Bookish Reflections – December 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

December saw a lot of activity at Sammi Loves Books with nine reviews in total being posted on the site, which must be a record for me…It sounds like one, at any rate 😉

With another Festive Reads Fortnight complete, some of the reviews for which rolled over from the previous year, this Christmas-themed reading challenge and it’s subsequent page is now up to date.

In my last round-up post (November 2020), I mentioned I was going to attempt to not review absolutely everything I read in 2021. Instead, I’m going to be more selective about my reviews going forward, and move towards focusing on review requests and book blogging. I think this will lead to me reading more and worrying about keeping up with the reviews a lot less, so my aim is to trial this for a few months and see how things go.

I have also posted my “Very Informal Classic Reads Book Club Challenge” for 2021 – a list of 12 classic books, one to be read each month, in an attempt to read more of them.  It was surprisingly difficult to narrow the list down to just 12, but I did it, and I’m looking forward to reading them all, though I’m especially looking forward to Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon and the re-reading The Epic of Gilgamesh.  For more information or to have a look at the list, you can find the page under the “Themes and Challenges” tab on the menu, or follow this link.

Speaking of challenges, I completed a number of self-set ones in 2020: The Basic Book Review Challenge where the aim was to review 52 books over the course of the year, my A-Z Review Index Challenge where I hoped to be able to list at least one review under each section / letter of the index, and my Read, Review, Rehome challenge, which worked out so well I actually lost count of the final numbers…

For 2021, I am challenging myself to read more over the course of the year – I aiming for 60, though I do not intend on reviewing them all.  I am also hoping to complete the challenge I set myself in 2019 (the Sammi Loves Books Reading Challenge) where I still have 4 challenges to go.  I’ve already mentioned my 12 classic reads for 2021, but there is one more challenge I am planning on continuing with: my Read, Review, Rehome, as I still attempt to thin out the number of books in my home.  The target for 2021 is going to be higher than 2020, at 35…we shall see how well I do…

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

  • None

Favourite read(s) of the month

  • Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis and The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P.D. James

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

  • None – woohoo!

Books I’ve downloaded

  • None

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • Once again, not very much…

November’s “Read and Review” Goals*

  • Agatha Raisin and The Walkers of Dembley by M.C. Beaton
  • Agatha Raisin and The Murderous Marriage by M.C. Beaton
  • Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
  • Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon
  • The Gift of The Magi by O. Henry
  • A Strange Christmas Game by Charlotte Riddell

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

What I’m reading in January

  • The Voyage of The Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
  • The Mangle Street Murders by M.R.C. Kasasian
  • The Island of Dr Moreau by H. G. Wells

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. – COMPLETED! YAY!

Month started at: 39 / 52

Month finished at: 53 / 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:

  • #3: a book set in a place you’ve lived / visited – A Strange Christmas Game by Charlotte Riddell

Total challenges completed in 2019: 8 / 20

Total challenges completed in 2020: 8 / 12

Total: 16 / 20

You can find the complete list of challenges here.

A to Z Review Index Challenge

  • Completed

Read, Review, Rehome

Goal: 20 | Total so far: 25+ / 20 * Completed *

  • Agatha Raisin and The Walkers of Dembley by M.C. Beaton
  • Agatha Raisin and The Murderous Marriage by M.C. Beaton
  • Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis
  • Agatha Raisin and The Terrible Tourist by M.C. Beaton
  • plus a big bag of books I put together over Christmas, including duplicate copies, books that I’ve read in the past but have held on to for some reason, as well as books from part-way through a series when I’ve not even read the first book yet…this put the numbers significantly over my goal for the year – WOOHOO!

Bookish Reflections – November 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

My main focus for November was NaNoWriMo, so posting around here went a little quite.  However, I did get a few reviews written in November, even if I didn’t get around to posting them all until the first few days of December. Surprisingly, my level of reading didn’t slow in November as it usually does when I’m concentrating on NaNo, so there is as always, an ever-growing pile of books awaiting to be reviewed here…

On my list are a couple of Christmas reads from last year, which I didn’t get around to reviewing, as well as some new Festive reads for 2020, because Festive Reads Fortnight begins on 11 December. If anyone has any Christmas or wintry themed book recommendations I would gladly hear them.  Also, any author out there with a Christmas / winter-themed book / collection / poetry pamphlet etc, who would like to have their work reviewed on Sammi Loves Books, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can find all the information regarding Review Requests here. Ignore the “Currently Closed To Review Requests” status; I’m closed to general requests at this time but not Christmas-themed reads.

