January 2020 TBR

A New Year and a new decade too. Lots to read this month the start of the annual Good Reads reading challenge. I have set mine at 190  again, and just need to crack on with it.

I also run a group on Good Reads where I design and set an annual challenge for the members. This year it is Dusty Shelf Bingo and the bingo grid for books to select for this is below. Just selecting the books that I want to read for this list is great fun. Will post about this more soon.

Anyway onto my TBR for this month. I am hoping to make these a little more focused based on my reading intentions here.

Edward Stanford Adventure Travel Shortlist

I am judging this shortlist in early February, but want to get them read ASAP

From The Lion’s Mouth: A Journey Along the Indus – Iain Campbell

The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan and the Climbing Life – Mark Synnott

Where There’s A Will – Emily Chappell

Journeys in the Wild: The Secret Life of a Cameraman – Gavin Thurston

There are two more on the list but I have already read them:

Outpost – Dan Richards

Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Wildest Horse Race – Lara Prior-Palmer


Review Copies

American Dirt – Jeanie Cummins

A Good Neighbourhood -Therese Anne Fowler

Vickery’s Folk Flora – Roy Vickery

The Many Lives of Carbon – Dag Olav Hessen, Tr. Kerri Pierce

Spinning Silver – Naomi Novrik

Red Thread: On Mazes and Labyrinths – Charlotte Higgins

Stealing With The Eyes – Will Buckingham

The Saddest Pleasure: A Journey on Two Rivers by Moritz Thomsen

The Book of Puka-Puka: A Lone Trader in the South Pacific by Robert Dean Frisbie

Irreplaceable: The Fight To Save Our Wild Places by Julian Hoffman

Incandescent – Ann Levin

The House of Islam – Ed Husain

Blue Mind – Wallace J. Nichols

When the Rivers Run Dry – Fred Pearce

The Glass Woman – Caroline Lea

Sunfall by Jim Al-Khalili


Library Books

This Golden Fleece: A Journey Through Britain’s Knitted History – Esther Rutter

The Edge Of The World: A Cultural History Of The North Sea And The Transformation Of Europe – Michael Pye

The Ice House – Tim Clare

Pie Fidelity: In Defence Of British Food – Pete Brown

Defender – G X Todd

On The Marsh: A Year Surrounded By Wildness And Wet – Simon Barnes


Challenge Books

The Wee Free Men – Terry Pratchett



Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad – Alice Oswald

Threads – Nathan Evans


Science Fiction

Before Mars – Emma Newman


I think that will do!

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  1. Liz Dexter

    I’ve bought Journeys in the Wild for my best friend for Christmas and unfortunately have to give it to her on Saturday – hopefully I can borrow it back from her once she’s read it! The Indus one would be interesting but I am averting my eyes, given the state of my TBR (I’ll be OK I reckon if I can just read about 10-15 books regularly every month … maybe).

    • Paul

      I had a proof copy and a full copy. Which my brother in law got for Christmas… I am here to make everyone’s TBRs much longer

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