Monthly Summary: March 2020

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

Hello, and welcome to another monthly summary. What a strange month it has been. I’ve seen many people mention that they’re finding it harder to concentrate on reading than usual, and I’ve found this myself at the moment.
That said I did really enjoy Dracul. It was a real page-turner, and one of those books I didn’t want to end whilst also not being able to put it down.
I also visited The Kingdom, which was a very different kind of a read for me, and I enjoyed that too.

Top Ten Tuesday gave me the chance to recall some books with single word titles, which I thought I’d struggle with at first so I was surprised how many I remembered, and also how many more I’d missed when I was reading other lists.

Here’s what’s been happening on my blog during March…

Book Reviews

     

The Other People by C. J. Tudor

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

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

March 2020

Top Ten Tuesday

Books With Single-Word Titles

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2020

March Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: February 2020

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

I’ve had a really good month of reading, and have enjoyed yet more 5 star reads which has been wonderful.

I read Highfire by Eoin Colfer, which is the first time I’ve read anything by this author.
From there I read the concluding volume of the Winnowing Flame trilogy by Jen Williams. What a read! It was one of those books where I didn’t want to keep going because I knew it would be the final time I’d be experiencing adventures with characters I’ve followed for three long books, but at the same time I couldn’t put the book down because there was so much going on and so much peril for these great heroes and their war-beasts.
After the epic saga of the Winnowing Flame I moved on to another new-to-me author and read The Other People by C. J. Tudor. This was a thriller with a slightly supernatural/fantastical element and it was another engrossing read.
I also finally made a foray into the Discworld. After much deliberation I decided I’d start at the beginning and went adventuring with Rincewind and Twoflower, the wizard and the tourist.

A varied and exciting month of reading but the end of the month has flown in so quickly that I haven‘t had chance to post my reviews for many of the books I‘ve been enjoying. In fact, the only reviews I did manage to post included one of last month’s excellent reads, Stoker’s Wilde, and The Poison Song.

I think this month may be a new record for the number of Top Ten Tuesday entries I wrote covering all manner of topics including books I hope will be 5 star reads, some gorgeous cover art, and some great reads that left me feeling rather book-hungover.

Here’s a summary of February on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

   

Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi

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

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

February 2020

Top Ten Tuesday

5-Star Reads?

Love Freebie

Book Hangovers

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2020

February Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: January 2020

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

A new year of reading has begun, and it’s had great variety for me.
I spent the first days of the year enjoying another of M. Poirot’s Christmas adventures in which he was confronted with a locked room murder mystery and a whole house full of potential suspects.
I also ventured into the strange, surreal and wonderful land of The Starless Sea, a book of books and stories all tied together within the main story of Zachary Ezra Rawlins. There was so much to savour in this novel that it became my first 5 star read of the year.
Thriller time next as I started The Six, and witnessed the lives of a group of friends come under threat after an incident from their past comes back to haunt the present.
Next up… my second 5 star read of the year so far! Can you believe that?! Stoker’s Wilde blends horror, gothic, humour, adventure together in a wonderfully entertaining tale in which Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde reluctantly find themselves teaming up to stop the Black Bishop, an unknown villain who seeks to unleash vampires and who knows what upon the world.

I also participated in the latest Bout of Books read-a-thon, and spent the week documenting my reading progress, finishing one book and making progress on another. Then came Top Ten Tuesday, which offers a perfect opportunity to talk about upcoming reads or books I‘ve already enjoyed, and to show off some colourful book covers.

Here’s a round up of what happened on Pages and Tea during January…

Book Reviews

           

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Six by Luca Veste

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

Featured Posts

Top Ten Tuesday

Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

Cover Version

Other New Posts

2019 End of the Year Book Survey

Beat the Backlist 2020 Challenge

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2020

January Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Read-A-Thon Updates

Bout of Books January 2020 Sign Up
Bout of Books January 2020 Progress
Bout of Book Final Summary

Events

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon

Monthly Summary: November 2019

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

November sent some good reads my way. I finally ventured to Hill House, having intended to read that book for at least a year or two. Definitely one for the long dark nights of autumn and winter.
Continuing with the seasonal theme (although read these books at any time if you haven’t already!) I picked up Bone China, the latest from Laura Purcell. Gothic, mysterious, atmospheric, I really enjoyed it.
Next I ventured into the realm of the short story, which is something I don’t do often at all but I’d enjoyed the last two books that I read by Joe Hill so much that I thought I’d give Full Throttle a try and it didn’t disappoint. There are some amazing stories in this book and I loved the variety it provided and the novelty of being able to read a whole story in one sitting. That doesn’t happen with the massive tomes I tend to read.

I even had time for the End Of The Year Book Tag.
Here’s what happened on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

           

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Bone China by Laura Purcell

Full Throttle by Joe Hill

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

November 2019

Book Tags

The End Of The Year Book Tag

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2019

November Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Monthly Summary: October 2019

Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

It’s been a great month of reading, but for some reason I seem to be reading very slowly.
My first read of October was The Institute by Stephen King. I always look forward to a new King novel, and this tale of a group of unique children kidnapped and housed at the mysterious Institute was totally engrossing.

Fantasy featured in my reading this month with A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie.  So good! I haven’t read any of the First Law books but I was totally taken by the cover for this new book, and finding it was the beginning of a new series, well, I couldn’t resist. For the most part I didn’t mind it being my introduction to this world, but there were times when past characters/events were mentioned and I found myself wondering whether these things had happened on-page or were just passing references. Still, I can always go back and start at the beginning, can’t I?

I finished two books this month (like I said, I’ve been reading so slowly!), which brings me to my ongoing read…

I finally picked up a Shirley Jackson novel, which is a first for me. I chose The Haunting of Hill House, having watched the recent tv series and wanting to discover the original tale. They’re very different, and the book is very atmospheric and tense.

I love autumn, and it’s arrival was the perfect excuse to revisit The Finally Fall Book Tag.
Reader’s Imbibing Peril also continued for the duration of October, and that’s been enjoyable – I ended up watching more perilous fare than reading it, but everything counts in this event.
Here’s what happened on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

   

The Institute by Stephen King

A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness #1) by Joe Abercrombie

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

October 2019

Book Tags

Finally Fall Book Tag: 2019 Edition

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2019

October Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Read-A-Thon Updates

#RIPXIV – Readers Imbibing Peril XIII – Sign Up and Progress Post

Events

#RIPXIV – Readers Imbibing Peril XIV

Monthly Summary: September 2019

Welcome back to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.

September, the month that saw a change in the air and it finally became a little cooler. Autumn is here and Readers Imbibing Peril is happening now and throughout October. What better time to pick up the latest Stephen King novel? But I’m getting ahead of myself now; The Institute is my current and read and will no doubt feature again in next month’s summary.
During September I spent much of my reading time in the Empire of Salt, following the adventures and trials faced by the city of Darien as it came under attack from a variety of powerful enemies.
I also ventured into the eerie world of Marjorie and Merry in A Head Full of Ghosts. It’s a book that’s been on my TBR list for a long time and so I’ve also added to my Beat the Backlist challenge this month.

Top Ten Tuesday provided me with a chance to glance ahead to the coming months of reading and pick out some potential reads for my favourite season.

Here’s what happened on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

           

Shiang (Empire of Salt #2) by C. F. Iggulden

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

The Sword Saint (Empire of Salt #3) by C. F. Iggulden

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

September 2019

Top Ten Tuesday

Books on my Fall 2019 TBR

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2019

September Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Read-A-Thon Updates

#RIPXIV – Readers Imbibing Peril XIII – Sign Up and Progress Post

Events

#RIPXIV – Readers Imbibing Peril XIV

Monthly Summary: August 2019

Welcome back to another Monthly Summary here on Pages and Tea.

This month I ventured into a humorous build up to the apocalypse in the company of Crowley and Aziraphale, a demon and an angel, in Good Omens. I enjoyed the read and it’s certainly left me thinking I might like to check out other books by both of these authors.
The Escape Room provided a fast-paced thriller in a tale of deception and revenge featuring a group of colleagues whose past started to catch up with them.

There’s also been another edition of the Bout of Books read-a-thon, which I always enjoy participating in. I like the daily updating of the blog, and seeing what other people are reading during the week.

Here’s an update of recent happenings on Pages and Tea…

Book Reviews

     

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

August 2019

Reading Review

Reading Resolutions 2019

August Progress

Beat the Backlist Challenge Progress

Read-A-Thon Updates

Bout of Books August 2019 Sign Up
Bout of Books August 2019 Progress
Bout of Book Final Summary

Events

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon