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.

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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!

The How I Choose My Books Tag

I think it’s time for another Book Tag. I haven’t done one for a while, so I’m looking forward to this. I haven’t been tagged, but spotted this over at not-so-modern girl and thought I’d give it a try. So, let’s get started….

1. Find a book on your shelves with a blue cover. What made you pick up the book in the first place?

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King.
This was always one I was going to want to read. I usually enjoy a Stephen King novel so always look out for his latest offerings. I had this on my wish list way before the cover reveal, but such a gorgeous cover is definitely a bonus!

2. Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

The Inn Boonsboro series by Nora Roberts. I doubt I would ever have picked up this series, but someone who’d just finished the first book (The Next Always) told me how much she had enjoyed it. She really sold it to me so I decided to give it a try. I ended up reading all three almost back to back. It was just something very different from my usual reading tastes and I think that was probably why I enjoyed it so much.

3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. How did you discover this book?

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I bought this based on already having read the rest of the series.
I discovered the series in the first place via the first movie. I remember going to see it at the cinema and really wanting to read the book as well. The rest is history.

4. Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

Someone recommended the Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan. I thought the first book, The Magicians’ Guild, took a while to get going, but once it did I really enjoyed it and am reading the final book of the trilogy at the moment.

5. Pick a book you discovered through book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

I saw Caraval by Stephanie Garber literally everywhere and it sounded so intriguing. I think I may have become a little over-hyped though and didn’t end up enjoying the novel quite as much as I thought I would.

6. Find a book on your shelves with a one word title. What drew you to this book?

Carnivalesque by Neil Jordan. Okay, I admit, initially it was the cover that drew me to this book, all blue and gold with stars, it just drew my eye.
But the story, of a young boy who goes to a carnival and ends up trapped inside a mirror sounds like it might be good.

7. What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

Cell by Stephen King. I’m trying to read as many Stephen King books as I can anyway, but this particular title came to my attention after I watched the recent movie version. I enjoyed the movie but I didn’t like the ending and wanted to see whether the book came to a less grim conclusion. I won’t spoil anything here, I’ll just say that I definitely preferred the ending of the book.

8. Think of your all-time favourite books. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin – I gave Game of Thrones a try previously, but didn’t think it was something I would get into, all those strange character and place names, and I hadn’t read much in the way of fantasy at that point, so I put it aside.
Then I saw that it was going to become a tv series and something about it caught my imagination again, so I had another attempt to read the first book. I have no idea why it seemed so different second time around but I became totally hooked.


If you feel like having a go at this then you’re tagged.
Have you read any of the books I chose this time? If so, what did you think?
Until the next time…

 

Booking Ahead: October 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. I have a feeling I won’t be reading a massive number of books this month as I have a couple of huge reads on my list which I’m really looking forward to.

New Books

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King – Have you seen this book yet? It’s definitely one that would catch your eye. Such a lovely cover, and I like the novelty of the inside covers being embossed with an animal too. The tiger or fox are probably the ones I like best.
Look at me, so engrossed with the cover, which we all know shouldn’t be the main concern.
And it isn’t, really, it’s just an added bonus.
The story sounds like something I’m really going to enjoy. I just hope I’ve not ended up over-hyped, because this has been known to happen before. We’ll see…

Books from the Backlist

Needful Things by Stephen King – Looks like I’m having a King-themed month of reading! I’d already started this book at the end of last month, and it’s LONG. Over 900 pages long. I think things in Castle Rock, Maine are about to become very interesting for all those visiting the new shop in town, Needful Things. There’s something for everything, at a price they can just about afford, or can they?

The High Lord by Trudi Canavan – This one appeared on last month’s list too, but hopefully I’ll definitely get around to reading it and finishing the Black Magician trilogy this 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.

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?

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.