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.

Beat The Backlist 2020

Overview

A new year, a new TBR pile, and a new set of readers tackling their backlist!

Welcome to Beat the Backlist (the 2020 edition)! This reading challenge is dedicated to helping you knock those backlist books off your ever-growing to-read list.  Head over to Novelknight for full details.

Any genre, any format, any length.
Any book published in 2019 or earlier is fair game.
Re-reads count. And you don’t have to own the book!

Guidelines

The book must have been published in 2019 or earlier to count. It can be in any format (including an ARC/eARC) as long as the release date is 2019 or earlier (i.e. 2020 releases are not allowed).

You have to start and finish the book in 2020 to count it. Any books started in 2019 and finished in 2020 do not count. Any books started in 2020 and finished in 2021 also do not count.

The challenge runs from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020

BEAT THE BACKLIST BINGO

It’s back! Beat the Backlist Reading Bingo was something I attempted last year, and I fancy having another go. It’s an added element to the challenge. There are two bingo cards available, you can find both over at Novelknight. One card features 24 general prompts. The second features 80 prompts total for readers wanting an EPIC challenge!

Potential Reads

2020 marks my fourth time participating in Beat the Backlist. As I did last year, I’ll set an initial target of 10 books to read, but hopefully will be able to manage more. My TBR pile is HUGE so there’s no shortage of books to choose from! Here is just a short selection of potential reads for this challenge…

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Dracul by J. D. Barker and Dacre Stoker
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
Tomorrow by Damian Dibben
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Different Seasons by Stephen King
The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes

There are so many more books I could have mentioned above, so I look forward to seeing how many books I manage to read for Beat the Backlist.


Monthly Progress

January

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

February

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

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

March

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

April

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

May

 

Beat The Backlist Bingo

Beat the Backlist Reading Bingo was something I attempted last year, and I fancy having another go. It’s an added element to the challenge.  I’m going for the card with  24 general prompts.  Let’s see how I progress:

           

               

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