Booking Ahead: March 2019

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.

New Books

The Last by Hanna Jameson – When a book has the comment in the inside cover that it’s a mix of Stephen King and Agatha Christie you know I’m going to be excited at the prospect. Let’s see if this post-apocalyptic murder mystery is as good as I hope it will be.

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker – People are succumbing to an endless sleep in which they experience life-altering dreams. Sounds intriguing to me!

Books from the Backlist

The Rose and the Yew Tree by Agatha Christie writing as Mary Westmacott – I want to read more Christie this year, and as part of the Read Christie reading challenge one of the items is to read a Mary Westmacott novel. I saw this one at the library and it was a lovely brand new book, and the cover caught my eye, so I’ll give it a go.

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker – I’m in the mood for something a little horror/fantasy-based and while there are many books on my pile, this one keeps almost reaching the top, so hopefully this time I’ll actually pick it up and read it!


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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Booking Ahead: February 2019

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 the first Booking Ahead of 2019.

I’ve signed up for Beat the Backlist again, so I’ll stick with my usual Booking Ahead format where I select a mixture of older and newer books to read over the coming month. Top Ten Tuesday gave me the perfect opportunity to write about at least ten books that I really want to read soon, so where this list provides a narrower section of potential reads, feel free to check out my Recent TBR Additions.

On to the books…

New Books

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden – The final book of the Winternight trilogy, and I can’t wait to read of Vasya’s adventures and what’s going to happen to her next. Am hoping for another appearance from Morozko as well. What a shame it’s the final book though!

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – A remote hunting lodge. In winter. A murder among friends. It sounds like something Agatha Christe may have written, which sounds good to me.

The Last by Hanna Jameson – Post-apocalyptic murder mystery in a hotel as the world is ending. A murder mystery AND a post-apocalyptic scenario? Can this one really be as good as it seems? I can’t wait to find out.

Books from the Backlist

Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie – Old book, new edition spied upon a visit to the library. I think I’m the first person to loan this one out, so I have that new-book pleasure to look forward to, and it’s Poirot!! I definitely need more Poirot in my reading life!

The Passage by Justin Cronin – I read The Passage years ago, and bought the other two books in the trilogy, but I never found the opportunity to read them. My interest was reawakened when I found out that book 1 has been given the tv series treatment. Of course it’s something I want to watch, and it’s made me want to read the books, but as it’s such a long time since I read the first one I can’t recall that much about it, so I want to read the whole lot starting from the beginning.


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.

Booking Ahead: December 2018

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.
December, already?!? Next thing you know it will be Christmas. With that in mind I’ve added at least one festive looking cover to my potential reading selection for this month. Here are a few books I hope to sample over the next few weeks…

New Books

Someone Like Me by M. R. Carey – I’ve read Carey’s previous novels and enjoyed them all, and I’ve seen some great, non-spoilerish reviews for this latest which have all made me quite excited to get started on the book.

The Lingering by SJI Holliday – Another book that I keep seeing everywhere at the moment. It sounds really creepy, set in an old asylum now used as a community dwelling, but I can’t wait to start it. Am intrigued about the bath bit, because I’ve seen that mentioned in quite a few reviews already.

The Christmas Lights by Karen Swan – It’s that time of year again folks! The arrival of December usually sees me reaching for the latest from Karen Swan.

Books from the Backlist

I’m not sure I’ll manage anything from the Backlist this month. I requested so many new books from the library and as usual they’ve all arrived at the same time. I have no idea how I’ll get through them all before the loans expire but I’m going to give it a good go.


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.

Booking Ahead: November 2018

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.

New Books

Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness – Another book in the world of the All Souls trilogy sounds intriguing.

A House of Ghosts by W. C. Ryan – A mystery surrounding people stranded on an island in a storm. Also, there may be ghosts. Sounds good to me!

The Corset by Laura Purcell – I loved The Silent Companions so I was always going to check this book out although I’ve seen some mixed reviews around for it. I’m still really looking forward to starting it myself.

Books from the Backlist

I’m not sure what I fancy from my huge Backlist pile this month, but hopefully I’ll find time for at least one – it seems like a very long time since I added anything to my Beat the Backlist challenge.


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.

Booking Ahead: October 2018

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.

Is it just me or do there seem to be many many great sounding new books coming out around this time? There are so many titles that have caught my attention lately that narrowing it down to a number I might stand a chance of reading over a month is going to be tough.

New Books

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower – I’ve started reading it at last! I thought this beautiful looking book would never reach the top of my TBR pile, but I’m glad it did because so far it’s very good.

An Unwanted Guest  by Shari Lapena – I’ve never read anything by this author before, but the story of people trapped in a snowbound hotel with no power whilst a murderer may be among them caught my eye.

The Corset by Laura Purcell – I’ve started seeing reviews around in various places for this book, and I enjoyed The Silent Companions so much that I really hope the library get their stock in quickly because this sounds perfect for the current season.

A House of Ghosts by W. C. Ryan – I’ve seen two other book titles mentioned in comparison with this book – And Then There Were None and The Silent Companions. Based on my comment above, and my newfound love for all things Agatha Christie, you can imagine that i’m pretty intrigued about this book.

Books from the Backlist

NOS4R2 by Joe Hill – I’ve had this book my my TBR list for so long. I’m hoping to read it as part of my Readers Imbibing Peril read-a-thon, which runs for the month of October.

I have a feeling I’ve probably still chosen too many books here, but I’ll give it a go and see now I get on. I wonder how many other new books are going to try and distract me throughout the month?!


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.

Booking Ahead: September 2018

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.

It’s book browsing time again. There are so many books I want to be reading at any one time, but here’s a selection of what I’m hoping to start over the next month…

New Books

The Outsider by Stephen King – At last, I’m reading this book already. Can’t believe it took me so long to finally pick it up, but so far it’s very good.

The Feed by Nick Clark Windo – I have the paperback and the cover is really striking. Every time I venture to the TBR pile this book catches my eye, and I really want to read it this month.

The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah – I’ve become something of a Poirot fan in recent months, so of course this new Poirot adventure by Sophie Hannah was going to catch my eye. It sounds like a great mystery and I’m looking forward to finding out how another author captures the style and characters of Agatha Christie.

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde – I can remember really enjoying The Eyre Affair. This book sounds so bizarre that I wouldn’t even attempt to try and describe at this point what it’s about. Hopefully when I’ve read it I’ll be able to be a little less vague.

Books from the Backlist

I’m not sure I’ll manage anything from my endless Backlist this month, there are so many new books I want to read, but you never know!


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.

Booking Ahead: August 2018

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 wander through my endless TBR pile. I’ve finally cleared that small backlog of much-requested library books, so this month’s reading could turn out to be totally random. In an attempt to have at least a little plan, let’s have a look what I might try to read this month:

New Books

The Outsider by Stephen King – No more lingering on the top of my TBR pile, tempting me with that bright red cover. This really will be the month I finally get my hands on the new Stephen King novel. At least, I hope it will…

Adrift by Rob Boffard – Something a little Sci-Fi. This sounds so good – a stranded tourist space shuttle, a group trying to survive as resources are limited, and a mystery ship hunting them.

Books from the Backlist

Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott – Somehow this book has totally passed me by until now. I saw it in an article of some suggested reads for summer and it caught my attention. It sounds like something I might enjoy and I can get a copy from the library.

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie – It’s been too long since I read a Poirot story. By too long I probably mean a month or two, but that’s long enough, right? This is a collection of short stories. After a few really long books I’m actually looking forward to something shorter for a change.


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.