January: My Month in Review

Posted On 1 February 2016

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And there it was, January 2016 all behind us and so quickly.  I hope you had a good start to 2016.  My month in review looks as follows:

Books read: (with links to reviews)

  1. Under a Colder Sun by Greg James SPFBO
  2. Monstrous Little Voices by Jonathan Barnes, Emma Newman, Kate Heartfield, Fox Meadows, Adrian Tchaikovsky
  3. Goldenfire (Darkhaven No.2) by A F E Smith
  4. Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers
  5. Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards
  6. City of Blades by Robert J Bennett
  7. War of the Worlds by H G Wells
  8. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
  9. The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo
  10. Changers: Book One: Drew by T Cooper and Allison Glock Cooper
  11. Shattered Sands by W G Saraband  (SPFBO)
  12. Guns of Ivrea by Clifford Beal

Backlist books

None this month

Unfinished series completed:

None this month

Books Bought:

  1. A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire (No.2 Toby Daye)

Review Books: (with links to Goodreads synopsis)

  1. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
  2. The Complete Double Dead by Chuck Wendig
  3. Jani and the Great Pursuit by Eric Brown
  4. The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  5. The Guns of Ivrea by Clifford Beal
  6. Quiet Neighbours by Catriona McPherson
  7. The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey
  8. The Fireman by Joe Hill

Cover Spotlight:

US or UK cover: I prefer the US version for this one:


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!

Vintage Sci Fi Month concludes at the end of January:  I read War of the Worlds by H G Wells, I also have started 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and Starship Troopers – to be finished and reviewed at a later date.

The 2016 Sci Fi Event over at Stainless Steel Droppings also concluded at the end of January.  Lock in and War of the Worlds both counted towards this event.

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

Waiting on Wednesday is an event hosted by Breaking the Spine where every week we get to shine the spotlight on a book that we’re looking forward to.

Announced two readalongs for January:

  1. Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey, details here the readalong is up to week No.5
  2. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuide details here.  This readalong has now concluded and an announcement about a readalong for No.2 will shortly follow.

I read two of my SPFBO (Under a Colder Sun and Shattered Sands which now takes my total to 8 out of 10 (with two books left until the conclusion of this event).

Hope you all had a great month.

25 Responses to “January: My Month in Review”

  1. S. C. Flynn

    You have already left me way behind, Lynn

  2. jessicabookworm

    I agree Lynn this month has gone by so quickly! Looks like you had a great month – you’ve reminded me I really need to read some H G Wells. I had a great month too thank you; just wish I’d finished a few more books.

    I really like the cover for The Guns of Ivrea by Clifford Beal and I like both covers for The Fireman by Joe Hill, however I think the 2nd one (UK I think) is more striking.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is more striking actually with the very bright colours. I’m really looking forward to reading that one.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Deepika Ramesh

    You seem to have had a great month, Lynn. I haven’t read any of these books, and they all sound great. My TBR is ever-growing. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oh dear – these tbrs – the world is going to sink from all the pressure!
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    To mis-quote Bilbo in FOTR: “my, you have been busy!” 🙂

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Great month, Lynn! And I’m very curious to see what you’ll think of Kadrey’s Everything Box 🙂

  6. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I like the US cover better. That’s unusual 🙂 Curious to see what you’ll end up selecting for SPFBO.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Two more books and then it’s all over! It’s sort of exciting actually and in one way I’ll be sad to see it end. I’ve enjoyed taking part.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Danya @ Fine Print

    Wow, you had a great reading month, Lynn! I’m excited to read your review of Rosemary and Rue – the October Daye books have become one of my favourite UF series. I’ve never actually participated in a read along but they seem so fun!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, we’re going to start book 2 – of course if you’ve already read the series you might not want to reread but you could alway jump in with the questions and answers. We’re starting beginning of March if you’re interested and there’s a goodreads link.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Anastasia

    I love Joe Hill’s books! Haven’t had the time to read Fireman yet though

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’ve not read it yet but I’m looking forward to it very much.
      Lynn 😀

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