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December Round-up

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Books I Read In December 2019

I didn’t post a Five on Friday for my December to-read list. I did however read and review the three books that were due for blog posts on Just Books.

My Reviews:

Murder In Montague Falls by Russ Colchamiro, Sawney Hatton & Patrick Thomas
After You Fell by J.S. Lark
Fighting Back by Rachel Churcher

 

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November Round-up

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Books I Read In November 2019

I read my five books from my  Five on Friday (November 8th), although I read Knowing Rogan by Valarie Savage Kinney early, and included it in October’s Round-up. I’ve also added a few more to my read list, two of which I’ve reviewed!

 

My Reviews:

Honor Among Vampires by Elizabeth Guizzetti
The Moon Hunters by Anya Pavelle
Mortom by Erik Therme
Aki’s Gift by Howard Scarrow

The Sentinel’s Alliance by Suzanne Rogerson
Origin of Shadow by D.M. Cain

Reviews for the following books will be posted soon(ish).

Nite Fire (books 1,2 & 3) by C.L. Schneider
The Maura DeLuca Trilogy (books 1,2 & 3) by Claudette Melanson
Warren Peace by Michael Wombat
The Vintage Coat by Chris Turnbull

 

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October Round-up

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Books I Read In October 2019

I read a few more than five books last month. I read the five from my  Five on Friday (October 4th), and then a few more… 13 in total!

My Reviews:

The Hive by Jane Holland

Tangled Roots by Denise D. Young

Darkest Hour by Rachel Churcher

To Snare A Witch by Jay Raven

The Haunting at Paradise House by Killian Wolf

The Glade by Harmony Kent​

4 Shots of Horror by John Hunt

All the Darkness is Alive by Robert Scott-Norton​​

Knowing Rogan by Valarie Savage Kinney​​

Reviews for the following books, which I added for Halloween, will follow soon… hopefully!

Kurtain Motel by A.I. Nasser
From Away by Deke Mackey Jr.
Fallen Gods: Sanctuary 12 by T.W. Malpass
Angel Manor by Chantal Noordeloos

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Sunday Shelfies – Bowie Shelf

Bowie Shelf

The past seven Sunday Shelfies have been of my fiction bookshelves. I only have two other bookshelves, and today is the turn of my David Bowie shelf.

Only three books are able to stand on the shelf, the others are too tall, so I’m going to go right to left with those three, then from bottom to top of the stack.

In case you were wondering, the thing to the left of the shelf is an automatic air freshener!

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IconicPaul White

 
The first book on the shelf is Iconic by Paul White, a collection of digital portraits of iconic music legends, including, among others, a picture of David Bowie.

 

 

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Ziggyology A Brief History of Ziggy StardustSimon Goddard

 

Next up is Ziggyology: A Brief History of Ziggy Stardust by Simon Goddard. Ziggyology documents the Starman’s short but eventful time on Planet Earth… and why Bowie eventually had to kill him.

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Sean MayesLife on Tour with Bowie

 

Life on Tour with Bowie: A Genius Remembered by Sean Mayes is next on the shelf. Sean toured the world with David Bowie and this is his tour diary, a blow by blow record of how it felt to be part of a real rock circus.

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Bowie StyleMark Paytress

 

The bottom book of the stack is Bowie Style by Mark Paytress, packed with fantastic pictures of David Bowie.

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The next few ‘books’ aren’t actually books, one is a souvenir from a day trip with my daughter, Zoe, and my Grandkids and the other two are programs from shows that Zoe and I went to.

The Dungeons Bowie Experience 2016 Rocky Horror Show 2010

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David Bowie A LifeDylan Jones

 

The last book on the shelf is David Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones, which charts David’s life through interviews with friends, rivals, lovers, collaborators and Bowie himself.

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Sunday Shelfies – Shelf Seven

Bookshelf 7

 
Along with the previous couple of shelves, the majority of these books aren’t signed and were won quite a few years ago from Goodreads. If you’ve been following my Sunday Shelfies series you’ll know that the reviews for these are either brief or don’t exist.

The start of the shelf continues on alpabetically from shelf six, from Minette Walters to Yvonne Von Innes.

The second half of the shelf houses my large hardbacked books, that wouldn’t fit in the other shelves, and, laying flat, three tall paperbacks that are too tall for any of the shelves.

Standing between the two halves is my Scouce Gothic mug.

 

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Minette Walters

 

The first book on this shelf is a smaller hardback than the rest, and fits in it’s correct position, alphabetically. The Shape of Snakes by, new-to-me author, Minette Walters is the first book won from Goodreads on the shelf, and is currently still on my to read list.

 

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The next couple of books are also Goodreads wins, but I have read them both.

P.J. Cadavori Phil Pauley

 

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S.M. Schmitz

 

Next up is another unread book, by another new-to-me author, Dreamwalkers by S.M. Schmitz.

 

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The rest of the alphabetically listed books on this shelf all came to me via Goodreads, and have all been read, and reviewed.

 

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A.J. Smith

 

The first of the hardback books, a signed Goodreads win, is The Black Guard by A.J. Smith.

 

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The Menders Tomb

 

Next up is an unread signed book, The Menders Tomb by Bejamin Towe.

 

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The last three hardbacks are police mystery/thrillers. Once again, they are Goodreads wins that I’ve read.

Brian McGilloway Jeffery Deaver The jackdaw

 

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Patrick Elliott

The top two paperbacks, lying flat on the shelf were signed and sent to me by the author, Patrick Elliot, along with Old Odd Ends, which is on shelf four.

 

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Marion Adams

 

The final book on the shelf is Go To Sleep by Marion Adams, a lovely children’s book that I reviewed for a blog tour run by Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

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Books Read: 16 / 19

 

Sunday Shelfies – Shelf Six

shelf six

 
As with shelf five, many of these books came to me via Goodreads giveaways, and most are unsigned. I’m not a wordy person and don’t tend to leave lengthy, long-winded reviews, but the reviews on the early GR wins are extremely short!

In front of the books are my Lily Luchesi – The Coven Princess and Victoria Holland mugs. The books are arranged alphabetically from James Litherland to Melissa Grey.

 
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James Litherland

 
The first batch of books are by James Litherland. I won the first book of the Slowpocalypse Series from Goodreads, and after I reviewed it the author kindly sent me books 2 and 3, and the prequel. Once the fourth book was published he also sent me a copy of that one, unfortunately I haven’t got around to reading it yet.
 

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James Smythe

 

 

The next two books are by J.P. Smythe, AKA James Smythe. Both came from Goodreads Giveaways. I’ve read one, but not the other.

 

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The next three books along the shelf are also unread at this time.

  • Ahe’ey by Jamie Le Fay
  • The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (signed)
  • With All of Me by Joanne Fisher
Jamie Le Fay Jeaniene Frost Joanne Fisher

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The four following books came to me from Goodreads, and I have read all four, although I can’t find a review for The Spooks Battle.

Jonathan R. Miller Joseph Delaney K. Velk Hero

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Retirement Plan

 
The signed copy of Laurence Cooper’s George Valentine’s Retirement Plan was a runner-up prize in a giveaway which I haven’t read it yet. If I remember rightly, first prize was a shopping voucher/gift card – I could’ve bought a lot of books with that! 😉

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Lorraine Hellier

 

The Elf King was supplied by the author, Lorraine Hellier, as part of a blog blitz run by Rachel’s Random Resources.

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M.C. Holliss

 

I am pretty sure I bought The Winter Dog by M C Holliss at one of the Indie Lit Fests in Bradford. It’s another book still on my to-read list.

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M.J. Arlidge

 

Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge is another Goodreads win, read and reviewed.

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Mary Smith

 

No More Mulberries by Mary Smith is signed by the author and is the last unread book on this shelf.

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Melissa Grey

 

The final book is Melissa Grey’s The Girl at Midnight. Another Goodreads win, another read book and another brief review.

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Books Read: 12 / 20

 

Sunday Shelfies – Shelf Five

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Looking along the books on this shelf reminds me that more than half of them were won in Goodreads giveaways before I began blogging about the books I read, so most of those have very brief reviews. However, it does mean that the ratio of read to unread books is better than the previous three shelves!

In contrast to my other bookcase, only a few of the books on this shelf are signed by the author.

The books sit behind my GoIndieNow and Book-a-holic mugs and are arranged alphabetically from Alex Campbell to James Becker.

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The first four books are among those Goodreads books, that I won, read and reviewed:

Alex Campbell  Andrew Pyper The Treasures of the Sun God Becky Masterman

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Beth Caudill

 

Healer’s Fate by Beth Caudill is the first of the unread books, but I’m looking forward to reading this werewolf tale. I haven’t read anything by Beth Caudill yet.

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Two more Goodreads wins are next in line:

Cate Price Catriona Ward

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D.L. Gallie

 

These are followed by the second unread book, D.L. Gallie’s Out of Nowhere. D.L. Gallie is a new-to-me author.

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Danielle RoseNext up is Issue 9 of The Speculative Edge, from April 2013. This was signed and sent to me by Danielle Rose, who edited the fiction section. I haven’t read it… yet, but I have read four of Danielle’s books:

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Donna Wolfe Gatti

 

Angels and Alchemy, signed by the author, Donna Wolfe Gatti is another Goodreads win.

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E.P. Clark

 

The Midnight Land by E.P. Clark, signed by the, new-to-me, author is one of those unread books that I hope to get to before too long.

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Four more read books are next up as we look along the shelf:

Emily Diamand Geoffrey Household George Pelecanos H. L. Burke

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Ian WoodheadThe next couple of books are by new-to-me author, Ian Woodhead. I bought these books at my first Indie Lit Fest, in 2017. I was so nervous that I forgot to ask for them to be signed.

  • Parasite
  • The Unwashed Dead

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J.D. Oswald
Dreamwalker
by J.D. Oswald, another author I haven’t read before, was a surprise Christmas present from my grandson, who chose it because it was in the fantasy section and had a dragon on the cover… as good a reason as any!

It’s the first book of The Ballad of Sir Benfro, and I’m looking forward to getting started.

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J.S. Frankel

 

J.S. Frankel is yet another new-to-me author and the book Catnip is still on my to-read list.

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I have read the last two books on this shelf. One was sent to me by the author and the other was a Goodreads win.

Jacob M. Appel James Becker

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Books Read: 13 / 20