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!

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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.

July : My Month in Review

Posted On 31 July 2018

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How quickly is this year flying by?  The seventh month takes a bow and leaves the stage and I feel like the year so far has been speeding by at such a breakneck speed that I’m just a little bit dizzy.  Haha – just to cheer you all up there’s only 147 days until Christmas and a really depressing thought just occurred to me – it won’t be too much longer, no doubt, before Christmas goodies and decorations start appearing in shops (it seems earlier every year) *shakes fist in curmudgeonly fashion*  Anyway, this month I’ve read a total of seven books, I’m catching up with my reviews and I’ve been very restrained in both requesting and buying books – I am determined to start reading some of my backlog.  My lovely looking covers are here.  Here’s my month in review:

Books read:  this month = 7

  1. One of Us by Craig DiLouie
  2. Redemption’s Blade by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  3. Little Eve by Catriona Ward
  4. Hunted by GX Todd – review to follow
  5. You Die When you Die by Angus Watson – review to follow
  6. Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller – review to follow
  7. Wrath of God by Dyrk Ashton review to follow

What’ve you been reading??

Backlist books

None this month

Unfinished series completed:

None this month.

Books Bought: 

The Woven Ring by MD Presley

The woven ring

Review Books:

  1. Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller (I’ve read this and review will follow soon)
  2. The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith Spark – this is my next book – I’m so excited.
  3. Dark Water by Elizabeth Lowry – gothic stories – sign me up

I have a couple of covers to compare and also a cover for Dark Water:

Which is your favourite?  I’m favouring the first book in both cases.

Dark Water

June : My Month in Review

Posted On 30 June 2018

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And there was June – come and gone in the blink of an eye.  I’ve read seven books this month which is less than normal but I’ve been trying to catch up with reviews and I’ve made quite a bit of progress.  Hope you’ve all had a most excellent June.  I’ve had some great books over the past six months.  My reading so far this year is here and I’ve managed a total of 52 books (which is a little less than normal but plenty of time to catch up).  Hope the first half of the year has been good for you all. My Month in Covers is here.

Books read:  this month = 8

  1. Legendary by Stephanie Gerber
  2. The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse
  3. The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence #1) by K.D. Edwards
  4. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis
  5. Witchmark by C L Polk
  6. Ravencry by Ed McDonald
  7. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

What’ve you been reading??

Backlist books

None this month

Unfinished series completed:

None tis month.

Books Bought: 

Servant of Rage by AZ Anthony – just check out the lovely cover.

servant of

Review Books:

  1. The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah – very excited for this one, a new Poirot novel
  2. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis – I’ve already read this one and my review will follow shortly – it’s a harsh tale that doesn’t pull any punches but beautifully written
  3. One of Us by Craig DiLouie – sounds like a cautionary tale and one I’m really looking forward to.
  4. Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce – I was so happy to be granted a copy of this one, it’s my first TP novel, I’m very excited
  5. The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding, again, not read CW before so really looking forward to this one and check out the lovely cover.
  6. Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett – OMG – I actually adore RJB (not in a stalker bunny boiler fashion).  He’s a fantastic author and he’s on my must read list.
  7. No Sleep Till Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton – such a great series, going from strength to strength.

I have a couple of covers to compare and one particular cover to highlight.

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