Saturday, 17 January 2015

My Wish List: Books and TV Box Sets

My last post featured my fashion and beauty wish lists (here), so I thought it was only right that I share my other two wish lists with you: books and box sets. I love reading and watching a good TV series, and always have both on the go (at different times of day obviously, not at the same time!). I'd rather watch something really good on TV each night than just anything, so I tend to buy or download a lot of box sets. I also read each night for about 20 minutes just before I go to sleep as it's a nice way to wind down. I'm right near the end of The Miniaturist at the moment and it's really good! So if you're looking for inspiration about what to read or watch next, hopefully this post will give you plenty of ideas!

Books I Want To Read

Leaving Time - Jodi Piccoult

'A novel about the lengths we go to for those who have left us behind; about the staying power of love; and about how three broken souls might have just the right pieces to mend each other'.

- Jodi Piccoult's books are always very gripping and emotional, and this latest one looks like it's going to be another cracker!

The Taxidermist's Daugher - Kate Mosse
'In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to walk. Here, where the estuary leads out to the sea, superstitions still hold sway.
Standing alone is the taxidermist's daughter. At twenty-two, Constantia Gifford lives with her father in a decaying house: it contains all that is left of Gifford's once world-famous museum of taxidermy. The stuffed birds that used to grace every parlour are out of fashion, leaving Gifford a disgraced and bitter man. The string of events that led to the museum's closure are never spoken of and an accident has robbed Connie of any memory of those days.
The bell begins to toll and all eyes are fixed on the church. No one sees the gloved hands holding a garotte. As the last notes fade into the dark, a woman lies dead.
While the village braces itself against rising waters and the highest tide of the season, Connie struggles to discover who is responsible - and why the incident is causing memories to surface from her own vanished years. Does she know the figure she sees watching from the marshes? Who is the mysterious caller that leaves a note without being seen? And what is the secret that lies at the heart of Blackthorn House, hidden among the bell jars of her father's workshop?'

- I loved Kate Mosse's Langeudoc trilogy and can't wait to get my hands on her latest novel! I was disappointed with Winter Ghosts but with this novel she is supposed to be back to her best. I think it's sounds gripping and full of mystery, with of course a supernatural twist. 

The Monogram Murders - Sophie Hannah

'Sussex, 1912. Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffee house is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified, but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. 
Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at the fashionable Bloxham Hotel have been murdered, a cufflink placed in each one’s mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim…’.

- I absolutely love Agatha Christie, and especially Poirot, so I think it's very exciting that someone else is writing more of them!

Emma - Alexander McCall Smith
'Prepare to meet a young woman who thinks she knows everything.
Fresh from university, Emma Woodhouse triumphantly arrives home in Norfolk ready to embark on adult life with a splash. Not only has her sister, Isabella, been whisked away on a motorcycle up to London, but her astute governess, Miss Taylor is at a loose end, abandoned in the giant family pile, Hartfield, alongside Emma’s anxiety-ridden father. Someone is needed to rule the roost and young Emma is more than happy to oblige.

As she gets her fledging design business off the ground, there is plenty to delight her in the buzzing little village of Highbury. At the helm of her own dinner parties and instructing her new little protégée, Harriet Smith, Emma reigns forth. But there is only one person who can play with Emma’s indestructible confidence, her old friend and inscrutable neighbour George Knightly – this time has Emma finally met her match?

You don’t have to be in London to go to parties, find amusement or make trouble. Not if you’re Emma, the very big fish in the rather small pond. But for a young woman who knows everything, Emma has a lot to learn about herself.

Ever alive to the uproarious nuances of human behaviour, and both the pleasures and pitfalls of village life, beloved author Alexander McCall Smith’s Emma is the busybody we all know and love, and a true modern delight'.  

- I'm a huge Jane Austen fan and Emma, along with Pride and Prejudice, is my favourite. I'm also a fan of The Lady Detective novels by McCall Smith, so this book seems like a match made in heaven!

