Dull November brings the blast, Then the leaves are falling fast…

Posted On 30 November 2015

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Well, November certainly did bring the blast – I’m surprised the trees are still standing, never mind the leaves falling!

So far this year I’ve read 108 books – I’m thinking I might just get that to 120 by the end of the year but we’ll see (my list so far here).  Such a lot of good books this year, I’m looking forward to and dreading in equal measure making my top 10!  Anyway, my monthly round up – what I’ve read/plan to read, any events, etc:

Books read:

  1. Domnall and the Borrowed Child by Sylvia Spruck-Wrigley
  2. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers(readalong)
  3. Kushiel’s Avatar (readalong)
  4. The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
  5. The Beast of Barcroft Bill Schweigart
  6. The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M H Boroson
  7. The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston
  8. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
  9. The Machinery by Gerrard Cowan- review to follow
  10. The Grudging by Michelle Hauck – review to follow
  11. The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman – review to follow


None – my bad

Unfinished series completed:

None – also bad

Books Bought:

  1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – really looking forward to this one.
  2. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire (hoping to start this series in January as part of a readalong organised by Over the Effing Rainbow so if you’re looking for a new series to pick up and fancy jumping on board there will be a notification soon).
  3. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.

Review Books:

  1. Drake by Peter McLean
  2. Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
  3. Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
  4. Northwoods by Bill Schweigart
  5. Changers, Book One: Drew by Allison Glock-Cooper, T Cooper
  6. A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
  7. The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman
  8. Shutter Man by Richard Montanari
  9. The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May
  10. Sidekick Returns by Auralee Wallace
  11. Beyond Redemption by Michael R Fletcher
  12. Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier

Cover Spotlight:  (I love both of these, they have a lovely wintery feel)


Which of these covers do you like best?  My favourite is the first:



Backlist Backburn is an end of month event organised by Lisa at Tenacious Reader. If you’ve caught up on any of your backlist then call over and link up.   I find this a good incentive to dust off some of my books!  I’ve done a bit abysmally this last month but I’m hoping to read some of my backlist books in December.

Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and Bookish (every Tuesday).

Tough Travel by Nathan at the Fantasy Review Barn .  Last Thursday was the last Tough Travel – it’s a shame to see this end as it was such good fun not to mention a great way to highlight lots of books every week!, but lots of thanks to Nathan for running this for so long and making it such an excellent weekly event to take part in.

Completed the readalong for Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey. Thanks to all the participants for making this so excelent.  A readalong of the next in series is anticipated for January if anybody wants to jump onto that – notification to follow.

Took part in Sci Fi Month 2015 which started at the beginning and concluded at the end of November.  As part of this event I took part in a readalong of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and read The Machinery by Gerrard Cowan (review to follow)

Signed up for two further sci fi events.  Details here.

I’m hoping to read two (maybe three) of my SPFBO (link here) books in December as I’ve kept review copies for December fairly low.  Currently read 4 out of 10 so I’m a little behind at this point and would really like to get the figures up to 7.



12 Responses to “Dull November brings the blast, Then the leaves are falling fast…”

  1. Carl V. Anderson

    You did have a good November. It was very windy here this month, more so than I remember from any recent Autumn. At times I felt like we were back in the tornado season. And all it has done this long Thanksgiving weekend is rain, but I’m not complaining. Not only did we need the rain, but cold rainy (sometimes icy) weather meant staying inside in our pj’s and reading. It was wonderful.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, sometimes the cold weather is perfect for reading isn’t it!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    November was such a busy month for everyone, I think you did fantastic regardless. BTW, I picked up The Invisible Library this weekend because it was on sale and I’d seen your rave review just the day before! It worked out perfectly 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ohh, I hope you like The Invisible Library – I’m really enjoying it, it’s not deep and meaningful but really good fun and so easy to read. I just waltz right through. I was kind of hoping for a series to be honest because there’s such a lot of scope to take this all over the place but I think it might just be a trilogy. Still, so far so good. I look forward to seeing what you make of it – I hope you don’t hate it!
      Lynn 😀

      • Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

        I’m sure I’ll enjoy it, since our tastes are similar. If not, it’ll still be $4 well spent 🙂 That’s why I love book deals!

      • @lynnsbooks

        I love book deals too! I hope you enjoy it.
        Lynn 😀

  3. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    The cover for Winter Be My Shield is my favorite of all the ones you have pictured! I actually prefer the third cover for The Long Way To A Small Planet. But it gives a very different feel that of the first two; I wouldn’t even think they are all for the same story.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love the cover for Winter Be My Shield – it looks so intriguing. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – I do like the third one, and you’re right – it looks like a completely different book altogether. Funnily enough, the first one, which is the one I really like, would be the sort of cover that I would have run away from not that long ago! Now, I’m really drawn to it and it has almost a retro feel to it.
      Lynn 😀

  4. jessicabookworm

    Wow 108 books is amazing! I hope you manage to reach 120. As for the covers I’m drawn towards the 3rd cover of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet but then again I think there are perhaps too many covers like that already!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I doubt I’ll get to 120 – December usually just takes over. The third cover is so completely different from the others – you could be fooled into buying the book twice because you’d think it was a different story! (Well, I could anyway!)
      Lynn 😀

  5. Sharry

    Yayaya! Read Uprooted 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I will – hopefully very soon. Looking forward to it.
      Lynn 😀

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