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.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions/Goals

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:   Bookish Resolutions/Goals


A new year saw me writing my customary Reading Resolutions post.
I decided a couple of years back I’d make some general goals for my reading year rather than joining a large number of challenges. That decided, I wrote my goals and only signed up for Goodreads and Beat the Backlist.
Here is a selection of my reading hopes/goals for the year…

Goodreads challenge – I do this one most years. I haven’t set a massive target as I want to keep it low pressure. 20 books will do I think, especially since I can’t seem to keep away from massive tomes and they take ages to read. I joined this challenge mostly because I use Goodreads to keep track of what I’ve read so I guess having a small target to aim for adds something extra.

Beat the Backlist – The only other challenge I’ve signed up for this year. It’s my second time taking part. Last year I cleared around 15 books from my backlist, so it was a good challenge for me and I can’t wait to see how many I can read this year.

To participate in read-a-thon events often – I have a terrible habit of finding out about reading events either just as they’re about to happen or when they’re already in progress. That’s not good if there’s a particular theme going on, so I want to try and find out about things in advance so that I can join in, because I do love a good read-a-thon.

To read outside my usual choices – Over the new year I saw various articles featuring ‘must read’ books for the coming year, aimed at people who resolved to start reading this year. I’m a long-time reader, but I did find the idea of taking on some of the suggested books an interesting idea, to broaden my reading genres and so I requested some of the titles from the library.

To keep on top of my reviews – I try to write reviews as soon as I can, while the story is still fresh in my mind and I can gush about all the reasons that I loved the book. I want to stay on top of things this year.

Top Ten Tuesday – Take part whenever the topic appeals to me.

Non-Fiction – I don’t usually read much in the way of non-fiction and I wonder what I’m missing, so I’ll try to check out at least one book sometime this year.

To read a classic – It’s years since I read anything you’d call a classic, so I’d like to read at least one over the coming months.

Audio books – The first time I tried an audio book it wasn’t for me. I found my attention wandering and kept having to go back because I didn’t feel I’d taken the story in. It became really time consuming and put me off for a while.
Last year I had another attempt, and I had a much better experience and enjoyed the story, which has left me thinking I wouldn’t be completely against trying another audio book this year.

I didn’t think I’d make ten items this week, and as it turns out I have ended up one short. So, is there anything I’ve missed? What resolutions or goals have you decided on this year?


See you again for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday: A Few Titles I Never Managed to Read in 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in with their own top ten list.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2017 (and will hopefully read this year!)


Ah, all those books I really meant to read, and which I want to read still, right now, all of them, straight away. You know that feeling, right? So many books, so little time?
This of course means I had no trouble writing my Top Ten Tuesday post this week; the only difficult thing was limiting my list to ten books!
Here’s hoping that I manage to read at least a few of these titles in the next few months:

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – Killer mermaids. I’ve been reading reviews online which say this book is scary. How am I resisting picking this up right away? I have no idea, but as soon as I finish my current read this will be next on my list. I want to give it my whole attention.

I fancy trying a little more sci-fi in my reading, so the next two on the list will hopefully satisfy that:

Artemis by Andy Weir – A new-to-me author (I still haven’t read The Martian).

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman – A prequel to the next book on my list this week.

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman – I’ve seen the movie, so now it’s time to experience the book.

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier – Added this one to my TBR list after I watched the recent movie adaptation. It was really good, and kept me guessing right to the end. I want to see how the book compares.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – I saw this on a few ‘best of 2017’ lists, so I really need to find time to read it this year.

The Remnant by Charlie Fletcher – The last book in the Oversight trilogy, and it’s a great oversight on my part that I still haven’t managed to read this one yet.

Year One by Nora Roberts – This sounds like an end-of-the-world with a twist type story as humanity is wiped out by a virus but some of the survivors gain powers they never had before. Am really looking forward to starting this, but so far I’m still waiting for my library copy to arrive.

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood – I just finished watching the tv series based on this book and it left me really wanting to read the story as well.


Have you read any of the books that my list this week?  Which would you recommend?  And what are you hoping to find the time to read this year?

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.

Top Ten Tuesday: My Winter TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in with their own top ten list.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR List.


Are you a seasonal reader?
I can’t say I am particularly, but I have included at least one book in this list with Christmas in the title.
That aside, it’s a mix of classics, killer mermaids and the post-apocalypse. Business as usual around here then…

The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan – I usually pick up the latest offering by Karen Swan at this time of year. I read Christmas Under the Stars last year and it was really good, so hoping this one is just as good as that.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – A classic. What more is there to say?

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – I’ll admit it, it was the lovely cover on the paperback that attracted me to this in the bookshop, but that of course leads to a glance at the first page and I don’t know how I haven’t come across this book before. Tales of folklore, sorcery and the Winter King? Sounds perfect, especially now winter is almost here.

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman – I haven’t read Practical Magic, but I have seen the movie. I just couldn’t resist taking this out when I spotted it at the library.

Year One by Nora Roberts – It’s the end of the world as we know it, and that of course immediately gets my attention. I read the Inn Boonsboro trilogy by Nora Roberts which I enjoyed, although it was a very different setting and situation, so am looking forward to reading her again. I do love a post-apocalyptic scenario.

