of Poirot till much later when I started seeing the movies and then, subsequent TV series featuring David Suchard who, I think, for me at least, was and is the quintessential Poirot.

Which tells you I’m a visual kind of reader in that once I had a visual of Christie’s characters I could identify with them more. And maybe, I enjoyed the reads more from that point on. I don’t know. I know I probably read more Marple stories too after seeing Joan Hickson play her in the BBC TV series. The actress really nailed who Miss Marple is again, IMHO.

Which all brings me back to reading or rereading Christie in 2022. I might try for 1 book a month (which is eminently doable) and maybe look for one or two of Christie’s stand-alones too for a bit of a challenge.

By the way you too can sign up for the Christie 2022 Challenge and rediscover what made Christie the queen of murder!

So get sleuthing.

Note: Here's the Ms. Marple reading list for you to download.

Anticipated Reads of 2022 (Part 1)

I’m adding Part 1 to the title of this post because, obviously, as I hear about new releases for next year this list is going to grow and, eh, grow. So to start with, here’s a listing of books that I’m excited about reading in 2022.

  • THE DROWNED CITY by K.J. Maitland
  • TRAITOR IN THE ICE by K.J. Maitland
  • BEGGARS ABBEY by V.L. Valentine
  • ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN by SJ Bennett
  • THE DYING DAY by Vaseem Khan
  • THE MIDWIFE’S SECRET by Emily Gunnis
  • DEATH IN THE SUNSHINE by Steph Broadribb
  • HE STARTED IT by Samantha Downing
  • THE TURN OF THE KEY by Ruth Ware
  • THE BALLOON THIEF by Aneesa Marufu

More coming soon no doubt thanks to great reviewers and many book bloggers I follow on twitter, who always manage to make my wish list grow rather than shrink!

Of course, if you have any recommendations, please share them with me in the comments, thanks.