Reading Review: September 2021

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.

BOOKS I’VE READ

SecretHistory

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Total Loaned Books Read This Month: 0
Total Own Books Read This Month: 1
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 1

Total Loaned Books Read 2021: 6
Total Own Books Read 2021: 12
Overall Total Books Read 2021: 18

MY READ OF THE MONTH

SecretHistory

The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I did only finish one book this month, but I can imagine this would have been my choice anyway. I really enjoyed this tale of Richard and his time at Hampden college. It was intriguing and mysterious and kept me turning the pages even though I didn’t want the end to come. Afterwards I couldn’t decide what to read next because I wasn’t quite ready to leave this book behind.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 12 books.   So far I’ve read:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King
Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box
The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King
The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
The Naturalist (The Naturalist #1) by Andrew Mayne
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower #4) by Stephen King
The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Beat the Backlist Bingo is making another appearance this year. I have no idea how many categories I’ll manage to complete but it’s a little extra to add to my challenge.

OpenSeason       WasteLands ThisIsHowYouLosetheTimeWar

SecretHistory

Standalone – The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

A book with illustrations – NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – There is an illustration of the Christmasland advert that first attracts Bing Partridge’s attention, and it also has Vic’s various bikes and Manx’s Wraith between paragraphs. I could also have used this for the ‘map’ prompt as there’s the United Inscapes of America map as well.

Kept you up late reading (definitely not a book you can easily put down) – The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

Genre you never/rarely read (there has to be at least one genre you don’t usually pick up) – Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box

Black and white – The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

More than one author (a book written by at least 2 authors; not an anthology) – This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Caused a major book hangover (the book was so good that you just don’t think you can start a new one just yet) – The Secret History by Donna Tartt

From the 52 Prompts List…

You can find the complete prompts list here.

OpenSeason       DrawingoftheThree WasteLands

GodsofJadeandShadow DevilandtheDarkWater Naturalist

ThisIsHowYouLosetheTimeWar WizardandGlass SecretHistory

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – Standalone

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – A book with illustrations

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King – Kept you up late reading

Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box – Genre you never/rarely read

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King – Author has a book releasing in 2021

The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King – Black and white

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Based on non-Greek/Roman mythology

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton – It’s on a ship!

The Naturalist (The Naturalist #1) by Andrew Mayne – Book where the woods/forest are important

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone – More than one author

Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower #4) by Stephen King – Purple cover

The Secret History by Donna Tartt – Caused a major book hangover

GOODREADS

I’ve read 18 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • I read another of the books I already own, The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
  • It also counted towards my Beat the Backlist challenge, and I’ve now read 12 books and completed another bingo category.
  • I’m taking part in Readers Imbibing Peril (RIPXVI), which takes place throughout September and October.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress I’ve made.

So concludes September’s Reading Review. See you again next month.

Readers Imbibing Peril XVI – #RIPXVI

RIPXVI

The days are growing cooler and the nights are beginning to draw in, which can mean only one thing – Autumn is on its way! I love this time of year, so what better way to mark the changing seasons than by participating in a suitably eerie Readathon? Two whole months of reading to enjoy. Want to know more about RIPXVI? Here you go…

Welcome to the SIXTEENTH year of Readers Imbibing Peril, or RIP, as it is affectionately called. The challenge runs from 1st September to 31st October (but started a little early this year). There are Twitter and Instagram accounts where you can find out more about the various ‘perils’ on offer, and whilst participating you can use the hastag #RIPXVI.

The R.I.P. Reading Event includes books/movies/shows/podcasts that could be classified as:

Mystery
Suspense
Thriller
Dark Fantasy
Gothic
Horror
Supernatural

The goals are simple.

1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.

The Perils

This year there are a number of different events to participate in including a photo challenge, a bingo card, and the opportunity to listen to audio and podcasts (something I’ve rarely done before but may be tempted to try). You can find out more about all the events on offer by visiting the Twitter and Instagram accounts linked above.
To begin with I’ll be attempting:

PeriloftheFictionRead1 PeriloftheScreen

Peril of the Fiction Read:  This is the one that I participate in most often, reading as much from any of the categories mentioned above, and anything else I find during the event that catches my eye.

Peril of the Screen:  This is for those who like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious or gothic fare. It may be a television show, or your favorite film.

