So the 2024 Popsugar Reading Challenge has been published and it’s got a lot of very specific prompts, but having had a good look at it, a lot of those things fit books I wanted to read next year anyway. I don’t really know what next year will bring workwise, so I’m not going to be upset if I only do a portion of the list, but there’s really not as many groanworthy prompts as this year’s. At least not for me.

Since my last update, I finished the ATY challenge, and was looking forward to a month of just reading whatever, but now I keep looking at books and thinking they would be perfect for a 2024 prompt, and then I put them aside. So my Autumn TBR has been a bit derailed!

Labrador dog licking her lips, with blue sky and lighthouse in background.

I’d thought I’d leave you with a photo that completely misleads you on what the weather has been like recently. I think that has been our one sunny day! Hurst Castle is closed in winter but I noticed that they do allow dogs in there when it is open, so maybe we’ll eventually go inside in 2024! We’ve walked round the edge of it loads of times.

Next week sees the release of the Eurasia pack for Planet Zoo, and while there’s no super exciting animals in it, they are all things I’d use in the game, so I will probably get distracted with that for a bit.

On the blog:

Review: Starling House by Alix E. Harrow

Books read:


Starling House by Alix E. Harrow

Loved it, and I actually wrote a review!

  • ATY # 12. A book connected to birds, bees, or bunnies

The Fragile Threads of Power by V.E. Schwab

This doesn’t feel like a new trilogy, it feels like a continuation of the series, which is fine, but I felt all the skipping back to what’s happened since the last book interrupted the pace. I liked the core plot a lot, with Tes and her ability to see threads. Kosika’s POV all seemed to be setting something up for the next book, rather than adding much to this one.

[ARC] The Invocations by Krystal Sutherland

A story of soul bargains, gruesome consequences, violence against women and the entitlement of the privileged. Not quite as good as House of Hollow, but I liked it, full review to come.

A Midwinter’s Tail by Lili Hayward

A festive read woven with Cornish mythology and a mysterious cat. I loved the remote Isles of Scilly setting.

Their Vicious Games by Joelle Wellington

I found the reason behind the Finish absurd in a realistic, contemporary setting and this might have done better as satire or fantasy, because I had a lot of WHY? going on in my head, but overall I enjoyed it and the general entitlement of the rich and powerful and their ability to get away with murder is completely believable.

Books acquired:

In a vague hope to get back to more regular blogging, I’ve requested a few must read titles for next year.


For Review:

A Letter to the Luminous Deep by Sylvie Cathrall (Orbit)

Your Blood, My Bones by Kelly Andrew (Gollancz)

The Good, the Bad, and the Aunties by Jesse Sutanto (HQ)


Bought – Physical:

Raiders of the Lost Heart by Jo Segura

Heartstopper Volume 5 by Alice Oseman

Saga Volume 11 by Brian K. Vaughan + Fiona Staples

Bought – Digital:

Out There Screaming edited by Jordan Peele

The Owl: A Biography by Stephen Moss

Dead Letter Days by Kelley Armstrong

Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross

Taking Flight by Lev Parikian

Takeaway by Angela Hui

The Twelve Days of Murder by Andreina Cordani