Posted in Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Series I Haven’t Finished

Given how up until last year I actively avoided sequels, I’m really pleased with myself for being able to make this list.


Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan Reads.


Inspector McLean series by James Oswald

I read half of this series during Lockdown 1 last year and loved every book, so the remaining five are on my tbr for 2021, which worked out quite nicely since Book 11 is being published this month and now I can complete the series up to date.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

The Mirror & the Light (Thomas Cromwell, #3)

I loved Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, so I’m hoping I’ll get round to reading the final book in the trilogy soon.

I know what happened historically with Thomas Cromwell, but I’m really excited to see how Hilary Mantel puts her spin on it.

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

I also started reading these during the first lockdown, and have just four more books to go.

Jack Reacher by Lee Child

There’s over 20 books in this series so while it’s unlikely I’ll get anywhere near finishing them all this year, I’m hoping to make a bit more progress with it.

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Desolations of Devil's Acre (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #6)

The sixth and final book in the series is due for release this year, and I’m really looking forward to finding out what happens to the Peculiars and the residents of Devil’s Acre.

Posted in Weekly Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up 12

Considering how quickly January disappeared, my wrap-up is surprisingly busier than I expected it to be.

I’d intended to take this month a little slower to avoid burning out, but I ended up bingeing Die Trying and Legendborn to get them finished in the same month that I started them in, so now I’m just embracing it and reading whenever I have the time.

I’ve made progress with both reading challenges I signed up for (When Are You Reading & Out Of Your Comfort Zone) and I’ve completed 3 categories in all, which I think is a good start.

Another bonus is that I loved all the books I read in January, and now I get to look forward to the sixth Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children novel and the sequel to Legendborn.


January Reads
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Windsor Knot
The Conference of the Birds (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #5)
Die Trying (Jack Reacher, #2)
Legendborn (Legendborn, #1)

Currently Reading

I’ve finally finished Volume One of War and Peace, which I’m really pleased about. After I finish The Switch, I’m going to be starting Volume Two.

War and Peace
The Switch

Reading Challenges Update

When Are You Reading
  • 1800-1899 Complete

(1800-1899) The Adventure Of Sherlock Holmes:

  • The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
  • The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
  • The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
  • The Boscombe Valley Mystery
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
  • The Adventure of the Speckled Band
  • The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb
  • 1980-1999- Complete

(1998) Die Trying (Jack Reacher 2)

Out Of Your Comfort Zone Challenge

Fantasy- Complete

  • Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children: The Conference Of The Birds

Posted in WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday #14

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

I’m this close to finishing Volume One of War and Peace, which is nice since it feels like it’s taken forever.

I also started Die Trying on Monday, the second Jack Reacher book, which will complete another prompt for the When Are You Reading Challenge.

Die Trying (Jack Reacher, #2)

What did you recently finish reading?

It’s taken me a year to get back to the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, but I’m so glad that I did because I loved The Conference Of The Birds.

The Conference of the Birds (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #5)

What do you think you’ll read next?

My choices are The Switch, Two Can Keep A Secret, or The Less Dead, but this might change.

The Less Dead

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

Pre-1300

The Odyssey or Macbeth

1300- 1499

Game Of Thrones

1500-1699

The Other Boleyn Girl

1700-1799

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

1800-1899

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes or The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

1900-1919

His Last Bow or Fall of Giants

1920-1939

The ABC Murders

1940-1959

Dear Mrs Bird

1960-1979

To Kill A Mockingbird

1980-1999

Die Trying

2000- Present

Beach Read or The Da Vinci Code

Future

Divergent or The Hunger Games


Posted in Weekly Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up 10

My reading slowed a little this month between The Testaments and A Dark So Deadly– which I loved and can’t recommend enough for fans of crime and mystery novels.

I’ve started thinking about my plans for 2021, and while I’m reluctant to make anything fixed, I’ve decided I’m going to try and finish any abandoned novels by Christmas so I can start the new year from scratch, and get started on all the amazing books I’ve bought and haven’t got round to yet.

Some of them I’ve included below. Let me know if you’re read them and what you thought.

November Reads
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1)
A Dark So Deadly
What I’m Currently Reading

I’m still working my way through War and Peace, a handful of chapters at a time. I’d really love to get it crossed off my tbr because it’s one of the classics I’ve wanted to read for a while and it’s sooo long finishing it would be an achievement in itself.

War and Peace

Book Mail

I’ve seen this book everywhere over the past few weeks and heard lots of positive things so naturally I had to see what all the fuss was about.

Firewatching (Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler #1)

I also treated myself to a copy of the second Jack Reacher book, using my birthday at the end of the month as an excuse- along with the first two Robert Langdon books, Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code.

Die Trying (Jack Reacher, #2)

What I’m Watching

After watching the available seven episodes of Take Two, I started the reboot of Magnum PI, which I found myself enjoying more than I expected to.

Maybe that it’s set in Hawaii had something to do with it, and the references to the Hawaii Five-O reboot, which I also loved.

Posted in WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday #12

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

Aside from this gem by Stuart MacBride, I’m still to finish up War and Peace, Antigone, and Bloody Scotland, which is a collection of short stories set in iconic Scottish landmarks.

The plan is to get them finished by December, so fingers are crossed that I can start the new year with no overlap.

A Dark So Deadly

What did you recently finish reading?

I’m indecisive over how I feel about the first Jack Reacher book. I thought Reacher was an interesting character, but I guessed the ending a good few hundred pages before the reveal, mainly because the plot reminded me of a film (I won’t say which one because I’d spoil the book but it does have Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in), and the person behind the goings-on in Margrave felt so obviously dodgy I was surprised it took Reacher as long as it did to figure out what was happening.

I still want to read Book 2, though, so I haven’t abandoned hope yet.

Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1)

What do you think you’ll read next?

Technically this is a current read, but it’s what I’m hoping to get back to when I finish A Dark So Deadly.

War and Peace

Posted in Weekly Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up #9

So it’s safe to say that I’ve surpassed last year’s total of 47 books read; I’m currently sitting at 57, which also beats 2018’s total of 50.

It goes without saying this wouldn’t have happened if 2020 had been like any other year, though I’m pleased by how much reading I’ve managed to get done.

I finally got round to reading The Handmaid’s Tale, which although frightening, was really interesting and I enjoyed it. I’ve got a copy of The Testaments so I’ll be reading that soon, to find out what happened next.

And I also managed to read The Thursday Murder Club, which is a book I’ve wanted to read ever since I started seeing reviews of it on my feed back in September- and I loved it, so I’m looking forward to the second in the series.


October Reads
Prayer for the Dead (Inspector McLean, #5)
Camino Winds (Camino Island #2)
First Class Murder (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, #3)
The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)
A Dark Matter
The Thursday Murder Club (Thursday Murder Club, #1)

What I’m Currently Reading:

I’ve read A LOT of murder mysteries this year so I thought it was about time I tried something different. I loved I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, so I decided to give the Jack Reacher series a go since they sound vaguely similar.

Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1)