Booking Ahead: July 2019

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.

A new month, another chance to explore my TBR list/pile, and June must have been a month where I read really slowly because this month many books are making a reappearance!  So, here are a few of the books I’d like to read throughout July…

New Books

A Book of Bones by John Connolly – The latest addition of the Charlie Parker series. At 700+ pages I think this one is going to keep me occupied for quite a while! Can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen next after enjoying The Woman in the Woods.

Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

Books from the Backlist

A Poirot novel by Agatha Christie, possibly Peril at End House or Death on the Nile – I’m continuing my exploration of the Poirot novels, and both of these titles are just waiting on my TBR pile.


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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The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag: 2019 Edition

It’s Book Tag time.

It’s that time of year; I’ve spotted this tag around quite often recently so yes, the Mid-Year period is here again.
I’ve enjoyed many of my recent reads, so here’s to remembering a few of them in the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019:

I can’t choose just one, but I’ll try not to be excessive and just go for these three…

           

The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

2. Best sequel of 2019 so far:


The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. What a wonderful conclusion to the Winternight trilogy. I could read the whole series again if I was a re-reader because I enjoyed it so much.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:

The Poison Song by Jen Williams is the final book in the Winnowing Flame trilogy. I can’t not find out how it ends having enjoyed the two previous book so much.

4. Most anticipated release of the second half of 2019:

The Institute by Stephen King. I’ll always pick up the latest from Stephen King.

5. Biggest disappointment of 2019:

I’d rather call it books that in the end just weren’t for me and I’d go for The Furies by Katie Lowe.

6. Biggest surprise:

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. Did you see that twist coming? No, neither did I. It was so surprising that I don’t think I’ll forget it.

7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you):

John Connolly. I joined the Charlie Parker series very late (book 16 actually!). I have no idea how this series has passed me by for so long, and I’m really looking forward to discovering older books from the series.

8. Newest fictional crush:

I’m obviously missing out on something here because sit and think as I might I’m drawing a blank on this answer. Help!

9. Newest favourite character:

Charlie Parker and Louis made a great team in The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly.

10. Book that made you cry:

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden may have caused a tear or two.

11. Book that made you happy:

I really enjoyed the whole Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden.

12. Favourite book to movie adaptation of 2019 you’ve seen:

I have to say Good Omens even though it doesn’t quite fit the category as I’ve not actually read the book yet. The tv series has made me request the book from the library and I can’t wait to read it. It’s just so different.

13. Favourite Post/review you’ve written this year:

My Top Ten Tuesday From Page to Screen post, thinking about books I’d love to see adapted. Also the Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book post.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon was fun to write about, as was The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, because it was so hard not to just give all the secrets away!

14. Most beautiful book you bought or received this year:

     

I would say this one is a tie between The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden and The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, which features a pretty fierce dragon on the cover.

15. Books you need to read by the end of this year:

If I listed everything I’d like to read soon this tag would never end, so here’s just a small selection…

More  from the Charlie Parker series by John Connolly
The Institute by Stephen King
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

And so concludes my 2019 edition of The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag.


As always, if you’ve not already done this and you fancy reminiscing over the amazing books you’ve read so far this year, feel free to consider yourself tagged.
See you next time for another Book Tag!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Summer 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:  Books on my Summer 2019 TBR


A Book of Bones by John Connolly – I’ve only very recently discovered the Charlie Parker series. I started with The Woman in the Woods as some of the themes/plots carried over into this latest book, so I cannot wait to see what’s going to happen next. At 700+ pages this one should keep me occupied for a while, and when I’m done I’ll hopefully be able to go back and read earlier books from this series.

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – I’ve just watched the tv series and it definitely left me wanting to read the book. It was just so different, and I can’t wait to see the similarities/differences with the original story. I also can’t believe that this will be my first Terry Pratchett book.

Tomorrow by Damian Dibben – A 217 year old dog seeking his master across various points in history. Sounds pretty unique to me.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I’ve seen so many good reviews for this one that I’m intrigued already.

Circe by Madeline Miller – The number of times I’ve mentioned this book previously and I still haven’t read it!

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie – Continuing my discovering of Christie books, Death on the Nile feels like a good choice for summer reading.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – There’s a new series based on this book I think, and I wonder whether I’ll end up watching that before I finally read the book. That’s what usually happens!

I’ll probably try and read at least a couple of Thrillers over the summer months and Twisted by Steve Cavanagh and Conviction by Denise Mina have both caught my eye recently.

More Fantasy definitely needs to feature in my summer reading too, but at the moment I’m not sure what to read. All suggestions welcome…


So, have you read any of the books that made my list this week?  If so, what did you think of them? See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Booking Ahead: June 2019

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.

A new month, another chance to explore my TBR list/pile, which is, as usual, far too long and always expanding! Here are a few of the books I’d like to try and read this month.

New Books

A Book of Bones by John Connolly

Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

Conviction by Denise Mina

The Furies by Katie Lowe

Books from the Backlist

Circe by Madeline Miller – I’ve had this one on my TBR pile for so long that it’s moved from the New Books into the Backlist section! I have no excuse for why it’s never found it’s way to the top of the pile yet, because it sounds 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.

