September : My Month in Review

Posted On 30 September 2018

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And there was September, gone.  Where did it go – I don’t know but it was certainly in a hurry wherever it went to.  And the month of October is almost upon us.  I love this time of the year.  I’ve set myself a little self imposed challenge for the month of October which will commence tomorrow.  Anyhow,  September wasn’t too bad in terms of reading and blogging, still a little bit slower than I’d like but then I’ve had lots of people visiting and much socialising *shakes fist*, only kidding of course, obviously I just love socialising – I just want to read whilst being social – is that wrong?  I read eight books, I probably didn’t catch up with any reviews that I’m behind with but on the plus side I didn’t fall further behind (difficult to catch up if everytime you write a review you read another book).  I also checked out the second batch of my SPFBO books (six books, at least 30% of each to be read during the month).   My lovely looking covers are here.  Here’s my month in review:

Books read:  this month = 8 (with reviews linked)

  1. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
  2. Dark Water by Elizabeth Lowry
  3. I Always Find You by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  4. The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
  5. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse – review to follow
  6. Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers – review to follow
  7. Priest of Bones by Peter McLean – review to follow
  8. Dracul by Dacre Stoker – review to follow

What’ve you been reading??

Backlist books

None this month

Unfinished series completed:

None this month.

Books Bought: 

  1. Charmcaster, Spellslinger #3 by Sebastien deCastell
  2. City of Kings by Rob J Hayes

Review Books

  1. Creatures, The Legacy of Frankenstein by Emma Newman; Tade Thompson; Paul Meloy; Kaaron Warren; Rose Biggin
  2. Soulbinder, #4 Spellslinger by Sebastien deCastell
  3. Priest of Bones by Peter McLean
  4. In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey
  5. Songwoman by Ilka Tampke
  6. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
  7. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
  8. White Stag by Kara Barbieri

I have a couple of covers to compare:

Obviously, as I’ve not read this yet I’m not sure which best suits the story but the first is my favourite.  that second cover is a bit creepy.

Finally, the SPFBO.  The second month is coming to an end.   I’ve read at least the first 30% of all  six books and will be posting the outcome tomorrow.

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July : My Month in Review

Posted On 31 July 2018

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How quickly is this year flying by?  The seventh month takes a bow and leaves the stage and I feel like the year so far has been speeding by at such a breakneck speed that I’m just a little bit dizzy.  Haha – just to cheer you all up there’s only 147 days until Christmas and a really depressing thought just occurred to me – it won’t be too much longer, no doubt, before Christmas goodies and decorations start appearing in shops (it seems earlier every year) *shakes fist in curmudgeonly fashion*  Anyway, this month I’ve read a total of seven books, I’m catching up with my reviews and I’ve been very restrained in both requesting and buying books – I am determined to start reading some of my backlog.  My lovely looking covers are here.  Here’s my month in review:

Books read:  this month = 7

  1. One of Us by Craig DiLouie
  2. Redemption’s Blade by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  3. Little Eve by Catriona Ward
  4. Hunted by GX Todd – review to follow
  5. You Die When you Die by Angus Watson – review to follow
  6. Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller – review to follow
  7. Wrath of God by Dyrk Ashton review to follow

What’ve you been reading??

Backlist books

None this month

Unfinished series completed:

None this month.

Books Bought: 

The Woven Ring by MD Presley

The woven ring

Review Books:

  1. Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller (I’ve read this and review will follow soon)
  2. The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith Spark – this is my next book – I’m so excited.
  3. Dark Water by Elizabeth Lowry – gothic stories – sign me up

I have a couple of covers to compare and also a cover for Dark Water:

Which is your favourite?  I’m favouring the first book in both cases.

Dark Water

June : My Month in Review

Posted On 30 June 2018

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And there was June – come and gone in the blink of an eye.  I’ve read seven books this month which is less than normal but I’ve been trying to catch up with reviews and I’ve made quite a bit of progress.  Hope you’ve all had a most excellent June.  I’ve had some great books over the past six months.  My reading so far this year is here and I’ve managed a total of 52 books (which is a little less than normal but plenty of time to catch up).  Hope the first half of the year has been good for you all. My Month in Covers is here.

Books read:  this month = 8

  1. Legendary by Stephanie Gerber
  2. The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse
  3. The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence #1) by K.D. Edwards
  4. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis
  5. Witchmark by C L Polk
  6. Ravencry by Ed McDonald
  7. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

What’ve you been reading??

Backlist books

None this month

Unfinished series completed:

None tis month.

Books Bought: 

Servant of Rage by AZ Anthony – just check out the lovely cover.

servant of

Review Books:

  1. The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah – very excited for this one, a new Poirot novel
  2. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis – I’ve already read this one and my review will follow shortly – it’s a harsh tale that doesn’t pull any punches but beautifully written
  3. One of Us by Craig DiLouie – sounds like a cautionary tale and one I’m really looking forward to.
  4. Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce – I was so happy to be granted a copy of this one, it’s my first TP novel, I’m very excited
  5. The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding, again, not read CW before so really looking forward to this one and check out the lovely cover.
  6. Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett – OMG – I actually adore RJB (not in a stalker bunny boiler fashion).  He’s a fantastic author and he’s on my must read list.
  7. No Sleep Till Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton – such a great series, going from strength to strength.

I have a couple of covers to compare and one particular cover to highlight.

April : My Month in Review

Posted On 30 April 2018

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March : My Month in Review

Posted On 31 March 2018

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The first quarter of the month is already at an end.  Spring is upon us and I hope you all have lots to look forward to. My Month in Covers is here.

Books read:  this month = 9

  1. The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams – review to follow
  2. Master Assassins by Robert V S Redick
  3. Looking Glass By Andrew Mayne
  4. Planetfall by Emma Newman
  5. Feeder by Patrick Weekes – review to follow
  6. Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe – review to follow
  7. Tiger Lily by K Bird Lincoln – review to follow
  8. The Sisters Mederos by Patrice Sarath – review to follow
  9. The Atrocities by Jeremy C Shipp – review to follow

So, a few reviews to catch up with but I do feel like I’m catching up with them slowly but surely.

What’ve you been reading??

Backlist books

Unfortunately none this month.  I had a lot of review books so couldn’t get to my own reads.

Unfinished series completed:

None this month.

Books Bought:

I’m really looking forward to The Silent Companions and hope to slot that one in regardless of my schedule, similar with the Stuart Turton book which I’ve heard such good things about.  Obviously I want to read them all of course but as and when:

  1. Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
  2. The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
  3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  4. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Review Books:

  1. By Fire Above by Robyn Bennis
  2. Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley
  3. The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer
  4. Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
  5. Legendary by Stephanie Gerber
  6. Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley
  7. The Atrocities by Jeremy C Shipp
  8. The Last Sun by K D Edwards
  9. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
  10. Temper by Nicky Drayden

That probably looks a tiny bit excessive given that I’m trying to be careful but the dates for these are not all due in the same month.

I’ve completed another two of my SPFBO books: Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andy Rowe and Tiger Lily by K Bird Lincoln (reviews to follow)

My cover compare this month: Dark Eden by Chris Beckett:

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