The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd

'Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father's account of the event. Now fourteen, she yearns for her mother, and for forgiveness. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has only one friend: Rosaleen, a black servant whose sharp exterior hides a tender heart. South Carolina in the sixties is a place where segregation is still considered a cause worth fighting for. When racial tension explodes one summer afternoon, and Rosaleen is arrested and beaten, Lily is compelled to act. Fugitives from justice and from Lily's harsh and unyielding father, they follow a trail left by the woman who died ten years before. Finding sanctuary in the home of three beekeeping sisters, Lily starts a journey as much about her understanding of the world, as about the mystery surrounding her mother'

- This reminds me a little bit of The Help, which is one of my favourite books, and I just think I'd really enjoy it. I've read quite a few YA books in recent years and really liked them, plus they're always easy page-turners. 

The One Plus One - Jojo Moyes

'With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it's hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn't. Because you have to . . .
Jess's gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she'll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess's teenage stepson, can't fight the bullies alone.
Sometimes Jess feels like they're sinking . . .
Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it's like to be lonely. And he wants to help . . .'

- I was a huge fan of Jojo Moyes's 'Me Before You'. It made me laugh and cry bucket loads (but in a good way) and really made me think. So much so that I read it about 2 years ago and it's still stuck in my mind today! So, yes, it's about time that I got around to reading this one, as it's got just as many positive reviews as the last. 

The Medicinal Chef - Dale Pinnock
- This is a really healthy looking cook book that has got fantastic reviews and I really want to try it! I'm really into healthy eating and am always on the look out for new recipes to try out. 

TV Box Sets That I Want To Watch
There's nothing I love more than being curled up on the sofa with my fiancé and watching a good box set. Winter has consisted of us under our fleecey blanket, cups of tea and glasses of wine, watching the full series of Homeland, Elementary, The Missing, Derek and now Broadchurch. I love talking about TV series with friends, dissecting important or shocking moments and of course theorising on what's coming next. This means I'm always looking for new recommendations of good programmes to watch, and I have a wish list compiled of the ones that I'll be buying next...

True Detective
- I've actually just bought this but not watched it yet! It's about two American policeman and a gripping yet strange murder case. It's set in two timezones: past (when the original case was going on) and present (where the same case has now been reopened). Sounds right up my street!

House of Cards
- I've heard lots of good things about House of Cards. It's all about American politics and a man (Kevin Spacey) plotting revenge. I love political dramas (I'm really a bit of a History geek to be honest) so this is right at the top of my wish list. 

Orange is the new Black
- This is set in a woman's prison and is supposed to be funny as well as full of drama. I'm hoping it will be a lighter, female version of Prison Break!

- This is another series that has been recommended to me. It's about a woman who is seeking revenge on the people that ruined her family. It sounds like it's full of tension and romance. 

- This is about a law firm that will do whatever it takes to make their clients problems go away. Sounds full of intrigue and shocks!

The Blacklist

- One of the FBI's most wanted criminals suddenly, and randomly, surrenders on one condition: that he will help them catch the world's most notorious criminals but will only talk to one person, Elizabeth, who's only been in the job one day!

- I know, I know, I feel like I've totally missed the boat on this one! I love Homeland and since I've finished watching that so many people have told me I'd love 24 so it's about time I get around to watching it!

What do you think about the items on my wish lists? 

Do you have any book or box set recommendations for me? I'd love some more!

Rosy x


  1. I really enjoyed the Languedoc trilogy, too. And I agree on reading being a great way to unwind.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  2. Oh god I have way more to add to my list now haha I really want to get into house of cards, and orange is the new black is something I started but couldn't finish! xxx

    Blonde Of Carbs

  3. I have so much to read at the moment, though I think I may now borrow some of your reading list to add to mine!
    Megan x
    London Callings

  4. i haven't watched any of those! I've heard so much about orange is the new black and house of cards going to start watching one on netflixs this week!

  5. Definately recommend Jojo Moyes One Plus One, probably one of the best books I've read! Let me know if you read it and what you think! Xx

  6. True Detective was SO good! The books all sound really interesting too, I haven't read any of them x

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