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? 

Booking Ahead: November 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.

The beginning of a new month can only mean one thing… It’s time to talk about the books I hope to read during November. I really need to put more time into reading for these last couple of months of the year if I’m ever going to meet my (tiny) Goodreads target. Here’s hoping some of these choices are totally addictive reads.

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking – The longer, darker nights of Autumn and Winter are upon us, so I thought I’d check out this lovely looking little book in the hope of finding ways to make the most of this time of year. Also, I don’t tend to read non-fiction so it makes a change for me.

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford – This book came with such a glowing recommendation from the bookseller that I’m really looking forward to giving it a try.  Glancing at the back of the book, it doesn’t give much away, which just adds to the mystery and intrigue.

The Trees by Ali Shaw – The cover caught my eye through the book shop window and the rest is history. The tale sounds good, featuring a world that becomes engulfed by a forest overnight.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

And, making a return appearance on Booking Ahead…

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith – My reading was so slow last month I never managed to get started on this one.


What are you planning to read this month? Have you read any of my choices and if so which would you recommend?

Booking Ahead: October 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.

The beginning of a new month can only mean one thing… It’s time to talk about the books I hope to read during October.

The Fireman by Joe Hill – This is the book I’m bringing into October with me. I have around 150 pages to go so I’ll definitely finish it soon.

Mount! by Jilly Cooper – This one was on my list for last month but as usual I never found the time to start it. Mount! Will be my first read once I’ve finished The Fireman. I love variety in my reading and these two novels are completely different.

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith – I’m off for a visit to the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency again. I really like that there are so many books in this gentle series, and that new instalments seem to be pretty regular.


What are you planning to read this month?
Have you read any of my choices and if so which would you recommend?