Bookish Reflections – July 2019

A monthly round up of all things bookish at Sammi Loves Books…It’s my attempt at becoming more accountable in my reading and reviewing habits…

In a nutshell

Indie Only is over for another year.  Four books read and reviewed this month, and all of them belonging to series that I hope to continue reading in the future.

This month has been a terrible one for acquiring books.  17 books – yes, 17!!! – have made their way into my house, while only one has been earmarked for rehoming.  Although it looks like I have no control when it comes to buying books (which I don’t…sigh), most of these are part of series I’m already reading, while a number of them were gifts.

I’ve also realised that my digital bookshelves are just as bad as my real ones; they are full of books I’ve not yet got around to reading. Indie Only Month has helped a bit as a couple of this month’s reads had been on my shelves for a while.  But I have work to do here too to get these numbers down to a manageable level.

August is Historical Fiction Month at Sammi Loves Books.  As always, any recommendations or review requests for historical fiction are always welcome (in this instance, please ignore the “Currently Closed to Review Requests” message on the sidebar / on the review requests page) and if you’re a historical fiction writer who would like to be interviewed  or share your book / book cover, please do get in touch at:

Books I’ve reviewed

Other Book-Related Posts

Favourite read(s) of the month

  • Pretty Is As Pretty Dies by Elizabeth Spann Craig

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

Are you ready for the list?

  • The Wild Hunt by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
  • Death at the Priory by James Ruddick
  • The Romantic Poets – an anthology from The Great Writers Library
  • The War Poets – an anthology from The Great Writers Library
  • Anthology of Fear – The Great Writers Library
  • The Piper on the Mountain by Ellis Peters
  • Death to the Landlords by Ellis Peters
  • Death of a Dustman by M.C. Beaton
  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out by M.C. Beaton
  • Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay
  • Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon
  • Moon Magic by Dion Fortune
  • Death at Epsom Downs by Robin Paige
  • Death in Hyde Park by Robin Paige
  • The Green Knight by Iris Murdoch
  • The Templar Legion by Paul Christopher

Books I’ve downloaded

  • None – I suppose that makes up for the “real” books I bought… again…or does it? :-/

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • Pretty Is As Pretty Dies by Elizabeth Spann Craig
  • Diamonds and Cole by Michael Maxwell
  • Deadly Secrets by Terry Odell

July’s “Read and Review” Goals*

  • A Myrtle Clover Mystery by Elizabeth Spann Craig, but didn’t specify which one

* Light blue = review posted | Blue = review not posted | Black = did not read / review

What I’m reading and reviewing in August

August is Historical Fiction Month, so I will only be reading and reviewing books by historical fiction authors.  I’ve picked half of the books I’m going to read and review (one them has already been read) but as for the others I’m still pondering.  One thing I’m not short of is historical fiction books waiting to be read.  No doubt there will be a review of a Lindsey Davis or Ellis Peters book at some point next month… 🙂

  • Death at Gallows Green by Robin Paige (read, awaiting review)
  • The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland (currently reading)

Goodreads Reading Challenge

My goal is 40.  I’ve read 27.  68% complete.  5 books ahead of schedule. Woohoo!

Other reads (books not on Goodreads): 2

  • They Never Get Caught by Margery Allingham
  • The Taking by Stan Nicholls

Total books read so far this year: 29

Sammi Loves Books Reading Challenge 2019

I’ve completed the following challenges from the list this month:

  • 19: A book by an indie author – The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C. J. Archer

Total challenges complete: 8 / 20

You can find the complete list of challenges here.

A to Z Review Index Challenge

  • None this month – Still the letter “I” to go.

Challenge status: 1 / 2

Read, Review, Rehome

Goal: 20 | Total so far: 12 / 20

  • The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton – duplicate copy

6 thoughts on “Bookish Reflections – July 2019

  1. Greetings from my vacation in Frankfurt! My friend and I just got back home from our road trip to Burgundy and I’m catching up a bit… I know what you mean about buying series books. On the one hand I try not to buy too many books when I haven’t read so many that I already have. But every time I pick up the first book in a series, there’s always a risk (a large risk!) that I’ll end up buying the rest! Ah well, just means we’ll have to somehow read more books, right? 🙂 Speaking of, I brought FOUR books with me to be sure I didn’t run out, especially with the two long international flights, and I didn’t even get through book 1 yet. I think we should call it something like Fear Of Running Out Of Books On Holiday (Forooboh).

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    • I hope you’re having or had a wonderful time! Your trip sounds so much fun!

      Yes, series always pose a big risk – I’ve made a promise to myself, no more new series for the rest of the year. I have too many to be getting to grips with 🙂

      Forooboh – I love that 🙂 And yes, I suffer from that too 🙂

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      • I had a wonderful time, thanks! I just got back home late last night after 19 hours of travel (whew) and now have a whole day (wow!) to recover and catch up on everything (unpack, sort through photos, address necessary emails, etc.).

        After all that concern about running out of reading material, I didn’t even finish book 2 out of 4! But that was because I actually managed to sleep on the long flights, which I’m not complaining about.

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  2. Do you realise how many of those titles contain the word *Death*. Cripes. But well done. Myself … Circe by Madelaine Miller. I didn’t so much like her Achilles. But Circe was wonderful, satisfying. Thanks for the recommendation.

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