Booking Ahead: February 2019

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 the first Booking Ahead of 2019.

I’ve signed up for Beat the Backlist again, so I’ll stick with my usual Booking Ahead format where I select a mixture of older and newer books to read over the coming month. Top Ten Tuesday gave me the perfect opportunity to write about at least ten books that I really want to read soon, so where this list provides a narrower section of potential reads, feel free to check out my Recent TBR Additions.

On to the books…

New Books

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden – The final book of the Winternight trilogy, and I can’t wait to read of Vasya’s adventures and what’s going to happen to her next. Am hoping for another appearance from Morozko as well. What a shame it’s the final book though!

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – A remote hunting lodge. In winter. A murder among friends. It sounds like something Agatha Christe may have written, which sounds good to me.

The Last by Hanna Jameson – Post-apocalyptic murder mystery in a hotel as the world is ending. A murder mystery AND a post-apocalyptic scenario? Can this one really be as good as it seems? I can’t wait to find out.

Books from the Backlist

Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie – Old book, new edition spied upon a visit to the library. I think I’m the first person to loan this one out, so I have that new-book pleasure to look forward to, and it’s Poirot!! I definitely need more Poirot in my reading life!

The Passage by Justin Cronin – I read The Passage years ago, and bought the other two books in the trilogy, but I never found the opportunity to read them. My interest was reawakened when I found out that book 1 has been given the tv series treatment. Of course it’s something I want to watch, and it’s made me want to read the books, but as it’s such a long time since I read the first one I can’t recall that much about it, so I want to read the whole lot starting from 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.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Recent TBR Additions

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:   Recent TBR Additions



The Passage, The Twelve, The City of Mirrors – all by Justin Cronin

I read The Passage a few years ago and I must have enjoyed it because I bought the rest of the series but somehow never got around to reading them. Now there’s a new tv series based on the book all of a sudden it’s caught my attention again and I really want to get back into the books. I think I’ll start at the beginning because I can’t really remember a great deal about the first book, and now the series is complete I could read them back to back if I fancied that.

Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff – Give me new post-apocalyptic tales and I’ll be one happy reader. I love all things along this line, and throw in a few zombies and you’ve got a place right at the top of my TBR mountain.

The Last by Hanna Jameson – Sticking with the post-apocalyptic theme here for a murder mystery in a hotel as the world is ending. This really does sound intriguing.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – If something is compared to an Agatha Christie story then chances are I’m going to want to check it out. I’m in the mood for a good murder mystery or two.

A Time of Blood by John Gwynne – A Time of Dread was my first John Gwynne novel and I want to find out what happens next!

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden – I recently finished The Girl in the Tower and I definitely won’t be leaving it too long before I pick up the concluding book of the Winternight trilogy. I really don’t want it to end, but I can’t wait to start reading either.

Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill – Robots? Really? Never thought I’d pick up this sort of book but the cover caught my attention in the library and reading the opening left me very curious.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I want to read more fantasy this year and the gorgeous cover of this book caught my eye. I’ve not read anything else by this author, but am looking forward to checking this out.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – Another fantasy novel making the list. A comparison to Game of Thrones has been made, so I have high hopes, and another very striking cover.

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker – Can you ever have enough stories featuring vampires/Dracula? I don’t think so.


So, have you read any of these books already? If so, which should I be putting straight to the top of my ever-expanding TBR Mountain, and what are you hoping to read over the coming weeks?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hoped to Read in 2018… But Didn’t!

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 I Hoped to Read in 2018… But Didn’t!


The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden – I’m actually amazed that this book makes an appearance on this list for the two reasons… 1. I really loved The Bear and the Nightingale. 2. I requested The Winter of the Witch from the library long before it was due to be released. At this rate my request will arrive before I’ve even had chance to read the second book. To the top of Mount TBR it must go!

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie – Did I think I’d wait until closer to the new movie adaptation to read this? I can’t think why else I haven’t gotten around to it yet given my newfound enjoyment of all things Christie.

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde – I was and still am very much looking forward to the latest read from Jasper Fforde. Soon, I hope…

Melmoth by Sarah Perry – I want to try my best to read this before the dark nights and cold days of winter depart, because I have a feeling that it’s a book to be savoured in those exact surroundings.

Elevation by Stephen King – How is it possible that a Stephen King book is appearing here!?! A new SK novel and I didn’t read it right away? Something’s definitely not right with that picture.

Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton – Picked up after reading Adrift by Rob Boffard. I enjoyed that book so much that I decided I’d like to try more Science Fiction and I’d heard good things about Hamilton’s books. Still cannot comment myself though as Salvation remains unread so far.

The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes – Another book that caught my eye enough to end up on the TBR pile but so far it never managed to reach the top.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt -Now I’m not at all surprised to find this title lingering on the list; it’s made several appearances on similar lists for I don’t even want to guess how many years now. Why has this book never reached the top of my TBR? The only explanation I have is that I actually bought a copy, and I always find myself setting aside my own titles for library books with other requests on them.

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett – I bought this, which probably means it lost out to a library book when I last went to my TBR mountain.

Circe by Madeline Miller – No idea. I just do not know why this exceptionally pretty looking book is still unread on my pile.


Have you read any of the books that made my list this week, and what did you think of them? Which books did you really hope to read last year?

Booking Ahead: December 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 Booking Ahead.
December, already?!? Next thing you know it will be Christmas. With that in mind I’ve added at least one festive looking cover to my potential reading selection for this month. Here are a few books I hope to sample over the next few weeks…

New Books

Someone Like Me by M. R. Carey – I’ve read Carey’s previous novels and enjoyed them all, and I’ve seen some great, non-spoilerish reviews for this latest which have all made me quite excited to get started on the book.

The Lingering by SJI Holliday – Another book that I keep seeing everywhere at the moment. It sounds really creepy, set in an old asylum now used as a community dwelling, but I can’t wait to start it. Am intrigued about the bath bit, because I’ve seen that mentioned in quite a few reviews already.

The Christmas Lights by Karen Swan – It’s that time of year again folks! The arrival of December usually sees me reaching for the latest from Karen Swan.

Books from the Backlist

I’m not sure I’ll manage anything from the Backlist this month. I requested so many new books from the library and as usual they’ve all arrived at the same time. I have no idea how I’ll get through them all before the loans expire but I’m going to give it a good go.


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 Sunshine Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Kelsey from There’s Something About KM – thank you very much! You can check out Kelsey’s answers here.
I don’t think I’ve ever done this before, but here goes…

First, the rules:
Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog.
Answer the questions.
Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions.
List the rules as well as display the award logo on your post.

I’m going to bend the rules just a little and not tag anyone, but if you do fancy it, then feel free to have a go. On to my answers…

1) What is something you’re obsessed with right now?

I’ve been watching The Haunting of Hill House and it’s pretty addictive. I’m trying to space out episodes so I don’t end up binging the whole thing. I actually would have enjoyed a whole series just set in the house timeline, because that’s one creepy old house with so many ghosts lurking (I’ve also been trying to spot as many of the background/hidden ghosts as I can, but I’m pretty sure I’ve missed quite a few!).

2) Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?

Not really. I sometimes make notes of passages from books that caught my attention, usually something lyrical/funny/striking.

3) What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My capacity to get lost in whatever book I’ve chosen to pick up at the time. A bit of escapism is always good.

4) If you could travel anywhere (fictional or non-fictional) right now, where would you go?

Non-fictional (but based on my fictional readings) – I’d love to travel on the Orient Express.

Fictional – Totally random but I fancy a visit to the Chocolate Factory from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Just thinking about it is making me hungry!

5) What book would you take with you, and why?

A travel guide relevant to wherever the Orient Express happened to be going. I don’t tend to read when I’m away, so hopefully a travel guide would be a useful compromise.  Or…


Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie of course!

6) Which book do you find yourself always recommending?


At the moment it’s The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. I enjoyed this book so much that I had to buy a copy when it came out in paperback even though I’ve already read it. It’s just so different.

7) Have you discovered any now-favorite books by reading about them on a book (or general) blog?


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. I read somewhere online that there’s going to be an adaptation of this book and it sounded like a great story so I got a copy and sure enough, it’s a new favourite and one that I would read again.

8) What is the last book or magazine or movie or item you checked out from the library?

The last book was Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker and I really hope I get around to starting it soon.

The last movie I put a request in for was Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

9) What is the last object you used for a bookmark (can be an actual bookmark)?

Through the course of my last read I used a variety, one of which was an actual real bookmark. I also had a little paper bookmark and even a paperclip at one point!

10) Do you keep track of all the books you own (in a spreadsheet, notebook, etc.)?

I use GoodReads to keep track of my reading.  I can refer back to it if there’s a sequel due and a long wait before publication.

11) What is your favorite reading weather?

I love a cool, grey autumn afternoon with gentle rain pattering down the windows. I’ll sit and read and occasionally look outside to watch the world go by as I enjoy a lovely mug of tea. Fantastic!


Thanks again to Kelsey for nominating me for this, I enjoyed answering your questions. As always, if you’ve enjoyed reading this and haven’t done it yourself then consider yourself tagged!

Booking Ahead: November 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.

New Books

Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness – Another book in the world of the All Souls trilogy sounds intriguing.

A House of Ghosts by W. C. Ryan – A mystery surrounding people stranded on an island in a storm. Also, there may be ghosts. Sounds good to me!

The Corset by Laura Purcell – I loved The Silent Companions so I was always going to check this book out although I’ve seen some mixed reviews around for it. I’m still really looking forward to starting it myself.

Books from the Backlist

I’m not sure what I fancy from my huge Backlist pile this month, but hopefully I’ll find time for at least one – it seems like a very long time since I added anything to my Beat the Backlist challenge.


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

I’ts Book Tag time again, and what better way to enjoy my favourite season than with an autumn themed tag?

This tag was created by Alina on her booktube channel Tall Tales, and you can watch her video here.  I was tagged by Kelsey (thank you!) and you can check out her answers here.
Let’s begin…

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

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I really want to re-read this. I remember the black and white tents of the circus, the fact that it appears without warning, and the magic contained within the story as being very striking. It could make a really good movie or tv series.

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

Christmas under the Stars by Karen Swan deals with loss and the aftermath. I thought this story was based on a great original idea and I enjoyed it a lot.

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

I still haven’t managed to read enough non-fiction to be able to answer this question. I keep saying I’m going to try and give it a go, but then all these beautiful looking/sounding works of fiction keep dragging my attention away.

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 to be part of Roland Deschain’s ka-tet in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Not quite sure how that would work out when faced with all manner of monsters/demons/strangeness, but I’d have the group to help out, wouldn’t I?

Also, I’d like to join the Weasley family from the Harry Potter series. Or possibly become a member of the Order of the Phoenix. Something in the wizarding world anyway.

And I’ve come to the conclusion that I wouldn’t mind being Hercule Poirot’s sidekick, although of course I’d leave the crime solving to him while I documented the adventures.

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

This is the drawback to being an avid library user – I DON’T HAVE A PILE OF PRETTY BOOKS for this prompt.

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

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. It’s years since I read this for the first time, but I remember it being enjoyable and I’m very much looking forward to Diane Setterfield’s next book.

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

One I’ve read – The Shining by Stephen King. There were a couple of really creepy scenes in this book. Room 217 anyone?

One I want to read and have been informed it’s creepy – NOS4R2 by Joe Hill. This is one I’ve meant to read for a while now, so hopefully this will be the season I finally pick it up.

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

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling. It’s a short read, and there’s something magical about that first realisation that Harry is actually a wizard and a wonderful home and family awaits him at Hogwarts. Yes, things may take a darker turn as the series goes on, but I love the innocence and discovery in the first novel.

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

It’s not an old favourite but new one – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. The paperback version has recently been published which is the perfect excuse for a re-read.

I also think I’ll end up re-reading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, because I really enjoyed that. I might even try the audio version for a change.

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

First and most important – the biggest mug of tea that I can possibly hold in one hand whilst holding my book in the other! And maybe some biscuits or something sweet to savour while I’m reading.
Thick fluffy socks.
Cozy clothing.

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.