Monthly Summary: November 2019

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

November sent some good reads my way. I finally ventured to Hill House, having intended to read that book for at least a year or two. Definitely one for the long dark nights of autumn and winter.
Continuing with the seasonal theme (although read these books at any time if you haven’t already!) I picked up Bone China, the latest from Laura Purcell. Gothic, mysterious, atmospheric, I really enjoyed it.
Next I ventured into the realm of the short story, which is something I don’t do often at all but I’d enjoyed the last two books that I read by Joe Hill so much that I thought I’d give Full Throttle a try and it didn’t disappoint. There are some amazing stories in this book and I loved the variety it provided and the novelty of being able to read a whole story in one sitting. That doesn’t happen with the massive tomes I tend to read.

I even had time for the End Of The Year Book Tag.
Here’s what happened on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

           

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Bone China by Laura Purcell

Full Throttle by Joe Hill

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

November 2019

Book Tags

The End Of The Year Book Tag

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2019

November Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: October 2019

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

It’s been a great month of reading, but for some reason I seem to be reading very slowly.
My first read of October was The Institute by Stephen King. I always look forward to a new King novel, and this tale of a group of unique children kidnapped and housed at the mysterious Institute was totally engrossing.

Fantasy featured in my reading this month with A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie.  So good! I haven’t read any of the First Law books but I was totally taken by the cover for this new book, and finding it was the beginning of a new series, well, I couldn’t resist. For the most part I didn’t mind it being my introduction to this world, but there were times when past characters/events were mentioned and I found myself wondering whether these things had happened on-page or were just passing references. Still, I can always go back and start at the beginning, can’t I?

I finished two books this month (like I said, I’ve been reading so slowly!), which brings me to my ongoing read…

I finally picked up a Shirley Jackson novel, which is a first for me. I chose The Haunting of Hill House, having watched the recent tv series and wanting to discover the original tale. They’re very different, and the book is very atmospheric and tense.

I love autumn, and it’s arrival was the perfect excuse to revisit The Finally Fall Book Tag.
Reader’s Imbibing Peril also continued for the duration of October, and that’s been enjoyable – I ended up watching more perilous fare than reading it, but everything counts in this event.
Here’s what happened on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

   

The Institute by Stephen King

A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness #1) by Joe Abercrombie

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

October 2019

Book Tags

Finally Fall Book Tag: 2019 Edition

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2019

October Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Read-A-Thon Updates

#RIPXIV – Readers Imbibing Peril XIII – Sign Up and Progress Post

Events

#RIPXIV – Readers Imbibing Peril XIV

Monthly Summary: September 2019

Welcome back to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

September, the month that saw a change in the air and it finally became a little cooler. Autumn is here and Readers Imbibing Peril is happening now and throughout October. What better time to pick up the latest Stephen King novel? But I’m getting ahead of myself now; The Institute is my current and read and will no doubt feature again in next month’s summary.
During September I spent much of my reading time in the Empire of Salt, following the adventures and trials faced by the city of Darien as it came under attack from a variety of powerful enemies.
I also ventured into the eerie world of Marjorie and Merry in A Head Full of Ghosts. It’s a book that’s been on my TBR list for a long time and so I’ve also added to my Beat the Backlist challenge this month.

Top Ten Tuesday provided me with a chance to glance ahead to the coming months of reading and pick out some potential reads for my favourite season.

Here’s what happened on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

           

Shiang (Empire of Salt #2) by C. F. Iggulden

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

The Sword Saint (Empire of Salt #3) by C. F. Iggulden

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

September 2019

Top Ten Tuesday

Books on my Fall 2019 TBR

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2019

September Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Read-A-Thon Updates

#RIPXIV – Readers Imbibing Peril XIII – Sign Up and Progress Post

Events

#RIPXIV – Readers Imbibing Peril XIV

Monthly Summary: August 2019

Welcome back to another Monthly Summary here on Pages and Tea.

