Backlist Books I Want to Read | Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week presents a theme around which bloggers create unique lists to bring bookish friends together. This Tuesday the theme is Backlist Books.”

In the interest of keeping my list succinct, I have set up parameters and boundaries for this latest TTT:

1. Titles must be “stand alones,” as I am invested in far too many series.

2. Titles considered “classics” will not be included, for I aim to read a great number of these over the coming years.

3. Selected titles must be available from my personal collection or public library.

10 Backlist Titles I STILL Haven’t Read

 

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fineby Gail Honeyman

A Woman of Noteby Carol Cram

The Time Traveler’s Wifeby Audrey Niffenegger

Ready Player Oneby Ernest Cline

The Bells, by Richard Harvell

The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

The Virgin Cureby Ami McKay

The Break, by Katherena Vermette

Bear Townby Fredrik Backman

 

Where should I start? Or, are any of these also on your backlist TBR?

 

Comment below to let me know what you’re reading!

Library Lovers Book Tag

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It certainly isn’t a secret around here that I am a true and blue library lover! I saw this tag (and lovely header photo!) over at Book Stacks Amber and feel that it is not only accurate, but perfectly timed!

Library-A-Thon, a week-long read-a-thon that encourages readers to borrow from their local library, is currently running from June 3-9. This read-a-thon is chalk-full of fun challenges and Twitter sprints are underway. More information about the hosts and event can be found over on Twitter, @libraryathon.


Library Lovers Book Tag

How often do you visit your local library?

I physically visit my closest branch about once per week to pick up hold items. This branch is situated within a strip mall, so it is usually very busy and bustling–which is great! However, I don’t tend to stay very long for this reason. If I need to ‘buckle down,’ then I venture to the main branch in the downtown core approximately once a month.

That being said, I visit my local library’s online presence–blogs, catalogue, and more–daily. Sometimes I scour the discussion posts or staff picks, whereas some days I simply need to check due dates.

 

Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you know you can read or are you someone who only checks out the exact amount of books you intend on reading before they are due?

My habits fall under a little bit of column A and a little bit of column B. I always intend to read the books that I sign out, but I am a mood reader who frequently changes course sporadically.

Sometimes–or, more often than I care to admit–I will have maxed out the number of renewals on an item and it will become due before I ever get around to picking it up!

 

How old were you when you got your first library card?

I believe that I was either 5 or 7-ish years old when I got my first library card. I was at the public library with my mom and ever-so-shyly asked her if I could get my own library card–to my surprise, the answer was yes! I was so excited to be able to sign out “my own” books; it felt like I had even more autonomy over my own reading.

Thank you, Mom ❤

 

Do you go to your library looking for a particular book or do you check out anything that peaks your interest?

I don’t usually go to the library to browse the collection because there are simply too many options! I typically know what I’m looking for before I walk in. I’ll peruse book reviews, watch BookTube videos, scour the catalogue and add more items to my Goodreads account before I actually make it to the library. Once the process has been completed, I more often than not will place a hold and pick it up on a later date.

 

Do you use your library to check out just books or do you also check out dvds, audiobooks etc.?.

I used to be a religiously print-only reader. Once I forayed into the world of e-reading, I grew to appreciate digital formats. I borrow print materials, e-books, audiobooks, DVDs, and access numerous library databases.

 

From what section of your library do you check out a majority of your books? ( YA, middle grade, adult, nonfiction.)

I tend to gravitate towards adult fiction, but I do still enjoy reading select YA titles to add variety–and to remain “in the loop.”

 

What is your favorite part of using your local library?

My favourite part about using my local public library is being a part of a thriving community space. Public libraries are one of the last remaining public commons, which provides resources and opportunities for all members of the local community.

Also, I love that my library provides patrons access to NoveList, a (wicked) readers advisory database that provides information about read-alikes, genres, reviews, and much more.

The librarian nerd in my geeks out every time.

 


Have you completed the Library Lovers Book Tag?

If so, share a link to your post, video, etc. in the comments below! I would love to meet fellow library lovers! If not, consider yourself tagged!


 

Happy reading!

Cozies for Cat Lovers | Booklist

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Alright, I may very well (unintentionally) perpetuate librarian stereotypes. A self-proclaimed cat lady who loves to read and just happens to wear glasses…I promise these aren’t prerequisites for librarianship.

Regardless, these ten cozy mystery series are the puurrrrrrrrfect companion for any fan of our feline friends.


 

Series: Bookmobile Cat Mysteries

Author: Laurie Cass

First Installment: Lending a Paw

Latest Installment: A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #6 (2017)

Librarian Minnie Hamilton is in for a bumpy ride when her rescue cat, Eddie, leads her to the body of a murdered local resident of Chilson, MI during the maiden voyage of the public library’s new bookmobile. An amusing and engaging story featuring small-town gossip with a strong, plucky female lead.

