Booking Ahead: June 2020

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.

I had another fairly slow paced reading month last month and at my current pace I’ll be lucky to reach the end of Lonesome Dove by the end of this month!
That said, if I do finish it I really fancy reading some Fantasy next and there are a few titles that spring to mind, so, here’s what may end up in my reading pile in June…

Books from the Backlist

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – I’ve read over half of this now. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish it this month.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – I’ve wanted to read this for a while and I’ve seen so many good reviews. Am really looking forward to finally discovering this book for myself.

And, some series beginnings that I like the sound of…

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman – The adventures of a librarian spy, beginning with a visit to an alterative London? Sounds good to me!

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal – A Regency-era tale with added magic.

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor – ‘Follows a group of tea-soaked disaster magnets as they hurtle their way around History’. That description certainly grabs my attention for this first book in The Chronicles of St. Mary’s.


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 2020

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 my TBR pile once again! So many books and still I have little idea what I’d like to read next so compiling this post is a little tricky and I’ll probably go wherever the reading mood takes me. So how about I tell you about the books I’m already reading at the moment. I don’t usually read more than one book at a time, so this is new…

Books from the Backlist

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – A sprawling saga of a novel that follows the fortunes of the Hat Creek Cattle Company, a group run by two former Texas Rangers, as they travel from Texas to Montana, driving a huge herd of cattle in order to set up a new ranch in Montana. This is very different from the sort of book I would usually choose but it’s totally engrossing. The characters are brilliant and I really like most of them already, which probably isn’t going to go well throughout the duration of this massive novel. I wouldn’t be surprised if bad things lie ahead for at least some of them. It’s over 900 pages so I think Lonesome Dove will keep me occupied for quite a while.

Darkness There, Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe – I’m loving Lonesome Dove, but it’s incredibly long, so I thought I’d dip in to this short collection of stories by Poe now and again throughout the coming weeks, just for a change. I don’t actually think I’ve ever read anything by Poe before. This collection contains The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Raven, The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Pit and the Pendulum. I do fancy something a little Gothic, and so I’m hoping this short collection will fill that spot.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I’m still reading/listening to the audio of The Night Circus. I’m enjoying revisiting this book after such a long time, and there’s a lot that I don’t remember about it. I don’t tend to re-read very often at all, and audio is definitely a new experience for me. I’m glad I finally decided to try an audio book, and I wouldn’t be put off from trying another one if something caught my attention in future.

In other news, I’m watching the latest series of Outlander and I’m really enjoying it. It’s put me in mind to try and get back into the books because I know I started them. I only read the first book and then watching the series took over and for some reason I never went back to the books. Looking through my e-reader I was surprised to find I actually own all but two of the books, so I obviously intended to keep reading. I might try and fit a couple of smaller books in first having committed to the rather massive Lonesome Dove, but I would like to resume with the adventures of Jamie and Claire.


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: April 2020

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.

I don’t actually have any set ideas what I’d like to read next at the moment but I do hope I’ll settle into something good. There’s at least one thing that deserves a mention here though…

Books from the Backlist

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I’ve finally taken the plunge and decided to try an audiobook. I’ve had this idea in mind for a while now, so when I saw this, narrated by Jim Dale, I thought I’d give it a try. It’s a book I remember I enjoyed reading, but it’s been a few years and I can’t really remember that much about it, so I’m looking forward to this new reading experience.


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 With Single-Word Titles

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 Single-Word Titles


When I first saw this topic I thought it would be tough, then suddenly I had a moment of inspiration and titles came to me.  Apparently I can’t stick to ten titles so I’ve divided this into books I’ve read and titles I’ve yet to read.

Read

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker – I’m reading this tale of vampires at the moment and it’s so good! Speaking of which, I can’t not give a place on this list to…

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – I really enjoyed the story of Claire and Jamie and I hope to get back into this series. I’ve kept up with the tv show but I’d still like to read the books.

Adrift by Rob Boffard – I haven’t read much sci-fi but this story about a group left stranded on a ship after an attack made me think it’s a genre I should try more often.

Twisted by Steve Cavanagh – This thriller lived up to it’s name, delivering many twists and turns before the truth was revealed.

Sleep by C. L. Taylor – A thriller about a women who goes to work at a hotel on a remote Scottish island and finds anything but peaceful as it turns out there may be a killer in the midst of the guests.

Transcription by Kate Atkinson – The story of Juliet, who is recruited by the Secret Service. I’d never read anything by this author before and I really enjoyed this.

Cell by Stephen King – A strange incident involving mobile phones turns people into zombie-like monsters. This story follows a group of survivors as they try to stay safe.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Agnieszka and the Dragon. Remembering this book almost makes me want to give it a re-read!

Yet to read

Tomorrow by Damian Dibben

Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Misery by Stephen King


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: March 2020

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’ve been enjoying some really good books recently and I’m wondering what I should pick up next. I have this huge pile of books and even more on my e-reader yet I’m not sure what I fancy next.
Here are at least a couple of the books I’m definitely hoping to read over the coming month. Beyond these, well, anything is possible…

New Books

The Guest List by Lucy Foley – An island, a wedding party, a murder mystery. It sounds a little Agatha Christie-ish and I cannot wait to get reading!

Books from the Backlist

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker – I’m finally reading this having had it on my TBR pile forever. It’s very Gothic and I’m loving it so far. It almost makes me tempted to read Dracula once I’ve finished this, but then I wonder if I should have a change and try 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: Book Hangovers

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:  The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover


The book hangover, for me it’s that feeling of finishing a great book and just not quite being ready to leave the world and the characters behind.
Here are some book hangover-inducing reads I’ve enjoyed…

Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi – One of my recent 5 star reads and I still haven’t stopped thinking about it yet. Can’t wait for the sequel!

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – A book about books and stories, and magic and mystery and so many other things. I was engrossed throughout and kept thinking about The Starless Sea afterwards.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – A vivid world, some memorable central characters and a variety of dragons. Great stuff!

The Institute by Stephen King – This one has stayed in my mind even though I’ve read quite a few books since. The situation that Luke and his friends at the Institute found themselves in was awful, but the way they responded and dealt with things made this an exciting read.

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher – A unique tale with a wonderful central character, this one stayed in my mind long after I put the book down.

The Poison Song by Jen Williams – A great conclusion to the Winnowing Flame trilogy. I didn’t want it to end but at the same time I couldn’t put it down.

The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan – I didn’t want the Powder Mage trilogy to end but in this book it reached a great conclusion, and some of the characters went on to appear in the Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy, of which I’ve read two books so far. Which brings me to…

Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan – This is the second book in the Gods of Blood and Powder series. I haven’t yet read the concluding book, Blood of Empire, but am really looking forward to it to find out how this trilogy will end.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – The eerie atmosphere, the isolated setting, the murder mystery, I loved it all.

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey – A post-apocalyptic tale that I couldn’t put down. Melanie and Miss Justineau were such great characters and their adventures gave me a great page-turning experience.


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.

Top Ten Tuesday: Love Freebie

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:  Love Freebie


I’m looking at covers again for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday ‘Love Freebie.’
Sometimes, I’ll be browsing the bookshop/library shelves and a really striking cover is the very first thing to catch my attention and make me want to find out more about a book.
Here’s a selection of (more than ten!) lovely covers (linked to my reviews in case anything catches your eye) for this love-themed week on Top Ten Tuesday…


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.

Top Ten Tuesday: 5-Star Reads?

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 TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads


5-star reads, I had two last month, which was a lovely reading surprise, and now it’s time to look ahead at my massive TBR pile and select books I think may also become 5-star reads for me…

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – I love the sound of this, and I’ve seen many great reviews. It also has a gorgeous cover, not that you should let that influence you, but it does! You could say I’m looking forward to starting this.

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker – A Dracula prequel that I’ve been wanting to read for a while now. I hope after all this time it turns out to be worth the wait.

The Poison Song by Jen Williams – The final Winnowing Flame book. I’ll be sad to see it end but I also can’t wait to get back to this world and these characters.

The Other People by C. J. Tudor – A new-to-me author and if I enjoy The Other People I’ll probably check out some of Tudor’s earlier books as well.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley – The Hunting Party was good, and the synopsis for this gives me And Then There Were None vibes, so it could be great. I like a good murder mystery! Speaking of which…

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie – I’d like to read this before the new film version comes out, and see if I can work it out before Poirot no doubt solves the case. It will be a first if I do, but I never mind being wrong.

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz – A murder mystery with a bookish theme too. Sounds good!

Circe by Madeline Miller – Another beautiful looking book that’s been waiting on my TBR pile for far too long.

The Dirty South by John Connolly – I’ve only read the two latest Charlie Parker books but I want to read more of the backlist titles and I’ll be looking out for this latest as well.

Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan – Final book in the Gods of Blood and Powder series. I’ve enjoyed the previous in this series, and the Powder Mage trilogy, so I really hope this latest offers a great conclusion.


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: February 2020

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 2020.
I’ll be choosing a mix of new book and older titles as I’ve signed up for Beat the Backlist again and want to see how many books I can read from my TBR pile.

New Books

The Other People by C. J. Tudor – I’ve never read anything by this author and I’ve seen some good reviews for this latest so thought I’d check it out and possibly try some of her backlist titles if I enjoy this.

Books from the Backlist

The Poison Song by Jen Williams – This is the final book in the Winnowing Flame trilogy. I’ve enjoyed the adventures of Vintage, Tor and Noon and can’t await to get back into this world again.

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett – I finally decided I’d discover Discworld from the beginning. I can still always change my mind and go for one of the series within the series later on, can’t I, but for now I’ll see where it all began.

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker – I’ve mentioned this book before, more than once, but it’s definitely the closest to the top of my TBR that it’s ever been, so hopefully I’ll read it soon!!


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: Cover Version

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:  Book Cover Freebie


For this week I’m keeping it fairly straightforward – here is a rainbow of pretty book covers for your enjoyment! I’ve added links to the ones I’ve reviewed just in case anything catches your attention and you want to find out more.

           

           

           

Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness

The Outsider by Stephen King

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Someone Like Me by M. R. Carey

Adrift by Rob Boffard

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Institute by Stephen King

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie


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.