Wednesday, 31 October 2018

A Month in Books - October 2018

Welcome to October's Month In Books roundup!

I read 15 books in October including two unusual graphic novels, a superb Jamaican magic realism tale, Chinese short stories and Japanese philosophical fantasy. I had three five-star reviews and I think my lowest rating was three stars so, overall, an excellent bookish month.

Regular blog series:
I blogged another five excellent female-authored books for ReadingWomen on the 10th with the Around The Blogosphere choice coming from Laurel Rain-Snow at Accidental Moments. I also blogged Bookish Bingo and State of the ARC updates.

October's WorldReads featured books from South Korea and I will be 'visiting' Jamaica for November's WorldReads on the 5th.

The Spotlight post giveaway winner was Zone 23 by C J Hopkins. (If you'd like the chance to win a Spotlight for your book, add its link to This Linkup. One winner drawn each month!)

Reading Challenges:
Alphabet Soup: none added, KXZ remaining.
Books In French: 1 finished
Classics Club: 1 added, 41 remaining
Decade Challenge: 2 added, 7 remaining. If you want to join me, there's more info and a sign-up here

Now, on with this October Reading Roundup!
(Clicking each cover image will take you directly to my Literary Flits review or Spotlight page)

My Reviews




And my Book Of The Month is:

I hope you have found some books to tempt you in this selection! You can keep up with my daily book posts on Literary Flits and don't forget all the Giveaways are listed in my Giveaway Linkup.

Monday, 29 October 2018

State Of The ARC - October 2018

I saw this State of the ARC meme over at Avalinah's Books blog in January and thought it would be fun to join in.

The idea is to keep track of all the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) books I've got awaiting reading and reviewing, and to make headway through the overdue pile. For my State of the ARC, I am including all books sent to me for review whether they are pre-publication copies (as ARCs should be) or simply review copies of books already available publicly. I don't include books that I have purchased myself, book exchange swaps, or free downloads.

In October I blogged my reviews of these ARCs:
Click the cover images to visit their reviews (Macbeth will be blogged on the 30th)


Here's my State of the ARC numbers as of today:

Awaiting Reading

Read / Reviewed / Blogged






From Authors




Blog Tours




From Publishers




RRB (Read, Reviewed and Blogged) essentially means those book reviews are completed and I'm just waiting for their scheduled blog post date.

I managed to catch up with those overdues from last month although I have half a dozen due in the next couple of weeks so I need to keep my reading rate up for the foreseeable future. I probably won't be able to divert into too many non-ARCs for the first half of November either. Overall, pretty good though.

No State Of The ARC would be complete without checking out the additions to my ARC stash. I might have gone a little crazy this month!

Here are October's new arrivals

If you want to join this State of the ARC meme check out This Page at Avalinah's Books.

My next State of the ARC will be blogged on the 28th November.