Cover Love: #SPFBO 2016


I’m currently taking part in the SPFBO 2016 challenge organised by Mark Lawrence.  My introductory post with details of the event here.

As part of this I wanted to first of all post all the covers for the books that have been selected for my batch.  There’s some impressive covers this year so it would be a shame not to spotlight them all.  (Apologies: I haven’t at this stage linked these to Goodreads but when I choose my batch of five each month I will do so).  I must admit that I’m really looking forward to getting started! Feast your eyes on these lovelies:

May brings flocks of pretty lambs…(monthly round-up)

My monthly round up – what I’ve read/plan to read, any events, etc:

Books read:

  1. Hexed by Michael Alan Nelson
  2. Two Serpents Rising by Max Gladstone
  3. The Waterborne Blade by Susan Murray
  4. The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence
  5. When the Heaven’s Fall by Marc Turner
  6. Angellfall by Susan Ee
  7. The Awesome by Eva Darrows
  8. Resistance is Futile by Jenny Colgan
  9. Eternity by Elizabeth Miles
  10. Hero Born by Andy Livingstone (review to follow)


  1. Eternity by Elizabeth Miles

Unfinished series completed:

  1. Eternity by Elizabeth Miles (how to kill two birds with one stone!)

Books Bought:

  1. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
  2. The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes
  3. Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Review Books:

  1. The Insect Farm by Stuart Prebble
  2. The Devil’s Only Friend by Dan Wells
  3. Iron and Blood by Gail Z Martin, Larry Martin
  4. Hero Born by Andy Livingstone
  5. Skin by Ilka Tampke
  6. Darkhaven by A F E Smith
  7. Time Salvager by Wesley Chu

Books Gifted:

  1. None

Cover Spotlight:

US or UK cover:?? (US for me with this one)


Once Upon a Time event being hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings

Readalong of Max Gladstone’s Two Serpents Rise – completed three weeks – Concluded

Readalong of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart (3 weeks in)

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!  This month I read

Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and Bookish (every Tuesday).

Tough Travel by Nathan at the Fantasy Review Barn  (every Thursday)

‘January brings the snow’… a quick recap

This is going to be my monthly round up post.  A quick catch up.

Books read:

  1. Transmuted, Karina Cooper – also reviewed by Lisa (Over the Effing Rainbow)
  2. Tempered – Karina Cooper
  3. Engraved – Karina Cooper
  4. Atlanta Burns – Chuck Wendig – also reviewed by Tammy (Books, Bones and Buffy)
  5. The Ice Twins – S K Tremayne
  6. The Just City – Jo Walton – also reviewed by Lisa (Tenacious Reader)
  7. Owl and the Japanese Circus – Kristi Charish – also reviewed by Mogsy (Bibliosanctum)
  8. The Eterna Files – Leanna Renee Hieber – review to follow
  9. Sorrow’s Isle – Jen Williams – review to follow


  1. Engraved – Karina Cooper
  2. Tempered – Karina Cooper

Unfinished series completed:

  1. Transmuted – Karina Cooper – No.6 of the St Croix Chronicles and end of series 1/10 completed

Books Bought:

  1. Gardens of the Moon – Steven Erikson – recommended by Sleepless Musings Thank you!!
  2. The Deaths of Tao – Wesley Chu
  3. Daughter of the Forest – Juliet Marilier
  4. Sorrow’s Isle – Jen Williams
  5. The Fire Mages – Pauline M Ross

Review Books:

  1. Golden Son – Pierce Brown
  2. The Way Inn – Will Wiles
  3. The Bees – Laline Paull
  4. The Ship – Antonia Honeywell
  5. Inspector of the Dead – David Morrell
  6. Flex –  Ferrett Steinmetz

Vintage Sci Fi at the Little Red Reviewer and Sci Fi Experience 2015 at Stainless Steel Droppings

I was hoping to do better with this as I only completed two books but I was simply too unorganised!  There’s always next year though 😀

  1. A Princess of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs
  2. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Cover spotlight: