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September Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews 2019

This month was a good one.

I managed almost all of my ARCs this month which feels great! Based on my TBR I manage all(-ish) but one. I only have The Dragon Republic left and that will be the first thing I read in October and then I’m halfway through Angle Mage so I’ll finish that in October. Even though Gone With The Wind was on my TBR I didn’t plan to finish it just to start it. And I have! I’m just shy of 20% completion 🙂

All in all I read 9.5 books this month which is really good for a month without a readathon!

But first,

Let’s hold me accountable.

I have two goals this year which involve acquiring books;

  1. only buy two books a month,
  2. only request two ARCs a month.

Rules: For buying books it only for books I, personally, spend money on including subscription boxes (one per box), but it excludes my audible membership and all free books and gifts. For the ARC’s I’ve focused on my request-button-pressing and not getting the requests approved because you don’t know if it will be approved, nor do you know when it will be approved. Therefore, only two request-clicks per month. I can move the points between the months and if I don’t use them in one month transfer them to the next month.

I will have this on my wrap-ups every month.

Before we delve into the book I read this month let’s check if I stuck to my goals:

  • Only buy two books a month: 

NONE! Yes!

Available credit from last month; 1

Total credit transferred to next month; 3

  • Only request two ARC’s: 
    1. Ink in The Blood

Available credits from last month; -1

Total credit transferred to next month; 0

Now let’s get back to the books I’ve read and have a deeper look a look at them.

The Affair at the Victory Ball by Agatha Christie

Audiobook – Library

The Story:

A Hercules Poirot short story from his earlier career. A duke gets murdered at a masquerade ball and the next day his girlfriend is found dead after an cocaine overdose. Did she commit suicide after killing her boyfriend or was it just coincidence? Hercules Poirot is on the case!

My Opinion:

I enjoy Agatha Christie’s “Who done it” books. This story was only 33min long and I listen to it a few times to see how Poirot actually did it. I didn’t figure it out, but I can understand (not see/hear) how Agatha Christie has done it and it’s very subtle.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Dark Star Trilogy #1) by Marlon James

Audiobook & Ebook – Library

The Story:

The first in an African fantasy trilogy where Tracker is tasked to find a boy. Who this boy is no-one seems to fully know. Tracker sets out with a bunch of other people who falls off one by one. He doesn’t normally work with other people and struggles to cooperate. Along with his ex-boyfriend and his ex’s new boyfriend, there are a witch or two, an Ogo, and a couple of others.

My Opinion:

This was an interesting and fascinating read, but not and easy read. Yes it’s bloody and yes it’s violent, but it is also written in a very rhythmic, and poetic language with African dialogue both language and accent, which I sometimes struggles with. Basically I needed to concentrate when I read it, if it was written in a different language there was always a translation so that was fine.. Though I feel it was totally worth it. The mythology and the fantasy creatures were well researched and well done. the story behind the boy as as a mystery and driving force even though Tracker doesn’t really care about the boy, he is only in for the coin. Lastly I didn’t know it was queer before reading it and I loved it. It is written as the main character tells his story to someone and keeps going back to him telling the story.

If you like fantasy and doesn’t mind uncommon type then this book is for you 🙂 Highly recommended!

Full review of Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

ARC – NetGalley

The Story:

A continuation from book 1 in the series Girls of Paper and Fire. In the first book we meet Lei who is taken form her home to become a courtesan of the Demon King. She is specially chosen for this job due to eye unusual eye colour: gold, which is meant to be good luck. Over her time at the palace trying to become something she is not, she starts having feeling for another girl. This new friendship+ blossoms and she shows Lei who Lei really is and what she and her family has planed for the Demon King.

My Opinion:

I loved the second book just as much as the first book. I did a full review of Girls of Storms and Shadows which is due 5th November when it comes out, but in the mean time you can see my review of the first book Girls of Paper and Fire here.

The Deathless (The Deathless #1) by Peter Newman

ARC – NetGalley

The Story:

In a world ruled by the Deathless, the monsters of the wild roam freely until hunted. House Sapphire, one of the ancient Deathless families, is riven by suspicion and madness. Whole villages are disappearing as the hunting expeditions holding the Wild at bay begin to fail. Then, when assassins strike, House Sapphire shatters.

My Opinion:

I did a full review here, but in short I enjoyed this read but it felt a bit dragged somehow.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

ARC – NetGalley

The Story:

When library-raised Elisabeth finds herself accused of a crime she didn’t commit, and is whisked away from her library-home, she needs to get creative and fight for what she believes to be right. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

My Opinion:

I loved this book. It was homely, cosy, and action packed. Its one of those book which grows on you. You start of thinking “this is an OK book”. Then without realising it you find you self loving the book and its characters. I did a full review here 🙂

Also I love the cover and her freckles 🙂

Crimson Lake (Crimson Lake #1) by Candice Fox

Audiobook- Library

The Story:

The first book in a crime detective series based in north Australia. Six minutes in the wrong place at the wrong time—that’s all it took to ruin Sydney detective Ted Conkaffey’s life. Accused but not convicted of a brutal abduction,Ted is now a free man—and public enemy number one. Maintaining his innocence, he flees north to keep a low profile amidst the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake where he meets Amanda Pharrell, P.I. and convicted murderer. They join forces to try an solve a missing persons case.

My Opinion:

It was an exiting book and intriguing backstories for both character.

The Ruthless (The Deathless #2) by Peter Newman

ARC – NetGalley

The Story:

The sequel to The Deathless by Peter Newman. It continues 16 years after the first book but the story continues to try and sort out the mess that is House Sapphire.

My Opinion:

I did a full review here, but I found I didn’t have a lot to say about this book. Review of book one in the series can be found further up on this post.

Killer Women (Crime Club Anthology #1) by Louise Voss etc.

Audiobook – Library

The Story:

A selection of short stories by female crime writers. From females murders, to “accidental” deaths, to female crime solvers, this collection had it all.

My Opinion:

This was an ok selection. I think I was expecting something else. I think I expected to read about “killer women” not by. But it was entertaining.

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Audiobook – Library

The Story:

A modern Japanese coming of age story or slice of life at university inspired by a Beatles song. It follows Toru as his life gets intertwined between two very different girls.

My Opinion:

l’m not sure about this book. So many people told me they loved it and hope I loved it too, but all I could think of was that this felt like a book summarising everyone’s sexual experience, desires, history and wishes. Maybe it’s because I’m asexual, but this was just a list of sexual experiences to me… Yes it did have some focus on mental health and figuring out who you are and how you got there, and it might be well written but I just don’t get it.

Have you read any of these? What was your favourite read this month?

Until next time; happy reading!

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