September : My Month in Review

Posted On 30 September 2019

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That’s it – three quarters of the year is now behind us (in a few hours at least).  Hope everyone’s had a good month.  This month I’ve managed to complete 10 books.  I’ve also read my third batch of SPFBO books.  I posted a midway update which can be found here and a further update will follow in the next couple of days with a post outlining which books will be in my fourth batch swiftly on it’s heels.  This month is another very busy one – I have a lot of review books but I’m pressing on and we’ll see what happens.  Anyway, here’s my month in review:

Books read:  this month = 10

  1. Strange Practice by Vivien Shaw
  2. For Emily by Katharine Slee
  3. The Resurrectionist of Caligo by Wendy Trimboli and Alicia Zaloga
  4. A Shadow on the Lens by Sam Hurcom
  5. Ration by Cody T Luff
  6. Bone China by Laura Purcell
  7. The World that we Knew by Alice Hoffman
  8. Violet by Scott Thomas
  9. The Bone Ships by RJ Barker
  10. The Black Hawks by David Wragg

My month in covers (here) was published yesterday.

Backlist books

None this month.

Unfinished series completed:

None this month

Books Bought: 

None this month – this is indeed a surprise!

Audio Books Bought:

None this month – and I now have credits mounting up so it’s time to go shopping.

Review Books:

I have definitely been more restrained this month – I think August and September have been so busy with books that I’ve had to rein in November and December to make sure nothing slips by me.

  1. Highfire by Eoin Colfer – ‘a hilarious and high-octane adult novel about a vodka-drinking, Flashdance-loving dragon who lives an isolated life in the bayous of Louisiana’ – why hello, yes, yes I would love to read this thank you.
  2. The Black Hawks by David Wragg – I was on the last third of this when I drafted this post and loving it.
  3. The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag – how could I possibly resist this?
  4. Interference by Sue Burke – I really enjoyed Semiosis and so can’t wait to tuck into this second instalment – made all the more happy because when I completed the first I was unaware that there would be a sequel – happy days.

Cover compare:

I like both of these but the first has a lovely playful quality that really appeals to me.  Which is your favourite?

In terms of SPFBO – I’ve completed my first and second batch of books.  My feedback is here and here.  I’ve posted a midway point feedback post and my feedback for batch three will be posted in a couple of days.

Hope you’ve all had a good month.

14 Responses to “September : My Month in Review”

  1. Tammy

    I’m waiting to see if I’ll be approved for High Fire. I hope so, it sounds so good! I’ve preordered a copy of Black Hawks. I’m so glad you’re loving it.

  2. confessionsofayareader

    Looks like you had a great September. And good job not buying anything with all the releases that just came out!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, I am banning myself from increasing the TBR – it will probably last about a week but there you go.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Wow, grats on 10 books completed and also no books added to mount TBR (that’s one achievement I’ve never managed, lol)

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m desperately trying to catch up and I want to get some backlist books under my belt too. Want to improve my NG stats – currently at 76% – want to get to 80% but I’m in that vicious circle of completing a book and then immediately requesting another one. I am so book greedy.
      Lynn 😀

  4. evelynreads1

    Looks like you had a good month!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, it wasn’t bad although I failed to pick up a couple of review books that I wanted to get to and I do need to speed up my reviews.
      Lynn 😀

  5. pagesandtea

    10 books, I don’t know how you do it 😀 This is the first time I’ve heard of High Tower but it’s definitely one I’ll be looking to add to my TBR if I get the chance. I like the first cover of the two best.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I usually fit in two books a week – it all depends on the length of course and I have noticed a downward trend in my requests for huge chunky novels more recently. It wasn’t a conscious thing but I think if I see the length of the book is 700+ pages I tend to walk away! Not a good sign. In fact I still haven’t read the latest Sanderson for that reason. Need to pull my socks up and stop being such a fraidy cat.
      Lynn 😀

      • pagesandtea

        I do love a good chunky novel but it definitely isn’t kind to my total books read 😀 I think the two longest I’ve read recently were the new John Connolly and The Priory of the Orange Tree which were both good.
        I think I’ve only read one Sanderson short story a while ago – another author I’ve yet to discover 🙂

  6. jessicabookworm

    Looks like a great month of reading, Lynn. I was also pleased to get my reading up to four books in September: three of which were for R.I.P. XIV, which is a brilliant start! Looking at your new review books, I absolutely love the sound of Highfire by Eoin Colfer! It is difficult to pick a favourite cover for it – I don’t love either – however I like the colour of the first cover. Happy reading in October! 🙂

  7. waytoofantasy

    I really don’t know how we’re so far into the year already. It will be another decade soon! Looks like a pretty great month overall with reading. I hope your October is awesome!

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