TTT: Ice Cold Winter Reads

What’s better than a book and hot chocolate in front of the fireplace? Not much, that’s what. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday with The Broke and the Bookish is about our TBR-list for Summer, but in my case for the Winter.

1. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – I need to read a classic, I really do. I’ve been really struggling, but I’m so intrigued by this one’s plot.

2. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami – I’ve actually already started reading this, but it’s going really slowly (it has 925 pages okay!). It’s part of my Mixing It Up Challenge, so there will be a review when I am (finally) done with it.

3. Deadlands by Lily Herne – a Zombie movie set in Cape Town by a South African mother-daughter pair… and with a twist! I need to read this. And make my siblings read it. And review it!

4. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender – I’ve been meaning to read this one, and I read a short sample and the writing is so beautiful.

5. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – Cape Town Book Fair had many books of The Mortal Instruments on sale, but not one of them had the first book! Luckily I found it at the library today.

6. Cion: A Novel by Zakes Mda – I need to get better acquainted with this popular African writer. This book is about the travels of a professional mourner. I think it will be great.

7. Life Times: Stories, 1952-2007 by Nadine Gordimer – I suppose it’s a shame that I haven’t read this South African winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Not everybody enjoys her work – I hope I will!

8. Whisper Not! by Openly Positive – the only purchase I got for myself at CTBF; stories of fifteen young South Africans living openly about HIV. I’m very much looking forward to this one!

9. Insight Guides India – a beautiful full-colour book in preparation for my elective to India this year!

10. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostove – this one has been lying around home and I keep staring at it  longingly. I love history. I love reading. Perfect combination.


  1. Um, “Deadlands by Lily Herne” sounds like six kinds of awesome. Can’t wait to see what you think of it so I can run out and get my own copy to compare 🙂 Thanks for the book recommendation!!

    1. I’m glad it looks cool to you – I’ll let you know how it was!

  2. The Scarlett Letter? Just watch Easy A- kidding!

    The Whisper Not book looks pretty interesting! You’ll have to let us know how it is.

    1. LOL, it was actually in Easy A that I first heard of the book!

  3. Tara says:

    I really hope you enjoy City of Bones – I have to admit, I avoided it for ages, but ended up completely loving it! Looks like you’ve got a good summer of reading planned here – enjoy!

    My TTT this week

    1. Wellll since it’s Winter here I don’t quite have as much time to read, but if I get to everything I’m certain I will enjoy it all. Thanks for visiting!

  4. The cover for Deadlands looks so creepy – in a good way! Hope you get to all these books and enjoy them all 🙂

    1. I haven’t always done very well with finishing all the books on my TBR list, but mostly because I find something else I’m in the mood to read. But thanks!

  5. I read The Historian years ago, before I even knew what book blogging was, and I was completely blown away by it. I hope you love it!
    My Top Ten

    1. That’s a relief, I hope I will enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. terri-maree says:

    The Scarlet Letter is on my Classics Club list, I do so look forward to reading it. Nice to meet a fellow South African book blogger, there are a bunch of us on twitter if you ever want to have some bookish chats 🙂 thank you for stopping by my blog 🙂

    1. Nice to meet you too! 🙂

  7. bookgoonie says:

    Deadlands looks creepalicious.

    Hope you like City of Bones & The Historian as much as I did.

    1. Creepalicious… lol! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  8. Amy says:

    Whisper Not sounds really interesting. I’ll be interested to see what you think about 1Q84, as I’m really intrigued by it by slightly intimidated by Murakami!
    Thanks for popping by my blog 🙂

    1. I forgot to check the page-count of the e-book before I started reading 1Q84, if I had I probably would have been intimidated too!

  9. I am gonna add a few from this list to my already LONG tbr pile!

    Here is my Top Ten post!

    1. I’m always happy to assist in building Mount TBR 😛

  10. I love The Mortal Instruments series! I hope that you enjoy reading City of Bones and get to read the rest of the books.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thanks for the well wishes, I hope I’ll enjoy them too 🙂

  11. I see why Cassandra Clare is on your TBR list — you’re just at the beginning! I hope that you enjoy the adventure — she’s created a fantastic world. Plus, they’re casting for the movie at the moment, which will hopefully be great too!

    1. Yes, juuuust beginning!! I’m excited, with a dash of trepidation.

  12. Gone Pecan says:

    i loved The Historian, it’s one of my favorite books. I hope you enjoy it, too. Also, City of Bones! So great! I really hope you like this one…such a great series. You should definitely try Clockwork Angel & Clockwork Prince, too, I like the Infernal Devices series even better than Mortal Instruments. 🙂 Happy Reading! ~dixie

    1. Thank yoooou! If I enjoy Mortal Instruments I will certainly read Infernal Devices too!
      I can’t find that darn copy of the Historian now, so it’s causing a minor freak-out. But I’ll find it, I’m sure.

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