Weekly Wrap Up : 23rd June 2019

Posted On 23 June 2019

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Another week just flew by didn’t it.  I’m not sure why everything is rushing past me at breakneck speed at the moment but there it is.  I can barely remember what we’ve been up to so I’ll move swiftly on.  SPFBO5 is very nearly underway – starts at the beginning of July and I’ll be posting about how I plan to handle things this time around – I’ve already posted my covers in preparation for the cover contest and just need to select my three favourites – there are some impressive covers for sure, check them out here.  This week I’ve read three books, I did go off plan a little but read two of my scheduled books.  The Whisper Man was brilliant, I loved it and in fact it totally creeped me out one night – I was actually scared to go to bed (obviously bear in mind that I’m a raging wuss so it might not be quite as scary for others)!  I also read Nocturna and will have a review for that one shortly.  It didn’t work out quite as well as I’d hoped but I think that could just be me or a mood thing.  Finally, I picked up, Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – I just couldn’t resist all the glowing feedback it seems to be receiving and so far I’ve been really enjoying it.  I should have it finished before this post goes live so that makes a total of three books this week.  I did also start an audiobook but then was shockingly forgetful about listening to it whenever the opportunity arose.  Oh well, that’s what next week is for I suppose.  I’m a little behind with reviews but hoping to catch up with some next week which will make my blog seem a bit busier than normal (assuming I stick to my plans) but I would like to get back on track.

So, here’s what I’ve been reading:

My books:

  1. The Whisper Man by Alex North
  2. Nocturna by Maya Motayne
  3. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Next scheduled reads:

  1. Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
  2. Priest of Lies by Peter McLean
  3. Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

Upcoming reviews

  1. King of the Road by RS Belcher
  2. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
  3. Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
  4. The Corset by Laura Purcell
  5. The Whisper Man by Alex North
  6. Nocturna by Maya Motayne
  7. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

I’d love to know what you’re reading this week.


#SPFBO5 : Friday Cover Love

Posted On 21 June 2019

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SPFBO5 will commence at the start of July.  The books have been assigned and as with previous years the first stage of the competition is all about the cover art.  Each of the 10 judges will choose their three favourite covers from the 30 books they’ve been allocated.  Once the entries are all chosen the voting begins (I’ll post more details about the competition soon).  Anyway, this isn’t my opening post – I’ll be sorting something out shortly to let everyone know how I intend to proceed this year.  In the meantime feast your eyes on my assigned books.  This is a good opportunity for me to ruminate on my covers and also gives authors the chance to shout out if I’m not displaying the  most uptodate cover (just leave me a comment if I need to make changes).

Friday Face Off : Longest Day – a cover with your own interpretation


Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .  This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below – the list has been updated to help out those of you who like to plan ahead – if you have a cover in mind that you’re really wanting to share then feel free to leave a comment about a future suggested theme.  I’ve also listed events that take place during the year, that I’m aware of, so you can link up your covers – if you’re aware of any events that you think I should include then give me a shout.  This week’s theme:

Pagan rituals/standing stones/blazing suns – a cover with your own interpretation

Today is the longest day of the year, Summer Solstice, and with that in mind I’ve left the theme open to interpretation.  I’ve gone for a cover that always makes me think of long hazy summer days which is : Among Others by Jo Walton and here are the covers:

My favourites:

Difficult to choose between them but I think I’m inclined to choose:


I like the sepia tone and the sense of summer freedom that comes across with the little girl running barefoot through the field.

Which one is your favourite?

Like last week I’ve added a Mr Linky here so that you can leave a link if you wish or please leave me a link in the comments so we can all visit and check out each others covers.  Thanks

I’ve updated the list and included themes through to the end of 2019 – I’ve also included events that I’m aware of so that you can perhaps link your themes up where possible (if you know of an event you’d like to share that let me know in the comments).  I also have a list prepared for 2020 and so will set up a separate page soon for forthcoming themes.  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment.

Next week – A cover that is striped

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ or one of your favourite covers)


28th June – “And who decided which people wore the striped pyjamas” – A cover that is striped

5th July – “The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe… has been answered” –  a cover featuring something/somebody historic 

12th July – A wrap around cover

19th July – “You can’t choose between life and death when we’re dealing with what is in between.” – A cover that is grainy or looks like ‘white noise’

26th July – “Ludo ….. down” – A cover that is Upside Down

2nd August – “There are children here somewhere. I can smell them.” A cover featuring children

9th August – “I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request.” – A cover featuring Pirates

16th August – “The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagles own plumes” – a cover featuring feathers

23rd August – A cover that is a movie tie in

30th August – “I wandered lonely as a cloud” – a cover that is predominantly yellow

6th September “Warm September brings the fruit” – a cover that is seasonal for Autumn/Fall

13th September – Friday the 13th – unlucky for some!  A cover with ‘curse’ in the title

20th September – “Your hair is winter fire,January embers.” – A cover featuring hair

27th September – Freebie

4th October – “Feed me Seymour” – A cover that is 60s horror

11th October – ““And, though there should be a world of difference between the smile of a man and the bared fangs of a wolf, with Joss Merlyn they were one and the same.”  – a cover featuring an Inn

18th October – “It’s your favorite scary movie, remember? He had on the white mask, he stalked the babysitters.” – A cover featuring a scream

25th October – for Halloween – pick any scary cover you like

(I’m hoping that November will once again bring to us SciFiMonth – Twitter @SciFiMonth)

1st November – A cover that is predominantly grey

8th November – “big badda boom” – a cover that features an explosion

15th November – “No thinking thing should be another thing’s property, to be turned on and off when it is convenient.” – a cover featuring a robot

22nd November – A cover that is Futuristic

29th November – “When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.” – a cover that is 60s sci fi

6th December – Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this sun of York”  – a cover that puts you in mind of winter

13th December – A cover that features a temple/or religious icon

20th December – Longest Night –  a dark and foreboding cover

27th December – the festive season – a cover that is glittery or sparkling

(2020 – January is Vintage SciFi month so I’ll be including possible themes to take that on board.)

Can’t Wait Wednesday : The Truants by Kate Weinberg:

Can't Wait Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was originally created by Breaking the Spine.  Unfortunately Breaking the Spine are no longer hosting so I’m now linking my posts up to Wishful Endings Can’t Wait Wednesday. Don’t forget to stop over, link up and check out what books everyone else is waiting for.  If you want to take part, basically, every Wednesday, we highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week my book is : The Truants by Kate Weinberg.  check out the description below – this sounds like something I would love:

TheTruants‘Where do I find Crime?’

‘Crime doesn’t have its own section,’ said the librarian without looking up, ‘it’s all under fiction.’

In this seductive coming-of-age debut, Jess Walker, a young and uninitiated first year student, falls in love with two great story-tellers. One, Alec, a journalist in exile, the other, Lorna, a charismatic literature professor. Starting out under the flat grey skies of an east Anglian university campus and ending up on an idyllic Mediterranean island, The Truants is about a group of clever and eccentric misfits who yearn to break the rules. As Jess’ experience of infatuation and betrayal, disappearance and loss gives way to a breathless search for the truth, she finds herself detective in a twisted crime of the heart. Unsettling, challenging, surprisingly funny and beautifully written, The Truants is a compulsively readable literary debut with a twist – and a dead body to boot.

Due for publication: August 2019

Anticipated releases for the second half of 2019


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2019

Nice and easy one this week – just look at a long list of books that I’m awaiting (not so patiently) and choose the first ten!

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2 by R.F. Kuang 

Dragon Republic

Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) by Jay Kristoff


A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness #1 by Joe Abercrombie


The Harp of Kings (Warrior Bards #1) by Juliet Marillier 


The Hanged Man (The Tarot Sequence #2) by K.D. Edwards 


The Bone Ships (The Tide Child #1) by R.J. Barker 


The Night Country (The Hazel Wood #2) by Melissa Albert 


The Name of All Things (A Chorus of Dragons #2) by Jenn Lyons 


The Girl with No Face (The Daoshi Chronicles #2) by M.H. Boroson


Mistletoe by Alison Littlewood





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