August : My Month in Review

Posted On 1 September 2019

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Wow, August just flew by.  This year – where’s it going to.  Hope you’ve all had a good month with lots of summery goodness, friends and good books (not necessarily in that order).  I had a very good reading month managing to fit in 13 books (slightly more if you consider the other four books that I read at least 30% of for my SPFBO and also the book I’m currently reading that I’ve completed about a third of.  Next month is very busy still so I hope to stay as focused.  I’m also trying to catch up with reviews which has made my blog a little more busy than usual as I don’t want to get too far behind.  Anyway, here’s my month in review:

Books read:  this month = 13

  1. Cry Havoc by Mike Morris
  2. The Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child
  3. Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze
  4. The Truants by Kate Weinberg
  5. Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
  6. Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan
  7. House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark
  8. Missing Person by Sarah Lotz
  9. The Witch Who Courted Death by Marie Lewis
  10. Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
  11. Brightfall by Jamie Lee Moyer
  12. Healer’s Ruin by Chris O’Mara
  13. Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin King

My month in covers (here) was published yesterday.

Backlist books

The Witch Who Courted Death by Marie Lewis

Unfinished series completed:

House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark – this was a great conclusion to the Empires of Dust series

Books Bought: 

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear – this was a recommendation from somebody who I know won’t steer me wrong 😀


Audio Books Bought:

Dreadful Company by Vivian Shaw – I’m currently reading the first book in the series and really enjoying it so I thought I’d grab a copy of No.2 on audio and see how I get along with it.


Review Books:

I do look as though I’ve been a bit naughty this month, again, but as with last month some of these are very nicely spread out and in fact a few of them roll over to next year.  So here are my review books:

  1. Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron (read, review to follow)
  2. Deeplight by Frances Hardinge
  3. Ghoster by Jason Arnopp
  4. The Dragon Republic by RF Kuang – my next read
  5. Dark Pattern by Andrew Mayne – OMG, I am so excited for this book, I love this series
  6. Monstrous Heart by Claire McKenna – described as ‘gothic, epic, romantic fantasy’ – come on, how could I resist this.  I could not. Due out in 2020
  7. Grave Importance by Vivian Shaw – a series I’ve been wanting to read, I’ve owned Strange Practice for some time so it fits in for my rewind challenge and I’m currently reading and enjoying No.1.
  8. Mistletoe by Alison Littlewood – this featured on one of my Can’t Wait Wednesday so I was really pleased to be approved for a copy.
  9. Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell – this looks stunning and ‘an island ‘where deadly sirens lurk’ oh, yes please.
  10. The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh – Vampires??  New Orleans??  Colour me happy.
  11. Angel Mage by Garth Nix – so excited for this.
  12. The God Game by Danny Tobey – a video game run by hackers and an AI that thinks it’s a God – are you not intrigued?

Cover compare:

I’m kind of partial to the cover with the pink dress – seems ominous somehow?  Although that could be because I’ve read the book already and know the significance- which is your favourite?

In terms of SPFBO – I’ve completed my first and second batch of books.  My feedback is here and here.

Hope you’ve all had a good month.

12 Responses to “August : My Month in Review”

  1. amanda

    congrats to a productive august!! omg kingdom of souls looks great

  2. Tammy

    Looks like you had a fantastic month. I had seen Monstrous Heart on a UK booktuber’s channel that I watch, but I don’t think there’s a US publisher yet. Dying to find out more about it! And I’m also hoping to get approved for The God Game😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      I had a great month – but I must say that there are some many books coming out this next month that my mind is blown. I hope I can keep on top.
      Hope you have a great month.
      Lynn 😀

  3. sjhigbee

    You had a marvellous August, Lynn. I’ve also got Deeplight, but haven’t got around to reading it yet – that fantastic cover snagged me and then I liked the premise… I hope you enjoy the coming month as much:))

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Wow, August was very productive for you! I’m been trying to manage my time better especially going into September because it’s going to be insane for book releases!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, that’s exactly what I’m trying to do – get ahead a little bit. The main problem is fitting all the reviews in. Put simply, something will have to go!
      Lynn 😀

  5. waytoofantasy

    Ooooh, you’re reading Strange Practice, I can’t wait to see your thoughts! I love that series.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved it – got the audio for No.2 and review book for No.3 – I’m going to blast through them, the first was so good that I’m really excited.
      Lynn 😀

  6. jessicabookworm

    Wow that is a lot of books read and a lot of new review books too! But hey if you can read 13 books in one month, you’ll soon get through those review copies. 😀

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