A Potential TBR List

I don’t have a definite reading/viewing plan at the moment, but there are a few books I might like to read throughout this event. I may read a selection from the following:

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell
The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
It Will Just Be Us by Jo Kaplan
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Progress

Peril of the Fiction Read

Peril of the Screen

The Conjuring 2
A Quiet Place Part II


I’m really looking forward to one of my favourite reading events during my favourite season. Are you tempted to join in with #RIPXVI?

Reading Review: August 2021

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.

BOOKS I’VE READ

AllMyDarkestImpulses FogDescending CirclingTheDrain

LoveTheWayYouLie

All My Darkest Impulses (House of Crows #1) by Lisa Unger

Fog Descending (House of Crows #2) by Lisa Unger

Circling the Drain (House of Crows #3) by Lisa Unger

Love The Way You Lie (House of Crows #4) by Lisa Unger

Total Loaned Books Read This Month: 4
Total Own Books Read This Month: 0
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 4

Total Loaned Books Read 2021: 6
Total Own Books Read 2021: 11
Overall Total Books Read 2021: 17

MY READ OF THE MONTH

The whole House of Crows series was enjoyable. I love the way the mystery was set up in the very story, and it carried on throughout until the final revelations in the final volume.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 11 books.   So far I’ve read:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King
Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box
The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King
The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
The Naturalist (The Naturalist #1) by Andrew Mayne
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower #4) by Stephen King

Beat the Backlist Bingo is making another appearance this year. I have no idea how many categories I’ll manage to complete but it’s a little extra to add to my challenge.

OpenSeason       WasteLands ThisIsHowYouLosetheTimeWar

Standalone – The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

A book with illustrations – NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – There is an illustration of the Christmasland advert that first attracts Bing Partridge’s attention, and it also has Vic’s various bikes and Manx’s Wraith between paragraphs. I could also have used this for the ‘map’ prompt as there’s the United Inscapes of America map as well.

Kept you up late reading (definitely not a book you can easily put down) – The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

Genre you never/rarely read (there has to be at least one genre you don’t usually pick up) – Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box

Black and white – The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

More than one author (a book written by at least 2 authors; not an anthology) – This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

From the 52 Prompts List…

You can find the complete prompts list here.

OpenSeason       DrawingoftheThree WasteLands

GodsofJadeandShadow DevilandtheDarkWater Naturalist

ThisIsHowYouLosetheTimeWar WizardandGlass

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – Standalone

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – A book with illustrations

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King – Kept you up late reading

Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box – Genre you never/rarely read

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King – Author has a book releasing in 2021

The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King – Black and white

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Based on non-Greek/Roman mythology

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton – It’s on a ship!

The Naturalist (The Naturalist #1) by Andrew Mayne – Book where the woods/forest are important

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone – More than one author

Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower #4) by Stephen King – Purple cover

GOODREADS

I’ve read 17 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • I caught up on reviews for some of my recent reads.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress I’ve made.

So concludes August’s Reading Review. See you again next month.

Reading Review: July 2021

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.

BOOKS I’VE READ

WizardandGlass

Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower #4) by Stephen King

Total Library Books Read This Month: 0
Total Own Books Read This Month: 1
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 1

Total Library Books Read 2021: 2
Total Own Books Read 2021: 11
Overall Total Books Read 2021: 13

MY READ OF THE MONTH

WizardandGlass

Wizard and Glass is the only book I’ve managed to finish this month so it’s an easy choice. It was a great read anyway, taking us back into Roland’s past – his journey to Mejis with his friends Cuthbert and Alain, and his meeting with Susan Delgado. It was a massive read but one that I was sad to reach the end of.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 11 books.   So far I’ve read:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King
Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box
The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King
The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
The Naturalist (The Naturalist #1) by Andrew Mayne
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower #4) by Stephen King

Beat the Backlist Bingo is making another appearance this year. I have no idea how many categories I’ll manage to complete but it’s a little extra to add to my challenge.

OpenSeason       WasteLands ThisIsHowYouLosetheTimeWar

Standalone – The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

A book with illustrations – NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – There is an illustration of the Christmasland advert that first attracts Bing Partridge’s attention, and it also has Vic’s various bikes and Manx’s Wraith between paragraphs. I could also have used this for the ‘map’ prompt as there’s the United Inscapes of America map as well.

Kept you up late reading (definitely not a book you can easily put down) – The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

Genre you never/rarely read (there has to be at least one genre you don’t usually pick up) – Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box

Black and white – The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

More than one author (a book written by at least 2 authors; not an anthology) – This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

From the 52 Prompts List…

You can find the complete prompts list here.

OpenSeason       DrawingoftheThree WasteLands

GodsofJadeandShadow DevilandtheDarkWater Naturalist

ThisIsHowYouLosetheTimeWar WizardandGlass

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – Standalone

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – A book with illustrations

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King – Kept you up late reading

Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box – Genre you never/rarely read

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King – Author has a book releasing in 2021

The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King – Black and white

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Based on non-Greek/Roman mythology

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton – It’s on a ship!

The Naturalist (The Naturalist #1) by Andrew Mayne – Book where the woods/forest are important

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone – More than one author

Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower #4) by Stephen King – Purple cover

GOODREADS

I’ve read 13 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • My Beat the Backlist challenge is ongoing. I’ve currently read 11 books.
  • The one book I managed to finish this month was one I already owned.
  • I caught up on a couple of reviews for books I’ve read recently.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress I’ve made.

So concludes July’s Reading Review. See you again next month.

Reading Review: June 2021

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.

BOOKS I’VE READ

GodsofJadeandShadow DevilandtheDarkWater Naturalist
ThisIsHowYouLosetheTimeWar

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

The Naturalist (The Naturalist #1) by Andrew Mayne

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

Total Library Books Read This Month: 1
Total Own Books Read This Month: 3
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 4

Total Library Books Read 2021: 2
Total Own Books Read 2021: 10
Overall Total Books Read 2021: 12

MY READ OF THE MONTH

DevilandtheDarkWater

This is a very tough choice this month. Everything I’ve read has been really good and I would recommend any of the books mentioned above, but I think I must give a mention to The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton. I’d looked forward to reading it for a while having enjoyed his previous novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, and it was as good as I’d hoped it would be.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 10 books.   So far I’ve read:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King
Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box
The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King
The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
The Naturalist (The Naturalist #1) by Andrew Mayne
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Beat the Backlist Bingo is making another appearance this year. I have no idea how many categories I’ll manage to complete but it’s a little extra to add to my challenge.

OpenSeason       WasteLands ThisIsHowYouLosetheTimeWar

Standalone – The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

A book with illustrations – NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – There is an illustration of the Christmasland advert that first attracts Bing Partridge’s attention, and it also has Vic’s various bikes and Manx’s Wraith between paragraphs. I could also have used this for the ‘map’ prompt as there’s the United Inscapes of America map as well.

Kept you up late reading (definitely not a book you can easily put down) – The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

Genre you never/rarely read (there has to be at least one genre you don’t usually pick up) – Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box

Black and white – The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

More than one author (a book written by at least 2 authors; not an anthology) – This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

From the 52 Prompts List…

You can find the complete prompts list here.

OpenSeason       DrawingoftheThree WasteLands

GodsofJadeandShadow DevilandtheDarkWater Naturalist

ThisIsHowYouLosetheTimeWar

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – Standalone

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – A book with illustrations

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King – Kept you up late reading

Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box – Genre you never/rarely read

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King – Author has a book releasing in 2021

The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King – Black and white

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Based on non-Greek/Roman mythology

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton – It’s on a ship!

The Naturalist (The Naturalist #1) by Andrew Mayne – Book where the woods/forest are important

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone – More than one author

GOODREADS

I’ve read 12 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • My Beat the Backlist challenge is ongoing and I’ve had quite a good run this with it this month, adding 4 new books to my total, and at least three of my choices counted for categories in the 52 prompt version of the Bingo card.
  • I’m still making an effort to read books I already own, and the majority of my reads so far this year have been owned books.
  • I tried out a new-to-me genre with This Is How You Lose the Time War. I don’t tend to read much at all in the way of time travel or sci-fi, but I had a great time reading this and I’m on the look out for more like it.
  • I read Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I enjoyed Mexican Gothic so much last year that I really wanted to check out at least one more of her books. And now I want to check out at least one more!
  • I caught up on a couple of reviews for books I’ve read recently.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress I’ve made.

So concludes June’s Reading Review. See you again next month.

Reading Review: May 2021

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.

BOOKS I’VE READ

Later

Later by Stephen King

Total Library Books Read This Month: 1
Total Own Books Read This Month: 0
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 1

Total Library Books Read 2021: 1
Total Own Books Read 2021: 7
Overall Total Books Read 2021: 8

MY READ OF THE MONTH

Later

Later by Stephen King is the tale of a boy who can see the dead, and the troubles this skill leads him into through little fault of his own as he’s growing up.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 6 books.   So far I’ve read:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King
Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box
The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King
The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

Beat the Backlist Bingo is making another appearance this year. I have no idea how many categories I’ll manage to complete but it’s a little extra to add to my challenge.

OpenSeason       WasteLands

Standalone – The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

A book with illustrations – NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – There is an illustration of the Christmasland advert that first attracts Bing Partridge’s attention, and it also has Vic’s various bikes and Manx’s Wraith between paragraphs. I could also have used this for the ‘map’ prompt as there’s the United Inscapes of America map as well.

Kept you up late reading (definitely not a book you can easily put down) – The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

Genre you never/rarely read (there has to be at least one genre you don’t usually pick up) – Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box

Black and white – The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

From the 52 Prompts List…

You can find the complete prompts list here.

OpenSeason       DrawingoftheThree WasteLands

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – Standalone

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – A book with illustrations

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King – Kept you up late reading

Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box – Genre you never/rarely read

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King – Author has a book releasing in 2021

The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King – Black and white

GOODREADS

I’ve read 8 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • My Beat the Backlist challenge is ongoing but I haven’t added anything this month as I had a change and read a recent release.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress.

So concludes May’s Reading Review. See you again next month.

Reading Review: April 2021

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.

BOOKS I’VE READ

WasteLands

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

Total Library Books Read This Month: 0
Total Own Books Read This Month: 1
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 1

Total Library Books Read 2021: 0
Total Own Books Read 2021: 7
Overall Total Books Read 2021: 7

MY READ OF THE MONTH

WasteLands

The Waste Lands by Stephen King. Not only was it the only book that I actually finished this month, it was a really exciting read, even second time around, and that ending means I doubt it will be very long before I’m starting the next book in the Tower series.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 6 books.   So far I’ve read:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King
Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box
The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King
The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

Beat the Backlist Bingo is making another appearance this year. I have no idea how many categories I’ll manage to complete but it’s a little extra to add to my challenge.

OpenSeason       WasteLands

Standalone – The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

A book with illustrations – NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – There is an illustration of the Christmasland advert that first attracts Bing Partridge’s attention, and it also has Vic’s various bikes and Manx’s Wraith between paragraphs. I could also have used this for the ‘map’ prompt as there’s the United Inscapes of America map as well.

Kept you up late reading (definitely not a book you can easily put down) – The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

Genre you never/rarely read (there has to be at least one genre you don’t usually pick up) – Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box

Black and white – The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

From the 52 Prompts List…

You can find the complete prompts list here.

OpenSeason       DrawingoftheThree WasteLands

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – Standalone

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – A book with illustrations

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King – Kept you up late reading

Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box – Genre you never/rarely read

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King – Author has a book releasing in 2021

The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King – Black and white

GOODREADS

I’ve read 7 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • My Dark Tower reread is ongoing. Next up is Wizard and Glass.
  • My Beat the Backlist challenge continues and this month’s read counts towards the challenge.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress.

So concludes April’s Reading Review. See you again next month.

Reading Review: March 2021

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.

BOOKS I’VE READ

OpenSeason DrawingoftheThree

Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box

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

Total Library Books Read This Month: 0
Total Own Books Read This Month: 2
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 2

Total Library Books Read 2021: 0
Total Own Books Read 2021: 6
Overall Total Books Read 2021: 6

MY READ OF THE MONTH

DrawingoftheThree

The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King. I couldn’t wait to get back to the world and the characters and continue with my series reread and I enjoyed reading this just as much the second time around. I don’t think it will be long before I start The Waste Lands.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 5 books.   So far I’ve read:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King
Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box
The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King

Beat the Backlist Bingo is making another appearance this year. I have no idea how many categories I’ll manage to complete but it’s a little extra to add to my challenge.

OpenSeason

Standalone – The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

A book with illustrations – NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – There is an illustration of the Christmasland advert that first attracts Bing Partridge’s attention, and it also has Vic’s various bikes and Manx’s Wraith between paragraphs. I could also have used this for the ‘map’ prompt as there’s the United Inscapes of America map as well.

Kept you up late reading (definitely not a book you can easily put down) – The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

Genre you never/rarely read (there has to be at least one genre you don’t usually pick up) – Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box

From the 52 Prompts List…

You can find the complete prompts list here.

OpenSeason       DrawingoftheThree

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – Standalone

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – A book with illustrations

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King – Kept you up late reading

Open Season (Joe Pickett #1) by C. J. Box – Genre you never/rarely read

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King – Author has a book releasing in 2021

GOODREADS

I’ve read 6 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • My Dark Tower reread continues. I don’t think it will be long before I start The Waste Lands.
  • Discovered a new-to-me author when I read the first book in the Joe Pickett series.
  • My Beat the Backlist challenge continues and both of my reads this month have counted towards the challenge.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress.

So concludes March’s Reading Review. See you again next month.

Reading Review: February 2021

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.

BOOKS I’VE READ

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

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

An Eye for an Eye (DI Kate Young #1) by Carol Wyer

Total Library Books Read This Month: 0
Total Own Books Read This Month: 3
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 3

Total Library Books Read 2021: 0
Total Own Books Read 2021: 4
Overall Total Books Read 2021: 4

MY READ OF THE MONTH

It’s very close, having to choose between NOS4A2 and The Gunslinger, but I’m going for NOS4A2. The conflict between Vic McQueen and Charlie Manx, the creepy Christmasland, the whole idea of the inscapes, all of this made NOS4A2 a great read.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 3 books.   So far I’ve read:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

Beat the Backlist Bingo is making another appearance this year. I have no idea how many categories I’ll manage to complete but it’s a little extra to add to my challenge.

Standalone – The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

A book with illustrations – NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – There is an illustration of the Christmasland advert that first attracts Bing Partridge’s attention, and it also has Vic’s various bikes and Manx’s Wraith between paragraphs. I could also have used this for the ‘map’ prompt as there’s the United Inscapes of America map as well.

Kept you up late reading (definitely not a book you can easily put down) – The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

From the 52 Prompts List…

You can find the complete prompts list here.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – Standalone

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – A book with illustrations

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King – Kept you up late reading

GOODREADS

I’ve read 4 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • I’ve read a book that I’ve owned for absolutely ages in NOS4A2 by Joe Hill and can’t believe that I waited so long to finally pick it up.
  • I went for a bit of mood reading in picking up the first of the Dark Tower books, The Gunslinger by Stephen King. I’ve talked for a while about wanting to reread this series and I was in the mood for something a little Weird West-ish so thought I’d begin.
  • My Beat the Backlist challenge continues and both of the books mentioned above count towards this challenge and I‘ve managed to find bingo categories for them too.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress.

So concludes February’s Reading Review. See you again next month.

Reading Review: January 2021

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.

BOOKS I’VE READ

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Total Library Books Read This Month: 0
Total Own Books Read This Month: 1
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 1

Total Library Books Read 2021: 0
Total Own Books Read 2021: 1
Overall Total Books Read 2021: 1

MY READ OF THE MONTH

I’ve only managed to finish one book this month so it’s probably no surprise that The Ten Thousand Doors of January is my Read of the Month. In truth it’s a book I enjoyed so much that there’s a fair chance it would have appeared here anyway. I can’t believe I waited so long to read it, and am very much looking forward to reading The Once and Future Witches by the same author.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 1 book.   So far I’ve read:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Beat the Backlist Bingo is making another appearance this year. I have no idea how many categories I’ll manage to complete but it’s a little extra to add to my challenge.

Standalone – The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

From the 52 Prompts List…

You can find the complete prompts list here.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – Standalone

GOODREADS

My target for 2020 is initially 20 books, which has become a regular starting point for this challenge. I always set a low target as my love for long books means it takes a while for me to complete a book, and I like to take my time with a good book.
This month I read 1 book, so a target of 20 feels about right.

GOALS

  • My first read of the year was one of my own books, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, and after that I picked up another book I already own, NOS4A2 by Joe Hill.
  • Discovered another new-to-me author in Alix E. Harrow.
  • I’ve (mostly) kept up with writing reviews.
  • My Beat the Backlist challenge has begun. I’ve read 1 book so far and found a category in the Beat the Backlist Bingo for it too.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress.

So concludes January’s Reading Review. See you again next month.