Tuesday, 31 December 2019

A Month In Books - December 2019

Welcome to December'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 did toy with the idea of posting this regular month roundup yesterday and also blogging a year roundup today, but what with challenge wrapup posts and actually doing some reading, it all got too much. By clicking through to Literary Flits, you can see my Book Of The Month selections and, to be honest, I'm not sure I could pick an absolute favourite from this year's dozen anyway!

Regular blog series:
In December I blogged Reading Challenge and Bookish Bingo, and State of the ARC updates as well as a Cover Characteristics collection featuring Hands. My 5 Books, 1 Theme quintet were all stories with Dog Characters and WorldReads featured books from China. I also continued my favourite Bookish Etsy Finds, posted a Giveaway Roundup, and looked back at eight 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 December is the unexpectedly brilliant historical fiction novel Suncatcher by Romesh Gunesekaran. I knew practically nothing about this book or its author before diving in and was blown away by how good it 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.

Sunday, 29 December 2019

State Of The ARC - December 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 December 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: 15 new books this month, but I've already read two of them.

Here are December's new arrivals

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