Thursday, 31 October 2019

A Month In Books - October 2019

Welcome to October'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 seventeen books this month although ones such as Alfie And The Dead Girls and Escaping The Asylum were short. I had a good month for nonfiction with Lost Feast which explores the human habit of driving foods we love to extinction, and Charles And Ada which tells the story of Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace's mathematical partnership.

I also blogged one of my older reviews, A Tale For The Time Being, which hadn't made it to Literary Flits before, and thirteen Spotlight posts.

Regular blog series:
In October I blogged Reading Challenge and Bookish Bingo, and State of the ARC updates as well as Halloween-inspired Cover Characteristics collection featuring Blood. On a similar note, my 5 Books, 1 Theme quintet were all Ghost stories. WorldReads featured books from Mexico for Hispanic Month. I will be 'visiting' Singapore for November's WorldReads on the 5th. I also continued my favourite Bookish Etsy Finds, posted a Giveaway Roundup, and looked back at nine years of what I read at This Time Last Year.

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 October is Alya Mooro's The Greater Freedom which is a great though-provoking memoir that challenged my perceptions and preconceptions of Middle Eastern women's lives.

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.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

State Of The ARC - October 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 October 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


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: 12 out and 16 in. That's probably not the best figures for my overstacked TBR pile!

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.