January : My Month in Review

Posted On 31 January 2018

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This is my first month in review for 2018 – also, some of these lists look a bit longer than usual but that’s because I didn’t post a month in review for December 2017 so this doubles up.  I’ve had a good month with plenty of excellent books – guess I’ve been quite lucky.  We’ve had a few mishaps (chunks of ceiling falling down and the like) but it all just adds to the rich texture of life doesn’t it!  Anyway, my month in covers is here if you’d like to check out their loveliness.  My Month in Covers

Books read:  this month = 9 

  1. The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson
  2. The War of Undoing by Alex Perry – review to follow
  3. The Feed by Nick Clark Windo
  4. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
  5. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – review to follow
  6. Chaos Trims my Beard by Brett Herman – review to follow
  7. Hazelwood by Melissa Albert – review to follow
  8. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar- review to follow
  9. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham – review to follow

I still have a few reviews yet to follow but a couple are already written and scheduled.

What’ve you been reading??

Backlist books

Ahem, none this month – although I have started Anthony Ryan’s Waking Fire so hopefully I’ll finish that one soon.

Unfinished series completed:

None this month.

Books Bought (I’ve included December buys in here as I didn’t have a monthly round up for December):

  1. Age of Assassins by RJ Barker
  2. Lustlocked by Matt Wallace
  3. Pride’s Spell by Matt Wallace
  4. Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
  5. The Vanishing by Sophia Tobin
  6. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  7. Cold Iron by Stina Leicht
  8. The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst

That’s not too bad really when you consider it’s two months and includes my birthday and Christmas – in fact I’ve still got credit left from gift cards.

Review Books (again, this probably looks like a lot of books but it’s two months worth and some of the dates are quite well spread apart (so for example I have 7 titles for February – doable I think).

  1. The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams
  2. The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross
  3. Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking
  4. Planetfall by Emma Newman
  5. One Way by S J Morden
  6. Clockwork City by Paul Crilley
  7. Kin by Snorri Kristjansson
  8. Semiosis by Sue Burke
  9. The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse
  10. Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker
  11. Looking Glass by Andrew Mayne
  12. The Sisters Mederos by Patrice Sarath
  13. The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst
  14. Feeder by Patrick Weekes
  15. The Hunger by Alma Katsu
  16. School for Psychics by K C Archer
  17. Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach
  18. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

I’ve read two of my SPFBO titles : The War of Undoing and Chaos Trims my Beard.  Which leaves me with 7 more books to complete.

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November : My Month in Review

Posted On 3 December 2017

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Tonight is a supermoon.  Tried to get a good shot of it but it didn’t work out too well so apologies.  This month has been good.  I’m speeding ahead with my SPFBO books – I should have my winner picked out very soon.  I’ve managed to read 9 books this month.  Currently reading Cruel Prince by Holly Black which has started very well.  And, in other news I seem to have suddenly become addicted to Pokemon Go – why? Just why – I resisted it all this time but then….

Books read: 

  1. The Nine by Tracy Townsend
  2. Artemis by Andy Weir
  3. The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty
  4. The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne
  5. Kill Creek by Scott Thomas
  6. The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen
  7. The Saga of Dirt and Poncho
  8. Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace
  9. War Witch by Layla Nash

As you can see, a few reviews yet to follow.

What’ve you been reading??

My covers are here.

Backlist books

None this month.

Unfinished series completed:

None this month.

Books Bought: (I may have gone a little bit over the top again this month, but in my defence these books were, mostly, in a too-good-to-be-true sale – never look a gift horse in the mouth and anyway, no need to defend buying books I always think):

  1. Runemarks by Joanne Harris
  2. Horns by Joe Hill
  3. Occupy Me by Tricia Sullivan
  4. Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding
  5. Red Queen by Christina Henry
  6. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  7. The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley
  8. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
  9. The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
  10. Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
  11. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King

Okay – so I do feel a bit sheepish looking at all those books – but I couldn’t help it and the last two were audio credits.  Feast your eyes on these lovelies.

Review Books:

  1. The Queen of All Crows by Rod Duncan
  2. The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) by Holly Black
  3. Paris Adrift by E J Swift
  4. The Crow Road by Iain Banks (Anniversary Edition)
  5. Kill Creek by Scott Thomas
  6. The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson
  7. Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson
  8. The Feed by Nick Clark Windo
  9. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

October : My Month in Review

Posted On 31 October 2017

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October – why do you have to leave so quickly!  Hope you’ve all had a lovely month.  Here’s what I’ve been up to book wise:

Books read: 

  1. Deadlands by Seanan McGuire
  2. The Crow Garden by Alison Littlewood
  3. The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear
  4. A Matter of Blood by Sarah Pinborough
  5. Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell
  6. Starborn by Lucy Hounsom
  7. Spellslinger 2: Shadowblack by Sebastien De Castell
  8. Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  9. Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

My covers are here.

I’ve been lucky again with books this month with some very enjoyable reads.  Fingers crossed for another good month of reading during November.

Backlist books

  1. A Matter of Blood by Sarah Pinborough

Unfinished series completed:

None this month.

Books Bought: (I’ve gone a bit crazy this month it seems!)

  1. Temeraire by Naomi Novik
  2. Strange Practice: A Dr Greta Helsing Novel by Vivian Shaw
  3. Running Out Of Space: Sunblinded One by S. J. Higbee
  4. Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castle
  5. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
  6. Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart
  7. River of Teeth by Sarah Galley
  8. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  9. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  10. Envy of Angels: A Sin du Jour Affair by Matt Wallace

Review Books:

  1. The Realms of God by Michael Livingston
  2. Firestorm by Lucy Hounsom
  3. The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne
  4. Gluttony Bay by Matt Wallace
  5. Master Assassins by Robert V S Redick
  6. The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
  7. The Nine by Tracy Townsend

September : My Month in Review

Posted On 30 September 2017

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September has gone and we’re into the month of all things spooky – or October if you prefer.  I’ve had a busy month and I’ve managed to read some absolutely excellent months.  I hope October is as good a reading month.  On a personal note I’m currently on a road trip in Europe – which is wonderful, visiting lots of places and taking a whole truck load of photographs, at the moment in the romantic city of Verona.  Hope you all had a lovely September.

Books read: 

  1. An Alchemy of Masques and Shadows by Curtis Craddock
  2. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  3. Sea of Rust by C Robert Cargill – review to follow
  4. The Last Dog on Earth Adrian J. Walker – review to follow
  5. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman – review to follow
  6. A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M Harris – review to follow
  7. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  8. The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

My covers are here.

I must say that all my books this month have been amazing and my reviews will follow shortly.

Backlist books

American Gods by Neil Gaiman – audiobook.

Unfinished series completed:

None this month.

Books Bought: 

  1. Dragonship by J P Ashman (well, I actually picked this one up when it was on offer but – it’s still very reasonable on Amazon :D)

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Review Books:

July: My Month in Review

Posted On 31 July 2017

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This has been a very busy month indeed.  I hope you’ve all had a good July – I certainly hope you’ve had more sunshine than we have – although in fairness I did go to sunny Malta for two weeks so I can’t grumble.  Anyway, this month I’ve managed to read 11 books – I missed a couple off my covers post so I’ve updated it now – can’t miss Spoonbenders and Graveyard Shift off now can I:

Books read: 

  1. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
  2. Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker
  3. A Kiss Before Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton
  4. Darien by C F Iggulden
  5. Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
  6. Godblind by Anna Stephens
  7. Blackwing by Ed McDonald
  8. Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
  9. Graveyard Shift by Michael F Haspil
  10. Devil’s Call J Danielle Dorn – review to follow
  11. The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H Wilson – review to follow

My covers are here.

I’ve had some really good reads looking back at this list – Spoonbenders was a wonderfully excellent surprise, Devil’s Call I loved and The Clockwork Dynasty was also really good.  Blackwing by Ed McDonald stole the show a little bit for me I must admit.

Backlist books

None this month.

Unfinished series completed:

None this month.

Books Bought: 

  1. Naamah’s Blessing by Jacqueline Carey
  2. The Boy on the Bridge by M R Carey – audio book

Review Books:

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