Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall 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 Fall TBR List


Is there any season better suited to reading than Fall?
I love it; a grey, rainy afternoon, cool temperatures so you can sit comfortably with a hot drink and settle down to get totally lost in some fictional world of your choice.
There are so many books I want to read over the coming months but my slow reading pace will probably mean I won’t manage to finish them all. So, here’s a selection of some of my potential reading choices…

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King – This one will definitely make the ‘read’ pile, because I’ll be starting it as soon as the library gets their copies in stock. I’ve had it on reserve since about June I think.

City of Circles by Jess Richards – A magical love story between two circus performers. I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern a while ago and it left me wanting to read more books based around a circus setting, so when this one caught my eye I added it to my TBR.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell – Billed as an unsettling gothic ghost story, Fall seems to perfect opportunity to try this book. A country mansion, a locked room and a two hundred year old diary? Sounds like this has potential.

The Coven by Graham Masterton – A new-to-me author. I think this is actually the second book featuring the character Beatrice Scarlet. I haven’t read the first but something about this caught my attention.

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar – Last time I went to library they had this one on their New Books table so I picked it up. I’ll give most things written by Stephen King a try, so I was happy to find this, especially as I wasn’t looking for it. Another bonus, it’s actually a really short book. I’ve been lost to the massive books again lately and while I love that, it’s really slowed down my reading, so this should be a change.

A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne Harris – Based on The Child Ballads, and a tale of love, betrayal and revenge. Sounds good!

The Remnant by Charlie Fletcher – The final book of the Oversight trilogy. I loved both the other books in this fantasy series so I can’t wait to see how it all ends.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt – I’m sure this book will have appeared in a similar themed post from me in the past. It’s one of those books I keep meaning to read but haven’t got around to yet. Fall comes around and for some reason this book comes back into my mind, so onto the list it goes again.

IT by Stephen King – With the movie coming out recently I feel tempted to give this one a re-read. It’s a few years since I last read it, and I remember really enjoying it.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – This is probably the last book I actually purchased and is the first book in a new fantasy trilogy. I haven’t read anything by this author before, but I’ve read so many great reviews for this book that I’m looking forward to reading it.


What are you hoping to read over the next few months?  Have you read anything that made my list this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Throwback Freebie

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:   Throwback Freebie


What a great topic.
I’ve had my blog for a few years now, so I thought this week I’d go back and find a selection of the books I’ve rated most highly during the time I’ve been blogging. It was a chance to revisit old posts, and bought back some great reading memories.
You can click on the covers below to go to the review for each book if something catches your eye.

 

 

 

 

 

 


What did you write about for this Throwback Freebie?
Have you read anything that made my list this week?

Booking Ahead: September 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.
Time for the monthly glance at my book pile/list to decide what I’m going to read next. So many choices, but for now I’m going for…

New Books

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley – I enjoyed The Watchmaker of Filigree Street so I’m looking forward to trying the latest read from this author.

I can’t carry on without a mention for the new Stephen King and Owen King book, Sleeping Beauties. It’s out later this month but I doubt I’ll be reading it until next month because the library don’t seem to get their new releases as quickly as they used to.
You know, I’m actually almost tempted to buy a copy, based solely on that gorgeous cover. I know, know, you shouldn’t go by such things but sometimes…

Books from the Backlist

The High Lord by Trudi Canavan – Last in the Black Magician trilogy and one I must get around to reading this month because it’s not long since I finished The Novice and everything is still fresh in my mind.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling – Not sure how I didn’t get this one finished last month, it being quite a short book, but I’ll definitely finish it during September


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 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 have a few picks for my August reads, and hope they’re good ones because isn’t it almost time for the next Bout of Books? I’d love to get a lot of reading done during the readathon. Hopefully I’ll manage to read some or all of these…

New Books

Fever by Deon Meyer – I’ve already read part of this and am enjoying it so far. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world where a fever has killed off a lot of the population and focuses on a group of survivors trying to establish a new community.

Books from the Backlist

The Novice by Trudi Canavan – I enjoyed The Magicians’ Guild and have decided to carry on with the rest of the series, so I’ll probably pick this up. The only thing slightly putting me off is that it’s another massive book and I’ve read so many of those lately that I fancy something a little smaller for a change.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling – Am reading this as part of my series re-read, and it certainly fit’s the bill for a smaller book as well, so that’s good.

If I manage to read all the above then I won’t be short of new potential reads because my TBR pile is totally out of control at the moment. All my library requests seems to have arrived at once (isn’t that always the way!).


What are you hoping to read this month? Have you read of my picks, and if so what did you think?
Are you looking forward to the next Bout of Books?
See you again next month for another Booking Ahead.

The Bookish Book Lover Tag

Book Tag time! I do like a good book tag. I wasn’t actually tagged for this one but I spotted it over at Cristina’s blog, My Tiny Obsessions, and thought I’d give it a try.
Here goes with… The Bookish Book Lover Tag.

What book are you currently reading?

Love this question because somehow I’ve ended up with more than one current read and I’m enjoying them all. So, there’s…

Feed by Mira Grant
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (LOVE THIS!)
I’ve also just started Fever by Deon Meyer. This last is a new-to-me author and so far it’s great.

What’s the last book you finished?

The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan.

Favourite book you read this year?

I’ve had quite a good reading year so far so it’s impossible to just choose one book…

Cell by Stephen King

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

The Trees by Ali Shaw

The Muse by Jessie Burton

The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan

All these deserve a mention.

What genre have you read most this year?

I’ve read quite a few Fantasy and Post-Apocalyptic themed books so far this year. I do like a bit of variety in my reading.

What genre have you read least this year?

Non-fiction, as in, I’ve read NO non-fiction at all. So far…

What genre do you want to read more of?

Maybe a little more Historical, and possibly some Non-fiction.

How many books have you read this year, and what’s your goal?

I set myself a really low Goodreads target this year, only 20 books. I can’t stop picking up absolutely MASSIVE books, so having a higher target just seems a bit impossible. I think I’ve read 17 books so far, so hopefully I’ll meet my very small target and even manage to read a few more books too.

What’s the last book you bought?

I think I bought Feed by Mira Grant and two of the Mistborn books by Brandon Sanderson at the same time.

What book are you saving up to buy next?

I may buy a new copy of IT by Stephen King when they re-release it with the movie tie-in cover. Maybe. I do already have it on my e-reader and it’s such a massive book that the convenience of the e-reader is a great bonus, but sometimes you just have to have that book, don’t you?

How many books did you check out last library visit?

Ooo, don’t make me answer this one.
I’m a MASSIVE fan of the library – all those brilliant brand new books and because they have to be returned storage space isn’t a issue. Libraries are wonderful.
Being such a fan I’ll confess that right now I have well over 20 books checked out. It’s amazing that I manage to keep track of them all. I have no idea when I think I’m going to find time to read all these books and some of them will probably have to go back when other people request them, but I just can’t resist FREE BOOKS!

What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King. I saw the cover reveal for this not long ago and it’s such a gorgeous cover. Not that I’m judging the book by it’s cover; I’d already decided I would definitely be reading it well before I saw the cover.

What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, and of course Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling, but I guess most people have already read that one.

Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?

Sarah Perry, Sarah Waters and Sarah Schmidt, and I promise it’s a total coincidence that this answer only contains authors called Sarah.

A few books your heart adores?

From my 2017 reads to date I’ve really enjoyed:

Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan
The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey
North and South by John Jakes
Harry Potter books 1 – 3

What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?

I don’t know of anything coming up but certain events in The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan made me a little sad. It was a great series though.

What books are on your wish-list?

So many that I started a new Goodreads shelf dedicated to books being released in the near future so that I don’t forget any of them.


Did you enjoy the Bookish Book Lover Tag? 
Have you read any of the books I chose this time?
As always, if you’ve not done the tag and feel like trying it, then consider yourself tagged.
See you next time for another Book Tag!I 

 

On Reading… Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

On Reading… is a feature I created to accompany my book reviews. So often reading is much more of an experience than is captured within a book review. That’s where this post comes in… All those snippets/spoilers/a-ha moments, all the anticipation of looking forward to a good read, and guessing what lies in store, that’s what you will find in my On Reading… posts. It’s an observational/conversational/discussion type feature, so THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD. Please proceed with caution!

