Sunday, 3 September 2017
Sunday Post: August Summary
Since I've been awol a lot throughout August, I thought I'd kick start September by joining The Caffinated Book Reviewer's Sunday Post with an August recap!
I'm also jumping into the Stacking The Shelves hop, hosted by Reading Reality and Tyngas Reviews to share some of the pretties I got my hands on this past month.
August was a funny ol' month.
It went incredibly fast, emptied my bank account and didn't leave much time for reading which kinda sucked. However, I saw my mother in law, brother in law and sister in law (who I haven't seen since we visited them in Ireland last summer) and we hit pretty much every Merlin operated attraction in the UK which was fun.
After that, my mum was down from Scotland for two weeks so there was more catching up and fun day's out there.
I had a combination of leave from work and super long days where I started early to come home early, to do stuff, or went in late and stayed late because of doing stuff. I'm really fortunate to have flexible working conditions that allowed me to spend so much time with family while my son was on summer break from school but it was exhausting juggling everything which meant blog activity has been light this month. I've mainly focused on my promo commitments like cover reveals, release blitzes and blog tours. While it was fun taking part in these it felt like a lot when I was already time poor and struggling so I think I'll need to be more careful in future with what I sign up for.
I really wanted to blitz through a whole load of summery reads but, once again, I mostly indulged in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for that's what I'm finding addictive at the moment! I'm sure I'll swing back towards 'reality' before long, and I'll catch up, but for now I'm going to keep feeding the beast what it desires.
This month, I read 9 books. As follows:
Tempt The Stars by Karen Chance
Reap the Wind by Karen Chance
Ride the Storm by Karen Chance
I haven't reviewed any of the Karen Chance reads yet but I loved them so much! I've waited... Four years? Yeah, four years, for this story arc to be complete and I refused to read them as they released (every two years or so) because I was tipped off that they ended in cliffhangers more horrendous than the previous one. I decided I'd wait until the arc completed and binge so when Ride the Storm released at the start of the month I was all over them and I can safely say that I made a good call in waiting and that it was so worth it!
Now I can't wait for the third - and I believe final - story arc of this series to be written but such is the life of a bookworm!
Blade (1001 Dark Nights) by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright
Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager
The Secret by Christie Ridgway
Latte Girl by Katia Rose
Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews
I haven't written my review for this yet but OMG! Jim and Dali sittin' in a tree. M-A-T-I-N-G! 💗
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
I haven't written my review for this yet either but holy beejeebers! This book was the business! Major changes in the Kate Daniels world and a fantastic read.
Promotional Bits n Pieces
Excerpt Reveal, Release Blitz and Blog Tour for The Secret.
Release Blitz for Blade: 1001 Dark Nights novella.
Release Blitz for Social Media by JA Huss.
Release Blitz for Single Dad on Top by JJ Knight.
Release Blitz for the Myths and Magic Boxset.
Cover Reveal for The Next Generation by SC Stephens.
Release Blitz for Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward.
Release Blitz for Latte Girl by Katia Rose.
Other Bloggy News
The Clear Your Shelf blog hop winner has been announced - check out the widget - and I am holding another giveaway for September: Book of Choice Giveaway Hop.
I took part in the Bout of Books 20 read-a-thon which looked like a loads of fun but sadly, with my crazy busy month, was an epic fail on my part.
August was a great month for 99p book sales, so I stacked my shelves gooood. I also got a couple of ARCs and picked up a couple of books from the library when I took my son in.
September is looking quieter on the promotional stuff, and on the home front, for hopefully I'll get loads of reading done!
Please feel free to leave a comment to your end of month posts or blog pages.