As you all may have noticed, I finally settled on a new layout for the blog. After writing a review for the second book of The Witcher series, I felt inspired to seek out art for one of my favorite literary characters, Yennefer. I’m also very pleased that I’ve really picked up reading again so far this year after a serious slump last year. When I initially started book blogging, I threw myself head first into review requests from authors and publishers and quickly burned myself out. I got overwhelmed by the number of underwhelming books, that along with finishing my degree as well as some personal struggles set me up for a slow year.
Even with all of that though, I find that whenever I get down – reading a good story really helps to pick me back up. I’m hoping that this upward swing will last and that most of the books I read this year will be good.
♔ If The Duke Demands by Anna Harrinton
♔ The Mad Herringtons by Jane Myers Perrine
♔ The Maid of Milan by Beverly Eikli
What I’ve Read
♔ If The Duke Demands by Anna Harrington ★★★
♔ Little Lies by Heather Gudenkauf ★½
♔ Scandal at Dawn by Elizabeth Cole ★★½
♔ Waking Kate by Sarah Addison Allen ★★★★
♔ What To Do With A Duke by Sally MacKenzie ★
New to the Bookshelf
I was intending on keeping this month’s acquisitions rather light, with just one purchase and my usual two freebies form Kindle First and Samsung for Kindle – however there were so many awesome additions to Amazon’s Prime Reading Library and NetGalley for next month I couldn’t resist!
♔ In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen
♔ A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay
♔ The Broken Bridge by Philip Pullman
♔ The Grave Tender by Eliza Maxwell
♔ The Marcos Dynasty by Sterling Seagrave
♔ Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories by Mariana Enriquez
♔ Windrunner’s Daughter by Bryony Pearce
♔ Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
♔ Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
Samsung for Kindle
♔ Lord of the Nile by Constance O’Banyon
Around The Web
♔ 17 Books We’re Excited to Read in 2017 (Read it Forward)
♔ Pre-Release Thoughts: The Bear and the Nightingale (Read At Midnight)
♔ SFWA Announces 2016 Nebula, Norton, and Bradbury Award Nominees! (Nebula Awards)
♔ YA Novel Readers Clash With Publishing Establishment (The Guardian)
The last article on the list is old, but I find it to still be very relevant to this day in regards to the conflict between writers and readers that write reviews.
Reading Next Month
♔ Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
After having my fill of romance and books with lighter themes last month I’m ready for some darker, more action packed stories next month!