Oh my goodness, what an awful but brilliant month. Sadly, we lost my Grandad this month. He was 85 years old, married to my Nan for 60 of them, so he had a full happy life. He will be missed massively within our family.
But, on a happier note!!! The Man-Child FINALLY proposed to me on my birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EEEEEKK!!!! Sounds like I’m overreacting right? We’ve been together 10 years this New Years, I moved nearly 300 miles away from my family for us to have a chance, and we have a child. Not overacting, trust me!!!
So, the books. That’s what we’re all about, isn’t it?
Reading wise, the beginning of the month started fab, I read a huge amount. I also had to change the number for my Goodreads challenge, again. This time I upped it to 150. And then well, it went downhill. I couldn’t find my mojo, I think I must have left it with my sanity somewhere. God knows where that’s been hiding. Then we went to visit my Mum and I surprisingly read 3 within 3 days. Boom, mojo has been found!! On that note, if you see my sanity then please guide it gently this way!
Before listing books – I shall be skipping my review copies this month, and whatnot, I feel like I need to state something about the amount of books I purchase. For Ebooks, I very very rarely pay full price. I always wait months for them to drop down to anywhere between 99p and £1.99. Even better when I pick up a glorious freebie!! I get a lot of Freebies. It takes time looking for them but it’s worth it.
With the physical books I pick up, again they are never full price. I never buy books from Waterstones or other big booksellers. I tend to do The Works (3 for £5), or occasionally Asda’s 2 for £7. I always buy a lot of secondhand books from sellers on Ebay or other places. I never tend to use charity shops for my books as they are always ridiculously expensive in my area. I always find my best bargains online.
As for review copies, I do read them and review them all. I may not put a post on here but I will review it on Goodreads, Amazon and Netgalley. If I do a blog post, I always add it to Bookbridgr. Always.
The only reason I’m clarifying all this is because I was asked recently about the amount of books and how I can afford so many. I always had 100s before starting this blog so it’s not like I’m never going to stop buying them!
1: The Trouble with Henry and Zoe by Andy Jones
2: Iris and Ruby by Rosie Thomas
3: The Chocolate Lovers Club by Carole Matthews
4: The Lonely Hearts Travel Club By Katy Colin’s
5: The Rose Girls by Victoria Connelly
6: Four Weddings and a Fiasco by Catherine Ferguson
7: High Tide by Veronica Henry
8: Letters from Lighthouse Cottage by Ali McNamara
9: Undertaking Love by Kat French
10: Milkshakes and Heartbreak at The Starlight Diner by Helen Cox
11: Royal by Winter Renshaw
12: The Christmas Promise by Sue Moorcroft Pre-Order
13: Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow Pre-Order
14: Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper by JL Bryan
15: Prosecco and Paparazzi by Celia Kennedy
16: Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox Pre-Order
17: Friends like Us by Sian O’Gorman
18: The Soul’s Mark: FOUND by Ashley Stoyanoff
19: Skin Deep by Catherine Barry
20: Rosie by Alan Titchmarsh
21: The Garden of Secrets by Jane Petken
22: All The Way to Heaven by Becky Doughty
23: Coast to Coast by Kate Dowling
24: Finding Home by Lauren Westwood
25: The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon
26: Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
27: A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore
28: Those Faraday Girls by Monica McInerey
29: A Cornish Stranger by Liz Fenwick
30: I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh
I’m not putting in my review copies, if you would like to know what they are, have a look on the Books Reviewed menu at the top (Look Up!). Hopefully I Can list them all! I’ve been on bit of a binge recently, that and there have been some amazing books released on Netgalley this month. I’ve got my Christmas books lined up for review in September. It’s early I know, but who needs Christmas just once a year???
1: The Little Village Bakery by Tilly Remnant
2: Late Summer at The Vineyard by Jo Thomas
3: City in Embers by Stacey Marie Brown
4: Royal by Winter Renshaw
5: The Sunshine and Biscotti Club by Jenny Oliver
6: The Piano Man Project by Kat French
7: The Oyster Catcher by Jo Thomas
8: The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank
9: Backpack and a Red Dress by Madrid Jane
10: The Genius and The Muse by Elizabeth Hunter
11: The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry
12: The Genius and The Muse by Elizabeth Hunter
13: Milkshakes and Heartbreak at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox
14: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
15: Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths
16: Return to the Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard
17: The Rejected Writers Book Club by Suzanne Kelman
18: Recreated by Colleen Houck
19: Wildflower Bay by Rachael Lucas
20: Saving Sara by Nicola Marsh
21: Currently Reading: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Best Book of August:
Tough choice!! For a light hearted read, I’ll have to choose The Piano Man Project by Kat French. She writes such brilliantly, funny, gorgeous men. She knows her stuff!!
For everything else, I’ll choose either Posion Study by Maria V. Snyder. It kept me gripped until the last page, didn’t lose me along the way, and it wasn’t completely outrageous or too soppy for the book of it’s style.
Worst Book of August:
I’m going to sound harsh and say I have 2 this month. First one, The Rejected Writers Book Club just didn’t really do it for me. Yes, it made me chuckle, it made smile, but it just dragged a hell of a lot for me. It didn’t seem to move anywhere quickly or make me want to pick it up. Honestly, the only reason I finished it was because I was in the car with nothing else to do.
The second one is The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane. Please do not hate me, and hear me out. It dragged. I gave it a 3 because it was a a fantastic idea. It was a brilliant idea. But did it really have to drag me on for nearly a damn week?? I finally got into it, then it ended. Just like that. Bookshop up and running, year later, the end. Also, the way it done random parts from someone else’s view. Like at the university? What was the point? I know this book is highly popular at the moment but I sort of regret reading it, no not regret but put off reading it while other reviews came in on it.
Book looking forward to in September:
Out of all the review copies I’ve received this month, it’s very difficult to choose one I’m looking forward to. Obviously I’m looking forward to them all, but the one that stands out which I’ve not read yet? Hmm… Chasing Embers by James Bennett is up there, and so is Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. They are both looking good.
Events for September:
I have a place on the Chasing Embers blog tour, starting the 26th September so I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing that. I’m also possibly going to do a UK giveaway for 2 people to receive a copy each of a book. I’m also looking at planning an international giveaway with another author, but watch this space for that.
So, that’s August wrapped up, and September in full plan mode. Fingers crossed my mojo loves me enough this month not to abandon me!!!!!!!