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New Books from February 21st – March 6th!

I missed a week last week – life got in the way – but I only had a couple of things to show you, so I’m just going to roll them together into today’s post!

ARCs and Review Copies

Even and Odd by Sara Beth Durst

I enjoy Sarah Beth Durst’s writing in all age brackets, so I’m looking forward to this middle grade fantasy, which follows twin sisters on a magical quest. It promises wizards, unicorns, and a portal to another world, which is definitely a recipe for a book up my street!

The Way of the Argosi by Sebastien de Castell

This is the prequel to one of my favourite YA fantasy series (check out my Spellslinger review for more about that). We know Ferius Parfax as the card-fighting, gun-toting, hat-wearing mentor to Spellslinger‘s protagonist, but in this new book we get to glimpse her youth and her first steps onto the path of the Argosi. I’m so excited!

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TBR Check In: March

Goodreads Challenge

I’m very behind on logging books into Goodreads, but my own TBR tells me I read 38 books in February, which is brilliant, especially for such a short month! February is historically a really good month for me reading-wise, I don’t know why… I’m at a total of 67 books read currently so ahead of where I need to be for reaching that goal of 300 for the year, but I’ve been pretty slumpy for the last week or so, so I’m not sure how much reading I’ll get done in March – we’ll see!

My Owned TBR

I promised an unhaul last month and I ended up doing a huge one! Over 60 books left my shelves, and though the majority were books I’d already read and decided not to keep, I did knock a few things off the TBR that I’d lost interest in. The total is down this month, from 517 to 509 (though it’s still higher than January 1st thanks to a lot of lovely review copies!) so I’m making some progress towards my quarterly goal. Tracking all the books that come in has been a great idea for keeping me on top of it, and I’m also keeping a tally of how much I spend on books, which is definitely making me think twice about buying more. Wish me luck getting this down again – I’d love to report back on April 1st and tell you I’ve hit that goal (just, uh, 39 books to get off the list…)

Physical Review Copies

Last month I had 57 physical review copies awaiting review, and this month it’s 62. I have reviews for 12 of them scheduled or part-written, so it’s just a case of getting those up and then getting stuck into the rest. I’m so annoyed that this category is only getting worse – I really need some time to write up these reviews, but I’m just so busy with baby things!

Book of the Month

February’s books of the month were:

  • Dead Man in a Ditch by Luke Arnold
  • Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore
  • Master of One by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett

and I only managed to read Dead Man in a Ditch. It was brilliant, though, and I’m so glad I made time for it! I’m going to drop to two books for March to try to coax my mood-reading self into actually getting to them, so I’ll be aiming to read:

  • Dragon Tamer by Ophelia Silk
  • Beneath Cruel Fathoms by Anela Deen

Wrap Up

I’m adding a new section! I thought it would be nice to give you a little glimpse into what, as well as how much I’ve been reading, so:

Least favourites: The Forever Sea by Joshua Phillip Johnson; The Jewel by Amy Ewing; Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

Favourites: Dead Man in a Ditch by Luke Arnold; A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker; Picklewitch and Jack and the Sea-Wizard’s Secret by Claire Barker; The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting by KJ Charles; Botanical Curses and Poisons by Fez Inkwright

Shortest: Love by Emma Dodd

Longest: The Forever Sea by Joshua Phillip Johnson and Dead Man in a Ditch by Luke Arnold tie at 464 pages!

How was your reading month? If you have a wrap-up post, I’d love to see it!

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This Week’s New Books #7

I thought I was doing so well this week but then I put this post together and realised that I really wasn’t, haha! I write these posts on Friday mornings, even though they go up on Saturdays, and I had a totally unexpected huge delivery last Saturday morning that played havoc with my numbers (although I’m delighted to have had it)! Read on to see what’s been added to the TBR this week, from picture books to epic fantasy and more…

ARCs and review copies

I had the most amazing parcel from the fabulous Little Tiger Books this week, absolutely chock-full of lovely picture books and board books for me to review on Kitten Corner! Just take a look at all of these pretties!

Bear and Mouse: Birthday Party by Nicola Edwards and Maria Neradova

I Can Learn My First Shapes: Busy Day by Lauren Crisp and Thomas Elliott

Where’s My Dinosaur? by Kate McLelland

Little Hen Little Hen What Can You See? by Amelia Hepworth and Pintachan

These four board books all have different fun interactive elements, from flaps to sliders to feely bits to twirly bits – they’ll be great for little hands! Look out for reviews in an upcoming Kitten Corner post!

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This Week’s New Books #6

Another pretty hefty week – but I’m not feeling too bad about things as I did do an enormous unhaul and got rid of nearly 40 physical books from my shelves! I should probably cool it on NetGalley for a few weeks, though…

ARCs and review copies

The first three are all from NetGalley!

Jane Austen Investigates: The Abbey Mystery by Julia Golding

This new series, featuring a young Jane Austen investigating mysteries, looks like a lot of fun – and that’s a really cool cover.

The Magic Place by Chris Wormell

I’m always on the lookout for middle grade fantasy featuring cats, so this was an obvious one for me to request (the cat is named Gilbert!).

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This Week’s New Books #5

Oof, it’s been a big week for new books for me! I can’t believe how many have come in since last Saturday – someone at NetGalley had a funny five minutes this week and approved me for a whole bunch of requests that had been hanging around for ages, which has done a lot of the damage (everything without a physical copy here is from NetGalley!), but they’re all things I’m excited for – so let’s get to it!

ARCS and review copies

Sprite and the Gardener by Rii Abrego and Joe Whitt

I’ve really enjoyed the graphic novels I’ve read from Oni Press before, and this one looked like it had really beautiful art, so I jumped in when I saw it on NetGalley without knowing too much else about it. This should be a fairly quick read for me, I hope.

The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie Lu

I’ve never read Monstress, but I’ve always admired the art style, so I’m very intrigued by this collection of shorter dark fantasy fiction from Marjorie Lu. This was another cover-induced click – I mean, just look at it!

Nightingale by Deva Fagan

Middle grade fantasy is one of my favourite things, and when I saw the words “stealing a magical sword right out from under the nose of Prince Jasper” and “heist goes off the rails” I was sold!

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TBR Check In: February 2021

Goodreads Challenge

I read 27 books in January, which is a pretty good, if not spectacular, month for me! That puts me more or less exactly on track for that 300 in 2021, so that’s excellent. If you’d have asked me offhand, I don’t think I would have said it’s been a particularly good reading month, but I did have some wonderful reads, including two proofreads of forthcoming books that I’m very excited for. I also lucked out by reading a strong contender for favourite book of the year as my very first read – Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater was a great way to kick off January!

My Owned TBR

So, I’m aiming for 480 books by the end of March, and I’m going to be honest… it’s not going well. Over January my TBR has increased from 505 to 517. You may have seen that I’m now tracking the books that come in each week, and it’s definitely making me think twice about requesting and buying new books, so I’m determined that next month will be better. I also feel like an unhaul is on the cards…

Physical Review Copies

I spent some time this month making a much nicer spreadsheet for my review copies, and while that’s been really helpful, I’m sorry to say that this number has increased too, from 47 to 57. Eleven of those are picture or board books, so shouldn’t be too bad, but I do need to crack on with a few of these!

Book of the Month

January’s books of the month were:

  • Master Artificer by Justin Call
  • Heart of Stone by Johannes T Evans
  • Dead Man in a Ditch by Luke Arnold
  • Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

and I did read the first two! I’m especially pleased I found time for the enormous chonk that is Master Artificer – I loved it (my review will be up soon), but I really had to sit down and focus on something with so many plotlines and characters. Even though it helped to have this mini TBR to focus on, I still found myself getting sidetracked over the month, so I think I’ll make it a little easier this month and just choose three. Dead Man in a Ditch and Winterkeep will carry over, and joining them will be Master of One by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett.

How was your reading month? If you have a wrap-up post, I’d love to see it!

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This Week’s New Books #4

I almost managed not to buy any books this week! That doesn’t mean I don’t have plenty of new ones to show you, though…

ARCs and review copies

Switch-A-Picture: Day and Night by Harriet Evans and Lirios Bou; I Can Learn: Dinosaurs by Lauren Crisp and Thomas Elliott; and Who Said Cheep? by Yi-Hsuan Wu 

These three board books from Little Tiger all have different kinds of interactive flaps and sliders. These kinds of playful books are getting a lot of love at the moment in this house, so I’m hoping that these will also be a hit – so far Day and Night has been the favourite, with its sliding images! Dinosaurs is a bit advanced for my little one, with a lot of words on each page and quite delicate flaps, but is so lovely and I’m looking forward to sharing it with him once he’s a little older.

A Little Bit Worried by Ciara Gavin and Tim Warnes; I’m Sorry by Barry Timms and Sean Julian; and Along Came A Fox by Georgiana Deutsch and Cally Johnson-Isaacs

Little Tiger also sent me these three gorgeous picture books to review, and they make a surprisingly co-ordinated set with their night settings and orange forest animals! It’s always nice to find stories that tackle the topics of emotions, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the first two handle anxiety and apologies.

Dragon Tamer by Ophelia Silk

I really enjoyed DN Bryn’s Our Bloody Pearl, which was a wonderfully cute story that made my top books of 2020 list – my review of that is here! So when they offered me a chance to review their newest work (as part of writing team Ophelia Silk), I couldn’t resist – this fantasy romance looks like it’s going to be just as much fun. I love the description ‘idiot of idiots’ for the heroine in the blurb!

Journey Beyond the Burrow by Rina Heisel

I grew up on the Redwall books and I’m still a sucker for a mouse on an adventure, so I couldn’t resist requesting this on NetGalley – it looks so lovely! This should be a nice read to have on hand for when I need a bit of a palate cleanser between adult fantasies.

Purchased by me

A Sea of Pearls and Leaves

I was doing so well with not buying any books this week! But then I saw this gorgeous cover pop up in my BookBub recommendations, and when I clicked on it, the blurb sold me – a bi princess with a sorceress girlfriend and seven princely suitors competing for her hand! Plus, it has fantastic reviews, so it sort of accidentally fell onto my Kindle.

Have you read any of these? Or are you tempted by any of them? I’d love to know your thoughts!

(running 2021 total: 36 books in, 23 read. TBR at 517)

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This Week’s New Books #3

Saturdays are coming around fast! I have a few new books to show you this week, so let’s get into it!

ARCs and review copies

How to be Brave by Daisy May Johnson

I’m about halfway through this NetGalley read at the moment and it’s weird, but fun. I requested it because the author is a big fan of classic girls’ school stories (one of my favourite genres) and this is about a girls’ boarding school, but it’s not exactly what I was expecting. I like it though!

The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme

This was a NetGalley book that I don’t even remember requesting – it must have sat for a long time before being approved! It looks like a fun YA fantasy romance with court intrigue, so definitely my kind of thing.

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This Week’s New Books #2

It’s time for my second weekly haul already, and I’ve been fairly restrained this week! Just (ha!) seven books for your perusal today…

ARCs and Review Copies

All books in this category were provided free of charge by authors or publishers.

Relics, Wrecks and Ruins edited by Aiki Flinthart

I saw a tweet asking for reviews of this SFF anthology, put together as a last hurrah by editor Aiki Flinthart, and I couldn’t resist that line up of amazing authors. I’m looking forward to dipping into this one story at a time.

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This Week’s New Books!

I’ve been thinking about how better to keep a track of books coming in as well as books I’m reading, and since I often have more than 50 in a month, an end-of-month haul is going to be way too much effort for everyone involved! So I thought I might try a weekly haul instead and see how that goes – I’ll list things as they arrive, rather than as I buy them, which is how I log them on my TBR. Let me know what you think!

ARCs and review copies

All books in this category were provided free of charge by authors or publishers.

The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting by KJ Charles

I adore KJ Charles’s smart, dark, and queer historical romance, and I’m excited for this standalone! She says it’s fairly fluffy for her, which is exactly what I’m in the mood for, so I think I’ll get to this soon.

The Duke’s Runaway Bride by Jenni Fletcher

You know by now I’ll read anything Jenni writes, and I can’t wait to dip into book three of her Regency Belles of Bath series – books one and two were in my top reads of 2020!

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