The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag: 2022 Edition

It’s Book Tag time.

It’s that time of year. The Mid-Year Freak Out tag is back for a 2022 update.
I’ve enjoyed many of my recent reads, so here’s to remembering a few of them in this tag.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2022:

I’ve read some great books this year so I can’t pick just one for this. I must mention…

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Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie
Foundryside (The Founders trilogy #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

2. Best sequel of 2022 so far:

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The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King. It’s book 4.5 of the Dark Tower series and was written after the rest of the series was completed. I think it may also be the only sequel I’ve read this year actually, but I think I’d have chosen it anyway as I really like this series.

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

The Grief of Stones by Katherine Addison. I enjoyed both The Goblin Emperor and The Witness for the Dead, and this book is a sequel to the latter. Definitely one I want to get around to soon.

4. Most anticipated release of the second half of 2022:

Fairy Tale by Stephen King

5. Biggest disappointment of 2022:

That I haven’t read a few more books so far, and I’d have liked to make a little bit more progress with my bookish bingo cards. Hopefully I’ll add a few more books to each of these soon.

6. Biggest surprise:

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The Hollows by Mark Edwards

The Midnight Man (Slayton Thrillers #1) by Caroline Mitchell

Both of these were thrillers with a slightly spooky air that made them very enjoyable.

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

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New-to-me – Louise Douglas. I really enjoyed The Room in the Attic. I could have mentioned the two authors and books I used for the previous question here as well, because they’re both new-to-me and were enjoyable reads as well.

8. Newest fictional crush:

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9. Newest favourite character:

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The Eastwood sisters from The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow. I can’t pick just one of them as I liked each of them for different reasons.

10. Book that made you cry:

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Billy Summers by Stephen King had a moment or two.

11. Book that made you happy:

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I’m going back slightly further than I should for this one to mention a book that I read at the very end of last year as it seems to fit the prompt best – The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. I’ve thought about this one a few times since I finished it and enjoyed every moment spent in this world.

12. Favourite book to movie adaptation of 2022 you’ve seen:

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Death on the Nile is perhaps the only move I’ve seen that fits this category. I saw the movie before I read the book but that didn’t take away any of the enjoyment of reading it. I liked seeing what was changed and what stayed the same.

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

I haven’t done many Top Ten Tuesday posts so far this year but I did enjoy writing about books featuring Lighthouses and Sailing Ships.

I think one of my favourite books to review recently has been Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie. It was a good story and trying to write about it without giving anything away was interesting.

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

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The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex has a striking cover. I haven’t read it yet so can’t comment on the story, but it’s one I’m looking forward to.

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

There are many, many books I could mention but I’ll limit myself to just a few…

The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell
The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex
Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower #5) by Stephen King

So concludes my 2022 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!

Booking Ahead: June 2022

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.

It’s time for another glance at my TBR list to select potential reads for the coming month. I’m doing something a little different this month. I’ve been thinking about books I might like to read for my reading challenges, not just this month, but beyond that, so I’ve created a list to remind myself of the possibilities. If you see anything here that you’ve enjoyed then let me know. On to the book list…

Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley
The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower #5) or another novel by Stephen King
The Highway by C. J. Box
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
We Begin at the End by Chris Whittaker
Shorefall (The Founders Trilogy #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett
The Scarlet Dress by Louise Douglas
The Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
The House on the Strand by Daphne Du Maurier


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: May 2022

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 TBR pile once again! This month there’s one book I will definitely be reading as I’ve already started it:

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers – Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.

Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.

Beyond this I’m not sure what I’m in the mood for reading at the moment.
I might try another Agatha Christie, which will possibly be Death on the Nile, or I might go for The Highway by C. J. Box as I’ve been watching the series Big Sky which is based on this book.
I might even get back to my Dark Tower reread. Next up is Wolves of the Calla.

Or, I might end up choosing something completely different.


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: Authors I Haven’t Read, But Want 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:  Authors I Haven’t Read, But Want To


Top Ten Tuesday this week is all about authors I haven’t read yet. I’m adapting this slightly for my final two mentions and including a couple of authors whose first-in-a-series books I’ve read and would like to continue with the rest.
I’ve chosen mostly series or trilogies this week, some of which have been on my TBR list for such a long time. The many standalone books I’d still love to find time for would make up a whole new post in themselves.
On to the books…

Brandon Sanderson – The Mistborn first trilogy (The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages)

Robin Hobb – The Farseer trilogy (Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin, Assassin’s Quest)

Joe Abercrombie – The First Law trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, Last Argument of Kings)

Julia Quinn – The Bridgertons series

Alice Hoffman – The Practical Magic series

Becky Chambers – The Wayfarers series

Mary Robinette Kowal – The Lady Astronaut series

Jodi Taylor – The Chronicles of St. Mary’s series

Genevieve Cogman – The Invisible Library series. I’ve read the first book in this series.

Diana Gabaldon – The Outlander series. I’ve also read the first book in this series, and I’ve kept up with the TV adaptation, but I’d really like to get back to reading the books too.

So, any recommendations about which of these I should definitely try to make time for?


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

Top Ten Tuesday: Lighthouses and Sailing Ships

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:  Freebie AKA Lighthouses and Sailing Ships


This week on Top Ten Tuesday we can choose our own topic, so here is ‘Lighthouses and Sailing Ships’, a post in which I gather together a selection of books based on either of these themes, whether as a main feature or a passing scene.
I decided on this theme when I noticed that many of the books that have recently caught my attention featured either lighthouses or ships.

I’ve read three of these, and linked to my reviews where possible (marked with a*), and have even included a non-fiction title this week, which is very rare. On to the books…

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The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex

The Lighthouse Witches by C. J. Cooke

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow*

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane – Read this in my pre-blogging days so no review unfortunately.

The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley

Erebus: The Story of a Ship by Michael Palin

Temeraire by Naomi Novik

The Bone Ships by R. J. Barker

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton*


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

Booking Ahead: April 2022

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 edition of Booking Ahead, a chance to showcase a few of the books that are catching my eye at the moment. I have a feeling this month it’s going to be another month of bookish musings rather than definite reading plans, so, on to the books…

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Described as ‘a charming tale of love and betrayal, and the struggle between conformity and passion, set in a world where scandal is a razor-sharp weapon’, I like the sound of this tale of magic amongst Loisail’s most notable socialites. It sounds like a romance with added magic.

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn – This is the second book in the Bridgertons series, and has mostly caught my eye because of the arrival of the latest tv series which I’ll probably end up watching at some point. I never got around to reading the first book, but I think this story features different main characters so I’m hoping that won’t matter too much.

The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex – Centres around a group of lighthouse keepers who went missing without any explanation. It sounds so mysterious, moving between the last weeks at the lighthouse and, two decades later, the people left behind, not knowing what happened to their loved ones.

The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley – I’ve read a few of Natasha Pulley’s books in the past and always enjoyed them. This one follows Joe, a man with amnesia who, after finding a century-old postcard signed by someone known only as ‘M’, decides he must find this person, in the hope that he will also find out more about himself.

So, there are a few of the books that may feature in my reading this month. There’s also the chance that something completely unexpected will catch my eye…


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: March 2022

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. I only have a couple of definite reads in mind this month; after that I’ll see where the reading mood takes me…

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters – I mentioned this one last month and didn’t have chance to start it, so I’m hoping to pick it up over the coming weeks instead. It’s another reread and I’m looking forward to it.

Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie – I haven’t read any Christie in a while and I liked the sound of this. A country village may have a serial killer in it’s midst, according to one resident, who tells her story to Luke Fitzwilliam and soon after winds up dead. Intrigued that the woman may have been telling the truth, Fitzwilliam ventures to the village to discover what, if anything, is going on.


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: February 2022

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 2022. I’ve noticed that recently Booking Ahead has more accurately been monthly musings about some of the books catching my eye rather than definite plans for what I’m going to read. I have a feeling this month’s edition is probably going to be similar, so without further ado..

Last month was a mix of varied genres for me, and I’ll probably continue trying to read a variety, particularly from my under-explored genres as mentioned in my Reading Resolutions. Historical, sci-fi, maybe even a total change and add in a bit of romance? That being said, I think fantasy is also calling out to me again and I can’t wait to get back into my Dark Tower reread, which brings me to my first and only definite read this month…

The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King – The next in the Tower series is a story within a story within a story and was a later edition to the series as a whole, written after the series had been completed and placed between books 4 and 5. I’ve already started this and am enjoying being back with these characters again.

And in under-explored genres I have some ideas…

Historical, I fancy rereading Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. I wanted to do this a while ago but haven’t actually got around to it yet.

Sci-fi, I’m thinking Dogs of War and/or Bear Head by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I really haven’t read much sci-fi at all.

I have some of the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn should I fancy giving romance a try, and there’s a new tv series coming soon so now might be a good time to give the books a try?

Some of these titles may feature in the month of reading, or who knows, something else might totally surprise me.


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.

The ‘Good Intentions’ Book Tag

It’s Book Tag time!
The first tag of 2022 is a brand new one created by Lynn over at Lynn’s Books and is based on ten popular resolutions/best intentions. Here goes my attempt at the Good Intentions Book Tag

Exercise more : This is a book that is a real chunkster, in fact you will need help to even pick this book up:

I could go for any of the remaining books in The Dark Tower series by Stephen King for this. I’m halfway through my series re-read and from what I remember the remaining books were fairly long, but I’m going to go for another option and say The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This book was pretty massive when I saw the hardback copy, and it was one I was very very glad to buy as an ebook. I’ve read the rest of the books in this series (quite a while ago) and I would like to give this one a try at some point.

Lose weight : A book that is not a chunkster; a short story or novella. A book you could probably read in one sitting:

Uncanny Collateral by Brian McClellan. I loved the Powder Mage trilogy by the same author, and this sounds really different.

Eat healthy : A book that is good for you. This is a book that made you feel so happy that you wanted to give it a big hug:

I thought of The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison at first, but I’d like to use that title for another prompt so I’ll mention instead two books I borrowed first but ending up buying once I’d returned the loans – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton and A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Both are books I enjoyed at the time of reading and I would love to revisit them both and see if the reading experience was just as good second time around.

Fulfill your ambitions : A book that has a lot going on. Plenty of different threads, points of views and action but everything eventually comes together in a very satisfactory fashion:

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone was like nothing I’ve ever read before. Two agents on opposing sides of a war that spans all of time engage in a correspondence across many times and mediums from the past to the future. So much going on in a short number of pages but it all came together wonderfully in the end.

Spend more time with the family : A series of books that you love and that has developed more than you ever anticipated:

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. This series goes to so many weird and wonderful places and puts the main group through so much, and it draws you in as it goes. You can’t wait to read more, but don’t want to get to the end. Or, you do what I’ve done – get to the end and found that reading it once just wasn’t enough. Yes, my series re-read will continue this year.

Tick off an item from your bucket list : Reduce the tbr. Choose a book from Mount TBR that you would like to read this year:

Where to even begin? I have so many books on my TBR list that I’m doing a reading challenge based around them, Beat the Backlist, so just a couple of mentions:

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke.

The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King is the next on my Dark Tower re-read list and after that The Wolves of the Calla.

Save money : A book that was an absolute bargain – you would have to be crazy in fact not to have bought this book:

I bought the First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie e-book for 99p. Three whole books for less than £1. Can’t think of anything else that was quite such a bargain as that. I haven’t read it yet (of course) but hopefully I’ll get around to at least starting it sometime.

Get Organised : A book with a glossary, maps, useful words, lists of people – this book is one helpful book, it wants you to know ALL the things and it’s not afraid to use footnotes and other devices to help you do so:

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison is a mass of complex names and titles and pronunciations, many of which are described and detailed in the Handbook for Travelers in the Elflands and the cast list. I thought at first I might not get on with all these names and titles but in the end I was so immersed in the story that it really didn’t take anything away from it at all. In fact, it added a little something extra, with all the courtly etiquette and rituals.

Start a new hobby : A book that is outside your comfort zone. Perhaps everyone was raving about this book, maybe it was over-hyped, you hesitated to pick it up in fact, but when you did – you loved it:

The Noise by James Patterson was one of my last reads of last year. It was a book I hadn’t come across or anticipated at all, and I didn’t really know what to expect, but I ended up really enjoying it. It was very mysterious and fast-paced and I couldn’t put it down.


That’s my top ten Good Intentions Book Tag.
If you’d like to have a go at the tag yourself then please do and I’d love to know what books you chose.

Booking Ahead: December 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 Booking Ahead. It’s going to be a short list this month, only two books, and one of those I’ve already started. If I finish these maybe I’ll have time to pick up something a little seasonal too…

The Noise by James Patterson and J. D. Barker – A mysterious explosion kills thousands in the Pacific Northwest—and only two young girls survive. The newest in psychological suspense from the mind of James Patterson.
Two sisters have always stood together. Now, they’re the only ones left.

In the shadow of Mount Hood, sixteen-year-old Tennant is checking rabbit traps with her eight-year-old sister Sophie when the girls are suddenly overcome by a strange vibration rising out of the forest, building in intensity until it sounds like a deafening crescendo of screams. From out of nowhere, their father sweeps them up and drops them through a trapdoor into a storm cellar. But the sound only gets worse…

The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison – When the young half-goblin emperor Maia sought to learn who had set the bombs that killed his father and half-brothers, he turned to an obscure resident of his father’s Court, a Prelate of Ulis and a Witness for the Dead. Thara Celehar found the truth, though it did him no good to discover it. He lost his place as a retainer of his cousin the former Empress, and made far too many enemies among the many factions vying for power in the new Court. The favor of the Emperor is a dangerous coin.

Now Celehar lives in the city of Amalo, far from the Court though not exactly in exile. He has not escaped from politics, but his position gives him the ability to serve the common people of the city, which is his preference. He lives modestly, but his decency and fundamental honestly will not permit him to live quietly. As a Witness for the Dead, he can, sometimes, speak to the recently dead: see the last thing they saw, know the last thought they had, experience the last thing they felt. It is his duty use that ability to resolve disputes, to ascertain the intent of the dead, to find the killers of the murdered.

Now Celehar’s skills lead him out of the quiet and into a morass of treachery, murder, and injustice. No matter his own background with the imperial house, Celehar will stand with the commoners, and possibly find a light in the darkness.


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.