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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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.

November : My Month in Review

Posted On 30 November 2018

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Oh my giddy aunt – December is almost upon us.  I am not prepared for this at all.  I will not panic – I do not panic, I may sometimes need to take deep, steadying breaths of fresh air but panicking is not the thing.  Where is 2018 going to though – into a black hole I think.  Anyways.  I’ve read 8 books this month.  I’ve also completed my fourth batch of SPFBO books and my update will hopefully be posted tomorrow.  I’m stepping up the pace for December.  I’m going to post my final 6 books as one batch and aim to read them by the middle of the month with an update, that way I can read my semi finalists and choose a winner.  Phew!  What’s that saying, The best laid plans….something, something, something – I can do this – I just need to concentrate on the deep breathing mentioned above.  My lovely looking covers for the month can be found here. Here’s my month in review:

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

  1. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
  2. An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris
  3. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  4. Dragonshadow (Heartstone #2) by Elle Katharine White
  5. Someone Like Me by MR Carey
  6. Songwoman by Ilka Tampke
  7. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean – review to follow
  8. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – review to follow

What’ve you been reading??

Backlist books

None.

Unfinished series completed:

None.

Books Bought: 

  1. The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library series Book 4) Genevieve Cogman

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Review Books

  1. The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky
  2. The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan
  3. Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
  4. Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
  5. A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher
  6. Across the Void by SK Vaughn
  7. The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell
  8. The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan
  9. Fog Season by Patrice Sarath
  10. The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
  11. The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

This does look like a lot of review books but, in fairness, they’re spread out in terms of publish dates and there were a couple on here that I wasn’t expecting – i.e one I forgot I’d asked for and one I thought I’d been declined! Ahem….

So, moving on.  Cover compare:

I think I prefer the first of these – I know it doesn’t give much away but I like the colours and overall feel.   Not sure what to make of that huge pin!  Thoughts??

Finally, the SPFBO.  The fourth month is coming to an end and I should have my update posted tomorrow.  I’m posting the final six months as one batch and will hopefully have an update on my final fifth batch by, at the latest, 15th December – then I need to choose my finalist – sounds so easy doesn’t it!

October : My Month in Review

Posted On 31 October 2018

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October – why did you have to fly by so quickly?  This month I read twelve books and caught up a little with some reviews although I’m still a bit behind.  I checked out the third batch of my SPFBO books and I have some tough decisions to make – hopefully my update will be up either tomorrow or Friday.  I’m still undecided to be honest, this batch is proving tough to choose between.  My lovely looking covers for the month can be found here.  Here’s my month in review:

Books read:  this month = 12 (with reviews linked)

  1. No Sleep Till Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton
  2. The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso
  3. Creatures: The Legacy of Frankenstein by Emma Newman; Tade Thompson; Paul Meloy; Kaaron Warren; Rose Biggin
  4. Charmcaster by Sebastien DeCastell
  5. Soulbinder by Sebastien DeCastell
  6. Slenderman – by ‘Annonymous’
  7. House of Glass by Susan Fletcher
  8. Chasing Graves by Ben Galley
  9. In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey
  10. The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
  11. The Boy on the Bridge by M R Carey
  12. The Winters by Lisa Gabriele

What’ve you been reading??

Backlist books

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell.

Unfinished series completed:

I’m not sure if The Boy on the Bridge is the completion of the series or not?  I can’t figure out if MR Carey plans on more from this world or not.

Books Bought: 

  1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  2. An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris

Review Books

  1. Slenderman – by ‘Annonymous’
  2. Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
  3. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  4. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
  5. The Taking of Annie Thorne by CJ Tudor
  6. The Winters by Lisa Gabriele
  7. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

I have a couple of covers to compare:

Not sure which I like best out of the above two.  I like the colours and feel of the second cover but then the dark red and black cover feels very seasonally appropriate.  Which do you like best.

Again, really difficult to choose.  I love the second cover and the two covers that come before from this set are beautiful.  But then check out that first cover.  It’s beautiful.  I can’t choose – can you?

Finally, the SPFBO.  The third month is coming to an end.   I’ve read at least the first 30% of all six books and will be posting the outcome very soon although I’m finding it difficult to choose.

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