Artemis by Andy Weir – I still haven’t read The Martian, and I really will, some day, I’m certain, but I can’t resist a shiny new book, and so I’ll probably end up reading this one first!

The Remnant by Charlie Fletcher – The final book of the Oversight trilogy. I have to know how it all ends.

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – Off for an under-sea exploration in search of mermaids? I don’t think it’s going to be like The Little Mermaid at all, and I can’t wait to find out what this book has in store.

Strange Weather by Joe Hill – Short stories aren’t my usual reading choice but I enjoyed The Fireman by Joe Hill and wanted to read his next book. This collection does sound pretty interesting.

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier – I watched the new movie version a little while back and decided I’d like to read the book too. Imagine my surprise then when having a move around of my bookcase I found a brand new, never-read copy of the very book I wanted to read. It’s a sign that you have too many books when you actually have no idea what is lurking on your shelves just waiting to be read.


What will you be reading over the winter?
Have you read any of the books on my TBR list, and what did you think of them?
See you next time for another Top Ten Tuesday!

Booking Ahead: November 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.
Autumn is well under way and I’m in the mood for some slightly scary, gothic-themed reads this month. I think I’ll also try to fit in at least one modern day setting as well.

New Books

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell – Newly-widowed Elsie Bainbridge goes to stay at The Bridge, the old mansion belonging to her late husband’s family. There she finds the house surrounded by a sinister history, and a group of wooden figures, known as silent companions, that may be more than they first appear.

The Crow Garden by Alison Littlewood – Another gothic sounding tale of an asylum doctor who becomes involved in the case of a particular patient who has been deemed to suffer from ‘hysteria’ by her husband. There may be more to it than that though. I really hope I get around to reading this because it sounds really good.

Origin by Dan Brown – The latest offering from Dan Brown featuring Robert Langdon. I’ve read the other Langdon books so I’ll certainly check out this one. A couple of people have told me they flew through this in a couple of days, so I’m guessing it must be pretty readable.

Books from the Backlist

I haven’t selected any particular titles from my huge backlist this month. If I manage to get through the above books I’ll definitely choose a backlist title for my next read, but I think those three new books will probably be enough to keep me busy throughout November.


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: Halloween Edition

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in with their own top ten list.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Halloween Freebie!


Here’s a list of ten things to watch or read if you’re embracing the mood of Halloween. Some of these are new-to-me and I’ll hopefully be experiencing them very soon. I don’t think I do super scary, so hopefully nothing on this list will terrify you too much!

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King – The women of the world are falling victim to the Aurora virus. They fall asleep and become cocooned in web-like material. Remove this at your peril.

Stranger Things 2 – I saw another trailer for this the other day and I cannot wait to start watching. I loved the first season, in which we learned of that strange place known as the Upside Down and met with Eleven and the group of kids who came to befriend her. I love the look of it, and the setting.

American Horror Story – The next season I have to watch is Roanoke. I wasn’t a massive fan of Hotel, but each season has a new theme, so I’ll definitely check this one out.

Strange Weather by Joe Hill – I don’t read that many short story collections but I enjoyed The Fireman by Joe Hill so thought I’d check out his next book, and these stories do sound really good.

Lore podcast and tv series – I’ve listened to a few episodes of the podcast and the stories are sometimes eerie, sometimes fascinating, but always engrossing, and the background music provides great atmosphere too. I hope the tv series is as good.

The Crow Garden by Alison Littlewood – A gothic-sounding tale featuring an asylum doctor who becomes interested in the case of one particular patient. Is she hysterical, as her husband claims, or is there something else going on?

Gerald’s Game – A Stephen King story adaptation. 2017 must be the year of King, with movies of IT and The Dark Tower, and tv series as well. I haven’t read the book this is based on, and not sure about a movie where a woman is cuffed to a bed throughout, but I’ll give it a watch. On a side note, there’s also a series of The Mist, which I watched a little while back. I actually thought that would be scarier than it turned out to be, which is why I’m only making passing reference to it here.

Crimson Peak – A newly-married young woman finds herself living on a gothic mansion with dark secrets and possible ghosts. It’s creepy and very gothic, a little scary in places without being totally terrifying. The costumes and setting are all beautiful. Don’t know why I hadn’t seen this movie before but I really enjoyed it.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell – A gothic mansion, creepy wooden figures that may be more than they first appear, locked rooms and old diaries. Sounds prefect for this time of year.

The Walking Dead – If zombies are your thing then this series is definitely one to check out. I love the danger, the peril, and the relationships between the characters who form the central group at the heart of the series. It also provides some excellent villains of the human kind. It’s strange that during times when the dead are walking and devouring any remaining human, sometimes the threat comes from the living. It’s very tense at times, and it doesn’t always pay to get attached to characters, because there’s no guarantee your favourites will make it out alive.


So, that’s it for this week.
What will you be reading/watching over Halloween? Have you read or watched anything that made my list this week?
I’ve actually enjoyed adding a few tv series and movies in this post, and might have to do that again for future Top Ten Tuesday posts.

See you next time!