March: My Month in Review

Posted On 1 April 2016

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march hare

‘Take some more tea, the March Hare said to Alice’

March was definitely as mad as a March Hare – not to mention it flew by.  April Fool’s day is already on the way out!!  Anyway, I had a lovely March with lots of socialising, quite a lot of work (boo) and reading.  I hope your March was a good one and here’s my month in review:

Books read: (with links to reviews)

  1. Radiance – review to follow
  2. US of Japan by Peter Tieryas
  3. Pieces of Hate by Tim Lebbon
  4. The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
  5. Northwoods by Bill Schweigart
  6. Snakewood by Adrian Selby
  7. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
  8. A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire
  9. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  10. Fellside by M R Carey
  11. The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey
  12. Quiet Neighbours by Catriona McPherson

Last month’s covers are here

Backlist books

None this month.  I had quite a lot of review books the past two months (excuses, excuses!) but I’m hopeful, ever hopeful, of getting some of my older books flying off the shelves.

Unfinished series completed:

None this month – it seems to me that each month I increase my unfinished series rather than decrease them (poomp).  I’ve decided I have a mental block (probably a few tbh!)  I shall overcome it.

Books Bought: (with links to Goodreads synopsis)

  1. An Artificial Night (No.3 Toby Daye series) by Seanan McGuire – because, another readalong (details to follow!)
  2. In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan – OMG – this book – I need it in my life yesterday.
  3. The Obelisk Gates by N K Jemisin – preordered.  Not read book 1 yet but I know it’s going to be good and now no waiting!
  4. The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu and Ken Liu
  5. Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey – readalong book!
  6. Bald New World by Peter Tieryas – because US of Japan was SO GOOD
  7. Enchantress by James Maxwell
  8. The Hunt (Atlanta Burns No.2) by Chuck Wendig – loved the first – had to have this.

I admit I went a bit silly this month BUT in my defence I had gift vouchers – and it would be rude not to spend them and look at the lovelies.

Review Books (loads to look forward – I’m so excited for these): (with links to Goodreads synopsis)

  1. Leviathan’s Blood by Ben Peek
  2. Warrior Witch by Danielle L Jensen
  3. Who Killed Sherlock Holmes by Paul Cornell
  4. Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd
  5. Outriders by Jay Posey
  6. The Lyre Thief by Jennifer Fallon (reading)
  7. Let Me Tell you About a Man I Knew by Susan Fletcher
  8. Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey
  9. Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
  10. The Lazarus Curse by Tessa Harris
  11. It Happened One Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton
  12. The Hike by Drew Magary
  13. Bloodmoon by Ben Galley (The Scarlet Star Trilogy No.2) Special thanks for this one to Mr Galley 😀

Cover Spotlight : just going with a single cover for the spotlight this month because I love these covers:

UK or US cover: The UK one this time – the colour and vibrancy – this book practically begs, nay screams, to be read:


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 not done very well recently but that’s because I overfaced myself a little I think!

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.

The Friday Face off by Books by Proxy

Announced two readalongs for March:

  1. Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey – week Nos 1 and 2 completed
  2. A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuide completed (N0.3 readalong announcement forthcoming)

Classic Clubs read:

The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde

Once Upon a Time by Stainless Steel Droppings (details here):

Books read for OUaT:

  1. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  2. Fellside by M R Carey
  3. The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey

Previous months in review:

  1. January
  2. February



25 Responses to “March: My Month in Review”

  1. proxyfish

    Great month Lynn – looks like you’ve got many awesome reads to look forward to! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I’m really looking forward to some of these.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

    Not bad, I day! That’s like 2-3 days per book. The book I’m most excited to read is Winning from Harper Collins – should come out in June, a few days before my birthday. Great post, Lynn!!

  3. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Wow! Somehow it hasn’t occurred to me March is over and I should do one of these posts myself! 🙂 That cover for Enchantress reminds me so much of Mystic. Great month, Lynn! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Not heard of Mystic – I will have to go and have a nosey now!
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Looks like you had a great March, here’s to April! And I chuckled at your mental block comment about finishing series, I didn’t forget your comment about the Lady Trent series re: always leaving last books unread because you don’t want them to end! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      That will be one series that I think I will finish even though it will make me sad! I wish she was going to write more.
      Lynn 😀

  5. jessicabookworm

    Sounds like you had a good month, even if it did fly by. I also had a good March – it was really busy but in all the right ways 🙂 As for the cover spotlight I love anything with a dragon on it and I am with you for the blood red sunset effect on the UK cover for The Lazarus Curse.

    Looks like you have plenty more wonderful books to read. I wish you more great reading, health and happiness in April 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thank you Jessica and straight back at you. I do love this time of the year when Spring is in the air. And I’m hoping for some good reads from these.
      Lynn 😀

  6. S. C. Flynn

    Yeah, well done!

  7. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Oh, that big cover for Labirinth of Drakes let me see so many details! And I love those dragons, especially the one breaking out of its shell.
    And one word about money spent on books: my personal philosophy is that what I devote to books is an *investment*, not an expense. Usually the dividends are quite nice… 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – that’s why I made it bigger – these covers are so gorgeous and they wrap around the entire book which I love. They would make fantastic posters to put under glass. Agreed – I can’t help buying books – it’s just who I am. I realise that I can’t possibly read everything but even so!
      Lynn 😀

  8. Ria

    I want the new Marie Brennan book so badly! I’m a little bit in love with that series. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Me too – I can’t believe the series is almost reaching an end!
      Lynn 😀

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