Top Ten Tuesday: From Page to Screen…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:  Page to Screen Freebie


Every so often I’ll read a great book and it strikes me that it would be perfect for either a big screen or tv series adaptation. Here are just a few of the books I would like to see become a movie/tv show:

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – This one has to be top of my list. I think it would make such a great adaptation, with the mystery, the atmosphere, the body-swapping, time-travel awesomeness. It must be a year now since I first read this. Time for a re-read?

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King – Eight huge books demand a very long tv adaptation I think.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I remember this being very visual and thinking at the time it would make a fantastic looking movie.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I’d love to see this adapted for tv. It could take over the spot that will be left when a certain other show featuring dragons and a great mix of characters ends.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell – I loved the tension and the general eerie air of this book. Imagine that on the big screen and all those silent companion figures coming to life in that great old house. It gives me a shiver just thinking about it.

The Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden – A movie trilogy, maybe? Vasya and Morozko and their wonderful world of magic is definitely something I’d love to watch.

The Powder Mage trilogy by Brian McClellan – These books would make such a great tv series. I can just picture the historical-looking settings, the military uniforms and the powers of the mages brought to life. If you’ve not read these books, what are you waiting for?!

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey – They gave The Girl With All the Gifts the big-screen treatment, didn’t they, so I think the prequel would make a good watch too.

And to conclude, a book that has been given the adaptation treatment that I’m looking forward to seeing, and an open space for any of your suggestions:

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – I’ve yet to read this book, but it is on my TBR pile, and the series trailer makes me want to get started on it very soon.

? – What have I missed when it comes to books that should definitely make it to the big screen?


So, have you read any of the books that made my list this week?  If so, what did you think of them? See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

The Spring Cleaning Book Tag

It’s time for another Book Tag.
Thanks to Kelsey of There’s Something About KM for tagging me for this one.

It’s taken me a while to write my answers, and I wanted to get this posted before Spring departs for another year, so here we go…

THE STRUGGLE OF GETTING STARTED: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU STRUGGLE TO BEGIN BECAUSE OF ITS SIZE

The most recent read that comes to mind is The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. Anyone who’s read my blog recently may have noted my amazement when I collected this book from the library. I had no idea how huge it was when I ordered it, and it was so heavy that I knew it would have to be good to warrant carrying it around for as long as it would take to read. I’m so very glad that I didn’t hesitate too long, because once I started I was totally hooked. Such a brilliant story.

CLEANING OUT THE CLOSET: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU WANT TO UNHAUL

Unhaul? Get rid of books unread? I really need to master the art of this, especially when it comes to library books because my pile is absolutely massive.

OPENING WINDOWS AND LETTING FRESH AIR IN: A BOOK THAT WAS REFRESHING

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. I still can’t believe that twist! I won’t say too much more for fear of spoiling anything for someone who has yet to read the book, because once you know, I think it’s one you’ll always remember, and that’s definitely refreshing.

WASHING OUT THE SHEETS: A BOOK WITH A SCENE YOU WISH YOU COULD REWRITE

Without giving anything away, I remember thinking I maybe would have switched the order of the final two chapters of Someone Like Me by M. R. Carey, so not rewritten, just re-placed.

THROWING OUT UNNECESSARY KNICKKNACKS: A BOOK IN A SERIES YOU DIDN’T THINK WAS NECESSARY

This is a tough one. I don’t actually think I’ve read enough complete series to offer an answer. I’m reading A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, and I’ve enjoyed everything so far, and the same goes for The Dark Tower series by Stephen King.

POLISHING DOORKNOBS: A BOOK THAT HAD A CLEAN FINISH

I’ll say The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, as it was a whole one-volume epic fantasy tale of fierce ladies and talking dragons. That’s not to say I’m happy with just the one volume – I would absolutely love a return to that world and those characters.

REACHING TO DUST THE FAN: A BOOK THAT TRIED TOO HARD TO RELAY A CERTAIN MESSAGE

I’m honestly not sure. I must admit if I see a number of reviews that mention this sort of thing it may be enough to put me off picking up the book in the first place, it depends on my mood at the time.

THE TIRING YET SATISFYING FINISH OF SPRING CLEANING: A BOOK SERIES THAT WAS TIRING BUT SATISFYING TO GET THROUGH

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. It was tiring in that it literally kept me up because I just HAD to read one more chapter (of course!), and also tiring emotionally because over a long series of long books you can’t help but become attached to the characters and when things don’t go well for them it’s just not good. I really must re-read this series sometime.


So concludes the Spring Cleaning Book Tag.
As always, if you fancy having a go, or in this case can’t face the thought of any actual real life s
pring cleaning, consider yourself tagged – spending time amongst your books is much more fun anyway!

Booking Ahead: May 2019

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 TBR pile. Here’s a rare thing though – I have countless books and no idea what I’d like to read next, so compiling this post for the coming month is a little tricky as I’ll probably just go wherever the reading mood takes me, which is a unique thing. I usually have at least some clue what I want to start next. Anyway, here are at least a couple of (almost) certainties!

New Books

A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher – This sounds like a quite different take on the Post-Apocalyptic scenario that I usually enjoy reading so much. I’ve seen many good reviews for it already, and am really looking forward to starting it.

Books from the Backlist

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie – I’m still enjoying discovering the stories of Agatha Christie, and I’ve already started reading this one. I like the character who has apparently become the new Hastings in assisting Poirot in the investigation, and I am enjoying the mystery of who murdered poor Roger Ackroyd.


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.