So the wonderful people behind Top Ten Tuesday are taking a 7 WEEK BREAK and I’m like “um, what do I do on Tuesday’s now????” So I’ve just decided to go back through some of their old topics and keep my TTT posts going each week until they’re back with new stuff!
This week I’ve decided to talk about some books I really want to read, but don’t actually own.
Synopsis: In the long, hot summer of 1989, Ben and Fab are best friends.
Growing up in a small country town, they spend their days playing cricket, yabbying in local dams, wanting a pair of Nike Air Maxes and not talking about how Fab’s dad hits him or how the sudden death of Ben’s next-door neighbour unsettled him. Almost teenagers, they already know some things are better left unsaid.
Then a newcomer arrived in the Wimmera. Fab reckoned he was a secret agent and he and Ben staked him out. Up close, the man’s shoulders were wide and the veins in his arms stuck out, blue and green. His hands were enormous, red and knotty. He looked strong. Maybe even stronger than Fab’s dad. Neither realised the shadow this man would cast over both their lives.
Twenty years later, Fab is still stuck in town, going nowhere but hoping for somewhere better. Then a body is found in the river, and Fab can’t ignore the past any more.
This is a really, super recent find but I’m already so excited about. Sometimes a book’s synopsis just grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go, and that’s exactly what’s happened with this one! I really hope this one is available in the UK at some point soon (PLEASE)!!
Synopsis: Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .
The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
I can’t believe I still haven’t read this one. I’ve read a collection of Maurier’s shorter stories and loved her stuff. This is obviously her most famous book and people LOVE it. I’m lucky enough to not really know anything about the story, so I’ll go into it completely blind!
Synopsis: My father had thirteen wives and more than fifty children . . .
This is the haunting memoir of Anna LeBaron, daughter of the notorious polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. Ervil’s criminal activity kept Anna and her siblings constantly on the run from the FBI. Often starving, the children lived in a perpetual state of fear–and despite their numbers, Anna always felt alone. Would she ever find a place she truly belonged? Would she ever be anything other than the polygamist’s daughter?
I have a strange fascination with Mormons so this is right up my alley. I read Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer recently, all about Mormonism, and in it he met with Anna LeBaron and there was a part all about her story, so I’m looking forward to reading a more filled out version of it.
Adding randomly, I saw The Book of Mormon at the theatre on Friday… if you ever get the chance to see it or have been pondering over it for a while, DO IT, GO SEE IT! Holy cow it’s funny and an INCREDIBLE show.
Synopsis: As a young man, Leon Nader suffered from insomnia. As a sleepwalker, he even turned to violence during his nocturnal excursions and had psychiatric treatment for his condition. Eventually, he was convinced he had been cured–but one day, years later, Leon’s wife disappears from their apartment under mysterious circumstances. Could it be that his illness has broken out again?
In order to find out how he behaves in his sleep, Leon fits a movement activated camera to his forehead–and when he looks at the video the next morning he makes a discovery that bursts the borders of his imagination. His nocturnal personality goes through a door that is totally unknown to him and descends into the darkness…
I think the reason I want to read this one so much is because it’s goddamn expensive and I don’t want to pay £20 for it but I do want to read it. I’m a cover buyer, and the cover I love for this one is on the hardback, which is pricey. I could suck up my pride and get the reasonably priced paperback but the cover sucks in comparison. Also, doesn’t the synopsis for this one kind of give you the chills?
Synopsis: No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.
Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.
Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.
In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.
Literally FUCK that long ass synopsis. Jeeeeez.
I’ve been wanting to read a Hill book for quite a while, but I haven’t ever got round to it. This is the one I want to read the most. I love a good horror novel and I’ve seen so many good reviews for this one! Scare me silly Joe!
Synopsis: On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed.
If you had the chance to change history, would you?
Would the consequences be worth it?
From son, to dad! Everyone seems to really love this King book! I really love the sound of it, it’s definitely something a bit different. This is one of the top King books I really want to read.
Synopsis: For Joanna, her husband, Walter, and their children, the move to beautiful Stepford seems almost too good to be true. It is. For behind the town’s idyllic facade lies a terrible secret — a secret so shattering that no one who encounters it will ever be the same.
After reading Rosemary’s Baby earlier in the year and LOVING it, I’ve really wanted to read his other work. The Stepford Wives is a pretty recognisable piece of fiction. Lots of books try to take on the “Stepford Wives” creepy factor, but I’d like to read how it all started!
Synopsis: To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
This is another one where I’m not sure why I haven’t actually read it yet. I’m such a fussy cover buyer that I haven’t found a version with a cover I like in charity shops or normal book stores. It’s going to have to be an online buy at some point. My stepsister read this one in a day and loved it, so I need to get to it as we have quite similar taste!
Synopsis: First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.
After watching the BBC mini-series on this, I added it straight onto my TBR, where it’s now sat for over a year. I would really love to get round to buying and reading this one because I love the story, I just need to read it directly from Christie herself.
Synopsis: The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.
To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts’ plight. With John, Marjorie’s father, out of work for more than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.
Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s younger sister, Merry. As she recalls those long ago events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surface–and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising vexing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.
This sounds sounds like such a classic horror story. Apparently they’re making a film version of it next year, but I’m sure that will be butchered. Again, I don’t like the current cover of this one so want to find a place that sells the cover I’ve featured in the graphic above!
So there we have it! These are the top ten books on my tbr that I really want to read but need to buy!
Have you read any these? What did you think of them? Also, what are some books you’re desperate to read but don’t yet own?