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.

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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.

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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