Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Made Me Want to Read More Books Like Them

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:  Books I Loved that Made Me Want to Read More Books Like Them


I always like it when I find a book that I enjoy so much it leaves me wanting to find something similar whether that’s another book by the same author, or a tale with a similar theme or a particular setting or similar characters.  

This week I’ve chosen a few titles that I experienced this with, some of them standalone, some either a trilogy or a series (because even then you can never have too many books, right?!).  

As always I’ve linked to any reviews just in case any of these covers or titles catches your attention.

ShadesofMilkandHoney

Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal

SilentCompanions

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

SevenDeathsofEvelynHardcastle

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Gunslinger DrawingoftheThree WasteLands

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

BearandtheNightingale girlinthetower WinteroftheWitch

The Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden

The Wayward Pines trilogy by Blake Crouch

promiseofblood CrimsonCampaign AutumnRepublic

The Powder Mage trilogy by Brian McClellan

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

DevilandtheDarkWater

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton


So, what did you write about this week?
See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Booking Ahead: June 2021

Booking Ahead is an opportunity to 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.

It’s that time again, a glance at my TBR list to select a few potential reads for the month of June. I’ve been reading very slowly of late so I won’t choose too many titles, especially since I must mention…

Wizard and Glass by Stephen King. This is the fourth book in the Dark Tower series, and I do want to continue my reread this month so I imagine this will take up a fair amount of my reading time. It’s been a long time since I read these books but from memory I think this was one that I really enjoyed, where we learn more of Roland’s past and about his friends and some of their adventures. Can’t wait to get back to it.

A few other titles I’d like to read this month may include…

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton – I’ve wanted to read this for a while now.  I enjoyed The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle so much I can’t wait to see what’s in store of this tale of murder, mystery and possible supernatural happenings on board a ship bound for Amsterdam.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – My current and ongoing read which I should definitely finish this month. It’s so good, and I can’t wait to see how it’s going to end, although I don’t really want to get to the end.

If I manage to read any/all of these choices I might return to the Joe Pickett series by C. J. Box. I read the first book recently and find myself wanting to discover what happens to Joe and his family next.


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: May 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

It’s time for another Monthly Summary and I think it’s going to be a fairly short update this month.

I took a detour from the Dark Tower to read the latest from Stephen King, Later. It was an engaging tale with a likeable narrator, and reading a novel so much shorter after quite a few long reads made a nice change. I don’t think it will be long before I return to the Tower series though. Book 4, Wizard and Glass, awaits and from memory that was one I really enjoyed first time around.

I finally put together my thoughts on the second volume of the Dark Tower, The Drawing of the Three, and posted my review recently.

And I think that’s about all the progress I have to report at the moment. It’s been another fairly quiet month on the blog, but here’s what happened in May on Page and Tea…

Book Reviews

DrawingoftheThree

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

May 2021

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2021

May Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Reading Review: May 2021

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

Later

Later by Stephen King

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

Total Library Books Read 2021: 1
Total Own Books Read 2021: 7
Overall Total Books Read 2021: 8

MY READ OF THE MONTH

Later

Later by Stephen King is the tale of a boy who can see the dead, and the troubles this skill leads him into through little fault of his own as he’s growing up.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 6 books.   So far I’ve read:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King
Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box
The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King
The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

Beat the Backlist Bingo is making another appearance 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.

OpenSeason       WasteLands

Standalone – The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

A book with illustrations – NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – There is an illustration of the Christmasland advert that first attracts Bing Partridge’s attention, and it also has Vic’s various bikes and Manx’s Wraith between paragraphs. I could also have used this for the ‘map’ prompt as there’s the United Inscapes of America map as well.

Kept you up late reading (definitely not a book you can easily put down) – The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

Genre you never/rarely read (there has to be at least one genre you don’t usually pick up) – Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box

Black and white – The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

From the 52 Prompts List…

You can find the complete prompts list here.

OpenSeason       DrawingoftheThree WasteLands

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – Standalone

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – A book with illustrations

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King – Kept you up late reading

Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box – Genre you never/rarely read

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King – Author has a book releasing in 2021

The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King – Black and white

GOODREADS

I’ve read 8 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • My Beat the Backlist challenge is ongoing but I haven’t added anything this month as I had a change and read a recent release.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress.

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

Book Review: The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King

Name:  The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2)
Author:  
Stephen King
Number of Pages:  
438 (ebook)
Published:  
March 11th 2010 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published May 1987)
Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads

Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger, encounters three doors which open to 1980s America, where he joins forces with the defiant Eddie Dean and courageous, volatile Odetta Holmes. And confronts deadly serial killer Jack Mort. As the titanic forces gather, a savage struggle between underworld evil and otherworldly enemies conspire to bring an end to Roland’s quest for the Dark Tower…Masterfully weaving dark fantasy and icy realism, THE DRAWING OF THE THREE compulsively propels readers toward the next chapter. And the Tower is closer…

My Rating:

5diamonds

My Thoughts:

The Drawing of the Three picks up Roland of Gilead’s tale only hours after the conclusion of events in The Gunslinger. Roland is on a beach, deciding where to go and what to do next, and that’s about the only moment of peace he has as new threats reveal themselves almost immediately and then the mysterious ‘drawing’ that the man in black talked about begins to happen. From there it’s all action. Things that were only hinted at during The Gunslinger start to play out in this novel, and the story really takes off.

Gone is the Old West feel to the story, as Roland discovers ‘our’ world, or more specifically the eras of our world inhabited by those who will be drawn into his group, or ka-tet, those bound by fate, and without whom Roland’s quest for the Tower cannot continue. They’re a vastly varied group, drawn from different ‘whens’ but the ‘where’ is New York during different decades – the 80s, 60s and 70s respectively.

Through these meetings more of Roland’s own character is revealed, his drive and determination in his quest, and the lengths he will go to should it be necessary, but this volume really belongs to those who must travel with the gunslinger- Eddie Dean, Odetta Holmes/Detta Walker and someone drawn after the gunslinger’s encounter with an apparent serial killer.

Each of these new characters is afforded a great introduction – to us, to each other, and to Roland – and once they leave their own world behind it should be onward into the strange world that Roland inhabits.
I don’t want to elaborate too much on these characters, the joy is in the discovery, but they’re an intriguing bunch, and at times it’s impossible to decide whether the group are going to be able to join together to venture into this wild and strange land of the gunslinger, or whether there will be trouble before the quest even starts. Through various sabotage attempts, illness and trials, the mysterious Tower seems an incredibly long way off at times.

I enjoyed Roland’s varied forays into our world, and the way he learned to navigate a place that to him was as alien and strange as his own world must be to those he has drawn there. This came through wonderfully in the final third of the story, when he encountered Jack Mort. I don’t want to spoil anything, so won’t say more.

For all the action, and there’s plenty in each of the locations that Roland draws his three from, I did enjoy the quieter moments as the group progressed along the interminably long beach towards an unknown destination. Moments in which Roland and Eddie could talk, find out more about each other, and form a bond of friendship. Moments where Eddie and Odetta could bond over the strangeness of their situation, Detta Walker permitting. It gave the story a nice balance.

And so as this volume of the saga ends, the three have been drawn and the group are about the leave that awfully long beach and it’s horrors behind. On to The Waste Lands. I don’t think it will be long before I pick that book up. The Tower awaits…

Booking Ahead: May 2021

Booking Ahead is an opportunity to 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 the TBR pile once again! I’ve picked out a few potential reads for May.

I think my Dark Tower reread may continue this month with the 4th book the series, Wizard and Glass.

There’s another book that I’d like to read this month as well which is another by Stephen King…

Later by Stephen King – The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine – as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.

Beyond that I’m not sure yet what else I’ll be reading.


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: April 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

If last month was fairly quiet on my blog then this month has been extremely quiet. I haven’t posted since April’s Booking Ahead post, and I’ve really fallen behind with blog hopping.
I have managed to fit in some reading though…

I’ve finished only one book this month, but what a good one! My Dark Tower reread is ongoing, and the third book in the series, The Waste Lands, has been occupying my reading time. So much going on, so much action, so much mystery. I’m really glad I decided to revisit this series because there is a lot that I don’t remember. It’s the volume that sees the group visit the city of Lud, and I only had the vaguest recollections of what happened there (and I can’t give anything away because that wouldn’t be fair, would it?), so I’m enjoying this reread very much.

I think that’s about all for this month, so although it’s a short summary here’s what happened in April on Pages and Tea…

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

April 2021

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2021

April Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Reading Review: April 2021

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

WasteLands

The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

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

Total Library Books Read 2021: 0
Total Own Books Read 2021: 7
Overall Total Books Read 2021: 7

MY READ OF THE MONTH

WasteLands

The Waste Lands by Stephen King. Not only was it the only book that I actually finished this month, it was a really exciting read, even second time around, and that ending means I doubt it will be very long before I’m starting the next book in the Tower series.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 6 books.   So far I’ve read:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King
Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box
The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King
The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

Beat the Backlist Bingo is making another appearance 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.

OpenSeason       WasteLands

Standalone – The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

A book with illustrations – NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – There is an illustration of the Christmasland advert that first attracts Bing Partridge’s attention, and it also has Vic’s various bikes and Manx’s Wraith between paragraphs. I could also have used this for the ‘map’ prompt as there’s the United Inscapes of America map as well.

Kept you up late reading (definitely not a book you can easily put down) – The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

Genre you never/rarely read (there has to be at least one genre you don’t usually pick up) – Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box

Black and white – The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

From the 52 Prompts List…

You can find the complete prompts list here.

OpenSeason       DrawingoftheThree WasteLands

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – Standalone

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – A book with illustrations

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King – Kept you up late reading

Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box – Genre you never/rarely read

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King – Author has a book releasing in 2021

The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King – Black and white

GOODREADS

I’ve read 7 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • My Dark Tower reread is ongoing. Next up is Wizard and Glass.
  • My Beat the Backlist challenge continues and this month’s read counts towards the challenge.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress.

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

Booking Ahead: April 2021

Booking Ahead is an opportunity to 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.

The monthly wander through the endless pile/list of books is upon us again as I select a few potential reads for April. Bring on the books…

The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King – I have a feeling that my Dark Tower reread will be continuing this month as I can’t seem to put those books down at the moment.
I’ve seen various suggestions for other King books connected to the Tower, and as if several thousand pages of Tower wasn’t enough, I’m actually considering adding a few of the connected novels in too.

That said, there is at least one other book I would like to mention here too…

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I’m reading this at the moment and it’s very good. I picked it after enjoying Mexican Gothic so much.

So, there are a couple of the books that may feature in my reading this month. There’s also the chance that something completely unexpected will catch my eye…


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: March 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

Hello, and welcome. What a quiet month March has been for my blog. I haven’t done much blogging at all, but I have managed to fit in a fair amount of reading…

It started out with a new mystery series, the Joe Pickett series by C. J. Box. A new-to-me author and quite a large series so far to go at if I enjoyed this first book. I did, and I’d probably be tempted to pick up the next book in the series at some point. The central character is a game warden in Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, and the setting for the story was absolutely beautiful. Likeable characters and a bit of a mystery made this a good read.

From that point on it’s been all about The Dark Tower. I decided I would reread the series, something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while, and last month I finally began with The Gunslinger. March saw me pick up The Drawing of the Three and that proved just as good second time around, so I doubt it will be long before I’m grabbing the next book in the series.

I think that’s about all for now, so here’s a very short summary of March on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

Gunslinger

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

March 2021

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2021

March Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress