Monthly Summary: November 2022

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

November has been a good reading month, even though there were only two books involved…

SomethingWickedSomething Wicked This Way Comes has been on my TBR list for such a long time that I decided this year I’d finally pick it up, and I’m really glad I finally did. There’s much more to the arrival of Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show than simple everyday carnival diversions, as Will and Jim quickly realise. Pitting two young boys against a massive amount of evil all disguised within a seemingly innocent carnival made for exciting reading, and I liked the character of Will’s father, town librarian, considers himself pretty average and getting older, yet he comes to the fore, believing that there’s something evil come to town and deciding to take it on with his young son.

My second book this month was What Moves the Dead, a retelling of The Fall of the House of Usher,WhatMovestheDead and I loved it. It’s Gothic, horror, mystery, all the things that call out to me at this time of year in my reading. There’s a great setting in a decaying old mansion, an unsettling mystery as the Usher siblings both seem to be succumbing to some mysterious illness, and a lovely cast of characters who have to work together to try and save the Ushers and ultimately themselves from whatever is lurking within the walls of the House of Usher.

The End of the Year Book Tag made another appearance on the blog as well.

Here’s what happened on Pages and Tea during November…

Book Reviews

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The Executioner (Robert Hunter #2) by Chris Carter

The Wehrwolf by Alma Katsu

Featured Posts

Book Tags

The End Of The Year Book Tag: 2022 Edition

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2022

November Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

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Monthly Summary: October 2022

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

October has been a fairly slow-paced month of reading for me but what I did read I enjoyed.  I mostly devoted my reading time to Readers Imbibing Peril, an event that concludes this month.  As always I enjoyed participating and reading a spooky-ish book or two.
ExecutionerFirst up I continued with my Robert Hunter series read.  The Executioner is the second book in the series, and the fourth I’ve read so far.  These books don’t seem to disappoint, delivering excitement, danger, twists and peril, with an added air of the gruesome.  The Executioner was no exception to this.  I’m still a little surprised how much I’m enjoying the series as I’ve never really gone for books with this much gore before.  Great stories and great characters keep you reading.

Next, a short story, and a new-to-me author in Alma Katsu as I read The Wehrwolf.  This packed a lotWehrwolf into a small number of pages, and I would like to read more by this author as I enjoyed this taster, which had an interesting take on werewolves and how they’re made.

PracticalMagicFinally, my season of spooky reading ended on a slightly lighter note as I finally picked up the first book in the Practical Magic series.  I’ve meant to read these books for a very long time now, so I’m glad to have made a start.  I did enjoy this one, and am looking forward to giving the next book a try as it’s the story of the aunts who made brief appearances in this story and it sounds really good.

Away from the books I posted an updated edition of the Finally Fall Book Tag.  It’s one I’ve completed for a couple of years now and I like picking out new books to suit the theme.

Here’s what happened on Pages and Tea during October…

Book Reviews

CrucifixKiller NightWhispers

The Crucifix Killer (Robert Hunter #1) by Chris Carter

The Night Whispers (Slayton Thrillers #2) by Caroline Mitchell

Featured Posts

Book Tags

Finally Fall Book Tag:  2022 Edition

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2022

October Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Read-A-Thon Updates

#RIPXVII – Readers Imbibing Peril XVII – Sign Up and Progress Post

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#RIPXVII – Readers Imbibing Peril XVII

Monthly Summary: September 2022

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

Autumn is here, Readers Imbibing Peril is happening, and my first month of Peril reading provided to be a mixed bag, all of which I enjoyed. I’m not sure what I’ll be reading for the second month of #RIPXVII yet, but I have many books on my TBR list, so I’m sure I’ll find something.

WitchFirst up this month, Witch. This tale of a young woman and her sister in search of revenge for the death of their mother had a style it took me some time to get into, but ventured into magic and fantasy towards the end so I enjoyed it and ended up wondering what could have happened next for certain characters.

Next, I couldn’t resist, I went back to the Robert Hunter series. I recently talkedCrucifixKiller about how much I enjoyed An Evil Mind and Hunting Evil, and wanting to read the rest of the series from the beginning, so I picked up the first book, The Crucifix Killer. This really starts as it means to go on, and I’m still surprised how much I’m enjoying these books given the gruesome factor involved.

NightWhispersMy final read of this month was The Night Whispers, the second of the Slayton Thrillers. I really enjoyed The Midnight Man, so couldn’t wait to pick this up and return to the spooky town of Slayton. This time the case involved a series of grisly murders and rumours of ghostly black-eyed children spotted around the town just before these people met their ends. I think my favourite out of the two was still The Midnight Man, but I’d still read more from this series.

Elsewhere on the blog I posted a new Challenge Check-In update with my latest book bingo cards progress. I’ve managed to full quite a few prompts on each of the cards but am starting to find it a little more difficult now. Hopefully I’ll fill a few more before my next update.

Here’s what happened during September on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

HuntingEvil Witch

Hunting Evil (Robert Hunter #10) by Chris Carter

Witch by Finbar Hawkins

Featured Posts

Other New Posts

Challenge Check-In July to September 2022

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2022

September Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Read-A-Thon Updates

#RIPXVII – Readers Imbibing Peril XVII – Sign Up and Progress Post

Events

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#RIPXVII – Readers Imbibing Peril XVII

Monthly Summary: August 2022

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

EvilMindAugust sent some really good reads my way, and started with a new-to-me author in Chris Carter with the Robert Hunter series. I didn’t start at the beginning of the series, I read An Evil Mind, which follows Robert Hunter as he encounters a prolific serial killer who no one knew existed until recently. What an exciting, tense and occasionally gruesome read this turned out to be. So many revelations, so much evil over such a long period of time, and high stakes between the detective and the killer. I don’t tend to read this sort of thing very often, but this turned out to be a 5 star read for me, so it’s probably no surprise to find that my final read of theHuntingEvil month turned out to be another of the Robert Hunter series, Hunting Evil, which is the sequel to An Evil Mind. Those two books devoured I’ll probably go back and start at the beginning when I return to the series.

AngryPlanetFrom one under-explored genre to another as my next book was The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. I haven’t read much science fiction at all, but I enjoyed this character-driven first book in the Wayfarers series as the crew of a tunnelling ship make their (long) way to their next job, encountering many new places and species along the way.

Next, back to serial killer fiction (it seems to have been a theme for me this month)NothingMan with The Nothing Man. This is a different take as the survivor of such a killer writes a book about her experiences and the other crimes perpetrated by The Nothing Man in the hopes of drawing him out of hiding so that he can finally pay for the pain he caused. When the man himself picks up a copy of the book and reads of his own tale, it sets the scene for one final confrontation.

It’s been a good month of reading, and now my thoughts are turning to potential reads for next month and also next season (and Readers Imbibing Peril, which takes places throughout September and October).

Here’s a summary of August on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

BillySummers EvilMind
AngryPlanet NothingMan

Billy Summers by Stephen King

An Evil Mind (Robert Hunter #6) by Chris Carter

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers

The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2022

August Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: July 2022

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

HollowsJuly’s reading featured thrillers with a mysterious and spooky air to them.
I began with The Hollows, a mysterious tale featuring a holiday gone wrong as a father and daughter discover that their idyllic cabin in the woods is actually in a place with quite a dark past, a past that may be about to have an impact in the present day. I really enjoyed the air of suspense of this, and didn’t want to put it down until all the secrets were revealed.MidnightMan

Next up was The Midnight Man, the first of the Slayton Thrillers. This was similar in that it was a thriller with a slightly spooky air that added a little something extra. In this case there was a marvellously creepy abandoned old house, a Halloween game gone wrong, and trouble from the past coming back in the present. I enjoyed this just as much as The Hollows.

BillySummersMy third book of this month was Billy Summers by Stephen King. I was looking forward to a new Stephen King novel as I’ve been rereading some of his older books recently so something new was good. Billy Summers has no horror, although there’s a mention towards the conclusion of a certain possibly haunted hotel. It’s a story of an assassin hired for one last job, and of course, one last job is never that easy, and that’s certainly the case for Billy.

So, some good books read this month. I also updated my Challenge Check-In post, looking at the various bingo cards I’m attempting this year, and I had time for a book tag featuring a number of the books I’ve enjoyed so far this year.

Here’s a summary of July on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

Hollows MidnightMan

The Hollows by Mark Edwards

The Midnight Man (Slayton Thrillers #1) by Caroline Mitchell

Featured Posts

Book Tags

The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag: 2022 Edition

Other New Posts

Challenge Check-In April to June 2022

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2022

July Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: May 2022

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

DeathontheNileMay has been the month of the murder mystery in my reading. It began with a river cruise down the Nile in the company of Monsieur Poirot and a whole boatful of intriguing characters as I finally picked up Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie. I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to get around to reading this, I had a great time with it, and would probably read it again, even knowing the solutions to the central murder and the other little mysteries going on aboard the S. S. Karnak. Such an exotic setting too.

From the Nile, I chose another book set in Egypt, although this time in aDeathComesastheEnd completely different time period. I picked another Agatha Christie, Death Comes as the End. A standalone murder mystery, it doesn’t feature one of Christie’s regular detectives, but there is an investigation of sorts as family dramas play out and eventually lead to murder. The remaining members must discover who is out to get them before it’s too late.

And then… yet more murder mysteries. What can I say, it seems to be what I’ve been in the reading mood for this month. This time, a whole host of short stories MurderbytheSeasidegathered together in a collection called Murder by the Seaside. In this case the title says it all as all these stories had a seaside/coastal setting, and introduced me to some new-to-me authors.

I’ve actually managed to keep up with reviews this month, so links to my reviews for all these books are provided below.

And I think that’s about all for now. So, here’s a summary of May on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

DeathontheNile DeathComesastheEnd MurderbytheSeaside

Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie

Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie

Murder by the Seaside by Cecily Gayford

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

May 2022

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2022

May Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: April 2022

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

BeautifulOnesIt’s time for another monthly summary.

April began with a book by an author I’ve previously enjoyed as I picked up The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. What I really like is that each book I’ve picked up by this author has been completely different in every way, and I can’t wait to try another of her books. So far I think Mexican Gothic remains my favourite.

RoomintheAtticNext, a new-to-me author, Louise Douglas. The cover of The Room in the Attic first attracted my attention but the story sounded like one I might enjoy and that turned out to be the case. It’s a dual-timeline mystery with an atmospheric and eerie setting in All Hallows, a grand old building that served as an asylum/hospital in one timeline and a boarding school in the other. I enjoyed the book so much that I’d like to check out more by Louise Douglas.

I managed to check up on some more reviews this month, including my most recent Dark Tower read, The Wind Through the Keyhole. I would like to get back to the series soon and begin Wolves of the Calla.

Top Ten Tuesday also featured this month. I made use of the ‘freebie’ topic to create a list of books featuring lighthouses or sailing ships as I seem to have come across quite a few of those recently, many of which have made their way onto my TBR pile and into that blog post.
I also wrote about some of the authors I haven’t read yet, but want to. For that post I choose series or trilogies, but there are many standalone books from authors I’d like to check out to, so perhaps that will feature in another Top Ten Tuesday sometime.

Here’s a summary of April on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

MurderisEasy WindThroughtheKeyhole RoomintheAttic

Murder is Easy (Superintendent Battle #4) by Agatha Christie

The Wind Through The Keyhole (The Dark Tower #4.5) by Stephen King

The Room in the Attic by Louise Douglas

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

April 2022

Top Ten Tuesday

Lighthouses and Sailing Ships

Authors I Haven’t Read, But Want To

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2022

April Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: March 2022

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

ParisApartmentMarch started out as the month of mysteries in terms of my reading as my first read of March was The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley. I’d previously read The Hunting Party by the same author so I was looking forward to this, and it didn’t disappoint. Short chapters, changing viewpoints, mysterious characters and a wonderfully creepy setting made this a real page turner and I found myself thinking ’just one more chapter’ several times so it didn’t take me long to read this at all.

MurderisEasyFrom a mystery based in Paris I ventured to a country village in England for Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie. A story confided by a stranger whilst on a train journey leads Luke Fitzwilliam to venture to the village to discover whether there really is a serial killer operating there.

FoundrysideFrom crime and mystery I wandered back into fantasy territory as I finally picked up Foundryside. I’ve had this book for a long time and somehow it finally found it’s way into my reading time. I wish it had happened sooner. I really enjoyed this first in the Founders Trilogy. It’s exciting, has plenty of action, plenty of intrigue, interesting and unique characters (Clef!), and I plan to carry on to Shorefall soon.

My ongoing read is Fingersmith. It’s a reread and I’m enjoying taking my time with it, rediscovering the story.

When I wasn’t reading I’ve managed to catch up with a few reviews this month as well – a mix of mystery, crime and horror stories have all featured on my blog , and I also posted my first Challenge Check-In, having a look at how I’m doing with the book bingo challenges I’m attempting this year.

Here’s a summary of March on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

ParisApartment NothingButBlackenedTeeth Buried

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

Buried (DC Jack Warr #1) by Lynda La Plante

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

March 2022

Other New Posts

Challenge Check-In January to March 2022

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2022

March Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: February 2022

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

Such a quiet month on the blog, and also in my reading, so this Monthly Summary is probably going to be pretty short!

WindThroughtheKeyholeI finally went back to my Dark Tower reread, picking up The Wind Through the Keyhole, which is actually book #4.5 in the series as it was written after the series was complete and fits between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla. For this reason it doesn’t advance the central story of Roland and his ka-tet at all, but with it’s story within a story within a story format it was a great addition to the series and I really enjoyed discovering it all over again, particularly the fairytale-ish story from Roland’s own childhood.

I posted a review for another recent read that I really enjoyed, The Noise by James Patterson and J. D. Barker. An unexpected surprise and one that I couldn’t tear myself away from without reading just one more chapter. Very exciting.

Here’s a summary of February on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

Noise

The Noise by James Patterson and J. D. Barker

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

February 2022

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2022

February Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: January 2022

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

OnceandFutureWitchesThe new year of reading is underway and has included a variety of genres so far. I started out with fantasy as I finally picked up The Once and Future Witches. I’d wanted to read this book for a while as I enjoyed The Ten Thousand Doors of January and wanted to check out Alix E. Harrow’s next novel. This didn’t disappoint at all. I was totally drawn in to this tale of three sisters and their desire to bring about a new age of magic and empowerment for themselves and women just like them. Family and found family, a cast of intriguing characters and enough magic and conflict to keep me turning the pages. A good choice for my first read of the year.

NothingButBlackenedTeethFrom fantasy to horror, my next choice was the novella Nothing But Blackened Teeth. That cover! It’s a fast-paced tale about a group of friends who venture off to an abandoned mansion to celebrate the upcoming wedding of two of their party. The appeal for them is the story of the house, the heartbroken bride said to still linger, awaiting the groom who never arrived. The party descends into violence and chaos quickly as tensions mount between the group and the house seems to come alive around them. I wanted something different and this certainly was!

BuriedOnto some crime next, one of my under-explored genres mentioned in my Reading Resolutions. I don’t tend to read much crime at all, but picked up Buried, the first book featuring Jack Warr. A tale that starts out with a burnt out cottage but leads to links with crimes from previous decades proved an entertaining beginning to this series. Jack Warr himself becomes an interesting character as his search for his biological father takes him to unexpected places and changes his attitude going forward.

My Beat the Backlist challenge is off to quite a good start; all these books can count towards the challenge, and I managed to find a category for each on them on Beat the Backlist Bingo, which is much easier at the beginning of the year when there are so many categories available!
I’ve also seen a lovely photo prompt bingo card which I mentioned in my monthly Reading Review and I might try and have a go at that too.

Away from the books I completed my first book tag of the year, the Good Intentions tag created by Lynn, in which I looked at books read and books yet to read (and there are many).

Here’s a round up of January on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

OnceandFutureWitches

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Featured Posts

Book Tags

The ‘Good Intentions’ Book Tag

Other New Posts

2021 End of Year Survey

Beat the Backlist 2022 Challenge

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2022

January Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress