Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in with their own top ten list.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List

Is there any season better suited to reading than Fall?
I love it; a grey, rainy afternoon, cool temperatures so you can sit comfortably with a hot drink and settle down to get totally lost in some fictional world of your choice.
There are so many books I want to read over the coming months but my slow reading pace will probably mean I won’t manage to finish them all. So, here’s a selection of some of my potential reading choices…

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King – This one will definitely make the ‘read’ pile, because I’ll be starting it as soon as the library gets their copies in stock. I’ve had it on reserve since about June I think.

City of Circles by Jess Richards – A magical love story between two circus performers. I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern a while ago and it left me wanting to read more books based around a circus setting, so when this one caught my eye I added it to my TBR.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell – Billed as an unsettling gothic ghost story, Fall seems to perfect opportunity to try this book. A country mansion, a locked room and a two hundred year old diary? Sounds like this has potential.

The Coven by Graham Masterton – A new-to-me author. I think this is actually the second book featuring the character Beatrice Scarlet. I haven’t read the first but something about this caught my attention.

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar – Last time I went to library they had this one on their New Books table so I picked it up. I’ll give most things written by Stephen King a try, so I was happy to find this, especially as I wasn’t looking for it. Another bonus, it’s actually a really short book. I’ve been lost to the massive books again lately and while I love that, it’s really slowed down my reading, so this should be a change.

A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne Harris – Based on The Child Ballads, and a tale of love, betrayal and revenge. Sounds good!

The Remnant by Charlie Fletcher – The final book of the Oversight trilogy. I loved both the other books in this fantasy series so I can’t wait to see how it all ends.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt – I’m sure this book will have appeared in a similar themed post from me in the past. It’s one of those books I keep meaning to read but haven’t got around to yet. Fall comes around and for some reason this book comes back into my mind, so onto the list it goes again.

IT by Stephen King – With the movie coming out recently I feel tempted to give this one a re-read. It’s a few years since I last read it, and I remember really enjoying it.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – This is probably the last book I actually purchased and is the first book in a new fantasy trilogy. I haven’t read anything by this author before, but I’ve read so many great reviews for this book that I’m looking forward to reading it.

What are you hoping to read over the next few months?  Have you read anything that made my list this week?


Top Ten Tuesday: Throwback Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in with their own top ten list.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Throwback Freebie

What a great topic.
I’ve had my blog for a few years now, so I thought this week I’d go back and find a selection of the books I’ve rated most highly during the time I’ve been blogging. It was a chance to revisit old posts, and bought back some great reading memories.
You can click on the covers below to go to the review for each book if something catches your eye.







What did you write about for this Throwback Freebie?
Have you read anything that made my list this week?

Book Review: The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams

Name: The Ninth Rain
Jen Williams
Number of Pages:
544 (Paperback)
February 23rd 2017 by Headline
Genre: Fantasy


The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces – talk about a guilt trip. Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine.
When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees an easy way out. Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving ancient artefacts is preferable to the abomination he left behind.
But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire collapse, and the adventurers are quickly drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war. For the Jure’lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall…     – from Goodreads

My Rating:


My Thoughts:

Whrere to begin? Someone asked me what I was reading recently and I launched into a ramble about Sarn, worm people, parasite spirits, Eborans, and a fascinating explorer called Vintage. Cue bemused expressions and a polite smile. That was when I realised just how vast and well-created the world of The Ninth Rain is. I’d been totally immersed in the story for so long that I just assumed anyone else would know what I was talking about. Such is the talent of Jen Williams in creating such a vivid world, with such memorable characters. There’s a long history of Sarn, fraught with danger and destruction as the alien Jure’lia return wreaking havoc every so often, laying waste to all before them with their monsters.
In the past the Eborans have battled and defeated these invaders, but the Eborans have fallen on dire times. Their tree-god has apparently died, and it was from him they drew their strength and longevity, and he also provided the mythical war-beasts which accompanied the Eboran warriors into battle.
As an alternate source of power the Eborans used human blood to replenish their strength, which spiralled out of control and led to the humans turning on those who had once fought for them. It didn’t work out so well for the Eborans in the long term either, with them suddenly becoming all too mortal and succumbing to a lingering death via the Crimson Flux. And so their majestic city fell to ruin and desolation, and the last few Eborans await their fate.
But now there are ominous dreams, and whispers that the Jure’lia may return again, and suddenly the need for the great powers of a bygone age are more essential than ever.
That’s a basic idea of the story, but there’s so much more to discover.

For as great as I found this book, in the first chapters it didn’t grab me straight away, it was more of a slow burn, but once I was hooked, well, I was in it to the end with the group of central characters that I came to love. You know you’re on to a good character when you’re willing them to make it out alive, and for me that applied to all three of our leads.

There’s Lady Vicenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon, an eccentric explorer with a fascination for all things Jure’lia that inspires her to venture into all manner of perilous situation with her crossbow at her side and her companions/accomplices following in her wake.
I loved Vintage. She was courageous, inquisitive, kind and determined. Her warmth and wit were great, as were all the extracts that appeared throughout the book, detailing so much of her own life – letters to her nephew, letters to a lost Eboran companion, Nanthema, and accounts of episodes of previous invasions and history. All these gave life to Sarn and it’s great history without becoming overwhelming.

Tormalin is an Eboran who left his old life behind when he saw the hopelessness of the situation, venturing out into the world beyond Ebora, where he found Vintage and became her hired protector. Through him we see the vampire-like race. Once unbeatable, almost immortal, their circumstances have vastly shifted, but he’s still a formidable match for most things the Wild of Sarn can throw at the group, including the menacing parasite spirits which attack them throughout.

Noon is a Fell-Witch who has been imprisoned in the Winnowry for the last ten years but is driven to escape after her nightmares leave her convinced that the Jure’lia really are coming back. Noon has the gift of Winnowfire, and draws energy from living things in create the powerful green flame so capable of causing utter destruction.

The trio, driven by Vintage’s determination to find answers to so many questions about the Jure’lia – where do they come from? who are they? how to stop them? – venture to places where remains of the Jure’lia ships can be found and explored, gathering knowledge. The revelations they discover along the way, and the relentless pursuit of those from the Winnowry who are determined to see Noon made an example of for her escape, plus all the monsters and creatures out in the Wild make this a fantastic journey.

The Ninth Rain features great world building, well written characters and such an exciting finale that I can’t wait for the next instalment of the series.

Booking Ahead: September 2017

Booking Ahead is a feature on Pages and Tea where I glance through my never-ending TBR list/pile and select a few potential reads for the coming month. If I’m not reading books I love talking about books I’d like to read, so this post is a perfect excuse to do just that.

Welcome to another Booking Ahead.
Time for the monthly glance at my book pile/list to decide what I’m going to read next. So many choices, but for now I’m going for…

New Books

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley – I enjoyed The Watchmaker of Filigree Street so I’m looking forward to trying the latest read from this author.

I can’t carry on without a mention for the new Stephen King and Owen King book, Sleeping Beauties. It’s out later this month but I doubt I’ll be reading it until next month because the library don’t seem to get their new releases as quickly as they used to.
You know, I’m actually almost tempted to buy a copy, based solely on that gorgeous cover. I know, know, you shouldn’t go by such things but sometimes…

Books from the Backlist

The High Lord by Trudi Canavan – Last in the Black Magician trilogy and one I must get around to reading this month because it’s not long since I finished The Novice and everything is still fresh in my mind.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling – Not sure how I didn’t get this one finished last month, it being quite a short book, but I’ll definitely finish it during September

What are you hoping to read this month?
Have you read of my picks, and if so what did you think?

See you again next month for another Booking Ahead.

Monthly Summary: August 2017

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

First news – I met my Goodreads challenge target. I set my target at 20 books because I can’t seem to resist choosing books with 500+ pages so it takes me a while to get through them, but I was really pleased to meet my goal this month. I was going to set it a little higher, but I think I’ll just keep reading and see how many books I end up with.

My reading this month has taken me to two lands of fantasy and out to the Australian countryside for an apparent murder/suicide which may have a little more to it. I’ve enjoyed all my reads and would recommend any of them.

August also saw Bout of Books 20 take place. I love a good read-a-thon. I find the daily progress updating on the blog a nice way to track what I’m reading, and knowing that so many other people are taking part in the same event is great. I managed 550 pages, which I never though I’d do at the start of the week.

Here’s all the latest from my blog…

Book Reviews

The Novice by Trudi Canavan

The Dry by Jane Harper

Darien by C. F. Iggulden


Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

August 2017

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2017

August Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Read-A-Thon Updates

Bout of Books August 2017 Sign Up
Bout of Books August 2017 Progress
Bout of Book Final Summary


Bout of Books 20 Read-A-Thon



Reading Review: August 2017

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.


The Novice by Trudi Canavan

The Dry by Jane Harper

Darien by C. F. Iggulden

Total Library Books Read This Month: 3
Total Own Books Read This Month: 0
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 3

Total Library Books Read 2017: 19
Total Own Books Read 2017: 3
Overall Total Books Read 2017: 22


The Novice by Trudi Canavan. That was a huge book, and I thought it would take me a while to read, but I found myself flying through it and managed to read it in about a week because I always had to find time for ‘just one more chapter’. Hopefully next month I’ll get around to reading the final book in the Black Magician trilogy.


My total for this challenge is currently 13 books read. So far I’ve read:

Cell by Stephen King
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
The Trees by Ali Shaw
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
The Muse by Jessie Burton
North and South by John Jakes
The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan
The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan
Feed by Mira Grant
The Novice by Trudi Canavan


I met my target of 20 books this month, and so far I’ve completed 22 books. I know it was a low target but I was really pleased to complete the challenge. Anything I read now is a bonus, unless I decide to increase my target a little? I may have mentioned before that I’m not the fastest reader in the world, so perhaps I’ll just carry on and see what I end up with.


I took part in the latest Bout of Books. I really enjoyed participating in the read-a-thon and even managed to write and post my review for Darien during the even, which I’ve never done before.

I’m keeping up with these monthly progress updates.

Have also managed to meet my Goodreads challenge target this month.

So concludes August’s Reading Review. See you again next month.

Bout of Books 20 (August 2017) – Final Summary

Bout of Books

Bout of Books is over already. Doesn’t the read-a-thon week just fly by?

So, how did you get on in your final day of reading?
I managed the most pages I’ve read all week. I really hoped I’d make 500 pages in total and I completed 200 altogether, giving me a final total of 550. I read so slowly these days I’m amazed I managed that many, but my book is very good and the weekend was fairly quiet, so what better way to spend it than lost in a good book.

Number of pages I’ve read today: 200

Total number of pages I’ve read: 550

I set fairly general goals for the read-a-thon (original goals posted HERE), and managed to keep up with most of them.  I even managed to get my Darien review written and posted during the event, which is a first for me!
As always I’ve enjoyed being around on my blog (almost) daily. I don’t think I’ll ever manage to update every day, but I’ve managed to keep regular track of what I’ve read.
And I think that’s about all from this final Bout of Books update.

Thank you to everyone who visited my blog during the event. I hope everyone had a great week of reading.

The week’s progress revisited…

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