Monthly Round-Up

Bonjour August!

Welcome to my first ever monthly round-up. I have never done one before and thought it might be a good way, as others do, to highlight recent posts, and to let you all know what I have planned for the month ahead. 

— What Happened —

This last month saw us all promoting the #womeninsff tag, in which we shared fav authors and fav reads with one another on social media. While I haven’t read that much since the lockdown, I still tried to post a number of female-centric posts.

These included my review of The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker, which is a favourite of mine purely for the fact it’s a western set on Mars, featuring a feisty female protagonist and her crazy family. And a a review of The Candle and the Flame, the debut fantasy by Nafiza Azad, which, to be honest, left me a little flat compared to The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty, which absolutely blew me away and scored a 10 rating. There was also the outstanding MG novel, How To Bee, from Aussie author, Bren MacDibble, that was an absolute joy to read, garnering a 10 rating as well—very rare for me. 

In my Book-It section I highlighted Karen Osborne’s up coming debut duology, Architects of Memory to be followed early next year by, Engines of Oblivion. Just the artwork alone sold me on this pair as future reads, and both are on pre-order! Other must reads that caught my eye for pre-order were: Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis and The Conductors by Nicole Glover. Both of which sound like amazing reads.

In my Author-Spotlight section I did my first ever #womeninsff post featuring my Top 10 Female Authors, which was a trip down memory lane into past reads.

— What’s Up Next —

While we might all be in lockdown, and thinking this is the perfect time to get some reading in, despite the extra time a home, what we have here is a failure to get stuck in. As a consequence, I have a large TBR sat on my coffee table giving me the evil eye every evening they are left unread.

So, to make amends I have tentatively promised myself I will take 2 books off the TBR to read this coming month, Descendent of the Crane by Joan He, and The Silence of Bones by June Hur. And, in doing so, allowed myself to buy two new books from my online wish list, We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson, and Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe.

My premise being I can buy two new books a month only if I also commit to reading 2 from the TBR that same month. Also, I’m going to try to focus and read at least 1, if not 2, ebooks. Especially as a couple of authors have been kind enough to send me—without blackmail, bribery, or coercion for my part—ebooks for review. 

Will it work? 

Ha! That, my friend, is in the hands of the gnomes. You’ll just have to sign up for my blog post notifications to keep up to date, or stalk me on twitter, if you dare.

I’ve also created a new monthly feature, a book blogger Q&A, featuring blogs I’ve discovered where the reviews and content are, IMHO, worth bookmarking and following. The first post for this new feature will, of course, thanks to Jake is Reading, going to be me. This way I can not only introduce you to the new feature, but also tell you a little bit more about me.

Meanwhile, thank you for stopping by to read this and I hope you enjoy what’s coming up in August.

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