Posted in When Are You Reading Challenge

2021 When Are You Reading Challenge- Sign Up Post

I’ve been blogging on and off for three or four years as of writing but somehow I missed the When Are You Reading Challenge that’s been running since 2014.

The idea behind it is to read twelve books from twelve time periods, and I had made up a reading list before realising that I’ve already signed up to one reading challenge already- but I really want to take part in both, so here we are.

The When Are You Reading Challenge was created and hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.

My Reading List


The Odyssey or Macbeth

1300- 1499

Game Of Thrones


The Other Boleyn Girl


The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue or The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats and Piracy


The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes or The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes


His Last Bow or Fall of Giants


The ABC Murders


Dear Mrs Bird


To Kill A Mockingbird


Die Trying

2000- Present

Beach Read or The Da Vinci Code


Divergent or The Hunger Games

Posted in Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday: Authors from A-E

I loved taking part in Bionic Bookworm’s Top 5 Tuesdays in February, so I was happy when I saw that Shanah was keeping it going into March, and has given us a whole new set of prompts for this month.

The theme is authors from A-Z, and the book covers I share in these posts will have links to Goodreads to make it easier for you to add them to your tbrs.


I really wanted to start this list with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, because I loved the Sherlock Holmes series and they were the first classic mysteries I ever read, but I decided to have Agatha Christie start us off instead since And Then There Were None is genius. (And it also starts with an ‘A’.)

And Then There Were None


I don’t talk about this series a lot, mostly because I preferred the TV adaptation to the books, but I felt like they deserved a mention nonetheless.

The best part about the series is that you don’t need to start with the first book, and they’re a great set of modern-day cosy mysteries.

Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin, #2)


I had the Evo Nation trilogy finished in just over a week, when I started it.

EVO Nation (EVO Nation, #1)


Another self-published author, C.S. Duffy published 5 novels in her Glasgow Kiss series between 2017 and 2018.

They’re fast-paced and clever, and a fun introduction to Tartan Noir if you haven’t already ventured into that part of the mystery/crime genre before.

Dark of Night (Glasgow Kiss, #1)


I cheated a little bit with this one, because I apparently have very few books written by authors whose name starts with the letter ‘e’, and I haven’t actually read Ducks, Newburyport, yet.

In my defence, it sounds like it’ll be an interesting read, and if nothing else, finishing it will be an accomplishment since it’s over 1000 pages.

Ducks, Newburyport
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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Books That Caused A Major Hangover

Ugh. Book hangovers. We love to hate them.

Reading a book just wouldn’t be the same if you weren’t fearing the arrival of the last page and the possibility of never recovering.

Here are my picks for the Top 5 Tuesday meme hosted by Bionic Bookwork.

#5 I am Pilgrim

I’m not sure what genre you’d class I am Pilgrim under, but I loved it and I’m looking forward to the sequel.

#4 One of Us Is Lying

I went through a phase last year of reading a lot of YA novels, but Karen McManus set the bar high with the first instalment in her Bayview High series.

One Of Us Is Lying: the bestselling thriller by [McManus, Karen M]

#3 And Then There Were None

If I had a hat, I’d take it off to Agatha Christie for the resolution to And Then There Were None.

#2 Three Things About Elsie

Can anyone say plot twist?

#1 Moriarty

It’s been at least 3 years since I read this book and I am still not over the ending.

Posted in Bookmail

January Book Mail

The title of this post kind of gives away the subject of it before we’ve even got there, but I’m not feeling witty enough to think of anything else right now.

So here is my book haul for January.

First up, we have this new release from Karen McManus, author of Two Can Keep A Secret, and One of Us Is Lying.

It’s the sequel to One of Us Is Lying, and I can’t wait to get reading.

I sort of jumped the gun with this next one, because I hadn’t even started the first Miss Peregrine novel before pre-ordering the fifth instalment in the series.

That being said, I’m now currently three-quarters of the way through Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and loving it, so I don’t think it’s going to be too much of a commitment to stick with the series until I get to Conference of the Birds.

I’m a huge fan of a good mystery novel, and I loved the TV adaptation of Murder is Easy. Except when I started reading the book, I realised that Miss Marple is not in it in any way, shape or form, and the TV episode that I’ve watched at least three times since December is nothing like the story on which it is based.

I’ve read a lot of Agatha Christie stories over the past few months, and while I’m only about halfway through this one, I’d have to put it at the bottom of my list of favourites because it is quite slow going.

Though it’s still clever and full of loads of twist and the usual Christie charm, so I’m not going to consider it a write off until I get to the end.

The Man Book Winners of 2019 is currently on sale with The Book People, and since I’ve already got the 2018 collection, I thought I would treat myself because January feels like it’s lasted a year already.

So there you have it. My January book-buys.

With these additions, my tbr list is now going to be somewhere in the sixties, and I’ve been making slow progress this month because I’ve recently discovered the gems that are Hawaii Five-Oh, Life On Mars, and Kitchen Nightmares USA, so I’ve been watching a lot of TV.

But my Goodreads goal is a safe target of 20, so I’m feeling quite confident about hitting that target between reality TV and Steve and Danno’s bromance.