Monthly Summary: January 2023

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

FellowshipofRingThe new year of reading has had a very slow start for me and I’ve only managed to complete one book. Looking at my Goodreads target I’m very glad I set it at such a low total. I really hope I’ll be able to read more as there are so many books that I would love to be reading ‘right now’ even though I’m trying to stick to one book at a time at the moment, otherwise I’ll feel like my progress is even slower (if such a thing is possible!).

The Fellowship of the Ring was my choice for first book of the year. I want to read more Fantasy this year, so this trilogy seems like a good starting point. I can’t believe I haven’t read it before now actually. I ended up enjoying it very much after a leisurely beginning that made me wonder whether I’d actually carry on reading. It wasn’t that I was tempted to DNF, just that I was wondering whether to have two reads going concurrently, which as I’ve said, I’m trying to avoid. In the end I stuck with the Fellowship and I am looking forward to resuming the tale of Frodo and his companions soon.

My Beat the Backlist challenge has begun, as the one book I did read counts towards the challenge and I managed to find a category for it on my bingo card.
I’ve also found a spot on the Picture Prompts Book Bingo card for it too, so am pleased to have made at least a little progress on my challenges.

Away from the books I completed my first book tag of the year, the Good Intentions tag created by Lynn, in which I looked at books read and books yet to read (and there are many). I did this tag for the first time last year, so it was nice to revisit it again and choose some new books.

I’ve also participated in a couple of Top Ten Tuesdays, looking back at favourite reads of 2002, and new-to-me authors discovered last year.

Here’s a round up of January on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

WhatMovestheDead

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

Featured Posts

Book Tags

The ‘Good Intentions’ Book Tag:  2023 Edition

Top Ten Tuesday

Favourite Books of 2022

New-to-me Authors I Discovered in 2022

Other New Posts

2022 End of Year Survey

Beat the Backlist 2023 Challenge

Reading Resolutions 2023

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2023

January Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

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Reading Review: January 2023

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.

BOOKS I’VE READ

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The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J. R. R. Tolkien

Total Loaned Books Read This Month: 0
Total Own Books Read This Month: 1
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 1

Total Loaned Books Read 2023: 0
Total Own Books Read 2023: 1
Overall Total Books Read 2023: 1

MY READ OF THE MONTH

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It’s not a hard decision this month as I only managed to finish one book, which is more to do with my slow reading than the book itself, because I did really enjoy The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien, especially in the latter stages when there was plenty of action and danger. I’m looking forward to picking up the rest of the trilogy throughout this year.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

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My total for this challenge is currently 1 book read.  So far I’ve read:

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J. R. R. Tolkien

Beat The Backlist Bingo Progress

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This year Bingo is back with a great collection of prompts.  There are two cards available, 24 prompts and 52 prompts, and you can view both cards here. I’m working from both cards this year. I have no idea how many categories I’ll manage to complete but it’s a little extra to add to my challenge.  Here is a collection of covers that fulfil a prompt on either of the cards featured:

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The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J. R. R. Tolkien – First in a trilogy

PICTURE PROMPT BOOK BINGO

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You can find out more about the Picture Prompts Book Bingo over at Bookforager.
I like that this is so open to interpretation based on the pictures provided, and I’ve managed to find a picture for the only book I’ve read this month, and will post an updated card at my first Challenge Check In. I’ve managed to fill the picture prompts so far with:

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J. R. R. Tolkien

GOODREADS

My target for 2023 is 20 books, a regular starting point for this challenge. I always set a low target as I enjoy long books so it takes a while to complete a book, and I like taking my time with a good read.
This month I’ve only managed to finish 1 book, so a target of 20 feels like it might be a little bit overly optimistic.  Hopefully I’ll read more next month.

GOALS

  • My Beat the Backlist challenge has begun and the first book of the year counts towards the challenge and I’ve found a space on my Bingo card for it.
  • Have also made a start on Bookforager’s Photo Prompt Book Bingo.
  • I ventured into one of the genres I’d like to discover more of this year as my first read of the year was a Fantasy.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress I’ve made.

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

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This week’s theme is:  New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022


I read quite a few new-to-me authors in 2022, and enjoyed each of the books I read enough that I’d like to check out more from any of the authors listed below. I’ve linked the covers to my reviews (where possible) in case anything catches your attention. On to the books..

