May: My month in review

Posted On 31 May 2016

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The month of May is almost complete.  It flew by all too quick but it was great fun with lots of good reading and a bit of travel.  Hope yours was great too.

Books read: (with links to reviews)

  1. Silent Army by James A Moore
  2. Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman
  3. Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey
  4. The Prophecy Con by Patrick Weekes
  5. Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd
  6. The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
  7. Fish Night by Joe Lansdale
  8. The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence
  9. Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May
  10. Company Town by Madeline Ashby

Last month’s covers are here

Backlist books

I have one this month! – The Prophecy Con by Patrick Weekes which I really enjoyed reading as a buddy read with Danya from Fine Print.  Hopefully we’ll read the third book in June which will then count to my completed series.

Unfinished series completed:

The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence – the third and final book in The Red Queen’s War – what a completely excellent series – just go and read it.  Please.

Books Bought:

Difficult to believe but this month is the first month in forever that I’ve not bought any books and I’m quite ridiculously pleased with myself – not because I don’t like buying books – just simply because I was trying to go easy with requests and buying this month so this is a success!

Review Books: (with links to Goodreads)

  1. Wolf’s Empire: Gladiator by Claudia Christian, Morgan Grant Buchanan
  2. Red Right Hand by Levi Black
  3. Hope and Red by Jon Skovron
  4. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield
  5. Time Siege by Wesley Chu
  6. Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi
  7. A Deadly Affection by Culyer Overhalt
  8. Gods of Nabban by K V Johansen
  9. In the Shadow of the Gods by Rachel Dunne
  10. Acts of Love by Talulah Riley
  11. The Comfort of Others by Kay Langdale
  12. The City of Woven Streets by Emmi Itaranta

I’m not going for an either or situation this month but have chosen 3 covers that I particularly like:

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 although I’ve not done very well recently (although one this month – see above).

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


  1. Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey – now completed – readalong of the third book to be announced shortly.
  2. An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuide now completed – readalong of Book No.4 to be announced shortly – probably for the month of July
  3. Readalong of the second in series of Emma Newman’s Split World series: details to follow

Classic Clubs read:

None this month.

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

Books already 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
  3. March
  4. April

The SPFBO 2:

My posts so far:



The next post which will highlight my thoughts for the first five books to follow shortly.

Follow the ‘cover’ competition over at Mark Lawrence’s blog – 10 bloggers – each selected 3 covers from their batch.


21 Responses to “May: My month in review”

  1. Lilyn G. (Sci-Fi & Scary)

    I like the cover for In The Shadow of the Gods. I remember the first book with Kushiel, and that I liked it, but never picked up any more in the series. Here’s My May Wrap Up.

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I had to smile when I read about your heroic efforts not to buy more books this month: books are so powerfully attractive that it takes an incredible strength of character to avoid their siren song… I’m afraid I’m not that strong! 😀 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m not strong either but I’m so swamped at the moment that I’m having a little bit of a conniption! So I figured time to catch up – I’m not doing that well but June may be the answer! Then back to book buying 😀

  3. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    I like the cove for In the Shadow of the Gods. Coincidently, I just finished reading that book up yesterday, and would recommend giving it a read if you have a review copy 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      I do have a copy and it’s great to know you enjoyed it – we usually have pretty similar tastes so I’m keen to get to that one now. By the way – what’s the Thursday book this week for the Almanac?
      Lynn 😀

      • DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

        I have not read it yet – I have tomorrow off my from work, so I will then – but it will be Palindromic by Peter Crowther 🙂

      • @lynnsbooks

        Ahh, okay, I might try and fit that in.
        Lynn 😀

  4. jessicabookworm

    I think this month has flown by too, but I am pleased to hear you had fun this month reading and travelling. I haven’t read any of the books you have, although many sound very good, and well done on finishing The Red Queen’s War series – I really need to make some progress with my series reading too! I hope we both have more great reading in June 🙂

    p.s. I also think all the covers you’ve picked this month are brilliant.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks Jessica – I hope you have an amazing June and can’t wait to see your round up post 😀
      Happy June to you.
      Lynn 😀

  5. sjhigbee

    Well done for resisting the siren call of new books! If only I were that strong – I have a ridiculously tall pile stacked up by my bed AND an ever-increasing trickle creeping onto my Kindle, courtesy of NetGalley and my inability to resist a shiny new cover! I really like the idea of the Backlist Backburn challenge! You must also be pleased with the number of books you have managed to read and review during May:). Hope the rest of the year continues to be successful.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think this is the first month I haven’t bought anything for absolutely ages – so I am pretty pleased because to be honest I have so many review books that I’m not getting to my own piles. I figured I’d slow down and do some catching up for June.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    K.V. Johansen’s books have the best covers 🙂 Also, cannot agree more with your conclusions of Wheel of Osheim, what a great trilogy! If I’m not behind on my June books, maybe I’ll jump on book three of Patrick Weekes’ series too…

    • @lynnsbooks

      That would be great – plus for me it kills two bones, blackburn and end of series.
      Lynn 😀

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