Friday, 29 September 2017

A Month in Books - September 2017


It's always interesting to see which of my book posts will be most popular - other than those with Giveaways of course! - and which result in sales. The majority of Literary Flits links are affiliate links so when you click through I get a small commission for any purchases you all make. (Thank you!) September's reports had a surprise in store showing a sale of The Leopard which I'd reviewed way back in June. It's great to see older posts still generating attention! Don't forget you can browse titles of every Literary Flits book on the Author A-Z page or use the LinkWithin feature and label links at the end of each post.

Our fab holiday at the beginning of September cut into my reading time so I only read thirteen books this month! They include bizarre surrealism, poetry, crime mysteries and thrillers, and an excellent ancient-story-retelling. Keep scrolling past the Spotlights for my mini reviews ...


Guest reviews

Literary Flits hosted one Guest Review this month. If you have an indie author, small press or global literature book review that you would like to share please do get in touch.


Grace In Strange Disguise by Christine Dillon

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Spotlights

Do also get in touch to buy a Spotlight post for your book(s). Further details through This Link. Alternatively you could win a Spotlight by following me and retweeting my pinned tweet on Twitter! August's winner was Kathleen Harryman who promotes her York based thriller When Darkness Falls.


The Dark Mermaid by Christina L Barr + Giveaway

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Pretty Perfect by Lana Sky + Giveaway

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Journey's End: Death, Dying and the End of Life by Victoria Brewster and Julie Saeger Nierenberg + Giveaway

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Blackout by Lawrence Johnson Sr. + Giveaway

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When Darkness Falls by Kathleen Harryman + Giveaway

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Carry Me Home by Jessica Therrien + Giveaway

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My reviews


Strungballs by Mike Russell + Giveaway

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I won a copy of Strungballs in a Facebook giveaway. I already knew of Mike Russell's work by way of a Rebecca Gransden's Nothing In Strange Guest Review so was delighted to try it myself. This novella is seriously weird! Entertaining definitely, and wonderfully surreal!

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Everything Is Better With A Cape by C H Clepitt

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Kerry is back and still making event-inappropriate fashion choices! I enjoyed Everything Is Better With A Cape even more than its I Wore Heels To The Apocalypse predecessor and I think it is definitely the most humorous post-apocalyptic fiction I have read! There is little in the way of grim despair in Clepitt's invented world, instead we are faced with superheroic costume choices, gooey robots and a brilliantly sarcastic badger.

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35 Crocheted Bags by Emma Friedlander-Collins

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35 Crocheted Bags is a great resource for practical crochet patterns. It includes clear instructions for all kinds of bags from large totes and satchels to coin purses and glasses cases and I like that many are designed to be made with thick, chunky yarns. I can get from pattern to finished product pretty quickly!

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The Nomad's Premonition by Georges Benay + Giveaway

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I struggled through this book for a blog tour. I know other readers enjoyed it, but I think I can safely now say that financial thrillers aren't a genre for me.

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Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

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My Book Of The Month! Shamsie's retelling of Sophocles' Antigone is brilliant and I loved reading this book. It's longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and I have my fingers crossed that it wins!

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Service Disrupted: My Peace Corps Story by Tyler E. Lloyd

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Primarily Lloyd's recounting of his mental turmoil following a health scare while working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso. The memoir is an interesting insight into the reactions of a young man potentially afflicted with a terminal illness, especially the Schrodinger's Cat situation he endures whilst awaiting further tests and a definite prognosis.

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The Hairdresser Of Harare by Tendai Huchu

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I had seen The Hairdresser Of Harare positively reviewed on other book blogs so jumped at the chance to purchase my own copy when the ebook was discounted recently on Amazon. It's a fairly light-hearted story - although with violent episodes towards the end - and I thought Huchu portrayed modern day Zimbabwe in a lively and entertaining way with great characters.

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The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield

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Manterfield understands the teenage small-town claustrophobic experienced by Emmott Syddall in this thriller and I felt a lot of both sympathy and empathy for this character throughout the novel. The situation in which she ultimately finds herself is extreme, but always highly plausible - especially as I already knew the real village of Eyam had suffered plague quarantine before.

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Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke

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I felt this novel never quite decided what it wanted to be. It misses out on being a strong historical work, but didn't quite convince me as a political crime thriller either. Strong characters and some vivid writing made it an enjoyable read, but I thought it should have been excellent instead of just good.

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A Journey Round My Room by Xavier de Maistre

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I learned about A Journey Round My Room by reading Traveling In Place by Bernd Stiegler a couple of years ago. Stiegler was impressed with this autobiographical travel parody and I had looked forward to discovering it too. Unfortunately I was quite disappointed!

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What's Wrong With The Street by Andy Carrington

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Andy Carrington returns to the fervent anger of his previous poetry collection, Apathy Will Kill Us All, for this newest publication. For me, the poems felt like segments of an epic work rather than individual pieces because of their overlapping subject matter and recurring themes. The sheer energy Carrington maintains throughout the book is exhausting!

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Sense And Sensibility by Jane Austen

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I'm now two-thirds of the way through my Jane Austen Challenge to read all six of her novels during 2017. I have found that they seem to fall into two categories and sadly Sense And Sensibility joins the Dull as Ditchwater side for me.

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Havana Black by Leonardo Padura

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I love when charity shop take-a-chance books turn out to be brilliant and that is certainly the case with Havana Black. This Cuban crime novel concentrates more on character relationships and portraying Havana than on the mystery itself and I thought it was much the stronger for this.

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That's it for this month and I know I have already got some great books lined up to read and review in October including macabrely titled Iranian novel, Through The Sad Woods Our Corpses Will Hang by Ava Farmehri, and an autobiography of Burundi runner Gilbert Tuhabonye. Keep up daily on Literary Flits or I will see you here at the end of the month for another round up.

Don't forget the Giveaways!

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