TBR | Becca’s Bookoplathon

For the month of September I’m taking part in Becca’s Bookoplathon. If you want to know more about how it works, you can check out Becca’s announcement video.

You can choose how many rolls you want to do, but any doubles mean you add an additional roll (and therefore book). I decided to go with 6 rolls, meaning I was aiming for 6 books. You can see how well that worked out for me…

Roll 1 (9) – Light Cover

I’ve been meaning to get to this for a while, I think I’ll really love it.

Warcross by Marie Lu (Warcross #1)

Roll 2 (11) – Becca Rec

For this one I watched Becca’s ‘Best Books of 2020 So Far‘ video

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb (Farseer Trilogy #2)

Roll 3 (8) – Read a Sad Book

From what I’ve heard, it doesn’t get much sadder than this. Not my usual type of read, but this is on the list for my local book club.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Roll 4 (10) – Most Recent Purchase

Technically I bought this a while ago, but it’s a pre-order due to be released in September so I think that counts!

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Roll 5 (6 *Double*) – TBR Vet

I’ve been making my way through Agatha Christie’s works for a while, so this is a good excuse to continue!

Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot #25)

Roll 6 (2 *Double*) – Dark Cover

I loved the Witcher TV series, so this short story collection is ideal for a readathon.

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (The Witcher #0.5)

Roll 7 (11) – Community Chest – “YouTube Decides”

This was my own prompt. I went to the latest video on my subscription feed (SavidgeReads August Book Haul Part One) and will be reading the first book mentioned that I own.

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Roll 8 (10 *Double*) – Water

I’ve been lucky enough to get an earlier copy of this, and I’ve been saving it to read in September. This fits perfectly with the theme. Water on the cover, in the title, and the story takes place on a ship!

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Roll 9 (2 *Double*) – Nature

This beautiful cover has loads of nature related detail on it.

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Roll 10 – Friend Pick

I got my husband to pick one for this. He actually picked one later in the series, but seen as I have it I may as well go to the beginning.

The Defence by Steve Cavanagh

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Mini Reviews | Women’s Prize Shortlist

Over the summer I challenged myself to read the full Women’s Prize shortlist so I could form my own opinions on the books ahead of the announcement. So with the announcement this evening, it’s time to count down my thoughts on all the books.

Before I begin, I should call out that I’m fully aware and agree with the (many) issues people have called out about the “Reclaim Her Name” campaign. I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to talk aboit the Women’s Prize after that, but the authors on this list still deserve to be talked about as there are some brilliant books here. So I decided to continue with this post.

So, counting down from my least favourite to the one I would like to win.

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Upcoming Releases | September 2020

I’ve started keeping better track of upcoming releases, and I wanted to shout out about books I’m excited. I know more about some of these than others, but all are things I plan to pick up at some point!

I’ll add to this list if I discover any more through the month. Pre-order links to Bert’s Books or Hive where available.

  • The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman [Pre-order – Bert’s Books]
    • I’m a big fan of Richard Osman as a presenter, so I’m excited to try out his debut. This sounds like a traditional murder mystery, in a quiet village.
    • Released 3rd September
  • The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes [Pre-order – Hive]
    • I have an early review copy for this (via NetGalley). Review coming soon.
    • This get compared to Knives Out. We have a grand house, a dead billionaire, a (seemingly) random girl who inherits his fortune and a family who believe it should have gone to them.
    • Released 3rd September
  • The Ten Riddle of Eartha Quicksmith by Loris Owen [Pre-order – Hive]
    • I have an early review copy for this (via NetGalley). Review coming soon.
    • A fun middle grade adventure story, full of riddles and magic!
    • Released 10th September
  • Mythopedia: An Encyclopedia of Mythical Beasts and their Magical Tales by Good Wives and Warriors [Pre-order – Hive]
    • This looks seriously stunning. It’s fully illustrated, and looks to explore folklore from around the world
    • Released 14th September
  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn [Pre-order – Amazon]
    • YA urban fantasy, inspired by Arthurian legend, with LGBT+ rep. Plus a beautiful cover!
    • Released 15th September
  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Cafe by Toshikazu Kawaguchi [Pre-order – Hive]
    • I adored Before the Coofee Gets Cold when I read is a couple of months ago, and I was thrilled to see there is a follow up which is also being translated to English.
    • Released 17th September
  • Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with a Fresh Bite, edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C Parker [Pre-order – Hive]
    • A YA short story collection from a great group of authors all about Vampires. I haven’t really read vampires since I was a teen, so I’m excited to dive back in with this collection
    • Released 22nd September
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik [Pre-order – Hive]
    • Magical school? I’m in! I didn’t love Uprooted as much as most people seem to have, but I’m definitely interested in trying Naomi Novik’s writing again. And this feels like the perfect book!
    • Released 29th September

Book Review | Isa

Book Review


Isa by LL McNeil (World of Linaria #4) ★★★★☆

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 603

I received a copy of this for review from the author. All opinions are my own.

If you enjoy a fantasy series with a wide range of characters and a large world (plus dragons and sky pirates!), I’d highly recommend picking this one up!

This review may contain spoilers for the previous books in the series, but you can check out my reviews for those books: Moroda, Palom and Amarah.

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