This month I ventured into a humorous build up to the apocalypse in the company of Crowley and Aziraphale, a demon and an angel, in Good Omens. I enjoyed the read and it’s certainly left me thinking I might like to check out other books by both of these authors.
The Escape Room provided a fast-paced thriller in a tale of deception and revenge featuring a group of colleagues whose past started to catch up with them.

There’s also been another edition of the Bout of Books read-a-thon, which I always enjoy participating in. I like the daily updating of the blog, and seeing what other people are reading during the week.

Here’s an update of recent happenings on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

     

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

August 2019

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2019

August Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Read-A-Thon Updates

Bout of Books August 2019 Sign Up
Bout of Books August 2019 Progress
Bout of Book Final Summary

Events

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon

Monthly Summary: July 2019

Welcome back to another Monthly Summary here on Pages and Tea.

What did July bring my way in terms of books? I indulged my new interest in the Charlie Parker series by reading the latest, A Book of Bones. I enjoyed it, and was glad I’d read the previous novel, The Woman in the Woods first, for the background. Hopefully I’ll go back and try some of the earlier books in the series, and there are plenty to choose from.
Next was the exciting, twisted-filled, aptly-titled Twisted by Steve Cavanagh. What a ride! I never saw any of it coming, and each twist just added to the story. Cavanagh is another new-to-me author, but I’m sure I have a copy of Thirteen, so I’ll have to read that soon.
From there it was onwards into Good Omens. I watched the new tv series and that let me wanting to read the book because it was so different. I’m reading it at the moment, so no doubt it will get another, more detailed mention next month.

The blog has actually been quite quiet during July. I’ve posted a couple of reviews and participated in Top Ten Tuesday, but that’s been about it. Here’s an update…

Book Reviews

     

A Book of Bones by John Connolly

Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

July 2019

Top Ten Tuesday

Freebie!  AKA The Books of 2019 Past and Future…

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2019

July Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: June 2019

Welcome back to another Monthly Summary here on Pages and Tea.

June has been a good reading month, even though I feel like I’m reading really slowly at the moment, and I don’t seem to have posted much to my blog.

I discovered a new-to-me series – the Charlie Parker series by John Connolly. There are now 17 books in this series and it was actually the latest book, A Book of Bones, that caught my eye, but I read reviews saying it wasn’t really a good place to start as it dealt with things that had gone before. And so I picked up the previous book, The Woman in the Woods, and it was a great read.
Next I tried The Furies by Katie Lowe, before picking up the next Charlie Parker, A Book of Bones, which at 700+ pages is going to keep me busy for quite a while.

I participated in Top Ten Tuesday to glance through my TBR pile for the coming months and also found time for a Book Tag. Here’s all the latest…

Book Reviews

The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

June 2019

Book Tags

The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag:  2019 Edition

Top Ten Tuesday

Books on my Summer 2019 TBR

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2019

June Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: May 2019

Welcome back to another Monthly Summary here on Pages and Tea.

Here’s a surprise – I only finished two books during the last month. I thought I’d read more than that, but apparently not.
What I did read though was very good. First I went adventuring with M. Poirot again and discovered just who murdered the unfortunate Roger Ackroyd. Talk about the unexpected! Definitely a twist to remember, and I’ll watch out for future books delivering such a great surprise.
Next my reading became post-apocalyptic as I witnessed a journey across a desolate land inspired by the theft of a much-loved family pet. A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World was just brilliant. I savoured each and every page, and didn’t want to reach the end, even though I found it heard to tear myself away from reading just one more chapter.

When I wasn’t reading, I finally posted my take on the Spring Cleaning Book Tag, and I thought about books I would love to see given the big screen/tv series treatment for Top Ten Tuesday.
There was also another instalment of the Bout of Books read-a-thon, which gave me the opportunity to make daily updates to the blog, even though I didn’t end up reading a massive amount during the event.

Here’s what happened in May on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

     

The Murder of Roger Acyrokd (Poirot #4) by Agatha Christie

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

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

May 2019

Book Tags

The Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Top Ten Tuesday

From Page to Screen

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2019

May Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Read-A-Thon Updates

Bout of Books May 2019 Sign Up
Bout of Books May 2019 Progress
Bout of Book Final Summary

Events

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon