Monday, 30 September 2019

A Month In Books - September 2019

Welcome to September'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 a massive eightteen books this month including the earliest female-authored science fiction 'novel' I'd ever heard of: The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish. I'd found mention of it in Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kroger and Melanie Anderson which is a fab history of women authors in the horror and speculative fiction genres.

I also blogged three of my older reviews which hadn't made it to Literary Flits before, and nine Spotlight posts.

Regular blog series:
In September I blogged Reading Challenge and Bookish Bingo, and State of the ARC updates as well as a rather striking (if I do say so myself!) Cover Characteristics collection featuring Eyes. In a similar yet totally opposite theme, my 5 Books, 1 Theme quintet were all novels with Blindness. WorldReads featured books from Denmark and, as it's now Hispanic Month, I will be 'visiting' Mexico for October's WorldReads on the 5th. I also continued my favourite Bookish Etsy Finds and posted a 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 September is Nesrine Malik's amazing We Need New Stories, a nonfiction work exploring how our cultural identity is formed by the stories we tell about ourselves - and how that identity is skewed by the predominance of stories that only positively reflect upon a small group.

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.

Saturday, 28 September 2019

State Of The ARC - September 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 September 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






From Authors




Blog Tours


1 R / 1 RRB


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: 11 out and 12 in (although only 10 pictured below because 2 don't yet have finalised covers).

Here are September's new arrivals

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