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!


Booking Ahead: July 2017

Booking Ahead is a feature here 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 to raid the TBR pile once more and choose some new reads.

New Books

I think I may just have a month focusing on Backlist books, but you never know, that could all change as new books catch my eye and tempt me.

Books from the Backlist

The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan – I’ve never read any Trudi Canavan so far, but this book came to my attention via an absolutely glowing recommendation. I knew I already had it in my pile somewhere, so sought it out based on the enthusiasm of someone who’s read it a few times over already.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling – I’m re-reading the whole Harry Potter series for the first time, slowly but surely. Chamber of Secrets will definitely be completed this month, and I might even carry straight on to book 3 too.

Feed by Mira Grant – I’ve already started this tale of zombies, bloggers and a presidential campaign.

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: Best Reads of 2017 So Far

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:   Best Books You’ve Read in 2017 so Far

2017 has been a pretty good reading year so far. I’ve really enjoyed most of what I’ve read, which makes narrowing it down to ten books pretty tough. Which ones do I leave out? Anyway, here’s an attempt, complete with links to reviews (where completed).

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling – As it’s 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was published I decided to begin a series re-read.

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey – A prequel to The Girl with all the Gifts, this book follows a group of soldiers and scientists on their journey to find a cure in a post-apocalyptic Great Britain.

Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan and The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan – Okay, I know, I’m cheating a little adding two books in one but I just had to mention them both.
The Autumn Republic is the end of the Powder Mage trilogy and what an ending to a great series.
Sins of Empire is the beginning of another series set in the same world, and featuring some of the characters from Powder Mage.
I loved both these books.

The Trees by Ali Shaw – Imagine you woke up to find the whole world had become one giant, dangerous forest.

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt – An eerie and atmospheric novel based on the real life double murder of Andrew Borden and his wife. His daughter Lizzie stood trial for the crime but was acquitted.

The Muse by Jessie Burton – I enjoyed the way the two narratives in this tale weaved together.

North and South by John Jakes – This is the first book in a trilogy set during the American Civil War. There are some brilliant characters and I can’t wait to get back to book two.

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford – A novel set in the early days of New York where a man arrives and causes a stir. There were some great moments throughout this book.

Cell by Stephen King – Everyone ends up in a zombie-like state after a bout of rage when they’re zapped by the Pulse, sent through mobile phones. A group of survivors go on a journey through this new and dangerous world. I read this after watching the movie, and although I liked both I think the book had the better ending.

Feed by Mira Grant – I’m ending my post this week with the book I’m currently reading. Zombies, a political campaign and a group of bloggers. What’s not to love?

What are your picks for the best books you’ve read so far this year?  Have you read anything that made my list this week?

The Goodreads Book Tag

It feels like a long time since I last did a Book Tag, so here is one I spotted over at Becky’s Blogs of a Bookaholic. It’s the Goodreads Tag. Hope you enjoy…

What was the last book you marked as read?

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt. It’s based on the real life case of a double murder. Lizzie Borden was accused and put on trial for the murders of her father and stepmother. I’d not actually heard about the case, but looked up some info once I started reading the book.
The way the author weaves fact and her own imagined elements into this makes it an intriguing tale.
It’s also fascinating in that it’s still an unsolved crime as Lizzie Borden was acquitted so the story offered up here is pretty plausible. The writing was great too.

What are you currently reading?

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey.
Did you get around to reading The Girl With All The Gifts? Well, this book is set in the same bleak world.
I loved that book, and have been looking forward to returning to Carey’s country decimated by a fungal pathogen.
I can tell it’s going to be a good story, and I can’t wait to see what befalls the 12 soldiers and scientists travelling aboard the Rosalind Franklin as they search for a way to stop the plague.

What was the last book you marked as ‘to read’?

There are a few books I’ve been looking at recently.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Feed by Mira Grant
The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday also covers a few more of the books I hope to read very soon.

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes I do. I always find that when I start looking at a review I scan through to find the star rating, just to see what the reviewer’s overall opinion was before I start reading the review. I’ll still read the review as well, but it’s a good at-a-glance indicator so because I look for it in other reviews I do use it myself.

Are you doing the 2017 reading challenge?

Yes. I’ve set myself a low target this year, 20 books.
I keep picking up all these really long books, which I love, so there didn’t seem much point in setting a high target because I find I’m conscious of the number and the fact that I’m no where near reaching it, which can take away from the enjoyment of reading. I don’t want to feel like I need to race through a book just because I’ve set myself a reading goal.
I’m not the fastest reader in the world, and sometimes I get so drawn in to a tale that I don’t even want to reach the end.

Do you have a wishlist?

Of course! It’s endless. And it keeps changing, but two things I would definitely like are a complete boxset of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King and a matching Song of Ice and Fire set by George R. R. Martin once the series is complete.

Who are your favorite authors?

Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, Sarah Waters. Recently I’ve also really enjoyed books by Sarah Perry and M. R. Carey, so I would look out for new books by them too.

Have you joined any groups?

Not that I’ve been especially active in unfortunately.
In theory I’d quite like to be in a group, but my reading tastes vary quite a lot, and I’m terrible for getting distracted by brand new books. If these come from the library they usually have to go right to the top of by TBR as they have to go back, so I don’t think trying to read certain books at certain times would suit me at the moment.
I always regret this though when I’ve read something awesome and really wish that someone else had been reading it at the same time, to relive those OMG moments.

How many Goodreads shelves do you have?

I have the usual, then I have one for each year’s reading progress. I have a couple of TBR lists but I don’t really keep them updated or use them properly. I really should go through and delete a few things and try and get a little more organised but doing that would mean less time for reading, and the book will always win when time is short.

I Tag…

As usual, anyone who wants to do this!


Top Ten Tuesday: TBR Additions – Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Post-Apocalyptic Style

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:   Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added to my TBR List

My TBR list is massive, infinite and ever-expanding, so some of the books here may be recent re-additions to the list, or I’ve moved them to the top of the list as I really feel in the mood to read them right now. Perhaps I’m becoming a bit of a mood reader these days?
If so, then I’m in the mood for some Fantasy, Sci-Fi and a good bit of Post-Apocalyptic themed reading.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King – I can’t believe this isn’t out until September. What a wait! I added it to my TBR list as soon as I first heard about it.

The White Road by Sarah Lotz – I read Day Four and enjoyed it, and have read some good reviews for this new book, so I’ll give it a try.

Feed by Mira Grant – I love a good zombie story, and this is one I’ve been meaning to read for a while but haven’t had chance to get around to yet.

Feedback by Mira Grant – Another book set in the same world as Feed, but from a different perspective.

Fever by Deon Meyer – The books this is supposedly similar to are The Stand and The Passage. I’ve read and enjoyed both of those, so onto the TBR list it goes.

The Prince of Glass by Karen Miller – I read The Falcon Throne a while ago and really enjoyed it. This is book 2 in the same series.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – For some reason I’m in the mood for a book or two set in space, and I picked up a copy of this one recently so hopefully it’ll be at the top of my TBR pile soon.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – I’ve never read anything by Mark Lawrence before, but this book sounds really good.

The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams – I’m patiently waiting for the library to get this in stock. I feel like I requested it ages ago but it hasn’t arrived yet. I do know it’s on order though, so that’s a good thing.

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey – This one only just makes it onto my list this week as I’ve actually just started reading it. I couldn’t not mention it though because it’s set in the same world as The Girl With All The Gifts (which I loved), and so far it’s really good.

Have you read any of the books on my list this week?  If so, what did you think of them?  What have you added to your TBR recently?