Bookish Reflections – June 2018

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

A bit of a slow month reading-wise, but at least I got reviewed what I planned to review and a bit more.  The slowness is down to me trying to get on with some of my writing projects and these have eaten into my available reading time.  I’ve been looking forward to Indie Only month, the first of the year’s self-set themed reading challenges.  So far, I’ve only decided on two titles, maybe three but I’m planning to see what crosses my path this time round instead of starting July with a set reading list – a deviation from past years.  And then, once July is over, we’re straight into the next themed reading challenge, Historical Fiction Month.  I’ve no set reading list for this challenge either, though you can always expect an something by Lindsey Davis, Ellis Peters or Karen Maitland (or all three), who are, in my eyes, the queens of historical fiction…

Books I’ve reviewed

Favourite read of the month

  • The Book With No Name by Anonymous

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

  • None this month!  Woohoo!

Books I’ve downloaded

  • Her Defiant Heart by Monica Murphy

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • Winter Prey by T.M. Simmons
  • Love Letters to Selene – a multi-author anthology of poetry inspired by the moon
  • A Body at Book Club by Elizabeth Spann Craig

June’s “Read and Review” Goals*

  • Outside the Law by Anthony Berkeley
  • The Mask of Troy by David Gibbins
  • Others by James Herbert

* Light blue = review posted | Blue = review not posted

What I’m reading and reviewing in July

Indie authors only, of course! 😀

  • Body at Book club by Elizabeth Spann Craig
  • Winter Prey by T.M. Simmons

As for the rest of the month…we’ll see what interesting indie author / indie published books crop up…

Goodreads Reading Challenge

My goal is 40.  I’ve read 20.  50% complete.  Currently 1 book ahead of schedule. (Yes, you read that right! This is the second month in a row that I’m ahead!)

Other reads (books not on Goodreads): 1 (Outside the Law by Anthony Berkeley)

Total books read so far this year: 21

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Bookish Reflections – May 2018

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

Not a bad month at Sammi Loves Books.  Averaging over a book week (just!) isn’t bad when time feels like it’s disappearing before your eyes – melodramatic, I know, but still…I’m pleased that I got five out of six books on my read and review list ticked off.  I’ve only added three books to this month’s list simply because I’ve not yet decided what I’m going to read once I finished Others by James Herbert.  And, next month is Indie Only Month here, followed by Historical Fiction Month, so I will soon be putting together a list of books / short stories / collections to read in July and August.  Any suggestions or review requests welcome 🙂

Books I’ve reviewed

Favourite read of the month

  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

  • Holy Spy by Rory Clements

Books I’ve downloaded

  • Summer at Coastguard Cottages by Jennifer Bohnet

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • Winter Prey by T.M. Simmons

May’s “Read and Review” Goals*

  • Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus
  • The Anatomist’s Apprentice by Tess Harris
  • Eye Witness by Ellis Peters
  • The Intruders by Michael Marshall
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • Outside the Law by Anthony Berkeley

* Light blue = review posted | Blue = review not posted

What I’m reading and reviewing in June

  • Outside the Law by Anthony Berkeley (read but not yet reviewed)
  • The Mask of Troy by David Gibbons (read by not yet reviewed)
  • Others by James Herbert (currently reading)

Goodreads Reading Challenge

My goal is 40.  I’ve read 17.  43% complete.  Currently 1 book ahead of schedule. (Yes, you read that right!)

Other reads (books not on Goodreads): 0

Total books read so far this year: 17

Bookish Reflections – April 2018

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

April was not a bad month, especially when you consider that I set myself the steep challenge of writing 30,000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo.  I hit my goal, reaching 36,647 before I validated, and then late on the 30th added in another 1665 bringing my total to 38,312 for April.  So five reviews written and posted feels like an achievement, and if I have been a little more organised, I could probably have completed and posted the three reviews I have in the works.  Never mind.  I didn’t get around to reviewing A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, which is something I really want to get done in May, seeing as though this is the second time I have read the book in the past couple of years but still haven’t got around to reviewing it!

Books I’ve reviewed

Favourite read of the month

  • The Little House by Philippa Gregory

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

  • Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus
  • Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indridason
  • Ceredigion: A Wealth of History by Gerald Morgan

Books I’ve downloaded

  • None in April 🙂

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • I’ve started Winter Prey by T.M. Simmons

April’s “Read and Review” Goals

  • The Little House by Philippa Gregory
  • The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth by Stuart Clark
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • Outside the Law by Anthony Berkeley
  • Claudia, Daughter of Rome by Antoinette May

What I’m reading and reviewing in May

  • Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus (already read and review almost complete)
  • The Anatomist’s Apprentice by Tess Harris (already read and review almost complete)
  • Eye Witness by Ellis Peter (already read and review almost complete)
  • The Intruders by Michael Marshall (currently reading)
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • Outside the Law by Anthony Berkeley

Goodreads Reading Challenge

My goal is 40.  I’ve read 12.  30% complete.  Currently 1 books behind schedule.

Other reads (books not on Goodreads): 0

Total books read so far this year: 12

Bookish Reflections – March 2018

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

March saw me start posting book reviews on Sammi Loves Books after a two month break, and the schedule I implemented at the beginning of the month seems to held (for the most part). I’m hoping for more of the same for April.  One of my goals for 2018 is to continue to work through the many books I have in my house.  The policy is simple: Read, Review and Rehome.  Of course, there are always books that are hard to part with but I am getting better at keeping books that I know I will re-read, rather than simply keeping the books I enjoyed.  I’ve decided that this year I’m going to add a One Sentence Review to my Goodreads ratings.  I haven’t started this yet, but plan to get it underway by the end of the week (hopefully!)  And finally, I’ve been playing with the idea of starting an online book club…

Books I’ve reviewed

Favourite read of the month

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

  • None – I’ve been good 🙂

Books I’ve downloaded

  • None – as I said above, I’ve been good 🙂

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • Nothing recently

February’s “Read and Review” Goals

  • N/A

What I’m reading and reviewing in April

  • The Little House by Philippa Gregory
  • The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth by Stuart Clark
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • Outside the Law by Anthony Berkeley
  • Claudia by Antoinette May

Goodreads Reading Challenge

My goal is 40.  I’ve read 7.  18% complete.  Currently 3 books behind schedule.

Other reads (books not on Goodreads): 0

Total books read so far this year: 7

Bookish Reflections – November 2017

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

Quite an up and down month, thanks to my priority being NaNoWriMo in November (which I completed in 24 days – my best effort ever!).  I did manage to post three reviews, two of which were reviews that I needed to catch up on.  However, having read three books this month means that my catch-up list is still much longer than I would like.  My focus then in December is to post all the reviews that need publishing, concentrate my book picks on festive-themed reads for Festive Reads Fortnight and to hit my Goodreads Challenge Goal.  It doesn’t sound like much, does it…

Books I’ve reviewed

Favourite read of the month

  • Death at a Drop-In by Elizabeth Spann Craig

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

  • The Broker by John Grisham

Books I’ve downloaded

  • The Text by Claire Douglas
  • Winter’s Fairytale by Maxine Morray
  • Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • Death at a Drop-In by Elizabeth Spann Craig
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

November’s “Read and Review” Goals

  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C.Beaton (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • The Man with the Twisted Lip by Arthur Conan Doyle (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • Poison Study by Maria V Snyder (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet by M.C Beaton (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardner by M.C. Beaton (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • Blood of Angels by Michael Marshall (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • The New Catacomb by Arthur Conan Doyle (read, awaiting reviewing)

What I’m reading and reviewing in December

  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C.Beaton (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet by M.C Beaton (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardner by M.C. Beaton (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • Poison Study by Maria V Snyder (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • The New Catacomb by Arthur Conan Doyle (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • The Text by Claire Douglas (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • The Broker by John Grisham (read, awaiting reviewing)

Goodreads Reading Challenge

My goal is 57.  I’ve read 44.  77% complete.  Currently 8 books behind schedule.

Other reads (books not on Goodreads)*: 2

Total books read so far this year: 46


* “Other reads” means books that are not listed on Goodreads, but ones that are still of novel / novella length.  I’m not counting anthologies, single (very) short stories, magazines / ezines, but I will count short story or poetry collections if they are not too short.  Short stories that are listed on Goodreads are being counted as part of the reading challenge total.

Bookish Reflections – October 2017

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

October was very much a month for reading but not that great for reviewing, as I fell behind drastically once more.  My priority this month is to catch up with the reviews that are waiting.  I don’t expect to get much reading done because I’m participating in NaNoWriMo.

Books I’ve reviewed

Favourite read of the month

The Devil’s Priest by Kate Ellis

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

  • The Little House by Philippa Gregory
  • The Riddle of Sands by Erskine Childers
  • The Mask of Troy by David Gibbins

Books I’ve downloaded

  • The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

October “Read and Review” Goals

  • The Devil’s Priest by Kate Ellis (read, almost finished reviewing)
  • The Five Orange Pips by Arthur Conan Doyle (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C.Beaton (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • The Man with the Twisted Lip by Arthur Conan Doyle (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • Poison Study by Maria V Snyder (reading)

What I’m reading and reviewing in November

  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C.Beaton (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • The Man with the Twisted Lip by Arthur Conan Doyle (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • Poison Study by Maria V Snyder (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet by M.C Beaton (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardner by M.C. Beaton (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • Blood of Angels by Michael Marshall (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • The New Catacomb by Arthur Conan Doyle (read, awaiting reviewing)

Goodreads Reading Challenge

My goal is 57.  I’ve read 42.  74% complete.  Currently 6 books behind schedule.

Other reads (books not on Goodreads)*: 2

Total books read so far this year: 44


* “Other reads” means books that are not listed on Goodreads, but ones that are still of novel / novella length.  I’m not counting anthologies, single (very) short stories, magazines / ezines, but I will count short story or poetry collections if they are not too short.  Short stories that are listed on Goodreads are being counted as part of the reading challenge total.

Bookish Reflections – August and September 2017

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 fell behind once again when it came to reviewing the books I had read for historical fiction month.  It’s been a real problem this year; I’m just enjoying reading so much that I am loathe to pause and write the review before pressing on with the next read.  So much of September was spent catching up with reviews…

Books I’ve reviewed

Favourite read of the month

The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel / The Iron Hand of Mars by Lindsey Davis

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

None this month.  I’ve been good again! 🙂

Books I’ve downloaded

  • 5 Secrets of Story Structure by KM Weiland
  • 66 Metres by J. F. Kirwan
  • The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J Archer

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Love Letters to Gaia – poems and letters inspired by the earth

August / September “Read and Review” Goals

I reached most of the goals I set out for Historical Fiction Month.  The only one I missed was the planned re-read and review of Karen Maitland’s The Owl Killers.  As for September’s goals, I didn’t actually make any.

What I’m reading and reviewing in October

  • The Devil’s Priest by Kate Ellis (read, almost finished reviewing)
  • The Five Orange Pips by Arthur Conan Doyle (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C.Beaton (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • The Man with the Twisted Lip by Arthur Conan Doyle (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • Poison Study by Maria V Snyder (reading)

Goodreads Reading Challenge

My goal is 57.  I’ve read 38.  67% complete.  Currently 4 books behind schedule.

Other reads (books not on Goodreads)*: 2

Total books read so far this year: 40


* “Other reads” means books that are not listed on Goodreads, but ones that are still of novel / novella length.  I’m not counting anthologies, single (very) short stories, magazines / ezines, but I will count short story or poetry collections if they are not too short.  Short stories that are listed on Goodreads are being counted as part of the reading challenge total.