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MidnightMan RoomintheAttic AngryPlanet
Wehrwolf CrucifixKiller Hollows
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This weeks post features books from:

Alice Hoffman | Ray Bradbury | T. Kingfisher | Caroline Mitchell | Louise Douglas | Becky Chambers | Alma Katsu | Chris Carter | Mark Edwards | Catherine Ryan Howard


So, which books made your list this week?
See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Book Review: What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

Name:  What Moves the Dead
Author:  
T. Kingfisher
Number of Pages: 
159 (Kindle)
Published: 
July 12th 2022 by Tor Nightfire
Genre: Horror, Gothic, Fantasy

Goodreads

What Moves the Dead is Kingfisher’s retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Fall of the House of Usher.”
When Alex Easton, a retired soldier, receives word that their childhood friend Madeline Usher is dying, they race to the ancestral home of the Ushers in the remote countryside of Ruritania.
What they find there is a nightmare of fungal growths and possessed wildlife, surrounding a dark, pulsing lake. Madeline sleepwalks and speaks in strange voices at night, and her brother Roderick is consumed with a mysterious malady of the nerves.
Aided by a redoubtable British mycologist and a baffled American doctor, Alex must unravel the secret of the House of Usher before it consumes them all.

My Rating:

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My Thoughts:

What Moves the Dead is the first book I’ve read by T. Kingfisher and it won’t be the last. I really enjoyed this retelling of The Fall of the House of Usher. So much wonderfully Gothic content that I couldn’t put the book down, even when things did start getting gruesomely strange as Alex Easton pays a visit to their old friends in the House of Usher.

The Usher siblings themselves are clearly in the grip of something or someone, for neither of them is a picture of robust health, and Easton is shocked to see the pair of them. Roderick has taken to playing haunting piano refrains late at night and is given to bouts of melancholy.
Madeleine’s decline is even more pronounced, her physical state frail and upsetting.
Despite all this the siblings seem bound to their home and wish to remain there.

Alongside Easton are a number of other characters, all of whom must figure out and face what is lurking within the walls of the House of Usher.
I loved Easton. Formerly a soldier, Easton is capable and determined and not given to flights of fancy, so their experiences at the house are definitely eye opening. I loved their wit and humour, which shone through despite the horror they were facing, and their devotion to helping their old friends and, in Roderick’s case, former comrade-in-arms.
Easton meets Eugenia Potter, a lady ‘of a certain age’, in the grounds surrounding the Usher house, where she’s busy making detailed paintings of mushrooms. Oh Eugenia, I could read a whole book devoted to her adventures and endeavours to gain access and acceptance to the Mycology society. As it is here she’s useful, informative and a great help to Alex in figuring out what is going on, however hard it is to believe at first.
Am American doctor, Denton, another friend of the Ushers, completes the trio. I loved them all.
And as a counterpoint to the malevolence of the local hares (more to come on this presently), an opinionated horse by the name of Hob lightens the mood during every scene he’s in, expressing his opinions clearly with a mere turn of his ears.

The old house in which the Ushers reside and to which their friend Easton is summoned is something of a character in itself – becoming more dilapidated, run through with mold and fungus, it looms like some ghostly spectre, and there’s a wonderful description as Easton sees it up close for the first time on their visit.
The library is full of horrifically moulding books, literally rotting as they sit there, and there have been sightings of a woman wandering the corridors at night.
The house, awful as it is, seems to hold the Ushers captive in some way beyond the normal. It’s so clear something is dreadfully wrong but despite imploring and offers of accommodation from Easton and another friend, Denton, the Ushers refuse to move.
There are whispers that the place is cursed, and the local wildlife, particularly the hares, exhibit some very strange behaviour. It‘s all very eerie, unsettling and threatening.

What Moves the Dead features some brilliantly creepy scenes, from the quietly unnerving to the outright horrific, and I just couldn’t put the book down. What begins as mildly strange becomes an all out life-endangering fight for survival as the horrors are revealed, and I flew through the story.

 

 

The ‘Good Intentions’ Book Tag: 2023 Edition

It’s Book Tag time!
The first tag of 2023 is an updated version of a tag created by Lynn over at Lynn’s Books and is based on ten popular resolutions/best intentions. Here goes my 2023 attempt at the Good Intentions Book Tag.

Exercise more : This is a book that is a real chunkster, in fact you will need help to even pick this book up:

Fairy Tale by Stephen King. I have the hardback version, it’s the next book that I want to read. It’s so pretty, but it’s pretty huge too at over 500 pages. That said, I’m really looking forward to starting it.

Lose weight : A book that is not a chunkster; a short story or novella. A book you could probably read in one sitting:

The Six Deaths of the Saint by Alix E. Harrow. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by this author so far and this short story sounds good too. Here’s the description:

The Saint of War spares the life of a servant girl so she can fulfill her destiny as the kingdom’s greatest warrior in this short story of love and loyalty by New York Times bestselling author Alix E. Harrow.

Always mindful of the debt she owes, the girl finds her worth as a weapon in the hand of the Prince. Her victories make him a king, then an emperor. The bards sing her name and her enemies fear it. But the war never ends and the cost keeps rising—how many times will she repeat her own story?

Eat healthy : A book that is good for you. This is a book that made you feel so happy that you wanted to give it a big hug:

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For some reason the first thing that came to mind for this was reading an Agatha Christie. Murder mysteries, for a book that you’d give a hug?! Strange, I know, but there’s something about picking up a Poirot novel. You know they’re not really graphic, and you know that in the end Poirot will come to the right conclusion and sort everything out. There’s a cosiness to them in a way that I do find enjoyable.

Fulfill your ambitions : A book that has a lot going on. Plenty of different threads, points of views and action but everything eventually comes together in a very satisfactory fashion:

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Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett. I read this last year and really need to get on and continue the rest of the series. There are so much going on in the first book, and so much action, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

Spend more time with the family : A series of books that you love and that has developed more than you ever anticipated:

This year I’m giving another mention to The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I’m still partway through a re-read of the series and cannot wait to get back to it. Wolves of the Calla is the next on my list.

Tick off an item from your bucket list : Reduce the tbr. Choose a book from Mount TBR that you would like to read this year:

I’m doing a whole reading challenge devoted to this very thing, so here’s some of the books that made my list when I signed up for Beat the Backlist:

The Robert Hunter series by Chris Carter
The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley
The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

Save money : A book that was an absolute bargain – you would have to be crazy in fact not to have bought this book:

Institute

The Institute by Stephen King was 99p in e-book recently so I had to have it. Doesn’t matter that I’d read it before, I might want to read it again at some point.

Get Organised : A book with a glossary, maps, useful words, lists of people – this book is one helpful book, it wants you to know ALL the things and it’s not afraid to use footnotes and other devices to help you do so:

The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien. There are maps, there are footnotes, and so far I’m really enjoying discovering this story. I don’t know why I haven’t read it before. I know I’ve seen all the films, but for some reason I haven’t read the books. Am hoping to read the trilogy over the course of this year.

Start a new hobby : A book that is outside your comfort zone. Perhaps everyone was raving about this book, maybe it was over-hyped, you hesitated to pick it up in fact, but when you did – you loved it:

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An Evil Mind (Robert Hunter #6) was totally out of my comfort zone but I loved the sound of it so decided to give it a try. Whoever would have though a gruesome serial killer thriller would have grabbed my attention so much that I’ve decided to read the rest of the series, and it’s quite a long series too.


That’s my top ten Good Intentions Book Tag.
If you’d like to have a go at the tag yourself then please do and I’d love to know what books you chose.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Books of 2022

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This week’s theme is:  Favourite Books of 2022


Top Ten Tuesday this week gives a chance to look back over last year’s reads and pick out ten favourites. I’ve linked to reviews where possible in case anything catches your attention.

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The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
An Evil Mind and Hunting Evil (Robert Hunter #6 and #10) by Chris Carter
What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher
Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Billy Summers by Stephen King
The Midnight Man (Slayton Thrillers #1) by Caroline Mitchell
Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower #4.5) by Stephen King


So, which books made your list this week?
See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Reading Resolutions 2023

Welcome to my 2023 Reading Resolutions post.

It’s become something of a tradition on my blog to set out a few general reading hopes and goals for the coming year. Nothing too rigid, my Resolutions are mostly ideas and reminders about reading events and books I’d like to read soon.

As always I will participate in the Goodreads Challenge, setting myself a fairly low target. I enjoy keeping track of my reads and this challenge allows me to do that.

Beat the Backlist returns in 2023 so I’m going to attempt the challenge once again. It encourages me to devote time to some of the many books that have been on my TBR list for far too long, and I like the added element of bingo cards to play along with.

