Bookish Reflections – January & February 2020

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

As the first of my bookish reflections of the year – I had a very slow start to 2020 blogging-wise – I’ll start with the obvious: once more I am behind with my book reviews (I’m starting to wonder if this is to be my usual state of existence…) I’ve still reviews to post from some of my challenges from last year, though I expect some of them may now be put on hold until those challenges come round again…As such, I’ve decided not to start any new reading challenges this year, meaning no goodreads challenge, and no new Sammi Loves Books reading challenge either.  Instead, I will be aiming to post at least one book review a week and complete the incomplete challenges of last year…

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Books I’ve reviewed

Other Book-Related Posts

Favourite read(s) of the month

  •  The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

So, before I start the list…just so you know, my birthday falls in January! And before you ask, yes I do collect different editions of Tolkien’s works 😉

  • New editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R Tolkien in a box set
  • Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Blood Queen by Joanna Courtney
  • Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
  • The Familiars by Stacey Halls
  • The Brontësaurus by John Sutherland
  • Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin
  • A Knight of The Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin

Books I’ve downloaded

  •  None

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • Not very much recently…but soon hope to take a look at some of this year’s ONC entries…

January & February’s “Read and Review” Goals*

Although no blogging was done in January, there was much reading done, so I’m now behind with my book reviews.  These are the reviews I was hoping to get around to writing:

  •  A Woman Unknown by Frances Brody (read, awaiting review)
  • The War of The Worlds by H.G. Wells (read, awaiitng review)
  • The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths (read, awaiting review)

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

What I’m reading and reviewing in March

  • The Spinner’s Child by Crispina Kemp (read, awaiting review)
  • Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen (currently reading)
  • Blood Queen by Joanna Courtney (currently reading)
  • Dawnthief by James Barclay (read, awaiting review)
  • The War of The Worlds by H.G. Wells (read, awaiting review)

Basic Book Review Challenge 2020

To post (at least) one book review a week, to reach a target of 52 over the course of the year.

Month started at: 0 / 52

Month finished at: 5 / 52

Sammi Loves Books Reading Challenge 2019

I’m revisiting this challenge I started last year, to complete the challenges I missed. I’ve completed the following challenges from the list this month:

  • #12: a book that’s sat on your shelf for longer than you care to remember – The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

Total challenges completed in 2019: 8 / 20

Total challenges completed in 2020: 1 / 12

Total: 9 / 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: 1 / 20

  •  A Woman Unknown by Frances Brody

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