I’m delighted to be helping to kick off the blog tour for A Clockwork River today! Sadly the supply issues that are affecting publishing at the moment meant that the book reached me a little too late to bring you a full review, but I have plenty of thoughts about my first impressions.Continue reading “Blog Tour: A Clockwork River by JS Emery”
A Deadly Education was my favourite book of last year, gaining an unprecedented eleven out of five cats – and the sequel is just as brilliant!Continue reading “Review: The Last Graduate”
I’m loving the current trend of beautiful non-fiction picture books aimed at middle grade readers – these huge, fully illustrated books are the stuff of childhood dreams for an inquisitive kid, no matter what subject! I’ve rounded up six of my recent reads to show you – all of these were sent to me for review, but my opinions are my own.Continue reading “Kitten Corner: Beautiful Illustrated Non-Fiction for Older Kids”
I’ve had the hardest time putting my thoughts about this Rumplestiltskin retelling into some kind of order – there’s a lot to love, but also some very strange aspects…Continue reading “Review: Gilded by Marissa Meyer”
This magical Regency rom com is an absolute treat – fun, witty, and featuring one very adorable dragon!Continue reading “Review: Scales and Sensibility by Stephanie Burgis”
I can’t believe this is my third year helping Imogen to host the Hallowreadathon! This casual weekend readathon is a fun way to get some Halloween reading done – it’s my favourite time of year and I love having a way to celebrate the season with some great books. Whether you’re after cosy witchy vibes like me or prefer to get into the scary side of Halloween, we’ve put together some optional prompts to get you started!Continue reading “Announcing #Hallowreadathon 2021”
I’m writing this on a dark and rainy night, so it’s really starting to feel like autumn’s here (which I suppose it solidly is). September felt incredibly long, and like August, the books I read at the beginning feel like they were months ago – but let’s see what I remember.
In September I read 30 books, which is very good going for what felt like a slumpy month – it hardly compares to August’s 46 books, but I’ll take it! I wanted to let myself go a little slower this month and for the first two weeks I spent most of my spare time knitting and playing Pokemon, which I think gave me the mental space to come back to my TBR pile a little less stressed. That brings me up to 358 for the year, so I should hit my goal of 365 some time in October, and I’ll need to raise it again for the end of the year!
My Owned TBR
I only planned to lower my TBR by five books in September, from 365 to 360, and I managed that, though I did have to put a fair bit of effort in over this last weekend to do it. It was partly a slower reading month, and partly a really bumper month for bookpost – there are so many great books being published at the moment! For October, I’d really like to drop to 350 for a nice round number. A reduction of ten books should be doable if I keep my eye on the ball…
I did want to focus a bit on sequels that required rereads of earlier books, but I didn’t do a great job of it – I only read three sequels in the whole month, and I jumped into all of them without rereading book one (shout out to Mike Brooks, who included a great summary of The Black Coast in the front of The Splinter King). But I suppose that’s better than nothing, and it was really lovely to get back to some worlds I recognised. I’m going to try to make sure I finish at least one series in October, as an ongoing goal.
Physical Review Copies
Ten of the books I read were physical review copies, and I need to crack on with writing those reviews! A couple are up already, and one is written but I’m going to hold onto it until a month before publication.
Last year on October 1st, I started tracking the dates that new books came in so I could see how long things were staying on my TBR – I can’t believe it’s been a year already! I acquired 408 books in that year – a mix of ones I’ve bought, been given or lent by friends and family, or accepted for review – and only 141 of them are still on on the TBR, which means I read 65% of my new books in the same year they arrived. I’m actually fairly impressed by that! I didn’t keep track of books I acquired and then DNFed, so there’s probably a couple of dozen of those too.
I’m definitely going to keep tracking this year and try to do even better, as well as clearing that backlog!
Least favourite: Wood Angel by Erin Bowman
Favourites: The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik; The Splinter King by Mike Brooks
Shortest: Magnificent Mabel and the Very Important Witch by Ruth Quayle
Longest: The Splinter King by Mike Brooks
How was your reading month? Leave me a comment below and let me know!
I know, I know, we’re barely even into autumn yet, but I love Halloween so much, and there’s a fabulous crop of spooky kids books this year! All these books were sent to me free of charge, but all opinions are my own.Continue reading “Kitten Corner: It’s Never Too Early For Halloween!”
I know, it’s early to be thinking about Christmas when the leaves are only just turning, but in the world of publishing what can you do? This anthology of four interconnected novellas by Eloisa James, Christi Caldwell, Janna MacGregor and Erica Ridley is the perfect cosy Christmas read for historical romance lovers!Continue reading “Review: Mistletoe Christmas”
This masterful queer historical fantasy romance is a hot contender for my favourite book of the year… It’s getting crowded at the top!Continue reading “Review: A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske”