November : My Month in Review

Posted On 1 December 2019

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Well, November just went speeding by.  I’ve been so busy this month, I’ve taken on various ‘projects’ around the house and it seems every time I finish one thing I add another two to the list. I’m exhausted.  On top of that we’re looking after our next door neighbours two dogs which is also an extra chore – I don’t mind really but it is time consuming.  And, well, I’m so tired by the end of the day that I’ve been doing very little reading or blogging.  I’m hoping things will calm down this month maybe and I can chill out – although December isn’t really known as the month for ‘chilling’ is it – chilled maybe!  Plus, there’s no sign of the neighbours returning yet, they said they’d be gone for 5 days, week maximum – it’s now been 10 days and not a hint of a return.  On the happy side of things I have completed Stage 1 of the SPFBO competition and to be honest it’s always a relief to finish the first part – not because I don’t enjoy it but it’s much more pressure than the second half because there are 30 books to be checked out and a winner chosen to go to stage 2 – and this year’s batch was rather excellent, which was good on the one hand, but just heaped even more pressure on in terms of choosing a finalist on the other.  Anyway, enough of that.  I’ve managed to read 8 books this month plus post a whole bunch of reviews and I’m about 30% into The Hanged Man and the God of Gnomes.  My month in covers can be found here and here’s my November in review:

Books read:  this month = 8

  1. Songs From the Deep by Kelly Powell
  2. Dark Pattern by Andrew Mayne
  3. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  4. Never Die by Rob J Hayes
  5. The Blade Withinby Jackson Lear
  6. Vortex Visions by Elise Kova
  7. River of Thievesby Clayton Snyder
  8. Sir Thomas the Hesitant and the Table of the Less Valued Knights by Liam Perrin

Backlist books

None.

Unfinished series completed:

None.

Books Bought: 

None – behaving myself before birthday/Christmas 😀

Audio Books Bought:

None

Review Books:

Not too excessive this month:

  1. Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri
  2. The Assistantby S. K. Tremayne
  3. Dead to Herby Sarah Pinborough
  4. The Shadow Saintby Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan
  5. Stormsong by CL Polk

Hope you’ve all had a good month.this

October : My Month in Review

Posted On 31 October 2019

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Happy Halloween to those of you who enjoy this time of the year.  Today I’m not going to go over all my already well documented complaints about the month.  I’ve managed to  complete 7 books.  I’ve also read my fourth batch of SPFBO books.  This month is much quieter in terms of review books which is great because I have to catch up with a number that I intended to read during October.  I am catching up with reviews which is good and hopefully November will be a good month.  Anyway, here’s my month in review:

Books read:  this month = 7

  1. The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh
  2. Mistletoe by Alison Littlewood
  3. Dreadful Company by Vivian Shaw
  4. From the Shadows of the Owl Queen’s Court by Benedict Patrick
  5. Grave Importance by Vivian Shaw
  6. Ivory Apples by Lisa Goldstein
  7. The Absinthe Earl by Sharon Lynn Fisher

My month in covers (here) was published yesterday.

Backlist books

None.

Unfinished series completed:

The Greta Helsing series – which I’ve loved and will be reviewing all three shortly.  If you love quirky, fun, exciting, different urban fantasy – this is the way to go.

Books Bought: 

None.

Audio Books Bought:

I used three of my credits this month:

  1. God of Gnomes by Demi Harper
  2. King of Assassins by RJ Barker
  3. The Land you Never Leave by Angus Watson

Review Books:

I’ve added a few books to my shelves this month that I’m very excited for.  I’ve copied links so you can check them out and the covers are posted below :

  1. The Deep by Alma Katsu
  2. The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer
  3. The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood
  4. Dispel Illusion by Mark Lawrence
  5. The Woods by Vanessa Savage
  6. The Bard’s Blade by Brian D Anderson
  7. The Memory Wood by Sam Lloyd
  8. The Other People by CJ Tudor
  9. The Glass Hotel  by Emily St John Mandel
  10. Where Gods Fear to go by Angus Watson
  11. Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell

Cover compare:

These two covers are so different – I love the second cover – it matches all the covers I’ve seen for the earlier books and I just love them.

In terms of SPFBO – I’ve now started reading my fifth and final batch of books which I’m hoping to read and post feedback on fairly quickly so as to leave my self some time to finish reading and announce semi finalists.  Nearly there now :D.

I have a few reviews to catch up with and also catching up with everyone’s blogs but I think I’m getting back on track.

Hope you’ve all had a good month.

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.

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)

FireTouched

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.

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