Before I Started

I thought about doing my first Harry Potter re-read for a while, and started writing a post before I started reading book 1, but I didn’t realise I’d have so much to say and it ended up becoming my introduction post for this re-read, you can read that post here.

I’m excited to return to Hogwarts for the very first time. I can’t wait to see how my reaction to the book changes so many years after my first read, and with some knowledge of what’s to come. Am also interested to rediscover all the little details I’ve no doubt forgotten as times gone on.

This post is no doubt absolutely FULL of spoilers. Thought I’d better mention that even though it seems like everyone has already read all these books at least once, possibly multiple times. But, you know, just in case… definite spoilers beyond this point… Continue reading

The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

It’s that time again. Yes, here’s my latest Book Tag. Just entering July it seems a fitting time to have a go at a tag I’ve seen around a lot lately, so here’s The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag!

I’ve read so many good books this year that it’s good to have a chance to look back and remember everything I’ve enjoyed so far…

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017:

This is going to be TOUGH. How can I choose just one? I’m so torn between at least three different books. No, I can’t do it, so fave reads so far include…

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan

The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan

2. Best sequel of 2017 so far:


I’ve only read one sequel, and I’ve already used The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan as at least one of my answers (it may appear even more), so am going to go with prequel instead and mention The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey. It’s one of my favourite recent reads, and revisits a world I loved first time around in The Girl with all the Gifts, so of course it had to make an appearance somewhere within this post.

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

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence. I’ve seen so many great reviews for this book that I really must get on and read it soon.

4. Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017:

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King. This is mostly based on the author, I have to admit. I’ll always want to read the latest offering from Stephen King.

5. Biggest disappointment of 2017:

None of the books I’ve read have been a real disappointment so far this year – I’ve been lucky with my reading choices.  I haven’t even had anything I’ve been slightly tempted to DNF.

6. Biggest surprise:


The Muse
by Jessie Burton. I was really engrossed in the lives of those characters and finding out if and how the two timelines would come together in the end.

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


Sarah Schmidt. See What I Have Done was such an atmospheric read, the writing was great.


The Aeronaut’s Windlass
was my first Jim Butcher novel and I enjoyed that as well (may have had something to do with the talking cats!).

8. Newest fictional crush:

Some of the guys from North and South by John Jakes are pretty crush-worthy.

9. Newest favourite character:


Ben Styke from Sins of Empire is a great character. He reminds me a little of Jean Valjean from Les Miserables. I also liked Vlora from the same book. It was nice to have her as a main viewpoint after her appearance as a secondary character in the Powder Mage trilogy.

10. Book that made you cry:


The Autumn Republic
by Brian McClellan. It was the final book in the Powder Mage trilogy and I was sad to reach the end of the story for certain characters, having spent so long with them throughout previous books.

11. Book that made you happy:

I’ve just started my Harry Potter re-read and revisiting that series is going to make me pretty happy I would imagine, although I guess that can’t be said for later books. There’s just something comforting about going back to a series that you’ve read before though, and I’m only just realising that as I don’t re-read very often.

12. Favourite book to movie adaptation of 2017 you’ve seen:

I can’t think of anything that was released in 2017 but I did enjoy the movie version of The Girl with all the Gifts. I thought they did a good job in bringing a great story to life on the screen.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year:

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan (I told you this book might appear again during this tag!)

Cell by Stephen King

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

The cover of The Trees by Ali Smith is one of the most striking I’ve seen so far this year.

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

The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams. I’m still waiting for the library to get this in stock.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

There are so many other books I could mention here, including the rest of the Harry Potter series, but I’ll leave it at just the two or we’ll be here all day!

And that’s the end of The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag.


As always, if you’ve not already done this and you fancy reminiscing over all the amazing books you’ve read so far this year, feel free to consider yourself tagged.
If you’ve already done it, leave me a link to your post so I can check it out.
See you next time for another Book Tag!