April : My Month in Review

Posted On 30 April 2018

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March : My Month in Review

Posted On 31 March 2018

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The first quarter of the month is already at an end.  Spring is upon us and I hope you all have lots to look forward to. My Month in Covers is here.

Books read:  this month = 9

  1. The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams – review to follow
  2. Master Assassins by Robert V S Redick
  3. Looking Glass By Andrew Mayne
  4. Planetfall by Emma Newman
  5. Feeder by Patrick Weekes – review to follow
  6. Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe – review to follow
  7. Tiger Lily by K Bird Lincoln – review to follow
  8. The Sisters Mederos by Patrice Sarath – review to follow
  9. The Atrocities by Jeremy C Shipp – review to follow

So, a few reviews to catch up with but I do feel like I’m catching up with them slowly but surely.

What’ve you been reading??

Backlist books

Unfortunately none this month.  I had a lot of review books so couldn’t get to my own reads.

Unfinished series completed:

None this month.

Books Bought:

I’m really looking forward to The Silent Companions and hope to slot that one in regardless of my schedule, similar with the Stuart Turton book which I’ve heard such good things about.  Obviously I want to read them all of course but as and when:

  1. Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
  2. The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
  3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  4. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Review Books:

  1. By Fire Above by Robyn Bennis
  2. Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley
  3. The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer
  4. Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
  5. Legendary by Stephanie Gerber
  6. Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley
  7. The Atrocities by Jeremy C Shipp
  8. The Last Sun by K D Edwards
  9. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
  10. Temper by Nicky Drayden

That probably looks a tiny bit excessive given that I’m trying to be careful but the dates for these are not all due in the same month.

I’ve completed another two of my SPFBO books: Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andy Rowe and Tiger Lily by K Bird Lincoln (reviews to follow)

My cover compare this month: Dark Eden by Chris Beckett:

February : My Month in Review

Posted On 28 February 2018

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February nearly missed me completely it flew by so fast.  I had a good reading month though – mainly due to bad weather preventing me from getting out and about to mooch around.  I hope you all had a great month.  If you’d like to look at the loveliness of my book covers this month they can be found here.  My Month in Covers

Books read:  this month = 11

  1. The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
  2. Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift
  3. Pilgrimage to Skara by Jonathan S Pembroke
  4. The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale
  5. Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson
  6. Semiosis by Sue Burke
  7. Age of Assassins by RJ Barker
  8. Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker
  9. Kin by Snorri Kristjansson
  10. Between the Blade and the Heart by
  11. The Hunger by Alma Katsu

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

What’ve you been reading??

Backlist books

Unfortunately none this month.  I had a lot of review books so couldn’t get to my own reads.

Unfinished series completed:

None this month.

Books Bought:

None this month – I’m staggered.  I think it’s the first month in ages, maybe even years, that I’ve not added at least two or three books – wow, perhaps I’m getting a bit better/less compulsive.

Review Books:

  1. The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams
  2. Hunted by G X Todd

Again – ditto the above.  I was determined to go easy with my review requests.  I’m hoping to strike more of a balance of review books and my own books so we’ll see how that works out, or, if for that matter, I can resist making requests as often.

I’ve completed another of my SPFBO books: Pilgrimage to Skara by Jonathan S Pembroke and I’ve chosen my next book (post to follow shortly:

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My cover compare this month: Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson

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.

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
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