Booking Ahead: February 2022

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 first Booking Ahead of 2022. I’ve noticed that recently Booking Ahead has more accurately been monthly musings about some of the books catching my eye rather than definite plans for what I’m going to read. I have a feeling this month’s edition is probably going to be similar, so without further ado..

Last month was a mix of varied genres for me, and I’ll probably continue trying to read a variety, particularly from my under-explored genres as mentioned in my Reading Resolutions. Historical, sci-fi, maybe even a total change and add in a bit of romance? That being said, I think fantasy is also calling out to me again and I can’t wait to get back into my Dark Tower reread, which brings me to my first and only definite read this month…

The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King – The next in the Tower series is a story within a story within a story and was a later edition to the series as a whole, written after the series had been completed and placed between books 4 and 5. I’ve already started this and am enjoying being back with these characters again.

And in under-explored genres I have some ideas…

Historical, I fancy rereading Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. I wanted to do this a while ago but haven’t actually got around to it yet.

Sci-fi, I’m thinking Dogs of War and/or Bear Head by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I really haven’t read much sci-fi at all.

I have some of the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn should I fancy giving romance a try, and there’s a new tv series coming soon so now might be a good time to give the books a try?

Some of these titles may feature in the month of reading, or who knows, something else might totally surprise me.


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.

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11 thoughts on “Booking Ahead: February 2022

  1. Calmgrove says:

    Not read any of the author’s you mention, I’m afraid, though the Netflix Bridgerton series was distinctly … entertaining! This month I’m trying to avoid most bookish memes (there are enough coming up for me in March) but I’m still ploughing through Tolkien and currently am intrigued by a novella from the Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño. After that, who knows? 🙂

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    • pagesandtea says:

      Ooh, which bookish memes will be coming up in March?
      I’ve started appreciating novellas a bit more these days. I usually plough through really long tomes so it’s refreshing to pick up a book I might actually be able to finish in a day or two.

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      • Calmgrove says:

        First, apologies for the intrusive possessive apostrophe in “authors” #bloodypredictivetext…

        I got through several novellas in and around November for #NovNov and I have to say it’s quite satisfying to read works where writers say what they’re going to say without bulky padding out! Soany classic tomes were verbally bombastic because, well, they could. (Much like some of my reviews!)

        Memes in March? They’re ones I’ve been pursuing for a few years now: Wales Reading Month, Reading Ireland Month — both because March includes the feasts of their patron saints — and March Magics celebrating Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett, both of whom died in this month. I try and read at least one title to mark the two authors and the two countries.

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      • pagesandtea says:

        Sounds like your March will be busy memes-wise! I haven’t read any Diana Wynne Jones but I did start reading Terry Pratchett after watching the tv series of Good Omens. It was just so different that I had to check out the book, which I loved. After that I started from the very beginning but I’m not sure whether that was the best way to go about it really as I stalled after the first two. Maybe I would have been better choosing one of the series within the series. It’s something I will try to get back to at some point.

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      • Calmgrove says:

        Good Omens aside, I started my Terry Pratchett read a few years ago with Mort, the fourth book in the Discworld series, and enjoyed it very much, discovering afterwards that many Pterry fans think this is where he really came into his own (whatever you do, they said, don’t start with The Colour of Magic). After a couple of other random dips into titles I discovered the five titles in the Tiffany Aching mini series which I think may be the heart and soul of that world.

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      • pagesandtea says:

        I’ve heard good things about the Tiffany Aching mini series, perhaps that would be a good starting point when I return to the series. I was tempted by Guards! Guards! as well. I can see Good Omens being one I would reread too as I remember it being quite funny.

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  2. Elyse LeMieux says:

    After the first Bridgerton book, I enjoyed the series. There is dubious consent in The Duke and I. And it’s also very glossed over in season 1 of Bridgerton on Netflix. I’m much more looking forward to season 2.

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  3. @lynnsbooks says:

    I watched Bridgerton – haven;t read the book. I thought it was quite good fun. In terms of the Tchaikovsky books – Dogs of War is my favourite of the two. Bear Head is good too but not my favourite out of the two.
    Lynn 😀

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