General Goals

  • My own books – I want to give attention to books I already own by reading at least one of my own books per month.
  • Readathons – I hope to participate in reading events and readathons and update my blog regularly throughout. In particular I’m looking out for Reader’s Imbibing Peril. I’d also like to find more readathon events to participate in, and know there are such as Wyrd and Wonder and Sci-Fi Month.
  • Genres – I’d like to continue reading a variety of genres, and in particular this year I’d like to read more Fantasy.
    I’d also like to continue exploring what I’m still calling my Under-Explored genres – Science Fiction, Crime and Historical.
  • Blog Updates – Continue monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress.

Particular Authors…

Read at least one book by any of the following – Agatha Christie, Chris Carter, Stephen King, Blake Crouch, Donna Tartt, Laura Purcell.

Series…

The Dark Tower series- I want to resume my series re-read. The next book for me is Wolves of the Calla, after which I’d like to carry on and read the rest.

The Robert Hunter series – The Night Stalker, the third book in the series by Chris Carter, is next up if I continue to read the series in order, which I think I will.

The Poirot series – I read a couple of Agatha Christie books over the last year, but haven’t returned to reading the Poirot series, so I’d like to get back to reading about this detective and his adventures.

Reading Challenges:

The Beat the Backlist Challenge including Beat the Backlist Bingo

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Bookforager Picture Prompt Book Bingo

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Goodreads

I’d like to read 20 books during the year

Possible Books to Read:

I created a list of potential reads for the year which I’ve included in my Beat the Backlist sign up post so I’ll post that here too…

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
The Robert Hunter series by Chris Carter
The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley
The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Dark Matter or Recursion by Blake Crouch
The Poirot series by Agatha Christie

There are many more books that I would like to include in my Backlist challenge but don’t want to make this list too exhaustive.

Beat The Backlist 2023

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Overview

A new year, a new TBR pile, and a new set of readers tackling their backlist!

Welcome to Beat the Backlist (the 2023 edition)!
The Beat the Backlist reading challenge is designed to help you tackle all the books you keep meaning to read and still haven’t. Head over to AustineDecker.com for full details.

Guidelines

The guidelines are simple:

The book must be published in the previous year or earlier (for the 2023 challenge, anything published in 2022 or earlier counts).

You have to start and finish the book in 2023.

And that’s it!

The challenge runs from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023

Any format, any genre.

Re-reads count, and you don’t have to own the book.

It’s open for the entire year so you can join in at any time.

BEAT THE BACKLIST BINGO

Bingo is back! I enjoyed this last year, and for 2023 Bingo is back, with new cards packed full of reading prompts. This year, there are two bingo cards available. You can find both at AustineDecker.com.
Bingo is an additional element to the challenge and finding books to meet each category is fun. I’m attempting both the 24 and 52 prompt cards and so have included both in my challenge post for reference. I doubt I’ll manage to read 52 books over the whole year, but I’d like to see how many prompts I can complete.

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Potential Reads

2023 marks my seventh time participating in Beat the Backlist. As I did last year, I’ll set an initial target of 10 books to read, but hopefully will manage more. My TBR pile is still HUGE so there’s no shortage of books to choose from! Here is a short selection of potential reads for this challenge…

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
The Robert Hunter series by Chris Carter
The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley
The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Dark Matter or Recursion by Blake Crouch
The Poirot series by Agatha Christie

There are so many more books I could have mentioned, so I look forward to seeing how many books I manage to read for Beat the Backlist.


Monthly Progress

January

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The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J. R. R. Tolkien

Beat The Backlist Bingo Progress

This year Bingo is back with a great collection of 24 and 52 prompts.  Here is a collection of covers that fulfil a prompt on either of the lists featured:

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The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J. R. R. Tolkien – First in a trilogy

Reading Review: December 2022

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.

BOOKS I’VE READ

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Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

The Night Crossing by Robert Masello

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Total Loaned Books Read This Month:  2
Total Own Books Read This Month:  1
Overall Total Books Read This Month:  3

Total Loaned Books Read 2022:  16
Total Own Books Read 2022:  14
Overall Total Books Read 2022:  30

MY READ OF THE MONTH

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Fingersmith by Sarah Waters was a great book to end this year of reading with.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

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My total for this challenge is 24 books read.  I’ve read:

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
Buried (DC Jack Warr #1) by Lynda La Plante
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower #4.5) by Stephen King
Murder is Easy (Superintendent Battle #4) by Agatha Christie
Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Room in the Attic by Louise Douglas
Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie
Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie
The Hollows by Mark Edwards
The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell
Billy Summers by Stephen King
An Evil Mind (Robert Hunter #6) by Chris Carter
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers
The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard
Hunting Evil (Robert Hunter #10) by Chris Carter
Witch by Finbar Hawkins
The Crucifix Killer (Robert Hunter #1) by Chris Carter
The Executioner (Robert Hunter #2) by Chris Carter
Practical Magic (Practical Magic #1) by Alice Hoffman
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
The Night Crossing by Robert Masello
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Beat The Backlist Bingo Progress

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This year Bingo is back with a great collection of prompts.  While my main focus is the 24-prompt card I may choose a few from the 52-prompt list as well (both cards can be viewed here).
I recently posted updated versions of each of the cards for my progress from January to March, April to June, July to September, and October to December which can be viewed over at my Challenge Check-In posts.
Here is a collection of covers that fulfill a prompt on either of the cards featured:

OnceandFutureWitches NothingButBlackenedTeeth Buried
WindThroughtheKeyhole MurderisEasy Foundryside
BeautifulOnes RoomintheAttic DeathontheNile
DeathComesastheEnd   Hollows MidnightMan
BillySummers EvilMind AngryPlanet
NothingMan HuntingEvil Witch
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SomethingWicked Fingersmith

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow – A book about siblings
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw – Novella
Buried (DC Jack Warr #1) by Lynda La Plante – One word title
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower #4.5) by Stephen King – Your favourite trope on the page
Murder is Easy (Superintendent Battle #4) by Agatha Christie – Murder, mystery – or both!
Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett – New-to-you author
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Discovered via social media
The Room in the Attic by Louise Douglas – Indie or self published
Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie – You watched the show or movie first
Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie – Forgotten on your shelf or eReader
The Hollows by Mark Edwards – a book set in the season you read it in
The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell – title is an alliteration
Billy Summers by Stephen King – superheroes/villains OR character in disguise
An Evil Mind (Robert Hunter #6) by Chris Carter – a book in a genre you never/rarely read
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers – set in space OR on/in the ocean
The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard – a book about books
Hunting Evil (Robert Hunter #10) by Chris Carter – everyone has read it but you
Witch by Finbar Hawkins – Debut novel
The Crucifix Killer (Robert Hunter #1) by Chris Carter – First in a series you’ve been putting off
The Executioner (Robert Hunter #2) by Chris Carter – Second or fourth book in a series
Practical Magic (Practical Magic #1) by Alice Hoffman – Involves family secrets
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – Classic novel
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters – protagonist has a profession that twists the truth

PICTURE PROMPT BOOK BINGO

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You can find out more about the Picture Prompts Book Bingo over at Bookforager. I’ve managed to make more progress for my final update on this card, and in the end I’ve done better than I thought I thought I would as I’ve added another three books to the card. An updated final version of my progress is over at my latest Challenge Check-In post. I have managed to fill the picture prompts with:

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
The Room in the Attic by Louise Douglas
Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie
The Hollows by Mark Edwards
An Evil Mind (Robert Hunter #6) by Chris Carter
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers
The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard
Hunting Evil (Robert Hunter #10) by Chris Carter
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
The Night Crossing by Robert Masello
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

You can view a recent update of my progress on this bingo card over at my Challenge Check-In post.

Challenge Check-In

January to March 2022

April to June 2022

July to September 2022

October to December 2022

GOODREADS

I’ve read 30 books so this year.

GOALS

  • I’ve done quite well with reading books I already own and backlist titles, but this month I also enjoyed a recent release.
  • I added books to my Beat the Backlist challenge and updated my bingo card and also managed to add more to my Bookforager bingo card.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress I’ve made.

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

Challenge Check-In: October to December 2022

Welcome to Challenge Check-In.
This post is an attempt to keep track of my reading challenges and bingo cards.

Welcome to my fourth and final Challenge Check-In of 2022 (the first, second, and third are here, here, and here). This year I attempted a couple of reading challenges which feature bingo cards, so I decided to create a check-in style post to post updated versions of each card and see how I progressed with my challenges. I’ve managed to add more books to each of my bingo cards since my last update. So, here’s how my reading challenges and bingo cards have ended up as 2022 comes to an end…

First, a quick glance at my total number of books read this year.

Total Loaned Books Read 2022: 16
Total Own Books Read 2022: 14
Overall Total Books Read 2022: 30

MY BOOK OF THE CHECK-IN

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I’m going with the first book that came to mind for my final Book of the Check-In and that’s What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author but I doubt it will be the last. It is a relatively short story and a retelling of The Fall of the House of Usher. It’s creepy, mysterious, with a vivid setting and some great characters. I had a great time reading it, even when things started to get a bit, well, gross (can‘t really think of a more fitting word, but don‘t be put off, it‘s such a good story).

BEAT THE BACKLIST

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My total for this challenge is 24 books read.  I’ve read:

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
Buried (DC Jack Warr #1) by Lynda La Plante
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower #4.5) by Stephen King
Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie
Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Room in the Attic by Louise Douglas
Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie
Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie
The Hollows by Mark Edwards
The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell
Billy Summers by Stephen King
An Evil Mind (Robert Hunter #6) by Chris Carter
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers
The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard
Hunting Evil (Robert Hunter #10) by Chris Carter
Witch by Finbar Hawkins
The Crucifix Killer (Robert Hunter #1) by Chris Carter
The Executioner (Robert Hunter #2) by Chris Carter
Practical Magic (Practical Magic #1) by Alice Hoffman
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
The Night Crossing by Robert Masello
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Beat The Backlist Bingo Progress

This year Bingo is back with a great collection of prompts.  My original idea was to make the 24-prompt card my main focus, but in the end I managed more than I first expected on the 52-prompt card.  Here are updated versions of both cards showing my final progress update of the challenge (both original cards can be viewed here) and a collection of covers that fulfil a prompt on either of the cards featured:

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OnceandFutureWitches NothingButBlackenedTeeth Buried
WindThroughtheKeyhole MurderisEasy Foundryside
BeautifulOnes RoomintheAttic DeathontheNile
DeathComesastheEnd   Hollows MidnightMan
BillySummers EvilMind  AngryPlanet
NothingMan HuntingEvil    Witch
CrucifixKiller Executioner PracticalMagic
SomethingWicked NightCrossing Fingersmith

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow – A book about siblings
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw – Novella
Buried (DC Jack Warr #1) by Lynda La Plante – One word title
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower #4.5) by Stephen King – Your favourite trope on the page
Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie – Murder, mystery – or both!
Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett – New-to-you author
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Discovered via social media
The Room in the Attic by Louise Douglas – Indie or self published
Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie – You watched the show or movie first
Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie – Forgotten on your shelf or eReader
The Hollows by Mark Edwards – a book set in the season you read it in (for example, reading a book primarily set in winter during the winter season)
The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell – title is an alliteration (the title features at least 2 words starting with the same letter back to back)
Billy Summers by Stephen King – superheroes/villains OR character in disguise (a story about superheroes/villains or one that features a character in disguise)
An Evil Mind (Robert Hunter #6) by Chris Carter – a book in a genre you never/rarely read
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers – set in space OR on/in the ocean
The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard – a book about books
Hunting Evil (Robert Hunter #10) by Chris Carter – everyone has read it but you
Witch by Finbar Hawkins – Debut novel
The Crucifix Killer (Robert Hunter #1) by Chris Carter – First in a series you’ve been putting off
The Executioner (Robert Hunter #2) by Chris Carter – Second or fourth book in a series
Practical Magic (Practical Magic #1) by Alice Hoffman – involves family secrets
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – Classic novel

PICTURE PROMPT BOOK BINGO

You can find out more about the Picture Prompts Book Bingo over at Bookforager, where you can also view the original bingo card.  I like that this challenge is so open to interpretation based on the pictures provided. In my final update for this challenge I’m happy to report that I made a little more progress and managed to fill in a few more of the prompts. Here’s my last progress update and a list of the titles I’ve used:

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The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard
Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie
The Hollows by Mark Edwards
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers
Hunting Evil (Robert Hunter #10) by Chris Carter
An Evil Mind (Robert Hunter #6) by Chris Carter
The Night Crossing by Robert Masello
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
The Room in the Attic by Louise Douglas
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

GOODREADS

I’ve read 30 books so far this year.


So concludes my final Challenge Check-In of 2022.