Book Reviews

Blog Tour: A Clockwork River by JS Emery

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.

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Book Reviews

Kitten Corner: Beautiful Illustrated Non-Fiction for Older Kids

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.

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Tags and Fun

Announcing #Hallowreadathon 2021

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!

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Book Reviews

September Wrap Up!

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.

Goodreads Challenge

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.

Yearly Tally

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!

Wrap Up

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!

Book Reviews

Review: Mistletoe Christmas

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!

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