May : My Month in Review

Posted On 31 May 2019

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Did you hear that?  Was it a plain soaring overhead?  Was it a train speeding by? No, it was the sound of another month rushing by so fast that it broke some sort of a new world record.  We’ve been travelling round the Highlands which has been great (even with the lack of wifi)  Such a beautiful place that I highly recommend.  This month sees the completion of the SPFBO – watch this space for an upcoming announcement, plus today is the final day for the Wyrd and Wonder event – I’ll post a wrap up tomorrow.  I’ve managed to read 11 books this month (my month in covers can be found here).  And, I still have a few reviews to post but overall I’m on track.  Here’s my month in review:

Books read:  this month = 11

  1. The Furies by Katie Lowe
  2. Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen
  3. Westside by WM Akers
  4. A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay
  5. King of the Road by RS Belcher
  6. The Poison Song by Jen Williams
  7. We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson
  8. Orconomics by J Zachary Pike
  9. Council by Snorri Kristjansson
  10. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
  11. The Red Stained Wings by Elizabeth Bear

What’ve you been reading??

Backlist books

  1. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (RTF)

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Unfinished series completed:

  1. The Poison Song by Jen Williams (RTF)

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Books Bought: 

  1. The Mortal Word (The Invisible Library series Book 5 by Genevieve Cogman

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Audio Books Bought:

Review Books:

Well, *blushes* I may have gotten a little carried away this month with my review books – especially after I showed such restraint last month.  But, in my defence (1) I couldn’t help it because – BOOKS; (2) the review dates on these vary quite a lot and some are not due to be reviewed until September and even October – so there is that (forward planning don’t you know); (C) BOOKS.  Guilty as charged; (d) – OMG – these books sound so bloody awesome that I was mesmerised, I’ve linked to Goodreads so you can check out the blurbs – prepare to want these books.  That is all.

  1. Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham
  2. Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
  3. Bone China by Laura Purcell
  4. Limited Wish by Mark Lawrence
  5. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  6. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
  7. The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
  8. Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze
  9. The Toll by Cherie Priest
  10. Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa
  11. Priest of Lies by Peter McLean
  12. Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs

Cover compare:

Again this month I like both covers but the cover on the left is my favourite because of the blossoms.

Which is your favourite?

Hope you’ve all had a good month.

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April : My Month in Review

Posted On 30 April 2019

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April is over.  The first third of the year has simply flown.  I’m having a good time, in terms of books it’s been a good start to the year.  I hope you’ve all had a good start to 2019 and a good April too.  I’ve read two more of my SPFBO finalists and the reviews will follow shortly – and at the moment I’m still  keeping on top of my reviews although I do have a few outstanding from last year.  This month I’ve read a total of 11.  My month in covers is here and my month in reviews looks like this:

Books read:  this month = 11

  1. The Binding by Bridget Collins
  2. A Time of Blood by John Gwynne
  3. One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence
  4. The Brotherhood of the Wheel by RS Belcher
  5. Emily Eternal by M G Wheaton
  6. A Boy and His dog at the End of the World by CA Fletcher
  7. Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
  8. Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
  9. Ruthless Magic  by Megan Crewe
  10. Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
  11. The Gods of Men by Barbara Kloss

What’ve you been reading??

Backlist books

None.

Unfinished series completed:

None.

Books Bought: 

  1. The ABC Murders (Poirot) (Hercule Poirot Series Book 13 by Agatha Christie
  2. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
  3. Killman Creek (Stillhouse Lake Book 2) by Rachel Caine

Review Books:

Even more restraint this month than last – I realise I have some catching up to do and I can’t do that by constantly adding more so here it is:

  1. Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young – I’ve already read this and will review shortly – I really enjoyed it.
  2. For Emily by Katherine Slee
  3. The Absinthe Earl by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Cover compare:

I like both covers but the little blue shoe cover appeals more to me.

Which is your favourite?

Hope you’ve all had a good month.

March : My Month in Review

Posted On 1 April 2019

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March is over and with it the first quarter of the year.  I hope you’ve all had a good start to 2019.  I’ve read two more of my SPFBO finalists and the reviews will follow shortly – in fact at the moment I’m keeping on top of my reviews although I still do have a few still outstanding from last year.  This month I’ve read a total of 10 books and my month in reviews looks like this:

Books read:  this month = 10

  1. The True Queen by Zen Cho
  2. The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty
  3. Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik
  4. The Strawberry Thief (Chocolat #4) by Joanne Harris
  5. The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
  6. The Dollmaker by Nina Allan
  7. Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
  8. Aching God (Iconoclasts #1) by Mike Shel
  9. The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters
  10. Sowing (The Purification Era #1) by Angie Grigaliunas

My month in covers is here.

What’ve you been reading??

Backlist books

None.

Unfinished series completed:

I read Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence which was the final instalment in the Book of the Ancestor series.

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Books Bought: 

None this month – which is a big surprise!

Review Books:

I’ve been a lot more restrained this month:

  1. One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence
  2. The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dag
  3. The Witch Who Courted Death by Maria Lewis
  4. A Hero Born by Jin Yong
  5. The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

Cover compare:

I like both covers to be honest on balance I probably prefer the second cover if pushed to make a choice.

Which is your favourite?

Hope you’ve all had a good month.

January : My Month in Review + book covers

Posted On 3 February 2019

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Well, January flew by at breakneck speed for me and I hope February puts the brakes on a little.  I can’t even think where I’ve been or what I’ve done, it all feels very hazy almost as though I wasn’t taking part!  Birthdays, lots of seeing friends, a short trip away visiting in-laws and a few books.  So, I didn’t read as many books as I’d hoped this month with seven in total but I’ve had some amazing reads that I loved and what’s really surprising is I’ve reviewed them all.  I’ve been catching up with some other reviews too and I read the first of nine SPFBO finalists.  My weekly wrap ups hit the dust this month but I’ll hopefully resume them during February – I find they help keep me on track.  So, here’s my month in review (I usually post my month in covers separately but I’ve added them here as I’m a couple of days later than normal):

Books read:  this month = 7

  1. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
  2. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
  3. The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky
  4. The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan
  5. The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell
  6. Murder Theory by Andrew Mayne
  7. Out of Nowhere by Patrick LeClerc

What’ve you been reading??

Backlist books

None.

Unfinished series completed:

None.

Books Bought: 

None – that’s a surprise!

Review Books

  1. The Furies by Katie Lowe
  2. Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter
  3. The Whisper Man by Alex North
  4. The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
  5. Murder Theory by Andrew Mayne
  6. The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

Cover compare:

I like the first cover the best of these two – I like the starkness of the second cover but prefer the colours of the first – although I’m not fond of the gold medal!

White is your favourite?

Hope you’ve all had a good month.

December : My Month in Review + book covers

Posted On 31 December 2018

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Wow, 2018 is coming to a close.  I feel short changed somehow – like somebody pulled a fast one and shortened the year somehow.  It’s been a lot of fun this year though in spite of the way it’s flown by at breakneck speed.  I’ve loved my reading and blogging, interacting with this wonderful community, taking part again in the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off and just becoming involved in lots of bookish endeavours.  For those of you who celebrate Christmas I hope you’ve had a lovely time – for those that don’t, I hope you’ve also had a lovely time during December and I’ll take this opportunity to wish everyone all the best for the forthcoming New Year.   Anyways.  I’ve read 10 books this month.  I’ve also completed my final batch of SPFBO books and chosen a finalist to go forward to the Second Stage.  My reviews will start to appear in January.  I can’t deny that I have some catching up to do in terms of the blog and visiting all my bookish buddies but I decided to concentrate solely on reading my SPFBO books during December which is why I was mostly absent – well, that plus all the holiday socialising.  So, here’s my month in review:

Books read:  this month = 10 

  1. An Empire of Tears by Tim Marquitz
  2. Purple Haze by Andrew Einspruch
  3. Kingshold by D P Wooliscroft
  4. Dark Oak by Jacob Sannox
  5. Sworn to the Night by Craig Schaefer
  6. Forsaken Kingdom by RJ Rasmussen
  7. Under Ordshaw by Phil Williams
  8. High Barrens by Alice Sabo
  9. Songs of Insurrection by J.C Kang
  10. An Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

What’ve you been reading??

Backlist books

None.

Unfinished series completed:

None.

Books Bought: 

  1. The Corset by Laura Purcel
  2. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
  3. City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett

Review Books

  1. A Time of Blood by John Gwynne
  2. The Dollmaker by Nina Allan
  3. Bound by Mark Lawrence

Cover compare:

These two are not just completely different style wise but also the title.  I actually did a double take and wondered if I’d gone wrong somehow.  I think I prefer to the blue cover this time.

Hope you’ve all had a good month.

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