Booking Ahead: December 2019

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 that time again, to look for a few potential reads for the month. There are two books I really do want to read as soon as I can, so they’re definitely having a mention. Beyond that, I’m not sure, so it may be a short list this month.
Here are my December reading choices…

New Books

Angel Mage by Garth Nix – I’ve never read anything by Garth Nix but I’ve seen reviews for this book mentioning angel and musketeers?! Sounds like a decent combination to me. Can’t wait to get started reading this.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – I couldn’t not want to read the new book from the author of the Night Circus. It’s a lovely looking book, and the story sounds great, so to the top of the TBR pile it goes.

Books from the Backlist

I’m not sure I’ll manage any Backlist books this month. Both the books I’ve chosen already are pretty long and I’d love to read them before the end of the year.


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

It’s Book Tag time again!
I’ve seen this one around quite a lot recently and thought it would be fun to give it a try. So, let’s talk books…

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

I’m just about to start a new read, which will no doubt be one of those mentioned in ‘three books you want to read before the end of the year’ further on in this tag, probably Angel Mage by Garth Nix, so hopefully I’ll finish that by the end of the year. I’d also like to read The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

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

Not so much autumn into year-end, but I do usually pick up the latest Karen Swan novel around Christmas time. They’re something totally different to my usual reading choices and a nice way to wind down a year of reading.

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

Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan. It’s the final book in his latest trilogy and I really enjoyed the first two. I can’t wait to see what happens in the final chapter. The book is out at the beginning of December.

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

Angel Mage by Garth Nix
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
I’m not sure about a third choice, possibly something a little festive?

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

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. It probably wouldn’t be a shock if I enjoy it as I loved The Night Circus so I was excited to hear about this book a few months ago. Having looked forward to reading it for that long I hope there are good things in store!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

I haven’t at the moment. I read so many library books that my plans are often thrown when a few requested books all arrive at the same time and have to go straight to the top of my TBR pile.
I’ll probably set a GoodReads challenge goal, although based on the number of books I’ve read this year that will have to be quite low to start with.


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 2019

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.

My TBR pile remains massive, and I’ve just picked up another pile of books from the library, so here’s a small selection that may be keeping me busy throughout the coming month…

New Books

Bone China by Laura Purcell – I’ve enjoyed both of Laura Purcell’s previous novels so I’m really looking forward to another gothic tale, this time set in Cornwall.

Full Throttle by Joe Hill – A short story collection, one of which, Into the Tall Grass, has been adapted into a film. I don’t usually read short stories, but I enjoyed Joe Hill’s Strange Weather and The Fireman so thought I’d give this new collection a try.

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg – That cover!! You shouldn’t choose a book for the cover, I know, but I saw a brand new copy on the shelf at the library and I couldn’t resist picking it up. It sounds like this might have a Westworld type theme? We’ll see…

Books from the Backlist

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – I’m actually reading this one at the moment. I started it during Readers Imbibing Peril but didn’t manage to finish it before the event ended.


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 Finally Fall Book Tag: 2019 Edition

Its Book Tag time. What better way to enjoy my favourite season than with an autumn themed tag? It’s Finally Fall! This tag was created by Alina on her booktube channel Tall Tales.

I completed this tag last year, but thought I’d revisit it now. I’m going to try and give answers only from books that I’ve read in the last year or so, even though it’s always so tempting to fall back on old favourites and give them yet another mention. I probably won’t be able to resist doing that at least once, but let’s see how I get on…

In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting.

       

The Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden. I really enjoyed the story of Vasya and Morozko.

Nature is beautiful… but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher begins with the theft and loss of a beloved family pet and also touches on the absence of a sibling and being away from family. It’s a great story set in a bleak, broken world but it still has a hopeful tone.

Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

I don’t think I’ve read any non-fiction so far this year!

In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

I would love a day with Aziraphale and Crowley from Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, preferably not during the almost-apocalypse but just a regular day.

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall-colored spines!

I’m still such an avid library user that I don’t have enough suitable books to show for this prompt, but it’s a great excuse to flash the wonderfully striking cover of The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. Yellow’s definitely a colour for Autumn, right?!

Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie is narrated by the local doctor, who recounts the story of meeting the great Poirot when he becomes involved in another murder mystery.

The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.

The only one I’ve read so far this year is A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay. It has a building sense of creepiness as the story of sisters Merry and Marjorie and the latter’s possible possession/illness goes on.

The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

I can’t remember the last time I read anything short so I’ll have to go for the same title I chose last time for this one and say Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling.

Fall returns every year: Name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon.

     

I’m going in a slightly different direction with this one as I so rarely re-read books. I discovered the Charlie Parker series by John Connolly earlier this year. I’ve read the two latest books, The Woman in the Woods and A Book of Bones.  It’s definitely a series that I’d love to return to soon, and there are plenty of titles to check out.

Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favorite cozy reading “accessories”!

A MASSIVE mug of tea and maybe a biscuit or two.
Comfortable cozy clothing and chunky socks.
A bookmark or two so I don’t end up folding page corners when I want to remember something I’ve just read (!)

Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!

As always, if you’ve not had chance to do this tag yet, or are now seeing it for the first time and fancying giving it a go please consider yourself tagged.

Booking Ahead: October 2019

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 to take another look at my TBR pile and select some reads for October.  Readers Imbibing Peril (#RIPXIV) is ongoing through the coming month so once again I’ll be selecting at least some potential reads for the reading challenge. A couple of last month’s selections will no doubt appear again this time around!

Here’s a selection of what I’m hoping to read over the next month…

New Books

The Institute by Stephen King – My current read. It’s really good and I can’t wait to get back to it.

Bone China by Laura Purcell – I’m looking forward to this one having enjoyed both of Laura Purcell’s other books.

A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Books from the Backlist

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – I’ve had this book my my TBR list for so long, and Readers Imbibing Peril is the perfect opportunity to finally read it (hopefully!).

I’ve probably chosen too many books here, but I’ll give it a go and see now I get 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.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2019 TBR

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:  Books On My Fall 2019 TBR


The Institute by Stephen King – I’ve actually already started this latest read from Stephen King.  I have a feeling it’s going to be really good.

Bone China by Laura Purcell – I really enjoyed both The Silent Companions and The Corset, and Bone China sounds like another read I’ll enjoy so I’m looking forward to getting my copy from the library.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – I’ve seen so many good reviews for this one that it certainly has to have a place on my Fall TBR list!

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood – It’s a long time since I first read The Handmaid’s Tale, but I’ve been watching the tv series and am looking forward to reading this sequel.

A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie – I spotted this one on the library catalogue and decided it might be worth a request as I’d like to read another Fantasy novel over the coming months.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – I hope to get around to reading this as part of Readers Imbibing Peril.  I know there’s a tv series based on the book but haven’t had chance to check it out yet.

Halloween Party by Agatha Christie – I haven’t read any Christie for a while but am still very slowly working my through her works, especially the Poirot stories, so this one seems a good choice for Fall.  Another #RIPXIV read perhaps?

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – Can’t wait to see what this book is like after enjoying The Night Circus.

Something by Terry Pratchett – After reading Good Omens I’d like to check out another book by Terry Pratchett.  I just have to decide where to begin!

? – Am open to suggestions for other titles I should be looking out for this Fall!


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.

Booking Ahead: September 2019

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 to take a glance at the TBR pile and select some reads for the coming month. Readers Imbibing Peril (#RIPXIV) begins in September and runs through to the end of October, so I’ll be selecting at least some potential reads for the reading challenge.

Here’s a selection of what I’m hoping to read over the next month…

New Books

The Sword Saint by C. F. Iggulden – This is the final instalment in the Empire of Salt trilogy. Last month I finally picked up Shiang and I’d like to carry on with the story and see how it all ends.

The Institute by Stephen King – What better than a brand new Stephen King novel for a reading challenge choice?

Bone China by Laura Purcell – I’m really looking forward to this one having enjoyed both of Laura Purcell’s other books.

Books from the Backlist

A couple of suitably themed reads to hopefully count towards the reading challenge…

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill


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.