 

Series: A Magical Cats Mystery

Author: Sofie Kelly

First Installment: Curiosity Thrilled the Cat

Latest Installment: A Magical Cats Mystery #9 (2017)

Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson discovers that the two stray cats she has taken in–Owen and Hercules–are truly special when she, the prime suspect in a murder, gets some unexpected feline help in solving the crime and clearing her name.–Novelist

 

*NEW SERIES*

Series: Deputy Donut Mysteries

Author: Ginger Bolton

Emily Westhill runs the best donut shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, alongside her retired police chief father-in-law and her tabby Deputy Donut. But after murder claims a favorite customer, Emily can’t rely on a sidekick to solve the crime—or stay alive.–Novelist

 

 

Series: Bad Luck Cat Mysteries

Author: Kay Finch

First Installment: Black Cat Crossing  (2015)

Latest Installment: Bad Luck Cat Mysteries #3 (2017)

Moving to Lavender, Texas, to write her first novel and help her Aunt Rowe manage her vacation-rental business, aspiring mystery author Sabrina Tate finds herself faced with a real-life mystery when her aunt’s awful cousin is found dead with a local black cat, believed to be a jinx, by her side.–Novelist

 

Series: Cat in the Stacks Mysteries

Author: Miranda James

First Installment: Murder Past Due (2010)

Latest Installment: Cat in the Stacks Mystery #9 (Feb. 2018, forthcoming)

Librarian Charlie Harris and his cat, Diesel, investigate to find the killer of a celebrity author who made more enemies than friends upon arrival–before wrong person is arrested for the crime!

 

Series: The Haunted Library Mysteries

Author: Allison Brook

First Installment: Death Overdue (2017)

Latest Installment: Dead and Gone (Haunted Library Mystery #9) (forthcoming)

Carrie Singleton is the new head of programming and events at the local spooky library (a.k.a. my dream job…minus the ghosts!) when retired homicide detective Al Buckley is poisoned right before he is about to reveal a murderer from a cold case. With the help of a friendly ghost-librarian, Carrie is determined to solve the case.

 

Series: Cat Groomer Mysteries

Author: Miranda James

First Installment: The Persian Always Meows Twice (2017)

Latest Installment: The Bengal Identity (March 2018, forthcoming)

Cat lovers are thrilled to welcome an expert groomer to the picturesque town of Chadwick. But scratch below the surface, and unmasking a killer becomes a game of cat and mouse . . .–Novelist

 

Series: A Magical Bookshop Mystery

Author: Amanda Flower

First Installment: Crime and Poetry (2016)

Latest Installment: Prose and Cons (2016)

Returning home to Cascade Springs, NY to help her Grandmother Daisy run her magical shop, Charming Books, Violet Waverly must clear Daisy’s name when the body of a local carriage driver is found clutching a book from Charming Books. The books literally fly off the shelves and seem to have a way of knowing exactly for which reader they are intended.

 

Series: A Cat Rescue Mystery

Author: T.C. LoTempio

First Installment: Purr M for Murder (2017)

Latest Installment: Death by a Whisker (2018)

After the landlord of the building where they house their Friendly Paws animal shelter winds up dead, Sydney and Kat McCall are under suspicion, prompting Sydney, with the help of her orange tabby, Toby, to hunt for the real killer.–Novelist

 

Series: A Second Chance Cat Mystery

Author: Sofie Ryan

First Installment: The Whole Cat and Caboodle (2014)

Latest Installment: The Fast and the Furriest (2018)

When shop owner Sarah Grayson’s elderly friend Maddie becomes the prime suspect in a murder, it’s up to Sarah and her cat Elvis to clear the woman’s name.–Novelist

 

I Can’t Wait For…A Grave Issue by Lillian Bell (Can’t Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This meme shines a spotlight and provides opportunities for readers to discuss the books that they’re excited about but have yet to read. Generally, the featured titles have yet to be released.

This week’s CWW title is the first installment in a new cozy mystery series–A Funeral Parlor Mystery series. I know, I know. Funerals, death, grieving…how can an author possibly write a “cozy,” gentle read set in a funeral home? Well, I am equally as curious! Will the humour be dry and morbid? Quirky? Will the author account for the current trends in the funeral industry? Or rather, is the book geared at “industry outsiders” who are not yet comfortable with the topic?

Having been raised by two parents who both happen to work in the funeral industry, I am comfortable with notions of death and the funeral home setting. After all, how many people can say that their “Take Your Child to Work Day” experience included polishing caskets and a tour of the embalming room? I also share in my family’s dry, witty, and occasionally morbid sense of humour…occupational hazzard, I suppose!

Generally speaking, I am new(ish) to the cozy mystery genre. I picked up my first cozy with the intent of broadening my reading repertoire in late October, and haven’t looked back since! The unique setting and career featured in A Funeral Parlor Mystery is precisely what drew my attention! Fortunately,  Bell’s A Grave Issue is to be released in a mere two days!

**Note: It is possible that this book may have been released earlier this month in other geographic areas, February 23 is the earliest date on which I can access the book in Canadian retailers. Regardless, I can hardly wait. **


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Series: (A Funeral Parlor Mystery #1)

Author: Lillian Bell

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Crooked Lane books [February 2018]

Summary:

Journalist Desiree Turner returns home to Verbena, California following an embarrassing, career-threatening on-air blunder. Desiree begins working at her great-grandfather’s funeral parlor, where the action is more lively than anticipated!

Soon after, Desiree finds herself in the thick of a murder investigation. Working to clear the name of her “second father,” Kyle Hansen, Desiree uncovers unsavory habits and scandal surrounding the recently deceased.

Can Desiree catch the real killer before they come for her?


 

Will you be reading this one? Leave a comment or read-alike suggestion below!