Top Ten Tuesday: The Best of 2018 so Far…

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:   Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)


I couldn’t miss out on Top Ten Tuesday this week as I’ve been pondering on writing a post dedicated to a few of my favourite reads of the year so far for a while now.
I’ve come across some amazing books and authors over the last few months, so here are just a few of the reading experiences that have stuck with me.
All titles link to my reviews if anything catches your eye and you‘d like to find out more.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – My most recent finish and a book that I adored. It’s historical fiction, the story of Count Rostov living under house arrest in a grand hotel.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – This one was so good I didn’t want to take the book back to the library. A murder mystery, a country house, an Agatha Christie vibe with added body-swapping, time-bending elements. It was fantastic.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – My very first experience of reading Poirot. Even though I’d seen the recent movie and knew the solution I really enjoyed reading this.

Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan – Book 2 in the Gods of Blood and Powder series, and a welcome addition to the Powder Mage world. It was a treat to get back to the adventures of some of my favourite characters. These books are really good.

The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams – Book 2 of the Winnowing Flame series. Talking dragons, war beasts, an enemy invasion, this book had a lot going on, and I cannot wait to find out what’s going to happen next.

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – Killer mermaids! Need I say more?

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin – Great characters and a great setting, and top marks for a gorgeous cover too.

I didn’t make ten for this weeks list, but I have high hopes for a few books still on my TBR pile, so perhaps I’ll write another Best Of… post when I’ve conquered a few of those.


Have you read any of these books, and if so what did you think? Which reads have you enjoyed so far during this year?
See you next time for another Top Ten Tuesday!

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Booking Ahead: July 2018

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 wander through my endless TBR pile. Let’s have a look what I might try to read this month:

New Books

The Outsider by Stephen King – If you’d told me as I was writing last month’s version of this post that a Stephen King book would have to reappear there was no way I would have believed it, and yet here we are. I blame all these requested library books (this never usually happens to me, I don’t seem to pick in-demand books!), but I will definitely read this this month.

Books from the Backlist

If I read any Backlist I have no doubt that Agatha Christie will feature. Poirot Investigates is next on my Poirot list, which I still can’t decide whether I should try to read in order. With it being so very hot right now I fancy something like Death on the Nile, or one of the more exotic sounding titles, so we’ll see…

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – I’ve actually already started this and can’t tell you just how much I’m enjoying it so far. I have high hopes that this will be the next 5 star read for me. It’s just so good, and Count Rostov is fast becoming one of my new favourite characters. So good!


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: Poolside Reads AKA My Summer TBR List

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 to Read By the Pool/At the Beach (This can also serve as your summer TBR)


Time for some summer reading, so here are a few of the titles I may pick up as I head outdoors on a nice afternoon…

Death on the Nile
by Agatha Christie – I’m on such an Agatha Christie roll at the moment that I can’t imagine not having at least one of her Poirot novels make this list, and what better for summer than a Nile cruise with a murder mystery and my new favourite detective on hand to bring the world to rights again?

The Outsider by Stephen King – There’s very little chance a new Stephen King book wouldn’t make it onto my TBR list.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – I enjoyed Uprooted by the same author, so can’t wait to get my hands on this latest novel.

The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes – Initially the pretty cover of this book caught my eye but billed as the first in a new series of Golden Age murder mysteries it sounds like something I’m in the reading mood for at the moment.

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton – I’ll let this one speak for itself. It sounds very different, and the cover is lovely, which is why it caught my attention. “Louise has nothing. Lavinia has everything. After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship. A Talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age, this seductive story takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it irresistibly new.”

While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt – A psychological thriller with a possible haunted house? This sounds interesting.

Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis – Four kids set out to solve a murder during a summer heatwave in 1971.

A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson – Agatha Christie disappeared for a time in 1926 and this novel offers up a fictional idea of where she went. It’s the first book, and I know a new one came out just recently, so I’ll start at the beginning.

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – I’ve had my eye on this book for a while now and the last time I called in to the library I found an almost new paperback copy with black-edged pages and somehow I actually managed to resist taking it out there and then because I already have so many books, but I’ll definitely be going back for it soon!

Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie – Poirot at the beginning and another Poirot story at the end. I think I may be becoming a bit of a fan. This sounds quite an exotic title, so what better choice for some summer reading?

And that’s a glance at a few titles I hope to conquer over the coming weeks of summer. There are so many more I could have added to this list, but I’ll limit myself to ten.


What are you hoping to read this summer, and have you read any of my choices?
What did you think of them?

See you next time for another Top Ten Tuesday!

The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag: 2018 Edition

It’s Book Tag time.

I can’t believe it’s that time of year already, but I’ve seen this tag appearing quite a lot over the last few days and it made me realise that yes, we actually are now in that Mid-Year period once again. I’ve been enjoying most of my recent reads, so here’s to remembering a few of them in a tag, the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018:

I can’t choose just one, but I’m going to try really hard to limit myself.  Both of these were 5 star reads for me, so I’m going for…

     

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

  2. Best sequel of 2018 so far:


The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams.
I love Tor, Vintage and Noon and their adventures are getting more and more dangerous and exciting as the books go on. Whatever’s going to happen next?!

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

The Outsider by Stephen King. I cannot wait to start reading this, it’s definitely high up on my TBR pile.

4. Most anticipated release of the second half of 2018:

The Corset by Laura Purcell.
Melmoth by Sarah Perry.

I’ve really enjoyed previous books by both of these authors, so I’ll be looking out for their new releases.

5. Biggest disappointment of 2018:

I hate this category title, it sounds really harsh, so I’d rather call it books that in the end just weren’t for me and I’d go for The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton.

6. Biggest surprise:

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.  I enjoyed everything about this book from the setting and the characters to the mystery and the twists.

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

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agatha Christie. I cannot believe that it’s taken me all this time to discover someone so well-known. I was really missing out there, wasn’t I? Still, I have a massive catalogue of books to go at now, and am going to enjoy each one.

8. Newest fictional crush:

I’m obviously missing out on something here because sit and think as I might I’m drawing a blank on this answer. Help!

9. Newest favourite character:

     

Poirot! How could he not get a mention during this tag. I like Hastings as well.

10. Book that made you cry:

It hasn’t happened yet, but that doesn’t mean it won’t. If any of my favourites don’t make it to the end of Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan, which I’m reading at the moment, I don’t think I’ll be very happy.

11. Book that made you happy:

There were a couple of little scenes towards the end of Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie that had me smiling.

12. Favourite book to movie adaptation of 2018 you’ve seen:

I’m going to have to say Murder on the Orient Express for this, even though I’ve already mentioned that book. I know that movie came out last year but it was only a couple of months ago that I finally saw it and I don’t think I’ve read anything else that’s been made into a movie. Well, I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline but I haven’t seen the movie version yet so I can’t really use that one.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year:

Here I go again, dropping the names of books I’ve already used:

                   

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Mysterious Affair at Styles and Murder on the Orient Express, both by Agatha Christie.

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

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin has a beautiful cover, and the story was very good.

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

There are countless books I could mention here, but I’ll limit myself to these….

More Agatha Christie
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower
Circe by Madeline Miller

And so concludes my 2018 edition 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: June 2018

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 wander through my endless TBR pile. I’m looking forward to this new month of reading because if the library comes through with some of my requests then I’ll be straight into favourite author/book series territory, which is always something to look forward to.

New Books

Circe by Madeline Miller – I’ve seen so many people mention this one online, and what a gorgeous cover. I can’t wait to get started.

The Outsider by Stephen King – I’ve avoided spoilers and am waiting (im)patiently for that wonderful email from the library telling me that my latest request has arrived. This one will be straight to the top of my TBR mountain when I get my hands on it.

Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan – Sins of Empire was one of my favourite reads last year, so I can’t wait to find out where this sequel takes the characters I’ve come to like so much.

Books from the Backlist

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie – Because apparently my Poirot phase is ongoing so what better place to begin than at the beginning?


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: A Sea of Blue Covers

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 With my Favourite Colour on the Cover (or in the title)


Looking back through my Goodreads shelves I’ve noticed a fair few blue themed book covers. Then I started looking at the titles and realised that actually, most of these books had been pretty good reads, and so my colour for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday presented itself.

So, without further ado may I present my sea of blue book covers…

           

The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

            

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley
The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams

            

The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Muse by Jessie Burton
Fellside by M. R. Carey

All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


What colour did you choose for the theme this week?
Have you read of the books that made my list and if so, what did you think.

See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Booking Ahead: May 2018

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 wander through my endless TBR pile. Looking last at last months entry I discovered that, probably for the first time I actually did manage to read quite a few of the books I selected for the month. That’s the first time it’s happened, so I was quite pleased. Here’s hoping May provides plenty more opportunity for discovering some great reads. Here are a few of the books that I have my eye on for the next few weeks. Hopefully I‘ll choose something really good for the next Bout of Books readathon…

New Books

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – I’m so glad this book has finally found it’s way to the top of my TBR mountain. I’ve read a little already and it grabbed hold right from the first page. It’s totally intriguing, and very mysterious, with an eerie air that I am loving. I can’t wait to find out just what exactly is going on at Blackheath.

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton – I borrowed this psychological thriller from the library and it’s automatically gone to the top of my book pile as apparently there are quite a few requests on it so I need to read it soon.

Books from the Backlist

Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie – I watched the new tv adaptation recently and managed to avoid all spoilers so I had no idea of the outcome, which made the series very watchable. I had no idea who to suspect because everyone seemed guilty of something at some point. I believe they changed the identity of the killer in the show, so I want to read the book and find out how different the adaptation was.

So, hopefully I’ve selected a few good books here in time for my one of my favourite readathons. Perhaps I’ll even manage to finish them all and choose something completely random as well.


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.