Monthly Review: May 2017

Another month down! Can y’all believe the year is already almost half over? It feels like time is flying by way too fast.

Not much is new on the blog for right now. I set up a new layout with softer colors that I’m really pleased with, it’s much easier on my eyes. This will be my last change for a while I swear! Fiddled around with blog links and set up some new pages, I have some other ideas to add later over the summer. I also wrote my first non-review discussion for the blog that I’m pretty pleased about, I can’t wait to write some more in the future.

I’ve also started watching some BookTube channels and been browsing some new blogs. If you’re a blogger and would like to exchange links, check out my blogroll for some more information. I’m always looking for new blogs to check out and will leave comments!


Exciting news this month, I won a couple of giveaways! A big thank you to A New Look on Books for the ACOTAR coloring book. I’ve already started coloring and will continue as I read through the ACOTAR series. Another big thank you to A Bookaholic Swede and Hachette for I’ll Eat When I’m Dead by Barbara Bourland. Last but certainly not least, a huge thank you to Goodreads and Vintage for the beautiful ARC copy of Beautiful Animals by Lawrence Osborne.

Book Reviews


Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Dangerous Behavior by Nancy Bush
Nasty Women by 404 Ink
The Broken Bridge by Philip Pullman
The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite
The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea
The Grave Tender by Eliza Maxwell
The Prophecy of Arcadia by M. H. Soars

Other Writing

5 Books I Loved Growing Up (Tuesday Top Five)

What I’ve Read


❋ An Eccentric Engagement by Donna Lea Simpson ★★☆☆☆
❋ Dangerous Behavior by Nancy Bush ★★★☆☆
❋ During the Dance by Mark Lawrence ★★★☆☆
❋ Nasty Women by 404 Ink ★★★☆☆
❋ The Broken Bridge by Philip Pullman ★★★★★
❋ The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite ★★☆☆☆
❋ The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes ★★★★☆
❋ Voices in the Dark by Junji Ito ★★★★☆

New to the Bookshelf

So I discovered that Tor.com has a monthly eBook club where they hand out a book for free, which is pretty damn amazing I have to say. I signed up so fast and thought I ought to share the love! ❤ You can find out more information here.


First to Read
❋ Here and Gone by Haylen Beck
Giveaways
❋ I’ll Eat When I’m Dead by Barbara Bourland
Kindle First
❋ The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
NetGalley
❋ A Beautiful, Terrible Thing by Jen Waite
❋ A Fading Sun by Stephen Leigh
❋ Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
❋ Be My Killer by Richard Parker
❋ Final Girls by Riley Sager
❋ Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford
❋ Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
❋ Scandal of the Season by Liana LeFey
❋ Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta
❋ Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
❋ The Border by Steve Schafer
❋ The Revenge by Hannah Jayne
❋ The Rules of Half by Jenna Patrick
❋ The Secrets of Married Women by Carol Mason
❋ The Waking Land by Callie Bates
❋ The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter
❋ Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown
❋ White Horses by Alice Hoffman
Purchased
❋ Air Awakens by Elise Kova
❋ Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova
❋ Earth’s End by Elise Kova
❋ End of Days by Susan Ee
❋ Fire Falling by Elise Kova
❋ King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild
❋ The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
❋ The Beast of London by L.D. Goffigan
❋ The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
❋ Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
❋ Uprooted by Naomi Novik
❋ Vinyl by Sophia Elaine Hanson
❋ Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova
Review Request/Team
❋ Fortress of Blood by L.D. Goffigan
❋ Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer
❋ One Broken Day by Melissa MacVicar
Samsung for Kindle
❋ Love You Better by Natalie K. Martin
Tor Book Club
❋ A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge

Around The Web

Creepy Kids: 20 Books to Remind You to Use Contraception (Book Riot)
Horror in Translation: 8 Chilling Reads From Around the World (Tor.com)
Rating On Goodreads Before You’ve Read It. (Book Bastion)
The Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 3: So It Begins (Fantasy Faction)
Vermont Fantasy Novel ‘The Black Witch’ Sparks Internet Fury (Seven Days)

I wanted to spotlight a couple of things in this month’s links. Primarily the insane slew of harassment and one star reviews on several upcoming or new release young adult books on Goodreads and Twitter. It’s gotten so bad that anyone that reviewers (and even some big named authors) that dared to give positive reviews of these books are met with extreme backlash. I don’t want to get into it in this entry as I feel pretty strongly about this trend, but I really wanted to share some links with discussions on the matter.

On a much lighter note, I recently discovered an annual event hosted by Mark Lawrence to promote self-published authors in the Fantasy genre. Hundreds of books are sent off to a group of ten bloggers who act as literary agents and judges, picking one book from their assigned lot to send to the other reviewers. After the choices have been narrowed, all ten books are read, rated, and reviewed by the bloggers. The book with the highest combined rating takes the crown. It’s a cool competition because it brings a lot of attention to books that would normally go under the radar. The competition has just begun and it’ll take several months for the sorting process to take place. It’s definitely something to keep a watch on.

Lastly, I found a couple of horror book lists that I’m thrilled about, particularly because I found that a fair number of the books on the lists are available at my local library. I know it’s still summer, but maybe I’ll get my spooky reads in to prepare for some Halloween posts in October. 🙂 Either way I’m very excited, I haven’t read a really good horror book in a while.

Reading Next Month


❋ Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer
❋ Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

2 Comments

  1. Liz

    June 1, 2017 at 6:54 am

    The fantasy book group thing sounds cool! On one hand, I want to go the indie publishing route because it means more commissions and control, but on the other, I don’t because it leads to more responsibilities and lots of legalities (like apparently you have to watch the font licensing and pay extra taxes to Nexus states if you ship from any (like Amazon does)). So, upon discovering this, I realised I don’t wanna go that route. I still think it’s an awesome idea, though.

    Reading eight books in a month is a lot! :O

    I’ll be sure to let you know when my copy of “Here and Gone” comes in. ❤

    1. Jamie

      June 1, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Hi Liz! Thank you for stopping by! Haha if you can believe it, I even hit a reading slump my last 2 weeks of the month, I think I could’ve knocked out more if I had found the right book. One of the books on this month’s list was a short story, while another was a manga, so it was sort of cheating.

      That’s actually a really good point about self publishing that I never considered. I always knew that editing, advertising, and distribution was a pretty big hurdle for many self published authors, meanwhile control over one’s work has always been a flaw with traditional publishing. I’m curious how a things would go with a smaller independent publisher. If I ever did write a book though, no way would I ever self publish. It’s a shame to see so many great self published books out there go under the radar due to lack of visibility.

      I can’t wait for you to get Here and Gone so we can discuss! I’ve been reading a little more of it since the file I have has a time limit (some of my ARCs come in the form of .ascm files) on it, but I’ve been taking plenty of notes with my thoughts on it.

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