A Peek at the TBR Pile

This week we’ve got more readers sharing the books sitting on their nightstand that they’re anxiously waiting to open. Take a look:


Reader MJ has on her list the very-hot new release When It Happens to You by former 80’s teen star Molly Ringwald. We love the cover and novels told in stories have been gaining popularity. Molly is a lot of fun to follow on Twitter, so it’s not too surprising she’s doing so well in print.

Next in her pile is Indelibly Inked by Jamie DeBree, from independent press Brazen Snake Books who specialize in romance and thrillers. We love seeing more indie books getting out there.

Finally there’s historical fiction behemoth Philippa Gregory and her newest book, The Lady of the Rivers, set during the War of the Roses.



Zoë and I have pretty similar tastes. Or at least, we do judging by her To-Be-Read pile. We here at RLR are over the moon about Tana French, especially Broken Harbor, her 4th novel in her Dublin Squad murder series-that’s-not-a-series. There must be some Tana French in the water since Sarah L. had her on her list in our last post.

Karin Slaughter is another heavy-hitter in the crime novel world. This Southerner knows suspense and Zoe has Indelible on her list, one of the popular Sara Linton novels.

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty has been one of the big books this summer, a fictional account of silent-film star Louise Brooks and her teenage trip out to New York City with the titular chaperone Cora. What better setting for a historical novel than 1920’s Manhattan?



We’re intrigued by Ninian‘s list. Another recent hot book, How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, makes an appearance. This book of essays on the joys and woes of modern lady-dom has been showing up on a lot of lists of people we know.

2004 novel A Question of Attraction by David Nicholls is probably going to get moved into our TBR pile after seeing it here. A college novel about a freshman’s romantic ambitions and his secret dream of being a contestant on a television quiz show.

And it looks like she’s got a thing for John Irving, one of our favorites here in New England. She has both recent novel Until I Find You as well as Irving’s wacky celebration of India, A Son of the Circus. Tell us, Ninian, you must have read our favorite Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany, right? And you may want to chat with fellow Canadian lapinova, who has The World According to Garp as one of her desert island books.


So what are YOU reading? (Full disclosure: Over here at RLR we’re digging the upcoming book from another New England-er, Elsewhere: A Memoir by Richard Russo.)

A Peek at the TBR Pile

We asked a few of our readers to give us a look at what’s in their TBR (To-Be-Read) pile. Here’s what they’ve got coming up:

Mary Liz

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell

Every Day by David Levithan

Sarah L.

In the Woods by Tana French

Fade Away by Harlan Coben

The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly

Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier


Darker Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul by Leanna Hieber

A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd

The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking Trilogy #01 by Patrick Ness

Agency #01: A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee