Booking Ahead: November 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.

A new month, another wander through my seemingly endless list/pile of books I want to read. There are a couple here that I’m really looking forward to…

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal – This is the first book in the Glamourist Histories series. I’ve already started reading and I’m really enjoying it. Regency era setting, Austen-esque (is that even a word?!) characters, manners, magic and misunderstandings, it’s a complete change for me and I cannot wait to get back to it. The story centres around the Ellsworth family, mainly the two sisters Jane and Melody, and their social circle, which of course includes a number of potentially eligible suitors. And… magic.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I have a feeling this would have been a perfect choice for Readers Imbibing Peril but I didn’t have chance to read it last month. Here’s a brief description – An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .
That sounds like something I’m going to enjoy.  It will be another new-to-me author, although I do also have Moreno-Garcia’s previous book, Gods of Jade and Shadow, on my TBR pile, so maybe I’ll pick that up soon too.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal – This one is by the same author as Shades of Milk and Honey but it’s a completely different genre and I’m interested because Shades caught my attention so completely that I want to see whether that happens again.
Also, I don’t really read much in the way of sci-fi, and although I haven’t signed up for Sci-Fi Month I’ve seen many blog posts about it and it put me in mind to give the genre a try. This seems as good a place to start as any. It’s the first in the Lady Astronaut series and tells the story of an attempt to colonise space after a meteorite falls to earth, meaning the planet will become uninhabitable.

Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon – I hadn’t heard of this book until I came across it in the Goodreads Choice nominations so it’s a spur-of-the-moment addition to my monthly TBR list and hopefully I’ll manage to fit it in. A historical story about a woman in search of a new start undertaking a journey out West on the Oregon Trail.

Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg – A new Victorian era Fantasy novel. Here’s a brief description… The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood.
Sounds good, doesn’t it?

I’ve probably chosen way more books than I’ll be able to manage over the course of a month, yet it’s only a small selection of everything bookish that caught my attention recently. There’s certainly a great variety of genres and themes in my selections for this month. Let’s see how many of them I actually manage to read…


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: Super Long Book 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 week’s theme is:  Super Long Book Titles


This week on Top Ten Tuesday… a collection of books with long titles.
The only order here is that i’ve gone from longest title to shortest. I’ve read some of these and have linked to reviews where possible but some of this week’s list are books on my TBR list/pile that I hope to read at some point.

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

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

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton and also The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry


So, what did you write about this week?
See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

The Finally Fall Book Tag: 2020 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’ve completed this tag a couple of times in the past but there’s always room for another autumn-themed post, so I thought I’d revisit it this year.

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

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern had a vivid and magical setting.

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

In The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James it’s a sense of loss that drives Carly Kirk to venture to where her aunt inexplicably disappeared 35 years ago. She’s searching for answers and some kind of closure , but finds an incredibly creepy and possibly haunted motel in a town with far too many mysterious events in the past.

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

I feel like I give the same answer to this each time I do this tag but I haven’t read any non-fiction this year… yet.

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’d love to go and spend some time adventuring with Vintage, Tor and Noon from the Winnowing Flame trilogy by Jen Williams.

Also, I’d like to tag along with the duo of Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde from Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prussi because even though they battle vampires and all manner of evil, it’s all done with humour, wit and style.

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

They’re not spines, but as it happens a recent Top Ten Tuesday post was all about autumn-themed book covers.

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

     

A couple of my recent reads…

Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver. Maud Stearne is finally compelled to tell the story of shocking events that occurred at her childhood home, Wake’s End, years previously.

Endless Night by Agatha Christie. I picked this one up for Readers Imbibing Peril. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting but in it Michael Rogers tells the story of meeting his future wife and their time creating a new house and home together on land that may or may not be cursed.

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

           

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson has some wonderfully creepy moments, and I also really enjoyed Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker. Both recommended for an Autumn night’s reading.

I must also mention The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James. It’s my current read and some of the scenes at the motel are definitely creepy.

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

I recently discovered the pleasure of the read-in-one-sitting short story with The Sleep Tight Motel by Lisa Unger. Probably not what you’d call heartwarming, but it’s the perfect setting and subject for a cold, rainy day.

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

I don’t re-read very often at all but seeing that Stuart Turton has a new book out makes me want to read that but also revisit The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

Every so often I also get the idea that I’d love to re-read the whole Dark Tower series by Stephen King but that’s eight books and some of them are really long so not sure it’s going to happen, for now at least.

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

A mug of tea, of possibly coffee, and some chocolate biscuits.

Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Colours of Autumn

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 week’s theme is:  Book Covers with Fall Colours/Vibes


This week Top Ten Tuesday is another opportunity to look at book covers, so here is a selection of covers in the colours of Autumn. As always I’ve linked each cover to my review in case anything catches your eye…

                                                 


So, what did you write about this week?
See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Booking Ahead: October 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.

It’s time to take another look at my TBR pile and select some reads for October. I’ve mentioned it many times before, I know, but Readers Imbibing Peril (#RIPXV) is ongoing through the coming month so most of my reading this month will probably be for that event. Any excuse to select a spooky book or two. Actually, if anyone has any recommendations for good spooky books then feel free to let me know. My TBR list is massive but that doesn’t mean I can’t add more to it.

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

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James – I’ve made a start on this one already and I have high hopes. There’s a creepy motel, possibly ghosts, definitely a disappearance or two, and a character determined to find some answers and her family’s past. Yes, ghosts, in a motel. Exciting!

Halloween Party by Agatha Christie – My recent reading of Endless Night wasn’t quite what I expected going into it, but this is Poirot, and I’ve not read a Poirot novel in quite a while now, so this one seems fitting for the time of year.

I’d also like to read something by Joe Hill and something by Stephen King. The books I’m thinking of at the moment are NOS4A2 and either Misery or Christine. At least two of these are pretty long so I’m not sure whether I’ll have chance to read any of all of them before the end of Readers Imbibing Peril.

I’ve probably chosen too many books here (again!), 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: My Fall 2020 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 week’s theme is:  Books on my Fall 2020 TBR List


Time to talk TBR lists which is always something I enjoy as there are so many books I want to read. I can’t guarantee I’ll be sticking to ten books this week but let’s see. I’m going to divide the topic into two sections this week because…

Readers Imbibing Peril has been happening through September and runs all through next month too. I set out some potential reads in my intro post, but have decided on a couple of other options since, so, for the rest of the challenge and therefore earning places on my Autumn TBR list are…

Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver

Endless Night or Halloween Party by Agatha Christie

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Christine or Misery by Stephen King

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

The Hill and King books are both pretty long so whether I’ll manage to read all of the above I don’t know.

Other books I am hoping to read over autumn include…

Dark Matter or Recursion by Blake Crouch – I enjoyed the Wayward Pines trilogy and so would like to check out other works by this author.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne

The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier


So, what did you write about this week?
See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday: Cover 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 week’s theme is:  Cover Freebie


Time for another Top Ten Tuesday! My first thought when I saw this prompt was to go with autumn-themed colours, but then I saw that’s coming up as a topic in a few weeks time, so this week I’ve decided to go in complete contrast to the vibrant colours of autumn and feature covers that are mainly dark coloured. I’ve linked the covers to my reviews in case anything catches your attention.

           

           

           

           


So, what did you write about this week?
See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Booking Ahead: September 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.

It’s time to take a look at the TBR pile and select some reads for the coming month. Here’s a selection of what I’m hoping to read…

I’ve already started Pines by Blake Crouch and it’s such a page-turner that the other two books, Wayward and The Last Town are definitely going onto my TBR list. Whether I’ll read straight through or choose a totally different book in between I’m not sure yet.

The arrival of autumn usually sees me craving something a little gothic or slightly spooky in my reading choices. Actually, parts of Pines have been a little creepy, and if the book ends on a cliff-hanger I might not be able to resist carrying on.

In keeping with a change of reading mood, and Readers Imbibing Peril (#RIPXV) happening through September and October, a few other titles catching my eye at the moment are…

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. I watched The Turning recently, and there’s a new Netflix series apparently loosely based on this story, so am tempted to check it out.

Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver – I love the description, a ‘darkly gothic thriller’, and the setting of the manor house out in the wilderness. It sounds like the ideal scenario for some autumnal evening reading.

I Am Dust by Louise Beech – Eerie events haunting the new cast during a revival of a musical called Dust. Sounds tempting…

I’m also interested in sampling at least a couple more of the Dark Corners collection after I enjoyed The Sleep Tight Motel so much. There are a few more stories, most of which sound intriguing, and being able to read a whole story in one sitting is still pretty unique to me.

I doubt I’ll be able to manage even half of this list over the course of one month, so some titles may make a reappearance in October.


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 that Should be Adapted into Shows/Movies

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 week’s theme is:  Books that Should be Adapted into Shows/Movies


There are so many stories I would love to see adapted into shows or movies but I’ve managed to narrow it down to ten for this week’s topic…

The Dark Tower by Stephen King – I know there’s been a movie version, but this series is so long and there’s so much happening in it that it would make a really good long-running show and I’d love more of Mid-World and Roland and his ka-tet, especially in their younger days.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell – Would make a wonderfully eerie and atmospheric drama. A grand old house, wooden figures that can apparently move by themselves, plenty of atmosphere, this could be so good as a series.

Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi – Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde reluctantly teaming up to fight vampires would definitely be worth a watch. They could also make the sequel, Stoker’s Wilde West. I haven’t actually read that book yet, but vampire gunslingers and the Wild West? Yes please!

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – A murder mystery with a twist, a grand old house, a cast of suspects. I really would love to see this as either a movie or a series.

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker – A Dracula prequel, need I say more?

           

The Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden – The story of Vasya and Morozko could be really magical and would make a great series.

           

The Winnowing Flame trilogy by Jen Williams – A tv series featuring Vintage, Tor and Noon, not to mention all the war beasts and the cringe-inducing insect-like monsters the Jure’lia.

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher – Griz’s journey through a post-apocalyptic world in search of a man and a stolen dog would make a great movie.

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower – This would make a marvellous and magical historical drama.

The Diviners by Libba Bray – 1920s New York,  flappers and parties and a young woman with a supernatural power. Oh, and a pretty scary adversary too.


So, what did you write about this week?
See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Booking Ahead: August 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.

Here are a few of the books I’d like to read throughout August…

New Books

Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang – New York City, 1899. Tillie Pembroke’s sister lies dead, her body drained of blood and with two puncture wounds on her neck. Bram Stoker’s new novel, Dracula, has just been published, and Tillie’s imagination leaps to the impossible: the murderer is a vampire. But it can’t be—can it?
A reappearance on Booking Ahead for this book. I’ve read part of it already so it’s an ongoing read. I have ideas about who may be behind the killings so looking forward to seeing if I’m right.

Books from the Backlist

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison – I’ve been tempted by this book a couple of times before and for some reason never started reading it. Then I see really enthusiastic comments about it online and I’m intrigued all over again.
I’ve finally decided that I’ll take the plunge and although I’m only just starting I do think it’s a story I’m going to enjoy, especially once I’ve mastered the pronunciation of the complicated names and titles! It’s a good thing that the guide to the Elflands is at the front of the e-book edition as I think it’s going to be very helpful.

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett – At the moment I’m continuing with the Discworld novels in order so the further adventures of Rincewind and Twoflower are next on the list.


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.