As we draw towards the end of the year, naturally my mind turns to my plans for this site for 2021.  I am thinking of starting a Classic Reads Book Club or Reading Challenge.  If anyone would be interested in joining in, please do let me know, and I can finalise and share the book list.

I am also thinking of moving away from reviewing absolutely everything I read (because it is getting a little exhausting, and I’m struggling to find the time to keep up with it).  Instead, my focus here would be on review requests and book blogging, with more informal posts about what I’m reading, planning on reading, and what I’ve been enjoying.

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

  • None

Favourite read(s) of the month

  • The Mezzotint by M. R. James

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

  • None this month – woohoo!

Books I’ve downloaded

  • None

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • My reading time has been limited to physical books recently rather than ebooks / digital books to help reduce my screen time…

November’s “Read and Review” Goals*

  • A handful of M.R. James short stories (Halloween Reads 2020)
  • The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
  • The Shakespeare Secret by J.L Carrell

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

What I’m reading and reviewing in December

  • Agatha Raisin and The Walkers of Dembley by M.C. Beaton
  • Agatha Raisin and The Murderous Marriage by M.C. Beaton
  • Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
  • Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon
  • The Gift of The Magi by O. Henry
  • A Strange Christmas Game by Charlotte Riddell

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: 39 / 52

Month finished at: 45 / 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:

  • No new challenges have been completed since August 😦. I can see this challenge rolling over into 2021…

Total challenges completed in 2019: 8 / 20

Total challenges completed in 2020: 7 / 12

Total: 15 / 20

You can find the complete list of challenges here.

A to Z Review Index Challenge

  • Completed

Read, Review, Rehome

Goal: 20 | Total so far: 21 / 20 * Completed *

  • The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
  • The Shakespeare Secret by J.L. Carrell
  • Plus, 3 books I read ages ago and / or no longer wish to keep (Evermore by Alyson Noel, Odin’s Wolves by Giles Kristian, Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl), a Sweet-shop recipe book, and a knitting book

Bookish Reflections – September and October 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

I’m super late in posting this, and did wonder if it might not just be better holding off for another couple of weeks and then include my November bookish content with it…The problem with that idea was that I’ve been neglecting the blog and so there isn’t any.  Sigh…

I was pretty good at reading and catching up with my reviews in September and early October, and the majority of books I worked my way through were ones that were heading for my “Read, Review, Rehome” pile, so I’ve made a small (read: barely perceptible 😉 ) dent in my To Read List.

November’s review list is slowly growing, thanks to the three spooky short stories by M.R. James which I read for this year’s Halloweens Read.  And next month, with the arrival of the festive season, we have Festive Reads Fortnight. If any there are any authors with Christmas-themes stories out there who would like to see their books reviewed as part of Festive Reads Fortnight, please do get in touch.  You can find all the information regarding Review Requests here. Ignore the “Currently Closed To Review Requests” status; I’m closed to general requests at this time but not Christmas-themed reads.

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

  • None

Favourite read(s) of the month

  • The Hound of The Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

Now here’s the thing…*cough*… a great big bag full of books found their way into my house in September, the result of a combination of going on holiday for a few days (and while I’m on holiday I have to buy books as I just can’t seem to resist them), and seeing family that we hadn’t seen since March.  I’ll not list them all here because I’d quickly run out of space, but here are a few highlights from the newly acquired volumes:

  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • The Man in the Green Coat by Carola Dunn

Books I’ve downloaded

  • None

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • My reading time has been limited to physical books recently rather than ebooks / digital books to help reduce my screen time…

August’s “Read and Review” Goals*

  • The Hound of The Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvatar

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

What I’m reading and reviewing in November

  • A handful of M.R. James short stories (Halloween Reads 2020)
  • The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
  • The Shakespeare Secret by J.L Carrell

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: 33 / 52

Month finished at: 39 / 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:

  • No new challenges have been completed since August 😦

Total challenges completed in 2019: 8 / 20

Total challenges completed in 2020: 7 / 12

Total: 15 / 20

You can find the complete list of challenges here.

A to Z Review Index Challenge

  • Complete! Woohoo! With a review posted of “Dunstan” by Conn Iggulden, I now have an author listed under each category of my A to Z Index! Yay!

