Reading Review: November 2018

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

            

A House of Ghosts by W. C. Ryan

Adrift by Rob Boffard

Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness

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

Total Library Books Read 2018: 38
Total Own Books Read 2018: 0
Overall Total Books Read 2018: 38

MY READ OF THE MONTH

Adrift by Rob Boffard. It’s my first foray into sci-fi for ages (or possibly ever) and I really enjoyed it. Adrift tells the story of a group of survivors who witness the destruction of their station from a touring vessel. It’s tense and exciting with a great cast of characters.
I’ll definitely be looking out for similar books in future.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is 14 books read.  I’ve read:

The Watcher by Ross Armstrong
The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Year One by Nora Roberts
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E Schwab
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson
Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

GOODREADS

My current total for the year so far is 38 books. Do you think I might make at least 40 by the end of the year?!

GOALS

  • I’m keeping up with reviews
  • And I guess it might be time to start thinking about goals and challenges for next year. I cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by.

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

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Reading Review: October 2018

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 Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

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

Total Library Books Read 2018: 35
Total Own Books Read 2018: 0
Overall Total Books Read 2018: 35

MY READ OF THE MONTH

After much pondering I’ve decided to say Transcription by Kate Atkinson. It’s the first Kate Atkinson book I’ve ever read and I really enjoyed her characters and writing style, so I’ll check out more of her books in the future.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is 14 books read.  I’ve read:

The Watcher by Ross Armstrong
The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Year One by Nora Roberts
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E Schwab
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson
Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

GOODREADS

My current total for the year so far is 35 books. I’m starting to wonder whether I should aim for 40 books? I won’t change my Goodreads target, but it’s something to aim for, isn’t it?

GOALS

  • I’ve really enjoyed taking part in a read-a-thon – Readers Imbibing Peril.
  • Am mostly keeping up with reviews.

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

Reading Review: September 2018

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 Outsider by Stephen King

The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah

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

Total Library Books Read 2018: 32
Total Own Books Read 2018: 0
Overall Total Books Read 2018: 32

MY READ OF THE MONTH

The Outsider by Stephen King. I don’t want to give anything away, but I enjoyed the plot, the characters, the twists. This was a really good read.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is 14 books read.  I’ve read:

The Watcher by Ross Armstrong
The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Year One by Nora Roberts
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E Schwab
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson
Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

GOODREADS

32 books read so far this year. I feel like I’ve been reading more slowly recently but I’ve chosen a few pretty long books so that’s probably why.

GOALS

  • I’m taking part in a read-a-thon – Readers Imbibing Peril, which gives me a good motivation to pick up something suitably seasonal now that autumn is upon us at last.
  • Top Ten Tuesday appeared twice on my blog this month.
  • Am mostly keeping up with reviews.

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

Readers Imbibing Peril XIII – #RIPXIII

The days are growing cooler and the nights are beginning the 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?
I think this is actually the first year I’ve known that RIPXIII actually starts in September, and not October, so I have the whole two months of reading/watching to enjoy this time around. Want to know more about this readathon? Here you go…

Welcome to the THIRTEENTH year of Readers Imbibing Peril, or RIP, as it is affectionately called. The challenge runs from 1st September to 31st October. You can find full info by visiting the Readers Imbibing Peril blog.

The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books 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.

Multiple perils await you. You can participate in just one, or participate in them all.
As a starting point I’m going to going for the following, but hopefully by the end of the event I’ll have managed Peril the First and read at least four titles. For now I’m aiming for…

Peril the Second:

Read two books of any length that you believe fit within the challenge categories.

Peril on the Screen:

This is for those of us who like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large. It might be a television show, like Dark Shadows, or your favorite film.

A Potential TBR List

I don’t have any definite reading/viewing plans at the moment, but glancing through my TBR pile, a few books have caught my attention, so I may read any or all of the following:

The Outisder by Stephen King
It by Stephen King
Halloween Party by Agatha Christie
The Corset by Laura Purcell
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Feed by Nick Clark Windo
Early Riser by Jasper Fforde
While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

Progress

      

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah


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

Reading Review: August 2018

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

     

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie  DONE

A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys

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

Total Library Books Read 2018: 30
Total Own Books Read 2018: 0
Overall Total Books Read 2018: 30

MY READ OF THE MONTH

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. Magic, folklore, and some really strong characters made this a pretty gripping read.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is 14 books read.  I’ve read:

The Watcher by Ross Armstrong
The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Year One by Nora Roberts
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E Schwab
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson
Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

GOODREADS

30 books read so far this year.

GOALS

  • Participated in the latest Bout of Books and really enjoyed the regular progress updates.
  • Participated in Top Ten Tuesday.
  • Am mostly keeping up with reviews.

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

Bout of Books 23 (August 2018) Goals and Daily Progress Updates

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 20th and runs through Sunday, August 26th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


As always I’ll be using this blog for the majority of my updates during the read-a-thon, but you can also find me on Twitter.

Time Devoted to Reading

Hopefully at least half an hour each day, but ideally much more…

My Goals

  • To carry on reading Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys
  • Maybe even finish that book and find another new read.
  • To keep track of my reading progress via daily updates
  • To visit other blogs and comment regularly

Books to Read

  • Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys
  • ?

Updates

Monday

It’s Bout of Books time again. I’m hoping to get some good reading time in later today so will update on the day’s progress tomorrow.
Happy reading everyone!

Tuesday (Monday’s Progress)

So, how did everyone get on with the first day of reading? I’ve made a start on Fatal Inheritance and I think it’s going to be really good. I’ve never read anything by Rachel Rhys before, and I enjoy finding new-to-me authors.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50
Total number of pages I’ve read:  50

Wednesday (Tuesday’s progress)

I managed another 50 pages of Fatal Inheritance today. I didn’t think I’d have as much time to read so I was quite pleased. It’s a really good story, and I can’t wait to see what revelations lie ahead.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50
Total number of pages I’ve read:  100

Thursday (Wednesday’s progress)

Nothing to report today. Not a single page. Hopefully will do better tomorrow!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  0
Total number of pages I’ve read:  100

Friday (Thursday’s progress)

I had a much better day for reading, and made up for yesterday’s total lack of progress. I managed another 100 pages. I’m past half way through my book now, so I’m hoping I might be able to finish it by the end of the readathon.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  100
Total number of pages I’ve read:  200

Saturday (Friday’s progress)

Not a bad day for reading today. I’m still enjoying this book.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  70
Total number of pages I’ve read:  270

Sunday (Saturday’s progress)

Managed a good reading sessions this afternoon. I think I’ll definitely get Fatal Inheritance finished before Bout of Books finishes.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50
Total number of pages I’ve read:  320

Monday (Sunday’s progress and final thoughts)

Final Summary posted HERE.

Reading Review: July 2018

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

            

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson

The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse

Total Library Books Read This Month: 5
Total Own Books Read This Month: 0
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 5

Total Library Books Read 2018: 26
Total Own Books Read 2018: 0
Overall Total Books Read 2018: 26

MY READ OF THE MONTH

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.
The characters, the setting of the hotel in which the Count was under house arrest, the humour and the fact that this book is still in my mind even though the actual copy was returned to the library weeks ago make this my Read of the Month. I would read it again, I enjoyed it so much.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is 13 books read.  I’ve read:

The Watcher by Ross Armstrong
The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Year One by Nora Roberts
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E Schwab
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson

GOODREADS

26 books read so far this year.

GOALS

  • I’ve (mostly) kept up with reviews.
  • Participated in Top Ten Tuesday.
  • Finally picked up some non-fiction. A book about books.

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