Thoughts and other Miscellany

Looking back on August, looking forward to September

SEPTEMBER??????? I am not ready for it to be September yet. I haven’t had summer! Where’s my summer!!!?????? *weeps like a petulant child denied a third scoop of ice cream*

Returning to the real world and the point of this post:

In August I read 11 books (I finished all of them too) which is a ridiculous number, up there with June. I’ve been review-tastic recently so I’ve reviewed almost all of these:

Storm Front – Jim Butcher

Flowers For Mrs Harris – Paul Gallico

One for the Money – Janet Evanovich

Two for the Dough – Janet Evanovich

The Survivor – Sean Slater

A Visit From The Goon SquadJennifer Egan

When God was a Rabbit – Sarah Winman

The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett

The Weird Sisters – Eleanor Brown

The Sandalwood Tree – Elle Newmark

Dead End Gene Pool – Wendy Burden (review coming Tuesday)

On the whole it was a great month’s reading – I particularly enjoyed Weird Sisters, Sandalwood Tree and Uncommon Reader. And Flowers for Mrs Harris.

I’m in and out of a few books at the moment – I got through a lot of Stef Penney’s The Tenderness of Wolves audiobook on my recent sojourn to Lancaster. I’ve started but am not enthused by the second of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, Fool Moon and I’m a little overwhelmed by review copies (see below). Coming up,

I’ve got a stack of review copies to get through (I took away last month’s “coming up”. I still hadn’t read them):

2 from Simon & Schuster: The Women of the Cousins’ War and The Lady of The Rivers. Both ye olde Tudor times historical fictions and both by Philippa Gregory, of whom I have only read The Other Boleyn Girl. They look just right for a spot of curled-up-on-the-sofa-with-tea.

In Malice, So Close by Brandi Lynn Ryder, from Penguin Group USA – this came with Mice (reviewed yesterday). And looks like a Lolita for the modern age. As I bought Reading Lolita in Tehran when I was in the north, maybe I should actually read Lolita, then get to these two?

The Barros Pawns by Peter J. Earle (see Purgatory Road, also by Earle) and After the Rains, by Emily Barroso, both from Matador Publishing and received for review in The Self-Publishing Magazine.

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson, from Simon & Schuster, which I have had since about April. Seeing as sci-fi isn’t really my kind of thing, I am not all that excited about opening it, but I’ve seen some great reviews.

Boiled Peanuts by John Patrick Doyle, which was kindly sent by the author for review and looks quite fun.

So those should keep me busy for a while?


3 thoughts on “Looking back on August, looking forward to September”

  1. I am swimming in review copies too, of which 3 are accepted, others send through mailing lists. Know how you feel. Hope you don’t feel too pressured to read them, readingshould be for fun.

    Also, you have some amazing publishing contacts, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, etc.

    I have no clue how many books I read in August, probably not that much.

    I really want to just copy your first paragraph. I don’t understand what happened to August. One day it was the end of July and now it is suddenly September and we hardly had any sun and…

    Hope you have a good September!

    1. I feel quite guilty for not reading them straight away because I know I will read them and probably enjoy them, but my reading is so whimsical that I can’t make a pattern or a schedule, so they sit around for weeks/months.
      I use Goodreads to track my reading – I use LibraryThing to catalogue all my books, but Goodreads just to track what I’ve read and am reading. Somehow it’s helpful to keep them separate – and it shows me what I read each month.

      1. I have the same system, though I haven’t updated my catalogua of books on LT for a while. I like GR better for tracking my current reading (the % thing makes me feel accomplished), but LT better for an overview of the books I own and have not yet read.

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