Reading Review: September 2020

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

           

Pines (Wayward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch

Wayward (Wayward Pines #2) by Blake Crouch

The Last Town (Wayward Pines #3) by Blake Crouch

Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver

Total Library Books Read This Month: 2
Total Own Books Read This Month: 2
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 4

Total Library Books Read 2020: 16
Total Own Books Read 2020: 5
Overall Total Books Read 2020: 21

MY READ OF THE MONTH

I could say the whole Wayward Pines trilogy by Blake Crouch but I’ll go for the first book, Pines. There’s so much mystery and so many questions that it’s a great start to an enjoyable trilogy.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 18 books read.   So far I’ve read:

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Six by Luca Veste
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie
Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi
The Poison Song (The Winnowing Flame #3) by Jen Williams
The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett
Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
A Different Kind of Evil (Agatha Christie #2) by Andrew Wilson
Darkness There: Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill
The Sleep Tight Motel by Lisa Unger
The Light Fantastic (Discworld #2) by Terry Pratchett
Pines (Wayward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch
Wayward (Wayward Pines #2) by Blake Crouch
The Last Town (Wayward Pines #3) by Blake Crouch
Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver

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.

           

              

               

              

Borrowed it for the cover – The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I wanted to read this from the moment I first heard about it, but I’m using it for this category because I never got tired of looking at the cover. I also think this may be a contender for the category of a top 10 read of the year.

Released in the 2010’s – The Six by Luca Veste

Written before 2010 – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie

Wish you had read it sooner – Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi

Book you never finished before – The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett

One word title – Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

Genre you never/rarely read – The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

Book with less than 200 pages – Darkness There: Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Book with 600+ pages – Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Cover redesign is better – A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

New to you author – The Sleep Tight Motel by Lisa Unger

Shocking plot twist – Pines (Wayward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch

Owned for over 2 years – Wayward (Wayward Pines #2) by Blake Crouch

GOODREADS

I’ve read 21 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • I’m doing better with reading books I already own at the moment as I read two this month.
  • Discovered a new-to-me author in Blake Crouch and as I enjoyed the Wayward Pines trilogy so much I’m interested in checking out more of his books in the future.
  • I made more Beat the Backlist progress this month as all four of the books I read counted towards the challenge. My total stands at 18 and I’m hoping I might be able to manage 20 before the end of the challenge.
  • The Readers Imbibing Peril read-a-thon is ongoing throughout September and October so I’m participating in that.
  • 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.

Reading Review: August 2020

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

           

Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang

The Sleep Tight Motel by Lisa Unger

The Light Fantastic (Discworld #2) by Terry Pratchett

Total Library Books Read This Month: 2
Total Own Books Read This Month: 1
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 3

Total Library Books Read 2020: 14
Total Own Books Read 2020: 3
Overall Total Books Read 2020: 17

MY READ OF THE MONTH

The Sleep Tight Motel by Lisa Unger. I don’t usually read short stories and this made a nice change for me – a fast-paced tale with plenty happening, an eerie atmosphere and a great mystery, and one that I could devour in one day.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

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

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Six by Luca Veste
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie
Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi
The Poison Song (The Winnowing Flame #3) by Jen Williams
The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett
Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
A Different Kind of Evil (Agatha Christie #2) by Andrew Wilson
Darkness There: Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill
The Sleep Tight Motel by Lisa Unger
The Light Fantastic (Discworld #2) by Terry Pratchett

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.

           

              

               

       

Borrowed it for the cover – The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I wanted to read this from the moment I first heard about it, but I’m using it for this category because I never got tired of looking at the cover. I also think this may be a contender for the category of a top 10 read of the year.

Released in the 2010’s – The Six by Luca Veste

Written before 2010 – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie

Wish you had read it sooner – Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi

Book you never finished before – The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett

One word title – Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

Genre you never/rarely read – The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

Book with less than 200 pages – Darkness There: Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Book with 600+ pages – Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Cover redesign is better – A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

New to you author – The Sleep Tight Motel by Lisa Unger

GOODREADS

I’ve read 17 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • I read one of my own books again this month. I hope to keep giving attention to books I already own as there are so many that I’m looking forward to starting.
  • Read and enjoyed something a little different in a short story. I enjoyed it and would certainly be tempted by more in the Dark Corners series.
  • My Beat the Backlist challenge is ongoing. So far I’ve read 14 books. Hopefully I’ll add at least a couple more before the challenge ends. The Bingo is getting harder now so not sure whether I’ll complete any more of the categories but I’ll try.
  • 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 2020

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

     

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

Total Library Books Read This Month: 1
Total Own Books Read This Month: 1
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 2

Total Library Books Read 2020: 12
Total Own Books Read 2020: 2
Overall Total Books Read 2020: 14

MY READ OF THE MONTH

     

It’s a tie again this month! I can’t choose between the two books I’ve finished during July because I enjoyed them both. They’re such total contrasts and I would suggest both depending on what type of read you’re looking for.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

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

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Six by Luca Veste
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie
Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi
The Poison Song (The Winnowing Flame #3) by Jen Williams
The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett
Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
A Different Kind of Evil (Agatha Christie #2) by Andrew Wilson
Darkness There: Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

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.

           

              

               

Borrowed it for the cover – The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I wanted to read this from the moment I first heard about it, but I’m using it for this category because I never got tired of looking at the cover. I also think this may be a contender for the category of a top 10 read of the year.

Released in the 2010’s – The Six by Luca Veste

Written before 2010 – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie

Wish you had read it sooner – Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi

Book you never finished before – The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett

One word title – Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

Genre you never/rarely read – The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

Book with less than 200 pages – Darkness There: Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Book with 600+ pages – Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Cover redesign is better – A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

GOODREADS

I’ve read 14 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • I managed to read one of my own books. I really do need to spend more time on the books I already own
  • Read a couple of different genres this month, from the historical Old West of Lonesome Dove to the strange and surreal otherworld of A Cosmology of Monsters.
  • My Beat the Backlist challenge is ongoing. So far I’ve read 12 books. Hopefully I’ll be able to add at least a couple more to this total.
  • 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 2020

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

I’ve read plenty of pages this month but haven’t actually finished anything!

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

Total Library Books Read 2020: 11
Total Own Books Read 2020: 1
Overall Total Books Read 2020: 12

MY READ OF THE MONTH

I’ve been reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMutry most of this month, so even though I haven’t finished the book yet it should probably have a mention here.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

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

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Six by Luca Veste
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie
Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi
The Poison Song (The Winnowing Flame #3) by Jen Williams
The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett
Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
A Different Kind of Evil (Agatha Christie #2) by Andrew Wilson
Darkness There: Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

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.

           

              

       

Borrowed it for the cover – The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I wanted to read this from the moment I first heard about it, but I’m using it for this category because I never got tired of looking at the cover. I also think this may be a contender for the category of a top 10 read of the year.

Released in the 2010’s – The Six by Luca Veste

Written before 2010 – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie

Wish you had read it sooner – Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi

Book you never finished before – The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett

One word title – Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

Genre you never/rarely read – The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

Book with less than 200 pages – Darkness There: Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

GOODREADS

I’ve read 12 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • My Beat the Backlist challenge is ongoing. So far I’ve read 10 books. Hopefully I’ll be able to add at least a couple more to this total.
  • 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 2020

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

Darkness There: Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

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 2020: 11
Total Own Books Read 2020: 1
Overall Total Books Read 2020: 12

MY READ OF THE MONTH

I only finished one book this month! I enjoyed Darkness There: Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe, so it definitely deserves a mention here anyway.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

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

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Six by Luca Veste
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie
Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi
The Poison Song (The Winnowing Flame #3) by Jen Williams
The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett
Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
A Different Kind of Evil (Agatha Christie #2) by Andrew Wilson
Darkness There: Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

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.

           

              

       

Borrowed it for the cover – The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I wanted to read this from the moment I first heard about it, but I’m using it for this category because I never got tired of looking at the cover. I also think this may be a contender for the category of a top 10 read of the year.

