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.

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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.

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.

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.