Bookish Reflections – June 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

June was a busy month at Sammi Loves Books HQ! Plenty of deadlines ensured my reading and reviewing goal for the month of posting 5 or 6 reviews to catch up with my backlog didn’t happen, but I did average out at a review a week, so I won’t complain too much.

Unfortunately, July looks set to be just as busy…but as it is Indie Only Month, I’m not going to let that bother me.  I have a couple of books I’m really excited to read, and I’ve already a review set for sharing tomorrow…Elizabeth Merry’s “We All Die In The End”, which was a fantastic read.

I am going to remain open to review requests until the end of 7th July for any authors interested in having their work reviewed as part of Indie Only 2020, and I have now indicated that in the sidebar on the left.  And, for any historical fiction authors out there, there is a good chance I will open them again for historical fiction only, at the end of this month or the beginning of next. So, if you are interested please do get in touch – you can find out all you need to know on this page.

If any writers / poets / authors / etc, would like to be interviewed as part of Afternoon Tea at Sammi Loves Books check out this page for more information, FAQs and an index of all the previous interviews.  If you’ve any questions, please do get in touch at: sammicoxbooks@gmail.com

To keep up-to-date with what I’m reading and reviewing, find me on Facebook and Goodreads.

Books I’ve reviewed

Other Book-Related Posts

Favourite read(s) of the month

  • Death Comes As The End by Agatha Christie

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

  • None – None, none, none…Woohoo! I am on such an amazing roll with not acquiring any new books at the moment.  You can not possibly imagine how chuffed I am! 😉

Books I’ve downloaded

  • A review copy of We All Die In The End by Elizabeth Merry

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • Not very much recently as I’ve not been using the platform…There are not enough hours in the day

June’s “Read and Review” Goals*

  • The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Death Comes As The End by Agatha Christie
  • The Ancient Curse by Valerio Massimo Manfredi
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

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

What I’m reading and reviewing in July

  • We All Die In The End by Elizabeth Merry
  • One of the Myrtle Clover Mysteries by Elizabeth Spann Craig, though I’ve not yet decided which one
  • The Medium by C.J. Archer

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: 20 / 52

Month finished at: 24 / 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:

  • Oops…I didn’t complete a single one…there’s till 6 to go! Sigh…

Total challenges completed in 2019: 8 / 20

Total challenges completed in 2020: 6 / 12

Total: 14 / 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: 11 / 20

  • Death Comes As The End by Agatha Christie
  • The Ancient Curse by Valerio Massimo Manfredi
  • The Magician’s Nephew by C.S Lewis

6 thoughts on “Bookish Reflections – June 2020

  1. Good job not buying books! I am sliding backwards, myself. Bought one book and received four more for my birthday. I’m listening to a ton of audiobooks, but I haven’t been reading print books since the eye troubles started back in February. So I have a lot of catching up to do on my TBR pile!

    By the way, I recently listened to an old Mythcreants podcast about the Narnia books that you might find interesting. I absolutely love their writing/story analyses.

    https://mythcreants.com/blog/236-chronicles-of-narnia/

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    • Naturally, books received for birthdays don’t count…after all, we can’t be blamed for having to accept presents, can we? 😉

      As I tend to buy most of my books in bookshops, lockdown had sort of forced me onto a book diet. As restrictions are slowly being lifted, I’m sure that will change, but for now, I am relishing seeing my TBR pile get smaller. It’s only a teeny weeny bit smaller, but I’m appreciating it nonetheless 🙂

      The podcast sounds interesting. I will definitely check that out! Thank you for sharing the link 🙂

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      • In my “books acquired versus books read” ledger, I keep track of where/how I got them. So I don’t really blame myself for gifts– except that usually I did *ask* for those books! And they end up on my TBR shelf, either way. Except this last new group of books was the last straw: NO MORE ROOM on the shelves, and now there is a pile on the floor in front of the bookcase. 😦

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