Monthly Summary: October 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

October has been another slow-paced month of reading but what I read I enjoyed. I focussed on books for Readers Imbibing Peril, an event that concludes this month. As always I’ve enjoyed participating and reading a spooky-ish read or two.

First up this month, Crooked House by Agatha Christie, a murder mystery featuring a country estate and a family which provides a whole host of potential suspects. This is a standalone story and doesn’t feature one of Christie’s well-known detectives and I enjoyed all the different possibilities thrown up before the truth was revealed.

Next I ventured to Baneberry Hall as I read Home Before Dark by Riley Sager. It is a story within a story featuring a potentially haunted house with a troubled history, and a woman who spent a few brief weeks there in her childhood before the family fled the house, never to return, leaving all their possessions behind who reluctantly returns to find out what happened all those years ago. I enjoyed the mystery, and the way to two stories unfolded. Perfect reading for these darker autumn nights.

And my latest read, which I’ll probably talk about again as I certainly won’t finish it this month – ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. This is another reread. I’ve decided to try it again because it’s a great book to wind up spooky season, and also one of the characters features in the next Dark Tower book that I’ll pick up at some point soon, so I wanted to remind myself of the story before I continue with the Tower.

Away from the books I indulged my liking for autumn with 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

CrookedHouse HomeBeforeDark

Crooked House by Agatha Christie

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

October 2021

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2021

October Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress


Read-A-Thon Updates

#RIPXVI – Readers Imbibing Peril XVI – Sign Up and Progress Post

Events

RIPXVI

#RIPXVI – Readers Imbibing Peril XVI

Monthly Summary: September 2021

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 quality if not quantity…

I finally read The Secret History. I feel like I’ve mentioned this book over many previous autumn TBR list posts but never actually got around to reading it. This year, I did. What a book. A tale of friendship and murder on a college campus, it’s more of a why-done-it than whodunit and finding out the answer made for intriguing reading. I was sad to reach the end of this one, and I must admit it left me with no clue what to pick up for my next read. Eventually, despite a pretty extensive TBR list for Readers Imbibing Peril, I settled on an Agatha Christie and have now started Crooked House, which I suppose still qualifies for Peril as it’s a murder mystery.

And that’s all I read during September.

Elsewhere on the blog Top Ten Tuesday saw me writing about books with numbers in the title, and also provided me with an opportunity to look over my autumn TBR list.

Here’s what happened on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

ThisIsHowYouLosetheTimeWar

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

September 2021

Top Ten Tuesday

Books With Numbers In the Title

Books on My Autumn 2021 TBR List

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2021

September Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress


Read-A-Thon Updates

#RIPXVI – Readers Imbibing Peril XVI – Sign Up and Progress Post

Events

RIPXVI

#RIPXVI – Readers Imbibing Peril XVI

Monthly Summary: August 2021

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August is drawing to an end, another month of reading is complete and I’ve just realised something coincidental in terms of my reading.
This time last year I discovered The Sleep Tight Motel, a short story by Lisa Unger, and I talked about how much I’d enjoyed it, despite not usually being a big fan of short stories.
This year, you guessed it, I’m talking about short stories, in this case a series of linked stories, four in total, that make up a series called House of Crows by the very same author, Lisa Unger.
Mysterious, eerie, two timelines, a group of childhood friends drawn back to a house with so much character that it almost becomes a character, this series had all that I’d enjoyed about the Sleep Tight Motel and even more.

It’s been a good month of reading, and now my thoughts are turning to potential reads for next month and also next season.

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

Book Reviews

DevilandtheDarkWater AllMyDarkestImpulses FogDescending

CirclingTheDrain LoveTheWayYouLie

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

House of Crows (series review) by Lisa Unger

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

August 2021

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2021

August Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: July 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

July’s reading has been all about the Dark Tower.
I read Wizard and Glass, the fourth book in the series, and it’s the only book I actually managed to finish this month. At almost 700 pages it was a pretty long read, and I didn’t want it to end. It’s the first real glimpse into Roland’s past – his friendships with Cuthbert and Alain, their journey to Mejis and uncovering a plot there, and a meeting with Susan Delgado.

The blog has been quiet this month, with only a couple of new reviews. Nevertheless, here’s a summary of July on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

Naturalist Later

The Naturalist (The Naturalist #1) by Andrew Mayne

Later by Stephen King

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

July 2021

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2021

July Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: June 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

It’s that time again. Another month of reading has gone by and I’ve managed to read a lot more than I have in previous months. So, where has my reading taken me this June?

It started with a magical adventure with a spirited young woman and a Mayan god as I read Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I loved the escapism of this story, and the two main characters were both very engaging.

Next was a journey on the high seas where murder and potentially supernatural mayhem were afoot aboard the Sardaam, a ship bound on an 8 month journey back to Amsterdam and populated by a varied group, most of whom had something to hide. Yes, I finally read The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton and it was as good as I hoped it would be based on how much I’d enjoyed his previous book, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

From the high seas to the woodlands of Montana In The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne. A professor finds himself potentially in the frame for the murder of one of his former students, until the crime is declared as a bear attack and the case dropped. Theo Cray has been looking at the evidence for himself and isn’t at all happy with the outcome, which leads him to begin searching for a possible serial killer that few but him believe even exists. This was a real page-turner with a great conclusion. It’s the first in a series of books featuring Theo Cray too, so perhaps I’ll read some more sometime.

And finally, for something completely different I picked up This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. I hardly know where to begin with this one. I was totally engrossed in this story of two agents on different sides of a long and complex war through time who take up a correspondence that spans years and sees them go from rivals to friends to falling for each other despite all the things that should keep them apart. I need to read more books like this.

Away from the books Top Ten Tuesday saw me writing about Books that Made Me Want to Read More Books Like Them. If I’d read Time War before I wrote that post you can guarantee it would have had a place on my list too.

The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag also made another appearance on the blog. I’ve done this tag a couple of times before and thought it would be nice to do a 2021 update as I’ve read quite a few good books so far and it’s fun to look back on them.

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

Book Reviews

WasteLands GodsofJadeandShadow

The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

June 2021

Top Ten Tuesday

Books that Made Me Want to Read More Books Like Them

Book Tags

The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2021

June Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: May 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

It’s time for another Monthly Summary and I think it’s going to be a fairly short update this month.

I took a detour from the Dark Tower to read the latest from Stephen King, Later. It was an engaging tale with a likeable narrator, and reading a novel so much shorter after quite a few long reads made a nice change. I don’t think it will be long before I return to the Tower series though. Book 4, Wizard and Glass, awaits and from memory that was one I really enjoyed first time around.

I finally put together my thoughts on the second volume of the Dark Tower, The Drawing of the Three, and posted my review recently.

And I think that’s about all the progress I have to report at the moment. It’s been another fairly quiet month on the blog, but here’s what happened in May on Page and Tea…

Book Reviews

DrawingoftheThree

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

May 2021

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2021

May Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: April 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

If last month was fairly quiet on my blog then this month has been extremely quiet. I haven’t posted since April’s Booking Ahead post, and I’ve really fallen behind with blog hopping.
I have managed to fit in some reading though…

I’ve finished only one book this month, but what a good one! My Dark Tower reread is ongoing, and the third book in the series, The Waste Lands, has been occupying my reading time. So much going on, so much action, so much mystery. I’m really glad I decided to revisit this series because there is a lot that I don’t remember. It’s the volume that sees the group visit the city of Lud, and I only had the vaguest recollections of what happened there (and I can’t give anything away because that wouldn’t be fair, would it?), so I’m enjoying this reread very much.

I think that’s about all for this month, so although it’s a short summary here’s what happened in April on Pages and Tea…

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

April 2021

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2021

April Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: March 2021

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Hello, and welcome. What a quiet month March has been for my blog. I haven’t done much blogging at all, but I have managed to fit in a fair amount of reading…

It started out with a new mystery series, the Joe Pickett series by C. J. Box. A new-to-me author and quite a large series so far to go at if I enjoyed this first book. I did, and I’d probably be tempted to pick up the next book in the series at some point. The central character is a game warden in Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, and the setting for the story was absolutely beautiful. Likeable characters and a bit of a mystery made this a good read.

From that point on it’s been all about The Dark Tower. I decided I would reread the series, something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while, and last month I finally began with The Gunslinger. March saw me pick up The Drawing of the Three and that proved just as good second time around, so I doubt it will be long before I’m grabbing the next book in the series.

I think that’s about all for now, so here’s a very short summary of March on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

Gunslinger

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

March 2021

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2021

March Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: February 2021

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February has been a quiet month on the blog, but it has included some very good books…

I finally picked up NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. I’ve enjoyed previous reads by Hill and have had a copy for this for so long but never picked it up until now. What a mistake. I loved the tale of good and evil played out between Vic McQueen and Charlie Manx, two characters who couldn’t be more different but who both have unique talents and that allow them to enter inscapes, worlds of imagination. Vic can find lost things via a magical covered bridge, while Manx has created his own playground in the form of Christmasland.

I’ve mentioned many times before that I’d like to reread The Dark Tower series by Stephen King and this month I found myself in the mood for a Western, or more specifically, a Weird West type tale, and so I finally decided the time had arrived to begin this much-spoken-of reread and picked up my copy of The Gunslinger, the first book in the series. It’s going to be an ongoing read, and one there’s no real plan for. I’ll just dip back in whenever the mood takes me. Can’t wait to discover new things and see what I missed first time around. I rarely reread because there are so many books that I can’t wait to start, so this is a new experience for me.

Next, a police procedural, more new territory as I don’t visit this genre at all usually but I fancied something a bit different. An Eye for an Eye is the first book featuring DI Kate Young, faced with a potential serial killer whilst dealing with traumatic events in her own past.

And last but not least, I’ve started reading Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. No doubt I’ll be mentioning this one again but for now I’ve only just started reading. I think it’s going to be a good one.

So, a varied month of reading, and somehow time has flown by and I haven’t had chance to post my reviews for a couple of this month’s reads, but I did write about The Ten Thousand Doors of January, a book I very much enjoyed last month, and also participated in a cover-centric edition of Top Ten Tuesday based around the colours of Mardi Gras.

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

Book Reviews

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

February 2021

Top Ten Tuesday

The Colours of Mardi Gras

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2021

February Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: January 2021

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Hello and welcome to my first Monthly Summary of 2021.
A new year of reading has begun, and my first read of the year was The Ten Thousand Doors of January. It’s a book I’ve wanted to read for a while, and I thought it would be a nice choice for my first book of the year. Turns out I was right, I loved every moment of it. I hope many of the books I read this year are as enjoyable as this was. I love it when I find my next 5 star read.

From magical to horror as my next read was NOS4A2. This is another book I’ve meant to read for a long time, and I’ve always thought I’d read it during autumn, but the whole Christmasland theme tempted me to pick it up now even though the festive season is just behind us now. It’s a long book, but one I think I’m going to enjoy. It reminds me a little of It by Stephen King. No doubt I’ll have more to say about it once I’ve finished.

Then came Top Ten Tuesday, which offered up perfect opportunities to look back at some of the books I meant to read during 2020 but didn’t have time for, and to remember some of the new-to-me authors I discovered over the reading year.

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

Book Reviews

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman

Midwinter Murder: Fireside Mysteries from the Queen of Crime by Agatha Christie

Featured Posts

Top Ten Tuesday

Books I Meant to Read in 2020 But Didn’t Get To

The New-to-Me Authors of 2020

Other New Posts

2020 End of Year Survey

Beat the Backlist 2021 Challenge

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2021

January Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress