Booking Ahead: July 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. Let’s have a look what I might try to read this month:

New Books

The Outsider by Stephen King – If you’d told me as I was writing last month’s version of this post that a Stephen King book would have to reappear there was no way I would have believed it, and yet here we are. I blame all these requested library books (this never usually happens to me, I don’t seem to pick in-demand books!), but I will definitely read this this month.

Books from the Backlist

If I read any Backlist I have no doubt that Agatha Christie will feature. Poirot Investigates is next on my Poirot list, which I still can’t decide whether I should try to read in order. With it being so very hot right now I fancy something like Death on the Nile, or one of the more exotic sounding titles, so we’ll see…

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – I’ve actually already started this and can’t tell you just how much I’m enjoying it so far. I have high hopes that this will be the next 5 star read for me. It’s just so good, and Count Rostov is fast becoming one of my new favourite characters. So good!


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: June 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’m looking forward to this new month of reading because if the library comes through with some of my requests then I’ll be straight into favourite author/book series territory, which is always something to look forward to.

New Books

Circe by Madeline Miller – I’ve seen so many people mention this one online, and what a gorgeous cover. I can’t wait to get started.

The Outsider by Stephen King – I’ve avoided spoilers and am waiting (im)patiently for that wonderful email from the library telling me that my latest request has arrived. This one will be straight to the top of my TBR mountain when I get my hands on it.

Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan – Sins of Empire was one of my favourite reads last year, so I can’t wait to find out where this sequel takes the characters I’ve come to like so much.

Books from the Backlist

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie – Because apparently my Poirot phase is ongoing so what better place to begin than at 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: May 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. Looking last at last months entry I discovered that, probably for the first time I actually did manage to read quite a few of the books I selected for the month. That’s the first time it’s happened, so I was quite pleased. Here’s hoping May provides plenty more opportunity for discovering some great reads. Here are a few of the books that I have my eye on for the next few weeks. Hopefully I‘ll choose something really good for the next Bout of Books readathon…

New Books

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – I’m so glad this book has finally found it’s way to the top of my TBR mountain. I’ve read a little already and it grabbed hold right from the first page. It’s totally intriguing, and very mysterious, with an eerie air that I am loving. I can’t wait to find out just what exactly is going on at Blackheath.

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton – I borrowed this psychological thriller from the library and it’s automatically gone to the top of my book pile as apparently there are quite a few requests on it so I need to read it soon.

Books from the Backlist

Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie – I watched the new tv adaptation recently and managed to avoid all spoilers so I had no idea of the outcome, which made the series very watchable. I had no idea who to suspect because everyone seemed guilty of something at some point. I believe they changed the identity of the killer in the show, so I want to read the book and find out how different the adaptation was.

So, hopefully I’ve selected a few good books here in time for my one of my favourite readathons. Perhaps I’ll even manage to finish them all and choose something completely random as well.


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: April 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 seem to be on something of a mystery/crime/detective fiction spree at the moment. It all started when I watched the new Murder on the Orient Express movie and it’s spilled over into my reading as well. I don’t generally read much in these genres, so it’s a bit of a change. Hopefully I’ll still be able to squeeze in something a little magical too. Here are a few of the books I hope to read over the coming month…

New Books

Force of Nature by Jane Harper – I read The Dry last year and enjoyed it, so am looking forward to the latest offering from this author.
Five women go out into the wilderness, but only four come back, each with a different version of events.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – This book is making a return appearance on Booking Ahead as I hoped to read it in March but somehow became sidetracked with other things. It’s a murder mystery with a twist as one of the characters relives the time leading up to the murder over and over from the point of view of other guests at a party until he can solve the murder.

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower – Another repeat appearance; hopefully April will be the month that sees it read.
The story sounds a little magical – a captain has apparently sold a ship for what appears to be a mermaid. Can’t wait to see how that turns out.

Books from the Backlist

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – I saw the new movie recently and it left me wanting to read the book. I think I read somewhere that the ending is different, but I’ve avoided spoilers for the book ending so have no idea yet what the difference is. This will be the first Poirot book I’ve read, so I might end up trying more if I enjoy it.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – This book has caught my eye a few times before but or some reason I’ve never actually picked it up. I saw the new movie trailer recently and it looks really good, so I want to try and find time to read this before I see the movie.

So concludes my monthly meander through my huge pile of potential reads. I may have been overly optimistic here, but you know how it is sometimes… So many books, and you want to be reading them all right now. I’m sure some of these will make a return appearance next 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: March 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. Here are a few of the books I hope to read over the coming month…

New Books

I hadn’t been to the library for a while, so imagine my delight when I went to the requests shelf and found this little stack of beautiful-looking books waiting for me. I was surprised at the size of some of them, so it might be optimistic to think that I’ll manage to tackle all of these in March, especially when you see what I’ve listed as my Backlist read for the month, but here’s hoping…

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin – This book looks beautiful. I love the dark, detailed cover and the gold detailing and the maps inside. And I got a brand new copy from the library so it’s pristine. I love new books.
It’s historical, sounds mysterious and was recommended for fans of The Essex Serpent (which I loved) so I have high hopes for this book.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – This sounds so intriguing. A murder mystery with a twist as one of the characters relives the time leading up to the murder over and over from the point of view of other guests at a party until he can solve the murder.

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower – I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but this one is really very pretty. If I hadn’t pre-requested it from the library just seeing this book in the shop would have been enough to draw my interest.
The story sounds a little magical – a captain has apparently sold a ship for what appears to be a mermaid. Can’t wait to see how that turns out.

Books from the Backlist

It by Stephen King – I dusted off my e-reader and have started this mammoth read for the second time. It’s a few years since I read it before but quite a lot has stayed in memory, particularly from the childhood sections. Am still enjoying the book second time around.
This book may well be the reason that nothing from the above section will be read during March!


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 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 the first Booking Ahead of 2018.
I’ve signed up for Beat the Backlist again this year so I’m sticking with the format I used last year in my Booking Ahead posts. It’ll be a mix of the new and the old when I’m picking out my potential reads for the coming month.

New Books

The Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan – This is one of the books I’ve seen on quite a few lists lately so I thought I’d give it a try. Here’s the synopsis, I think it’s going to be a good read.

A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming. A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it.

Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.

Books from the Backlist

A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab – Back to the adventures of Kell and Lila. It’s been too long since I finished A Darker Shade of Magic, so I’m glad to get back into this magical world.

It by Stephen King – I watched the movie recently and inevitably it’s left me wanting to re-read the book. It’s so long and I have such a massive TBR pile that I don’t know whether I’ll actually end up reading it this month, but I want to mention it, just in case…


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 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 another Booking Ahead.
I can’t believe that December is here already! The time really has flown by.
I don’t think I’m going to select a massive amount of books for the coming month, but here are a couple of books I hope get my attention in the next few weeks…

New Books

The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan – I usually pick up Karen Swan’s latest offering at this time of year. I really enjoyed last year’s Christmas Under the Stars, so I’m looking forward to starting this book too.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – I mentioned in my latest Top Ten Tuesday post where this book featured that in the first place it was the cover that caught my attention, but when I glanced at the blurb I knew it was something I’d have to read. Folklore, fairytales and the Winter King sounds perfect for this time of year.

Books from the Backlist

I haven’t selected any particular titles from my huge backlist this month but if I have chance I‘ll try to add at least one more book to my Beat the Backlist challenge total for the year.


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 year for another Booking Ahead.