Bookish Reflections – August 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

I’m a little late in posting this, having been away for a week, then extending my break away from the computer by nearly another one, in anticipation of having lots of writing and editing to do over the coming months.  The break was enjoyable, but as with such things, they are never long enough.  Getting back into the swing of things is going to be a slow process, methinks!

August was Historical Fiction Months at Sammi Loves Books, and in terms of reading challenges, it is one of my favourite months of the year.  Five really good books were read and reviewed for the challenge this year, with another almost finished by the end of the month.  I’m pleased with those figures…unlike the next ones…

It was another terrible month for book buying (and, I warn you, September is already proving to be just as bad!).  Twelve books (including a couple of gifts and a book review copy) have been added to my TBR list, and that’s where I lost count, after becoming so disorganised with my break away.  This means that my book purchases for 2019 have already gone passed the 50 mark…I think earlier in the year I was hoping to keep it around 30, so EPIC fail.  I will just have to see how many books I can Read, Review and Rehome by the end of December…

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Books I’ve reviewed

Other Book-Related Posts

  • None

Favourite read(s) of the month

  • The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland
  • KAEROU Time to Go Home by B. Jeanne Shibahara
  • The Wild Hunt by Elizabeth Chadwick

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

Are you ready for the list?

  • Five Get Into Trouble by Enid Blyton
  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Death at Daisy’s Folly by Robin Paige
  • Death at Dartmoor by Robin Paige
  • Death on The Lizard by Robin Paige
  • Die Laughing by Carola Dunn
  • Sheer Folly by Carola Dunn
  • The Sussex Downs Murders by John Bude
  • OxCrimes anthology edited by
  • Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by
  • Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate

Books I’ve downloaded

  • Kaerou, Time To Go Home by B. Jeanne Shibahara

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • Not much recently…

August’s “Read and Review” Goals*

  • Death at Gallows Green by Robin Page
  • The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland

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

What I’m reading and reviewing in Septemeber

  • Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (read, awaiting review)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by M. C. Beaton (read, awaiting review)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate by M. C. Beaton (read, awaiting review)
  • Miss Tonks Turns To Crimes by M. C. Beaton (currently reading)
  • Murder In The Afternoon by Frances Brody (currently reading)

Goodreads Reading Challenge

My goal is 40.  I’ve read 32.  80% 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: 34

Sammi Loves Books Reading Challenge 2019

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

  • None – eek! 😮

Total challenges complete: 8 / 20

You can find the complete list of challenges here.

A to Z Review Index Challenge

  • No change here – Still the letter “I” to go.

Challenge status: 1 / 2

Read, Review, Rehome

Goal: 20 | Total so far: 16 / 20

  • Fall of a Philanderer by Carola Dunn – duplicate copy
  • Die Laughing by Carola Dunn – duplicate copy
  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out by M. C. Beaton
  • The Wild Hunt by Elizabeth Chadwick

3 thoughts on “Bookish Reflections – August 2019

  1. Some interesting titles there. And you might bemoan your lack of discipline, but compared with me you look positively organised. The trouble with my reading is I can’t include many of the texts on Goodreads, many being downloaded papers from academia.ac etc.

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