Blog off – SPFBO – Update

Posted On 20 March 2015

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Just a quick update.  I’m taking part in an event details of which are over at Mark Lawrence’s blog.  These are my books:

  1. Noel Coughlan – A Bright Power Rising
  2. R.P Rigoli – Red
  3. Jennifer Bell – A warrior’s legacy: Jamie
  4. Andrew Rowe – Forging Divinity
  5. Melody Taylor – In the Dark
  6. Tavish Kaeden – The Weight of a Crown
  7. David Pedersen – Angst
  8. Adam Lee – Dark Heart
  9. Kal S Davian – Naming the Bane *
  10. Patrick J Loller – Forged by Battle
  11. T.C Pearce – Into the Aether*
  12. Will Kay – Requiem of Innocence
  13. Benny Hinrichs – The Oneironauts
  14. Neil McGarry & Daniel Ravipinto – The Duchess of the Shallows
  15. Nick Marsden – The Light of Theolan
  16. Janice McKonly – Welcome to Mystery Interior
  17. Steve Thomas – Klondaeg the Monster Hunter*
  18. Wayne Miller – The Dung Ball Chronicle*
  19. Amanda McCrina – His Own Good Sword – review here*
  20. Jack Kerr – Tommy Black and the Staff of Light*
  21. Scott Decker – Gemstone Wyverns
  22. Terry Simpson – Game of Souls
  23. Cindy Young-Turner – Thief of Hope
  24. Ruairi Cinead Ducantlin – Verum – Exercitum ex Nihilo
  25. Jake Scholl – Blade of the Broken
  26. JR Karlsson – Escana
  27. Maya Michaels – Iduna

So far, I’ve read and reviewed one book.  I’ve started two others but ultimately they haven’t grabbed me – and yet, I still want to give them more of a chance (although I have read about 40 pages of one of those and probably about 100 pages of the other)!

My main niggle at the moment is that I have a policy of not reviewing books that I don’t finish.  Well, here’s hoping for lots of finished books then.

Titles that iintrigue me: 2, 8, 14, 16, 17 and 21 – although, actually, also 18 – The Dung Ball Chronicle – come on right??

Cover spotlight:

Finally – my books choices are completely random.  I won’t be adding books as ‘currently reading’ on Goodreads or posting to Goodreads as I want to keep an open mind on all the books until the end.

That’s it for me so far.  Happy reading to all the others.

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15 Responses to “Blog off – SPFBO – Update”

  1. Tammy

    I really have respect for the bloggers who are doing this. I stopped reading indie books because so many of them were disappointing, and I was filling all my reading time with books I didn’t want to read. I can’t imagine having a pile of 27 indie books to read. Good luck and hopefully this project will lead to some great authors being discovered:-D

    • lynnsbooks

      Well, time will tell I suppose. It is a big undertaking but I think I have to be firm with myself and if a book isn’t for me then just put it down. Otherwise I find it really slows me down or puts me off reading altogether. Who knows, perhaps the next Rothfuss, Lynch, Lawrence could be right here!
      Lynn 😀

  2. JLMcKonly

    Reblogged this on Walking in Mystery and commented:
    So, not only is Lynn a fantastic blogger, but she’s also got my book, Welcome to Mystery, in her list for the Fantasy Blog-Off. You should check her out!

    • lynnsbooks

      thank you – I’m choosing the books at random, so hopefully will get to Welcome to Mystery soon.
      Lynn 😀

      • JLMcKonly

        Take your time! I was just excited to see it caught your attention. And might I say that I’m super jealous of your trip to Hay on Wye?

      • lynnsbooks

        It was a good trip – over 20 bookshops – how can you fail to be happy!
        Lynn 😀

      • JLMcKonly

        When I visit the U.K. around the end of the year, I’m hoping it’ll be on the itinerary!

  3. thatthornguy

    I’ve put down plenty of traditionally published books after anywhere from 10 to 100 pages, some of them highly regarded. Having read slush piles for an online magazine I know that I can reject a good 25% of entries within a page just on the basis that the writing quality isn’t there. To find out if the story quality is there takes longer.

    With your agent hat on you’re quite at liberty to reject books that fail to grab you as early on as you deem fit.

    • lynnsbooks

      It’s strange because if these were my own bought books I would have no hesitation in putting them down if I wasn’t enjoying them. Odd the way the brain works I suppose.
      Lynn 😀

  4. S. C. Flynn

    Thanks, Lynn. Dung Ball Chronicle is really intriguing.

    • lynnsbooks

      Such an unusual name. It does kind of stand out.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    The Dung Ball Chronicle? As in the chronicles of a dung ball? hmmmm, it sounds like a book my boys might like to read TBH 😉 But it also quite memorable! I still think its so impressive you and the others are doing this, hope you find some winners in the bunch!

    • lynnsbooks

      It’s a very eye catching title for sure. Fingers crossed for good reading.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Ria

    I also tend to not review books I don’t finish. I may throw up a little blurb talking about why I didn’t finish it, but I don’t count that as a full review.

    That being said, I love reading DNF reviews that others write, because even though I don’t do it myself as a personal preference, I find that the reasons one didn’t finish a book can be just as compelling and are just as valid as the reasons one DID finish it.

    • lynnsbooks

      I agree completely. It is interesting reading why somebody didn’t finish reading a book. I still hate not finishing and these days I don’t have a lot of DNFs because I’m more careful about what I read. This SPFBO will be interesting in that respect.
      Lynn 😀

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