#5OnMyTBR: Mystery

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR. Thank you E. for the awesome graphic for these posts as well!

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone had a great first week of August! This week’s five on my TBR theme is all about mysteries. Now I’m not usually the biggest mystery or thriller reader. But between the two, I will always pick a mystery. Give me a soft, gothicy mystery over a fast paced intense thriller any day. And since I’ve been really keen lately to read some more books with this vibe, I think I’ve managed to find just about five from my TBR shelf that will fit this theme!

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Wilder Girls was one of my favourite YAs of 2019, and was also the book that helped introduce me to a whole new genre (horror!) So of course I bought a copy of Power’s new horror Burn Our Bodies Down, which looks like it’ll just be as mysterious and creepy as her debut was! This one’s all about a family mystery as Margot returns to her mother’s hometown to find out about the family she’s never heard of.

The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell

Gothic horror is pretty much my favourite genre at the moment, I have been loving getting back into this genre this year! The Poison Thread is one of those currently on my TBR, this gothic horror mystery is all about a young seamstress who claims her needle and thread have the power to kill.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

I feel like I’m letting down the sapphic team by having never read a Sarah Waters book. I’m the worst. But I have Fingersmith on my bookshelf and I promise I will read it soon! This is a Victorian era mystery about a maid trying to con her employer for her inheritance but they start to care for each other more than expected… Aka it’s gay.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Apparently most of the mystery I read is 1800s Victorian era, because here’s another one! The Watchmaker of Filigree Street follows Thaniel Steepleton who finds a watch on his pillow which saves his life 6 months later, and so he goes in search of its maker.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

I read mysteries that are set in the Victorian era or are horror, those are the only two cases! I haven’t actually seen the Bird Box film, but I bought a copy of this book when it was on a deal on Kindle because it sounds very very creepy and that was pretty much the only reason I bought it. A world where you can’t open your eyes or you’ll see things and start harming yourself and those around you?! So creepy.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What mystery books do you have on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

7 thoughts on “#5OnMyTBR: Mystery

  1. Don’t worry, Rach! I haven’t read any of Sarah Waters books either!! We can feel like fake sapphics together lmao… TT-TT Loved The Handmaiden movie though — tbh, I’m scared the book won’t live up to it. And I’ve been eyeing the new Rory Power book and The Watchmaker as well so waiting for your opinions!! ❤

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  2. Oh wow, I ALSO haven’t read Sarah Waters… I guess I need to fix that ASAP in case my sapphic card gets revoked. 🤷🏻
    Every time Power’s books pop up I want to read it. Then I remembered I can’t really read horror without feeling uncomfortably frightened. 😕 Still, it might be worth the scare and I kind of want to try!
    Great list, Rach!

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