Released in the 2010’s – The Six by Luca Veste

Written before 2010 – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie

Wish you had read it sooner – Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi

Book you never finished before – The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett

One word title – Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

Genre you never/rarely read – The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

Book with less than 200 pages – Darkness There: Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

GOODREADS

I’ve read 12 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • My Beat the Backlist challenge is ongoing. So far I’ve read 10 books. Hopefully I’ll be able to add at least a couple more to this total.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress I’ve made.

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

Reading Review: April 2020

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 Different Kind of Evil (Agatha Christie #2) by Andrew Wilson

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 2020: 11
Total Own Books Read 2020: 0
Overall Total Books Read 2020: 11

MY READ OF THE MONTH

A Different Kind of Evil (Agatha Christie #2) by Andrew Wilson.  Pretty much no contest on this one as it’s the only book I’ve read and finished this month.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 9 books read.   So far I’ve read:

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Six by Luca Veste
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie
Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi
The Poison Song (The Winnowing Flame #3) by Jen Williams
The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett
Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
A Different Kind of Evil (Agatha Christie #2) by Andrew Wilson

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.

           

              

Borrowed it for the cover – The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I wanted to read this from the moment I first heard about it, but I’m using it for this category because I never got tired of looking at the cover. I also think this may be a contender for the category of a top 10 read of the year.

Released in the 2010’s – The Six by Luca Veste

Written before 2010 – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie

Wish you had read it sooner – Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi

Book you never finished before – The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett

One word title – Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

Genre you never/rarely read – The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

GOODREADS

I’ve read 11 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • My Beat the Backlist challenge is ongoing. So far I’ve read 9 books.
  • I’ve finally picked up my first audio book, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, read by Jim Dale. It’s ongoing at the moment.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress I’ve made.

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

Reading Review: March 2020

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

     

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

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 2020: 10
Total Own Books Read 2020: 0
Overall Total Books Read 2020: 10

MY READ OF THE MONTH

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker. It was engrossing from beginning to end and I really enjoyed it.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 8 books read.   So far I’ve read:

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Six by Luca Veste
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie
Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi
The Poison Song (The Winnowing Flame #3) by Jen Williams
The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett
Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

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.

           

              

Borrowed it for the cover – The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I wanted to read this from the moment I first heard about it, but I’m using it for this category because I never got tired of looking at the cover. I also think this may be a contender for the category of a top 10 read of the year.

Released in the 2010’s – The Six by Luca Veste

Written before 2010 – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie

Wish you had read it sooner – Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi

Book you never finished before – The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett

One word title – Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

Genre you never/rarely read – The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

GOODREADS

I’ve read 10 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • My Beat the Backlist challenge is ongoing. So far I’ve read 8 books and managed to complete a couple more of the Bingo categories.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress I’ve made.

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

Reading Review: February 2020

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

           

Highfire by Eoin Colfer

The Poison Song (The Winnowing Flame #3) by Jen Williams

The Other People by C. J. Tudor

The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett

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 2020: 8
Total Own Books Read 2020: 0
Overall Total Books Read 2020: 8

MY READ OF THE MONTH

The Poison Song by Jen Williams. It’s a great conclusion to an enjoyable fantasy trilogy. I didn’t want it to end but I had to know how it would turn out for all the characters I’ve followed over the course of three long books. Great read!

BEAT THE BACKLIST

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

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Six by Luca Veste
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie
Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi
The Poison Song (The Winnowing Flame #3) by Jen Williams
The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett

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.

           

         

Borrowed it for the cover – The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I wanted to read this from the moment I first heard about it, but I’m using it for this category because I never got tired of looking at the cover. I also think this may be a contender for the category of a top 10 read of the year.

Released in the 2010’s – The Six by Luca Veste

Written before 2010 – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie

Wish you had read it sooner – Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi

Book you never finished before – The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett

GOODREADS

I’ve read 8 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • I’m still reading a variety of genres, which this month included some Fantasy and a really good Thriller.
  • My Beat the Backlist challenge is progressing quite well. I’ve managed to read 6 books so far towards this challenge and have completed another Beat the Backlist Bingo category too, although this part of the challenge is already starting to prove a little tricky.
  • Particular authors… I started at the beginning with Discworld and read The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress I’ve made.

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

Reading Review: January 2020

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 Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Six by Luca Veste

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie

Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi

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 2020: 4
Total Own Books Read 2020: 0
Overall Total Books Read 2020: 4

MY READ OF THE MONTH

    

I’ve really tried but I just can’t choose between two of my reads this month, so they’ll both have to have a mention…

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. All my reads this month have been enjoyable for different reasons, but the magic of this book, and the many stories contained within the main tale were a real reading pleasure.

Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi – Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde are pitted against supernatural forces intent on taking over. I couldn’t put this one down, and didn’t want it to end.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 4 books read.   So far I’ve read:

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Six by Luca Veste
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie
Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi

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.

           

Borrowed it for the cover – The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I wanted to read this from the moment I first heard about it, but I’m using it for this category because I never got tired of looking at the cover. I also think this may be a contender for the category of a top 10 read of the year.

Released in the 2010’s – The Six by Luca Veste

Written before 2010 – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie

Wish you had read it sooner – Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi

GOODREADS

My target for 2020 is initially 20 books, which has become a regular starting point for this challenge. I keep it low because my love for long books means it takes a while for me to complete a book, and don’t want to feel rushed – I like to take my time with a good book.
This month I read 4 books, which isn’t a bad start.

GOALS

  • I took part in my first read-a-thon of the year, Bout of Books, and kept my blog updated throughout.
  • I’ve read different genres this month, including Thriller, Fantasy and Mystery, and have found something to enjoy in all of them.
  • I’ve (mostly) kept up with writing reviews, which is good as I’ve read more than I thought I would this month.
  • My Beat the Backlist challenge is off to a decent start. I’ve read 4 books so far and each one has counted towards Beat the Backlist Bingo too.
  • Particular authors… I read another Agatha Christie novel, Hercule Poirot’s Christmas.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress I’ve made.

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

Reading Resolutions 2020

Welcome to my 2020 Reading Resolutions post.

It’s become something of a little tradition on my blog to set out a few general reading hopes and goals for the coming year. Nothing too rigid, my Resolutions are general ideas and reminders about reading events and books I’d like to read soon.

As always I will participate in the Goodreads Challenge, setting myself a fairly low target. I enjoy keeping track of my reads and this challenge allows me to do that.
Beat the Backlist will also be making another appearance, to encourage me to stop neglecting books that have been on my TBR list for a while but never made it to the top.

General Goals

  • My own books. I want to try and give attention to books I already own by reading at least one of my own books, either e-book or real book, per month.
  • Participate in reading events and readathons and update my blog regularly throughout. In particular I’m looking out for Bout of Books and Reader’s Imbibing Peril. I’d also like to find more readathon events to participate in.
  • Read a variety of genres, but continue indulging my love of Fantasy/Dystopia/Post Apocalypse stories.
  • Particular authors…

    Read at least one book by Agatha Christie, perhaps Death on the Nile.
    Read at least one Discworld book by Terry Pratchett.
    Read another book from the Charlie Parker series by John Connolly.
    Read at least one backlist title by Stephen King. I already have copies of Different Seasons, Christine and Misery.

  • Read some Sci-Fi as I haven’t read much at all in this genre. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill and the Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers may be my starting point.
  • Try an audio book. Specifically, try one audio book per month, assuming I enjoy my first experience. I might start with The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman.
  • Continue my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress.

Reading Challenges:

The Beat the Backlist Challenge

Goodreads

I want to read 20 books during the year

Possible Books to Read:

Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
The Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
The Colour of Magic or Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
Every Dead Thing by John Connolly
Different Seasons, Christine or Misery by Stephen King

I also have a further list of potential reads for the year which I’ve included in my Beat the Backlist sign up post.