Reading Review: December 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

Noise WitnessForTheDead

The Noise by James Patterson and J. D. Barker

The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison

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

Total Loaned Books Read 2021: 7
Total Own Books Read 2021: 17
Overall Total Books Read 2021: 24

MY READ OF THE MONTH

Noise WitnessForTheDead

It’s a tie, I can’t choose between the two books I’ve read this month as I enjoyed them both very much. They’re completely different but both had me enthralled throughout and I would recommend both of them.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is 16 books.   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
Crooked House by Agatha Christie
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

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 CrookedHouse

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 your 2020 backlist TBR (a backlist book you planned to read last year… and didn’t) – Crooked House by Agatha Christie

From the 52 Prompts List…

You can find the complete prompts list here.

OpenSeason       DrawingoftheThree WasteLands

GodsofJadeandShadow DevilandtheDarkWater Naturalist

ThisIsHowYouLosetheTimeWar WizardandGlass SecretHistory

CrookedHouse GoblinEmperor

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

Crooked House by Agatha Christie – From your 2020 backlist TBR

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison – Book you’re giving another chance

GOODREADS

I’ve read 24 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • I read 16 books in total for my Beat the Backlist challenge this year, and enjoyed having a go at the Bingo categories too.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress I’ve made.

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

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Reading Review: November 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

SalemsLot GoblinEmperor

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

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

Total Loaned Books Read 2021: 7
Total Own Books Read 2021: 15
Overall Total Books Read 2021: 22

MY READ OF THE MONTH

GoblinEmperor

Tough choice this month, it really is. Do I really have to pick one? Okay, after much consideration I’m choosing The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. It was a joy to read, gentle, yet with plenty of intrigue that kept me turning the pages. By the time I reached the end I wanted more, I wanted to know what happened to Maia next.
I must add that I really enjoyed my ‘Salem’s Lot reread too!

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 16 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
Crooked House by Agatha Christie
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

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 CrookedHouse

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 your 2020 backlist TBR (a backlist book you planned to read last year… and didn’t) – Crooked House by Agatha Christie

From the 52 Prompts List…

You can find the complete prompts list here.

OpenSeason       DrawingoftheThree WasteLands

GodsofJadeandShadow DevilandtheDarkWater Naturalist

ThisIsHowYouLosetheTimeWar WizardandGlass SecretHistory

CrookedHouse GoblinEmperor

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

Crooked House by Agatha Christie – From your 2020 backlist TBR

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison – Book you’re giving another chance

GOODREADS

I’ve read 22 books so far this year. Hopefully I’ll manage to add at least another couple to this total before the end of the year.

GOALS

  • I read two more Backlist books and added them to my Beat the Backlist challenge. I’ve read 16 books for the challenge so far, and I managed to find another Bingo category for one of my reads this month.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress I’ve made.

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

Reading Review: October 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

CrookedHouse HomeBeforeDark

Crooked House by Agatha Christie

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

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

Total Loaned Books Read 2021: 7
Total Own Books Read 2021: 13
Overall Total Books Read 2021: 20

MY READ OF THE MONTH

HomeBeforeDark

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager. It was a tough choice this month, but I enjoyed the story within a story and the many twists and turns that this tale took before racing to it’s conclusion.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 14 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
Crooked House by Agatha Christie
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

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 CrookedHouse

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 your 2020 backlist TBR (a backlist book you planned to read last year… and didn’t) – Crooked House by Agatha Christie

From the 52 Prompts List…

You can find the complete prompts list here.

OpenSeason       DrawingoftheThree WasteLands

GodsofJadeandShadow DevilandtheDarkWater Naturalist

ThisIsHowYouLosetheTimeWar WizardandGlass SecretHistory

CrookedHouse

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

Crooked House by Agatha Christie – From your 2020 backlist TBR

GOODREADS

I’ve read 20 books so far this year which means I’ve actually met the original target I set myself for the Goodreads challenge. I’ve been reading really slowly again lately, so I didn’t think I’d manage to reach my goal, so let’s see how many more books I can add to this total this year.

GOALS

  • I’ve read two more Backlist books and added them both to my Beat the Backlist challenge. My total now stands at 14. I added one of them to my Bingo but struggled to find a category for the other.
  • I participated in Readers Imbibing Peril (RIPXVI), which took 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 October’s Reading Review. See you again next month.

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.

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.