It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Another Monday, another chance to sit and talk books with you for a while…

My current reads:

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes

“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever. – Goodreads

SO EXCITED to be reading a new Stephen King book. Not only is it a great read so far, it FINALLY means I’ve started my Stephen King Reading Challenge. I was beginning to think this would never happen. It’s a shame I didn’t participate in that challenge last year as I devoured the whole Dark Tower series, but at last I’ve made a start.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England’s history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England–until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight.

Soon, another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell’s student, and they join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell, and putting at risk everything else he holds dear. – Goodreads

I’m still re-reading this one, and still loving the tv series a LOT. The series is now way beyond anything I can remember about reading the book for the first time, but I keep thinking there’s going to be something important regarding Childermass. It’s just a vague idea, and based on nothing in particular, so I’m looking forward to finding out what’s going to happen. Jonathan Strange himself, well, without giving any spoilers I can definitely recall ‘something’ that happens to him.

And a book I’ve just recently acquired from the library which I can’t wait to start:

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped – Goodreads

I requested this one from the library AGES ago so was really happy when my book arrived.  The only problem is, there is only one copy, and it arrived at exactly the same time as a couple of my other requests, so I’m trying to make sure I have enough time during the library loan period to read this book because I’m really looking forward to starting it.


 

That’s all from me for this week.
So, what are you reading?
Have you read any of the books mentioned in this post?
As always, let me know in the comments…

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s time to check in and tell you a little about what I’m been reading recently, and what I’m reading at the moment.
I think this is a post more likely to feature often on my blog these days as I haven’t done a weekend book haul post in a while, mostly because I’ve finally admitted I have WAY too many books, more than I’ll ever manage to read and so I’m trying to focus on the books I already have and reduce my TBR pile. I know it’s a great idea in theory, but I also know there are times when I just won’t be able to help myself, and new books will still find their way onto my pile.
I’ve missed updating my blog through the Weekend Post though, so decided to give this a try instead.

First, a recent finish…

Disclaimer by Renee Knight

Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Though ostensibly fiction, The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible day Catherine became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew–and that person is dead.

Now that the past is catching up with her, Catherine’s world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day even if the shocking truth might destroy her. – Goodreads

I enjoyed this book a lot and should have a review up on the blog soon. What an interesting initial idea; imagine picking up a book only to find yourself to be the main character. Worse still, imagine that book exposing a secret you imagined long-hidden.

My current read (or two):

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale – populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it…
Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…

This is the first in a new series by the author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. I’ve never read anything by this author before and thought I’d start with this new series when the striking cover and interesting blurb caught my attention. It’s a great mix of domestic town life and supernatural beings and happenings. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England’s history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England–until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight.

Soon, another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell’s student, and they join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell, and putting at risk everything else he holds dear. – Goodreads

This is a re-read for me, mainly to coincide with the excellent BBC adaptation currently onscreen. I think I read the book when it first came out, so it’s a number of years ago, but certain key scenes I can still remember. I’m really enjoying my re-read (I don’t often tend to re-read books) and am so happy that the tv series so far is living up to the excellence of the novel.

And a book I’ve just recently acquired from the library which I can’t wait to start:

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes

“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever. – Goodreads

This one is a sequel to Mr Mercedes. I’m a big Stephen King fan, so it’s always great to find a new book of his. This one is definitely at the top of my TBR pile! It’s also one of the books I was talking about at the start of this post – you know, the ones you just cannot resist no matter how many books you already own.


That’s all for this week. So, what are you reading? Have you read any of the books mentioned in this post? As always, let me know in the comments…

The Weekend Post #17

Join me as I look back over the last week (or more in this case) in blogging and books.  This week I am linking up with the Sunday Post Meme @ Caffeinated Book ReviewerShowcase Sunday Books Biscuits and Tea, and  Stacking The Shelves by Tynga’s Reviews


Hello and welcome back to another Weekend Post here on Pages and Tea. How long is it since I last did a weekend update?! Far too long, but the upside to this is that I have plenty of bookish news to fill this post with.

I’m still playing catch up with some of my reviews, so haven’t had a chance to focus on creating new discussion posts for my blog yet, but once I’m up to date this is definitely something I want to focus on.

Onto the books…

New To My Shelves

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From the Library:

The Ship by Antonia Honeywell

The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel

Paris for One by Jojo Moyes

Street Cat Bob by James Bowen

The Water Diviner by Andrew Anastasios and Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios

Books I’ve Reviewed

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Very Good, Jeeves! by P. G. Wodehouse

Books That Caught My Eye (Must Find Out More)

Finders Keepers by Stephen King – Not TOO long to wait now for this one to be released. I quite enjoyed Mr. Mercedes and this book follows some of the same characters, so am looking forward to reading it.

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald – I don’t tend to read much non-fiction, but this book sounds interesting.

Ark by Stephen Baxter – I actually managed to resist taking this one out from the library, but only because I thought it was a follow-up to another book so thought I’d better check that one out first. I think the first book is Flood, but I’m not sure it would have mattered if I’d read this one first.

Other Posts on my Blog This Week

Top Ten Tuesday – A Few of my Favourite Heroines

Top Ten Tuesday – Book Problems (I Wouldn’t be Without!)

On Reading… Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

On Reading… Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

 On Reading… Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

#BookADayUK February 2015 Part 2

March Summary

Events I’ve Participated In and Upcoming Events

#BookADayUK on Twitter, hosted by Borough Press.

Trees of Reverie April 2015 Read-A-Thon TBR List and Daily Updates

Trees of Reverie April 2015 Read-A-Thon Final Summary

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

Reading Challenge Progress

I’ve made a little progress on most of my challenges and have written two more monthly updates –

February 2015 Reading Challenge Progress Update

March 2015  Reading Challenge Progress Update

I’m doing really well with my I Love Libraries Reading Challenge as I cannot seem to keep away form the library, even though I do start out with good intentions to read books I already own and there make some headway on my Mount TBR Reading Challenge. The thing with the library is that the books you take out always have to be returned, and I just don’t have the willpower to resist picking up something new when I go to return books I’ve read.
The Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge is proving an interesting challenge. I love that moment of completing an amazing book then finding that there’s a category it will fit into to count for this challenge.

Beyond the Books

I’ve discovered the joys of Netflix, so there are endless shows that I really would like to start watching including Damages, Orange is the New Black, Sons of Anarchy, Once Upon a Time, and I really want to rewatch all the series of American Horror Story they have on there while I wait (impatiently) for Freakshow.

For now my series of choice is Pretty Little Liars. I’ve only watched the first season so far but it’s become compulsive viewing. For those who don’t know, the basic plot follows four friends who all have their own secrets and are bound together by the disappearance and murder of their friend Alison. Someone calling themselves ‘A’ keeps sending their group messages, messing with their lives in various unexpected and creative ways. It’s WAY better than I’ve described it, but I’m keeping it vague so as not to spoil anything. It’s definitely worth a watch.

I’ve FINALLY started watching Outlander too, which is a series I’m really enjoying.

Poldark is great Sunday night family drama. I can remember watching the original series a few years ago and I enjoyed that, so this update is great watching for me.

The 100 Foot Journey was an absolutely lovely film. I loved every minute of it, from the location to the actors to the music. I would highly recommend it and certainly watch it again.  And I absolutely adored every minute of Paddington.  I can’t recall the last film that make me smile so often.


 

So, that’s my bookish news to date. Did you receive any great books recently, or has anything new and bookish caught your eye lately? As always, talk to me in the comments, it would be great to hear from you!

 

The Weekend Post #16

Join me as I look back over the last week (or more in this case) in blogging and books.  This week I am linking up with the Sunday Post Meme @ Caffeinated Book ReviewerShowcase Sunday Books Biscuits and TeaStacking The Shelves by Tynga’s Reviews, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading by Bookjourney.


I feel like this week has been a productive week for blogging.
I caught up with some reviews, and posted two news one on my blog (links are below).
I really enjoyed both of those book, so writing the reviews was a pleasure, especially for The Diviners which I cannot recommend highly enough.

I’ve also started a new feature on my blog called On Reading… which is basically all the thoughts and feelings experienced whilst waiting for a book to be released/reading the book which won’t really fit into a book review. It’s a bit more casual and conversational, and more along the line of things I would mention at a book club if I was a member of a book club (which I’m not at present). There will undoubtedly be spoilers, which is why I’ve created this separate feature and will put anything spoiler-ish under a Read More cut. It’s something new I’m trying out and probably won’t do it for every book I read and review.

And, when I’m not blogging I can currently be found laughing myself silly as I rediscover my love for the world of Jeeves and Wooster care of P. G. Wodehouse.

Onto the books…

New To My Shelves

From the Library:

Nothing! Can you believe it?! I’ve actually managed to resist the endless pull of the library in an attempt to take control of my spiralling-out-of-control TBR list/pile. That said, I do have a couple of books on request from the library, so this isn’t something I’ll be saying very often.

From my Shelves:

Very Good, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

And in E-Books:

I had a gift card for Christmas which I hadn’t used yet, so decided to treat myself to a few new titles:

The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

The Martian by Andy Weir

Joyland by Stephen King

Books I’ve Reviewed

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – I loved this book, it was such an engaging, exciting read, but I must admit that it left me with something of a book hangover. For a while I just couldn’t seem to find a read that grabbed my attention quite as much.

Revival by Stephen King – As well as reviewing the book I took the opportunity with Revival to introduce the new feature to my blog – On Reading… which is something I’m hoping to add more often in the future.

The Diviners by Libba Bray – I know, I’m late in finding this book, and I’m certainly wondering how I managed to miss it for so long, because it’s wonderful, and features everything I love in a great book. That said, I don’t think I’d have been too patient waiting for the second book in the series, so maybe discovering it now, when Lair of Dreams is due out later this year is actually good for me.

Books That Caught My Eye (Must Find Out More)

The Coincidence Authority by John Ironmonger – This sounds like something a little different, and seems like it may offer an intriguing read.

The Blood Cell by James Goss- I’ve become such a big Doctor Who fan of late that I would like to check out some of the Twelfth Doctor novels and this one appeals to me most. I think I may have read a few some years ago, probably featuring Ten, so it’s almost like something new for me.

Other Posts on my Blog This Week

Top Ten Tuesday – I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read These Classics Yet!

#BookADayUK February 2015 Part 1

Events/Challenges I’ve Participated In and Upcoming Events

#BookADayUK on Twitter, hosted by Borough Press.

Reading Challenge Progress

I have progress to report, only a little progress, but every book counts.

I added another three books to my I Love Library Books Reading Challenge – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, and A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray.

The Mount TBR Reading Challenge is going fairly slowly, but I added another book to my total – Very Good, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

While I’ve yet to read any Stephen King this year, which pains me greatly, I have now written my Revival review, which some people may be interested in checking out.

My Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge is going quite well as I added three books to my total. The Girl on the Train counts for January, where the keyword is Girl. Ruin and Rising counts for November (Rise) and A Thousand Pieces of You counts towards October (Number).

As for my Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge – Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo and A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray both go towards this, although I’m not absolutely sure whether that second book would be classed as fantasy?

Beyond the Books

I watched The Giver on DVD and quite enjoyed it. I think it had a more definite conclusion than the book, which I thought was open to interpretation as to what had actually happened.

Revenge series 3 is offering up plenty of twists and turns and remains entertaining even though it’s into a third season. I think series 4 is on tv now as well, so here’s hoping they keep delivering on the story as I love this version of life in the Hamptons.

American Horror Story: Coven – I am amazed I like AHS so much when I think of how weird it gets sometimes! There’s just something incredibly watchable about it, and Coven is no exception. I like the way they use the same actors throughout the various seasons, and Jessica Lange is definitely a highlight.

Also, I’m very excited for the upcoming release of season 4 of Game of Thrones on DVD.  I hate having to wait for the boxsets but I never mind finding spoilers online about what has happened in the series so far as I’ve read the books so know roughly what to expect and I like finding out how they did certain scenes.


So, that’s my bookish news to date. Did you receive any great books this week or has anything new and bookish caught your eye lately? As always, talk to me in the comments!

The Weekend Post #15

Join me as I look back over the last week (or more in this case) in blogging and books.  This week I am linking up with the Sunday Post Meme @ Caffeinated Book ReviewerShowcase Sunday Books Biscuits and TeaStacking The Shelves by Tynga’s Reviews, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading by Bookjourney.


Hello and welcome to another weekend post.
What better way to begin a new month on my blog than with a round-up of all my latest bookish (and occasionally not so bookish) finds/borrows?

Onto the books…

New To My Shelves

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From the Library:

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – I FINALLY get to find out how it’s all going to end.  Can’t wait to get back to Ravka!

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray – I’ll be the first to admit that the gorgeous cover first lured me into looking at this book, but the story sounds like it will really appeal to me, so I’m looking forward to this one.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – I’ve started this book and all I can say so far is WHAT A PAGE TURNER!!

And in E-Books:

Daugher of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

The Selection by Kiera Kass

Books I’ve Reviewed

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Books That Caught My Eye (Must Find Out More)

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter – Alice has to fight zombies?  Um, yes please!

Other Posts on my Blog This Week

Bout of Books 12 Daily Progress Updates

Bout of Books 12 Final Summary

January 2015 Reading Challenge Progress Update

January 2015 Monthly Summary

Top Ten Tuesday – Freebie – in which I talk about some of the books I hope to read this year

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’d Read With my Book Club

Events I’ve Participated In and Upcoming Events

#BookADayUK on Twitter had a break during January (and I missed it) but I believe it will be back next month, so that’s something to look forward to.

Bout of Books 12 – you can read about my progress here.

Reading Challenge Progress

It’s still early days in my year-long reading challenges, but I have made some progress, which is good.
I’m going to create a separate post each month, dedicated to my reading challenges, and here is my January 2015 Reading Challenges Update. I’ll probably write more each week about what I’ve read towards my challenges too, but I’m playing catch up again with my blog right now due to yet more computer problems, which are hopefully solved now.

Beyond the Books

I watched the movie Before I Go To Sleep. I really did intend to read the book way before I watched the film, but for some reason I never got around to it, so watched the film first. I really enjoyed it. I didn’t know what to expect, and it kept me guessing, although I had a vague sense there was something off about a certain character (I won’t go into details and risk spoiling it), and I was right, although I never imagined just how bad that person turned out to be. I will still definitely read the book, even though I’ve seen the film.

Finished series 8 of Doctor Who and just have the Christmas special to watch. I think Twelve has possibly taken over as my favourite Doctor by this point, although I do still really love Ten as well.

I also watched season 2 of The Following. What a brilliant, edge-of-your-seat type thriller that series is. There are so many twists and turns and you can never anticipate what’s going to happen next. James Purefoy and Kevin Bacon are both really good too.

And finally – Mr. Selfridge is back. I do love a good drama on a Sunday night, it’s the perfect way to end the weekend.


 

So, that’s my bookish news to date.  How has your week been?  Have you received anything you can’t wait to read, or do you watch any of the show currently catching my eye?  As always it would be great to hear from you in the comments…

The Weekend Post #14

Join me as I look back over the last week (or more in this case) in blogging and books.  This week I am linking up with the Sunday Post Meme @ Caffeinated Book ReviewerShowcase Sunday Books Biscuits and TeaStacking The Shelves by Tynga’s Reviews, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading by Bookjourney.


Happy New Year!

Here’s to all the book blogging to come in 2015…

It’s good to be back to blogging after the Christmas break. I hope you all enjoyed the festive holidays. It was nice to take a break from the blog and come back refreshed and ready to begin again, so I’m definitely glad to be back.

I’m making a few small alterations and additions to my Weekend Posts this year.
I’ve signed up for the Mount TBR reading challenge, so for some of my reading I’ll be sweeping through my vastly over-crowded bookshelves in search of new reading material. For this reason I’ll be mentioning them in my ‘New This Week’ even though they’re not strictly brand new purchases.
I’m also adding a Reading Challenges section where I will include any progress updates for the challenges I’m attempting.
The final new feature will be a small section at the end of my bookish news where I’ll give an honorary mention to any tv series or movies I’ve been enjoying over the last week or so.
Other than that it’s pretty much going to be business as usual here on Pages and Tea. I’m really looking forward to the reading year ahead, and hope everyone else is to.

Bout of Books begins in a couple of days time, which I’m going to participate in again. I did the last one and had a great time, I find I read more when I’m taking part on a Read-A-Thon, so this seems like a nice way to begin a new reading year.

Onto the books…

New To My Shelves

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From the Library:

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning – After loving the first book in this series I really can’t wait to get started on this one.

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Christmas in the Snow by Karen Swan

From my Shelves:

If Only They Could Talk by James Herriot – I’m currently working my way through the dvd boxset of the tv series of All Creatures Great and Small, and I love the gentle-paced drama, which made me think I should try the books the series is based on too.

And in E-Books:

The Line by J. D. Horn – A little Christmas treat to myself, and the first book in a series.

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman – This is another book I saw some great reviews for which prompted me to add it to my TBR list.  I was really pleased when it came up in the Christmas sale because it sounds really enjoyable.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – I’ve been pondering on whether to get this one for a while now, so decided to treat myself for Christmas.

Books I’ve Reviewed

Nothing so far, but I have a few reviews lined up which I’ll post once the Read-A-Thon is over.

Books That Caught My Eye (Must Find Out More)

The Three by Sarah Lotz.

The Chimes by Anna Smaill – I really like the sound of this dystopian novel.

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – I probably shouldn’t think of starting another series right now, as I already have several that i’m reading, but this is definitely one I would like to read sometime in the future.

Other Posts on my Blog This Week

#BookADayUK December 2014 Part 1

#BookADayUK December 2014 Part 2

Bout of Books 12 Sign Up Post

December 2014 Monthly Summary

Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge Sign Up Post

2014 Year-End Book Survey

Events I’ve Participated In and Upcoming Events

#BookADayUK on Twitter, hosted by Baileys Prize.

Bout of Books 12 takes place next week. I am so excited for this event; I took part last time and really enjoyed challenging myself to read more and finding new blogs to follow.

Reading Challenge Progress

Nothing to report yet, but just to recap, the challenges I’m participating in are:

The I Love Libraries Reading Challenge

The Mount TBR Reading Challenge

Hail to the King Stephen King Reading Challenge

The Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge

Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

Beyond the Books

I’ve been catching up on series 8 of Doctor Who and am absolutely loving it.  I still have about 5 episodes and the Christmas Special to watch.
Also, season 4 of Haven is brilliant (I’ve always loved Haven, but have yet to read The Colorado Kid).
I’m also really looking forward to the next season of The 100, which is starting next week.


So, that’s my bookish news to date.  Did you receive any great books for Christmas, or has anything new and bookish caught your eye lately?  Have you signed up for any Reading Challenges this year, and how many is too many? (I’m thinking of maybe joining one more, the Book Blogging Discussion Challenge, but I’m not sure yet).  As always, talk to me in the comments!

The Weekend Post #13

Join me as I look back over the last week (or more in this case) in blogging and books.  This week I am linking up with the Sunday Post Meme @ Caffeinated Book ReviewerShowcase Sunday Books Biscuits and TeaStacking The Shelves by Tynga’s Reviews, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading by Bookjourney.


I’m back!! It seems so long since I last wrote a Weekend Post.

I’ve had an enforced absence from blogging over the last week or two due to computer problems which saw my computer sent away for repairs. It’s so disheartening, that blank black screen that signals the beginning of computer troubles. Luckily, before it gave up entirely I was able to back everything up (I really should do that more often!) so I didn’t lose anything.
My blog hasn’t been totally inactive as I did have a few posts scheduled, which was more by luck than anything else.
It’s so good to be back to blogging.

This will probably be my last Weekend Post of 2014, mainly because I’m on a bit of a pre-Christmas book buying ban (because there are a few books I may have for Christmas), and losing the computer for so long has left me really behind in terms of reviews.
And then of course there’s Christmas and New Year.

So, my plan is to catch up with the reviews I still need to write, and finish at least one more book before the end of the year. I also want to write my Year End Summary as well. If I manage to get all that done over the next few days I will be pleased.

Onto the books…

New To My Shelves This Week

You know that pre-Christmas book buying ban I just mentioned? It didn’t exactly get off to the best of starts, because I did treat myself to a couple of e-books:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Books I’ve Reviewed This Week

The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Want You Dead by Peter James

It Must Have Been The Mistletoe by Judy Astley

From Notting Hill With Four Weddings… Actually by Ali McNamara

Books That Caught My Eye This Week (Must Find Out More)

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – To buy or not to buy, that is the question?

The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley – This one caught my eye on a recent library visit mainly because of the striking cover, and I’m pretty certain it had coloured page edges too. The story sounds interesting, and different from the kind of book I would usually choose, so onto my TBR list it must go.

The Line by J. D. Horn – This one really done sound great, and yet again – what a gorgeous cover!! It’s all about witches and magic and is the first in a series. I don’t think I’ll be able to resist this for long.

Events I’ve Participated In This Week

#BookADayUk on Twitter, hosted by Baileys Prize.

I also participated in the latest Trees of Reverie Read-A-Thon but I must confess, due to the absence of my computer throughout the event it’s my least blogged about event, which is a great shame because I always enjoy taking part.  I did manage to get plenty of reading done though, so it’s not all bad.

Other Posts on my Blog This Week

Top Ten Tuesday – Books on my Winter TBR list

2015 Key Word Reading Challenge post

2015 Mount TBR Reading Challenge post

2015 I Love Library Books Reading Challenge

#BookADayUK November 2014 Part 2

November 2014 Monthly Summary

 

So, that’s my bookish news to date. All that’s left for me to say for now is that I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and see you all in 2015!!