Thursday, January 6, 2022

TBR Bingo Reading List

Last year was all about the series and while I really enjoyed that I felt like I was neglecting some other areas of my TBR.  So I decided to widen my focus a bit and came up with 4 different lists to read from. I tried using a random number generator on my Goodreads TBR last year and discovered that a lot of the books that I ended up with were either impossible to get or just didn't end up interesting me that much.  So I'm being a bit more ruthless here and if the book is hard to track down or doesn't grab me it's off the list.  Also if the book is part of a series and isn't the first one I automatically substitute the first book in its place.  Here are the 10 I picked.

1.  The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace by Molly Caldwell Crosby - I love documentaries about famous jewel thefts so reading about jewel thefts sounds pretty entertaining. 

2.  Staging is Murder by Grace Topping - This is a cozy series that I've never read but sounds so fun!

3.  The Gardiner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser - basically ditto #1.

4.  Dead in Bloodhound Red by Virginia Lanier - This is the first book in the Beth Sidden mystery series.  I don't know much about it but someone recommended it to me quite some time ago and it does sound interesting.

5.  Jell-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom - I remember nothing about why this book ended up on my TBR but it does look interesting.

6.  Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojurn at Shakespeare and Co by Jeremy Mercer - In college I went through a big Hemingway/Fitzgerald/ Paris in the 20s phase and this book looks interesting.

7.  The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke - This is an author I've been wanting to read for ages and this sounds like an intriguing fast paced read. 

8.  The Girl from Savoy by Hazel Gaynor - I have absolutely adored every book I've read by Hazel Gaynor and while I've heard that this isn't her best it still looks interesting and my library has the audio version.

9.  Submerged: Adventures of America's Most Elite Underwater Archealogy Team by Daniel Lenihan - I'm fascinated by what my husband calls "barnacle shows".  Anytime anyone is looking at a shipwreck I'm hooked so I'm curious about this one.

10. Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue by Kathryn J. Atwood - I've read quite a bit of historical fiction involving women during wartime and would love to read more true stories.


  1. I haven't read any books by any of those authors so I may add a few to my list.

    I love barnacle shows too :)

  2. I liked The Girl from Savoy and hope you will too. Good luck with this challenge!

  3. All new to me but I hope you enjoy them. I think your reading is going to be quite focussed this year.

  4. The Virginia Lanier series is fabulous - I've read them all twice. I think you'll find them highly entertaining with an unusual premise. The author develops characters that you want to root for to succeed.

  5. Okay, The Great Pearl Heist sounds really interesting. I cannot wait to see what you think of these.

  6. I still want to read the Jell-O Girls. It sounds super interesting. 📗

    I would love to read a book about Shakespeare and Company! 😍