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.

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August : My Month in Review

Posted On 1 September 2019

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Wow, August just flew by.  This year – where’s it going to.  Hope you’ve all had a good month with lots of summery goodness, friends and good books (not necessarily in that order).  I had a very good reading month managing to fit in 13 books (slightly more if you consider the other four books that I read at least 30% of for my SPFBO and also the book I’m currently reading that I’ve completed about a third of.  Next month is very busy still so I hope to stay as focused.  I’m also trying to catch up with reviews which has made my blog a little more busy than usual as I don’t want to get too far behind.  Anyway, here’s my month in review:

Books read:  this month = 13

  1. Cry Havoc by Mike Morris
  2. The Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child
  3. Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze
  4. The Truants by Kate Weinberg
  5. Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
  6. Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan
  7. House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark
  8. Missing Person by Sarah Lotz
  9. The Witch Who Courted Death by Marie Lewis
  10. Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
  11. Brightfall by Jamie Lee Moyer
  12. Healer’s Ruin by Chris O’Mara
  13. Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin King

My month in covers (here) was published yesterday.

Backlist books

The Witch Who Courted Death by Marie Lewis

Unfinished series completed:

House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark – this was a great conclusion to the Empires of Dust series

Books Bought: 

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear – this was a recommendation from somebody who I know won’t steer me wrong 😀

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Audio Books Bought:

Dreadful Company by Vivian Shaw – I’m currently reading the first book in the series and really enjoying it so I thought I’d grab a copy of No.2 on audio and see how I get along with it.

Dreadful

Review Books:

I do look as though I’ve been a bit naughty this month, again, but as with last month some of these are very nicely spread out and in fact a few of them roll over to next year.  So here are my review books:

  1. Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron (read, review to follow)
  2. Deeplight by Frances Hardinge
  3. Ghoster by Jason Arnopp
  4. The Dragon Republic by RF Kuang – my next read
  5. Dark Pattern by Andrew Mayne – OMG, I am so excited for this book, I love this series
  6. Monstrous Heart by Claire McKenna – described as ‘gothic, epic, romantic fantasy’ – come on, how could I resist this.  I could not. Due out in 2020
  7. Grave Importance by Vivian Shaw – a series I’ve been wanting to read, I’ve owned Strange Practice for some time so it fits in for my rewind challenge and I’m currently reading and enjoying No.1.
  8. Mistletoe by Alison Littlewood – this featured on one of my Can’t Wait Wednesday so I was really pleased to be approved for a copy.
  9. Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell – this looks stunning and ‘an island ‘where deadly sirens lurk’ oh, yes please.
  10. The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh – Vampires??  New Orleans??  Colour me happy.
  11. Angel Mage by Garth Nix – so excited for this.
  12. The God Game by Danny Tobey – a video game run by hackers and an AI that thinks it’s a God – are you not intrigued?

Cover compare:

I’m kind of partial to the cover with the pink dress – seems ominous somehow?  Although that could be because I’ve read the book already and know the significance- which is your favourite?

In terms of SPFBO – I’ve completed my first and second batch of books.  My feedback is here and here.

Hope you’ve all had a good month.

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)

PoisonSong

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.

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.

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