Booking Ahead: November 2020

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.

A new month, another wander through my seemingly endless list/pile of books I want to read. There are a couple here that I’m really looking forward to…

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal – This is the first book in the Glamourist Histories series. I’ve already started reading and I’m really enjoying it. Regency era setting, Austen-esque (is that even a word?!) characters, manners, magic and misunderstandings, it’s a complete change for me and I cannot wait to get back to it. The story centres around the Ellsworth family, mainly the two sisters Jane and Melody, and their social circle, which of course includes a number of potentially eligible suitors. And… magic.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I have a feeling this would have been a perfect choice for Readers Imbibing Peril but I didn’t have chance to read it last month. Here’s a brief description – An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .
That sounds like something I’m going to enjoy.  It will be another new-to-me author, although I do also have Moreno-Garcia’s previous book, Gods of Jade and Shadow, on my TBR pile, so maybe I’ll pick that up soon too.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal – This one is by the same author as Shades of Milk and Honey but it’s a completely different genre and I’m interested because Shades caught my attention so completely that I want to see whether that happens again.
Also, I don’t really read much in the way of sci-fi, and although I haven’t signed up for Sci-Fi Month I’ve seen many blog posts about it and it put me in mind to give the genre a try. This seems as good a place to start as any. It’s the first in the Lady Astronaut series and tells the story of an attempt to colonise space after a meteorite falls to earth, meaning the planet will become uninhabitable.

Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon – I hadn’t heard of this book until I came across it in the Goodreads Choice nominations so it’s a spur-of-the-moment addition to my monthly TBR list and hopefully I’ll manage to fit it in. A historical story about a woman in search of a new start undertaking a journey out West on the Oregon Trail.

Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg – A new Victorian era Fantasy novel. Here’s a brief description… The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood.
Sounds good, doesn’t it?

I’ve probably chosen way more books than I’ll be able to manage over the course of a month, yet it’s only a small selection of everything bookish that caught my attention recently. There’s certainly a great variety of genres and themes in my selections for this month. Let’s see how many of them I actually manage to read…

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.

12 thoughts on “Booking Ahead: November 2020

  1. Elyse LeMieux says:

    I’ve owned Shades of Milk and Honey for years and still haven’t read it! Maybe I will pull it out this month. I haven’t read anything by her yet but I am definitely interested in the Lady Astronauts series! I chose Mexican Gothic for a BOTM this year and really want to read it soon. I was so-so with Gods of Jade and Shadow but Moreno-Garcia writes such a variety of genres, I’m definitely willing to try another!


    • pagesandtea says:

      I loved Shades of Milk and Honey, it was just such a lovely read and made a nice change for me. The first Lady Astronaut book is definitely one I’m looking forward to. Mexican Gothic so far is good.


  2. @lynnsbooks says:

    I’m so keen to see what you make of these. I’ve always fancied the Glamourist series but just not got round to it so would love to see how you feel.
    I loved Certain Dark Things so will be very curious to see what you think.
    Lynn 😀


    • pagesandtea says:

      I’ve just finished the first book in the Glamourist series, it was really good and a series I’d definitely read more of. Am on to Mexican Gothic now so I think I’ve gone from one extreme to the other 😀


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