Saturday, 31 August 2019

A Month In Books - August 2019

Welcome to August's Month In Books roundup! I will link this post up with Nicole's Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

I read thirteen books this month including the eagerly awaited The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead and the Man Booker International Prize winner Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi. I also blogged five of my older reviews which hadn't made it to Literary Flits before, and thirteen Spotlight posts.

Regular blog series:
In August I blogged Reading Challenge and Bookish Bingo, and State of the ARC updates as well as a Cover Characteristics collection featuring Windows. My 5 Books, 1 Theme quintet were all novels centred around older women protagonists. WorldReads featured books from Portugal and I will be 'visiting' Denmark for September's WorldReads on the 5th. I also started up two posts which I hope to maintain as monthly staples: my favourite Bookish Etsy Finds and a return of the Giveaway Roundup.

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

My Reviews

(Click the cover images to visit their reviews)




My Book Of The Month for August is the superb Japanese dystopia novel, The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa. This story goes way past standard dystopia tropes to become a deeply philosophical piece exploring what we need to make up our sense of individual identity.

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.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

State Of The ARC - August 2019

I saw this State of the ARC meme over at Avalinah's Books blog in January 2018 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 August I blogged my reviews of these ARCs:
(Click the cover images to visit their reviews)


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

Awaiting Reading

Read / Reviewed / Blogged




1 R


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.

No State Of The ARC would be complete without checking out the additions to my ARC stash: 9 out and 9 in. Perfect!

Here are August's new arrivals

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