Booking Ahead: March 2021

Booking Ahead is an opportunity to 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, where you find me wondering what I should read next. I’m not too sure what I’m in the mood for at the moment, but there are at least a couple of books I’m definitely hoping to read over the coming month…

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Last year I had the pleasure of reading my first novel by this author, Mexican Gothic. I enjoyed it so much that I knew I would have to pick up at least one of her backlist titles and Gods of Jade and Shadow caught my eye with it’s lovely cover. I’ve already started reading and so far I think I’m going to enjoy it just as much as Mexican Gothic. It’s very different to that story, following Casiopea, a young woman who accidentally frees the Lord of Xibalba and ends up having to go adventuring with him as their fates become entwined. Can’t wait to read more of this.

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King – I’ve started my Dark Tower reread and don’t want to wait too long between volumes, so I might pick up book 2 this month. I think I might enjoy another Western/Weird West tale. From what I remember this one features more modern time periods too as Roland draws his ka-tet together for the first time.
From memory The Drawing of the Three is a longer read than The Gunslinger, so I’m not sure I’ll manage to fit in anything else over the month 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.

Top Ten Tuesday: The Colours of Mardi Gras

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 week’s theme is:  Purple, Yellow, and Green Book Covers (Mardi Gras!)


Top Ten Tuesday this week is an opportunity to gaze at some lovely colours themed around the colours purple, yellow, and green. I always enjoy a cover edition so as usual I may have gone a little (or a lot) beyond ten books. I’ve linked each of the covers to their reviews in case anything catches your attention. On to the books…

 

      


What did you write about this week?
See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Booking Ahead: February 2021

Booking Ahead is an opportunity to 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 2021.  February finds me in an unusual reading situation.
I feel in the mood for a bit of… rereading.
This is something I rarely if ever indulge in. There are so many new books all vying for attention, and that’s still the case, but for some reason I am really tempted by a couple of books I’ve read before.
They’re both Stephen King titles, and the first is The Shining. The second is The Gunslinger, which is the first book of the Dark Tower series. I’ve wanted to reread that whole series for quite a while.
I recently discovered I must have read both of these books during my pre-blogging days as I don’t seem to have written about them before, so if I do read either or both of them they’ll probably make an appearance on the blog.

That said, there are a couple of other books that I bought recently and I’m still amazed that I haven’t instantly picked up at least one of them yet, so they’re both worth a mention in my potential reads for the month too…

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

There are also the new titles that are catching my eye right now, and a couple that I’m interested in are…

The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell – As the age of the photograph dawns in Victorian Bath, silhouette artist Agnes is struggling to keep her business afloat. Still recovering from a serious illness herself, making enough money to support her elderly mother and her orphaned nephew Cedric has never been easy, but then one of her clients is murdered shortly after sitting for Agnes, and then another, and another… Why is the killer seemingly targeting her business?

Desperately seeking an answer, Agnes approaches Pearl, a child spirit medium lodging in Bath with her older half-sister and her ailing father, hoping that if Pearl can make contact with those who died, they might reveal who killed them.

But Agnes and Pearl quickly discover that instead they may have opened the door to something that they can never put back…

The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor – A new-to-me author from last year, I enjoyed The Other People and I remember being intrigued by the teaser at the back of that book for this latest offering. Here’s a short description… An unconventional vicar moves to a remote corner of the English countryside, only to discover a community haunted by death and disappearances both past and present–and intent on keeping its dark secrets–in this explosive, unsettling thriller from acclaimed author C. J. Tudor.


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: The New-to-Me Authors of 2020

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 week’s theme is:  New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020


This week Top Ten Tuesday is all about the new-to-me authors of 2020. Alongside the latest read from a favourite author I do enjoy discovering new writers. This is a selection of my discoveries from 2020, along with a snippet of my review for each book. As always, titles are linked to full reviews in case anything catches your eye…

Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi – “…blends horror, humour and wit, with two wonderfully engaging protagonists and reluctant allies and a wide supporting cast of heroes and villains which make this a great read.”

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – “The story is a really involved slow burn for the first two thirds, the tension gradually ratcheting up until the awful truth is revealed and from there the descent into horror is rapid and vivid. It’s almost as stomach churning as the moment a rollercoaster reaches the peak and drops suddenly. You know something is about to happen because there are so many things wrong at High Place, so many dark secrets, and it’s tense reading discovering whether Noemí will be able to save her cousin, and even by the end, herself.”

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James – “The story combines an old murder mystery with some wonderfully creepy scenes at the motel. The dead of night, the isolation, the threat from something apparently real but not real, I definitely had a moment or two when I was glad I’m come across certain scenes during daylight hours, or I may have had to put the story aside for a while.”

Wayward Pines trilogy by Blake Crouch – “One sign of a good book is that you can’t wait to get back to reading, and that definitely happened for me with Pines. I always wanted to read just one more chapter, and found myself trying to find more reading time in my day because with each surprise and revelation things just became more strange and inexplicable.”

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – “Through hailstorms, dust clouds, a plague of grasshoppers, encounters with grizzly bears, searing heat and endless wilderness, desolate places and many extremes, I journeyed with these characters and shared their joys and despairs.”

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman – “The Invisible Library is a good beginning to a series that I’m looking forward to discovering. Anything themed around books and libraries and alternate fantasy worlds is going to get my reading attention, and as Irene was dispatched with new orders at the end of this novel, I was almost as pleased as she was that there is more to look forward to in this world of magic and adventure and books.”

A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill – “A Cosmology of Monsters is an intriguing blend of family life mingled with horrors both everyday and otherworldly, and I would give it a try if you’re looking for something a little different, a little strange, a little scary and a little mysterious.”

Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang – “The storyline kept me guessing until the end as to who or what was responsible for Lucy’s murder. I also liked the inclusion of quotes from Dracula at the beginning of each chapter, it’s made me want to read that book again as well. Tillie is a likable character who grew in confidence as the tale progressed and her discovering the truth made for an eventful tale.”

The Other People by C. J. Tudor – “The opening hints at something strange straight away, an unknown girl, alone, sleeping, surrounded by medical equipment. There’s something eerie about it. Who is she and what has happened to her? I enjoyed the way this narrative ran throughout, suggesting something slightly out of the ordinary alongside the thriller unfolding.”

The Sleep Tight Motel by Lisa Unger – “Mysterious, eerie, great atmosphere, and a need to know exactly what is going on in the room next door, from which Eve hears screams and dragging sounds on more than one occasion despite there being no other guests staying at the motel kept me glued to this for the duration.”


So, what did you write about this week?
See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To

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 week’s theme is:  Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To


Ah, all the books I meant to read, hoped to read, but somehow passed me by. This list could be endless, there are so many books and my TBR never seems to get any shorter. I will however do my best to stick to just ten books which I’ll select based on my really wanting to get around to at least some of them very soon. In fact, I’ll begin with the book I’ve chosen as my first read of this year…

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artefacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

A murder on the high seas. A detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist.
It’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent.
But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered.
And then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel.
Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?
With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger onboard. A mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.

Stoker’s Wilde West by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi

Thinking they have put their monster-hunting days behind them, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker return to their normal lives. But when their old ally Robert Roosevelt and his nephew Teddy find a new nest of vampires, they are once again pulled into the world of the supernatural, this time in the American West. A train robbery by a band of vampire gunslingers sets off a series of events that puts Bram on the run, Oscar leading a rescue party and our heroes being pursued by an unstoppable vampire bounty hunter who rides a dead, reanimated horse.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.

City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house—a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

What was it like? Living in that house.

Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.

Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.


So, what did you write about this week?
See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday/Seasonal Freebie

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:  Holiday/Seasonal Freebie


For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday Seasonal Freebie I’ve gone for a bit of variety with a selection of book covers.  Some of these are books with a festive theme, some simply have colours or themes that seem wintry. There’s at least one sequel amongst the list (Shiang, the first book is Darien, just in case you’re wondering), and at least one series beginning with The Bear and the Nightingale.  I’ve linked the covers to my reviews where possible in case anything catches your eye. On to the books…

             

                  

                


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.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Read Again

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 week’s theme is:  Books I Want to Read Again


Re-reading, it’s something I don’t do very often, if at all, but my selections for this week’s topic are a mixture of books that I would like to re-read or books I wish I could read again for the first time.

I was surprised to notice when making my list that most of the Stephen King books that feature must have been from my pre-blogging days as I don’t seem to have written reviews for any of them, which could be a great reason to read some of them again. I’ll list those together first…

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King – There’s no way I couldn’t list this series first as I’ve mentioned many times before that I’d like to re-read it someday. The only thing that makes me hesitate is that there are 8 books in total and some of them are really long. It’s probably going to happen though. Maybe!

The Shining by Stephen King – I’ve always thought this would be a good one to re-read during autumn but it recently occurred to me that the family goes to the Overlook for a winter stay, so actually it’s also a great winter re-read too. Any excuse to revisit a book that I found pretty creepy at times. Room 217, I’ll say no more.

11/22/63 by Stephen King – It’s been a while since I read this and it’s one I would certainly be tempted to pick up again, to see how much I enjoy it on a re-read.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – I’d love to experience this for the first time. It was such a unique take on the country house murder mystery and I was intrigued as to what was going on.

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – The central duo of Gus and Call make this one worth the re-read. There are more books featuring those same characters so perhaps I’ll check some of those out too.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell – I enjoyed the writing, the characters, the atmosphere of the house and the creepiness of the wooden figures that were possibly moving around when no one was watching. One to pick up during the dark nights of autumn I think.

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey – I would love to experience my first read of this all over again. I remember seeing the synopsis for the first time and being completely intrigued. I couldn’t wait to discover the story and I enjoyed it when I did.

       

The Powder Mage trilogy by Brian McClellan – I was really sad to reach the end of this fantasy trilogy and bid goodbye to some wonderful characters.

       

The Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden – Perfect for winter evenings of reading.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – Not a wish to relive my first read exactly, I saw the movie version before I read the book and had no clue as to how the case would be resolved. I had great fun reading the book but I wonder if I’d have picked up more clues if I’d read rather than watched it first. I doubt it as I don’t think I’ve worked out whodunnit in any of the other Christie novels I’ve read so far.


So, what did you write about this week?
See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Booking Ahead: December 2020

Booking Ahead is an opportunity to 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. It’s time to look for a few potential reads for the month. I’d like to read at least three books if I can, which will mean I’ve read 30 books this year. Not a massive total but more than I probably expected.
I may pick up a couple of seasonal reads this month…

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman – I’m already reading this and am glad to have found a new series to read as I think it’s one I’m going to enjoy. Irene is a spy for a mysterious Library which houses books from many alternate realities and in this first story she’s sent to an alternate London to retrieve a certain book. Of course, nothing is ever easy, and so the adventure begins.

Christmas at Wynter House by Emily Harvale – Neva Grey is looking forward to spending a quiet Christmas with her family in the cosy cottage they’ve rented in the picture-postcard village of Wyntersleap. Nestled between rolling hills and a gently burbling river, it’s going to be idyllic.

Except it’s not. Torrential rain causes the river to burst its banks and the quaint little village isn’t quite so cosy with water lapping at the doors. Add to that a power cut and a sudden blizzard and Christmas is looking bleak … until gorgeous Adam Wynter invites them all to Wynter House.

Although not everyone is happy to share the ancestral home. Adam’s elder brother, Rafe is less than pleased. Their grandmother, Olivia extends a grudging welcome. And for Carruthers, the oddly arrogant butler, unexpected guests are a Christmas surprise he could do without. Especially one as troublesome as Neva’s eight-year-old niece.

But something’s not quite right at Wynter House. What is Rafe intent on hiding behind the locked doors of the old barn? And what really happened to his first wife? It’s a good thing Neva has a sense of humour. She’s going to need it this Christmas at Wynter House.

The past couple of years have seen me reach for a seasonal Agatha Christie novel during December. I’ve read The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding and Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, so this year my choice may be…

Midwinter Murder: Fireside Tales from the Queen of Crime by Agatha Christie – There’s a chill in the air and the days are growing shorter . . . It’s the perfect time to curl up in front of a crackling fire with these wintry whodunits from the legendary Agatha Christie. But beware of deadly snowdrifts and dangerous gifts, poisoned meals and mysterious guests.


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.

The End Of The Year Book Tag: 2020 Edition

It’s Book Tag time!
I’ve completed this tag in previous years and thought it would be fun to revisit it again now, so let’s talk books…

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

At the moment there isn’t anything outstanding other than whatever I happen to be reading at the time.
I recently started reading The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman which is the first book in a series, so I might try and read at least one more of those before the end of the year, and there are a couple of other books I would like to try and read which I’ll mention later in this post.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Not specifically, although I do find myself seeking out more Gothic type tales at this time of year, and I try to pick something a little seasonal around Christmas time so am open to suggestions for titles I should check out.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

There’s a recent release that I haven’t read yet but am very much looking forward to and that’s The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton.
I also haven’t read the latest from Stephen King yet either.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

  • The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal – I want to read this as I don’t read much sci-if and fancy a change. I recently finished the first of the Glamourist Histories by the same author and loved that so thought I’d check out her take on a different genre.
  • Perhaps another of the Glamourist Histories or another Invisible Library book by Genevieve Cogman.
  • I’d probably like to fit in at least one festive read, but don’t have a particular title in mind at the moment.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

There have been quite a few books I’ve loved already this year. If I finally get around to reading The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow I do wonder whether that could be one I’d add to my favourites of the year.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

Not even slightly! The usual Goodreads challenge goal may feature, but beyond that, no, not yet at least.


Are there any books you’re really hoping to read before the end of this year?
As always, feel free to consider yourself tagged if you fancy having a go at this one.

Booking Ahead: November 2020

Booking Ahead is an opportunity to 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 wander through my seemingly endless list/pile of books I want to read. There are a couple here that I’m really looking forward to…

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal – This is the first book in the Glamourist Histories series. I’ve already started reading and I’m really enjoying it. Regency era setting, Austen-esque (is that even a word?!) characters, manners, magic and misunderstandings, it’s a complete change for me and I cannot wait to get back to it. The story centres around the Ellsworth family, mainly the two sisters Jane and Melody, and their social circle, which of course includes a number of potentially eligible suitors. And… magic.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I have a feeling this would have been a perfect choice for Readers Imbibing Peril but I didn’t have chance to read it last month. Here’s a brief description – An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .
That sounds like something I’m going to enjoy.  It will be another new-to-me author, although I do also have Moreno-Garcia’s previous book, Gods of Jade and Shadow, on my TBR pile, so maybe I’ll pick that up soon too.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal – This one is by the same author as Shades of Milk and Honey but it’s a completely different genre and I’m interested because Shades caught my attention so completely that I want to see whether that happens again.
Also, I don’t really read much in the way of sci-fi, and although I haven’t signed up for Sci-Fi Month I’ve seen many blog posts about it and it put me in mind to give the genre a try. This seems as good a place to start as any. It’s the first in the Lady Astronaut series and tells the story of an attempt to colonise space after a meteorite falls to earth, meaning the planet will become uninhabitable.

Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon – I hadn’t heard of this book until I came across it in the Goodreads Choice nominations so it’s a spur-of-the-moment addition to my monthly TBR list and hopefully I’ll manage to fit it in. A historical story about a woman in search of a new start undertaking a journey out West on the Oregon Trail.

Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg – A new Victorian era Fantasy novel. Here’s a brief description… The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood.
Sounds good, doesn’t it?

I’ve probably chosen way more books than I’ll be able to manage over the course of a month, yet it’s only a small selection of everything bookish that caught my attention recently. There’s certainly a great variety of genres and themes in my selections for this month. Let’s see how many of them I actually manage to read…


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.