Top Ten TuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic at The Broke and The Bookish is a freebie — I get to choose my own topic. If I were more clever, I would have figured out how to make that connect with an Armchair BEA topic, but I did something else with those (Audiobooks and podcasts for Readers’ Workouts and Author Interaction with Karen Karbo).

Instead, I’ll use this post to help me figure out what I still want to read before our trip to England, now that it’s clear that my initial list was too ambitious.

London by Edward Rutherfurd10. London by Edward Rutherfurd, because during my last two trips to Europe, I read an appropriate Rutherfurd book (even though they are heavy!) so I want to continue my tradition.

9. London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd, because one massive book titled London might not be enough.

8. Albion: The Origins of English Imagination by Peter Ackroyd, because apparently I can’t read too much Peter Ackroyd this year.

7. The Secret Lives of CodebreakersThe Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park by Sinclair McKay, because we’ll be visiting Bletchley Park as a day trip from Birmingham.

6. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, because this Reading Project for reading it in the original installments is such a fun idea and it started this month.

5. A Guide to Dickens’ London by Daniel Tyler, because with maps, drawings, and photographs, it will help me match up my vision of London from books to the one that we’ll see on the ground.

The Illustrated Longitude by Dava Sobel4. The Illustrated Longitude by Dava Sobel, because that’s the book that got my husband interested in this trip.

3. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson, because all reports are that it is too fun to miss.

2. London Under by Peter Ackroyd, because I got my mother-in-law reading it, too.

1. Clockwork Universe by Edward Dolnick, because I’m more than half-way finished.

Have you read any of these? Do you have suggestions of books that I should add or subtract?

I’ll also link this post up on Friday to British Isles Friday. Join us each week!

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Books To Be Read before UK trip — 15 Comments

  1. Awesome that you’re going to England! (I’ve never been and would love to go one of these days) How long will you be there for?

    Great list! Rutherfurd’s London was a great read and Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend is my favourite novel by the author <3

    My TTT

    • We’ll be there three weeks! That’s the longest international trip we’ve taken yet. But it seems to short when I think about all the things I want to cram into it.

  2. If you’re after a book that has little factoids about London in it, I’d happily recommend a book that I have in my collection called “I Never Knew That About London” by Christopher Wynn.

    He’s also written oner about the Lake District that I’d also recommend.

    • September. So, yeah, I still might not get all the way through the list. I’m looking forward to reading Rutherfurd on the plane. I started Paris on the way to Paris and it was so much fun!

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  4. So much reading, and a lot of nonfiction! I think I would just end up reading the Dickens and the Bill Bryson… Three weeks sounds like a wonderful trip!

  5. I started reading London by Rutherford, have you started it yet? We can discuss at some point. As you said it’s heavy. I dropped it on my foot and . . . well it didn’t hurt because I’m a kindle guy but still, it’s a big book. I’ll finish it before you go to London but then I’m not reading all the rest of those, wow.

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