Monthly Roundup

Monthly Roundup: January 2014

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Every first Wednesday of the month (Tuesday this month, due to the Book of Apex tour!) , I’ll be posting a roundup of the month just gone, and writing about what’s to come in the next few weeks.

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This month I read fifteen books, which as far as I’m aware is a personal record! Admittedly there were a couple of novellas and graphic novels, but I’m happy with my progress. The Death Pit by A.L. Kennedy, Into the Nowhere by Jenny Colgan, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, Archaeology: the Basics by Clive Gamble (refreshing my memory!), Supernatural: Origins by Peter Johnson, The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon, The Creature in the Case (The Old Kingdom #3.5) by Garth Nix, Watchmen by Alan Moore, Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues by Gail Simone & Walter Geovanni, Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, Mass Effect: Foundation by Mac Walters, The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co #1) by Jonathan Stroud, The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells and The QI Book of the Dead by John Lloyd.

Standout books include Brideshead Revisited, Daughter of Smoke and Bone and The Screaming Staircase. I’ve now read fifteen books towards my goal of fifty for this year – so I may have to raise it, but I also have to remember that my reading will greatly decrease from mid-August.

 

Challenge progress:

 

Currently reading:

Mistborn (The Final Empire #1) by Brandon Sanderson The Trojan War by Barry Strauss

 

Reviews on the blog on this month:

 

Other posts:

 

Upcoming:

  • I’m taking part in the Book of Apex tour, organised by Andrea @ Little Red Reviewer. Yay, speculative fiction!
  • I’m also taking part in Insta-love 101, hosted by the lovely ladies at A Novel Idea. Boo, insta-love!
  • And finally: the Review Copy Cleanup hosted by Books, Biscuits & Tea! and Nyx Book Reviews – time to tame that Netgalley ratio!

 

And that’s been my month! Pretty busy I think! How was January for you?

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Past Features

Weekly Roundup #16

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My ‘Weekly Roundup’ is where I share the books I have received in the past week, whether bought, gifted, borrowed etc.
 
 

Borrowed

  • Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon – I was reading in the canteen at work the other day, and one of my colleagues approached me and started talking about books. He loves crime, so lent this one to me to read – however, it really doesn’t look like my kind of book, so I’m not sure if I will read it… But it was nice to meet someone at work who is into reading.

Library

  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – this took ages to come from the library! I’ve wanted to read it for ages, even more so after finishing the Chaos Walking trilogy.
  • Uncanny X-Men: Sisterhood and Marvel Ultimate Origins – so I’ve often moaned about my local library being a bit… well, rubbish. But they do have some good graphic novels! I’ve read both of these ones already, and whilst I gave them both a 3-star rating, I think I preferred Uncanny X-Men. Both confused me slightly, as I haven’t read any other comic books in either series, so was missing out on some important points.
  • Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere: the Graphic Novel by Mike Carey – the only Neil Gaiman book I’ve read is Coraline. I need to correct this.
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore – I picked this one up only because I’ve heard a lot of good things about it – it has a LOT of 5 star ratings from my Goodreads friends. Hopefully I’ll agree with them!

What have you received to read this week?