I have successfully made it through the first week of September! Hooray! I had some back pain issues this week, which I went to the doctor about on Wednesday, so I actually ended up having a lot of reading time this week because I was off work. Unexpected days off work are always great, even if I have to endure horrible, horrible pain to have them.
I have struggled, I have to admit, with focusing on which books to read when. It’s been a lot harder than I had thought, mostly because I am a mood reader and have a short attention span at times, so I can get bored of a book quite easily. Having said that, I tried to focus on six books because their release dates were between September 7th and 10th (or were due back at the library during that time) and I wanted to get them all done and dusted first.
I didn’t quite get around to all of them, but I did get some of them read and reviewed as well as reading and reviewing other books that weren’t on my short list of six…
The lovely folks over at The O’Brien Press sent me A Hollow in the Hills for review and I was super excited to read it when I got it in the post, then I noticed it was the second in a series. I was still excited to read it, but it’s always difficult to review a book that’s second or third in a series if you haven’t read the ones before it. Luckily for me, I have an awesome boyfriend. Tim bought me the kindle version of A Crack in Everything so that I’d be able to read the first book in the series before moving on to the second.
A Hollow in the Hills is due for release on the 7th of September. I’m hoping to post reviews tomorrow but I didn’t quite get A Hollow in the Hills finished tonight.
I was super excited about this one when I noticed it on NetGalley and was even more excited when I was approved for it. I’ll be honest here, I haven’t read anything by Scott Westerfeld before – apart from around 70 pages of Afterworlds. I was already about 25% of the way through it before September started, but it’s archive date was September 1st and I wanted to have it read and reviewed before then. I didn’t quite make it, but I was still close!
Zeroes is due for release on September 24th. You can find my review for it here.
I was ridiculously excited to be approved for this book on NetGalley – like squeal with excitement excited! I first saw this book on a picture on Twitter and my first thought was that it was the most beautiful book I had ever laid eyes on. When I went on NetGalley later that day and spotted it on there, I had to request it. I had such high expectations for this book from the cover and blurb alone!
Sorcerer to the Crown is due to release September 10th. I am currently 2% of the way through it. I only read the prologue this week…
I believe this is one of the first books that I requested from NetGalley when I joined and I’m ashamed that it’s taken me this long to read it fully and review it. Something about it stopped me from picking it up after reading about 11% of it. Then I spotted it in my new local library and I borrowed it. I always find I get to books quicker if I have them in paperback for some reason. The book was due back at the library on September 7th but as of early this morning, I still hadn’t gotten much farther than where I had been on the kindle, so I renewed it.
The Deep was released January 13th 2015. I am currently on page 32 of the library paperback edition.
I’d read most of the stories in this collection before September started and I thought this would be an easy one to knock out of the park early. I finished off the remaining stories this week and posted the reviews up in groups of 5 in four parts.
I ordered this one of Amazon because I’m doing some research into the Baba Yaga character and folklore. The fact that it’s geared towards younger children made it slightly more sanitized than I perhaps wanted, but it was a quick read and a really beautiful graphic novel.
Baba Yaga’s Assistant was released August 4th 2015. My review can be found here.
This is one that I picked up from Waterstones this week. I’ve seen great things about this novel and it’s relatively short so I wanted to jump straight in. I’ve enjoyed the beginning so far and I’m looking forward to continuing it.
Othergirl was released April 2nd 2015. I’m currently on page 12.
I’m pretty proud of myself for what I’ve managed to accomplish this week, even if it wasn’t exactly what I had originally hoped. I read some books and wrote up some reviews and I’m slowly getting back on schedule. I’m hopeful that September’s going to be a great month for me!
So, at the end of week one, my stats now look like this:
Books to Read: 65
Books to Review: 7
Other Reviews to Write: 5