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.

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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.

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.