Booking Ahead: July 2017

Booking Ahead is a feature here 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. Time to raid the TBR pile once more and choose some new reads.

New Books

I think I may just have a month focusing on Backlist books, but you never know, that could all change as new books catch my eye and tempt me.

Books from the Backlist

The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan – I’ve never read any Trudi Canavan so far, but this book came to my attention via an absolutely glowing recommendation. I knew I already had it in my pile somewhere, so sought it out based on the enthusiasm of someone who’s read it a few times over already.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling – I’m re-reading the whole Harry Potter series for the first time, slowly but surely. Chamber of Secrets will definitely be completed this month, and I might even carry straight on to book 3 too.

Feed by Mira Grant – I’ve already started this tale of zombies, bloggers and a presidential campaign.


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: June 2017

Booking Ahead is a feature here 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 Booking Ahead.
As always I’m picking a mix of new books and books from the TBR list as I’m doing Beat the Backlist. I actually managed to reach my original target of 8 books for this challenge during May, which I was really pleased about. I’ve now decided I’ll aim for 10 backlist books this year. With that in mind I’ve only got my eye on one new book this month (but how excited am I to finally have that books in my hands), and the other choices are from the endless TBR pile.

New Books

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey – This one is making a reappearance on my list this month as I only recently collected it from the library and so it will probably be the first book I read in June, because I’ve been looking forward to getting it for a while now.

Books from the Backlist

Feed by Mira Grant – Another zombie-themed story. Apparently that’s what I’m in the reading mood for at the moment. I also have Feedback by the same author on my TBR pile, so if I have the time hopefully I’ll get around to reading that as well.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – To conclude my picks for this month, a book set in space. I don’t read many books with a space theme, and it was between this one and The Martian by Andy Weir. I’ll eventually read both, but of now I’m going with this one.

No doubt some of these titles will be making another appearance on Booking Ahead as I doubt I’ll fit them all in this month, but they’re the books that have caught my eye at the moment.


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: May 2017

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 Booking Ahead. As always I’m picking a mix of newer books and books from the TBR list as I’m doing Beat the Backlist and have almost reached the original target I set myself. It was a very low target, but I’m usually so bad at picking up the books I already have that I was really surprised when I realised how close I was to it.

New Books

I’m totally in the hands of my local library this month, so my reading is going to depend how quickly they receive their stock of new books. Assuming it’s quite soon I hope to read…

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey – I am so excited for this one! I have lost count of the number of times that I’ve said how much I enjoyed The Girl With All The Gifts (you can check out my review here), and this book is set in the same world. So. Excited. I guess I shouldn’t get too hyped up, but sometimes you can’t help it.

The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams – Imagine my reading delight when this appeared on the library catalogue whilst I was browsing recently. I’ve started reading more Fantasy lately, and I’ve seen some good reviews for this book.

Books from the Backlist

The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher – I can say with confidence that this month will definitely be the month I (finally) read this book, because I started the first few pages recently. Talking cats? I’m in. I’m fairly new to all things Fantasy but talking cats is one I’ve not come across before.

And I think I’d better stop now because as always the books that have captured my attention are pretty long, so I’ll do well if I manage to read these three this month. Hopefully by the time Bout of Books comes around, which is one of my favourite readathons, I’ll be totally engrossed in one of these reads.


What are you hoping to read this month, and are you taking part in Bout of Books?
Have you read of my picks, and if so what did you think?
See you again next month for another Booking Ahead.

Booking Ahead: April 2017

Booking Ahead is a feature here 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 back to Booking Ahead. Time to choose some potential reads for the month ahead. As always I’ll be going through my TBR backlist pile and adding in some new books that caught my attention recently.

New Books

Carnivalesque by Neil Jordan – I’m going to let this one speak for itself, because it sounds so good…

It looked like any other carnival, but of course it wasn’t…

It had its own little backstreets, its alleyways of hanging bulbs and ghost trains and Punch and Judy stands …
And at the end of one he saw the Hall of Mirrors. There were looping strings of carnival lights leading towards it, and a large sign in mirrored glass reading ‘Burleigh’s Amazing Hall of Mirrors’ and the sign reflected the lights in all sorts of magically distorted ways.

To Andy and his parents, it looks like any other carnival: creaking ghost train, rusty rollercoaster and circus performers. But of course it isn’t.

Drawn to the hall of mirrors, Andy enters and is hypnotised by the many selves staring back at him. Sometime later, one of those selves walks out rejoins his parents – leaving Andy trapped inside the glass, snatched from the tensions of his suburban home and transported to a world where the laws of gravity are meaningless and time performs acrobatic tricks.

And now an identical stranger inhabits Andy’s life, unsettling his mother with a curious blankness, as mysterious events start unfolding in their Irish coastal town…

Books from the Backlist

The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan – The third and final book of the Powder Mage trilogy. I’ve wanted to read this one for so long now, but I’ll be sad to reach the end and leave these characters behind. Promise of Blood and The Crimson Campaign were both really good, so here’s hoping for a brilliant finale, in which none of my favourite characters meets a nasty end!

The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher – I’ve had this book on my pile for absolutely ages now and it’s found it’s way to the top again, so perhaps April will finally be the month I manage to start the book.


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: March 2017

Booking Ahead is a feature here 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 back to Booking Ahead. Time to choose some more potential reads for the month, both from the TBR pile and from the new books that caught my eye recently. No matter how much I want to read my ‘already-have’ books I still can’t seem to keep away from the new ones. I’m still doing Beat the Backlist, so once more I’ll be dividing this post into two sections…

New Books

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan – This book is making a reappearance as I didn’t manage to fit it in during last month’s reading. It features people trying to survive in space, with 90 minutes of air left.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – This might actually be my first book by this author. I know I’ve seen the movie version of Stardust but I’m pretty sure I’ve never read any of his books. I’m looking forward to giving this a try as I’ve been watching Vikings recently, so I’m sticking with a theme here.

Books from the Backlist

Tennison by Lynda La Plante – I picked this one up in the library ages ago, and I keep seeing features about the upcoming tv series, so I have a feeling it will end up on a few request lists once the show starts; I want to give it a try before it has to go back. I don’t read much in the way of crime or police stories, even though I quite enjoy watching such shows on tv, so am looking forward to something different in my 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.

Booking Ahead: February 2017

Booking Ahead is a feature here 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 my first Booking Ahead of 2017.
This year I have signed up for Beat the Backlist, because I have so many books on my TBR pile that I want to give my attention. Of course, I also cannot resist requesting brand new books from the library so this year I’m dividing Booking Ahead into two sections…

New Books

Both my choices are on hold at the library at the moment, so whether I do have chance to read them will depend on how quickly the library get their new stock in.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber – I’ve had this one requested for so long. I’ve seen so many people talking about this book online and it sounds just the type of story I would love to read. Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure, many of the things I go for when looking for a new read, so I will be starting this as soon as I can.

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan – A more recent find, I requested this one after reading about the story in a magazine. It’s about people trying to survive in space, with 90 minutes of air left. The cover looks beautiful and the story sounds appealing. I fancy reading more sci-fi/space themed books at the moment, so looking forward to trying this one.

Books from the Backlist

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler – I’m reading this at the moment. It’s a story of books, family history, old curses and carnival life. The narrative switches between the modern day and the past as Simon Watson comes to believe his sister may be the next one to fall victim to the family curse. It’s a great read and I’m really enjoying 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.

Booking Ahead: December 2016

Booking Ahead is a new feature here 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.

I have one month to go, and two books to complete if I’m going to meet my Goodreads challenge target for this year. So, to complete my challenge I’m hoping to read…

Christmas Under the Stars by Karen Swan – I’ve read a few of this author’s books already and enjoyed them, so looking forward to this one, which has a gorgeously festive looking cover. Perfect seasonal reading.

Outlander – I’ve been reading Outlander for a while now, and I really want to get it finished so that it can count towards this year’s challenge.

I have SO many other books just waiting for my attention too, but for now I’m only going to list the two, because I’ve been reading so slowly lately, and December always turns into a busy month so I don’t think I’ll manage much more than that anyway.


Did you sign up for the Goodreads challenge this year, and are you close to reaching your target? What are you planning to read this month?