Challenge status: 2 / 2

Read, Review, Rehome

Goal: 20 | Total so far: 14 / 20

  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Lights, Camera by Carolyn Keene
  • Death at The Priory by James Ruddock
  • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Dunstan by Conn Iggulden

Bookish Reflections – August 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

August was Historical Fiction Month at Sammi Loves Books, one of my most favourite times of the year.  I read and reviewed five books and all bar one I really enjoyed.  I’m pleased with what I did read, as part way through the month I hit a bit of reading slump, but that was quickly overcome when I picked up the Phryne Fisher Mystery – I do love Phryne. 🙂

September will be a little quiet round here as I have planned a bit of a blogging break, just so I can rest the brain for a bit and blow out the cobwebs.  This will be the only post for (at least) the first two weeks in September…or that is what I am hoping.  I have a terrible habit of making claims like these and then completely ignoring them, so we will have to see what happens…

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

  • None

Favourite read(s) of the month

  • Tough question this month…four out of the five got five stars from me, so it could be any or all of the following: Speaking Among The Bones and The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches, both by Alan Bradley, Murder on the Ballarat Train by Kerry Greenwood and Death at Daisy’s Folly by Robin Paige.

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

  • Death at Victoria Dock by Kerry Greenwood…I could not resist!

Books I’ve downloaded

  • None

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • Not been on Wattpad for a while now… 😦

August’s “Read and Review” Goals*

  • Speaking From Among The Bones by Alan Bradley
  • The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley (read, review awaiting posting)
  • The Railway Detective by Edward Marston

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

What I’m reading and reviewing in September

  • The Hound of The Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvatar

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: 28 / 52

Month finished at: 33 / 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:

  • #6: a book with a girl’s name in the title

Total challenges completed in 2019: 8 / 20

Total challenges completed in 2020: 7 / 12

Total: 15 / 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: 14 / 20

  • The Railway Detective by Edward Marston
  • The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
  • Speaking From Amongst The Bones by Alan Bradley

Bookish Reflections – July 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

July felt like a quiet month book-wise, even though I got four reviews posted.  Most of the month was taken up with writing as I’m juggling a number of projects at the moment that I want to make decent headway on over the coming months…and the concentration feels like it’s paying off.  Woohoo!  The only downside is that when I write a lot, I read a lot less…For once I might be happy to be behind with my book reviews so I can keep Sammi Loves Books ticking over, as well as keeping on track with this year’s reading goals.

August is Historical Fiction Month at Sammi Loves Books, and I’m ahead of myself as I’ve already read three historical fiction books and have one of the reviews written and ready to post.  I’ve decided not to reopen to review requests at this time, simply because I don’t have the time to dedicate it.  However, I will respond to everyone who has contacted me so far, though it may take me a short while to do so.

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

  •  None…

Favourite read(s) of the month

  • We All Die In The End by Elizabeth Merry & Lake of Dreams by Crispina Kemp

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

  • The Railway Viaduct by Edward Marston
  • A Decline in Prophets by Sulari Gentill
  • A Few Right Thinking Men by Sulari Gentill

Books I’ve downloaded

  • Review copy of Lake of Dreams from Crispina Kemp

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • Only “The Medium” by C. J. Archer…

July’s “Read and Review” Goals*

  • 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

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

What I’m reading and reviewing in August

  • The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley (read, awaiting review)
  • Speaking From Amongst The Bones by Alan Bradley (review awaiting posting)
  • The Railway Detective by Edward Marston (currently reading)

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: 24 / 52

Month finished at: 28 / 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

  • None this month as all the books were digital copies

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

Bookish Reflections – May 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

A fairly balanced month in terms of reading versus reviews, but I’m still a little bit behind.  Finger’s crossed I’ll make up some ground in June, otherwise these outstanding reviews will not be posted until August.  Why? We have Indie Only Month coming up, followed by Historical Fiction Month…

It’s been a good long while since I was open to review requests on this site, and I’m considering altering that for a short period of time for this year’s Indie Only Month (for those who do not know, that falls in July) and if the genre allows, Historical Fiction Month (August) too.  If there’s any interest please 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

  •  None

Favourite read(s) of the month

  •  Circe by Madeline Miller
  • What the Owl Taught Me by Annest Gwilym

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

  • None

Books I’ve downloaded

  •  None

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • Not very much recently as I’ve not been using the platform…

May’s “Read and Review” Goals*

  • Thornyhold by Mary Stewart
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • The Leper of St Giles by Ellis Peters
  • The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A Plague on Both Your Houses by Susanna Gregory

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

What I’m reading and reviewing in June

  • The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle (read, awaiting review)
  • Death Comes As The End by Agatha Christie (read, awaiting review)
  • The Ancient Curse by Valerio Massimo Manfredi (currently reading)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (currently reading)

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: 15 / 52

Month finished at: 20 / 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:

  • #14 – a book of poetry or short fiction
  • #17 – a book that has been adapted for TV or film

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: 8 / 20

  • A Plague On Both Your Houses by Susanna Gregory
  • Thornyhold by Mary Stewart
  • Circe by Madeline Miller

Bookish Reflections – April 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

I read more in April than I did in March, but with one thing and another, fell behind with my reviews.  That being said, I have one already written for May, and another almost complete, so I am, as it were, a little bit ahead of myself for once!

I spent a day in April going through one of my big bookcases, dusting and rearranging the volumes.  It was a task I both enjoyed and disliked, the former for having the time to spend going through the books and to be reminded which books were on the shelves (it can be hard to keep track sometimes) but it reinforced what I already knew: I have too many books.  One of the upsides to being on lockdown (if one can be flippant about it), is that I’ve not had the chance to acquire anymore…In all seriousness though, I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe 🙂

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

  •  None

Favourite read(s) of the month

  •  The War of The Worlds by H.G. Wells

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

  • None

Books I’ve downloaded

  •  What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge (audiobook)

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • Not very much recently unfortunately…I hope that changes soon…

Aprils’s “Read and Review” Goals*

  • The War of The Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • The Leper of St Giles by Ellis Peters (read, awaiting review)
  • Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear
  • What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge

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

What I’m reading and reviewing in May

  • Thornyhold by Mary Stewart (read, review awaiting posting)
  • Circe by Madeline Miller (read, review almost compete)
  • The Leper of St Giles by Ellis Peters (read, awaiting review)
  • The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle (read, awaiting review)
  • A Plague on Both Your Houses by Susanna Gregory (currently reading)

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: 11 / 52

Month finished at: 15 / 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:

  • #20 – a book written by an author that has the same initials as you

Total challenges completed in 2019: 8 / 20

Total challenges completed in 2020: 4 / 12

Total: 12 / 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: 5 / 20

  •  Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear

Bookish Reflections – March 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

March was a good month for books at Sammi Loves Books.  Six reviews posted, two of which were for books that had been waiting to be reviewed for quite a while!  Not only that, I’ve been reading quite a bit too though I am trying to do it in a measured way (ha!) so that I don’t get completely swamped by a backlog of reviews – that list is long enough as it is! So far so good…

I’ve also started to review the audiobooks I’ve been listening to, which is something I’ve not done before.  I don’t listen to audiobooks all that much as I find I need to be actively reading, especially over a prolonged period, in order to not drift away and give my attention to something else.  What I have found though is that a chapter here and there, when doing easy household tasks or as a break from computer-based work, works very well for me, at least for the moment…

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

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Books I’ve reviewed

Other Book-Related Posts

  •  None this month

Favourite read(s) of the month

  •  The Spinner’s Child by Crispina Kemp

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

  •  None – woohoo! This makes a change!

Books I’ve downloaded

  •  The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (audio book)

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • Not very much recently unfortunately…I hope that changes soon…

March’s “Read and Review” Goals*

  • The Spinner’s Child by Crispina Kemp
  • Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen
  • Blood Queen by Joanna Courtney
  • Dawnthief by James Barclay
  • The War of The Worlds by H.G. Wells

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

What I’m reading and reviewing in April

  • The War of The Worlds by H.G. Wells (read, review awaiting posting)
  • The Leper of St Giles by Ellis Peters (read, awaiting review)
  • Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear (currently reading)
  • What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge (currently listening to)

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: 5 / 52

Month finished at: 11 / 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:

  • #13: a book you’ve read before
  • #16: a book you didn’t finish on your previous attempt to read it

Total challenges completed in 2019: 8 / 20

Total challenges completed in 2020: 3 / 12

Total: 11 / 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: 4 / 20

  • Dawnthief by James Barclay
  • Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen
  • Blood Queen by Joanna Courtney

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…

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

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